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February 27, 2007

EU says more work vital to deal with a flu pandemic

EU says more work vital to deal with a flu pandemic
The European Union is the best prepared area in the world to meet an influenza pandemic but still needs two or three years before it can cope fully, the EU's disease control agency said on Thursday.
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LiveScience.com: Video: Bird Flu Pandemic! Will it happen?

Dr. Marc Siegel is a professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. He recently authored: "Bird Flu: Everything You Need To Know About The Next Pandemic" and "False Alarm: the Truth About the Epidemic of Fear".

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H5N1 human vaccine not very effective: FDA

Via International Herald Tribune: U.S. government says first bird-flu vaccine even less effective than thought. Excerpt:

The nation's first vaccine against bird flu is even less effective than previously thought, according to Food and Drug Administration documents released Monday.

In clinical trials, the two-shot series appears to provide protection to just 45 percent of adults who received the highest dosage of the Sanofi Aventis SA vaccine.

An earlier, interim analysis of the same study of the vaccine suggested it sparked a protective immune response in 54 percent of patients, when measured 28 days after getting the second shot. The New England Journal of Medicine published those results in March 2006.

The FDA released the more recent results, contained in company and agency documents, ahead of a Tuesday meeting where it will ask a panel of outside experts to review the vaccine. The agency is not required to follow the advice of its advisory committees, but usually does. The vaccine is the first against the H5N1 influenza strain to seek FDA approval.

The FDA said the 452-person study showed the vaccine against the potentially deadly bird-flu strain called H5N1 is safe, but it remained unclear whether it would be effective. Seasonal flu vaccines, for example, protect 75 percent to 90 percent of vaccinated adults younger than 65.

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Indonesia: A new family cluster?

Via the Jakarta Post: Suspected bird flu cases in Padang. Excerpt:

Three suspected bird flu patients have been receiving treatment at M. Djamil Hospital in Padang, West Sumatra, a hospital executive said Monday.

Ira Yanti, head of the hospital's medical services section, said the condition of the three had been improving. Results of laboratory tests from the Directorate General for Disease Control in Jakarta are still pending, which would determine whether the three are infected by the avian flu virus.

Ira said the patients were members of the same family in Padang Gantiang district in Tanahdatar regency.

Three days before they began displaying symptoms several of their chickens died suddenly. Tests conducted by the West Sumatra Husbandry Office confirmed the birds were infected with the virus.

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Egypt: Four-year-old tests positive

Via Xinhuanet: Egypt reports new human bird flu case. Excerpt:

The Egyptian Health Ministry said Tuesday that a new human bird flu case was confirmed in the northern Egyptian governorate of Daqahliya, the official MENA newsagency reported.

The new victim is a four-year-old girl, Sarah el-Sayed Borhan, who was tested positive to the avian flu in Daqahliya, 90 km north to Cairo, Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Abdel-Rahman Shaheen was quoted as saying.

Suffering from high temperature after contacting infected domestic poultry, Borhan was admitted to the Mansoura (governoratecapital) Chest Hospital, Shaheen said, adding that the child will be later moved to another hospital for treatment.

The new case is the 23rd human bird flu case since the H5N1 virus was first detected in Egypt in dead poultry on Feb. 17, 2006 and then the virus spread to 20 of the country's 26 governorates.

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New images show how flu jumps species boundary - Cordis News

New images show how flu jumps species boundary
Cordis News, Belgium - 12 hours ago
As outbreaks of the virulent H5N1 strain of avian influenza continue to pop up around the world, concerns remain high that a mutation will arise which ...
3-D image of viral protein is produced ImediNews
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FDA panel supports H5N1 vaccine approval - CIDRAP

FDA panel supports H5N1 vaccine approval
CIDRAP, MN - 2 hours ago
Feb 27, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel today recommended that the agency approve the nation's first H5N1 influenza ...
Vaccine giant GSK wants to bring bird flu vaccine to commercial ... Canada.com
FDA advisers vote to urge licensing of first US bird flu vaccine Canada.com
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Kuwait confirms 20 cases of bird flu in falcons, chickens and turkeys

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has confirmed 20 cases of the deadly bird flu in
falcons, chickens and turkeys, a spokesman for the Health Ministry
said Sunday.
Ahmed al-Shatti said there were no human cases and an emergency plan
has been launched. He said the cases were found at the Kuwait Zoo,
farms and a clinic for falcons. The zoo and bird markets will be

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Egyptian woman tests positive for bird flu

An Egyptian woman from the Nile Delta town of Beheira has tested
positive for the bird flu virus, Egypt's state news agency MENA said
on Monday.
MENA identified the woman as Samia Mansour Hashem, a housewife who
raised chickens at her home. (Reuters)

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Vietnam culls 10,000 chickens in northern bird flu outbreak

HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam said Tuesday it has culled more than 10,000
chickens on a northern farm after several dozen of them died of bird
flu earlier this month.
The chickens, on a farm in Thanh Mien district of Hai Duong province
near the northern port of Haiphong, began dying on February 14, a
daily online report from the national animal health department said.

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First Human Bird Flu Infection Case In Lao People's Democratic Republic

The Ministry of Health in Lao People's Democratic Republic has today
reported the first human case of infection with the H5N1 avian
influenza virus.
The 15-year-old female was from Vientiane, where she developed
influenza-like symptoms on 10 February and was hospitalized in
Vietiane with fever and respiratory symptoms on 15 February. She

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Biological Hazard - Kuwait, 2-27-2007

Seven new cases of bird flu-related deaths were reported Tuesday by
the Public Authority for Agriculture and Fisheries. The Head of the
Health Ministry's Media and Public Awareness Authority and Member of
the Anti-Bird Flu National Committee Dr. Ahmad Al-Shatti told the
Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the new cases included two turkeys and

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February 21, 2007

Russian veterinary service predicts more H5N1 bird flu cases are … - National Post

Dog Flu Diet and Diseases
Russian veterinary service predicts more H5N1 bird flu cases are
National Post, Canada - 20 minutes ago
MOSCOW " New outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of bird flu are likely in Moscow and the surrounding provinces, the government veterinary service warned Wednesday
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Moscow: Seven outbreaks now

Via Itar-Tass, news of a seventh B2B H5N1 outbreak: Bird flu spot in Ramenskoye district may prove last one—official. Excerpt:

The seventh bird flu trouble spot identified in the Moscow Region’s Ramenskoye district on Tuesday morning may well prove the last one, the chief of the federal veterinary and phyto-sanitary watchdog’s department for Moscow and the Moscow Region, Alexei Volkov told a news conference.

“Currently there are no prerequisites for the infection’s further spread,” he told a news conference.

Volkov said that the measures veterinary services were taking to localize trouble sports and disposing of the dead birds were adequate.

“There is no need for culling all poultry in the Moscow Region,” he said.

Asked whether more problem areas may be identified, Volkov agreed such a risk should not be ruled out altogether, but “they will be localized and dealt with as promptly as the previously discovered ones.”

“In all cases every measure crucial to localizing the disease was taken,” Volkov said.

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Pakistan: Lab confirms bird flu in capital zoo

Via Pakistan's Daily Times: Lab confirms bird flu in capital zoo. Excerpt:

Lab results have confirmed that the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu killed 24 birds at the Marghazar Zoo from February 12 to 19, a meeting at the residence of Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao was told on Wednesday.

The meeting was told that the National Reference Laboratory for Poultry Diseases (NARC) tested the dead birds for bird flu and found the H5N1 strain in them. Zoo officers have started screening, disinfection and isolation of birds and no deaths have taken place since Tuesday.

The National Institute for Health and World Health Organisation have also been contacted for screening and preventive medication of all zoo workers. Complete screening, disinfection and fumigation of the zoo has been started.

Zoo workers are being provided the prescribed personal protection equipment for their safety at work, the meeting was told.

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H5N1 bird flu found in poultry in eastern Afghanistan, U.N. says

... KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghan authorities were culling poultry after an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in chicken in an eastern Afghan city, a U.N. official said Wednesday. Bird flu was reported in the eastern provinces of Nangarhar and Kunar, said Serge Verniau, the country representative of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture ...
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New Cases Of Bird Flu Detected In Russia

... New Cases Of Bird Flu Detected In Russia 26 Minutes Ago - February 21, 2007 by vitabeat.com Topics outbreak, h5n1, flu, bird flu, plant, epidemic, asia, birds and disease Although efforts have been made to curb the growing epidemic of bird flu worldwide, Russia now reports that it was confirmed yet another outbreak of the deadly virus in a farm ...
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Report Blames Factory Farms for Bird Flu

... the author of the report, Danielle Nierenberg, a Worldwatch research associate. In Laos, 42 of the 45 outbreaks of avian flu in the spring of 2004 occurred on factory farms, and 38 were in the capital, Vientiane. In Nigeria, the first cases of avian ...

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February 13, 2007

FAO: Source of bird flu that caused human death in Nigeria not known - International Herald Tribune

FAO: Source of bird flu that caused human death in Nigeria not known - International Herald Tribune
International health experts probing Nigeria's first recorded death from the bird flu virus have not been able to determine the source of the infection, a senior official of the Food and Agriculture Organization said Saturday. All the team found was that the chicken which caused the infection that killed a 22-year-old woman on Jan. 17 was purchased from a live bird market in Nigeria's biggest city of Lagos just before Christmas, said Tony Forman, leader of the U.N. team of experts helping Nigeria in the probe. It was not clear how the chicken contracted bird flu.
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Accidental find alerted bird flu inspectors to suspect turkey imports | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited

Accidental find alerted bird flu inspectors to suspect turkey imports | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
Britain was preparing last night to send a team of vets to Hungary to help pinpoint the source of the Bernard Matthews bird flu outbreak, as it emerged that inspectors only found out about the suspect turkey imports by accident. A minute of a government meeting last weekend showed that the Hungary link had only been made after a wrapper was discovered in a bin at the Suffolk plant. The wrapper indicated that the plant had been receiving meat from a Hungarian slaughterhouse just 20 miles from the bird flu outbreak in Hungary. Bernard Matthews had until then indicated that its Hungarian imports came from a site more than 100 miles from the affected area.
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OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic

Released Feb 2007

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Matthews empire reels as MPs go on the offensive | Special reports | Guardian

"For days, the company has maintained that operations in Hungary & Suffolk are entirely separate … but yesterday … it admitted that not only was there significant trade between the plants, but that it could have imported infected turkey meat"

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It can't happen in North America

The Hungarians are miffed because the UK is trying to pin the blame on them for the recent bird flu outbreak. They think blaming Hungary for the virus is the easy way out. It isn't. What it implicates is that the vaunted biosecurity firewall for developed country poultry producers is porous. Whether it finally turns out that the virus came from Hungary or not, the possibility is there. We checked to see what the US industry had to say on their website, http://www.avianinfluenzainfo.com/:

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UK: "Doctors will need guns"

Via the Times Online, a comment by Dr. Andrew Lawson:
If bird flu grips the nation, doctors will need guns
. Excerpt:

Towards the end of the film Dr Strangelove, Peter Sellers discusses who will go into the mines to survive. A surreal echo came for myself and colleagues recently when we were in discussions about planning for a bird flu pandemic in the UK as part of an ethics committee.

If a true pandemic of bird flu hits these shores then our notions of what we can expect from the National Health Service will have to change. Some people will have to be denied potentially life-saving treatment: there simply will not be enough beds.

Managing such a pandemic is unimaginable. While it is possible to work out what will happen if a bomb goes off in central London — we can empty intensive care units, mobilise extra staff and stop elective work — what we cannot plan for is 200,000 extra patients who need a life support machine.

Arnie Schwarzenegger, the governor of California, says his state will buy thousands more machines, but who will man them? A gut reaction is to blame the government for underresourcing. It is true that we have a chronic underinvestment in intensive care compared with the United States, Australia or other European countries. In any normal situation such a criticism would be valid, but in a pandemic it becomes a statistical irrelevancy.

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Korea: More B2B H5N1 in Gyeonggi province

Via Digital Chosun Ilbo: More bird flu found in Gyeonggi Province. Excerpt:

A new case of the deadly avian influenza was detected in Ansong, Gyeonggi Province on Saturday, the sixth case of bird flu detected in Korea since Nov. 2006. The last outbreak was in Chonan, South Chungcheong Province on Jan. 20. This is the third case of bird flu found in Gyeonggi Province, following outbreaks in Icheon in Dec. 2003 and Yangju in March 2004.

According to the Gyeonggi provincial government, the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service investigated a mass death of chickens that began last Tuesday at a poultry farm owned by a man identified only by his surname Park. The researchers confirmed that the chickens died from avian influenza.

The local authority decided to slaughter 316,000 animals including chickens, ducks and other poultry from 31 farms within a 3-km radius of the outbreak site and 7,000 pigs and other animals from five farms within a 500-meter radius. All 133,000 chickens from Park’s Ansong poultry farm and a further 137,000 chickens at another farm owned by Park in Icheon will be destroyed as well.

The transport of chickens and eggs from 14 farms within a 3- to 10-km radius of the outbreak has been regulated, and 30,000 eggs that were sent to Seoul for sale last Friday from Park's poultry farm are to be destroyed.

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Indonesia: Death #66

Via Antara: Bird flu-related death toll in Garut continues to rise. Excerpt:

The number of people reported to have died of the infectious H5N1 Avian Influenza (AI) virus in Garut district, West Java, continued to rise, Garut District Deputy Head Memo Hermawan said.

At about 11:30 local time on Monday, Taryat (43) of Cisaradan village, Karangpawitan sub-district, was admitted to an isolation room of Dr Slamet public hospital in Garut for being infected with the lethal virus.

A day before, Mrs Elis Dahlia (20) also succumbed at the hospital`s isolation room on Sunday morning followed by Sopandi (9) on Sunday afternoon. At least five people, including three in 2007, were reported to have died of this pandemy.

Of 30 bird flu suspects in Garut, one resident from Cikelet sub district was cured, Hermawan said.

Patients being treated intensively in the hospital`s isolation room since Monday afternoon were identified as Juhana (80), Ena (50) and Dadang (30).

Hermawan also reminded relevant technical authorities to anticipate the pandemy by creating a clean and healthy environment, as many bird flu suspects came from isolated area with a messy environment.

In the meantime, head of the district health office dentist Arie Tarmadi said her institution had already anticipated the pandemy although many of virus-infected suspects hailed from isolated and dirty areas.

As discouraging as this news may be, I keep reminding myself that we're in relatively good shape as long as we can keep count of the deaths.

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Egypt: Latest bird flu deaths not Tamiflu resistant

Via Reuters: Latest bird flu deaths not Tamiflu resistant. But that must be cold comfort to the victims' families. Excerpt:

The two latest bird flu deaths in Egypt showed no signs of the mutant virus which is moderately resistant to the antiviral medicine Tamiflu and which killed three people in December, the health minister said on Tuesday.

Hatem el-Gabali also appealed for more international aid to help Africa deal with bird flu outbreaks, saying the continent had more difficult problems than Asia because of poverty.

Known as "294S", the mutated strain of the H5N1 virus was first detected in 2005 in a teenage girl in Vietnam who survived. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said in January the virus had resurfaced in two members of one family, a factory worker and his teenage niece, in a Nile Delta village in Egypt.

Gabali said the mutated virus also killed a third member of the same family in December.

"Tests ... confirmed our initial findings that in those three cases Tamiflu was not effective enough. But the case that followed and the one after showed that Tamiflu was effective," Gabali told reporters at a WHO conference on Global Pandemic Influenza Communications in Cairo.

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Bird flu creates diplomatic row

Via This is London: Bird flu creates diplomatic row as inquiries reach opposite conclusions.

A diplomatic storm over bird flu has erupted between Britain and Hungary.

Both countries separately announced the results of scientific inquiries, with British vets pointing the finger firmly at two Hungarian farms. Government scientists said the H5N1 found in Bernard Matthews' turkeys was a 99.96 per cent match to Hungary's outbreak.

But authorities in Budapest hit back with their own conclusion - that there was 'no evidence' they were to blame. They cleared their own farms and abattoirs of any involvement in the outbreak at Matthews' farm in Holton, Suffolk.

Both sets of scientists refused to back down when confronted with claims by the other side - leaving uncertainty for consumers.

The clash between scientists came as the first consignment of turkeys arrived at the Holton plant after the Government gave the go-ahead to restart operations.

The muddle began when Hungary's chief vet, Miklos Suth, declared at a press conference that he was '100 per cent certain' his country had not exported the deadly disease to Britain.

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New bird flu case reported in Turkish village - International Herald Tribune

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New bird flu case reported in Turkish village
International Herald Tribune, France - 10 hours ago
Health officials were visiting dozens of other villages in the area following the outbreak of H5N1 virus in the village of Bogazkoy, checking villagers for ...
Bird flu ruled out in Southeast Turkish Daily News (subscription)
Four more villages in southeastern Turkey quarantined over bird ... MRT online
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Two Silver-eared Mesias tested positive for H5N1 virus in HK - People's Daily Online

Two Silver-eared Mesias tested positive for H5N1 virus in HK
People's Daily Online, China - 34 minutes ago
The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said Tuesday that two Silver-eared Mesias found earlier were confirmed to be H5N1 positive ...
Hong Kong confirms two dead birds had H5N1 virus Reuters AlertNet
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Avian and pandemic influenza: An overview.

Vaccine. 2007 Jan 18;
Poland GA, Jacobson RM, Targonski PV

Influenza A/H5N1 (avian influenza) has now caused 258 human infections (as of November 13, 2006), with an approximate 50% mortality rate. Because the virus is novel in terms of antigenic type and causes infection and illness, and because humans have no pre-existing immunity, the conditions for a possible pandemic exist. Additionally, wild migratory birds appear to be spreading the virus across ever larger geographic areas, and newer clade 2 influenza A/H5N1 viruses have begun to emerge. The US Congressional Budget Office has formally modeled the likely consequences of pandemic influenza and estimates that up to 2 million of the US population might die, with up to 40% of all workers ill for as long as 3 or more weeks. This brief overview will review basic virologic, immunologic and epidemiologic information relevant to understanding and preparing for this threat. In particular, the role of avian influenza vaccines will be reviewed.

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'Some humans immune to bird flu'

Many people may have a natural immunity to the effects of avian flu, according to a new US study. Research on humans and mice has found natural resistance to flu strains that people are typically exposed to could mean that this resistance could apply to bird flu itself. There has been widespread con...

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UK vets claim bird flu came from Hungary - Financial Times

... Guardian Unlimited UK vets claim bird flu came from Hungary Financial Times, UK - 36 minutes ago But the UK Veterinary Laboratory Agency (VLA) analysis, released last night, showed a far higher genetic similarity (99.96 per cent) between the H5N1 … Regulator investigates whether H5N1 entered UK food chain FoodProductionDaily.com Hungary has ...
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Grippe aviaire: les foyers britannique et hongrois seraient liés

... LONDRES (Reuters) - L’analyse du virus H5N1 de la grippe aviaire découvert en Grande-Bretagne a montré qu’il était pratiquement identique du point de vue génétique à celui qui a été auparavant décelé en Hongrie, ont fait savoir mardi les autorités britanniques, selon lesquelles les deux foyers de contamination sont liés. Budapest a en ...
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Avian Flu “Favors” Younger Age Groups?

... Of the H5N1 avian flu cases reported to and verified by WHO, the number of cases for people younger than 30 years of age is disproportionately higher than those of older age groups. However, mortality rates are especially high among the 10–19 age group. WHO gathered these statistics beginning in November 2003 — when the first cases came to light ...
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H5N1 égyptien mutant résistant au TAMIFLU

... Un adolescent égyptien est décédé des suites du virus H5N1 de la grippe aviaire. Sa mort porte à douze le nombre de personnes mortes après avoir contracté ce virus en Egypte. Ce jeune de 17 ans, était originaire de la province de Fayyoum (100 km au sud du Caire), selon le ministère de la santé cité par l’agence officielle égyptienne Mena. Il ...
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February 07, 2007

Mystery deepens over cause of Suffolk bird flu outbreak | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited

"The government was last night investigating possible links between the discovery of H5N1 avian bird flu at a Bernard Matthews turkey farm in Suffolk and recent outbreaks of the disease in Hungary." Posted by ojcius to Hungary AvianFlu Britain Uk H5N1 on Wed Feb 07 2007

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Fourth Japanese outbreak is H5N1

Via C-Health, an AP story: Japan confirms another bird flu outbreak. Excerpt:

Japanese authorities confirmed the country's fourth outbreak of the virulent H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus Saturday at a poultry farm in the country's south.

About two-dozen chickens were found dead at the farm in Shintomi, southwestern Miyazaki prefecture, last month. The birds had been infected with the H5N1 strain deadly to humans, the Agricultural Ministry said Saturday.

The case marks Japan's fourth H5N1 outbreak incident this year and the third to hit poultry farms in Miyazaki, Japan's largest chicken-producing region.

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H5N1 returns to Pakistan

Via BBC News Online: Deadly bird flu found in Pakistan. Excerpt:

The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been found close to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

All the chickens in the infected flock died from the flu or were slaughtered, officials say. "We believe it is an isolated case," a spokesman said.

Last March H5N1 was found in north-west Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

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Two more Indonesians have bird flu

Via Reuters, confirmation of a story reported here yesterday: Two more Indonesians have bird flu. Excerpt:

In Indonesia, which has the highest human bird flu death toll, the latest human case was a girl from an upscale Jakarta neighborhood who had caught a wild bird which died two days later, Joko Suyono of the health ministry's bird flu center said.

The other was a West Java man who lived in an area where many poultry had died.

Here's the story from Antara.

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Pentagon refines bird-flu pandemic plans

Via Navy Times: Pentagon refines bird-flu pandemic plans. Excerpt:

At the annual Military Health System conference recently held in Washington, Army Lt. Col. Wayne Hachey, director of preventative medicine and surveillance for the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, gave an update about progress.

“If we don’t do anything, it’s going to slap us, and slap us hard,” Hachey said. “Blunt the pandemic: That’s the strategy.”

Hachey couched his warning with the acceptance that a bird-flu pandemic may never hit, but he said the Defense Department learned a hard lesson in 1918 when more men died from flu during World War I than from bullets. Within a month, the flu had infected 25 percent of the Army and had hit all 11 major camps. As soldiers shipped from barracks to boat to front lines, they took the disease with them.

“DoD did not start the outbreak,” he said, “but DoD did ignore it.”

This time, he said, there’s a plan.

“If [the bird flu] hits the DoD, they’re expecting a 35 percent attack rate with 40 percent of the force out sick,” Hachey said. “But the force still has to provide defense, as well as health care.”

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H5N1 Bird Flu strain found in Pakistan - Pakistan Times

H5N1 Bird Flu strain found in Pakistan
Pakistan Times, Pakistan - Feb 6, 2007
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani scientists have found the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in small flock of chickens near Islamabad, almost a year after the virus was ...
Lahore safe from bird flu, says secretary Daily Times
H5N1 bird flu found in Pakistan after a year Reuters India
Bird flu in Pindi, Mansehra Pakistan Link
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Egyptian girl dies of bird flu - Healthcare Today

Egyptian girl dies of bird flu
Healthcare Today, UK - 14 hours ago
The H5N1 virus has been detected in at least 19 of the country's 26 provinces. It was not yet known whether the latest victim had been infected with a ...
12th human bird flu dies in Egypt CCTV
Egyptian teenager dies of bird flu The News - International
EGYPT: Teenage girl dies of bird flu Reuters AlertNet
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UK Faces Export Bans After H5N1 Discovery - CattleNetwork.com

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UK Faces Export Bans After H5N1 Discovery
CattleNetwork.com, KS - 13 hours ago
Hong Kong, Russia and several other nations banned British poultry imports after the United Kingdom confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian ...
European Commission Protests Bird Flu Trade Bans Farm Futures
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EU says banning UK poultry export is unjustified Reuters AlertNet
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Second worker tested for H5N1 avian flu virus - Guardian Unlimited

Second worker tested for H5N1 avian flu virus
Guardian Unlimited, UK - 38 minutes ago
Doctors monitoring the 350 people who may have come into contact with turkeys carrying H5N1 avian flu at the Bernard Matthews factory farm yesterday sent a ...
Second farm worker tested for H5N1 strain of bird flu This is London
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Avian and swine influenza viruses: our current understanding of the zoonotic risk.

Vet Res. 2007 Mar-Apr; 38(2): 243-60
Van Reeth K

The introduction of swine or avian influenza (AI) viruses in the human population can set the stage for a pandemic, and many fear that the Asian H5N1 AI virus will become the next pandemic virus. This article first compares the pathogenesis of avian, swine and human influenza viruses in their natural hosts. The major aim was to evaluate the zoonotic potential of swine and avian viruses, and the possible role of pigs in the transmission of AI viruses to humans. Cross-species transfers of swine and avian influenza to humans have been documented on several occasions, but all these viruses lacked the critical capacity to spread from human-to-human. The extreme virulence of H5N1 in humans has been associated with excessive virus replication in the lungs and a prolonged overproduction of cytokines by the host, but there remain many questions about the exact viral cell and tissue tropism. Though pigs are susceptible to several AI subtypes, including H5N1, there is clearly a serious barrier to infection of pigs with such viruses. AI viruses frequently undergo reassortment in pigs, but there is no proof for a role of pigs in the generation of the 1957 or 1968 pandemic reassortants, or in the transmission of H5N1 or other wholly avian viruses to humans. The major conclusion is that cross-species transmission of influenza viruses per se is insufficient to start a human influenza pandemic and that animal influenza viruses must undergo dramatic but largely unknown genetic changes to become established in the human population.

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Pandemic influenza: What infection control professionals should know.

Am J Infect Control. 2007 Feb; 35(1): 7-13
Goldrick BA, Goetz AM

During the last century, 3 influenza A pandemics have occurred, and pandemic influenza will inevitably occur in the future. Although the timing and severity of the next pandemic cannot be predicted, the probability that a pandemic will occur has increased based on the current outbreaks of A(H5N1) in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Because of these widespread outbreaks, the World Health Organization declared a phase 3 pandemic alert in the fall of 2005. Early detection is essential to prevent the spread of avian influenza. Planning now can be achieved by integrating interventions to ensure a prompt and effective response to a pandemic. This article provides an overview of the current status of A(H5N1) influenza worldwide and recommendations for the prevention and control of avian influenza should it emerge in humans in the United States.

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Americans In Indonesia Warned To Stay Away From Ca...

... Americans In Indonesia Warned To Stay Away From Cats, Fears Feral Animals Could Pass On H5N1 Stray, or wild, cats are slipping back into the news again in connection with the spread of H5N1, after the US Embassy told American citizens in Indonesia to avoid any contact with stray cats. The warning on the embassy website claimed there had been ...
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Indonesia blames WHO for bird flu deal

... Indonesia blames WHO for bird flu deal Indonesia blamed the World Health Organisation for its decision to stop sharing samples of the H5N1 bird flu virus, claiming the UN agency passed them to pharmaceutical companies to make vaccines that Jakarta had to buy at high prices.Editorial comment: Flu solidarity needed ...
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British Vet Does Not Have Bird Flu

... British Vet Does Not Have Bird Flu February 8th, 2007 source: ITV News The British veterinarian who was hospitalized with respiratory difficulties has been tested for the avian flu virus and has no sign of the disease. The testing was a precautionary measure, as he was on the site in Suffolk where the H5N1 was discovered in turkeys. ...
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Indonesia’s Questionable Bird Flu Deal

... Indonesia’s Questionable Bird Flu Deal 08 Feb2007 Indonesia’s decision to enter an exclusive agreement of sharing H5N1 virus strains samples with Baxter International is controversial to say the least. This move comes very soon after Jakarta announced that they will stop sharing information relating to the bird flu infections on the grounds of ...
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Father of the Web: Neutrality Vital

Tim Berners-Lee (who basically invented the Web): Neutrality of the Net. To actually design legislation which allows creative interconnections between different service providers, but ensures neutrality of the Net as a whole may be a difficult task. It is a very important one. The US should do it now, and, if it turns out to be the only way, be as draconian as to require financial isolation between IP providers and businesses in other layers.

The Internet is increasingly becoming the dominant medium binding us. The neutral communications medium is essential to our society. It is the basis of a fair competitive market economy. It is the basis of democracy, by which a community should decide what to do. It is the basis of science, by which humankind should decide what is true.

We cannot afford to allow the new robber barons — the cable and phone giants that are bidding to own the broadband marketplace and decide which bits flow in what order and at what speed — to capture that kind of control.

Read Berners-Lee’s posting, and then read the comments. Lots of great discussion.

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16 Million Americans Pirated A Film Last Month - The Robin Hood Effect....

Yes, there's an endless sea of legit video distribution systems about to collide with traditional broadcast interests -- but film piracy is also ramping up just as quickly. According to a new study, 20 million Americans have downloaded a movie off of the Internet in the last month, with 80% claiming they exclusively use file-sharing sites to do do. The use of such services has doubled in just the last year. "A typical movie downloader from file-sharing sites is 29 years of age and has 16 titles stored on their PC -- 63% are male and 37% are female," says the report. The report notes that 40% believe downloading films is a very serious offense. When asked about stealing a DVD from a brick and mortar store, that number rises to 78%. It's a "Robin Hood effect," according to the study's director. People generally think the studios are rich enough, so they see theft as almost justifiable. "The current crop of 'download to own' movie services and the new ones coming into the market will need to offer great.. (full story @ BBR)

Originally from broadbandreports.com, ReBlogged by yatta on Jan 25, 2007 at 2:09 PM

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