More avian flu news
In Geneva, experts at the first major international coordination meeting on bird flu said a human flu pandemic was inevitable and urged countries to draw up plans.
Six months ago, fewer than 40 countries had a pandemic flu plan, said Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO’s director of epidemic and pandemic response. Now, 120 countries, or 60 percent of the WHO member states, have a plan, he said.
Hopefully US officials will be a bit more open to this than they have been in dealing with the U.N. A pandemic is, by definition, a worldwide event, and meeting to work out coordinated efforts across the globe is a great start. An article on the first day of the meeting can be found here.
Finally, Gina Kolata has an article in Today's NY Times regarding where the 1918 virus really came from, and whether we're looking in the wrong places for emergent avian viruses. Recommended reading.