June 5 Flu UpdateCIDRAP on Indonesia's announcement that it will no longer make prompt notification of bird flu cases.
Sharon Sanders, editor-in-chief of FluTrackers, a well-known Web message board that focuses on avian flu developments, told CIDRAP News that Indonesia's decision to delay H5N1 notifications will obscure what is happening there, which negatively affects the world's ability to prepare for a pandemic.
She said Indonesia's news blackout would likely have the opposite effect from what the government apparently intends. "Now, there will be intense speculation and generation of rumors surrounding suspicious deaths that have similar symptoms to H5N1 infections," Sanders said. "False rumors of an H5N1 outbreak have the potential to be even more economically devastating than a government-confirmed outbreak."
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The Health Minister is a nutcase to begin with yet her colleagues in the Indonesian government are letting take the wheel of the bird flu bus. Who is going to pay any attention to what the driver says over the loudspeaker system when the bus has already been driven into the ditch?
A farmer in the UK has been recognized for quick action that might have kept bird flu from spreading in that country.
Things seem under control in South Korea, but the poultry industry has continued to be hit.
Vietnam notes no new cases in the past 100 days.
Surveillance in North America shows no H5N1 here.
I'm surprised this isn't happening more...a pandemic committee in Missouri may be disbanded.
A community in Wyoming is joining a statewide pandemic group.