Pandemic Flu - Thread II - page 29

Frist calls for a Manhatten Project: We are so..., you know. He is telling it like it is. Does anyone really understand this? There is nothing that we can do but prepare, but no one is... Read More

  1. by   Laidback Al
    Quote from indigo girl
    Welcome to the thread. You are a brave soul. I know how very difficult it is to be with this material. For support I would recommend going over to this link: http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=763

    Just introduce yourself as an nurse newcomer. That thread was provided for HCW. Believe me all of the flu forums have nurses and docs on them as well as scientists and people from many walks of life, and each has a different focus. If you choose to learn more about this information, you will need support. You can ask questions, and those folks will provide very basic lifesaving information for you.

    Feel free to comment or question over here also at any time. If I do not know the answer, I will ask elsewhere. We have lots of resources and many dedicated people working for the common good. That is what it is all about, working for the common good.

    I wish to follow up on indigo girl's comment about FluTrackers. FluTrackers.com is dedicated to help lessen morbidity and mortality from diseases around the world. Right now the focus is on an H5N1 pandemic because of the horrific consequences of such a pandemic. In the event of a pandemic, nurses everywhere will be on the frontlines battling the spread of the disease.

    We encourage all Health Care Workers (HCW) to join FluTrackers to ask questions and share your knowledge and expertise as we face a potential pandemic.

    Laidback Al
    Senior Moderator
    www.flutrackers.com
  2. by   indigo girl
    Hungary continues to have problems with avian flu. Makes you wonder about the neighboring countries...
    Romania and Bulgaria both found H5N1 last year. So, if the same types of migrating birds are going there
    this year? Both countries are banning poultry products from Hungary in an effort to prevent H5N1 from entering.
    They just can not prevent it from flying in.
    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/
    L29137160.htm

    http://www.
    bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aQI4HMcUfukA&refer=worldwide

    (hat tip curevents.com/dutchie)
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    Vietnam, still battling avian flu:
    http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/
    2007/01/vietnam_sends_r.html

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    A "feel good" article from India says that they have not found H5N1 in the birds that they tested. They do know,
    however, that these birds are migrating from areas where the virus is being found. They just have not found it,
    yet. They did find it last year.
    What are the chances?
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/1...0900040001.htm
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    Russia, in the area just north of Azerbaijan, H5N1 found in dead domestic birds.
    I should point out that you are far more likely to find the virus by looking at dead birds rather than live ones:
    (hat tip Flutrackers/Dutchy)
    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L29248891.
    htm

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    Interesting story from Japan, how did this happen?
    (hat tip PIF/Rick)
    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/
    20070130TDY02008.htm

    Quote from [URL="http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20070130TDY02008.htm"
    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20070130TDY02008.htm[/URL]
    The operator of a poultry farm where a number of chickens died in the latest bird flu outbreak in Okayama Prefecture
    said he had no idea how the chickens contracted the virus, and stressed that his farm had taken extra precautions to
    prevent the disease.
    At the Hashimoto poultry farm in Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, all windows and ventilation holes have been covered
    with nylon sheets and wire netting to prevent other birds from coming in.
    "When I found 11 dead chickens in the corner [of the farm], I couldn't believe it," he said.
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    More from Effect Measure on Sick Leave Policies and Compensation for Culling:
    http://scienceblogs.
    com/effectmeasure/2007/01/sick_birds_and_sick_workers.php#more

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    Panflu Planning in Colorado:
    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/2007/01/video-plan.
    html

    http://afludiary.blogspot.com/
    2007/01/larimer-county-colorado-gets-it.html
    Last edit by indigo girl on Jan 30, '07
  3. by   indigo girl
    This is interesting. Thank you NAMRU3 or we would never have this
    timely information:
    http://www.recombinomics.com/News/01290701/H5N1_M230I_Convergence.html
    <snip>
    Recently NAMRU-3 has released HA sequences from fatal H5N1 infections
    in Egypt this season. The initial sequence was from an infection in
    Gharbiya in October and contained a change, M230I, adjacent to the
    receptor binding domain. This change had not been previously reported
    in H5N1 Qinghai isolates. However, it is present is all three human
    seasonal strains, H3N2, H1N1, and influenza B. Moreover it creates
    a five amino acid match with influenza B at positions 226-230 (QSGRI).
    M230I is also in other serotypes involved in transmission between mammals.
    <snip>

    New Panflu thread starts here:
    https://allnurses.com/forums/f8/new-pandemic-flu-thread-2007-a-204057.html
    Last edit by indigo girl on Jan 30, '07
  4. by   gr8greens
    Quote from indigo girl
    This is interesting. Thank you NAMRU3 or we would never have this
    timely information:
    http://www.recombinomics.com/News/01290701/H5N1_M230I_Convergence.html
    <snip>
    Recently NAMRU-3 has released HA sequences from fatal H5N1 infections
    in Egypt this season. The initial sequence was from an infection in
    Gharbiya in October and contained a change, M230I, adjacent to the
    receptor binding domain. This change had not been previously reported
    in H5N1 Qinghai isolates. However, it is present is all three human
    seasonal strains, H3N2, H1N1, and influenza B. Moreover it creates
    a five amino acid match with influenza B at positions 226-230 (QSGRI).
    M230I is also in other serotypes involved in transmission between mammals.
    <snip>

    New Panflu thread starts here:
    https://allnurses.com/forums/f8/new-pandemic-flu-thread-2007-a-204057.html


    Hey! Where did this thread go? I don't know the exact meaning of NAMRU3.........but isn't that an official US Navy title?
  5. by   indigo girl
    Quote from gr8greens
    Hey! Where did this thread go? I don't know the exact meaning of NAMRU3.........but isn't that an official US Navy title?
    Last post on this thread, but I will answer the question by giving you a link.
    Please don't bash me for this link because it really points out that the military has labs in places all over the world. Who knew? NAMRU3 is Navy, yes, and that is the short answer if you don't want to do the link. AI is an abbreviation for avian influenza. PI, I think refers to pandemic influenza.

    http://tinyurl.com/35fp3t

    Panflu information is now at this thread:
    https://allnurses.com/forums/f8/new-...-a-204057.html
  6. by   indigo girl
    NAMRU 3, the U.S. Naval lab in Egypt, sent Capt Boynton to speak at a microbiology conference in northern California recently, to report the situation on the ground in Egypt with regards to H5N1. Because Tamiflu resistance is of such great concern, this conference was an eye opener to many microbiologists, no doubt.

    Quote from www.asm.org/Membership/index.asp?bid=23253
    30-31 March, 2007. The Northern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology 24th Annual Spring Meeting - "Spring Ahead: Microbiology Issues in 2007" at the San Ramon Marriott in San Ramon, CA. Our sessions will include: Friday AM - "Film at 11: An Expose of Biofilms" & "Mycological Musings" Friday PM - "How Safe Are My Leafy Vegetables?" Saturday AM - "MRSA, MRSA, Me!" & "Vaccine Preventable Diseases" Saturday PM - A special session "Emerging Influenza Issues" where we will have speakers telling us about pandemic response measures, emerging resistance and a view from the ground in Egypt - site of recent human H5N1 cases found with resistance Tamiflu...meeting
    registration fees have been kept low in order for us to get this information out to fellow Northern California Microbiologists.
    NAMRU 3 is working closely with the Egyptians:
    http://www.recombinomics.com/phylo/E...aborators.html
  7. by   indigo girl
    I just found this link to an article written by NAMRU 3 staff on the importance of monitoring H5N1 in Africa. These naval folk are doing the world a great service by their work in that area of the planet. You may have to enlarge the print to read this.
    (hat tip P4P/wulfgang)
    http://www.asm.org/ASM/files/ccLibra...0307000113.pdf
    Last edit by indigo girl on Apr 10, '07
  8. by   indigo girl
    Bumping thread for my own access to this information.

    Maybe there is some other way to keep track but, being computer stupid,
    I don't know what it is.

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