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how many chances has it had to mutate now?

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Egyptian woman dies of H5N1 bird flu

18 March 2006 15:17
A 30-year-old Egyptian woman has died of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu, the country's first human victim.

The virus is also reported to have spread to birds in neighboring Israel.

Two human fatalities resulting from bird flu have already been reported in Iraq.


Elsewhere in the region, birds have been reported infected with the H5N1 strain in Iran, Israel and Kuwait.

The Egyptian government said the victim, Amal Mohammed Ismail, who maintained a domestic bird farm despite a ban on the practice since the arrival of bird flu in the country last month, died of a fever after she was hospitalized with flu-like symptoms.

She was first admitted to a hospital in Qaliubiya just north of Cairo and then moved on Wednesday to the fever hospital in
Abasiya, Cairo.

The Cairo-based US Naval Medical Research Unit confirmed it was a human case of H5N1.

Meanwhile, authorities in Israel were scrambling to contain the state's first outbreak after tests on dead fowl confirmed the lethal strain.

The Israeli authorities believe the virus was brought in by migratory birds making their spring passage from Africa to Europe.

However, four farm workers who had been admitted to hospital were declared free of the virus.

In November, Kuwait was the first country in the region to discover the H5N1 strain, which it detected in a flamingo.

Since then, Iran has reported finding the H5N1 strain in more than 100 wild swans.

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Alright! This thing has now pretty much reached my doorstep.

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Stockholm swans had bird flu

Published: 20th March 2006 16:34 CET

Two swans with an aggressive form of bird flu have been found in central Stockholm, the Swedish Board of Agriculture and the National Veterinary Institute (SVA) has announced.

One swan was found on the island of Skeppsholmen, just across the harbour from the Royal Palace. Another was found nearby in Nybroviken. The Board of Agriculture is now enforcing protection and observation zones around the places where the swans were discovered.

Restrictions have been introduced to stop the infection spreading to domestic birds.

The regulations will have minimal impact on people in the area, according to the board.

"It is not currently intended to seal off the areas of the finds," wrote the board and the SVA in a joint press release.

The affected areas will be searched for dead birds, said SVA's Susanne Sternberg Lewerin, but said there was not an increased risk of the disease spreading to domestic birds.

"There are no domestic animal facilities in Stockholm, so the discovery doesn't really mean anything. This is simply about two individual infected birds, so it's not a national problem."

According to Sternberg Lewerin, the hens at Skansen open air museum are being held indoors, in accordance with the Swedish Board of Agriculture's rules. In addition, all Skansken's birds have been vaccinated.

"So the risk of domestic birds being infected in Stockholm is minimal," she added.

Sternberg Lewerin confirmed that there were no plans to seal off the area where the birds were found.

"I find it hard to believe that would happen, but if there were to be mass deaths of wild birds by the water in central Stockholm, we could seal off the quaysides so that people don't go into areas where dead birds are being collected."

She said that people should walk around as usual, but asked members of the public not to report any sightings of dead birds around Stockholm's shoreline, as the authorities would be actively searching the observation zone.


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US agencies report plans to detect H5N1 in birds

Amy L. Becker Staff Writer


Mar 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) The chiefs of three federal agencies, predicting that the H5N1 avian influenza virus will enter the United States, today unveiled their joint plan for quickly detecting the virus.

"We're closely monitoring the rapid spread of the H5N1 virus overseas," said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. "We now believe it is likely that we will detect it within our borders in the United States. It is critically important to understand that the detection of this virus among birds will not signal the start of a pandemic among people. The time is now to expand our early warning system."

Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, along with Johanns, conducted a joint press conference today to prepare people for the possible arrival of the H5N1 virus in the US. The news conference was broadcast live via the Internet.

The interagency plan, which received final approval today, Johanns said, relies on a number of methods to screen wild birds, notably birds migrating along the Pacific flyway to and from Alaska.

The recent rapid spread of H5N1 in other countries underscores the likelihood of the virus spreading to the United States.

"It is increasingly likely that we will detect the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian flu in birds within the US borders, possibly as early as this year," Norton said. She outlined a plan for systematic monitoring of birds that includes:
  • Testing of sick or dead wild birds
  • Testing of live wild birds, particularly the highest-risk species, using capture and sampling (not killing birds)
  • Targeted sampling of hunter-killed birds
  • Monitoring and testing of sentinel animals, including backyard poultry flocks and waterfowl placed in wetlands to mix with migratory birds
  • Testing of environmental samples, including water and avian fecal samples
Systematic investigation of sick or dead wild birds offers the highest probability of detecting H5N1 early, Norton added. Authorities expect to collect 75,000 to 100,000 samples for testing in 2006. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Interior Department have tested more than 16,000 birds in the Pacific and Atlantic flyways since 1998, according to a news release. The birds have all tested negative for the lethal H5N1 strain, but 22 low-pathogenicity avian flu isolates have been identified.

Samples will be tested at the appropriate laboratories, Norton said, but she cautioned that initial positive tests are considered presumptive, not definitive. Positive samples will be sent to the USDA's national laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for confirmatory testing.

"We anticipate that presumptive H5N1 results may be announced 20 to 100 times this year," she said. There could be dozens of reports of H5N1 without any highly pathogenic strains, she added.

Discussing how the agencies will collaborate, Johanns said:
  • The Interior Department will monitor wild birds through the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the US Geological Survey (USGS), as well as the National Park Service (NPS).
  • The USDA has a connection to wild birds through its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Agricultural Research Service, although its main focus is domestic flocks.
  • HHS is chiefly responsible for human health.
Johanns also described efforts to prevent the possible spread of H5N1 virus from wild to domestic birds.

"None of us can build a cage around the United States," he said. He emphasized that the nation's $29 billion poultry system is highly biosecure, so the presence of H5N1 in migratory birds does not necessarily mean that commercial poultry will be infected. Further, he said the US has demonstrated an ability to handle outbreaks of highly pathogenic viruses, even as recently as 2004.

In addition, producers will be compensated for destroyed birds, and they have demonstrated that they'll notify the government at the first signs of illness among their birds, he said.

"Unlike what we have seen in some countries, where producers are reluctant to report the virus because of economic losses, our producers know their loss will be covered if they call us," Johanns said. Although he mentioned the possibility of limited vaccination in a ring around affected areas, he said culling of infected flocks would be the chief approach to eliminating the virus if it reaches commercial poultry.

Leavitt provided an overview of preparations for a human pandemic that hewed closely to his talks at pandemic meetings in several states. He reiterated a point made by all three secretaries as they sought to prepare people for the arrival of the virus in US birds without provoking undue fear or panic.

"At this point, if you're a bird, it's a pandemic," Leavitt said. "If you're a human being, it's not. It's as simple as that."

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I honestly think that if bird flu does become a pandemic, half of africa will die



So far from what I've learned... we need to make like dresden and firebomb from west china to the middle east. We'd be soooo much better off with out those shit heads.
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I really find it hard to believe this virus will mutate in teh exact same way the virus mutated in 1918. I have to imagine this virus has been affecting birds for a long time and there really don't seem to be any records of this sort of virus affecting human civilization in recorded history..?
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Egyptians May Have Bird Flu; Avian Infections Widen (Update2) March 20 (Bloomberg) -- Bird flu may have infected two people in Egypt, killing one of them. Kazakhstan reported its first outbreak of the virus in birds this year, and Israel confirmed an initial infection in poultry.

Samples from a 30-year-old woman, who died on March 17 in an Egyptian hospital, and a 28-year-old man hospitalized in Cairo at the weekend were sent abroad for testing by a World Health Organization laboratory, Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman in Geneva, said today.

The rate of human infection is increasing as birds carry the virus to more parts of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Kazakhstan said a dead swan near the city of Aktau was infected with the lethal H5N1 avian-flu strain. Israel's outbreak, which killed 12,000 turkeys, brings to 29 the number of countries this year reporting initial H5N1 infections in wild birds and fowl.

``As of now we have identified only four concentrations of the disease, which indicates that the situation is under control,'' Israel's Agriculture Ministry said on its Web site today. ``Even if further concentrations are discovered we aren't speaking about an uncontrolled spread.''

Since 2003, H5N1 has killed at least 98 of 177 people infected, the WHO said on March 13. The disease in poultry raises the risk of human cases and creates opportunities for the virus to mutate into a pandemic form that may kill millions of people.

Earlier Outbreak

The infection is the second to be confirmed in Kazakhstan, which shares the Caspian Sea with Iran and fellow former Soviet republics Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. The first outbreak was confirmed last July in northern Kazakhstan, said Asylbek Kozhmuratov, the country's chief veterinarian.

Results of tests on three suspected fatal H5N1 human cases in Azerbaijan will be officially reported tomorrow, the WHO's Hartl said. No human cases have been confirmed in any of the Caspian states.

The European Union plans to give new types of aid to poultry farmers because of a market slump resulting from bird-flu fears, highlighting the failure of EU leaders to reassure consumers. Poultry, when properly cooked, is safe to eat, according to the Geneva-based WHO.

The European Commission pledged to draft legislation allowing subsidies for cuts in chicken and egg production after farm ministers from EU nations including France demanded emergency measures to prop up the industry. The commission is the 25-nation EU's executive arm.

``What is desperately needed is to reduce the production,'' Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel told a news conference today in Brussels, where the farm ministers met.

Prices Fall

Chicken, duck and turkey prices in the EU, the world's third-biggest poultry exporter, have fallen an average 10 percent from last year as worries about avian influenza entering the food chain curtail consumer demand. Italy reported a 70 percent drop in poultry sales and France a 20 percent fall.

India said the culling of poultry had ended after a second outbreak of avian influenza that was reported last week in the western state of Maharashtra. The government killed as many as 182,322 birds and paid 2.08 million rupees ($47,000) as compensation to poultry farmers, it said in a statement.

Authorities in Russia said more than 17,000 fowl were destroyed in the past 24 hours to help contain a new wave of outbreaks in a southern region. Russia has already inoculated about 4 million birds in the southern part of the country, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said on its Web site.

Gabon Meeting

Representatives from about 40 African nations, as well as aid organizations and United Nations agencies, began a three-day meeting in Gabon today to improve the continent's response to avian flu outbreaks.

The virus has affected more countries in Africa than the four nations that have officially reported outbreaks, and reluctance to publicly disclose infections is contributing to the virus's spread, Agence France-Presse reported, citing Andre Ndikuyeze, the WHO's representative in Gabon.

``Confirmation cannot be performed as efficiently here as it can in other places,'' because a lack of resources, David Nabarro, the UN's coordinator for bird flu and pandemic influenza, said from Gabon today. ``That's why, in response, African countries are expecting quite a lot of external technical and operational assistance.''

Romania may start producing and selling together with neighboring Hungary a vaccine against the human form of bird flu, newswire Mediafax reported, citing Health Minister Eugen Nicolaescu. Romania will also apply with the European Union for approval to sell the vaccine, Mediafax reported. Romania wants to join the EU as early as 2007.

Malaysia, Hong Kong

Malaysia reported infections in chickens in Penang, the third state in the Southeast Asian nation to report outbreaks of avian flu in a month.

Hong Kong will allow imports of live chickens from China's southern province of Guangdong to resume on March 26, ending a ban it imposed earlier this month after a man in the province died of bird flu.

Hong Kong is the first place the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus is known to have jumped to people from birds, in 1997. The city has stepped up public health measures, and no local humans or domestic fowl are known to have died of the strain since the current outbreak started in 2003.


To contact the reporters on this story:
Jason Gale in Singapore at j.gale@bloomberg.net;
David Rosenberg in Jerusalem at drosenberg1@bloomberg.net
Last Updated: March 20, 2006 11:00 EST
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Second subtype of deadly H5N1 bird flu virus identified
Posted on : Wed, 22 Mar 2006 11:54:00 GMT | Author : Anne Roberts
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ATLANTA - Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta have announced that the dreaded bird flu virus has evolved into two forms thus getting closer to mutating to a form that could be easily transmitted between humans.

"Back in 2003 we only had one genetically distinct population of H5N1 with the potential to cause a human pandemic," Rebecca Garten of the CDC told delegates of the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta. "Now we have two."

The CDC team studied more than 300 samples of the disease including the ones that were implicated in human deaths in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in 2003 and 2004. They reached the conclusion that the virus had mutated into a different form as was evidenced by the samples from Indonesia in 2005.


"As the virus continues its geographic expansion, it is also undergoing genetic diversity expansion," said Garten. The H5N1 strain of bird flu has spread at a rapid pace across Europe, parts of Asia and Africa and has resulted in deaths of at least 103 people according to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization. Scientists fear that the virus could transform into a form that is easily transmitted between humans.

In such an eventuality, experts say a pandemic would result claiming millions of casualties. Till date, the virus has only infected humans in close contact with birds especially poultry animals. But Dr Nancy Cox, chief of the CDC's influenza branch, confirmed that the two subtypes prevalent at the moment could not be easily transmitted between humans.
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The way bird flu works is it tricks your immune system into killing you. It attacks deep in your lungs and your immune system releases things to fight the virus which causes fluid build up in your lungs and makes you drown
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H5N1 bird flu spreads to Gaza Strip - official
Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:57 PM GMT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu which struck Israel last week has spread to the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian agriculture official said on Wednesday.

The official offered few other details about the outbreak except that the virus was detected in areas close to the Israeli border. The H5N1 virus has also been detected in neighbouring Egypt.

Israel has been culling hundreds of thousands of turkeys and chickens after an outbreak of the deadly avian virus at several farms near the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in hope of preventing the spread of the virus.

The virus has rippled out from Asia to the Middle East, Europe and Africa in recent months, with migratory birds seen as the main culprits in spreading bird flu.

Experts fear the virus will mutate into a form that passes easily from person to person, sparking a pandemic in which millions could die and which could cripple the global economy.

Bird flu can infect people who come into close contact with infected poultry and has killed nearly 100 people since late 2003.

Egypt reported a fourth suspected case of bird flu in humans on Tuesday.

Israeli officials have said there have been no cases of humans contracting the virus in Israel.
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