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September 17, 2007

Indonesian man dies of bird flu

Via the International Herald Tribune: Indonesian man dies of bird flu, raising global death toll to 200. Excerpt:

An Indonesian man died of bird flu after slaughtering an infected chicken, a local health official said Thursday, lifting the number of people killed by the virus worldwide to 200.

The 33-year-old plantation worker from Sumatra province had been hospitalized for almost 10 days with a high fever, coughing and breathing difficulties.

It looked as if he was going to recover, but his condition suddenly deteriorated and he died Thursday, said Arman Zubair, an official at the Health Ministry's monitoring post for bird flu.

Tests confirmed he had the virulent H5N1 strain of the illness.

Before the death of the Sumatra man, who was apparently preparing the infected chicken for a meal, 199 people had died out of 327 known infections worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

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Hong Kong imposes anti-H5N1 measures

Via the Hong Kong government website: Anti-bird flu measures imposed.

The Government has imposed precautionary measures after the confirmation of an avian influenza outbreak at a Panyu farm in Guangdong. They include the 21-day import suspension of live poultry, birds, day-old chicks, poultry eggs, and chilled and frozen meat from farms within 24 kilometres of the outbreak location.

As the case involves waterfowl, the Government will also suspend duck, goose and goose egg imports from Guangdong for one week.

Secretary for Food & Health Dr York Chow said tonight no human bird flu infection has been reported, adding that the outbreak is an isolated case. He said the Government will liaise closely with Mainland authorities and both sides have agreed to hold daily exchanges on the latest situation.

The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department, in conjunction with Mainland authorities, will inspect registered farms supplying live chickens to Hong Kong. Other government departments and Mainland authorities will enhance inspections to detect any illegal importation of poultry. Inspection and surveillance of hygiene conditions at poultry farms, and wholesale and retail markets will also be enhanced.

The arrangement announced last week to lift the chicken supply ceiling will be withdrawn.

Dr Chow said as Hong Kong and Guangdong are very close people should remain vigilant to reduce the risk of avian influenza.

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Russia finds H5N1 bird flu virus at chicken farm - AFP


Russia finds H5N1 bird flu virus at chicken farm
AFP - Sep 4, 2007
MOSCOW (AFP) — A strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus that is dangerous for humans has surfaced at chicken farm in southern Russia, the veterinary service said ...

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Germany finds H5N1 in frozen duck meat - CIDRAP

Germany finds H5N1 in frozen duck meat
CIDRAP, MN - Sep 10, 2007
Sep 10, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A government official in Bavaria said today there was a chance that some frozen duck meat contaminated with the H5N1 avian ...

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Bird-Flu Outbreak in Vaccinated Ducks Triggers Mutation Fear

An outbreak of the dreaded Bird-Flu virus is bad enough for any country, it is specially feared in China, the land of its origin. What makes the recent outbreak of the H5N1 virus, found in the ducks in farms near Guangzhou’s Panyu … Detail story birdflunewsflash

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Bird flu Video-Don’t blame migrating birds, it’s factory farms

Bird flu Video-Don’t blame migrating birds, it’s factory farms   Here is another ... , Chickens, DEFRA, Flu, Flu Summit, H5N1, H7N2, Health, Hollywood, Human Bird Flu, Human-To-Human H5N1

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