H5N1, Bird Flu Updates - page 2

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 virulence. As Margaret Chan,... Read More

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    Quote from RuRnurse?

    I am suggesting that we ALL just calm down, take a deep breath, and THINK about this! The way it's being handled now is so knee-jerk and hasty, it can't HELP but turn out badly. Fear and panic always screws up the thinking process, and what we need now is clear-headed thinking, not blind reactions.

    Our elected officials seem to be drinking the Kool-aid here, and we are seeing things like what is happening in NY and Massachusetts. Knee-jerk responses to the fear-mongering of the CDC and WHO, etc. Just like after 9-11, when our government used the fear of another terrorist attack to take away or revise some of our rights, it's being done again, this time with the fear of pandemic disease.
    The trouble is, after the so-called "emergency" has passed, try getting those rights back again!
    You realize that this thread is on bird flu suspected cases, right? It is not on vaccine or govt policy or knee jerk reactions.

    It is now September 2009. The Baxter story was posted at allnurses in Feb 2009, post #54:

    I am not sure if you realize this or not, but Baxter is not one of the 5 companies licensed to make flu vaccine for the US market.
    The five companies are: MedImmune, Novartis AG, Sanofi-Aventis SA, GlaxoSmithKline PLC and CSL Ltd.

    Again, I am documenting bird flu suspected and confirmed cases. If I want to talk about vaccine policy, I go start a thread on it or go to one in progress, and state my views, post commentary from elsewhere or give documention.

    I try not to derail threads or go off topic though I probably do occasionally do this, I at least try not to out of courtesy for the person who started the post. I would not attempt to derail your threads, please show me the same respect.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Oct 20, '09
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    Quote from www.who.int
    The Ministry of Health of Egypt has reported 2 new confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1).

    The first case is a 13 year-old male from Alexandria Governorate. His symptoms started on 13 September. He was admitted to hospital on 14 September, where he received oseltamivir treatment. The patient is in a stable condition.

    The second case is a a 14 month old female from Tahrer District, Behira Governorate. Her symptoms started on 23 September. She was admitted to Damanhur Fever Hospital where she received oseltamivir treatment. The patient is in a stable condition.

    Investigations into the source of infection indicated that both cases had close contact with dead and/or sick poultry.

    The cases were confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratories.

    Of the 87 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 27 have been fatal.
    These mild cases make me very nervous. Because they are mild, it is likely that the disease is far more prevalent than we are aware of. It is also likely that there are mild but undiagnosed cases in adults. Add swine flu to this picture, and you have a recipe for reassortment of the two different strains that could be very dangerous. The Egyptians are no doubt, very worried about this
    as well...
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    Lebak, Banten, Indonesia


    I have not been paying much attention to this virus lately, but it is still around. There was a human case publicized recently that I now have to find. Hopefully with the appointment of the new Minister of Health there, Indonesia will be more transparent with information about these cases.

    This the time of year that we can expect an upswing in birds, animals, and people in that area of the world.

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    Dozen of dead chicken bodies tested positive bird flu infection have been disposed into irrigation canal of Kampung Babakan, Desa Aweh, Kecamatan Kalanganyar on Monday (9/11).

    Worrying of bird flu infection, people reported bad smell of rotten chicken bodies came from the irrigation canal to local livestock service. According to this report, officials dispatched to investigate the location. Examination to several chicken samples showed those chickens had died of bird flu infection.

    It is assumed those chickens belong to farms of Desa Aweh that had bird flu outbreak several days ago.
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    Suphan Buri, Thailand


    One thousand dead ducks is not a good sign. This is a bad time of year.

    Of course, the Thai also have to deal with swine flu in their country as well so everyone is concerned that a co-infection in human hosts with the H5N1 virus not occur, hence the targeted education campaign on bird flu for the local population.

    Quote from enews.mcot.net
    About one thousand ducks were found dead of unknown causes in Suan Taeng sub-district of the Suphan Buri provincial seat on Friday. Government veterinary workers destroyed the rest of the ducks in the flock to prevent a possible outbreak of influenza and are now awaiting for laboratory test results from Kasetsart University.

    Director-General Dr Manit Theeratantikanont of the Disease Control Department said that according to the reports from doctors and expert observers following the bird flu situation, the lower northern and central provinces must be more closely monitored as bird flu patients were previously found in Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Uthai Thani, Kanchanaburi and Suphan Buri.

    Dr Manit urged local residents to help keep close watch on the situation and inform concerned officials or health volunteers if any wildfowl or domestic fowl is found dead from unknown reason. (TNA)
    (hat tip crofsblog)
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    h5n1 hazards for survivors


    there has been much speculation all along that this was a possibility. here is a study in mice looking more closely at this phenomenon. considering the mortality rate for bird flu though, especially in indonesia (over 80%), this might be a relatively rare occurence.

    as crofs wonders, whether or not this can occur from other types of infliuenza is indeed, a very good question.

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    evidently h5n1, like the spanish flu, may cause longterm harm in its survivors: highly pathogenic h5n1 influenza virus can enter the central nervous system and induce neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration. the abstract:

    one of the greatest influenza pandemic threats at this time is posed by the highly pathogenic h5n1 avian influenza viruses. to date, 61% of the 433 known human cases of h5n1 infection have proved fatal.

    animals infected by h5n1 viruses have demonstrated acute neurological signs ranging from mild encephalitis to motor disturbances to coma. however, no studies have examined the longer-term neurologic consequences of h5n1 infection among surviving hosts.
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    Alan Sipress: Playing chicken with a nightmare flu

    This is why we continue to watch and worrry about bird flu. Lots of really great info
    from this author on the political/economic history involved with bird flu. Information
    on contagious diseases tends to be heavily censored in many countries for economic reasons. Everyone knows this, right? Well, it is true. Certainly, everytime an outbreak
    of what is always described as a low pathogenic avian virus in North America occurs,
    all information is at least somewhat censored here and in Canada as well. The public
    is always assured that there is no danger, and most of the time that is probably true.

    The USDA has two roles. One is to protect the public but the other is to promote US agricultural products including poultry and livestock. Sometimes, one role takes precedence over the other, and perhaps they are not as transparent about this as we might like. This is no different from countries like Indonesia where bird flu is endemic, and bird flu certainly has been known to occur on the beautiful tourist paradise island of Bali, a source of tourist dollars that would be at risk if Australians were to suddenly hear of an increase in outbreaks of the virus. For two years now, Indonesia has kept silent about those outbreaks.

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com

    From the Washington Post today, an outlook & Opinion column by Alan Sipress, WaPo’s economics editor and the author of the book "The Fatal Strain: On the Trail of Avian Flu and the Coming Pandemic."

    Sipress has spent years on the trail of avian flu, traveling across much of Asia as he filed reports. He gives us some deep background into the concerns held by many scientists that the H5N1 avian flu virus could meet up with, and swap genetic material, with the pandemic H1N1 virus.

    The result could be a new, highly virulent, and easily transmissible pandemic virus.
    More at: http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2009/1...cken-with.html
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    Egypt: 88th H5N1 Infection Reported


    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    While we’ve seen a steady stream of reports of infected poultry coming out of Egypt over the past few months, this is the first confirmed human infection since late September.

    Date of report: 17 November 2009
    Governorate: Alexandria
    District: Sedy Baher
    Event summary: Man, 21 years old, university student. The patient began to experience fever, cough and difficulty breathing November 11. He was admitted to Maamoura Chest Hospital on November 15 and received Tamiflu. He reported having slaughtered and other close contact with sick poultry. He was reported in stable condition November 17. The MOH reported this was the 88th case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Egypt.
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    Beni Suef, Egypt


    Quote from www.saidr.org

    Date of result: 8 November 2009
    Governorate: Beni Suef

    Village: El Awawna
    Type of rearing: Household
    Species: Mixed (Chickens, ducks, turkeys)
    Number of birds: Not reported
    Vaccination status: Chickens vaccinated
    Purpose of sampling: PDS
    The mortality started in a turkey provided as a gift from another family in the same village. The turkey died, and a duck developed nervous manifestations.
    The layer chickens were vaccinated, were apparently healthy at the date of sampling, and were still alive with neither illness nor mortality for 3 successive days after sampling until the day of culling.
    The poultry (pigeons and turkeys) at the household which provided the turkey as a gift had no problems and tested negative by PCR for HPAI.
    The team concluded that the vaccinated chickens were previously infected and shedding the HPAI virus, infecting the ducks and newly introduced turkey. This reflects the risk of silent spread of HPAI unless there is an efficient surveillance program to monitor the virus circulation in vaccinated flocks.
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    H5N1 reminds us it's still here, despite swine flu pandemic

    Scott McPherson is the Chief Information Officer [CIO] of the Florida House
    of Representatives, and was an invited speaker at the recent CIDRAP
    Conference on "Keeping the World Working during the Pandemic" held in
    Minneapolis. I had the distinct pleasure of "hanging out" with Scott at most
    of the presentations there as well as with my good friend, Mike Coston, author
    of the Avian Flu Diary blog as both had been invited as speakers by Dr. Osterholm
    as representatives of the "new media" aka bloggers. I was just a tag along
    flu buddy but happy to be invited.

    Quote from www.scottmcpherson.net
    What is interesting is the case of the Egyptian college student. He reportedly had slaughtered poultry just days before his onset of symptoms, and it is to the Egyptian doctors' credit that they had the presence of mind to test the lad for H5N1 as well as H1N1.

    There is no word if a co-infection was present, but this does confirm the concern that Egyptian authorities have expressed ever since they ordered the slaughter of every pig in the nation (overkill, to be sure). Namely, they were worried about Egypt becoming the mixing vessel for an H1/H5 mutant virus.

    This makes the third time and third locale that H5 and H1 have rubbed elbows. In Vietnam and in Indonesia, the two viruses were in extremely close physical proximity to one another. Now, in the midst of the current (first?) wave of swine flu in Egypt, a young adult acquired bird flu.
    More at:
    Last edit by indigo girl on Nov 20, '09
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    Kawaoka, UW-Madison receive $9.5 million from Bill Gates for flu research

    Quote from www.scottmcpherson.net
    The international team of scientists working on the project will look for mutations in viral proteins that allow avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, to bind to human receptors.

    Avian viruses, the release said, don't generally infect humans, but a mutation happens every now and then that could allow the virus to adapt to human cells.

    By identifying mutations that might allow this to happen, the project team hopes an early warning system could be developed to make it easier to predict pandemic potential of influenza viruses.
    More at: http://www.scottmcpherson.net/journa...es-for-fl.html

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