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- Feb 18, '10 by indigo girlRwanda: 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.comVeterinary 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.
- Feb 20, '10 by indigo girlEgyptian 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.
- Feb 20, '10 by indigo girlCentral 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.comAbout 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.
- Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
How this child was infected is a mystery, they claim...
Quote from www.thanhniennews.com(hat tip crofsblog)
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.
- Rinchending, Phuentsholing, Bhutan
Quote from www.moa.gov.bt(hat tip flutrackers/Shiloh)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.
- 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.comCommonground, 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.
- Feb 25, '10 by indigo girlIndonesia: Four children suspected to be H5N1 cases
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comLampung, IndonesiaFour 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.
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comHundreds 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.
- Feb 26, '10 by indigo girlFirst 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(hat tip crofsblog)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.
- Mar 1, '10 by indigo girlVietnam Reports 3rd H5N1 Case Of 2010
Quote from afludiary.blogspot.comThe victim is a 17-year-old from Tuyen Quang Province, who fell ill roughly ten days ago, and remains hospitalized...the human infections are pretty spread out across the country.
In recent days we’ve seen warnings from public officials about the potential for widespread bird flu outbreaks in Vietnamese poultry...
- Mar 3, '10 by indigo girlKhan Hoa, Vietnam
There has been one human case reported from this area recently, and large numbers of poultry infected:
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comA fresh outbreak of avian flu (A/H5N1) has been reported in central Khanh Hoa Province, killing nearly 10,000 birds.
Affected areas have been decontaminated and poultry incinerated, said a spokesperson from the provincial Animal Health Unit.
The latest outbreak has brought the number of provinces affected by the flu to six: Dien Bien, Nam Dinh, Nghe An, Khanh Hoa, Soc Trang and Ca Mau, said Hoang Van Nam from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The bird flu epidemic has continued to spread in these provinces, killing thousands of poultry since it re-emerged last December despite efforts to prevent contagion.