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La grippe des oiseaux

Miracle wonder drug Tamiflu has been prescribed for flu so regularly by Japanese doctors that its effect on the illness was already beginning to weaken. With that in mind it can't be any surprise that the human strain of the H5N1 bird flu is showing resistance to Tamiflu in Vietnam. Except, of course, it's apparently an enormous surprise: Roche's Tamiflu is still "seen as the best treatment for bird flu", says the Beeb, and the UK Government is trying to arrange for 80 million billion doses to be given to everyone in the country at every mealtime until they retire. Rather like a crap E, Paracetomol would be cheaper, and probably as effective.

(The Americans are getting GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza, lucky bastards, although actually that won't be any good either until they've developed a version that can be injected. At the moment you have to inhale it, which, if you've been exposed to a hefty dose of bird flu, is—to paraphrase the medical reports—useless.)

In other news, amidst the crowds of avian stuff on-screen, I can't have been the only person to misglimpse the final word of the BBC headline, "Paid leave plans for new fathers".


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 19th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oct. 19th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
You win a starling.
Oct. 19th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
It's trying to kiss me...
Get... it.. away... from... my mouth!
Oct. 19th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
Re: It's trying to kiss me...
It's all right, I'm a doctor.
Oct. 19th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: It's trying to kiss me...
I've just received a grant from the Government to produce 600,000,000,000,000 starlings trained to snog everyone in the United Kingdom. They say they don't know if it will work against flu but, I quote, "at least we're doing something".

Still, if efficacy can be measured by noughts on cheques, I can proudly announce that the starling cure will erase influenza forever!
Oct. 19th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: It's trying to kiss me...
> measured by noughts on cheques

... following whole numbers, obviously.
Oct. 20th, 2005 08:31 am (UTC)
Re: It's trying to kiss me...
Does the GM starling work by blocking all the orifices in your face, preventing you from inhaling deadly bird flu germs?
Oct. 19th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
Also: 'Tamiflu' sounds more like the name of a doll that weeps real snot.
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