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    Myanmar (Burma)


    Not very specific. Are they talking about a poutry outbreak? Probably...

    Quote from www.focus-fen.net
    Yangon. Bird flu H5N1 has re-struck Myanmar with one case occurring in Yangon's Mayangong township in the beginning of this month, according to a statement of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) Saturday, Xinhua News Agency informed.
    Control measures are being against the spread of the disease, the statement said, calling on people to step up bio-security measures, change of livestock breeding system, avoidance of illegal import, transport and trading of chickens and its products, and prompt report of suspected bird flu case.
    (hat tip flutrackers/Shiloh)

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    WHO's latest update on human H5N1 cases

    Why is the CFR falling in Egypt?


    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    ...six new cases in Egypt, none fatal. With 473 confirmed cases since 2003, and 282 deaths, bird flu is not a huge threat--unless you catch it. Its worldwide case fatality ratio now stands at 59.6 percent.

    The CFR in Egypt is falling, and now stands at 28 percent.

    But in Indonesia, thanks to 19 deaths out of 20 confirmed cases in 2009, the CFR is 83.2 percent. That's a couple of percentage points higher than this time last year.

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 28

    8 February 2010 -- The Ministry of Health of Egypt has announced two new cases of human H5N1 avian influenza infection.

    The first case is a 40-year-old female from Banha District in Daqahliya Governorate. She developed symptoms on 31 January and was hospitalized on 2 February, where she received oseltamivir treatment. She is in stable condition.

    The second case is a 29-year-old female from Elsadat District, Menofya Governorate. She developed symptoms on 27 January and was hospitalized on 3 February, where she received oseltamivir treatment. She is in a critical condition.

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    Ministry of Health announced the discovery of human infection No. (97) bird flu on Monday, a man in the governorate of Helwan.

    The press statement of the Ministry of Health, the date of onset of disease, January 31, 2010, then entered the hospital on their impact on the Abbasid issued Feb. 6, suffering from fever, runny, difficulty in breathing, pneumonia after being exposed to birds suspected of having bird flu birds.

    He also gave Tamiflu immediately and his condition is critical.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Feb 9, '10
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    Optimism from Idonesia's Ministry of Health


    They must be joking! No one would believe that this is for real.

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    From the `If you don't believe it, just ask us' Department, we get optimistic assurances today from the Indonesian government that they've got their bird flu problem under control.

    The claim that the mortality rate of H5N1 has dropped is curious since the only report issued by the Indonesian MOH in the past 12 months (Dec 30th) indicated they'd seen 20 H5N1 infections with 19 deaths.

    That's a 95% fatality rate for 2009.

    If they are strictly going by the total number of deaths, then yes, they are reporting a decline. 2009 saw one less fatality than 2008, but about half the number of the deaths seen in 2007.

    And, not surprisingly, we get this report later today...

    But, what is surprising is that one of the victims, a toddler, lived. That is more like the scenario in
    Egypt where the adults usually die but the toddlers are surviving.

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com

    The following translation comes from Ida at BFIC.

    Jakarta and Bekasi ::: Bird flu victims

    February 10, 2010

    Jakarta - Two bird flu victims had been tested H5N1 positive. A residents of Bekasi, West Java province, named NL, 25 years old, tested positive bird flu H5N1 infection. NL had died on 25 January 2010. Laboratory test showed positive H5N1 infection, said Tritarayati, the Head of Public Communication Center Ministry of Health. Victim was possibly infected from direct contact with birds.

    Another victim, AD, 3 years old, a resident of Jakarta, was reported to show mild influenza like illness signs. "Laboratory test showed positive H5N1 infection. Patient has been recovered and not showing any of ILI signs," said Tritarayati.
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    Quote from english.vovnews.vn
    Bird flu is now spreading rapidly in many provinces after a long period of containment, the Department of Animal Health (DAH) said on February 8.

    The provinces of Ca Mau, Ha Tinh, Dien Bien, Soc Trang, Kon Tum and Quang Tri have all reported cases of bird flu infection in the last 21 days.

    Quang Tri is the latest province to confirm a bird flu outbreak in Trieu Phong district. It has culled 400 birds in a farm and is carrying out measures to prevent any further spread of the disease.
    (hat tip crofsblog)
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    Lampung, Indonesia


    Quote from www.thejakartapost.com
    Abdul Moeloek General Hospital in Bandarlampung, Lampung, has again quarantined a patient suspected of being infected the bird flu after showing symptoms of high fever, coughing and difficulties of breathing.

    The patient, named as Suh, was reported to have had direct contact with her chickens that had suddenly died. She burned the dead chickens and buried them near her house a few days ago.

    Her husband Udin said thousands of chickens near his home had abruptly died in the past two weeks. "The dead chickens included 15 of mine. All the chickens in our neighborhood have died," Udin said Tuesday.

    Laboratory tests on the dead chickens in Way Laga subdistrict showed that the birds were infected with the avian flu virus.
    (hat tip pfi/pixie)
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    West Bengal, India


    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    At least 409 people have been put on medication in bird flu-hit areas of West Bengal, health authorities said Monday.

    In the last few years, the country has not registered any case of human transmission of bird flu but there is always a possibility of human infection among the high risk groups.

    "A total of 409 poultry workers, cullers, veterinary surgeons involved in culling operations have been put on chemoprophylaxis," a health ministry official said.
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    indonesia: banten bird flu suspect


    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com

    serang, banten ::: fifty-year-old bird flu suspect man

    a 50-year-old man, with initial s, is treated in isolation unit of serang regional hospital. patient was transferred to serang regional hospital from grogol public health center, cilegon.

    hospital's spokesman, yopi triana s said that patient arrived in serang regional hospital on wednesday (10/1) afternoon with body temperature 37℃. according to patient's family, s developed fever after had direct contact with suddenly died chickens nearby his house. patient also showed common signs of bird flu infection such as, sore throat, and low of leukocyte (white blood cell) count for less than 5,000 per ml blood, added yopi.
    who updates indonesia's bird flu cases


    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    in 2009 indonesia declined to report on any human h5n1 infections until the 30th of december, when they released confirmation of 20 cases and 19 fatalities.

    today indonesia has informed the world health organization of a new confirmed bird flu fatality - that of a 25 year-old woman from jakarta in january.
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    ...and bird flu keeps coming in 2010

    I always enjoy commentary from Scott McPherson, the Chief Information Officer for the Florida
    House of Representatives. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the latest CIDRAP Conference
    on Keeping the World Working during the Pandemic which was held in Minneapolis this past fall.
    He is a really great guy, well informed, well connected and very funny!

    Quote from www.scottmcpherson.net
    ...just this morning, news of a third Indonesian bird flu patient arrives via proMED. This patient, a woman in Lampung, accompanies a huge die-off of birds in the province.

    While this is taking place, the Western press is reporting about the roasting of public health officials over regarding what some misguided souls proclaim to be a "false pandemic" of H1N1v. As the public health officers of the civilized world circle the wagons in the West, swine flu continues to insinuate itself throughout Asia. And as it does what the flu does, it will absolutely have multiple opportunities to rub elbows with bird flu in towns and villages. It has already had multiple opportunities with each and every confirmed human H5N1 case since April of 2009.

    Everyone is asking him/herself, "What virus was shed by those who are testing positive for bird flu? Who might have walked into a cloud of H5N1 particles expunged by someone? And what if that person, in turn, also acquires H1N1v swine flu? Deep in the lungs of those dual-flu victims, what terrible reassortment experiments might be churning? And what is the form and substance of that mutation, if it survives?"

    Wait, you ask. Why should swine flu mix with bird flu? Recall that swine flu is only one-third swine. It is also one-third human, and one-third avian. Look at the number of flocks of turkeys all over the world that have acquired swine flu. (interesting that I can only recall turkey flocks having acquired H1N1v).
    More at: http://www.scottmcpherson.net/journa...g-in-2010.html
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    Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 30


    Sadly, the second case died, and she was pregnant. No mention of any emergency
    c-section being done so I suspect fetal demise as well. That is what usually happens
    with bird flu. I don't remember any cases where the baby survived the mother's death
    from H5N1 in any country.

    Quote from www.who.int
    17 February 2010 -- The Ministry of Health of Egypt has announced two new cases of human H5N1 avian influenza infection.

    The first case is a 32 year-old male from Ashmon district in Menofya Governorate. He developed symptoms on 6 February and was hospitalized on 8 February, where he received oseltamivir treatment. He is in a stable condition.

    The second case is a 29 year-old pregnant female from Elsadat District, Menofya Governorate. She developed symptoms on 6 February and was hospitalized on 12 February, where she received oseltamivir treatment. She died on 13 February.

    Investigations into the source of infection indicated that both cases had exposure to sick and dead poultry.

    The cases were confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratories, a National Influenza Center of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network (GISN).

    Egyptian authorities have also reported that 2 deaths have occurred in the previously announced cases; the 37 year-old male from Helwan District, Helwan Governorate who developed symptoms on 31 January and the 29 year-old female from Elsadat District, Menofya Governorate who developed symptoms on 27 January .

    Of the 99 laboratory confirmed cases of Avian influenza A(H5N1) reported in Egypt, 30 have been fatal.

    Quote from www.cidrap.umn.edu
    Investigations into the two cases revealed that both patients were exposed to sick and dead poultry. The two illnesses mark Egypt's 98th and 99th H5N1 cases.

    Egyptian officials also reported two deaths in previously announced cases. They involve a 37-year-old man from Helwan governorate who got sick on Jan 31 and was previously listed as Egypt's 97th H5N1 case-patient, and a 29-year-old woman from Elsadat district in Menofia governorate who got sick on Jan 27 and was previously announced as the 96th case-patient. These two deaths, plus the newly announced fatal case, raise the number of fatal H5N1 infections in Egypt to 30.

    Egypt has recorded nine cases and three deaths from the H5N1 virus so far this year. The infections seem to be striking mostly adults this year, a change from 2009 when young children seemed to bear the greatest disease burden. Of the nine H5N1 infections reported to the WHO so far, seven have occurred in adults—four women and three men.

    It's unclear why the virus is hitting adults harder this year, but a report in the Jan 28 issue of Eurosurveillance suggested that Egyptian women may have more exposure to the virus, because they do the bulk of poultry culling, slaughtering, and defeathering. The report also said Egyptian adults aren't hospitalized as quickly as children, which could increase their death rates. Studies have shown patients infected with the H5N1 virus are more likely to survive their infections if they receive early antiviral treatment.

    The country has reported dozens of poultry H5N1 outbreaks this year, most of them in household birds, though the virus has struck some commercial farms.

    The new Egyptian cases and deaths raise the global H5N1 total to 478 cases, which include 286 fatalities.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Feb 17, '10
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    West Bengal, India


    Quote from pib.nic.in
    On 17th February 2010, Central Team conveyed

    o That scientists and specialists from the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Govt. of India have visited the affected villages and collected samples from the birds and sent for laboratory confirmation.

    o That the specimen sent from Diara (Mallickpur) on 13.02.10 tested at HSDL Bhopal found Positive for H5N1 Virus (report available on 15.02.10)

    o That State Govt has decided to cull the repopulated Birds in the villages coming within around 3 KM radius centered from Diara under Khargram Block of Murshidabad.

    o That the Culling team culled 814 Birds on 16.02.2010 ( till 09.00 PM)The Medical Team of Khargram Block including the BMOH of Khargram Block PHC had examined the Cullers and administered 75 mg of Oseltamivir to each culler and supporting Staff as prophylactic dose.

    o Surveillance within 0-3 KM area (18 Villages and 19289 population) and Bi-weekly fever surveillance at 3-10 KM area from Diara (Mollickpur) village of Khargram Block is being initiated.

    o The stock of drugs & logistics are sufficient and the arrangements in District and Sub divisional Hospital of this district are adequate to combat with avian influenza human cases, if occurred.

    o There is NO SUSPECTED HUMAN CASE of ILI in affected block till date and no unusual poultry deaths in the district.
    (hat tip flutrackers/RoRo)

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