June 22 Flu UpdateHere's an article right out of the flu playbook. One of the cardinal ideas about bird flu is that it will often be mis-diagnosed, just as it was in 1918. And this report indicates that may be happening now....if nothing else, it cuts a hole in the containment strategy.
Another great article from Helen Branswell. Is the lack of a consistent measurement tool hampering the ability to calibrate the flu vaccine correctly?
Differences in the sensitivity of the tests mean companies could be underestimating or overestimating the power of their vaccines as they try to work out what is the smallest protective dose, experts admit.
As things stand now, there is no way to usefully compare the results of one company's clinical trials for their vaccine with a competitor's findings.
Revere blogs this article as well, saying that its clear from the noise in the vaccine space that commercial interests still believe a pandemic is possible, even as the headlines quiet.
A flu meeting in November will discuss whether WHO should stockpile more pre-pandemic vaccines.
Bird flu, or the fear thereof has caused a cull in Pakistan.
Interesting article from the Times of London. Bernard Matthews, the major poultry producer in Britain who experienced an outbreak last year is shooting back....either giving quality data, or trying to use the situation to blame wild birds and scare people away from free-range turkeys. You can decide.