The United Nations warned Monday of a possible resurgence of the deadly bird flu virus, saying wild bird migrations had brought it back to previously virus-free countries and that a mutant strain was spreading in Asia.
A mutant strain of H5N1, which can apparently sidestep defences of existing vaccines, is spreading in China and Vietnam, Tthe U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in a statement Monday. It urged greater surveillance to ensure that any outbreaks are contained.

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Australia
• Bird flu no threat to Australia: chief medic

Bangladesh
• 21,500 chickens culled in Chuadanga

India
• Research on HINI deaths
• Kanpur: Three cases of swine flu detected
• Lucknow: Swine flu alert in state; 13 cases in 10 days
• FAO alerts India of possible bird flu resurgence
• Bangalore: Man succumbs to H1N1

New Zealand
• Big chill brings flu crisis

Thailand
• Thailand alerted to bird flu after patients reported in neighbouring countries

United States
• MA: State will cut free flu shots by over half
• OH: Flu vaccinations now mandatory for Children’s Medical Center workers

General
• UN warns of new bird flu outbreak
• Bird Flu in China and Vietnam

Commentary
• Recombinomics: Indiana trH3N2 Case With Pandemic H1N1 MP
• Recombinomics: trH3N2 Sequence Cluster Raises Pandemic Concerns
• Australia: Bird-swine flu hybrid could be a killer combo

Research

• Sweden: Positive avian flu trial data using Isconova’s Matrix M published
• Elderly more susceptible to seasonal flu but better protected against H1N1, researchers say
• Australia: Treat all household contacts of flu patients “Intrahousehold Transmission of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Virus, Victoria, Australia”:

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