(For all you fans of disaster novels, here’s one you might want to check out.-cottontop)

If you were to pick up a copy of Carla Buckley’s novel “The Things That Keep Us Here” (Delacorte, 408 pp., $25) in a bookstore, you would never guess from the cover that it is a story about the extermination of nearly half the human race.

The cover — neither its title nor the illustration showing a little girl holding a feather — just doesn’t look like it’s going to be a disaster novel. But that’s what it is, and it’s quite a good one, too.

Buckley tells what might happen if another flu epidemic — called H5N1 in the novel — swept across the world the way the Spanish flu did in 1918. She narrows her focus just to central Ohio, which will make the book especially interesting to readers around here.

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Bangladesh
•  Satellite Technology Targets Disease Hotspots for Avian Influenza (Link)

China
•  China’s quake zone guards against marmot plague outbreak (Link)

Malaysia
•  Flu-like illness clusters recorded (Link)

•  Health Ministry continues to monitor H1N1 mutation (Link)
•  Four-year old girl dies from H1N1-related complications (Link)

New Zealand
•  Swine flu: It will strike Northland again, says top doctor (Link)

•  Vaccine shipment from France may be delayed (Link)

Uganda
•  ProMED: Undiagnosed Disease – Mbarara (Link)

United Arab Emirates
•  Medical clinics detect rise in weather-related flu cases (Link)

Vietnam
•  Fever virus spread (translated) (Link)

General
•  ProMED: Influenza Pandemic (H1N1) (30): WHO Update (Link)

•  Genome Technology: The Other Genomics (Link)

Research
•  Scientists find chicken antibodies may help prevent H5N1 pandemic (Link)
•  Renal Disease Increases Risk of Kidney Injury, Mortality in Critically Ill Patients With H1N1 (Link)

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