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August 05, 2005

World Events :: RE: Bird Flu/Influenza Pandemic Threat: UPDATES

Author: Fredfredson

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 8:18 pm (GMT 1)


http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4784395

Transcript from: http://www.curevents.com/vb/showthread.php?t=19712

Spelling on the names will be phonetic and best guess.

Russians dealing with outbreak of Bird Flu in central Siberia.

Russian researchers say it’s the same virus that has caused concern in South East Asia.

Over the weekend Russian news agencies reported that bird flu had been confirmed in13 villages in the Novesea Birsh region. Scientists have now identified the virus in two more regions Altie and Tyumane and officials are investigating reports of bird deaths elsewhere in Siberia.

Special brigades have begun slaughtering all domestic fowl in the effected areas.

Poultry farms not yet hit are under quarantine.

Alexander Sphiftupoluf who heads the vector research group in Novasea Birsh led the team that identified the virus. He said that it’s the same virulent strain that wiped out Bird populations and infected humans in Vietnam.

"I am absolutely sure it’s the H5N1 virus" "I have 9 independent isolates" "We checked them using the methods used in Webster's Laboratory"

That's the laboratory of Dr. Robert Webster in St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis Tennessee.

The vector lab in Novasea Birsh received training and equipment and chemical reagents from the Memphis Lab. One of the worlds foremost flu labs.

Dr. Sphiftupoluf said that while he's sure the bird flu strain effecting Russia is H5N1 its NOT absolutely identical to the virus that hit Vietnam. This means the Sibearn variety of H5N1 might not prove as dangerous to humans as the South East Asian virus. Still an American college of Dr. Sphiftupoluf sees the outbreak of this strain of birdflu in Siberia as potentially ominous.
Michael Callahan is a physician at the division of infectious disease at Massachusetts Hospital.

He's keeping a close eye on the bird flu in Russia. "It's the most north its ever been, it is also the most westerly that its been" "These viruses we think of moving up and down the longitudes because ducks fly north and south right?" "But the flyways all bifurcate they're like the branches of a tree and so as the ducks fly both north and south they mix with other ducks allowing viruses to cross the longitude."

And this Dr. Callahan says puts the H5N1 virus right on the migratory ducks flyways to the Caspian sea and Eastern Europe. And he notes that the species that have been infected included ducks known to migrate across hemispheres at the top of the globe (black ? and mallards) Dr. Callahan explains why the H5N1 virus can pose such a threat for people.

I'm skipping that because we already know why.

He worries that this virus could mutate and produce a flu as deadly as the flu Pandemic of 1918.

While the H5N1 virus that has hit Russia isn't known to have claimed any Human victims, the outbreak in birds will be costly for the rural economy in central Siberia.

The Russian gov has promised to pay farmers for the birds they destroy.

At least 65 thousand have already been culled.

Martha ? NPR news Moscow.
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