Friday, April 14, 2006

Never mind H5N1: virulent outbreaks of bird flu phobia are on the horizon

...Bird flu phobia is separate from avian flu itself and pays no heed to the science of virology. It infects the body politic, spread by what I once heard a top new Labour adviser boastfully describe as the Government’s policy of “organised paranoia”...
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Bird flu contingency plans have been tried and tested in Warwickshire following the discovery of a dead swan with the H5N1 strain of the virus in Scotland last week.
Beware of Bolloywood popups!

So a country of nearly a billion confirms birdflu so what do they do? Well, as reverse logic would have it the govt stops sales of their generic Tamiflu med and then the company stops making it due to low demand.
US companies with lots of outsourced work there might want to look over their contingency plans.

Drug major Cipla has put on hold its plans to manufacture 'Anti-flu', the generic version of avian influenza drug, Tamiflu."There is not much demand of the drug as of now.

Only some countries are building their stockpiles as a precaution. So we have put production on hold,"a top company official told TOI.