June 12 Flu UpdateToday's big news--all over the place--about a vaccine from Baxter that shows promise. CIDRAP reports.
In an accompanying perspective article in NEJM, Peter F. Wright, MD, cites the introduction of a cell-culture–derived flu vaccine as perhaps the most important innovation represented by the Baxter report. Conventional egg-based technology requires decisions in February concerning the next season's vaccine strains, he notes. But with cell-culture vaccines, "this schedule could be altered to permit incorporation of late-emerging threats."
A graphic accompanying Wright's commentary indicates that cell-culture technology would permit mass production of a vaccine within 12 weeks from the time a pandemic flu virus is identified, versus 22 weeks for egg-based technology.
CIDRAP reports. More H5N1 found in Hong Kong, where ALL market poultry were culled.
Reports now say that poultry traders may have ignored warning signs about H5N1.
Indonesia has now told WHO that it will announce bird flu deaths as they occur.
Arkansas professor reflects on a pandemic in light of their state's recent brush with non-H5N1 bird flu.
Effect Measure has an excellent story on Indonesia and its reporting issue. Crofsblog is a similar blog to this one, with more commentary. He noted that Indonesia stopped giving OIE reports (outbreaks on avian outbreaks) quite a while ago. Revere comments on the Crofs post. All relevant links are in this post--make sure you read the comments, too.
Chambersburg PA has a public discussion on pandemic flu.
The pandemic conversation also continued in Arkansas.
Surveillance shows no bird flu in Canadian wild birds.
Here's a UNICEF bird flu resource page....
Finally, the EU released an expert opinion on bird flu, noted here via ProMed. Excellent state of the virus type stuff, medium level of science content.