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    south sulawesi, and east java, indonesia

    first we have this story:

    a bad week for indonesian chickens

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    malili – avian influenza or bird flu h5n1 attacked kabupaten (municipal) luwu timur, south sulawesi. at least twenty-four thousand birds in nine sub-districts, kecamatan wotu, burau, tomoni, mangkutana, tomoni timur, kalaena, malili, angkona and wasuponda had been infected.

    so far, the virus is not transmitted to human.
    and now this one:

    watching indonesia again

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com

    the newshounds on flutrackers are watching reports out of indonesia today on 8 people with flu-like symptoms in the region (pinrang) where thousands of chickens recently died from the h5n1 bird flu (see a bad week for indonesian chickens).

    reports like these usually end up being something other than bird flu – since seasonal flu, along with many other illnesses – can produce similar symptoms.

    still, human cases and even clusters have occurred in indonesia in the past, and so reports like these are taken seriously by local health officials and are watched closely by the rest of the world.
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    The Ongoing Bird Flu Flap in Indonesia

    The Ongoing Bird Flu Flap In Indonesia

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    The situation in Indonesia over night appears to be evolving, but `into what’ isn’t easy to say.

    The headline – if it can be trusted – is that the number of people being `monitored’ with flu-like symptoms in the area where thousands of birds have recently died has grown to 18.

    But exactly what criteria is being used to decide who to monitor, and how seriously ill any-or-all of them are is difficult to determine.
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    Indonesia - suspected human H5N1 cases, update

    A hospital spokesperson in Makassar on Sulawesi Island said that four individuals hospitalized for H5N1 tested negative. They all recovered and have been released. Each of the patients did exhibit symptoms of ILI including high temperatures. No diagnosis was provided. see: Indonesia - South Sulawesi - Bird flu suspects tested negative

    Meanwhile, on the island of Kalimantan in the city of Balikpapan, two other youths have been hospitalized with suspected H5N1 infection. Laboratory tests are being performed. see: Indonesia- Balikpapan, Kalimantan - Second Suspected Bird Flu Patient Hospitalized
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    Indonesia Confirms Two New Human Cases of H5N1

    Yesterday, the Ministry of Health in Indonesia confirmed two new human cases of H5N1, one from August and one from September. Both were from metropolitan areas on Java, far from any reported H5N1 outbreaks in poultry. These can be expected to be included in the WHO counts sometime next week.

    Link to translation of Indonesian Dept of Health statement: FluTrackers - View Single Post - Indonesia - Ministry of Health - Bird Flu Reports 2010

    Comment: Although International Health Regulation require reporting of human H5N1 cases to WHO within 24 hours of local confirmation, Indonesia has continued to flaunt these requirements. The 35 year old man from Jakarta was diagnosed with H5N1 on August 24, 2010, and 40 year old woman from Depok died from H5N1 on September 17, 2010.
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    WHO confirms two recent H5N1 cases in Indonesia . . .

    Quote from Laidback Al
    Indonesia Confirms Two New Human Cases of H5N1

    Yesterday, the Ministry of Health in Indonesia confirmed two new human cases of H5N1, one from August and one from September. Both were from metropolitan areas on Java, far from any reported H5N1 outbreaks in poultry. These can be expected to be included in the WHO counts sometime next week.

    Link to translation of Indonesian Dept of Health statement: FluTrackers - View Single Post - Indonesia - Ministry of Health - Bird Flu Reports 2010

    Comment: Although International Health Regulation require reporting of human H5N1 cases to WHO within 24 hours of local confirmation, Indonesia has continued to flaunt these requirements. The 35 year old man from Jakarta was diagnosed with H5N1 on August 24, 2010, and 40 year old woman from Depok died from H5N1 on September 17, 2010.
    These two cases were confirmed by WHO on October 18, 2010. see: WHO | Avian influenza situation in Indonesia - update 4

    Meanwhile, 3 children are suspected with H5N1 infection in Lampung City, Indonesia. see: Indonesia - 3 Children Suspected Bird Flu patients hospitalized in isolation, tests pending - in Bandar Lampung - FluTrackers
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    Hong Kong - 59 year old woman infected with bird flu

    For those of you concerned about H5N1, a press release today


    Press Release



    Woman infected with H5 in serious condition
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    The serious response level under the Government's Preparedness Plan for influenza pandemic was today (November 17) activated as the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) investigated a case of influenza a H5 infection affecting a 59-year-old woman.

    The patient developed running nose since November 2 and fever and cough on November 5. She sought medical attention from the Accident and Emergency Department of Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH) on November 12. On November 14, she was admitted to TMH for persistent fever and productive cough with blood-stained sputum. She was diagnosed to have pneumonia and is now in serious condition.

    A spokesman for the CHP said that the nasopharyngeal aspirate taken from the woman tested positive for Influenza A (H5). Further studies on the virus were in progress.

    Investigation revealed that the patient travelled to the Mainland with her husband and daughter between October 23 and November 1, during which she did not have any contact with live poultry contact and had not visited farms.

    Her 60-year-old husband had history of running nose and productive cough but has recovered.

    "The CHP has stepped up surveillance by testing all severe pneumonia cases for H5," the spokesman said. The serious response level under the Government's Preparedness Plan for influenza pandemic has been activated. A telephone hotline 2125 1111 has been set up to answer public enquiries.

    "The CHP is also closely liaising with the Mainland authorities and the Hospital Authority to monitor the situation."

    He advised members of the public that the best way to combat influenza infection was to build up body resistance by having a proper diet with adequate exercise and rest.

    "Good ventilation should be maintained to avoid the spread of respiratory tract infection.

    "Members of the public should seek medical consultation promptly if they develop influenza-like illness.

    "Members of the public should also avoid direct contact with poultry and birds, and if contacts have been made, they should wash hands thoroughly with soap and water," the spokesman said.

    Ends/Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    Issued at HKT 21:16

    http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/2...1011170291.htm
    hat tip to Dutchy
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    Flu: Bird Flu Falls Off the Radar, but Cases Show It’s Still a Threat

    Flu - Bird Flu Falls Off the Radar, but Cases Show It’s Still a Threat - NYTimes.com

    I continue to be fascinated by this disease, and I sincerely hope that it never learns to become more transmissible to humans.

    Quote from www.nytimes.com
    In contrast to the swine flu, which killed only 1 out of every 2,000 people who got it, the avian flu kills about 3 out of 5.

    Since 2003, there have been 508 cases around the world, with 302 deaths. Only three countries — Indonesia, Egypt and Vietnam — have reported more than one or two a year recently. It is more often found in poultry flocks.

    The government in Indonesia recently released details of two deaths. One was a 35-year-old Jakarta man who died after 11 days despite prompt hospitalization. The second was a 40-year-old woman who died a week after falling ill. For unknown reasons, a greater percentage die of the flu in Indonesia than elsewhere.
    (hat tip flutrackers/pathfinder)
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    Japan to Cull 20,000 Chickens as Bird-Flu Outbreak Discovered

    Japan to Cull 20,000 Chickens as Bird-Flu Outbreak Discovered - BusinessWeek

    Quote from www.businessweek.com
    Japan will cull about 20,000 chickens at a farm in the western prefecture of Shimane after the country’s first case of avian influenza since 2009 was discovered by the government today.

    The government has asked the farm operator, which also raises about 3,300 chicks, not to move the birds out of the area to contain the disease, Yuji Kawakami at Shimane Prefecture’s livestock office said today by phone. The owner of the egg- laying chicken farm in Yasugi city found five dead birds yesterday, he said.

    The government has asked farms within a radius of 10 kilometers from the Yasugi farm not to move birds, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
    (hat tip crofsblog)

    Japan: Gearing Up To Tackle Bird Flu

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    For the first time in more than a year, Japan yesterday announced the detection of what they believe to be the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus on their soil.

    While early PCR testing showed H5N1, final laboratory confirmation is still awaited.

    Today, the Mainichi Daily News is reporting that in the face of this latest outbreak, Prime Minister Naoto Kan has ordered officials to do everything in their power to prevent the further spread of the virus.
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    Indonesia

    Indonesia: The Long Wait For Test Results

    Not always easy to find the H5N1 virus even though it may be there. There is quite a history of this little problem occurring when docs were pretty certain that bird flu had killed the patient, and this was in countries other than Indonesia. Sometimes it took an autopsy to establish cause, and find the virus. But, they don't do autopsies in Indonesia so if this woman dies, they may never know what killed her. And, then there are the other issues which this link addresses well.

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    On November 22nd, a 21-year-old woman from West Java, Indonesia was admitted to Hasan Sadikin (RSHS) hospital with serious respiratory symptoms, and was almost immediately placed on a ventilator.

    The tentative diagnosis was possible H5N1, or bird flu, infection. Laboratory tests were ordered to either confirm, or rule out, the virus (see Bandung, Indonesia: Bird Flu Suspect).

    Twelve days later, and after multiple laboratory tests (results undisclosed), the young woman remains on a ventilator (although somewhat improved) and doctors are still unable to say whether she has the H5N1 virus.
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    egypt reports bird flu fatality

    Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com
    quietly, although not secretly, egypt tests thousands of people with flu-like symptoms each year for the h5n1 virus.

    of the more than 11,800 people tested since 2006, only 113 have tested positive. and of those, 37 have died.

    cairo, dec 4 (kuna) -- egypt on saturday announced the 10th bird flu fatality this year for a 30-year-old women northern the capital.


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