posted by admin on 13/07/06
Wednesday, July 12
4:05 p.m.: HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt announced that the federal U.S. government is setting aside another $225 million for state and local officials for pandemic-preparedness efforts. The funding is part of $350 million in recent appropriations for state and local efforts.
3:50 p.m.: Egypt eased bird-flu related restrictions on poultry imports in order to lower the retail price of poultry-related foods ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the AFP news service reported. During the holy month, which this year begins in September, Muslims fast during the day but break the fast with a big meal with family and friends at sunset. More food is consumed during Ramadan than during any other month on the Muslim calendar. Egpyt has reported 14 human cases of bird flu, six of which were fatal.
1:30 p.m.: Veterinarians in Indonesia believe the failure to implement standardized countrywide procedures for handling bird-flu infections in poultry is what's causing the disease to spread, the Jakarta Post reported. The Indonesian Veterinarians Association said the government erred by allowing local officials to take different approaches in handling infected birds.
9:35 a.m.: Australian insurance companies have started writing bird-flu clauses into their travel policies to protect themselves from having to pay large claims in the event of a pandemic, the Courier-Mail reported. That means that Australians insured under such policies won't be covered if they catch bird flu while traveling.
1 a.m.: WSJ's Plots & Ploys column.
Some New York commercial real-estate owners and landlords are beginning to discuss what to do in the event of an avian-flu pandemic – how to prevent the disease from spreading in their building and how to curb liability.