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Pandemic influenza awareness week

As Revere notes, this week is Pandemic Influenza Awareness Week. I’ll have some posts on this after today (still swamped, with no end in sight, unfortunately); in the meantime, check out all the info already available at the Flu Wiki.

So, you may or may not be aware of the latest “challenge” to evolutionary theory–DI Fellow Jonathan Wells’ new book, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design.” Following in the footsteps of Tom Bethell’s “Politically Incorrect Guide to Science” (whose terrible chapter on AIDS I reviewed here), the book is just all shades…

Somehow I missed this story in the June issue of Science: …Jeffery Taubenberger of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, D.C., said that RNA found in tissue samples from pneumonia patients who died in 1915 shows that the virus’s hemagglutinin–an all-important coat protein–is a subtype called H3. If confirmed, “that’s tremendously exciting,”…

I’ve mentioned previously the potential role that mild or asymptomatic infections with influenza may play in transmission and evolution of the virus. Right now, most of our reports of H5N1 have been due to serious infections that caused a patient to seek medical care. These cases are the tip of the iceberg in a normal…

Yesterday, the New York Times op-ed by John Moore and Nicoli Nattrass discussing denial of HIV. They also featured an article suggesting that more human-to-human transmission of H5N1 has occurred than previously thought.

Novel Swine Influenza Virus Subtype H3N1, United States In several of my influenza posts, I’ve discussed ways that the viruses can evolve. These are termed “antigenic drift,” where the virus accumulates small mutations in the RNA genome; and antigenic shift, where large sections of the genome are swapped, generally in their entirety. While it was…

Skeptics warn bird flu fears are overblown Doomsday predictions about bird flu seem to be spreading faster than the virus itself. But a small group of skeptics say the bird flu hype is overblown and ultimately harmful to the public’s health. There’s no guarantee bird flu will become a pandemic, and if it does there’s…

As conferences covering both emerging infectious diseases and emerging zoonoses, influenza H5N1 was obviously a prominent topic of discussion. The big question wasn’t really answered–what is the most important mechanism of spread from country-to-country: wild birds, or domestic poultry? The only thing that was clear is that the answer, well, isn’t. I know grrlscientist has…

Q&A on avian influenza

Just FYI, yesterday’s New York Times has a piece by Denise Grady and Gina Kolata on avian influenza: How Serious Is the Risk?

Pandemic Influenza Series

Day 1: History of Pandemic Influenza. Day 2: Our adventures with avian flu. Day 3: Challenges to pandemic preparedness Day 4: 1918 influenza virus reconstructed Day 5: How ready are we, and what can YOU do? Many more influenza posts can be found at this link.