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October 30, 2006

CIDRAP's overview of H5N1

CIDRAP has just updated its magisterial summary of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu): Implications for Human Disease. Probably the single best summary available.

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Egypt bird flu toll reaches 7 - News24

Alarab online
Egypt bird flu toll reaches 7
News24, South Africa - 2 hours ago
... The H5N1 strain of bird flu, its most aggressive form, has killed more than 150 people worldwide, according to the world health organisation (WHO).
Egypt reports 7th avian flu death CIDRAP
Seventh Egyptian dies of bird flu - agency Reuters
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Vaccine-resistant avian flu spreading in Asia

... Via Forbes, some unwelcome news: Vaccine-Resistant Bird Flu Spreading in Asia. Excerpt: A new strain of vaccine-resistant H5N1 bird flu virus has emerged in China and is spreading through southeast Asia, Hong Kong researchers report. "The implications are that current... ...
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Control Measures Fail to Stop Spread of New H5N1 Virus - Newswise (press release)

... Control Measures Fail to Stop Spread of New H5N1 Virus Newswise (press release) - 30 minutes ago Newswise — A new variant of the bird flu virus H5N1 emerged in late 2005 and replaced most of the previous variants across a large part of southern China ... ...
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October 24, 2006

Public Health - Seattle & King County - Information Alert Network

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Sanofi bird flu vaccine may offer wider protection 

Sanofi bird flu vaccine may offer wider protection  Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News - Oct 18 5:30 AM PARIS, Oct 18 (Reuters) - French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis said on Wednesday tests on its experimental H5N1 bird flu vaccine show it offers protection against more strains of the virus than initially ...

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Indonesia: Government to force city residents to cage fowls

Via the Jakarta Post: Govt to force city residents to cage fowls. Excerpt from a fairly long article:

The government plans to enact a law banning residents of cities from keeping free-roaming poultry, as part of its effort to curb the deadly bird flu virus, ministers said Friday.

"There will be a regulation that all poultry must be put inside cages, especially in urban areas," Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono told a news conference.

Officials will have the right to seize domestic fowls if they are found uncaged, he added.

He said the move is aimed at separating poultry from humans in residential areas to curtail the spread of the disease, which has claimed 55 lives in the archipelago.

Anton could not say when the ban would take effect, however, and said the plan needed to be further coordinated with other ministries, provincial administrators and the military.

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Bird flu take an increasing toll but the world escaped an ... - International Herald Tribune

Thanh Nien Daily
Bird flu take an increasing toll but the world escaped an ...
International Herald Tribune, France - 23 hours ago
... Dr. David Nabarro said his warning last year that a mutation of the virulent H5N1 virus which has ravaged poultry stocks since late 2003 could appear anytime ...
The So-Called "Bird Flu": Why is Concern So High? Crime Library
World can't yet let down its guard on bird flu-UN Reuters AlertNet
UN says worldwide cooperation may have thwarted bird flu spread Monsters and Critics.com
AND - United Press International
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H5N1 Oseltamivir-resistance detection by real-time PCR using two high sensitivity labeled TaqMan probes.

J Virol Methods. 2006 Oct 18;
Chutinimitkul S, Suwannakarn K, Chieochansin T, Mai LQ, Damrongwatanapokin S, Chaisingh A, Amonsin A, Landt O, Songserm T, Theamboonlers A, Poovorawan Y

A single amino acid substitution, from histidine to tyrosine at position 274 of the neuraminidase gene has converted Oseltamivir sensitive H5N1 influenza A virus into a resistant strain. Currently, Oseltamivir is being stockpiled in many countries potentially affected by the influenza A virus subtype H5N1 epidemic. To identify this change in Oseltamivir-treated patients, a method based on real-time PCR using two labeled TaqMan probes was developed for its rapid detection. In order to validate the method, Oseltamivir specimen from treated (Oseltamivir-resistant strain from a Vietnamese patient, two Oseltamivir-treated tigers) and untreated subjects have been used for this study. The results thus obtained as well as those derived from clone selection and sequencing showed that TaqMan probes could clearly discriminate wild type H274 from the mutant 274Y variant. The sensitivity of this assay was as low as 10 copies/mul and allowed the detection of the mutation in a mixture of wild type and mutant. Overall, the assay based on real-time PCR with two labeled TaqMan probes described here should be useful for detecting Oseltamivir-resistant H274Y H5N1 influenza A virus in many species and various sources of specimens with high sensitivity and specificity. Such studies can address potential differences in the diagnostic outcomes between patients who develop detectable Oseltamivir resistance and those who retain only the wild type strain of H5N1.

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UGA study identifies North American wild bird species that could transmit bird flu

... The following news release comes from the University of Georgia provides interesting information on how various North American species respond to HPAI H5N1. Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia researchers have found that the common wood duck and laughing gull are very susceptible to highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses and have the ...
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October 16, 2006

WHO update 36: 55 dead in Indonesia

Here is WHO's Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia – update 36.

The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed an additional three cases of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. All three cases were fatal.

The first newly confirmed case occurred in a 67-year-old woman from West Java Province. She developed symptoms on 3 October, was hospitalized on 7 October, and died on 15 October. Diagnosis was complicated by the presence of chronic diseases. Chickens reportedly died in her household and neighbourhood prior to symptom onset.

The second case was an 11-year-old male from South Jakarta, Jakarta Province. He developed symptoms on 2 October, was hospitalized on 5 October, and died on 14 October. His recent history included exposure to dead chickens in his neighbourhood.

The third case was a 27-year-old female from Central Java Province. She developed symptoms on 8 October, was hospitalized on 12 October, and died on 13 October. The source of her exposure is currently under investigation.

Of the 72 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 55 have been fatal.

With a 76% case fatality ratio, Indonesia's H5N1 problem deserves much more attention and help than it seems to be getting.

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Australia holds largest bird flu exercise - People's Daily Online

Australia holds largest bird flu exercise
People's Daily Online, China - 18 hours ago
... "Health authorities have been concerned since about 2003 that the H5N1 type of influenza of birds, because there's so much of it about, that it may be the ...
Australia to test bird flu response NEWS.com.au
Flu pandemic 'outbreak' to test response Sydney Morning Herald
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Updates on pandemic flu vaccine trials to be presented at 44th ... - News-Medical.net

Updates on pandemic flu vaccine trials to be presented at 44th ...
News-Medical.net, Australia - 7 hours ago
... results from clinical trials testing two different pandemic flu vaccine approaches - one a prime-boost strategy using different subtypes of H5N1 vaccines, the ...
Research: "Prime and Boost" to fight bird flu Xinhua
Vaccine may fight mutated bird flu Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Study hints at way to kick-start protection against pandemic China Post
Newsday - Medical News Today (press release)
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[Development of attenuated H5N1 avian influenza vaccines using reverse genetic technology]

Nippon Rinsho. 2006 Oct; 64(10): 1855-64
Odagiri T

Outbreaks caused by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses have spread worldwide and the containment is impossible no longer. During the outbreaks, over 200 human infection cases with 55% fatality are confirmed at the moment and some human-to -human transmission in family clusters have been observed in Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. The potency of pandemic caused by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza is increasing gradually. Consequently, development of effective H5N1 vaccine and its licensing for vaccination to human are urgent countermeasures for pandemic preparedness. In the present article, the author reviews the development of H5N1 attenuated vaccine by reverse genetic technology and discuss the problems on the vaccine production to be dissolved before pandemic occur.

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WHO update 36: 55 dead in Indonesia

... Here is WHO's Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia – update 36. The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed an additional three cases of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. All three cases were fatal. The first... ...
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Bird Flu in Idonesia Claims More Lives

... Bird Flu in Idonesia Claims More Lives The human death toll from bird flu in Indonesia rose to 54, the highest in the world, after an elderly woman who died overnight in a West Java hospital tested positive for the H5N1 virus. Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, leads Vietnam, which has recorded 42 deaths from avian influenza. ...
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WHO confirms 3 H5N1 cases in Indonesia - CIDRAP

... WHO confirms 3 H5N1 cases in Indonesia CIDRAP, MN - 1 hour ago Oct 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed three fatal cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia, involving two women ... ...
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La FAO un centro de crisis

... La FAO pone en marcha un centro de crisis para vigilar la propagación de la gripe avia. La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) ha puesto en funcionamiento el Centro de Manejo de Crisis para vigilar la propagación de la gripe aviar y tomar medidas para frenar la expansión del virus causante de la ...
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October 10, 2006

[The role of the occupational physician in the prevention of the spreading of H5N1 virus avian influenza in exposed workers]

Med Lav. 2006 Jan-Feb; 97(1): 63-9
Di Lorenzo L, Soleo L

BACKGROUND: Avian influenza caused by H5N1 virus can be transmitted to exposed workers from contact with infected poultry, and is thus, like other zoonoses, the responsibility of occupational physicians (OP). The high pathogenicity of H5N1 virus has caused a 30-75% mortality among infected humans. Most of those subjects were occupationally exposed in different areas of poultry raising in Asian countries. At the moment, person-to-person transmission, even though possible, is unable to start a new human influenza pandemic due to the current genetic characteristics of H5N1 virus. However, its spontaneous tendency to mutate must alert the international community to the need of eradicating avian influenza in poultry as well as preventing transmission to humans. OBJECTIVE: In Italy competent OPs are required to take part in prevention of H5N1 avian influenza infection of potentially exposed workers, such as poultry sector workers, workers engaged in poultry culling, litter management, carcass disposal, zoo and nature reserve workers, gamekeepers, veterinarians, biologists, laboratory technicians, and health workers caring for possible instances of human infection. METHODS: According to Italian legislations, OPs must offer the national community their long-standing experience in the fields of workplace environmental monitoring, health surveillance, choice of personal protection equipment (PPE) and training and information of workers potentially exposed to H5N1 virus about occupational risks and correct use of PPE. They must also cooperate with other involved professionals to programme antiviral and vaccine prophylaxis. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Occupational physicians can have an important role in contributing to the prevention of and scientific research on H5N1 avian influenza virus.

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Egypt detects new human H5N1 bird flu case

... CAIRO (Reuters) - Authorities have detected Egypt's first human case of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus since May, a World Health Organization official said on Tuesday. ...
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Pigs, cats in Indonesia infected with H5N1 - CIDRAP

Thanh Nien Daily
Pigs, cats in Indonesia infected with H5N1
CIDRAP, MN - 1 hour ago
Oct 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Pigs and stray cats have been found infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus in Indonesia, adding to the few previous ...
Bird flu found in pigs in Indonesia's Bali Reuters AlertNet
Bird flu found in pigs in Bali Melbourne Herald Sun
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H5N1 antiviral drugs 'could cause superflu' - Unison.ie

H5N1 antiviral drugs 'could cause superflu'
Unison.ie, Ireland - Oct 2, 2006
... The autumn migration of waterfowl triggered the spread of the deadly H5N1 virus into several western Europeancountries, including Britain, for the first time ...

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October 06, 2006

Firefox "Unfixable Flaw" A Hoax

Michael Santo of RealTechNews writes: If you can't trust a hacker, who can you trust? Last weekend, one of the speakers at the Toorcon security conference said he and a partner had found an unfixable Firefox flaw… they even had video of it being exploited. Well, they came clean today, and admitted it was all a hoax. "The main purpose of our talk was to be humorous," admitted Mischa Spiegelmock, in a statement made through Mozilla.org this afternoon. In an attempt to distance himself from his colleague, Andrew Wbeelsoi, Spiegelmock added today, "I do not have 30 undisclosed Firefox vulnerabilities,…

Links for 'Firefox "Unfixable Flaw" A Hoax'

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Get Your Amaranth Hedge Fund Memorabilia

More memorabilia is on the market from failing hedge fund Amaranth. This time it's a fine looking Nalgene water bottle -- which the seller seemingly thinks is worth a starting bid of $99!...

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Google Gadgets open for all web pages


Google has announced that Google Gadgets, once only usable on the Google homepage and desktop, are now available for all web sites:

With almost no effort and at no cost, webpage owners can add complex, dynamically updating content to their own websites using Google Gadgets. Because there is such an enormous variety of Google Gadgets to choose from, webmasters also have a great deal of freedom to select only the gadgets that will best complement their own page. There are games, news clips, weather reports, maps, and more.

With over 1200 gadgets (!) to choose from, this is quite the bonanza of free Googley goodness.

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Blogging + Libel = Going to Court

gavel Seems that a few Bloggers are blogging in a way that is getting them brought into court to defend against Libel. With the explosions of bloggers today this should not come as any surprise.

There are a few simple rules bloggers can follow to make sure that they are not in court defending themselves. The first if you make and accusation of someone you better be able to prove that accusation and defend it with fact not hersay. Even seasoned writters get caught up in the moment from time to time, this is one of the reasons the tabloids have lawyers on staff.

For some juicy examples of what has gotten people in trouble before check out the [USA Today Article]

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Google Got Ping

Blog based ping services are the new black it seems. Google has just announced a new blog ping service joining an already very crowded space.

Today we’re launching the Google Blog Search Pinging Service, which is a way for individual bloggers and blog platform providers to inform us of content changes. Blogging providers who syndicate RSS/Atom/XML and want to be included in our Blog Search index can now ping us directly. We’ll continue to monitor other pinging services and will contribute change notifications to the community.

Yahoo had entered the space when they bought Blo.gs. Verisign had acquired Weblogs.com pinging service from Dave “The Blogfather” Winer. Automattic owns Ping-o-matic. Anyway the answer to why Yahoo and now Google want a piece of the ping, I channel an old post by my good friend, David Galbraith.

Currently, ‘pings’ to sites like weblogs.com or ping-o-matic or blo.gs say that SOMETHING has been updated on a weblog or news site. Specs such as RSSPing change this to a ping that says WHAT has been updated. If all pages being published on the web did this (and there is no technical reason why they couldn’t), then search engines would not need to crawl websites and search engines would be updated instantly. Search engines are measured on how much, how relevant and how fresh. Pings are the answer to the fresh bit.

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Strange Clouds


amazing, beautiful Strange Clouds

more at The Cloud Appreciation Society Gallery

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October 05, 2006

Platinum-coated virus to be used for speedy memory

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All the hip-cool scientists these days are enslaving living organisms to do their bidding. Luckily, they're sticking with the micro end of the size spectrum, or "nano" end in this case. Apparently they've managed to create some supa' fast memory chips by coating 30-nanometer-long bits of tobacco mosaic virus (pictured above in its natural habitat) with itsy-bitsy platinum nanoparticles. Millions of these virus transistors could eventually end up in MP3 players or digital cameras, speeding up image capture or file transfer. We're not exactly sure what makes these virus transistors so special, but apparently the transistors they've built out of the nano-coated strands, and sandwiched between two electrodes, are easy to switch between ON and OFF states, since they don't need to build up a charge at a lame-o capacitor before they can be switched. We suppose we'll just have to trust the methods of these "well meaning scientists who might just instigate the end of civilization through their attempts to advance humanity through science." If it means faster memory chips, that's a risk we're willing to take.


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EFF Sues for Information on Electronic Surveillance Systems

FBI Withholds Records on Tools to Intercept Personal Communications

Washington, D.C. - The FLAG Project at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed its first lawsuit against the Department of Justice Tuesday after the FBI failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records concerning DCS-3000 and Red Hook -- tools the FBI has spent millions of dollars developing for electronic surveillance.

DCS-3000 is an interception system that apparently evolved out of "Carnivore," a controversial surveillance system the FBI used several years ago to monitor online traffic through Internet service providers. One Department of Justice report said DCS-3000 was developed to "intercept personal communication services delivered via emerging digital technologies" and that it was used "as carriers continue to introduce new features and services." According to the same report, Red Hook is a system to "collect voice and data calls and then process and display the intercepted information."

The FLAG Project first filed its FOIA request for information about the surveillance systems on August 11, 2006. The FBI acknowledged receipt of the request, but the agency has not responded within the time limit required by law.

"Recent allegations of domestic spying by the U.S. government already have both lawmakers and the general public up in arms. Americans have a right to know whether the FBI is using new technology to further violate their privacy," said EFF Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann. "The Department of Justice needs to abide by the law and publicly release information about these surveillance tools."

EFF's FLAG Project, launched last month, uses FOIA requests and litigation to expose the government's expanding use of technologies that invade privacy.

"Transparency is critical to the functioning of our democracy, especially when the government seeks to hide activities that affect the rights of citizens," EFF Senior Counsel David Sobel, who directs the FLAG Project. "We have recently seen numerous instances where federal agencies have sought to conceal surveillance activities that raise serious legal issues."

For the full FOIA suit filed against the Department of Justice:

For more on the FLAG Project:


Marcia Hofmann
Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation

David Sobel
Senior Counsel
Electronic Frontier Foundation

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24 Lies Per Second steals moments from rare movies

The marvellous blog 24 Lies Per Second offers singular images from rare or out-of-print movies, in a kind of cineaste’s still-photo mashup. The proprietor — a Parisian named “Phillipe” — observes, “I’m not a movie critic. This is not a tribute to Cahiers Du Cinema. This is about pictures that move me.” While it is true that Cinema Minima is a place for movie makers, not movie watchers, it is also true that one cannot be a good movie maker without being a good movie watcher, and, in that spirit, this recommendation. Although — in the era of UTube and every other kind of online motion-picture watching available at the push of a mouse button — it may seem old-fashioned to recommend a browse of still images (mere frame captures). However, 24 Lies Per Second is like a cinematic microtome, delivering moments of high visual and emotional drama, frozen and sliced thin for inspection and — for the movie maker, who must be before and after everything else, a storyteller — for meditation.

outlawandhiswife2.jpg Striking images by cinematographer Julius Jaenzon from BERG-EJVIND OCH HANS HUSTRU | THE OUTLAW AND HIS WIFE by Victor Sjostrom, presented on 24 Lies Per Second.

It is time to pay tribute to Julius Jaenzon, the cinematographer without whom this movie wouldn’t have been that important. He was also the cinematographer of those masterpieces: THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE by Sjöström in 1921 and SIR ARNE’S TREASURE by Mauritz Stiller, not to forget the first Greta Garbo movie: THE LEGEND OF GOSTA BERLING.
outlawandhiswife3.jpg Although the site has not been updated in months, there are wonderful things here, and it is well worth a visit to its archives. The films covered: THE WIND (Victor Sjostrom), SEVENTH HEAVEN (Frank Borzage), PARIS QUI DORT (Rene Clair), FERRYMAN MARIA (Frank Wisbar), LEVIATHAN (Leonard Keigel), THIS ABOVE IT ALL (Anatole Litvak), 3 ROOMS IN MANHATTAN (Marcel Carné), THE RAIN PEOPLE (Francis Ford Coppola), PROFESSIONE REPORTER | THE PASSENGER (Michelangelo Antonioni), TORRENT (Monta Bell/Garbo), THE KISS (Jacques Feyder/Garbo), AS YOU DESIRE ME (Georges Fitzmaurice/Garbo), SUSAN LENNOX (Robert Z.Leonard/Garbo), LOVE (Edmund Goulding/Garbo), A WOMAN OF AFFAIRS (Clarence Brown/Garbo), WILD ORCHIDS (Sidney Franklin/Garbo), THE SINGLE STANDARD (John S.Robertson/Garbo), ROMANCE (Clarence Brown/Garbo), INSPIRATION (Clarence Brown/Garbo), THE PAINTED VEIL (Richard Boleslawki/Garbo), CONQUEST (Clarence Brown/Garbo), TWO-FACED WOMAN (Georges Cukor/Garbo), SOME CAME RUNNING (Vincente Minelli), THE INCIDENT (Larry Peerce), DISTANT VOICES STILL LIVES (Terence Davies), THE OUTLAW AND HIS WIFE (Victor Sjöström).
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Tribune Company’s Accelerating Descent

The company fired Los Angeles Times publisher Jeffrey M. Johnson, “a little more than a month after he defied the media conglomerate’s demands for staff cuts that he suggested could damage the newspaper.”

No need to say much more than that…

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Foley/GOP logo mashup tees: Pedophant

Xeni Jardin: Snip from Bluecollardistro description for this political parody t-shirt:

Man, who knew IM chats could be so creepy? We were just as surprised not-surprised as everyone else to find that a creep like Mark "Maf54" Foley exists in Congress. Actually, more than anything we were surpised any member of Congress has the time to cyber it up with a child when there are more pressing matters going on like breaking our TVs, defending a false war, and redefining torture.

Rather than lose sleep about all of this we decided to do what we do best: draw up a Foley-Elephant hybrid manimal with it's nuts in an American flag banana hammock and slap it on a t-shirt. Bonus, the shirts have one of three random quotes from the chat logs (do yourself a favor and read this, it's creep-tastic). Depending on what we throw in your bag, you'll get a "Pedophant" shirt with one of the following super-awesome-gross quotes:

  • (7:57:05 PM) i always use lotion and the hand
  • (7:79:48 PM) is your little guy limp...or growing
  • (8:08:31 PM) get a ruler and measure it for me

(...) Here's a nice jpeg of the art, by the way, for AIM icons and what not.
(Thanks, Burton)

Update: Looks like others may be planning to profit from the congressman's misdeeds, too. BB reader jbuck writes,

Someone just registered maf54.com. "whois" gives
Domain Name.......... maf54.com
Creation Date........ 2006-10-04
Registration Date.... 2006-10-04
Expiry Date.......... 2007-10-04
Organisation Name.... Clifford E. Ogbehon
Organisation Address. P.O.Box 741431
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. Houston
Organisation Address. 77274-1431
Organisation Address. TX
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES
Someone grapped maf54.org this week too.

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October 02, 2006

Main / Confirmed Cases Updated

CONFIRMED HUMAN CASES BY COUNTRY AND YEAR (Source - WHO tables) Below are links to maps, charts and information on clusters. Grand Totals as of September 28, 2006: 251 Cases 148 Deaths 59% CFR (Case ...

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Bird flu outbreak in N. China under control - China Daily

Dog Flu Diet and Diseases
Bird flu outbreak in N. China under control
China Daily, China - 9 hours ago
... The national avian influenza laboratory later confirmed that the H5N1 virus was found in samples of the dead poultry in Xincheng village. ...
New bird flu outbreak, Beijing now working with WHO AsiaNews.it
Chinese Authorities Confirm New H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak In Inner ... All Headline News
China reports new H5N1 outbreak News24
International Herald Tribune
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Egypt: B2B found in Aswan

Via Reuters: Egypt: New case of bird flu detected in rural area. Excerpt:

Another case of avian flu in birds has been confirmed in Egypt.

Ministry of Health officials and World Health Organisation (WHO) staff said on Wednesday that a case of H5N1 (avian flu) in birds was detected in a house near Aswan, in Upper Egypt.

WHO spokesman Hassan el-Bushra told RIN that the infected animals, raised in the backyard of a house in the town of Edfu, have now been culled. Ministry of Health officials have "instigated the WHO-approved control measures, and no
human infection has been reported", he said.

Animals within a one-kilometre radius of the site of infection have been culled and removed for sterile burial.

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Sister of Indonesia bird flu casualty also has H5N1

Via Reuters: Sister of Indonesia bird flu casualty also has H5N1. Excerpt:

A 21-year-old Indonesian woman, the sister of a boy who died of bird flu earlier this month, is suffering from the same disease, the health ministry said on Friday.

The patient, currently being treated at a hospital in East Java province, had contact with sick and dead fowl, as had her brother, said Runizar Ruesin, the head of the ministry's bird flu information center.

"She has been declared a bird flu positive case by the ministry lab and NAMRU," he told Reuters, referring to a U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit based in Jakarta.

The Soetomo hospital in East Java capital Surabaya said the woman was also suffering from pneumonia.

"Her condition is stable but her pneumonia has not improved yet. She is still being supported by a respirator," Urip Murtejo, the hospital's deputy director, told Reuters.

At first I thought this was the sister in the Zakaria family—then I realized the Zakaria girl is 15, and lives in West Java. So this is yet another likely family cluster.

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Pandemic Flu Awareness Week Oct 9-15

DemFromCT, a renowned blogger, has posted an item in Daily Kos: Announcing Pandemic Flu Awareness Week Oct 9-15. Very much worth reading, along with the replies.

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WHO: Deadly Bird Flu Virus Mutating - washingtonpost.com

WHO: Deadly Bird Flu Virus Mutating - washingtonpost.com
The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu which has killed at least 148 people is showing signs of being able to mutate and develop resistance to the most effective anti-viral drugs and any possible vaccines yet to be produced, a WHO scientist said Thursday.
Posted by ojcius to AvianFlu H5N1 on Fri Sep 29 2006 at 19:10 UTC | info

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CIDRAP >> Indonesia reports 69th H5N1 case

CIDRAP >> Indonesia reports 69th H5N1 case
Indonesia reported its 69th H5N1 avian influenza case today, in the 21-year-old sister of an 11-year-old boy who died of the same disease on Sep 18.
Posted by ojcius to INDONESIA AvianFlu H5N1 on Sat Sep 30 2006 at 03:16 UTC | info

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China Reports New H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak - washingtonpost.com

China Reports New H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak - washingtonpost.com
A new outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu killed 985 chickens in China's northern region of Inner Mongolia, a state news agency reported Saturday. The discovery in a village near the city of Baotou prompted authorities to destroy 8,990 other chickens to prevent the virus from spreading, the Xinhua News Agency said.
Posted by ojcius to AvianFlu China H5N1 on Sat Sep 30 2006 at 15:16 UTC | info

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1918 Avian Flu Reveals Clue In Preventing Modern-Day Pandemic

In hope of understanding how the 1918 flu virus was able to become so deadly in a pandemic that killed almost 50 million people worldwide, researchers successfully recreated the H1N1 virus and then studied the progression of the virus in mice. The 1918 flu virus appears to have triggered the immune ...

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