July 17 Flu UpdateRelatives say a man died of bird flu in Indonesia.
In the news that is all over the place this morning, Vical says its DNA vaccine does stimulate sufficient immune response.
Two studies, reported by CIDRAP here, look at the reasons behind Indonesia's staggering fatality rate with H5N1. The ultimate question is this? Is it the virus, or is there something in that country's system that would mitigate the fatality rate in other countries, even if the exact same virus went to a pandemic level.
According to the second report, Indonesia, like most developing countries, has few primary or secondary care hospitals with the protocols, isolation rooms, or cardio-respiratory support equipment to treat patients critically ill with H5N1 influenza. "This is probably the largest single contributor to the high mortality recorded," says the report, written by Sardikin Giriputro, MD, and colleagues
Bird flu hits Vietnam, but with a twist---the birds were vaccinated against bird flu. Obviously, this will get people to wondering about whether this is tangible evidence of a virus mutating in a significant way.
Don't recall seeing this before, but this article appears to indicate that Turkey had seven animals cases in the first third of this year.
They are holding a flu summit in West Virginia.
A flu drill was held in Dalton, Georgia.
Like many states, Indiana is going to do a pandemic drill and flu shot drive at the same time.
Article from the Philippines details what author learned at flu training for journalists.