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    Indonesia: Residents Worry Over Poultry Deaths

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2010/0...r-poultry.html

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    Residents in South Lampung are panicking following the sudden deaths of thousands of chickens owned by poultry company PT Central Avian Pertiwi, despite the birds having been previously cleared of avian flu.

    However, after samples were re-tested at the Lampung Livestock and Animal Husbandry Agency lab, they were tested positive for H5N1.

    The egg-laying hens, totaling more than 12,000, have currently been culled and tens of thousands of others have been isolated.
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    Indonesia: Changes in the H5N1 Virus

    This is a discussion on the controversial but widespread practice of using vaccines to protect poultry from H5N1. The consequences of this practice are becoming more apparent. The results are potentially dangerous for all of us. Read the full commentary at the link to understand why this is a cause for concern.

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    Poultry vaccination against the H5N1 bird flu virus has been the subject of considerable debate over the years, with many scientists warning that the the overuse of vaccines could backfire.

    Vaccination, it is feared, could hide the infection and allow it to silently spread, and may actually drive the evolution of the virus.

    For developing countries with poverty and food insecurity issues, however, vaccination is often considered preferable to wholesale culling.

    In Avian influenza and vaccination: what is the scientific recommendation?, the OIE reiterates their strong recommendation that humane culling be employed to control avian influenza, and advising that vaccines should only be used as a temporary measure.
    More at: http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2010/0...5n1-virus.html
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    cambodia: h5n1 outbreak in ducks?

    http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2...-in-ducks.html

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    via the phnom penh post: fowl play: takeo orders destruction of ducks. ducks are known carriers of h5n1, but it doesn't always kill them--or even make them sick. so this outbreak is of interest.

    the takeo province agriculture office has ordered the farmers of domesticated ducks across the province to incinerate their birds and temporarily suspended the sale of the animals' meat until the results tests for the h5n1 virus (also known as bird flu), come back from phnom penh this week following mass deaths of the fowl.

    thai ly, takeo province's chief officer of domesticated animals, said that 16,442 ducks had died since the outbreak began, and that roughly 31,000 more have fallen sick.
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    West Bengal, India

    http://www.meattradenewsdaily.co.uk/..._to_date_.aspx

    Quote from www.meattradenewsdaily.co.uk
    West Bengal government officials have stated that so far, approx. 95,493 birds have been culled and over 10,189 eggs destroyed, reports state.

    After the state government reported return of the bird flu H5N1 on January 17, 2010, the government has asked the West Bengal government to undertake culling of all poultry within a radius of 3 km from Murshidabad district, the centre of the bird flu outbreak.
    "A 3-member central rapid response team is stationed at Murshidabad to assist the state health authorities. Containment measures have been initiated as per the contingency plan of the department of animal husbandry, dairying & fisheries (DADF)," ministry of health and family welfare said.
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    Indonesia: A Bad Month for Bird Flu

    http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2...-bird-flu.html

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    About 2,751 chickens had died of bird flu virus within previous month in Riau. This has folded the number of bird flu cases in chicken by 600 percent compare to number at same period of last year outbreak, 441 chickens.

    Head of Livestock Service of Riau Province, Patrianov said massive chickens deaths had been reported from six municipals/cities in Riau: Kampar 1,995 chickens; Siak 351, Indragiri Hilir 234, Indragiri Hulu 128, Rokan Hulu 22, and Pekanbaru 14. The shift of rainy season had influenced the replication of the virus.

    Several areas in Riau were still drowned by flood which had increased the rate of virus spread, added Patrianov. In the days of flood, people had trouble to diminish or bury dead chickens, so they preferred to dispose the chicken's body to flowing water or puddle around their residences.
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    cambodian duck mystery solved

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2010/0...ry-solved.html

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    sample tissue from ducks in takeo province that died in an outbreak of a disease officials could not identify earlier this week have tested positive for the h5n1 virus, commonly known as bird flu, officials at the ministry of health and the ministry of agriculture, forestry and fisheries said tuesday.

    in light of the test result, officials said they will move ahead with monday's order from the provincial agriculture department to destroy all live ducks and halt duck meat sales in the affected area. since the outbreak began last month, 16,442 ducks have died and at least 31,000 live ducks are exhibiting symptoms of the virus.
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    Pokhara, Nepal

    http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/ful...&NewsID=225697

    Quote from www.thehimalayantimes.com
    Detection of bird flu in Pokhara has spread panic in the Lake City. Ministry for Agriculture and Cooperatives, in a press meet held in Kathmandu today, stated that ducks and chickens were dying in Pokhara due to bird flu and a high alert has been sounded in Pokhara and the surrounding areas.

    They had to be sent to London as there were no facilities for such tests in Kathmandu. Spokesperson for the ministry, Dr Hari Dahal, stated that the preliminary report of the tests showed that the ducks and chickens had died due to bird flu (H5N1 virus). Dr Dahal said the Rapid Response Team had begun its task to curb the spread of the disease in the affected area. Claiming that the flu would be controlled within seven days,

    ...the police had already stopped the movement of birds in and out of Pokhara and security personnel had been deployed on major highways and roads connecting Pokhara with other parts of the nation.

    Many migratory birds come to Pokhara, increasing the threat of bird flu. District Veterinary Office has assured the poultry entrepreneurs that the disease can be prevented if proper measures are adopted.
    (hat tip pfi/pixie)
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    media report: two more bird flu cases in egypt

    Quote from http://afludiary.blogspot.com
    if confirmed, this would make the 7th case reported in 2010, getting egypt off to a fast start in the new year. last year, egypt reported a total of 39 cases (4 deaths). the year before, just 8 cases (4 fatalities).

    machine translations into english, whether from arabic, chinese, or any other language, can sometimes be difficult to decipher. nuances and details don't always survive the translation process.

    which is why i use them only cautiously, accepting the fact that some of the details may be `muddy' or inaccurate. still, they have been a valuable tool as well watch disease activity around the world.

    we are fortunate, therefore, to have twall - a moderator at flutrackers - who lives in egypt, is fluent in arabic, and who offers this clarification:

    this group of words (التاميفلو المقاوم للمرض ) really means that tamiflu is used to treat the diseases of bird flu.
    it also reads like they were forced to transfer the person because of how sick they were.
    more at: http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2010/0...-cases-in.html
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    Myanmar (Burma)

    http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n209245

    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?

    http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2...5n1-cases.html

    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.
    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2010/0...5n1-count.html

    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.
    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2010/0...ther-h5n1.html

    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.
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    Optimism from Idonesia's Ministry of Health

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2010/0...nistry-of.html

    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.
    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2010/0...-bird-flu.html

    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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    Vietnam

    http://english.vovnews.vn/Home/Bird-...102/112560.vov

    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

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2...hospital.html?

    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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