H5N1, Bird Flu Updates - page 15
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
Jan 22, '11Lampung, and West Java, Indonesia
Quote from birdflucorner.wordpress.comKalianda - Desa (village) Sidomakmur, Kecamatan (sub-district) Way Panji in Lampung Province stated as bird flu endemic area after 17 chickens and 4 swans had suddenly died. Confirmation was done through rapid test by Livestock Service.
Indramayu - Livestock Service (Distankan) stated fifty percent of Kabupaten Indramayu, West Java province, as bird flu endemic area.
The disease is feared to spread among birds during rainy season. According to 2011 data of Distankan Kabupaten Indramayu, of 31 sub-districts, 18 are bird flu endemic. The endemic status was made based on the bird death data.
Jan 22, '11http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2...aumatized.html
As I read this, I was remembering that every living pig was culled in Egypt because of swine flu, and milions of birds have been exterminated because of bird flu in the affected areas
The Koreans have been especially thorough in culling all living animals whenever H5N1, avian influenza hit regions of their country. It does not surprise me that the cullers would suffer emotional trauma from mass extermination of animals and birds. It must be truly terrible to be involved in so much killing, and to bury these animals alive...Is it possible to kill thousands of animals in a humane way?
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comVia The Korea Times, a disturbing report: Quarantine officials mentally traumatized. While the story deals with culling pigs and cattle, I suspect the same effects are experienced by those destroying poultry in Korea's latest B2B H5N1 outbreak: Excerpt:
Nearly 70 percent of government officials, who participated in the slaughter or the live burial of animals on farms infected with foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), are suffering severe mental trauma, a survey showed Friday.
The results came amid soaring criticism that quarantine officials have buried hundreds of thousands of cows and pigs alive. The authorities explained the inhumane action was inevitable with the spread of the disease outpacing the authorities’ slaughter capacity before a proper burial.
Jan 24, '11Japan Escalates Bird Flu Battle
We are talking millions of birds at risk. Such an incredible waste if they must be destroyed...
Quote from afludiary.blogspot.comAfter the discovery of H5N1 at a second Miyazaki Prefecture poultry farm over the weekend (see sidebar news item), the decision has been made to cull another 400,000 birds in a bid to contain the virus.
The number of chickens within these quarantine zones varies depending upon the news source. Estimates run anywhere from 1.5 million to 4 million birds.
As Japan battles this latest outbreak, the Hong Kong government has announced the immediate suspension of the processing of applications for the import of poultry and poultry products from Japan.
Jan 29, '11EID Journal: H5N1 Branching Out
Quote from afludiary.blogspot.comIn the relatively short history of the H5N1 bird flu virus, the huge bird die off in 2005 at Qinghai lake was a watershed moment. Up until then, the H5N1 virus had been pretty much limited to southeast Asia; Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and China.
But suddenly, and unexpectedly, we learned that waterfowl (brown headed gulls, cormorants, ducks, geese, etc.) – species that normally carry avian flu viruses with little ill effect – had died by the thousands at Qinghai lake.
Something had obviously changed with the virus.
And over the next 18 months, this new clade managed to spread widely – likely on the wings of migratory birds - across Asia, and into Europe and Africa.Last edit by indigo girl on Jan 30, '11
Jan 29, '11Experts warn avian flu could persist in Japan
Actually, I don't know why they seemed surprised by the possibility of birds flying south to Japan.
This is the 5th outbreak in two months, and 150,000 birds will be culled.
Quote from www.asahi.com(hat tip CIDRAP)So far, highly pathogenic viruses were believed to be brought to Japan by migratory birds arriving in early spring from Southeast Asia, where bird flu is widespread.
But after a highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, closely connected to one found in Mongolia, was detected in wild duck droppings in Hokkaido last October, experts started to suspect northern routes of infection.
"There is a possibility that migratory birds infected in Russia and elsewhere are flying south (to Japan)," said Koichi Otsuki, an avian flu expert at Kyoto Sangyo University.
Jan 29, '11The Bird Flu Situation in Egypt
For those of you who are not aware the Egyptian Government cut off all internet access into and out of Egypt because of the civil unrest two days ago (link). This means that there are no news reports on suspected bird flu cases nor is the official Egypt Ministry of Health site on line. see http://www.mohp.gov.eg/
The 122nd human case of bird flu in Egypt was reported on January 26 (link). Egypt now only lags Indonesia in the number of human infections among all of the world's countries. Right now we are in the middle of "bird flu" season in Egypt.
The lack of timely health information and information on bird flu infections from Egypt is a grave public concern for people all over the world.
Feb 3, '11H5N1 S227R In 2011 Whooper Swan In Hokkaido Japan
Some acquisitions of H5N1 increase concerns about the possibility of transmission of the virus to humans in Japan, but given the severity of the culling in both Japan and Korea, I am thinking this will not go anywhere though we could see some cullers have positive cultures. It is also likely that they would be be protected with prophylactic Tamiflu. I don't think that they would allow any chance of human to human spread.
With that said, if the environment, (such as the water) is contaminated in the areas where wild birds are bringing the virus in, what can they do about that?
Quote from www.recombinomics.comA 2011 H5N1 sequence, A/whooper swan/Hokkaido/4/2011, has been released by Hokkaido University at Genbank. The sequence is clade 2.3.2, as expected, but it has the receptor binding domain change S227R.
In 2005, the acquisition of S227N by clade 2.2 was predicted, based recombination between donor sequences in H9N2 in the Middle East and Qinghai H5N1. The ability of H5N1 with S227N to bind to human receptors led to the prediction of human cases in the Middle East, which was confirmed in the sequence from the index cases in Turkey in 2006. S227N was in two of the four human sequences in Turkey and appeared in subsequent human H5N1 sequences in Egypt.
Last edit by indigo girl on Feb 3, '11
Feb 3, '11Japan: Fifth Prefecture Hit with Bird Flu
Quote from afludiary.blogspot.comThe spread of the H5N1 avian flu virus among poultry in Japan continues, with chickens testing positive yesterday in a fifth prefecture - Oita - for the virus.
Reportedly 8,100 chickens have been culled and access and movement of poultry is restricted within a 10-kilometer radius of the infected farm.
Feb 3, '11WHO confirms 122nd avian influenza case in Egypt
The Ministry of Health of Egypt has announced a case of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) virus. A 7 year-old male from Gharbia Governorate, developed symptoms on 20 January and was hospitalized on 20 January. He is in a stable condition.
Feb 3, '11Bangladesh
Quote from www.bdnews24.com(hat tip crofsblog)Some 8,000 chickens of a poultry farm, infected with the H5N1 virus, in Kishoreganj have been culled.
The culled chickens, from Mozammel Haque's poultry farm at Bagadia village of Sadar Upazila, were buried on Thursday noon under the supervision of the district livestock department.
Feb 3, '11Burma - H5N1 and Cholera
Quote from news.xinhuanet.com(hat tip crofsblog)...avian influenza H5N1 recurred in Sittway township, Myanmar's western Rakhine state, in mid-January causing death of 700 three-month-old chickens in a poultry farm in the township.
As a preventive measure to halt the spread of the influenza, over 50,000 chickens from 75 nearby farms, suspected of carrying virulent avian influenza, were reportedly wiped out following the discovery of the unusual death of chickens in the area.
Feb 6, '11Miyazaki, Japan
Quote from search.japantimes.co.jp(hat tip crofsblog)Miyazaki Prefecture said Saturday that birds found dead at a poultry farm in Takachiho were confirmed infected with a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu virus, the eighth case in the prefecture and 12th in Japan this winter.
The farm raises about 40,000 broiler chickens, and prefectural officials started culling them and another 17,000 chickens at related facilities. A ban on shipping chickens and eggs was imposed for a radius of 10 km from the farm.
In a related development, the Nagasaki Prefectural Government said Saturday a virulent strain of bird flu was found in a mandarin duck that was found dead Friday at a pond in the city of Nagasaki together with two other ducks.
Feb 9, '11Cambodian girl dies from bird flu
Feb. 9, 2011
HNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - A five-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, the World Health Organisation said Wednesday, in the first reported fatality from the virus since early last year. The girl fell ill in the capital Phnom Penh on January 30 and was taken to hospital with symptoms of coughing and shortness of breath, a joint statement from Cambodia and the UN's public health arm said. She died on February 4.
"Despite intensive medical care, the girl died 12 hours after admission from complications," it said. . .
(hat tip to Sally Furniss)