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August 24, 2005

August 22 Flu UpdateThe Coming Influenza Pandemic?

While scientists in Britain are urging careful consideration of bird flu measures taken in Holland, the government is staying the course.

Reuters has this story on US safeguards against the bird flu, which could be a little overconfident.

"I think biosecurity has been ratcheted up to a high level. It is very hard to get on farms these days," said Richard Lobb, spokesman for the National Chicken Council.

Does this count a dome to keep migratory fowl out?

Bird flu was found on another Japanese farm.

ProMed on the Japanese report, noting the new outbreak is 44 miles from the previous outbreak.

The EU says it thinks the risk from migratory fowl is low.

Russia reports no registered human cases of bird flu.

More bad economic news...in UAE, pet shops are suffering.

Meanwhile, a UAE medical study says bird flu is a risk.

Klaus Stohr was in Bangkok, where he delivered a stark and bleak assessment of the world's preperation for the bird flu.

Taiwan is preparing to fight the bird flu.

Ongoing news about imminent (not long-range) shortages of Tamiflu, whose sales are skyrocketing.

"We are on a collision course to panic," warns Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

"I think that what's going to happen is . . . that this drug - which has yet to really be demonstrated to have any clinical impact on H5N1 infection - is now going to become the 'I can't get product, therefore I must have it right away product.'

"The reality is going to come through that there is only so much available."

Financial Times--rapidly gaining in the MSM flu rankings--has the tale of two drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza.

CIDRAP has the growing news that wild bird flu is gaining a foothold (or a clawhold) in Mongolia.

Recombinomics asks if the bird flu is being covered up in India.

Recombinomics on confirmed wild bird flu in Russia.

ProMed on more reports from Siberia that still don't answer the questions. The final anonymous mod question is good. All of the sampling is of dead birds, which do not migrate. It asks if anyone has found a healthy, migrating bird that is capable of shedding HPAI?

Posted by dymaxion at August 24, 2005 01:22 PM

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