July 15 Flu UpdateBird flu outbreak reported in southern Vietnam.
Reports says research from the Argonne national lab has identified the "dragon" protein which has the potential to be significant, as stated below.
This unexpected relationship between the two subunits could inspire a number of different therapies or vaccines for H5N1 that rely on muzzling the "dragon's" jaws with another molecule or chemical compound that would block the PB1 subunit's access to the PA site, according to Joachimiak. "If we can put a bit in the dragon's mouth, we can slow or even potentially someday stop the spread of avian flu," he said. "Since we are talking about a relatively small protein surface area, finding a way to inhibit RNA replication in H5N1 seems very feasible."
CIDRAP reports that Indonesia published an article in a medical journal on why it is withholding virus samples.
SE Idaho is conducting a "blog exercise" to test informing the public on bird flu.
"If the world continues to operate in this way, the discrepancies will become wider and wider," the article says. "The poor will become poorer and the richer become richer. It is the responsibility of all nations to change this situation."
Indiana is doing some pandemic planning, taking a hard look at the realities.