Bird flu gets a blog

The Wall Street Journal now offers an Avian flu news tracker.

In it is a story wherein a Roche pharmaceutical exec cautions that governments need to do much more than stock up on the antiviral drug Tamiflu to fight any bird-flu pandemic, and says "mad" consumer purchases of the drug to ward off possible bird flu were making it difficult to supply patients for the normal flu season.

To that I would add some words of caution: there is not overwhelming evidence of how Tamiflu would even work against the Avian flu. And there is already at least one case reported of resistance to the drug.

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