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- Hanoi, Vietnam
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comA 25-year-old woman from Soc Son District, Ha Noi was tested positive for avian influenza virus type H5N1 or bird flu on Thursday, according to the Preventive Medicine and Environment at the Ministry of Health.
The patient, who is now in intensive care in Bach Mai General Hospital, caught the virus on March 5, allegedly from ill and dead poultry that were near her home.
- WHO Reports More Egyptian H5N1 Deaths
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comThe Ministry of Health of Egypt has announced two new cases of human H5N1 avian influenza infection.
The first case is a 20 year-old pregnant female from El Khanka district, Qaliobia Governorate. She was hospitalized on 5 March where she received oseltamivir treatment and died on 9 March.
The second case is a 1 and a half year-old male from Elhamool district, Kfr Elsheikh Governorate. He was hospitalized on 2 March, where he received oseltamivir treatment. He is in a stable condition.
Egyptian authorities have also reported the death of a previously announced case; the 53 year-old male from Shobra Elkhima district, Qaliobia Governorate who developed symptoms on 27 February.
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It was avian influenza commonly known as bird flu that triggered death of chickens at a poultry house in Thakurgaon district headquarters in the last couple of days, said livestock officials yesterday.
As the mortality rate was abnormal, the farm authorities informed the livestock office, he said.
Livestock officials immediately collected samples and sent those to Joypurhat Field Decease Investigation Laboratory Thursday evening. Samples were also sent to Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI), Savar.
Meanwhile, fearing bird flu infection, the farm authorities isolated the parent chickens and eggs and imposed restriction on bringing the birds and eggs to other side of the poultry.
Yesterday around 5:45pm the BLRI sent a fax massage to the District Livestock office confirming the bird flu detection.
A 50-member team from District Livestock Office with the help of district administration started a culling drive yesterday around 7:30pm.
About 1,17,626 parent stock and about 2,10,000 eggs would be destroyed there, said the district livestock officer.
- Singapore Buys 1 Million H5N1 Shots
Quote from afludiary.blogspot.com...Singapore is literally surrounded by countries that have seen outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu in poultry and sporadic cases in humans.
Their proximity to Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand is enough to give them pause, knowing that a pandemic outbreak in any of these neighboring countries would likely spill over to them in short order.
Since vaccines have a limited shelf life (18 months to 2 years), making this sort of financial commitment is not an easy decision. Their move to stockpile vaccine illustrates that - while largely absent from U.S. newspaper headlines - concerns over the bird flu virus have not gone away.
- Study: H5N1 Can Replicate in the Human Gut
Quote from afludiary.blogspot.comMore at: http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2010/0...human-gut.htmlIf you’ve followed the H5N1 story closely over the past five years, then the findings of this study shouldn’t come as a complete surprise.
Influenza in humans (and in most mammals) is primarily seen as a respiratory disease. Human adapted influenza viruses have an affinity to bind to the α2-6 receptor cells that line the upper airway and lungs in humans.
Avian influenza viruses, however, preferentially bind to the α2-3 receptor cells that are commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract of aquatic birds, the virus’s natural host.
Influenza in birds is a mostly a gastrointestinal illness, and the virus is often spread via feces deposited in lakes and ponds.
- Indonesia: WHO Plans H5N1 Research Lab
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comThe World Health Organization has asked Indonesia for permission to build a bird flu research laboratory in the country, fulfilling a longstanding desire by domestic health care officials to build such a collaborative center, the health minister said on Wednesday.
“WHO has requested that Indonesia become the location of a flu research laboratory, better known as a World Health Organization Collaborative Center, and I have said that we agree,” Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih told the conference titled “One World, One Health: Winning the Battle Against the Diseases of the 21st Century” in Jakarta.
Endang recently told a news conference that there were four WHOCCs located around the world — in Atlanta, Tokyo, Melbourne and London. She said all WHOCCs until now were built in developed countries even though the disease was a world-wide issue and especially threatening to developing countries.
Endang said that a few years ago Indonesia would send its virus samples to an overseas WHOCC but had difficulty accessing the test results, which pointed to the need for the country to have its own laboratory.
- Myanmar (Burma)
Quote from afludiary.blogspot.comMyanmar is experiencing re-strike by bird flu H5N1, detecting more such cases in northwestern Sagaing division this month with some chickens suspected of dying of virulent avian influenza in a poultry farm in Yinmapin township early this week.
It was the third H5N1 case exposed since the avian influenza recurred in Myanmar last month, nearly two years after the country was claimed free from the disease.
The unusual death of chickens were proved to have been caused by highly pathogenic avian Influenza (HPAI) after laboratory tests conducted in Yangon and Mandalay, according to Saturday's official report.
- Vietnam, Suspected New H5N1 Case
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comThe Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health announced a suspected case of bird flu virus on March 16.
The patient, a 3-year-old child from Thuan An district, Binh Duong province, was hospitalised with symptoms of petechial fever, but she then tested positive for the A/H5N1 virus and is now under quarantine for treatment at Nhi Dong hospital, Ho Chi Minh City.
“There are many poultry breeders around the patient’s house,” said her family.
- Bird Flu Confirmed in Romanian Poultry
For those who think that bird flu only occurs in osbcure regions of Asia, not so! It has been found in Africa, and Europe as well.
Quote from afludiary.blogspot.comBulgaria Watching Romania's Bird to Bird H5N1 OutbreakThe European Commission will adopt today a decision confirming the risk areas set up by the Romanian authorities in relation to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a backyard poultry farm located in the commune of Letea, in Tulcea county, at the Danube's delta close to the Ukrainian border.
Romania's national laboratory confirmed yesterday that the outbreak concerns the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza. In order to limit the spread of the virus the Romanian authorities applied immediately the necessary control measures laid down in EU legislation.
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comMinister Miroslav Naydenov has announced that the National Veterinary & Medical Service (NVMS) will tighten controls at its regional centers, and will take all measures necessary to monitor and limit the spread of the virus.
The veterinarians have also been alerted to the risk of transmission across to Bulgaria by migratory and wild birds.
Romania has confirmed the outbreak in the village of Letea, in the southeastern Tulcea region, where almost 50 dead birds were found on two farms.Last edit by indigo girl on Mar 30, '10
- Vietnam, Second H5N1 Death of the Year
Sadly, this three year old did not survive.
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.comA three-year-old girl on Wednesday became the second person to die of bird flu this year in Vietnam, a doctor said.
The child succumbed after about a week in a Ho Chi Minh City pediatric hospital with a severe lung infection, said Phan Van Nghiem, of the city's health department.