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Archives for September, 2006

Indonesia full of infected birds

There are reasonable and plausible suggestions that there may be other reservoirs for H5N1 than poultry. We have discussed it here numerous times, but we don’t know although I certainly wouldn’t rule it out. But the poultry reservoir is gigantic and probably the source of most human contact with the virus. Consider Indonesia, with its…

The Rockefeller Foundation’s conference center in Bellagio, Italy on Lake Como is a lovely place (digression: so I’m told by people I know who have spent time there. I haven’t — yet. This is a big hint to the Foundation that I am available to take a week there and tell you what I think.…

We’ve now had a chance to take a look at a new paper in Nature (advance online publication 27 September 2006 | doi:10.1038/nature05181) on increased host immune and cell death responses in mice infected with the reconstructed 1918 virus compared to other viruses with only some of the 1918 gene segments. It is a very…

Tripoli Six, brief update

With over 150 blog posts from around the world now registered (Declan’s Connotea tally here) and the full length documentary, Injection online for free (trailer here, complete streaming video here, time to catch our breath. Declan tells us the US Center for Nursing Advocacy received over 150 letters of support because of the blog campaign,…

I’m with Lindsay of Majikthise (and many others) on this one in telling Senator Reid that Republican legislation that would allow torture and allow George Bush to define the Geneva Convention to suit himself is beyond the pale. Even worse, the same legislation essentially abrogates habeas corpus, a writ for which is “a judicial mandate…

Where the chemical weapons were

If you demolish two gigantic buildings full of hazardous materials like asbestos and acrid concrete products it isn’t a surprise you would produce a hazardous environment. So it was no surprise the air around the World Trade Center was dangerous to breathe after 9/11, although we were told otherwise while officials knew better. Officials like…

Bird flu after 22 months

When we first began to cover the bird flu problem — back in 2004 — it wasn’t being discussed much anywhere, including the blogs. We started talking about it for two main reasons. First, it seemed to us, as it seemed to many informed public health scientists, that this was a possible freight train coming…

Boston Medical Reserve Corps program

The City of Boston is now soliciting volunteers for a new Boston Medical Reserve Corps Program, designed to help the city prepare for disasters:

WHO’s pandemic phasing committee

Many readers here know that WHO has a pandemic phasing arrangement, and there has been much confusion and consternation about why they have or have not “called” phase 4. In a characteristically informative article, Helen Branswell of Canadian Press gives some of the details, including the names of some of those who will advise WHO…

Tripoli Six and the blogosphere

The campaign in the blogosphere to gain justice for the Tripoli 6 (see here, here and here) has gained another powerful resource for those wishing to know more and particularly, to see its human face. In 2003 film maker Mickey Grant of Dallas made a stunning documentary, Infection whose trailer we linked on an earlier…