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August 28, 2007

People's Daily Online - Vietnam reports bird flu outbreaks in 2 provinces

 
People's Daily Online - Vietnam reports bird flu outbreaks in 2 provinces
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Bird flu outbreaks have recently been spotted in Vietnam's southern Dong Thap province and northern Thai Nguyen province, according to the country's Department of Animal Health on Saturday.
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Bird-Flu Find Results in Germany's Biggest Bird Cull Ever | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 26.08.2007

 
Bird-Flu Find Results in Germany's Biggest Bird Cull Ever | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 26.08.2007
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German health officials slaughtered 160,000 geese over the weekend after the deadly H5N1 bird-flu virus was found in a poultry farm near the city of Erlangen. The cull was ordered after 400 geese were found dead.
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Contaminated straw believed at fault in German H5N1 outbreak - International Herald Tribune

 
Contaminated straw believed at fault in German H5N1 outbreak - International Herald Tribune
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Straw contaminated with the H5N1 strain of bird flu was the likely source of an outbreak of the disease at a poultry farm in southern Germany that resulted in 160,000 birds being slaughtered, an official said Monday. Ottmar Fick, the chief veterinarian in the Erlangen district of northern Bavaria, said it remained unclear how the straw, which was stored on the farm, became infected, although wild birds were a possible source.
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Thirteen is the unlucky number

Via the Globe and Mail, a Reuters story by Maggie Fox on the St. Jude's study: Bird flu not yet ready for prime time. Excerpt:

Researchers have found some of the changes that a flu virus needs to become a deadly epidemic strain, and noted the H5N1 avian influenza virus has so far made only a few of them.

They said Tuesday their study can help scientists watch for the mutations most likely to make H5N1 a global threat.

David Finkelstein of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and colleagues looked at H5N1 virus samples from people who had been infected.

They found none were anywhere near as mutated as flu viruses that caused the three most recent pandemics, notably the 1918 "Spanish flu" that killed millions worldwide.

Writing in the Journal of Virology, Dr. Finkelstein's team said they identified 32 clear-cut changes in influenza viruses that differentiated a human flu from a bird flu.

Even when H5N1 viruses infected people, each one had made one or two of these changes at the most, Dr. Finkelstein said.

"We think they need to get to 13 to be truly dangerous," Dr. Finkelstein said in a telephone interview. "We never saw anything that approached the 13 that we saw in the Spanish flu."

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Bird flu in German farm more serious than previously thought

Via Xinhuanet: Bird flu in German farm more serious than previous thought

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The bird flu found on a southern German farm last week has infected more poultry than previously thought, local authority said Tuesday.

Tests show that birds in three enclosures, instead of only one, in the farm near the southern German city of Erlangen have been infected with bird flu, director of the local veterinary authority Ottmar Fick said Tuesday.

However, it was unclear whether all these birds were infected with the deadly H5N1 virus, which experts believe could transfer to humans, he said.

Earlier reports say some ducks which died suddenly in the farm have been tested positive for the H5N1 virus and experts are still trying to find out where the virus originated.

Meanwhile, Fick said it was not clear whether infected birds had been offered for sale commercially.

"We cannot exclude delivery," he said.

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Vical Begins Phase 1 Trial of DNA Vaccine Against H5N1 Pandemic ... - CNNMoney.com


Vical Begins Phase 1 Trial of DNA Vaccine Against H5N1 Pandemic ...
CNNMoney.com - 14 hours ago
"We have designed a promising pandemic influenza vaccine and demonstrated its effectiveness against a highly lethal H5N1 challenge in ferrets, ...
Massive cull ordered after HSN1 found Science Daily (press release)
BioSante Pharmaceuticals Presents Flu Vaccine Data at Novel ... Nanotechnology News (press release)
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Study confirms 2006 human-human spread of bird flu - Reuters.uk


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Study confirms 2006 human-human spread of bird flu
Reuters.uk, UK - 2 hours ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A mathematical analysis has confirmed that H5N1 avian influenza spread from person to person in Indonesia in April, US researchers ...
Study Confirms Limited Human-To-Human Spread of Avian-Flu Virus in ... PR Newswire (press release)
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August 08, 2007

Human trials start for H5N1 DNA vaccine

Stories about experimental vaccines that "work in animals" are a dime a dozen these days. That's not bad. It means there is a lot of activity on the innovative technologies front. But there is a huge distance between "works in mice" and "works in humans." So news that one of these technologies is entering human trials, even small scale Phase I trials, is rarer. Recently we posted on the proposed start of Phase I clinical trials for a "universal flu vaccine" that works across subtypes (H5N1, H1N1, H3N2, etc.) as well as across drift variations within subtypes (the genetic differences seen from year to year in seasonal influenza, for example). Now a DNA vaccine, specifically for H5N1, is starting clinical trials at NIH:

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WHO urges Indonesia to share live H5N1 virus samples - Xinhua


WHO urges Indonesia to share live H5N1 virus samples
Xinhua, China - Aug 6, 2007
6 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday urged Indonesia to share with it usable samples of the H5N1 bird flu virus as part of the global ...
Indonesia yet to share live H5N1 virus samples: WHO Reuters India
'RI will only share bird flu virus sample under new mechanism' Jakarta Post
WHO: Indonesia now only country not sharing bird flu virus for ... International Herald Tribune
Reuters India - Radio Australia
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GSK increases H5N1 vaccine presence in US - In-PharmaTechnologist.com


GSK increases H5N1 vaccine presence in US
In-PharmaTechnologist.com, UK - Aug 7, 2007
By Katrina Megget 07/08/2007 - GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is bolstering its pandemic H5N1 vaccine presence in the US after being awarded a contract to provide ...
GSK gets new order from the USA for avian flu vaccine Pharma Times (subscription)
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Bird flu kills Vietnamese student -- state media - INQ7.net


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Bird flu kills Vietnamese student -- state media
INQ7.net, Philippines - 9 hours ago
HANOI -- A Vietnamese student has died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the country's fourth victim of avian influenza this year, state media reported on ...
Second bird flu death in Vietnam in a week News-Medical.net
Vietnamese teenager dies of avian flu CIDRAP
Bird flu kills Vietnamese teenager - TV report Reuters India
International Herald Tribune - Times of India
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August 01, 2007

Saudis ban live poultry sales

Via Arab News: Live Poultry Sale Ban Comes Into Effect. Excerpt:

The closure of live poultry stores within city limits as a precautionary measure against avian flu and other hygiene concerns went into effect yesterday after a three-year grace period, which included one extension.

But owners of these small businesses in Jeddah, who have been told that they should replace their live chickens with factory-slaughtered frozen poultry, are complaining that the local abattoir that is supposed to meet their needs are not up and running yet and that they are forced to either wait or find higher priced purveyors of slaughtered chickens, either imported from halal frozen chicken suppliers or from other parts of the Kingdom.

Municipal officials are only now tendering bids to build the new 50,000 square meter slaughtering facility. The new slaughterhouse will inspect the poultry before wrapping and freezing them and supplying them to the shops that can no longer sell live poultry legally.

“I’m a small-business owner and I can’t keep paying rent and salary for my store until the new slaughterhouses operate,” said Saeed Al-Jihani, a Jeddah live-poultry vendor.

Some consumers are also saddened by the news that getting a fresh chicken (legally speaking) will now mean a trip to a countryside supplier.

“I will never buy frozen chicken, even if I have to buy live poultry and slaughter them myself,” said Ahmad Al-Ghamdi, a Jeddah schoolteacher.

Jeddah resident Saleh Al-Nimi says he won’t miss the live poultry shops in his neighborhood. “The shops stink. The workers look filthy,” he said. “Even the water they use to clean the slaughtered chicken is dirty.”

Mahmoud Kinsarah, head of the licensing department of the municipality, said the new regulation was put into effect to improve public health.

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Two more swans die from H5N1 in France - Mathaba.Net


Two more swans die from H5N1 in France
Mathaba.Net, UK - 19 hours ago
Tests showed the swans found on July 29 in the Moselle region of France were carrying the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus, France’s AFP news agency quoted ...

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Type A/H5N1 female patient dies - VietNamNet Bridge


Type A/H5N1 female patient dies
VietNamNet Bridge, Vietnam - 18 hours ago
VietNamNet Bridge – The newly-discovered type A/H5N1 female patient from the northern province of Ha Tay has died after several days suffering seriously ...
Pregnant woman is Vietnam's latest H5N1 victim CIDRAP
Vietnamese woman has H5N1 United Press International
Vietnamese woman has bird flu - report Reuters India
Thanh Nien Daily - Xinhua
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WHO working group grappling with virus-sharing issues - CIDRAP


WHO working group grappling with virus-sharing issues
CIDRAP, MN - 4 hours ago
In December, Indonesia broke a long tradition of free international sharing of flu virus specimens by withholding its H5N1 virus samples as a protest ...

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Myanmar Reports New Outbreak In Poultry

YANGON - Myanmar has detected its second outbreak of bird flu in less than a month, this time on a poultry farm in the central region of Bago, health officials said Wednesday. Lab tests on Tuesday confirmed the deadly H5N1 bird flu … Detail story FLA_MEDIC and posted with Elliott

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Avian Influenza as Biological Weapon

Because human survival depends on disease resistance, it is natural to have an anthropocentric perspective on evolutionary changes in gene frequencies and neglect that pathogens also evolve . With modern techniques of immunology, biochemistry, and molecular biology, epidemiologists can monitor both the distribution of disease resistance genes and

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