August 25 Flu UpdatePeople following the flu virus know about NS1, the influenza protein that is believed to play a key role in infection. Researchers from the University of Texas and Rutgers have done some apparently important work on identifying the structure of NS1.
A seminar is being held in Chicago for businesses looking to prepare for a potential pandemic.
The researchers have determined the three-dimensional structure of a site on an influenza A virus protein that binds to one of the human protein targets, thereby suppressing a person's natural defenses to the infection and paving the way for the virus to replicate efficiently. This so-called NS1 virus protein is shared by all influenza A viruses isolated from humans, including avian influenza, or bird flu, and the 1918 pandemic influenza virus.
Fear of bird flu is causing the Philippines to curtail a regional "bird trapping" activity.
Strains of flu in Indonesia and Bangladesh are similar.
The military needs to be "ready" for disasters.....check this opinion piece out, as follows:
The message was simple. "It's about being prepared for the first 72 hours after an emergency-situation occurs. We want people to consider how they'll notify their families and where they'll meet," she said.An alert reader shipped this along....did you know that deadly toxins are shipped via Fed Ex? Military leaders are reviewing safety rules and suspending lab activities in the meantime.
Mike the Mad Scientist at Scienceblogs writes about the bacterial aspect of influenza, which was recently published.
Bird flu fight gets publicity in Sierra Leone.
Cameroon is also re-launching its poultry industry after a bird flu scare.