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Concerns On Diagnosis Delay On Prince of Wales Island Alaska
Recombinomics Commentary 12:37
October 4, 2008

How can there be confirmed cases when they don't know what the cause is?

The above remarks in a ProMED commentary requesting information on the respiratory disease on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska is telling. The media report indicates there are “confirmed” and “suspect” cases, yet a patient cannot be confirmed without a diagnosis, but the Department of Health maintains that there is no diagnosis yet, even though the CDC is involved and the original media story was posted October 1.

The location of the island and the timing of the outbreak raise concerns of an H5N1 outbreak. In South Korea, a soldier/culler was PCR positive for H5 last spring, but South Korea denied an H5N1 infection because they failed to isolate the virus from the patient. Today, South Korea confirmed a suspected bird flu outbreak
(seesatellite map ), and local media has indicated the bird flu is H5. Last spring, Japan implemented “enhanced” surveillance, when South Korea confirmed H5N1 on duck farms, and Japan immediately identified H5N1 in dead whooper swans. The dead swans were found at multiple locations in northern Japan and the sequences were those of a Fujian reassortant with a clade 2.3.2 HA and 2.3.4 for the other seven genes. The same reassortant was found in Primorie, which was initially reported on a farm, but significant spread to migratory bird regions to the south and west of the commercial farm outbreak was subsequently acknowledged. Japan is currently expanding its surveillance / response programs for H5N1.

Last spring the H5N1 infected wild birds were migrating to the north, and excessive poultry deaths were reported on Kamchatka, but H5N1 was denied. The whooper swans and other long range migratory birds in northern Japan would have summered in northern Siberia and Alaska, raising concerns of Fujian H5N1 spread to Alaska.

Consequently, the failure to disclose the diagnosis on the “confirmed” respiratory cases is cause for concern. Release of test results on the “confirmed” cases would be useful.

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17 in hospital with suspected bird flu

Andi Hajramurni and Suherdjoko , The Jakarta Post , Makassar and Semarang | Fri, 11/14/2008 7:05 AM | Headlines
A South Sulawesi hospital was overwhelmed as it admitted in two days 17 patients believed to have bird flu, an official said Thursday.

The patients, mostly children, presented with symptoms of the disease, such as a high fever, cough and respiratory problems, spokesman for Wahidin Sudirohusodo General Hospital in Makassar, Andi Kurnia Bintang, said.
Kurnia said the first patient, 5-year-old Salman, was hospitalized Wednesday morning, followed in the evening by his siblings Nurul Awaliah, 3, and Nur Fadillah, four months old, and four neighbors.

He said the patients, all residents of Sudiang subdistrict in Biringkanaya district, Makassar, were brought to the hospital after suffering a high fever for about two days.

“According to Salman’s parents, 27 chickens belonging to their neighbors died on Nov. 7. In the two days after that, their four chickens also died,” he said.
Kurnia said the hospital had conducted urgent tests for the first seven patients, with the results indicating the presence of the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
The hospital is waiting for confirmation of the results from blood tests conducted by the Micro Laboratory of the Hasanuddin University Medical School and the Visual Conversion Reaction, he said.

He said the hospital had the other 10 patients admitted Thursday under observation while waiting for their test results.
“They showed symptoms of bird flu, such as a high fever and respiratory problems, but we are still waiting for the results of the rapid tests, thorax photos and blood tests,” the hospital’s emergency unit officer in charge Wasis Udaya said.

The hospital’s bird flu team held a meeting Thursday to help deal with the situation, as this is the first time they have received such a large number of bird flu patients.

The hospital, which had set aside 11 beds for bird flu patients, had to expand its facilities following the outbreak.
Head of the husbandry division of the Makassar Marine and Agriculture Office, Sulistiawati, said the results of tests conducted on the dead chickens in the area showed the birds were infected by the avian influenza virus.

“We have conducted rapid tests on the chickens and the results showed some of the chickens were positive (infected by the virus),” Sulistiawati said.
She said her office had culled 20 chickens and disinfected the birds’ cages in the subdistrict on Wednesday.

Her team plans to gather all chickens in the area, hoping residents will voluntarily hand over their birds for culling.
Meanwhile, dozens of birds in the neighborhood of DS, 15, who died of bird flu in Semarang, Central Java, last week were culled Thursday.

The culling was conducted in a field in the Medoho area in Gayamsari district.
Central Java has had 14 cases of bird flu in humans with 11 deaths since 2003.
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Flu epidemic ‘to regain strength after mid-December’

Friday, November 14, 2008
by Shahina Maqbool

Islamabad

The influenza or common flu virus epidemic is expected to regain strength after mid-December. From then onwards, for about one to two months, it will probably affect a large segment of the Pakistani population. Pilgrims returning from the holy land are also likely to bring back strains of the virus that are not commonly prevalent in Pakistan, thus aggravating the situation.

Eminent allergy specialist Dr. Osman Yusuf made this prediction while talking to ‘The News’ here on Thursday. “The first small episode of flu occurred in end-August, and was followed by sporadic episodes in early and again in the end of Ramazan. However, after Eid, these mini-epidemics started gaining momentum, and eventually worsened about one to two weeks ago. Fortunately, with the onset of rains, and further cooling of the weather in November, these episodes are expected to decrease for about a month,” he said, “before regaining strength after mid-December.”

Ever since the change in weather, more and more people are coming down with influenza. This illness, caused by an influenza virus, typically causes fever, generalized aches and pains, followed by allergy-like symptoms of sneezing, running and/or blocked nose and coughing. Occasionally, it can trigger an asthma-like episode of severe coughing, wheezing, and even a feeling of tightness in the chest and difficulty in breathing.

According to the World Health Organization, “Between September 2007 and February 13, 2008, 33 human cases of influenza A (H5N1) were confirmed in China, Egypt, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Vietnam. Many of these cases were associated with outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N1) in poultry.”

Prevention of influenza is essential to prevent the virus from becoming more pathogenic and affecting more people in the years to come. “It is suspected that 2008 and 2009 may be the worst global pandemic years for the influenza virus after 1987,” Dr. Osman shared.

Influenza virus vaccine is available in the market at a cost of between Rs. 550 to Rs. 650 per dose. “The usual dose is half a milliliter, which comes pre-filled in a syringe. Children above the age of 6 years to adults should get a full dose (0.5 ml), children from 2 to 6 years, half a dose, and from 6 months to 2 years, a quarter of the adult dose,” Dr. Osman recommended.

The specialist said, the vaccine is strongly recommended for all children below the age of 12, and adults above 60 years, but it is recommended for everyone to get at least one injection per year, before the start of the flu season. However, in Pakistan, which is a high endemic flu area and has a higher than normal virus load due to Hajj and frequent travellers, people should have a booster vaccination, one month after the first dose.

Dr. Osman said, vaccination against flu is particularly recommended for patients suffering from heart ailments, diabetes, high blood pressure, as well as pregnant ladies, and those suffering from asthma, allergy or any respiratory disease.

“Other than this, there is little that can be done to prevent infection with influenza virus. Anecdotal evidence recommends the use of vitamin C, frequent nasal washes, application of a lubricant like vaseline or olive oil in the nostrils, or wearing of face masks to prevent excreting or inhaling the virus,” Dr. Osman said.
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Bird flu is the next Spanish flu. If you read the scientific reports, the magnitude of the threat quickly emerges.

That doesn't stop the media from covering it up to prevent panic, though.
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Bird flu is the next Spanish flu. If you read the scientific reports, the magnitude of the threat quickly emerges.

That doesn't stop the media from covering it up to prevent panic, though.

Yeah, its not a very uplifting situation.
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Hey, BIRD FLU IS DANGEROUS ZOMG

Soriously though, curdledvomit, why? If that thing actually does manage to start the next 1918/19 it will happen, if not, it won't. Seeing as most human strains of influenza are extremely fucking infectious, there is literally no protection against it, except maybe becoming a hermit for three or so years.

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Hey, BIRD FLU IS DANGEROUS ZOMG

Soriously though, curdledvomit, why? If that thing actually does manage to start the next 1918/19 it will happen, if not, it won't. Seeing as most human strains of influenza are extremely fucking infectious, there is literally no protection against it, except maybe becoming a hermit for three or so years.

Seriously, stop panicing.

not panicing just informing.

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December 22, 2008
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Authorities Wonder What Went Wrong as Bird Flu Reappears

Bangkok. New cases of avian influenza discovered across Asia in recent weeks confirm warnings that the deadly virus still lurks in the region and raise questions about gaps in efforts to contain it in affected communities.
“Our analysis shows that this season is when we will get cases of avian influenza,” says Subash Morzaria, regional manger of the Bangkok-based emergency center for transboundary animal diseases at the Food and Agriculture Organization. “Countries have to be prepared for bird flu outbreaks during the winter season.”
For now, the only comfort, experts say, is the speed at which the cases are being reported. Tightening of the information flow from farms and chicken coops to veterinary officials was part of a program implemented in the region since a major outbreak of bird flu struck the region in the winter of 2003.
Hong Kong is grappling with an outbreak of the H5N1 virus that struck chickens last week. The infected poultry, kept in a farm equipped with modern biosecurity measures, resulted in the culling of close to 80,000 chickens throughout nearby farms and markets.
The state media reported that Chinese authorities also confirmed this week that the virus has been reported in the eastern province of Jiangsu, resulting in the deaths of over 350,000 chickens. In addition, local authorities have increased vaccinations of poultry on local farms.
Cambodia has turned its attention to infected chickens and ducks in an area south of its capital, Phnom Penh. Authorities have ordered poultry in the infected smallholder farms to be slaughtered. In addition, a 30-day ban has been imposed on the selling and transport of poultry to the Kandal Province.
The local media reported that Cambodian authorities confirmed that a 19-year-old man from Kandal had tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus. He is the first person reported to have contracted the virus and the eighth Cambodian diagnosed with avian influenza since 2003.
Last week, authorities in India’s West Bengal State announced the sealing of large sections of its border with Bangladesh after tests confirmed a new outbreak in the district of Malda, through which poultry are regularly smuggled.
Last month, outbreaks were reported in two other Indian states that share borders with Bangladesh: Assam and Meghalaya.
The latest outbreaks follow a pattern that began in 2003 and are linked to causes singled out that year. “The main reasons are still because of poor biosecurity and the movement of birds due to trade,” Morzaria said. “Biosecurity is still not adequate in some communities despite the high awareness for its need.”
Such measures seek to keep poultry in a confined environment to limit contact with wild birds. Bigger farms have implemented biosecurity measures on an industrial scale, where workers must be sprayed with disinfectant, shower, shampoo and wear protective clothing before going into the sheds where the poultry are raised.
Yet even such controlled environments have failed to prevent the recent outbreaks in Hong Kong, raising concerns about the vaccines being used to inoculate poultry from the H5N1 virus.
“The vaccine failure is something that they are investigating in Hong Kong,” says FAO’s Morzaria. “Vaccines are a very important control option if delivered properly and at the right time.”
Meanwhile, the UN food agency argues that it has experienced success in its awareness campaigns aimed at getting communities to raise the alarm and secure prompt responses when an outbreak does take place.
“We are getting more reports than before, and they are reporting it fairly early,” Morzaria said. “The training at grassroots levels has contributed to this change.
The success of the international effort to contain avian influenza is reflected in the number of countries that have managed to eliminate it, stated a global study released in October. “The success of the control efforts [has been] reflected in the fact that 50 of the 63 countries affected by the virus have managed to eliminate it,” the study said.
That is an improvement from December 2005, when an assessment was made at a major international meeting held in Beijing, added the report, published by the World Bank, the FAO and the World Health Organization, among other agencies. “It was recognized that the world was unprepared for the rapid spread of the virus.''
“H5N1 has already cost over $20 billion in economic losses,” the study revealed of the virus that began in China in the winter of 2003, spread across Southeast Asia and then hit Europe and Africa.
According to the WHO, 247 people have died from H5N1 strain of the virus out of 391 people infected since 2003. Indonesia tops the list of fatalities, with 113 deaths out of 139 confirmed cases, followed by Vietnam, with 52 deaths out of 106 confirmed cases.
Public health and animal health experts have been monitoring the virus to study signs of mutation, given concerns that if H5N1 acquires the capability to be passed between humans easily, it could result in a global pandemic, which some say could kill 180 million people.
Such projections are based on the 1918 Spanish Flu, which claimed some 50 million lives after a bird flu strain crossed over into the human population.

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Bird Flu Outbreak Expands In China, Young Woman Ill

February 3, 2009

Boston (SmartAboutHealth) - Once again, the H5N1 bird flu outbreak in China has grown. The latest case involves a 21-year old woman from central China. It has been confirmed that the 21-year old woman, a farmer surnamed Shu, has the H5N1 bird flu virus.
The woman is from the Hunan province in central China, and fell ill back on January 23rd.
Shortly after falling ill, she was sent to the hospital for treatment.
This comes as fear continues to spread across China as the outbreak expands.
Since 2009 began, there have been many different cases, including many deaths.
The woman is now expected to make a full recovery.
It is believed she contracted the bird flu from dead poultry she was around.
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Tell me again why I should be in a panic about a disease that has killed less than 300 people worldwide and is mostly confined to 3rd world countries? In 2008 alone...over 31,000 people were killed in auto accidents just in the continental US, yet nobody is calling that a pandemic..
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