June 25 Flu UpdateUsual excellent analysis by Revere on the benefits of screening for bird flu at airports by checking for fevers. Keyword: theatre.
The idea of airport fever screening to keep a pandemic out has a lot of psychological appeal. Unfortunately its benefits are also only psychological: pandemic preparedness theater. There's no magic bullet for warding off a pandemic. The best way to prepare for a pandemic or any other health threat is to have a robust and resilient public health infrastructure.
Apparently acting on tape delay, Mexico has banned Arkansas poultry.
Greenwich CT is testing its flu plan.
Chenango County, NY is also testing its flu plan.
A Toronto firm is partnering with Hunan province on the bird flu.
USAID is working in Sri Lanka on bird flu prevention.
Uganda got $17M from the World Bank to fight bird flu.