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OMG SUPERVIR00S WILL KEEEL US ALL!!!

seriously, this thread is part various information about H5N1 and part panic.
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And most people aren't "special", which is the point of why curdledvomit keeps the thread updated with recent H5N1 news.


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Also, do you seriously think the lethality of treatment-from-symptoms H5N1 is greater than 50%?
Unfortunately most people that died of the H5N1 virus didn't receive treatment until it was too late, because the symptoms were assumed to be the common cold. Knowlege is part of the solution.
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Bird flu vaccine passes another crucial test


By Yang Jian 2007-12-25
CHINA yesterday announced phase two success in its bird flu vaccine clinical trials conducted by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and a Beijing drug maker.

A third phase will be carried out - vaccines must pass three phases of clinical trials before they are released on to the market.

The Chinese-developed vaccine creates anti-bodies against the virus and produces "no serious side effects," said scientists involved in the second-phrase clinical trials carried out by the center and Sinovac Biotech, a Beijing-based pharmaceutical company.

The trial also determined the proper dose of the injected vaccine and the best method for administration.

Zhang Jiansan, vice-general manager of Sinovac Biotech, said the second phase of clinical tests was carried out from September to November after permission to stage human clinical trials for the vaccine was granted by the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration.

A total of 402 people aged from 18 to 60 years took the test, Xinhua news agency reported.

Test results showed that the vaccine reached international standards and performed well in the human body. None of the test subjects suffered serious negative reactions, Xinhua said.

Zhang said test subjects of different ages were given different doses of the vaccine and this result was also positive, adding that the vaccine could offers several choices of treatment for victims suffering from the flu.

"We could control the dosage and the immunization procedure for the vaccine during the second phase of clinical tests and this provided us with effective scientific methods to combat this highly infective influenza," Zhang said.

China is also capable of producing bird flu vaccine for human use "in appropriate quantities," Zhang added.

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jesus christ you're still posting this garbage? avian flu is so 2 years ago, nobody gives a shit
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Israel probes new bird flu outbreak

Jan 3 08:19 AM US/Eastern




Israel was investigating a fresh outbreak of avian flu after 18 contaminated birds were found dead on Thursday at a kindergarten in a coastal town in the north of the country. "This morning, 18 ducks, chickens and pigeons were found dead among a total of 25 birds held in a petting corner in a kindergarten in Binyamina," an agriculture ministry spokesman told AFP.
Tests discovered the presence of the H5 virus category, which only kills birds, unlike the highly pathogenic H5N1 sub-type of the virus that is dangerous to humans.
Experts were examining the infected birds to see if they had been infected with the H5N1 strain.
Authorities have banned the transportation of animals in a three-kilometre (two-mile) radius around Binyamina, a coastal town north of Tel Aviv, in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus, the agriculture ministry said in a statement.


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Scientists discover new key to flu transmission

Sun Jan 6, 2008 1:13pm EST

By Julie Steenhuysen
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Flu viruses must be able to pick a very specific type of lock before entering human respiratory cells, U.S. researchers said on Sunday, offering a new understanding of how flu viruses work.
The discovery may help scientists better monitor changes in the H5N1 bird flu virus that could trigger a deadly pandemic in humans. And it may lead to better ways to fight it, they said.
The scientists found that a flu virus must be able to attach itself to an umbrella-shaped receptor coating human respiratory cells before it can infect cells in the upper airways.
"What the lock needs is the right key. It opens the door," said Ram Sasisekharan, a professor of biological engineering and health sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
The H5N1 avian flu virus now almost exclusively infects birds. But it can occasionally pass to a person.
Experts have feared that the bird flu virus would evolve slightly into a form that people can easily catch and pass to one another, triggering an epidemic.
"We now know what to look for," said Sasisekharan, whose study appears in the journal Nature Biotechnology.
Before a flu virus can enter a human respiratory cell, a protein on the surface of the virus must bind with chains of sugars called glycans that sit on the outside of the cells.
Scientists have classified these chains according to how they are linked together chemically. In birds, the virus binds with alpha 2-3 receptors; in humans, it binds with alpha 2-6 receptors.
To infect humans, scientists thought the H5N1 bird flu virus would need to simply mutate so it could bind with alpha 2-6 receptors. But it turns out not all alpha 2-6 receptors are the same. Some are short and cone-shaped and some are long and umbrella-shaped.
"Defining human and bird receptors just by linkage forgets to take shape into account," Sasisekharan said in a telephone interview.
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Shape difference may explain why humans can get bird flu from a bird and not pass it along easily to other humans, he said.
So far, the bird flu virus has found a way to bind only to the cone-shaped structures in human upper airways. The virus has already killed 216 people and infected 348 people in 14 countries, according to the World Health Organization.
But the study found that the most infectious human flu viruses bind with the umbrella-shaped receptors in the upper respiratory tract. The researchers believe the H5N1 bird flu virus would need to adapt so it could latch on to these umbrella-shaped receptors before it could be spread readily from human to human.
Understanding this mechanism could lead to better surveillance of changes in the virus and may lead to the development of new and better drugs to treat flu viruses.
"It opens up ways for people to bring in different kinds of small molecule approaches for new drug development," Sasisekharan said, adding the work could help seasonal flu sufferers as well.
(Editing by Eric Beech)
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India battles to contain 'very serious' bird flu outbreak


Jan 18 04:29 AM US/Eastern


Health workers in eastern India battled Friday to contain a "very serious" bird flu outbreak, amid reports the virus had spread to new areas and local people were resisting a mass poultry cull. Officials in the densely-populated state of West Bengal said chickens were still on sale despite a ban, while New Delhi called in paramilitary troops to prevent birds being smuggled out.
"The situation is very, very serious in 102 villages in three districts of Birbhum, Murshidabad and South Dinajpur," West Bengal animal resources development minister Anisur Rahaman said.
"Villagers are resisting culling operations. Chickens are on sale despite a ban and reports of poultry deaths from new places keep coming," he added.
But he said there had been no reports of human cases since the outbreak of the disease," adding that he would visit the affected areas on Saturday.
In New Delhi, a home ministry official said the paramilitary Border Security Force had been called in to stop chickens being smuggled into Bangladesh, where the virus has also broken out.
But West Bengal health services director Sanchita Baksi said villagers were throwing chicken carcasses into rivers and ponds, increasing the risk of the virus spreading.
"And in some areas, villagers are feasting on dead chickens and are reluctant to disclose if there are any chickens or ducks in their backyards.
"Thousands of people are in danger," she warned, adding that local hostility was hampering efforts to cull the birds.
The cull began Wednesday after the agriculture ministry confirmed the deaths were due to the deadly H5N1 strain.
The federal government has sent advisories to states neighbouring West Bengal in a bid to contain the spread of the disease.
More than 62,000 chickens and ducks have died over the past the past week in the three districts affected, West Bengal animal resources development director Dilip Das said.
"It will take at least 20 days to reach our target to slaughter 350,000 chickens and ducks," he said.
Baksi said there were reports other birds had also been infected.
"We are worried over the reports that crows and hawks are dropping dead in some bird-flu affected areas, she said.
"We are trying to tell the people not to touch any birds lying in the those places.
Humans are typically infected by coming into direct contact with infected poultry, but experts fear the deadly virus may mutate into a form easily transmissible between humans.
Wild migratory birds have been blamed for the global spread of the disease, which has killed more than 200 people worldwide since 2003.
The outbreak is the third in India, home to 1.1 billion people, since 2006.
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India risks bird flu 'disaster', human cases feared

Jan 22 04:25 AM US/Eastern


India's worst ever outbreak of bird flu could turn into a disaster, an official warned Tuesday, as five people were reportedly quarantined with symptoms of the virus. Eight districts in the eastern state of West Bengal have been hit by the virus, and dead birds are being sold and locals said to be "feasting" on cheap chicken.
The state's animal resources minister, Anisur Rahaman, said authorities were "determined to cull all poultry in the districts in three or four days, otherwise the state will face a disaster."
More than 100,000 bird deaths have been reported, and teams are racing to cull two million chickens and ducks.
The Times of India reported five people in West Bengal have been quarantined with "clinical symptoms" of avian flu -- including fever, coughing, sore throat and muscle ache -- after handling affected poultry.
If the tests are positive, this will be the first case of human infection in India, home to 1.1 billion people and hit by bird flu among poultry three times since 2006.
Health officials in New Delhi said they were currently analysing blood samples from close to 150 people who have complained of fever.
On the ground, culling teams have been facing an uphill battle with villagers smuggling birds out of flu affected areas and selling them in open markets.
Thirty-year-old Sheikh Ali, a vendor in Birbhum's Gharisa market, 340 kilometres (192 miles) from the state capital Kolkata, said the sale of poultry had doubled in the past week.
"The prices of chicken have come down from 60 rupees to 20 rupees (1.5 dollars to 50 cents) per kilogramme (2.2 pounds).
"Poor villagers are feasting on chicken. At normal times, they cannot afford to buy as prices are so high. Now they are enjoying the meat," Ali said.
People typically catch the disease by coming into direct contact with infected poultry, but experts fear a flu pandemic if the H5N1 mutates into a form easily transmissible between humans.
Migratory birds have been largely blamed for the global spread of the disease, which has killed more than 200 people worldwide since 2003.
In Birbhum, police seized two trucks of smuggled poultry early Tuesday but culling teams were yet to arrive at the spot, an AFP correspondent said.
"Poultry owners are smuggling their birds out at night and transporting it to different places for fear of culling," said Shubhendu Mahato, a security guard at Arambagh Hatchery, one of the biggest in West Bengal.
Chicken shops had also sprung up along the main highways overnight with people crowding them, the AFP correspondent said.
Neighbouring Nepal, which has banned poultry imports from India since 2006, said its border posts were on high alert.
Bangladesh, which also borders West Bengal, was meanwhile battling its own serious outbreak -- with experts warning the situation was far worse than the government was letting on.
"Bird flu is now everywhere. Every day we have reports of birds dying in farms," said leading poultry expert and the treasurer of Bangladesh Poultry Association M.M Khan.
"Things are now very, very serious and public health is under danger. The government is trying to suppress the whole scenario," Khan said, adding that farmers were also holding back from reporting cases.
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Also, do you seriously think the lethality of treatment-from-symptoms H5N1 is greater than 50%?

50% death rate is really high. The virus is highly contagious and treatment is hard to come by for those in underdeveloped nations or impoverished towns and cities. The efficiency with which this virus spreads, a 50% death rate, lack of treatments and ignorance on the part of people like those Indian farmers could make for a serious pandemic.
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Turkey bird flu virus is H5N1 strain - official
01.22.08, 5:50 AM ET

ANKARA (Thomson Financial) - The bird flu virus found in a village in northern Turkey is of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that is potentially deadly to humans, an agriculture ministry spokesman confirmed.
Asked by AFP whether the virus detected among poultry in the village of Saz in Zonguldak province on the southern coast of the Black Sea was H5N1, spokesman Tunc Tuncel said: 'Yes, That is correct.'
'But we believe that it has not spread to any humans,' he said, adding preventive measures are already in place.


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Current WHO phase of pandemic alert
Current phase of alert in the WHO global influenza preparedness plan
- WHO global influenza preparedness plan

Experts at WHO and elsewhere believe that the world is now closer to another influenza pandemic than at any time since 1968, when the last of the previous century's three pandemics occurred. WHO uses a series of six phases of pandemic alert as a system for informing the world of the seriousness of the threat and of the need to launch progressively more intense preparedness activities.

The designation of phases, including decisions on when to move from one phase to another, is made by the Director-General of WHO.

Each phase of alert coincides with a series of recommended activities to be undertaken by WHO, the international community, governments, and industry. Changes from one phase to another are triggered by several factors, which include the epidemiological behaviour of the disease and the characteristics of circulating viruses.

The world is presently in phase 3: a new influenza virus subtype is causing disease in humans, but is not yet spreading efficiently and sustainably among humans.
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Over 2000 complain of fever, govt says ‘it means nothing’


Kolkata, January 22

About 2,324 cases of people suffering from fever have been reported from the Birbhum district — Ground Zero of the bird flu outbreak in the state — in the last five days. “The West Bengal Government is failing to understand the gravity of the situation,” said Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare P Lakshmi, during a visit to Birbhum on Tuesday.
Lakshmi, who is currently in the state to get a first hand assessment of the culling operations, did not find adequate health infrastructure to combat the bird flu threat. She criticised the state government for acting irresponsibly and lacking seriousness to fight the disease.
“There is no infrastructure, not even qualified doctors. We have sent pills and gear but the required equipment is not in place till date. They do not understand that this is an emergency situation and they should be prepared for it,” she added.
She blamed the state Animal Resource Development department for the spread of the virus to new areas, as it did not carry out culling operations in a swift manner.
The state government, however, maintained that there has been no case of H5N1 virus infecting humans, and tried to play down its own figures of fever cases in Birbhum.
“There is no need to panic. We do not have any reports of humans being infected. Therefore, a few hundred fever cases means nothing,” said Sanchita Bakshi, state director health services.
According to the status report, as many as 707 fever cases were reported from Birbhum district on January 18.
A day later and another 304 people were added to the list.
For January 20, which happened to be a Sunday, the report does not give any figures.
On January 21, 707 more cases were added to the existing figures and today an additional 613 cases of fever were recorded.
The report further stated that that six central rapid response teams are assisting the state government in culling operations.
Five human blood samples taken from South Dinajpur district have tested negative, the report added.
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West Bengal intercepts trucks smuggling birds from flu area
Thursday January 24 2008 00:00 IST ANI
BIRBHUM: Residents in West Bengal intercepted six vehicles smuggling birds from a bird flu infected area.

The six vehicles, which were interpreted by villagers at Nalhati, a bordering village along the Bengal-Jharkhand border, contained stock collected from different places in Birbhum where avian influenza has spread.

Most of the stock was from Rampurhat's two blocks, rest from other blocks and Bakreswar.

The police moved the recovered stock to a riverbank and buried the culled chicken.

Villagers residing in Rampuhat reeling under bird flu have decided to sell off their stock in Jharkhand.

"I was taking the chicken in the tempo when the villagers stopped my vehicle. They called the police and handed us over. We were taking the chicken to Jharkhand," said Imtiaz Ali, the driver who was smuggling out his stock of chickens.

The government compensation for the culled birds is Rs 40 for a country chicken, Rs 30 for poultry and Rs 10 for every chick, which the villagers claim as 'inadequate'.

According to the residents, smugglers offer to buy their stock at higher rates to the government compensation.

Meanwhile, border officials in Tripura have mounted steps to check the entry of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu virus from Bangladesh, where nearly 25,000 fowls have been culled after the disease outbreak.

Though Tripura doesn't import poultry product from Bangladesh but everyday hundreds of vehicles enter the state from the neighbouring country.

Health officials fumigated vehicles at the border as border guard’s maintained vigil to prevent the smuggling of the poultry into the country.

Seven districts of West Bengal have been affected to the bird flu but officials said the infection could be more widespread as they waited for test.

The virus was also spreading to new areas within already infected districts and the state was finding it difficult to contain the disease.
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KOLKATA, Jan. 23: Two more districts ~ Cooch Behar and Hooghly ~ were hit by bird flu today, bringing the total number of districts affected by the virus in the state to nine. This despite Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s claim yesterday that the situation was under control.
Mr Anisur Rahman, state animal resources development minister, confirmed that samples sent from Balagarh block in Hooghly and Dinhata-I block in Cooch Behar were tested bird flu positive.
The minister said that notifications had been issued in the two districts for carrying out culling of chickens within the five-kilometres radius of the affected areas.
Apart from these two new districts, the virus spread to new blocks in Birbhum and Burdwan. Samples sent from Bolpur block in Birbhum tested positive, while fresh reports of chicken deaths came in from Khoirasol and Illambazar blocks of the district.
Samples have been sent to Bhopal from Khoirasol and Illambazar for test. There were also reports of chicken deaths from Khatra and Sonamukhi. Samples were sent for confirmation and the reports are awaited.
In Burdwan too, the H5N1 virus continued to spread to new areas. Galsi-I, Burdwan town and Budbud blocks are the new bird flu-affected areas. In Burdwan, to give momentum to the culling operation, compensation was paid on the spot during culling of chickens.
However, despite the state’s efforts to complete the culling operation in the affected areas as early as possible to prevent the flu from spreading, culling was slow which is only helping the virus spread to new areas.
Officials from Japan and US consulates met the animal resource development secretary, Mr Dilip Chakroborty, during the day and enquired about the steps taken by the state government to combat bird flu.
“Many Japan and US nationals are here in the city and in Haldia and the two consulates are understandably worried about their people,” Mr Chakraborty said. He said export of birds to Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim had been stopped following the outbreak of the disease.
Though entry of chickens from Bangladesh had been restricted at the check posts, the movement can’t be controlled because of the porous borders.
The ARD minister said that today, 476 rapid response teams were carrying out the culling operation. Nearly 2.2 million chickens have to be culled in the state. The minister also said that they were bringing in veterinary experts from Chennai, Assam and Orissa for a smooth culling operation.
The North 24 Parganas DM said culling may take place any time in the district as bird flu has spread in adjoining Nadia.
The Bihar government ordered culling of chickens in six panchayat areas of Katihar district, adjacent to the affected Malda district of West Bengal. This is being done as a preventive measure,” deputy chief minister Mr Sushil Modi said. An alert was also sounded in Meghalaya.
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