Pandemic Flu - Thread II - page 11
Frist calls for a Manhatten Project: We are so..., you know. He is telling it like it is. Does anyone really understand this? There is nothing that we can do but prepare, but no one is... Read More
Nov 18, '06H5N1 Wild Bird Sequences in Egypt:
Nov 18, '06
FluTrackers - View Single Post - H5 North American Sequences at Genbank
So, it's not for lack of trying that other researches have sought in vain, to get the information that they need.
Nov 18, '06Last edit by indigo girl on Nov 18, '06
Nov 18, '06Preparing for Pandemic Flu, a Call to Action - a very grim report. The actual mortality rate is higher than they are indicating, but still look at what they are saying.
Commentary on face masks from Effect Measure, read it and make up your mind because you will be the one at risk:
Effect Measure: Something about masksLast edit by indigo girl on Nov 18, '06
Nov 18, '06If a vaccine becomes available, innoculate kids first:
Nov 19, '06Nov 21st, PBS special on the 1918 Pandemic:
Nov 19, '06Commentary from Recombinomics on an article from Nature:
Qinghai H5N1 Receptor Binding Domain Changes In Middle East
Quote from www.recombinomics.com/News/11190601/H5N1_RBD_Middle_East.htmlThese polymorphisms are either linked to increases in affinity for human receptors, or have been found in human isolates, suggesting various combinations can lead to more efficient human to humans transmission.
Since all are on the Qinghai strain, recombination between these sequences, can be expected, as has been seen previous in H5N1 HA cleavage site as well as the receptor binding domain.
These co-circulating polymorphisms in Qinghai isolates in the Middle East. create additional concerns.Last edit by indigo girl on Nov 19, '06
Nov 20, '06The situation in Sudan:
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/<br ... /> cdb17c.htm
Commentary from Recombinomics:
Two links on the Congo highlight the problems faced there which are also our problems:
IRIN Africa | Great Lakes | CONGO | CONGO: Interview with Dr Jean Vivien Mombouli on threat of avian flu | Health | Interview
IRIN Africa | Great Lakes | CONGO | CONGO: Still vulnerable to avian flu | Natural Disasters | News ItemsLast edit by indigo girl on Nov 20, '06
Nov 20, '06Interesting articles from the Medical Journal of Australia via Flutrackers. They refer to viral reassortment as the primary method of viral evolution rather than the recombination theory espoused by Dr. Niman. No one denies that both occur, the argument is over which is the driving force for evolution, an important issue for predicting transmissibility to humans, and for understanding what will be needed for vaccines:
FluTrackers - View Single Post - The Medical Journal of Australia - Supplement — Preparing for an influenza pandemicLast edit by indigo girl on Nov 20, '06
Nov 20, '06What are the odds? Dr. Webster, avian flu expert at St. Judes is saying 50/50. He says he is prepping for a three month period of food and water being in short supply.
US Embassy in Ottawa:
The Embassy of the U.S.A., Ottawa - Current IssuesLast edit by indigo girl on Nov 20, '06
Nov 21, '06Commentary on the scandalous hoarding of viral sequences by the WHO and other agencies. There is simply no acceptable reason for this anymore. You have to ask why?
Post Publication Hoarding of H5N1 Sequences by The WHO
Quote from www.recombinomics.com/News/11210602/H5N1_Hoarding_Post.htmlThus, although the samples are collected by public health agencies, the data is withheld from the public by the WHO affiliated labs until publication.
However, the sequence hoarders have now extended the hoarding beyond publication. This has been done in two recent high profile publications.Last edit by indigo girl on Nov 21, '06
Nov 21, '06Recent changes to the USDA Report documenting finds of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in wild birds spreading into other states. It is important to realize why they are testing. Assurances to the public that LPAI is not a problem are somewhat misleading. LPAI is a problem if poultry become infected because of the very real potential for it to mutate to a highly pathogenic form. They would not be monitoring and testing if it was not an issue.
Contrast the reassurances with this article:
Penn State Poultry Expert Explains Changes | Lancaster Farming
Quote from www.lancasterfarming.com/node/257Penn State Poultry Expert Explains Changes | Lancaster Farming]
The importance of containing LPAI is that the virus can mutate into a highly pathogenic form (HPAI). This is what happened in Pennsylvania and Virginia in 1983-1984 when about 17 million birds were euthanized because of a deadly HPAI outbreak.Last edit by indigo girl on Nov 21, '06
Nov 21, '06Triage Protocol for Critical Care during a Pandemic:
Development of a triage protocol for critical care during an influenza pandemic -- Christian et al. 175 (11): 1377 -- Canadian Medical Association Journal
Bush pledges to help Indonesia with avian flu, except that he names the wrong country as the source of the problem:
http://www.antara.co.id/en/seenws/?id=2364Last edit by indigo girl on Nov 21, '06