Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Avian 'flu status update

Effect Measure has latest on Indonesian 'flu cluster development

I guess we now know where the US sent the stock of anti-virals for contingencies earlier.

Summary: significant family cluster in Indonesia, strong circumstantial evidence for human-to-human transmission, including possibly a chain of 2-3 levels of infection (as opposed to all secondary infections from one primary), Very high mortality rate.

Some concern that the incidence in Indonesia in rural areas is quite a bit higher than reported; a lot of the known cases are apparently near urban areas with access to good medical faciltiies (duh).

One of these things that needs to be linked to for highr profile on the web. Worth keeping an eye on.


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