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Archives for June, 2006

A quiet Sunday in America. Here’s something on being quiet from Richard Cohen in the Washington Post: Pope Benedict XVI went late last month to that place where 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, were murdered — that memorial to the very worst in mankind, that factory whose sole product was death, and this is what…

Helen Branswell, whose sources and reporting are the best, has a fascinating follow-up to the Chinese report in the New England Journal of Medicine the other day giving clinical details of a human case of bird flu in China that occurred a full two years before China officially reported any cases and a month prior…

Wound infections in Iraq and here

In August of last year we wrote a post, Festering wounds of Iraq. It was about an antibiotic resistant organism, Acinetobacter baumannii, proving very troublesome in wound infections in soldiers. A. baumannii resides in the soil and is a problem world-wide, not just an Iraqi problem. But it is also a problem specifically related to…

Indonesia registered its 51st official case and 39th death this week, a 13 year Jakarta boy who had helped his grandfather slaughter sick chickens, took sick a week later and was dead less than a week after that. There’s more discouraging news from this benighted bird flu hotspot.

If you live in Europe, you probably like to complain about your national health care system. I have no doubt you have a lot to complain about. But you could live in the US, be over 65 and have to contend with the new government sponsored (but privately administered) prescription drug plan. Anne and her…

Wayne’s World, the UN and guns

Getting crank letters (or comments) goes with the territory on a blog. But what Sri Lanka’s UN Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam is getting seems a bit excessive. 100,000 letters from Americans complaining a UN Conference on illegal small arms trade is taking place on — imagine this — July 4, that sacred global holiday, American Independence…

China shocks Captain Renault

The latest chapter in the Chinese Disease Cover-up Follies involves a just published report in the New England Journal of Medicine by eight Chinese doctors reporting the genetic sequences of an H5N1 case that occurred in November of 2003. Old news. Except China didn’t officially report its first case until two years later, November 2005.…

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) is a resource for all manner of information on infectious diseases and especially avian influenza. At their website one can find a technical overview which compiles a lot of bird flu information scattered over many sources. But it is a technical overview (although not overly specialized).…

Bird flu on the menu

I once read the restaurant industry in the US (and probably elsewhere) is one of the highest mortality businesses around. About half of new restaurants don’t make it through the first year. It is a tough business, long hours, low wages for most. Immigrant labor is common. Some restaurants do very well for their owners,…

Bulldozers and forklifts at the VA

Old soldiers — and young ones, too — do die, but if there’s a flu pandemic with a lot of absenteeism in the workforce, the VA has plans to let them just fade away. Or something like that. Families of veterans who die during a bird flu outbreak shouldn’t count on burying their loved ones…