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Avian Flu News Tracker
posted by admin on 12/05/06

Thursday, May 11, 2006 

11 a.m.: The flocks of migratory birds that winged their way south to Africa last autumn and then back over Europe in recent weeks didn't carry the H5N1 bird flu virus or spread it during their annual journey, the International Herald Tribune reports. Health officials had feared the disease was likely to spread to Africa during the winter migration and return to Europe with a vengeance during the reverse migration this spring. "Is it like Y2K, where also nothing happened?" asks one offical. 

10:45 a.m.: David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor's, gives his estimates on the impact of a pandemic. He sees a severe flu outbreak causing " a mild recession in the U.S., on the order of the 1990-1991 downturn," with a "significant" impact of credit quality. A mild pandemic "would be minor for credit quality, but would still cause unemployment to rise by about half a percentage point," he says. 

9 a.m.: The New York Times reports on Tuesday night's TV ratings. "ABC's alarmist movie 'Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America' did poorly, with only 5.29 million viewers," according to Nielsen. Meanwhile, the season finale of "Gilmore Girls" drew 4.93 million, while American Idol dominated with 28.13 million. 

8 a.m.: WSJ's Nicholas Zamiska reports. A pair of generic drugs that are plentiful and cheaper than Tamiflu could gain further credibility as a bird-flu treatment because of a study in a prominent U.S. scientific journal. The study, which will appear in a coming issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, reports that the vast majority of strains of the deadly avian-influenza virus, H5N1, found in China and Indonesia would respond to the drugs, known as amantadine and rimantadine. The research further erodes the conventional wisdom that these older drugs are useless against bird flu in humans.

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