June 10 Flu UpdateProMed reports that the Hong Kong outbreak was probably caused by smuggled birds.
The SAARC meeting ends in Asia, with agreements to share information rapidly, etc.
CIDRAP reports a study on why tracing disease in airline patients is still tough. For example:
"Let's say we have someone who came into the United States from Paris on Air France, was in the U.S. for a few weeks and then returned to France, and is discovered to have been infectious on both inbound and outbound flights," Marienau said in an interview. "We would want to notify US citizens that were on that outbound flight, but we have to rely on French authorities contacting Air France and initiating the investigation."
The Arkansas flu scare appears to be over.
A province in South Korea is also cleared from the bird flu list.
Public health preparedness is discussed in Brunei.
Scientist who helped develop antivirals says that using them as a preventive measure is a wrong move.
“Widespread prophylaxis to control a pandemic before any vaccine is available, is totally wrong,” Laver continued. “It would be a wicked waste of a valuable resource! Australia had a policy (long since abandoned) to provide essential workers with Tamiflu prophylaxis for six weeks at the start of the pandemic.”
But “what happens then?” Laver mussed. “Apart from the difficulty in identifying the essential workers, and keeping the Tamiflu stockpile safe from desperate people who would do anything to get the drug, at the end of six weeks all those people who had been taking Tamiflu for prophylaxis would be left without protection. And the stockpile would have vanished.”