posted by admin on 03/07/06
Friday, June 30
3:40 p.m.: Nigeria reported H5N1 in the northeastern state of Taraba, bringing to 14 the number of Nigerian states with reported cases of bird flu. Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, has 36 states in all and recorded Africa's first case of H5N1 in February.
3:05 p.m.: The WHO released the results of its study of 205 lab-confirmed H5N1 cases reported to the WHO between 2003 and 2006. Among the findings: Half of the victims were under age 20 and a staggering 90% were under 40. The case-fatality rate was 56%. Most of the victims who died were under 40, exactly the opposite of seasonal flu, where mortality is highest in the elderly. Cases occurred year round.
11:25 a.m.: Nature magazine published an editorial on a key issue in the fight against bird flu: Medical data from bird-flu victims aren't available to scientists outside of the WHO network, which has impeded critical research on the disease. Declan Butler, a reporter for Nature, outlines key points on the issue in his blog.
China's Health Ministry is investigating whether a man initially thought to have SARS actually died of bird flu in 2003, two years before any human cases of the disease were reported by the mainland, a World Health Organization spokesman said. Tests were being conducted on samples from the man, whose case was brought to light in a letter Chinese scientists published in the June 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, said Roy Wadia, a WHO spokesman in Beijing