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Swine and MRSA

The peanut butter/peanut paste ingredient based salmonella outbreak has been in the news lately and we’ve discussed it here (and here, here, here, here, here). There are now about 500 reported cases and six deaths. That’s a case fatality ratio of just over 1%. So what if there were a disease outbreak of 100,000 cases…

WHO behaving badly (again)

An article in The Straits Times from newswire Associated Press (AP) drew my attention to a festering disagreement between proponents of an innovative global sharing initiative for influenza information and the World Health Organization, the official UN Agency that has run the global influenza surveillance system for more than a half century. The new system,…

The beach in Indonesia may look nice, but don’t let that distract you: There is an English word for deliberately neglecting to tell people something they have asked you about. It’s called lying. On that basis, the Indonesian government, primarily in the person of their Minister of Health, Siti Fadillah Supari, are liars. They have…

Naming a bird flu virus

For years we have been naming flu viruses in a particular way. Now Declan Butler has a news article in Nature observing that the system is being modified for bird flu to be more “politically correct.” What is the system that’s being modified (still in use for seasonal flu)?

We’ve covered the Indonesian refusal to cooperate with international influenza surveillance system to a fare thee well (see posts posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and links therein), so this is just an update with some additional observations how Indonesia’s deplorable behavior isn’t that different than the…

The heart of bird flu season coming up

If you look at the bar chart below you will see that this year’s bird flu season is shaping up to look pretty much like last year. In the first two months of the year there are a few more cases but essentially the picture looks much the same. If that is indeed true, then…

The Indonesian virus sharing impasse is said to be over, and with the dénouement comes some fascinating new information. Many will remember the row started when an Australian vaccine maker took an Indonesian viral isolate and made an experimental vaccine from it (see many posts among those here). At the time it was said the…

Next year’s flu vaccine

We’ve posted a bit (here and here) on this year’s flu vaccine and some mismatches. Because of the time it takes to ramp up production the flu vaccines for the following season are made in the early spring of the year before, often, as now at the peak of the ongoing flu season. Yesterday WHO…

Was bird flu better in 2007 versus 2006?

In 2006 there were 115 confirmed cases (WHO case count) of H5N1 in humans with 79 deaths. In 2007 the figures are 86 cases and 59 deaths. Some have taken this as evidence H5N1 is less of a problem (latest data here). That’s not how I read it, however. Seasonal flu numbers bounce around from…

A report late last night by Helen Branswell alerted me to a tabulation from a new tracking system WHO is putting into place to answer demands from a number of member states in the developing world that there be more transparency in how isolates of avian influenza (bird flu) submitted to WHO are used and…