H5N1, Bird Flu Updates - page 6

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  1. by   indigo girl
    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.
  2. by   indigo girl
    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.
  3. by   indigo girl
    ...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
  4. by   indigo girl

    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
  5. by   indigo girl
    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)
  6. by   indigo girl
    Rwanda: Veterinarians assess bird flu preparation


    It is interesting to note that it is the veterinarians that are the heroes in most of these countries where bird flu has been occurring. Animal health is intimately connected with human health in a way that most of us do not ever think about. It is not just that poultry is a source of food either. All influenza originates from wild bird populations at some point in the past including swine flu.

    The interaction of wild and domestic birds, the trafficking of poultry across international borders, and the travel of humans from country to country all come into play if we think about how H5N1 might some day become the threat that virologists have nightmares over. Veterinary medicine is at the forefront of protecting the health of the human population across the globe. They are the watch dogs, the planners, and the educators
    thru organizations such as the OIE.

    What happens in Africa and Asia matters. As we are all now well aware, flu is not just a local experience...

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    Veterinary experts from the five partner states of East African Community (EAC) and United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs convened in Kigali to assess the region’s preparedness to fight Avian Influenza (Bird Flu).

    The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of East Africa, Robert Ssali, said that commercial poultry production is becoming a very attractive income generating venture, but is affected by health consciousness by consumers.
    He said the region is under a looming threat of the flu which has already appeared in Sudan, a country neighbouring EAC partner states.

    “Our region as you already know, is under threat because it has been reported in Sudan, it’s a cause of concern,” Ssali said.
    He added that the best approach is ‘early detection, early response’ and that an integrated plan is necessary to help the public be aware of the situation.
  7. by   indigo girl
    Egyptian Media: Birds Flu Cases #101 and #102


    Why the increase in human H5N1 cases this year? It is also odd that many cases are in adults who tend to not recover as opposed to the toddler cases of last year, that were unusually mild. What is causing this increase? Maybe, flu is just more noticeable this year because of the occurrence of swine flu in the same population at the same time. It certainly is alarming that both diseases are there concurrently as it could increase the chances of H5N1 picking up greater transmissibility from swine flu in a host infected with both influenzas. This is not a good scenario, imo.

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    ...the newshounds on FluTrackers began seeing hints that there might be a couple of new H5N1 cases in Egypt, but the information in the Arabic press was scant, ambiguous, and difficult to interpret.

    Today, Twall (who resides in Egypt) posted this article from the Egyptian Press on what is reported to be their 101st and 102nd H5N1 cases - or #11 and #12 for the year.

    As it is, the number reported H5N1 cases in Egypt is running at more than twice the rate we saw this time last year, and unlike the winter of 2009, most of this year's cases involve adults.
  8. by   indigo girl
    Central Java, Indonesia


    Info from reporters directly in Indonesia is invaluable since we know that the govt there censors info on H5N1:

    Quote from birdflucorner.wordpress.com
    About 11 thousands layer chickens in Dukuh Karang Bawang Desa Pakujati, Kabupaten Brebes found to have suddenly died. Investigation of local Livestock Service revealed the chickens had died of avian influenza (AI) or bird flu H5N1 infection.

    Head of Livestock Service Kabupaten Brebes, through Head of Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health Division, Jhoni Murahman, said chicken deaths were found in six farms.

    "We collected samples of three chickens from each farms and rapid test showed positive AI," said Jhoni. "Based on our investigation the bird flu spreads through wild bird," he said.
  9. by   indigo girl
    Khanh Hoa, Vietnam


    How this child was infected is a mystery, they claim...

    Quote from www.thanhniennews.com

    A three-year-old girl in the central province of Khanh Hoa has tested positive for H5N1, becoming the country's first bird flu patient this year, the Ministry of Health reported in Hanoi on Monday.
    The girl, who lives in Ninh Hoa District's Ninh Than Commune, fell sick with fever, sore throat, cough and a runny nose on January 27.
    She was admitted to Ninh Hoa Hospital the next day and was confirmed to be infected with the virus on February 12, according to the ministry.

    An inspection conducted in Ninh Than showed no sign of the avian flu in the commune, and the poultry raised by the girl's family showed no signs of sickness.

    However, the ministry's inspectors found that about a month earlier, ostriches had died of unclear reason sat a farm a kilometer away from the patient's home.
    (hat tip crofsblog)
  10. by   indigo girl
    Rinchending, Phuentsholing, Bhutan


    Quote from www.moa.gov.bt
    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forest would like to inform the public an HSN1 Birdflu (Avian Flu) outbreak has been declared in Rinchending (Kharbandi), Phuentsholing under Chukha Dzongkhag by the National Incident Common Centre on 23rd February 2010. The source of the infection is believed to be from the Pasakha area.

    However, the Ministry has asked the public not be alarmed because the incidence is fully under control and the required control measures are already in place. The Ministry will be providing regular updates to the general public on the new outbreak of HPA1 through various media including this website www.moa.gov.bt. As such, the general public has been asked to kindly extend full support and cooperation the implementation of HPA1 control activities.
    (hat tip flutrackers/Shiloh)

  11. by   indigo girl
    Egptian Media: Bird Flu Case #103


    Another kid infected in Egypt, makes me wonder exactly what is going on in that country.
    It's only the 24th of February, and there are 13 cases already...

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    Commonground, posting both on her Pandemic Information News website and on FluTrackers, has picked up media reports of yet another H5N1 case in Egypt.

    This time of a 14 month-old reportedly in stable condition at the Banha Fever Hospital.

    This makes the 13th H5N1 case out of Egypt since the beginning of the year. You'll find a thread on FluTrackers with several other translated reports of this case.
  12. by   indigo girl
    Indonesia: Four children suspected to be H5N1 cases


    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    Four kids from Kecamatan Simpangkatis are treated in Depati Hamzah regional hospital, Pangkalpinang. Patients are placed in special unit for bird flu patients.
    They were suspected of contracting bird flu infection as they exhibited continuous fever, said Supriyadi, Health Service official of Bangka Tengah. Patients' family confirmed that they experienced many chicken deaths not long before.
    The suspected kids were found during field investigation on people, which is routinely done by Simpangkatis public health centre officers when birds in the area reported to have suddenly died.
    Lampung, Indonesia


    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    Hundreds of chickens in Kota Metro, Lampung Province, suddenly died this week, causing local chicken breeders to suffer material losses.
    Suyadi, 31-year-old local chicken breeder, said here Wednesday that he did not know the exact causes of his chickens` sudden death but he suspected the bird flu viruses of being the killers.
    "I firstly found that a few chickens suddenly died but the number got increased dramatically from day to day. I have lost a few hundreds," said the East Metro subdistrict`s resident. t's fault.
  13. by   indigo girl
    First Vietnam bird flu death in 2010


    It's not the three year old victim from post #73 but an adult who did not survive.

    Quote from www.nst.com.my
    A 38-year-old woman has become the first victim of bird flu in Vietnam in 2010, bringing the country's toll from avian influenza to 58, the health ministry said Friday.

    The woman died Tuesday in the southern province of Tien Giang after two days of unsuccessful hospital treatment, said the ministry in an online statement.

    The victim had killed and cooked sick waterfowl, the statement added. Vietnam's last death from the H5N1 virus was in December.
    (hat tip crofsblog)