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I just found out hantavirus postive mice were inhabiting my crawl space. My house is currently undergoing decontamination. I'm posting from my shitty laptop at my uncles. Good thing I didn't get the virus..
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Nigeria: H5N1 spreading fast
21/02/2006 21:04 - (SA)
Kano - Nigeria's bird-flu epidemic entered its second week on Tuesday as a top United Nations expert voiced fears that Africa's first outbreak showed no signs of abating.

Meanwhile, Nigeria said on Monday the deadly H5N1 virus strain that can kill humans had been confirmed in three new states and the capital, Abuja, bringing the number of areas affected to seven.

Joseph Domenech, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's chief veterinary officer said: "The situation is very worrying.

"Given the case of Nigeria, given the extreme mobility of people and poultry, it will continue to spread. From Nigeria, this could become a regional crisis very easily."

Domenech said from Rome that the only sure way to halt the spread of the virus was vaccinating chickens.

He dismissed arguments that the measure would be prohibitively expensive.

Confirmed in six states

"Pure stamping out will not control the epidemic," he said, referring to the Nigerian mass poultry slaughter programme.

"We have been asking that there are strategic stocks of vaccines in Nigeria."

Nigerian information minister Frank Nweke confirmed on Monday the presence of bird flu in six states - Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Bauchi, Katsina and Zamfara - as well as in Abuja and its surrounds.

"The situation is under control to the extent that the outbreak is mostly localised to contiguous states," he said, underlining that there was "no report of any human infection in spite of the extensive diagnostic tests".

The government had also received stocks of "Tamiflu which is being used in the management of the flu among humans in countries where this has occurred", said Nweke.

Asking for help

Nigerian health minister Eyitayo Lambo had asked for 250 000 doses of the anti-viral drug.

Nigeria, the first country in Africa to confirm the presence of bird flu, finally paid heed on Saturday to UN warnings and banned the movement of poultry across the vast country of 36 states.

In Paris, the foreign ministry spokesperson announced that minister Douste-Blazy would visit Nigeria at the end of this week "to assess the needs of the country and identify measures which could be put in place to respond to the situation".

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whats a little wierd about this report is that they say there has been no human to human cases yet then they say that they have already recieved taniflu and are using it to manage "the flu" in the countries where it was. ? etf?

The government had also received stocks of "Tamiflu which is being used in the management of the flu among humans in countries where this has occurred", said Nweke.



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China reports two new human cases of bird flu (updated 12:18 a.m.)

2006/2/26
BEIJING\JAKARTA, Agencies



China on Saturday reported two new cases of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in a 9-year-old girl and a 26-year-old woman, raising the number of reported human infections on the country's mainland since October to 14. The girl lives in the southeastern coastal province of Zhejiang and the woman is a farmer from Anhui province in the east, the Health Ministry said in a report carried by the government's Xinhua News Agency.

Both were hospitalized in critical condition with fever and pneumonia, the ministry said.

China has reported eight deaths among its 14 human cases.

The farmer, identified only by the surname Wang, had contact with sick and dead poultry that laboratory tests showed had the H5N1 flu strain, the Health Ministry said. It said she got sick on Feb. 11.

The cause of the girl's infection was under investigation, but she visited the home of relatives whose chickens died while she was there, the ministry said. She got sick on Feb. 10.

"The two patients have been confirmed to be infected with bird flu in accordance with the standards of the World Health Organization," Xinhua said, citing the ministry.

It said people who had close contact with Wang and the girl, identified only by the surname You, have been put under medical observation but none has shown symptoms.

Indonesia confirms another death

Indonesia recorded its 20th human death from bird flu on Saturday. A 27-year-old woman who died Monday in Jakarta's Depok district was confirmed as having contracted the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, said Hariadi Wibisono, a senior health ministry official.

He said blood and swab samples from the woman had been sent to a World Health Organization-accredited laboratory in the United States, which confirmed the results of initial local tests.

India confirms more cases

Five dead chickens at two poultry farms in India's western Gujarat state were infected with the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, government officials said Saturday.

The dead birds were discovered at the National Poultry Farm and T.Mol Poultry Farm in the Uchhal area of Gujarat, local administrator A.V. Vader said. Officials have been testing poultry at farms in the area after the virus was found in two dead chickens at the National farm. Officials have not said when the dead birds were found. Both farms were shut down early Saturday.

Uchhal is a few miles across the border from Navapur, a farming region in neighboring Maharashtra state where the country's first outbreak of the disease last week prompted the culling of hundreds of thousands of birds.

Suspected case in Hong Kong

A dead magpie found in urban Hong Kong is suspected of having the H5 strain of the bird flu virus after preliminary testing, the government said Saturday.

It wasn't immediately known if the bird had the deadly H5N1 strain. Further tests are being carried out, the government said in a statement. The dead bird was reported to Hong Kong authorities Friday.

France confirms outbreak in commercial poultry

The European Union's first outbreak of the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu in commercial poultry was confirmed Saturday in France, the EU's largest poultry producer.

But President Jacques Chirac, trying to keep the lucrative market alive, sought to ease fears by insisting that eating poultry is safe and panic is unjustified.

The Agriculture Ministry said lab tests confirmed H5N1 in turkeys at a farm of more than 11,000 birds in the southeast Ain region.

Hundreds of birds died and the remainder were slaughtered even before the presence of the lethal virus was official. The farm has been sealed off.

Bird flu found in fourth German state

A wild duck and a swan found dead near the Polish border have tested positive for bird flu, marking the apparent spread of the H5N1 virus into a fourth state in Europe's biggest economy, German officials said Saturday.

The dead birds were found on the edge of Schwedt, a city near the board of Poland, a spokesman for the agriculture ministry in the eastern state Brandenburg said.

He said the ministry did not have confirmation yet that the birds had the deadliest Asian strain of the H5N1 flu virus.

"The probability that it is, however, is high," the spokesman said.

Japan to ban Dutch poultry imports

Japan will ban Dutch poultry imports when the Netherlands launches a planned preventive vaccination of some of its flocks against the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, the Dutch farm ministry said Saturday.

Japan's plan confirms the fears of farmers in the Netherlands, Europe's second biggest poultry producer after France, about trade restrictions from countries whose consumers shun meat from vaccinated animals because of possible health risks.

"The Japanese chief veterinary official asked us for clarification whether we are vaccinating hobby (backyard) or commercial poultry," said ministry spokesman Benno Briggink.

"They haven't imposed a ban yet but they say they will do so when we start vaccinating commercial poultry".
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Chirac urges calm over bird flu

President Chirac ate some chicken to prove his point

The French president Jacques Chirac has told consumers not to panic over the discovery of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu on a turkey farm.
Speaking at an agriculture fair in Paris, Mr Chirac said there was absolutely no risk in eating poultry.

It is the first time a farm in the European Union has been affected. France already had cases in wild ducks.

Despite reassurances that it is safe to eat cooked poultry, sales in France have dropped by up to 30%.

France is one of the world's largest exporters of poultry with an industry worth 7bn euros ($8bn).

Unfortunately you can see a completely unjustified sort of total panic developing


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Japan has already announced an import ban with immediate effect.

The turkey farm in the eastern Ain department of the country where the poultry case of H5N1 was discovered, is just 200m from the lake where the two wild ducks were detected.

A massive vaccination programme is already under way.

In other developments:

  • Indonesia records its 20th human death from bird flu
  • In China, two more cases of bird flu are found in humans, according to the Xinhua news agency, bringing the total number of human cases in China to 14
  • Health officials in Germany confirm that a wild duck and a swan found dead near the Polish border have tested positive for bird flu, making Brandenburg the fourth German state with the virus
  • The European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson tells the EU's trading partners not to overreact following Japan's decision to ban French imports.
The French turkey farmer, speaking on television, said he had kept all 11,000 birds indoors.

Experts are now trying to determine how the turkeys were infected despite being kept inside.

One theory is that the virus may have been carried on straw bedding brought from outside the farm. H5N1 has killed more than 90 people, mostly in Asia, since late 2003.

It can be caught by humans who handle infected birds, but is not yet known to have passed from one person to another.

Scientists have warned that if the virus mutates, it could create a pandemic that could kill millions of people.
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3 birds test positive for H5N1 virus in HK

www.chinaview.cn 2006-02-27 21:41:12

HONG KONG, Feb. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department confirmed Monday that three earlier suspected cases of bird flu were H5N1 positive after a series of laboratory tests.

The cases involve a dead House Crow collected on Lai On Estate in Kowloon on Feb. 20, a dead House Crow collected on Tai Hang Tung Estate in Kowloon on Feb. 23, and a dead Common Magpie collected on Island Road in Hong Kong Island on Feb. 24.

A department spokesman reminded people to observe good personal hygiene.

"They should avoid personal contact with wild birds and live poultry, and clean their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with them," he said.

The health department of Hong Kong is now on high alert againsta possible outbreak of the lethal human cases of avian influenza H5N1 in the special administrative region as dozens of wild birds have been found suspected of H5N1 virus. Enditem
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First case of deadly H5N1 strain confirmed in Bosnia-Herzegovina
www.chinaview.cn 2006-02-28 03:39:57
BELGRADE, Feb. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- Bosnia-Herzegovina authorities said in Sarajevo on Monday that its first case of deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was confirmed by the EU reference laboratory in Britain's Weybridge.

Jozo Bagaric, head of the Veterinary Office, told the media that the H5N1 strain was confirmed in two out of four swans found dead at Plivsko Jezero lake near the Midwestern Bosnian town of Jajce on Feb. 16.

A week ago, Bagaric said the H5 strain was confirmed in two outof the four dead swans. Samples were sent to the EU laboratory to determine whether it is the deadly H5N1 strain.

Bosnia-Herzegovina lies on one of the paths for migratory birds from central and northern Europe flying south. The Western Balkan country has taken a series of measures to prevent the spread of the bird flu virus, including culling more than 4,000 poultry from households near the infected swans.

It also banned imports of live birds and poultry products from 17 countries after they reported cases of bird flu. Enditem
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Bird flu watchers keep eye on Alaska
The migratory patterns of wild birds intersect there. When the birds leave, will they bring H5N1 to North America?

By LISA GREENE, Times Staff Writer
Published February 26, 2006


In a few weeks, as the sun begins to warm and the days lengthen, the birds will start taking flight.

By the end of March, thousands upon thousands - ducks, geese, sandpipers - will begin their annual trek north, toward Alaska.

Scientists hope they won't be carrying the notorious bird flu virus with them.

But as world health officials look toward Europe in alarm, where bird flu is spreading among wild birds faster than anyone expected, some U.S. scientists are looking half the world away, to Alaska.

Alaska is the crossroads of three of the world's great migratory flyways. Birds from Asia and North America mingle here, winging across continents to find the perfect bird nursery. Predators are few, tasty insects plentiful and sunlit hours long enough for plenty of baby feeding time.

"Alaska in the summer is a great place to be a bird," said Rick Kearney, wildlife coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey.

But this year, the ingredients that make Alaska bird paradise could also bring trouble. Scientists fear that the deadly strain of bird flu spreading from Asia could hitch a ride to Alaska on the wings of migrating birds.

Then, when summer ends and birds begin to fly south, birds infected in Alaska could fly south to the continental United States.

"The opportunity for movement of the virus is probably stronger here than anywhere else in North America," said Kevin Winker, an associate professor and curator of birds at the University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks.

Winker has been testing birds for bird flu since 1998, drawn here by the chance to study more than 450 different bird species.

But in the past, Winker and his colleagues have tested about 1,500 to 3,000 birds a year.

This year's tally could reach 20,000.

Federal officials plan an enormous effort, partnering the University of Alaska with the federal departments of agriculture and the interior.

"That's the most logical place for avian influenza to show up," said Kearney, who also now co-chairs the Interagency Working Group for the Early Detection of Asian H5N1 in Wild Birds.

"All eyes are on Alaska."



H5N1 is the deadly strain of bird flu that first appeared in Hong Kong in 1997. A campaign to kill infected birds stopped the virus then, but it re-emerged in Asia in 2003. Since then, it has crept across Asia, killing people who became infected through contact with birds, usually chickens in their family flocks. So far, more than 90 people have died. This year, bird flu has spread with greater speed, killing four people in Turkey. Just this month, the virus has showed up in birds in 13 different countries, from Nigeria to Italy to France.

As the sick birds have multiplied, so too has the alarm. Even the famous ravens who live in the Tower of London have been moved inside.

The spread of the virus among migrating birds still doesn't pose the same public health threat as the potential spread among people. Most flu experts agree that the greatest chance for bird flu to threaten U.S. residents will occur if the virus gains the ability to jump from person to person.

So far, that hasn't happened. Those who have fallen ill have had direct contact with birds. Scientists don't know when - or if - the virus will ever gain that ability. If it does, that would set the stage for a global epidemic, and it most likely would start in Asia.

But U.S. scientists believe the spread of bird flu among wild birds poses a danger.

"Many of the other diseases that pop up in public concern are sort of flavor-of-the-month club that don't kill a lot of people - Ebola, SARS, monkeypox," Winker said. A true flu pandemic could kill anywhere from 2-million to 100-million people worldwide, scientists estimate. "This disease is a real killer. We do need to keep our guard up."

Once the virus enters the United States in a few wild birds, it likely will spread to others. Wild animals could be threatened. So could commercial poultry and farm animals, although experts stress the risk of that is low.

Wild birds spread the disease easily among themselves because they carry the virus in their digestive tract. Water becomes contaminated, and then other birds get infected by eating and drinking there.

There are many bird flu strains, and usually waterbirds, such as ducks, geese and swans, carry them without becoming sick. But H5N1 is different. Dead swans in Italy and Greece have tested positive.

That's just one of the things that puzzles scientists. In summer 2005, the virus spread north and west across Asia, against migratory routes.

Since last fall, the spread among wild birds has followed those routes, but questions remain.

"I would have expected more outbreaks in Africa than we've seen, if wild birds were an effective spreader of the virus," Kearney said. "It could be that sick birds don't fly far - that they didn't survive long enough to finish their migration."

Or it could be that scientists know less about how birds migrate than they thought. Another possibility is that humans have transported infected poultry.

"Most of the spread is what people do wrong," said veterinarian Gary Butcher, professor of avian pathology at the University of Florida. "Moving chickens improperly from farm to farm, or moving chicken coops or feed trucks."

Butcher just returned from a trip to Russia, advising on how to make commercial chicken farms safer. In a few days, he leaves to do the same in Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

"Everybody seems to be very, very nervous," Butcher said.

Scientists also are unsure what will happen if the virus comes to North American wild birds.

"There's been a lot of debate about the role that migratory birds are or might play in spreading the disease," said veterinarian Ron DeHaven, administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

If the virus is found in Alaska, DeHaven says it would likely spread first down the Pacific coast, because more birds there migrate to Alaska. Winker, meanwhile, said it "will spread across North America quickly, because waterfowl cover the continent."

But veterinarian David Stallknecht, who has studied bird flu in wild birds for more than 20 years, took a different view. Stallknecht said the virus also could come to North America from the east, because migratory paths also cross in Canada.

"The farther that virus spreads westward in Eurasia, the more likely there would be potential contact with the East Coast," he said.

Still, Stallknecht said, if North American birds become infected in Canada, that doesn't mean they'll spread the virus south. Milder bird flu strains already follow a pattern, said Stallknecht, also an associate professor of population health at the University of Georgia.

"The high infection rates in North America are associated with northern latitudes," he said. "You get down to Georgia and Florida, and the prevalence is next to nothing."

Birds go north in summer, become infected, pass the virus to other birds, and then the outbreak dies down before they fly south, Stallknecht said.

If U.S. wild birds are infected, federal officials fear the virus could spread to commercial poultry. But they stress that the U.S. poultry industry, with its cooped chickens and separate farms, are far different from Asia's family flocks. U.S. chickens have less contact with both wild birds and with people.

"The potential for this virus to have an impact on commercial poultry production is significant," DeHaven said. "Having said that, we have been dealing with (milder) avian influenza viruses for decades . . . finding it, containing it, and eradicating it."

In Florida, commercial farms are home to more than 31-million chickens. State agriculture officials have nearly quadrupled virus testing of commercial farms, state fairs and other locations and plan to test about 15,000 birds this year.

Butcher said fear will likely hurt the poultry industry more than the virus itself. Although the virus is killed by cooking, poultry consumption has dropped in countries where the virus has appeared.

"No humans have gotten bird flu from migratory birds," he said. "No humans have gotten it from buying a commercial chicken. But it is causing a panic."

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Cat's H5N1 death sparks worry

28/02/2006 23:43 - (SA)
Geneva - The discovery of a bird-flu infection in a cat in Germany underscores what scientists have long known - that the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus can infect a wide range of mammals, said a spokesperson for the World Health Organisation on Tuesday.

"We know that mammals can become infected with H5N1," said Maria Cheng of the WHO.

"But, we don't know what this means for humans. We don't know if they would play a role in transmitting the disease.

"We don't know how much virus the cats would excrete, how much people would need to be exposed to before they would fall ill."

While it is the first confirmed case of a mammal being infected with H5N1 in Europe, the virus has proved deadly to tigers and snow leopards in a Thai zoo, where they were fed chicken carcasses, she noted.

Big cats died from H5N1 in Thailand in 2003 and 2004.

"That's been one of the features of H5N1, that it has been able to infect a pretty wide variety of mammals," said Cheng.

100 cases of infected wild birds

She said she knew of no case where an infected mammal had passed the disease on to a human being.

The cat was found dead on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen, where most of the more than 100 cases of H5N1-infected wild birds in Germany have been found, said Germany's Friedrich Loeffler Institute lab on Tuesday.

It is possible the cat ate a bird, Cheng said. "Cats have often been experimentally infected in Holland."

Could swop genetic material

Scientists are particularly concerned about bird flu infecting pigs, because swine also can become infected with human-flu virus.

The fear is that the two viruses could swop genetic material and create a new one that could set off a human pandemic that could prove more deadly than routine, annual influenza epidemics.

"We're particularly worried about pigs because they can have both human and bird flu at the same time and they can pass it on back to humans in a new form, which is essentially what happened in the last two pandemics (in 1957 and 1968)", said Cheng.
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maybe they are rednecks in whatever country thet are in, and if so i wouldnt know what they call rednecks there....maybe they call them farm tards. <shrug>
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Swiss find firts H5N1 case
From correspondents in Switzerland

March 02, 2006

SWITZERLAND has found its first case of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain in a bird found last week in Geneva, the Federal Veterinary Office said today.

"VLA confirms highly pathogenic avian influenza of H5N1 subtype in a common merganser from Switzerland," the Veterinary Laboratories Agency - the European Union and World Reference Laboratory for avian influenza - said on its website.

The Federal Veterinary's Office confirmed that the bird found last week in Geneva did carry the aggressive strain of the virus.

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