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Novel Infectious disease commentator http://novel-infectious-diseases.blogspot.com/ and Editor and Senior Moderator www.FluTrackers.com

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    H5N1, Bird Flu Updates

    Human to Human to Human Transmission of H5N1 in Pakistan in 2007 Elsewhere I wrote this . . . ] The full EID article can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/17/6/1056.htm
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    H5N1, Bird Flu Updates

    Cambodia H5N1 Also today WHO announced the fifth human H5N1 case in Cambodia this year, a young girl who died on April 16th. All five cases in Cambodia this year have died. . . . http://www.who.int/csr/don/2011_04_21c/en/index.html
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    H5N1, Bird Flu Updates

    Six More Human H5N1 Cases Today WHO confirmed four more human H5N1 cases from Egypt, one from Cambodia, and one from Bangladesh. So far these are all isolated cases and there is no evidence of H2H transmission among these cases or their contacts.
  4. Laidback Al

    H5N1, Bird Flu Updates

    Just to keep everyone up to date ---- These are new cases are in addition to those posted by Indigo Girl in post #223. Egypt - New Human H5N1 Cases http://www.who.int/csr/don/2011_04_06/en/index.html
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    H5N1, Bird Flu Updates

    Human bird flu cases - March 25, 2011 Update Bangladesh The first WHO confirmed case in 2011 in Bangladesh. see post #216 and http://www.who.int/csr/don/2011_03_16/en/index.html Another human H5N1 case has been reported in Bangladesh (see post #218) but this case has not yet been officially confirmed by WHO. So the overly alarmist implications of an H5N1 epidemic as implied by Recombinomics quote in post #220 are premature to say the least. Indonesia Of more concern are three recent human cases of H5N1 in Indonesia not yet reported in this thread. A 2 year old male from Depok, West Java, was infected with H5N1 in early February and died. http://www.who.int/csr/don/2011_03_14/en/index.html A 31 year old woman, from Bekasi, West Java, was infected with H5N1 in late February and died on March 1, 2011 http://www.who.int/csr/don/2011_03_14/en/index.html As reported today, the two year old daughter of number 2 above (also from Bekasi), contracted H5N1 within one day of her mother's death. So this is now a family cluster. The young girl apparently recovered. http://www.who.int/csr/don/2011_03_25/en/index.html
  6. Laidback Al

    H5N1, Bird Flu Updates

    Yesterday WHO confirmed two more H5N1 case in Egypt, one died. . . . Egypt Announces More Human Bird Flu Cases . http://www.who.int/csr/don/2011_03_10/en/index.html
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    H5N1, Bird Flu Updates

    Three new human cases of H5N1 in Egypt Today, WHO confirmed three new cases of H5N1 in Egypt since the middle of January. One died, one was released from the hospital, and one is still hospitalized. The recent political upheaval in Egypt has obviously affected the reporting process to WHO. see: http://www.who.int/csr/don/2011_02_28/en/index.html
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    H5N1, Bird Flu Updates

    Suspected Human H5N1 Cases - Indonesia For those of you following suspected human cases of H5N1 in Indonesia, 14 people have ILI symptoms in an area with H5N1 outbreaks in poultry in Central Java. see: http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=162661 Elsewhere, in West Java, in area with H5N1 poultry outbreaks, there are at least two individuals hospitalized with symptoms of H5N1 infections, an adult and a child, along with dozens and dozens of other individuals being monitored for H5N1 infections. The hospitalized adult is the Head of Technical Services Unit Banyuresmi District Livestock Office. This person is in charge of eradicating H5N1 among poultry flocks in the local community. see:http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=161944
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    H5N1, Bird Flu Updates

    The test results on this patient suspected with H5N1 indicate that the patient who died was infected with Influenza A(H1N1) not H5N1 (bird flu). see: http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showpost.php?p=394760&postcount=4
  10. Laidback Al

    Nurse: 'I was fired for refusing flu shot'

    All the more reason to be wary of slips, trips, and falls hazards and make sure you get all of your vaccinations of your own volition, not because you are required to have them.
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    Nurse: 'I was fired for refusing flu shot'

    Of course vaccinations would help keep nursing staff from getting sick. I can't directly comment on the issue of nurses working while they are sick. I am not in the health care profession but I have certainly read enough posts here at allnurses to know that many nurses feel obligated to work while sick fearing for the loss of their jobs. It seems that administrators and supervisors also turn a blind eye and do not send sick nurses home because of staffing needs. There obviously needs to be a compromise solution that protects patients from infection by sick nurses and sick nurses deserve to call in sick and be treated like sick employees just like in any other industry or profession.
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    Nurse: 'I was fired for refusing flu shot'

    I would like to think that lineartthinker's point was a simple one, concern about the patient. A sick nurse would simply be inflicting another problem onto an already compromised patient. Aren't you all suppose to be first concerned about your patients?
  13. Laidback Al

    H5N1, Bird Flu Updates

    Another Bird Flu Death in Egypt During the recent political crisis in Egypt, the Ministry of Health continued to do its job. An individual died in Egypt on February 7 from an H5N1 infection as noted in the post below. When this cases is reported by WHO it will become the 123rd human H5N1 infection in Egypt. http://gate.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent...%8A%D8%A9.aspx hat tip to Sharon Sanders
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    H5N1, Bird Flu Updates

    Distribution of H5N1 in Avian Species in Japan Makoto at FluTrackers.com has been posting confirmed and suspected H5N1 outbreaks among poultry and wild birds in Japan. In the last 45+ days H5N1 has been confirmed in about 25% of the prefectures in Japan. H5N1 is still spreading in Japan. Maps at: http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=159398 Outbreak information in this FluTrackers forum: http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=393
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    H5N1, Bird Flu Updates

    Cambodian girl dies from bird flu Feb. 9, 2011 HNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - A five-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, the World Health Organisation said Wednesday, in the first reported fatality from the virus since early last year. The girl fell ill in the capital Phnom Penh on January 30 and was taken to hospital with symptoms of coughing and shortness of breath, a joint statement from Cambodia and the UN's public health arm said. She died on February 4. "Despite intensive medical care, the girl died 12 hours after admission from complications," it said. . . http://health.asiaone.com/Health/News/Story/A1Story20110209-262609.html (hat tip to Sally Furniss)
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