Pandemic News/Awareness. - page 31

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  1. by   indigo girl
    Indonesia, another positive human case in a 3 year old girl. She seems to be stable:

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2007/0...tive-case.html

    The African nation of Togo is now positive for H5N1 confirmed cases of poultry:

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2007/0...-outbreak.html
    Last edit by indigo girl on Jun 23, '07
  2. by   indigo girl
    Quote from spacey

    Scientifically.......the most disturbing part of this issue to me is the possible effects on school-aged kids / teenagers. The cytokine (sp?) storm concerns me..........and I wonder if you could explain it a bit more and especially why, in light if it being an inflammatory response, the use of steroids is not recommended. It seems it would decrease inflammation and inhibit the immune response that is too extreme. Do you have any more information on that?

    Finally......what are the alternative-med type people recommending? (Immune enhancers / anti-virals / anti-inflammatories /anything?)
    Here is some info on the cytokine storm from previous posts:

    http://www.cytokinestorm.com/

    http://scienceblogs.com/effectmeasur...out_cytoki.php

    I can not tell you why steroids are not effective. I think that we both know that of course, they have been tried in these cases.

    Interestingly, that link to Effect Measure describing a drug trial that put the volunteers into a cytokine storm, has been shown to nurses familiar with one of the pediatric flu cases in this country. They felt that it was very similiar to what happened. And, the parents of the 15 yr old Connecticut
    girl that died in April 2007, have come on line at a flu forum and said that they believe their child died of a cytokine storm event. They had independently researched this information, and posted the same link on cytokine storm that I posted above the Effect Measure link.

    Most any link to the flu forums in these panflu threads will take you to info on various tx modalities which you can discuss with your healthcare provider. Here is one place to start:

    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=164

    Also in the last few pages of this thread there is an essay from Effect Measure discussing the use of statins as a possibility instead of the very scarce antivirals.

    I hope that you will find this information useful. I just realized that I had not fully answered your questions. If there is anything else, please ask.

    Update

    I just found this earlier post about the WHO warning against the use of steroids with these
    patients:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/2170010-post259.html
    Last edit by indigo girl on Jun 23, '07
  3. by   indigo girl
    Egypt

    There is another pediatric case of avian flu, a 4 yr old boy, again in the southern part of the country in the summer which as we have noted is unusual:

    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...00&postcount=9
    Quote from http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/06/23/africa/ME-GEN-Egypt-Bird-Flu.php
    The new case came from the southern Qena province, according to a statement from the Egyptian health ministry carried by MENA. The little boy was admitted to the hospital two days ago, it added.

    "Initial investigation into the source of his infection indicate exposure to dead birds," the statement reported, saying the boy was receiving treatment and was in stable condition.

    The country lies on a main route for migratory birds, which are believed to have brought the disease.
  4. by   indigo girl
    Germany

    Does anyone still think that bird flu is an Asian disease that does not
    occur in civilized countries?

    Germany is now reporting H5N1 in their waterfowl. Please note
    the warning to keep dogs leashed and away. The same should be
    said for cats:

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2007/0...ild-birds.html

    Quote from http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=274849
    Authorities posted caution signs around two Bavarian lakes on
    Saturday after seven dead birds tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu
    virus, the first cases reported in Germany this year.

    Nuremberg city authorities warned people to keep their dogs
    leashed and stay away from waterfowl after five swans, one duck
    and one goose all tested positive for H5N1.
  5. by   indigo girl
    An atypical presentation of H5N1 may have occurred in the most recent case in
    Indonesia, case #101. This is of some concern if this is correct. Imagine asymptomatic carriers only identified by fever.
    Has this happened before? No way to know:

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2007/0...s-of-h5n1.html






    Bangaladesh, where avian flu is continuing its spread:

    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...11&postcount=3
  6. by   gr8greens
    Quote from indigo girl
    An atypical presentation of H5N1 may have occurred in the most recent case in
    Indonesia, case #101. This is of some concern if this is correct. Imagine asymptomatic carriers only identified by fever.
    Has this happened before? No way to know:

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2007/0...s-of-h5n1.html






    Bangaladesh, where avian flu is continuing its spread:

    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...11&postcount=3

    Geeez, that's scarey........H5N1 sx that only include a fever w/o respiratory sx? .
    Thanks so much for keeping us informed, Indigo.
  7. by   indigo girl
    Follow this link for the next panflu thread:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/pande...ml#post2269780
  8. by   sanctuary
    Quote from indigo girl
    Follow this link for the next panflu thread:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/pande...ml#post2269780

    Thanks for all you do to keep us informed. Knowledge is power.umpiron:
  9. by   indigo girl
    Pandemic Seminar Video

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2007/0...nar-video.html

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com/2007/06/pandemic-seminar-video.html
    On June 12, the Trust For America's Health held a day long seminar in Washington D.C., and as part of the proceedings held a 2-hour seminar on pandemic influenza. The panel is stellar.
  10. by   indigo girl
    Last edit by indigo girl on Jun 28, '07
  11. by   indigo girl
    Moved to the current thread. This is what happens when you post while you are
    sleeping.

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/pande...-a-232551.html

    I need to get off of night shift.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Sep 27, '07
  12. by   sanctuary
    Thanks for the continuing information, and know that there are people who do pay attention, even if we do not respond to every posting.
  13. by   indigo girl
    Posting while sleeping again. I am so over it. Here is the current thread:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/pande...-a-232551.html
    Last edit by indigo girl on Sep 27, '07

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