Pandemic News/Awareness. - page 13

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  1. by   indigo girl
    Scientists hope vigilance stymies avian flu mutations:
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    2007/03/27/health/27flu.html?_r=2&pagewanted=2&ref=science&oref=slog in&oref=slogin[/URL]
    So even though the human death toll from H5N1 is still below 200, scientists around the world
    are racing to study the ways in which it might mutate to spread easily among humans.

    The 1918 Spanish flu, they argue, was not even noticed until it had killed thousands. It might have
    been gathering virulence for years, hidden in the background of seasonal flu deaths.

    Today’s H5N1 flu is probably changing more slowly, because health officials have been vigilant
    about attacking clusters of cases, which presumably wipes out the most dangerous strains.
    Whenever several human cases appear, even in remote villages in Indonesia or Egypt, local officials
    and World Health Organization teams move in to kill all the local poultry and dose all the humans
    with antiviral drugs — the so-called Tamiflu blanket strategy.

    Each stifled outbreak robs the virus of the chance to carom wildly through dozens of human hosts
    as it does in a flock of chickens or ducks. That fends off what virologists most fear: gene-swapping
    in people infected with both human and avian flu.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Jun 13, '07
  2. by   indigo girl
    Two more Egyptian children diagnosed with H5N1:
  3. by   indigo girl
    Indonesia, more deaths, and positive cases. Of particular concern is the 22 year
    old woman with no exposure to poultry:
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    The 22-year-old woman from Palembang in southeast Sumatra died on March 24.
    The Antara state news agency reported that she had not had contact with fowl, but
    that there were at least 10 cats at her house.

    The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has warned that cats should be kept
    away from areas affected by bird flu as they can pick up and spread the disease.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Jun 13, '07
  4. by   indigo girl
    Abstract on another influenza A subtype, H11N9 found in humans heavily exposed to wild ducks:
  5. by   indigo girl
    A 46 year old Egyptian woman has been diagnosed with H5N1 in addition to the the two children already noted ealier today.

    There has been some speculation that the reason more kids are being diagnosed now rather than adults is that if this is indeed a milder strain of H5N1, adults cases may not be more noticeable than the children because kids tend to spike temps more readily. The fevers in kids are probably high enough to trigger testing. No high fever, means no testing, and therefore no diagnosis in adults.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Jul 14, '07
  6. by   indigo girl
    Something to think about, the Hong Kong flight scare:
  7. by   indigo girl
    Doctors test double Tamiflu dose to cut H5N1 death rate:
  8. by   indigo girl
    Indonesia reports 3 deaths over a 24 hour period:
  9. by   indigo girl
    Are we seeing a change in the H5N1 virus?
  10. by   indigo girl
    Chinese H5N1 fatality, 16 year old:
  11. by   indigo girl
    Two more deaths from avian flu have been reported in Indonesia. Since the Indonesians have reached an agreement with the WHO regarding the release of viral isolates in exchange for special consideration for any vaccines that may be developed from that info, there has been an upswing in reported cases.

    The Indonesian media is reporting that HCWs are being tested for H5N1:
    Last edit by indigo girl on Apr 1, '07 : Reason: link failure to capture
  12. by   indigo girl
    Kuwait, massive culling to begin:

    Bangladesh, reporting further spread of H5N1, and they are calling out the army to assist as well:
    Last edit by indigo girl on Mar 29, '07
  13. by   indigo girl
    About the recent Chinese mortality, the source of infection remains unknown. Infectious diseases do not exist in a vacuum. As this article points out, most of the time, poultry are considered to be the source. That does not seem to be the case in China, and that is cause for concern. The WHO spokesperson does seem to be troubled by this also. So what is going on in China?

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    This is the 23rd out of 24 human outbreaks in China where we weren't forewarned by a poultry outbreak," Joanna Brent, the World Health Organisation spokeswoman in Beijing, told the AFP news agency.

    Health officials said the boy had no history of contact with dead or sick birds, while no outbreaks of the virus among animals had been reported in the province.

    In most cases elsewhere around the world, the disease has been traced to either an outbreak amongst animals or contact between the victim and dead or sick animals, Brent said.

    In the light of the latest case she urged Chinese officials to strengthen monitoring and surveillance of bird flu among animals.

    "This is not consistent with what we are seeing around the world," she said.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Mar 30, '07