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Tracking Bird Flu Cases Bird flu deserves its own thread for tracking suspected and confirmed cases. It's not the pandemic virus, but it is still an ongoing and significant threat because of its... Read More

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    Flu: Bird Flu Falls Off the Radar, but Cases Show It's Still a Threat

    Flu - Bird Flu Falls Off the Radar, but Cases Show It’s Still a Threat - NYTimes.com

    I continue to be fascinated by this disease, and I sincerely hope that it never learns to become more transmissible to humans.

    Quote from www.nytimes.com
    In contrast to the swine flu, which killed only 1 out of every 2,000 people who got it, the avian flu kills about 3 out of 5.

    Since 2003, there have been 508 cases around the world, with 302 deaths. Only three countries-Indonesia, Egypt and Vietnam-have reported more than one or two a year recently. It is more often found in poultry flocks.

    The government in Indonesia recently released details of two deaths. One was a 35-year-old Jakarta man who died after 11 days despite prompt hospitalization. The second was a 40-year-old woman who died a week after falling ill. For unknown reasons, a greater percentage die of the flu in Indonesia than elsewhere.
    (hat tip flutrackers/pathfinder)
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    Japan to Cull 20,000 Chickens as Bird-Flu Outbreak Discovered

    Japan to Cull 20,000 Chickens as Bird-Flu Outbreak Discovered - BusinessWeek

    Quote from www.businessweek.com
    Japan will cull about 20,000 chickens at a farm in the western prefecture of Shimane after the country's first case of avian influenza since 2009 was discovered by the government today.

    The government has asked the farm operator, which also raises about 3,300 chicks, not to move the birds out of the area to contain the disease, Yuji Kawakami at Shimane Prefecture's livestock office said today by phone. The owner of the egg- laying chicken farm in Yasugi city found five dead birds yesterday, he said.

    The government has asked farms within a radius of 10 kilometers from the Yasugi farm not to move birds, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
    (hat tip crofsblog)

    Japan: Gearing Up To Tackle Bird Flu

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    For the first time in more than a year, Japan yesterday announced the detection of what they believe to be the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus on their soil.

    While early PCR testing showed H5N1, final laboratory confirmation is still awaited.

    Today, the Mainichi Daily News is reporting that in the face of this latest outbreak, Prime Minister Naoto Kan has ordered officials to do everything in their power to prevent the further spread of the virus.
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    Indonesia

    Indonesia: The Long Wait For Test Results

    Not always easy to find the H5N1 virus even though it may be there. There is quite a history of this little problem occurring when docs were pretty certain that bird flu had killed the patient, and this was in countries other than Indonesia. Sometimes it took an autopsy to establish cause, and find the virus. But, they don't do autopsies in Indonesia so if this woman dies, they may never know what killed her. And, then there are the other issues which this link addresses well.

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    On November 22nd, a 21-year-old woman from West Java, Indonesia was admitted to Hasan Sadikin (RSHS) hospital with serious respiratory symptoms, and was almost immediately placed on a ventilator.

    The tentative diagnosis was possible H5N1, or bird flu, infection. Laboratory tests were ordered to either confirm, or rule out, the virus (see Bandung, Indonesia: Bird Flu Suspect).

    Twelve days later, and after multiple laboratory tests (results undisclosed), the young woman remains on a ventilator (although somewhat improved) and doctors are still unable to say whether she has the H5N1 virus.
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    egypt reports bird flu fatality

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    quietly, although not secretly, egypt tests thousands of people with flu-like symptoms each year for the h5n1 virus.

    of the more than 11,800 people tested since 2006, only 113 have tested positive. and of those, 37 have died.

    cairo, dec 4 (kuna) -- egypt on saturday announced the 10th bird flu fatality this year for a 30-year-old women northern the capital.
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    South Korea

    FluTrackers - View Single Post - South Korea - H5N1 in Wild Bird in Iksan

    Quote from www.flutrackers.com
    in Iksan, North Jeolla boundless expanse of the captured ducks faeces River Basin, we found a highly pathogenic H5N1 type bird flu virus, epidemic prevention staff has stepped up vigilance.

    South Korea, "Yonhap news agency," Today's message from the bottom of Iksan City, pointed out that the units in the boundless expanse of river basin to capture 39 wild ducks and inspection, from examination of their faeces out of the highly pathogenic H5N1 type bird flu virus. Bird droppings from the bird flu virus that test AI antigen, the first time in South Korea.
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    Bandung, Indonesia

    Indonesia: Bandung Patient H5N1 Positive

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    ...received an email from a Ministry of Health official in Indonesia saying that the 21-year-old woman from West Java, Indonesia admitted to Hasan Sadikin (RSHS) back on November 22nd had tested positive for the H5N1 virus.

    Testing for the virus can be difficult. The good news is that Depkes - the Ministry of Health - publicly acknowledged the positive result once they had it.

    As the northern hemisphere moves into winter we are already seeing an uptick in the number of H5N1 reports in humans, wild birds, and poultry. This is to be expected, and has been the pattern since the virus re-emerged in 2003.
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    South Korea

    South Korea Finds 2 H5N1 Infected Owls

    Usually its poultry, or aquatic birds like ducks, swans, geese, but owls? Who knew? The real question is, what was the source of their infections?

    I did not know that the South Koreans were monitoring so vigorously. They have been very agressive in wiping out all birds and animals in infected zones even if they were pets as we have seen in the past. They seem determined not to allow this virus to become entrenched in the environment.

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    ...the discovery of two dead owls leads one to suspect there are more infected birds and/or animals in the region.


    While the detection of a few wild birds with H5N1 in one week in Korea is hardly alarming, it is a reminder that the virus continues to exist, and spread, in the wild.
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    South Korea

    South Korea Finds 2 H5N1 Infected Owls

    Usually its poultry, or aquatic birds like ducks, swans, geese, but owls? Who knew? The real question is, what was the source of their infections?

    I did not know that the South Koreans were monitoring so vigorously. They have been very agressive in wiping out all birds and animals in infected zones even if they were pets as we have seen in the past. They seem determined not to allow this virus to become entrenched in the environment.
    Thank you for posting this! There has been aggressive monitoring just off post here in Dongducheon (my husband is stationed at Camp Casey). Literature is starting to go up around post re precautions.
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    Quote from Aleah_RN
    Thank you for posting this! There has been aggressive monitoring just off post here in Dongducheon (my husband is stationed at Camp Casey). Literature is starting to go up around post re precautions.
    Interesting. I lived in Dongducheon in 1976 just outside of Camp Casey years ago when my ex was stationed there on an unaccompanied tour. It would be the wet market there that would concern me. That would be the most likely place for any exposure other than the farms where the chickens are raised.

    What are the precautions saying to do or not do? The Koreans are very agressive when it comes to trying to wipe out this virus. They can't keep it from reappearing but they will do whatever it takes and more than that to control it.
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    Nepal

    H5N1: Nepal: A bird flu coverup

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com

    Two days after the chickens at Nawaganga Poultry Farm in Mangalpur-3 showed symptoms of the disease, rapid test had revealed H5N1 avian influenza virus on October 27. The symptoms were confirmed by real time Polymerase Chain Reaction in a central veterinary laboratory on October 28. The sample was tested positive in Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA), in the United Kingdom on November 19.

    Sources claimed that the Cabinet had refused to declare the outbreak even after it was informed about it in October-end.
    Dr Ram Krishna Khatiwada, programme director, Directorate of Animal Health, in his capacity as the communication officer from Nepal to World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), reported the case to the OIE only on December 12. Around 11,500 poultry were destroyed by the government agency at the poultry farm during this recent outbreak.

    Last year also, the government had refused to disclose information about bird flu outbreak in different parts of the country. The government was forced to disclose the outbreak a month later after THT informed the public about the possible danger.
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    beheira governate, egypt

    egypt announces 114th bird flu case

    a case here, a case there, the virus goes on infecting humans/ poultry or other birds/other mammals in the different countries that have the bad luck to have viral exposure. whether the virus is smuggled in the body of a duck or chicken, or flew in via the body of wild bird, once it is in the environment, you have to agressively go after it like the japanese and the south koreans do. who knows what china is doing though, and they are most likely the ultimate exporter of this virus.

    how did the virus get to egypt? impossible to eradicate it now...

    most cases in humans are probably not severe in egypt, (just a guess that most are not even tested but kids are) since the toddlers infected are not dying, one would think that the adults must be infected also. this gives the virus lots of opportunity to adapt humans and evolve.

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    ministry of health spokesman abdel rahman shahin announced the discovery of the latest case of bird flu afflicting a 25 year old woman in beheira governorate. the unnamed woman constitutes the 114th case of bird flu since the onset of the disease in egypt.

    shaheen went noted that the women entered a local hospital with a high fever and flu symptoms after being exposed to household birds suspected of carrying the disease.
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    Japan

    H5N1: Japan: H5N1 detected in swan

    Tundra swans most likely have migrated from futher north of Japan. This would be an example of the virus having migrated into the area in the body of a species of swan. The mute swans most likely have not migrated but were infected locally possibly by swimming in waters infected by birds migrating into the area if what I know about swans is correct.

    How the poultry got infected is anyone's guess, but there is probably a logical answer.

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    The Tottori prefectural government unveiled the result of a test on the wild, young tundra swan, which was found reeling on the balcony of a residential house in Yonago on Dec 4 and died the following day.

    The location is within 10 kilometers of a poultry farm in neighboring Yasugi, where over 20,000 chickens were culled by early this month after city officials confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu.

    Meanwhile, officials of Toyama Prefecture are conducting a further investigation into suspected cases of bird flu infection after a swan was spotted swimming feebly Saturday in a park where two swans were found dead earlier in the week.
    It was the second time a weakened mute swan was discovered in as many days in a moat inside the premises of the park in Takaoka city after the dead swans were found there on Thursday, one of which subsequently tested positive for bird flu in a preliminary check.
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    Luxor, Egypt

    Egypt Reports Bird Flu Fatality

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    On Thursday of this week we learned of an 11 year-old girl from Luxor, Egypt who was hospitalized with H5N1 (see Egypt: MOH Reports Bird Flu Case #115).

    Sadly today, KUNA (Kuwaiti News Agency) is reporting that she lost her battle with the virus.


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