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The momentum is building to release the sequestered flu sequence data. The prestigious scientific journal Nature today published a strongly worded editorial, excerpts of which you can read Nature senior correspondent Declan Butler’s blog:

Bird flu and internet integrity

The question has been broached here before by our commenters: if a pandemic is a threat to our civil infrastructure, how do we know the internet will continue to function? It’s fine to tell workers to telecommute, but what if the information highway the commuters travel is grid locked? Good questions without good answers. But…

Mosquito spraying for West Nile Virus

In a post yesterday we talked about West Nile Virus. It causes a mosquito borne disease and most people will have mild or even asymptomatic infections. But you don’t want to the be the exception for this one. So what to do? Here’s the typical response in many urban environments:

Y2K, SARS, West Nile and now bird flu?

One of the knocks on the alarms about bird flu is that it is just another in a series of false alarms like Y2K, West Nile and SARS. Not true. Pandemic influenza is indeed another in a series of alarms, but the only one that might conceivably be considered a false alarm (and this isn’t…

A bad six months for bird flu

The first half of 2006 is coming to an end. So far it was the world’s worst for avian influenza, as the disease spread to birds across Asia, Europe and Africa, with new human cases being reported every couple of days. Since January, at least 54 people have died from the H5N1 avian influenza strain…

Wild birds and wild guesses

The fact seven people in Azerbaijan contracted bird flu from wild birds has been assumed for some time and now has been officially confirmed by researchers in Germany:

China’s shame

Better not have a “sudden event” in China. Or rather, you can have one, but don’t tell anyone about it. What’s a “sudden event”? While state media did not offer a definition of “sudden events,” in the past they have included natural disasters, major accidents, public health or social safety incidents. (New York Times; h/t…

Time savers for journalists and readers

Beltway journalists in traditional media outlets like the New York Times must find it tiresome to take dictation for the Bush administration day after day. Concurring Opinions blogmeister Daniel Solove has taken pity on them and crafted a template (or stationery, in word processing terms) for use by journalists like NYT’s stenographers to write their…

Mount Sinai School of Medicine has just entered into “a territory limited license agreement with Avimex Animal Health” to produce a new biological that combines an H5 flu vaccine combined with portion of another important disease virus for commercial poultry, Newcastle Disease. The privately owned world-leader in the avian influenza H5 emulsified vaccine market will…

Good night and good luck

The war in Iraq is going down as history’s most dangerous for journalists. War correspondents have some idea what they are getting into, however. Reporters covering local funerals of bird flu victims and poultry culling operations are usually general beat reporters and didn’t sign up for ultra hazardous duty. Now the Indonesian press corps is…