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News Reports For January 12

by: MaMa

Fri Jan 12, 2007 at 01:35:38 AM EST


New Stories for Today
(Open this Diary to read more on these postings)
  • Japan to conduct nation-wide bird flu inspections at all poultry farms
  • S. Korea: Seoul Temporarily Bans Japanese Poultry Imports
  • USA: Nebraska Offers Farmers Free Bird-Flu Testing
  • Officials rule out bird flu in mass of avian deaths in Western Australia
  • WHO expects global bird flu resurgence
  • Vietnam to set up bird flu emergency squads nationwide
  • Indonesia: Fear of bird flu yet to reach those in the poultry business
  • Bird flu returns to Nigeria farms
  • Three Indonesian teenagers suspected of being infected with bird flu
  • Turkey's Bird Flu outbreak: one year later
  • New suspected case of bird flu reported in northern Nigeria
  • Bird flu cases are reminder of threat - WHO expert
  • Australia: Autopsy may solve bird deaths (more details, photo)
  • Indonesia: 22 yo. woman tests positive
  • Situation in Indonesia: WHO update- January 12th
  • Japan: Suspected bird flu virus likely to be very virulent
  • Mystery infection that killed 20 in Indonesia still unidentified
  • A suspected bird flu patient dies in Jakarta
  • Nigeria reports 1 more state infected with bird flu amid fresh outbreak
  • UN-backed body `disappointed' by European ban on wild bird trade
  • NIGERIA: Bird flu re-emerges, culling underway (more details on culling and compensation)
  • Japan: Public told to brace for flu, get shots
Summary of News for January 11 2007

Indonesia
    •  Two more people suspected of bird flu (Link)
    •  Bird Flu May Have Infected Relatives of Indonesian H5N1 Patient (Link)
    •  Indonesian woman dies of bird flu, hospital official (Link)
    •   Four Suspected Bird Flu Sufferers Hospitalised In Jakarta (Link)
South Korea
    •  South Korea says human infected with bird flu, recovers (Link) and (Link)
    •  Farmer contracts bird flu (Link) and (Link)
    •  Korean has bird flu, but no symptoms (Link) and (Link)
    •  Five Koreans had H5N1 virus but no illness (Sept.21, 2006, reference, CIDRAP) (Link)

Japan
    •  Japan Farm May Have Bird Flu Outbreak (Link) and (Link)
    •  Suspected bird flu kills Japan chickens (Link)
    •  Japan awaits results in suspected bird flu case (Link)
    •  H5N1 suspected in Japan (Link)
China
    •  Increase of 13.8% in Seasonal Flu cases- N. China cities take measures to prevent flu outbreak (Link)
    •  China issues campus health alert for contagious diseases (Link)
Cambodia
    •  Cambodia tightens poultry ban after bird flu outbreaks in Vietnam (Link)
    •   Human bird flu case confirmed in Anhui  (Link)
Vietnam
    •  Poultry samples sent abroad for analysis amid bird flu threat (Link)
    •   Bird flu moves closer to Vietnam's largest city (Link)
USA
    •  Businesses Gather to Prepare for Pandemic Influenza (Link), More information about the summit, including registration, can found at (Link)
    •  California: Flu pandemic possible here- Prepare for it now, official says (Link)
    •  Pandemic flu outbreak would strain hospitals financially (Link)
Finland
    •  Travellers from Finland caught a pneumonia from Phuket (Link)
General
    •  Bird flu epidemic rumbles on around the world (Link)
    •  Avian Influenza Risk Perception, Europe and Asia (Link)
    •  Bird flu hits three Asian countries (Link)

MaMa :: News Reports For January 12
Usual disclaimer about may not have captured everything. Feel free to add your own where omissions have occurred.)

Please note that I copy the links directly from the thread so if they don't work you may need to re-visit the Thread

News Reports For January 11


Total human cases worldwide 264, deaths 158 (2006 - 114 with 79 deaths)
-- From WHO as of 11 Jan - latest update


Special thanks to MichelleInOK and AnnieB for their excellent work with the Indonesia and Egypt Summary tables- thanks for keeping us all informed!
 
 

Indonesia Summary - Updated as of 01/11/07

    2006  2007
Cases Discussed Pre-Oct OctNovDec Total Jan
Died, no test results  11725144 0
Died, tested positive  1232017 2
Other tested positive  50005 0
Symptoms, tests pending 9030917146 32
Tested negative 511121579  13
Totals 1695138 33291 47


  Egypt Summary - Updated as of 7 Jan 07

    2006   2007
Cases Discussed   Pre-Dec Dec Total   Jan
Died, no test results   0 0 0   0
Died, tested positive   7 3 10   0
Recovered tested positive   8 0 8   0
Suspect, tests pending   0 8 8   9
Tested negative   0 12 12   4
Totals   15 23 38   13


INFLUENZA VIRUSES ISOLATED BY
WHO/NREVSS Collaborating Laboratories
2006 - 2007 Season
(Link)
WeekA(H1N1) & A(H1N2)A(H3N2)A(Unk)B#Tested%Pos
4120124619272.6
4292271222452.2
4371381024392.3
44221622528073.9
45130672729243.7
46110581324273.4
47131661225293.6
48151612924414.3
49210752524704.9
503911524029098.0
51 119   2   157   85    3186   11.4
52 70   4  109   41     1894    11.8

"It is too early in the influenza season to determine which influenza viruses will predominate or how well the vaccine and circulating strains will match."

See last year's table for comparison.

Canada's Week 52 FLU WATCH finds H1N1 predominance.

Thanks to all of the newshounds!

       link to current Indonesia Diary
       link to Indonesia Diary(Jan1.-Jan.11)
       link to Indonesia Wiki page

       link to Lookout Post main page

       link to India III
       link to Nepal II
       link to current Egypt Diary

       link to Graphs of Clusters 2003 - 2006


       link to Charts and Graphs on H5N1 from WHO

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Japan to conduct nation-wide bird flu inspections at all poultry farms
- "The Agricultural Ministry decided on Friday to inspect all poultry farms across Japan for bird flu after about 750 chickens died on a farm in Miyazaki Prefecture, officials said.

The death of some 750 chickens has been confirmed at a poultry farm in Kiyotake, Miyazaki Prefecture. Officials at the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry believe that they were infected with a highly toxic strain of the bird flu virus..."

..."After experts confirm that the chickens died of bird flu, the government will dispose of all birds at the poultry farm in Kiyotake..."

http://mdn.mainichi-...

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


Seoul Temporarily Bans Japanese Poultry Imports
- "Korea has decided to impose a temporary ban on poultry imports from Japan following an outbreak of suspected bird flu in the neighboring country, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said Friday..."

..."However, the official said imports of cooked and heated poultry products will continue.

Japan has also imposed a temporary ban on imports of Korean poultry last November after avian influenza broke out on a chicken farm south of Seoul."

http://times.hankook...

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


Nebraska Offers Farmers Free Bird-Flu Testing
-- "A testing program unveiled Thursday will help Nebraska poultry farmers check their birds for avian influenza.

The state Department of Agriculture said department employees will administer the free tests at the request of the farmer. Samples will be sent to the University of Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center for analysis.

"Thankfully, avian influenza hasn't been found here, but it's important to be pro-active and vigilant to protect our state," said Greg Ibach, director of the ag department.

He said the simple tests go a long way to protect the state's poultry industry, which accounts for $1.35 billion of the Nebraska economy each year.

Birds that can be tested include chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, guineas, ducks and geese..."

http://www.yankton.n...

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


They don't say what the motivation would be
I didn't want to register to read the whole article.  Mama, do they say why the farmers would want to do that?  As we've seen in Asia, the poultry farmers will go great lengths not to have their flocks culled.  I can't imagine the underlying pressures to avoid culling is any different here than over there.

Meteorologist in Florida!?!  Now we're talkin'!!!

[ Parent ]
to tell you the truth Tempest
they don't say much more than that, except that the effort is funded by the US govt.

IMO they would be getting compensation if their birds were found positive and had to be culled. I'd think they're more likely to actually see it than the farmers in some of the other poorer countries.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if the state required surveillance testing on an ongoing basis eventually.

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


[ Parent ]
Officials rule out bird flu in mass of avian deaths in Western Australia
SYDNEY, Australia: "Wildlife authorities investigating why thousands of birds fell from the sky over a town in remote southwestern Australia have ruled out infectious diseases, including bird flu, but are no closer to working out what killed them, a state official said Friday..."

..."The birds were mostly nectar- and insect-eating species, although some seagulls have also been found, Higgs said in a telephone interview from his office in the Western Australia capital, Perth.

Pathologists at the Western Australia Department of Agriculture examined several of the carcasses, but have ruled out the virulent H5N1 bird flu virus and other infectious diseases.

"It does not appear to be an infectious disease," Higgs said. "It may be an environmental toxin. It may be an agricultural or industrial toxin. We just can't be specific..."

..."Higgs said further tests were being done on the dead birds, and that it would be at least another week before pathologists have any more information on the mysterious deaths.

Meanwhile, the reports of dead birds were waning.

"The numbers of reports of dead birds have slowed down a lot, which can mean a lot of the birds in the area have already perished," he said. "We're just hoping to - once we know the cause - determine the solution..."

http://www.iht.com/a...

ruled out by a physical examination?

hmmm.........

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


I bet, "We just can't be specific"
Ayup.

[ Parent ]
WHO expects global bird flu resurgence
MANILA (AFP) -"Bird flu is expected to make a resurgence across the world this year and the new cases detected in Asia are just the beginning, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

"But governments appear more prepared than last year, when there were outbreaks outside Asia where it had previously not been detected, said Peter Cordingley, a spokesman for the WHO's Manila-based Western Pacific office.

"It's pretty clear why we're seeing these new cases. We're just going into the colder months in the northern hemisphere. The influenza virus is a cold weather virus and is more likely to flourish in this time of year," he told AFP.

"We expect a repeat of last year, when the virus suddenly became very active," spreading to the Middle East, Africa and Europe, Cordingley said. "It's a cold weather virus and everybody should be on their toes," he warned..."

http://news.yahoo.co...

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


Wait a minute! The WHO admiting
this hasn't gone away?  Let me get more coffee and rub my eyes to re-read that statement ;)

[ Parent ]
Don't worry LauraB
It says:

"But governments appear more prepared than last year.."

Our own state government is LOTS more prepared now, right? Our local governments have strong plans in place, and supplies on hand, to deal with the practicalities of a pandemic. And our state and local leaders have made our citizens aware of what might be coming so no one in our state will be blindsided by a critical and fast emerging event.  Everybody here has gotten a heads-up from our leadership, so those who have freely chosen to have had the opportunity to go out and get the necessary preparations that our leaders have so clearly recommended. Right??

Right?

(Who's WHO talking about?  We MUST be as prepared as any third-word nation. Right?)


[ Parent ]
a couple more officials believe it is possible now, and prepped
ho hum... nothing to tell the public though...

[ Parent ]
Vietnam to set up bird flu emergency squads nationwide
- "Vietnam will set up hundreds of task forces at the provincial and district levels to respond to bird flu outbreaks, a top health official said.

Tran Dac Phu, deputy head of the Central Preventative Health Department, said the first squad had been formed Thursday in Hanoi and was assigned the task of rapidly localizing and sterilizing infected areas.

To spur local authorities into intensifying action, Minister of Health Tran Thi Trung Chien led Thursday a delegation to inspect preventive work in some areas in Hanoi.

She said the ministry had enough medicines and facilities to cope with the epidemic..."

http://www.thanhnien...

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


Fear of bird flu yet to reach those in the poultry business
I'm not even sure what to pick to highlight in this article. The whole thing is really quite horrifying. There is much, much more than noted here, IMO you should read it all.

- "Despite the recent death of a 14-year-old boy from suspected bird flu, chicken breeders and slaughterhouse workers are unconvinced that the HN51 virus is any particular worry, giving residents the feeling there is little they can do to protect themselves..."

..."Residents say they have often observed chicken parts floating down the waterways in front of their homes.

"There'll be lots of chicken parts in the drainage ditches first thing in the morning and, if the ditches are running dry, there'll be even more," said a resident who asked not to be named..."

http://www.thejakart...

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


so sorry, the article above is from Indonesia n/t


Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke

[ Parent ]
These chicken parts in ditches aren't attempts to cover up sickness
thank goodness.  It's just normal garbage, looks like.

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."  Flannery O'Connor

[ Parent ]
who thinks it is a good idea to throw dead animals
in water? Ugh. And if it is being done under cover of night, whose unsold chicken parts are those?

[ Parent ]
Throwing the dead birds in the water
If you go back and read the Indonisian Diary from yesterday 01/11/07 it mentions the Large Chicken processing houses upriver. It tells all about the chicken parts and pieces along with whole chickens that are being dumped into the river everyday. Certainly a nasty way to do business.

[ Parent ]
it's a sad state of affairs
in many underdeveloped countries.  The easiest way of getting rid of garbage is to throw it in the river, cos it will take it away.

Friend of mine travels to remote villages in China to sponsor village schools, and she says people just pile all garbage right in front of their huts on the riverbank.  When asked why, they say "when it floods, the river will take it away."

For an insight into how people in the Third World live and their environmental impact, read 'The Earth Odyssey' by Mark Hertsgaard.  Even the readers' reviews are worth reading http://www.amazon.co...



All 'safety concerns' are hypothetical.  If not, they'd be called side effects...


[ Parent ]
Bird flu returns to Nigeria farms
- "New cases of bird flu have been recorded on two farms in north-western Nigeria, officials say, a year after the disease was first found there.

Katsina State health commissioner Ali Hussaini told the BBC that local health officials had culled 1,070 chickens.

Some of the infected birds were found in a backyard farm in Katsina town.

There are fears that two other farms, one owned by the chairman of Nigeria's poultry farmers' association, may also be infected.

"We've heard it, but we are not yet sure. Our surveillance team is yet to give us the report of their visit to the affected farms," said Ayokanmi Osinlu, spokesman for Nigeria's health minister..."

http://news.bbc.co.u...

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


Three Indonesian teenagers suspected of being infected with bird flu
AKARTA (JP): Three more teenagers, who are suspected of being infected with bird flu virus, were admitted Friday to Persahabatan Hospital, Jakarta.

Elshinta radio station reported that the three teenagers were residents in Bekasi, east of Jakarta.

[snip]

One of the three patients, who got a flu on Jan. 7, now suffers a bad cough with blood.

http://www.thejakart...

To calm the wife buy cases of chocolate, to calm the husband buy cases of booze, and to calm the children...... heck the booze and chocolate should work.


Turkey's Bird Flu outbreak: one year later
Fatma Özcan's aunt gathers laminated copies of two newspaper articles from another room and brought them into the living room. Both articles are dated Jan. 16, 2006, the day after 16-year-old Fatma died. The headlines read: ?Hiç Ya?amad? Ki? and ?Ve Fatma Öldü' Rough translation: ?Too short a life? and ?Fatma is dead.?  A year ago, here in Do?ubayaz?t and Van, Turkish doctors and international experts were fighting an outbreak of bird flu that killed four children including Fatma Özcan. One hundred thousand doses of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu were flown in. More than 600 were examined at one hospital alone. There were almost 300 suspected cases with 12 cases confirmed. The planet hadn't seen so many cases at once before. Within the first two weeks of January, more children, Mehmet Ali Koçyi?it, Fatma Koçyi?it, Hülya Koçyi?it had died along with Fatma Özcan.  Now one year later, the bird flu outbreak in eastern Turkey offers no clear verdict or lessons. The story is a mix of tragedy, science and politics.

http://www.turkishda...

To calm the wife buy cases of chocolate, to calm the husband buy cases of booze, and to calm the children...... heck the booze and chocolate should work.


Did you catch the Effect Measure reference? n/t




[ Parent ]
New suspected case of bird flu reported in northern Nigeria
KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - A suspected fresh outbreak of avian influenza has been reported in northern Nigeria's Katsina state with over 5,000 birds infected, the agriculture commissioner has said.
ADVERTISEMENT

"We have detected an outbreak in three poultry farms in and around the state capital in the past week. We strongly suspect it to be bird flu," Ali Hussein Dutsin-Ma told AFP Friday.

"All the symptoms found on the birds suggest avian flu and we don't have to wait for laboratory confirmation to know what we are dealing with", he said.

Dutsin-Ma said the symptoms were detected on a small farm in the farming village of Batagarawa outside Katsina on January 2 while two more farms showed signs of infection in the metropolis a week later.

http://news.yahoo.co...

To calm the wife buy cases of chocolate, to calm the husband buy cases of booze, and to calm the children...... heck the booze and chocolate should work.


Bird flu cases are reminder of threat - WHO expert
GENEVA, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Human bird flu cases from Egypt to China are a fresh warning that it could yet spark a pandemic, a top WHO official said on Friday.

Keiji Fukuda, coordinator for the global influenza programme at the World Health Organisation (WHO), also said that was "no evidence" of any human-to-human transmission of the virus, including in hard-hit Indonesia.

http://www.alertnet....

To calm the wife buy cases of chocolate, to calm the husband buy cases of booze, and to calm the children...... heck the booze and chocolate should work.


Australian bird autopsies...
With photo showing researcher with gloves but no mask, holding up a dead bird.

http://tinyurl.com/y...

nothing left to do but :) :) :)


tsk tsk; no splash precautions
"This dead bird is being autopsied" (and the man has no goggles nor mask on) "in the hope that it holds the key to the mysterious deaths of thousands of Esperance birds. Picture courtesy: Department of Agriculture and Food" |

[ Parent ]
or airborne fomites
pretection, either. All the best to him!

[ Parent ]
22 year old in Indo positive..
Here is an article headlined: Three more Indonesian teenagers become bird flu suspect

What is interesting is the second to the last line: a 22-year old woman has been admitted positively infected by avian influenza on Friday, bringing the number of people contracted by the disease in Indonesia to 77.

Had I missed her or is this a new case? 


You've got it Snowhound
West Java
Tangerang
Aprianti/Afriani (22) - Adm. 1/11 to Friendship Hosp.  Transferred from Husada Human Hosp. Tangerang.  Sumptoms: since last week (1/1 - 1/6).  No contact with poultry.  From:  Kampung Warung Mangga.

I am not like other birds of prey....

[ Parent ]
WHO update- January 12th
http://www.who.int/c...

Avian influenza - situation in Indonesia - update 2

12 January 2007

The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed the country's 59th death from H5N1 avian influenza. The 38 year old woman from Tangerang, Banten Province whose infection was announced on 9 January, died in hospital on 11 January 2007.

The Ministry of Health has also confirmed a new case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The 22 year old woman from Banten Province developed symptoms on 3 January 2007 and remains in hospital. An initial investigation into the source of her exposure found reports of chicken deaths near her home in the days prior to symptom onset.

Of the 77 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 59 have been fatal.


Suspected bird flu virus likely to be very virulent
Japan's farm ministry was near to concluding Friday that the suspected bird flu infection which erupted in Miyazaki Prefecture the previous day was caused by a very virulent virus, prompting authorities to take epidemic prevention measures, officials said.

Meanwhile, prefectural government officials said they had newly learned that 1,650 chickens died in a poultry house at a farm in the town of Kiyotake, where the suspected avian flu infection occurred, bringing the total number of dead chickens in the incident to 2,400. ....

http://asia.news.yah...

Be Prepared


Mystery infection that killed 20 in Indonesia still unidentified

Mystery infection that killed 20 in Indonesia still unidentified
14:22 | 12/ 01/ 2007

JAKARTA, January 12 (RIA Novosti) - A mysterious infectious disease that killed over 20 people in Indonesia in the last few months of 2006 remains unidentified, a health official said Wednesday.

A dramatic rise in the number of deaths at St. Carolus Hospital in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, in October and November was caused by an unknown disease characterized by a high fever, which usually led to the patient's death within three days of its onset.

"In some instances - not always - respiratory organs were affected," I Nyoman Kandun, head of the health ministry's communicable diseases control center, said in an interview.

The latest case was registered November 27, but until now the outbreak has not raised concerns about the emergence of a new, potentially lethal infection similar to last year's avian flu epidemic, which killed more people in Indonesia than in any other country of the Asian-Pacific region.

Kandun said health experts checked the hospital and patients' homes, and ruled out all possible widespread viruses, such as AIDS, avian and human flu, SARS, dengue fever, Ebola fever and others.

Blood samples taken from those affected have been sent for tests to the U.S. National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

The official said that although the outbreak had been contained and had not turned into an epidemic, there was no guarantee that it would not recur.

He said ministry officials were keeping the St. Carolus clinic under close scrutiny, and were trying to identify the pathogen involved. Other hospitals in Jakarta have enhanced preventive measures.

http://en.rian.ru/wo...


Three more Indonesian teenagers become bird flu suspect
I haven't seen this posted yet:

Three more Indonesian teenagers become bird flu suspect

www.chinaview.cn 2007-01-12 19:19:52

JAKARTA, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Three more teenagers, who are suspected of being infected with bird flu virus, were admitted Friday to Persahabatan Hospital, Jakarta.

The three teenagers were residents in Bekasi, east of Jakarta. A family member of the three suspected bird flu patients told local Elshinta radio station that they slaughtered an unhealthy chicken last week, but unaware the chicken would spread disease to them.

One of the three patients, who got flu on Jan. 7, now suffers a bad cough with blood.

A 37-year old woman died of bird flu on Thursday evening, and a22-year old woman has been admitted positively infected by avian influenza on Friday, bringing the number of people contracted by the disease in Indonesia to 77, which 59 of them have died.

http://news.xinhuane...


Indonesian Woman 59th Bird Flu Death
more on that case

An Indonesian woman died from bird flu while a second was in critical condition Friday, as the country worst hit by the virus battled new cases following a six-week lull, health officials said. A teenage boy died earlier this week. All three cases occurred in the industrial town of Tangerang to the west of the capital, Jakarta. The 37-year-old woman died late Thursday after being admitted to a Jakarta hospital.

The woman's husband and 18-year-old son were being treated for symptoms of the H5N1 virus, said Haris Sugiantoro, an official at the Health Ministry's bird flu information center.

Tests also confirmed a 22-year-old woman was suffering from the virus, said Joko Suyono, another official at the center. Neighbors reported chickens living near her house died suddenly and the woman was seen picking one up and scratching her nose soon after.....

http://hosted.ap.org...

Be Prepared


[ Parent ]
A suspected bird flu patient dies in Jakarta
 
A suspected bird flu patient dies in Jakarta

JAKARTA (JP): A 27-year old woman patient, who is still suspected of being infected with bird flu, died at 11:00 p.m. on Friday night in Persahabatan Hospital, Jakarta, Metro TV station reported.

If later she is confirmed of being infected with bird flu, the death toll from the fatal bird flu in the country would reach 60 people.

Few days before she died, a 14-year-old boy and a 38-year-old woman died from bird flu in the same hospital.

Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister for Social Welfare Aburizal Bakrie emphasized that there would be no change in the current measures against bird flu.

http://www.thejakart...

To calm the wife buy cases of chocolate, to calm the husband buy cases of booze, and to calm the children...... heck the booze and chocolate should work.


Nigeria reports 1 more state infected with bird flu amid fresh outbreak
LAGOS, Nigeria: "A new outbreak of H5N1 bird flu has hit Nigeria, and one new state has reported its first cases in birds after months without any known infections in Africa's most-populous nation, officials said Friday.

Sokoto state in Nigeria's far north reported its first cases in addition to nearby Katsina state, which reported re-infection, said Junaid Maina, the head of Nigeria's livestock department. The last known infection was in September.

Health workers had already killed thousands of birds since a cull began earlier this week, an Interior Ministry worker said on condition of anonymity, citing regulations on dealing with the media..."

...Since bird flu cases were first discovered in Nigeria last year, Cameroon, Niger, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso have also reported the H5N1 strain of bird flu in birds. There are fears that it has spread even further than is known in Africa because monitoring is difficult on a poor continent with weak infrastructure..."

http://www.iht.com/a...

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


UN-backed body `disappointed' by European ban on wild bird trade
- "An indefinite European Union (EU) ban on wild bird imports, adopted to prevent the spread of bird flu to humans, risks creating black markets by ending a legal and tightly managed trade and undermining poor African communities who depend on it, according to a United Nations-backed body dealing with trade in endangered species.

Moreover, the ban does not include global trade in live domestic poultry - a major reservoir for the H5N1 flu virus - which involves some 750 million birds a year, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) noted in a statement voicing its "disappointment" at the step.

"We understand the need to combat the threat of avian influenza, but the definitive and inflexible nature of the decision appears disproportionate and risks to hamper conservation efforts in developing countries by depriving them and poor local communities of the benefits of wildlife for their livelihoods," CITES Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers said..."

..."The EU measure risks driving the market underground as well as removing the economic incentives for impoverished communities to protect bird habitats..."

http://www.un.org/ap...

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


bans and local livelihoods
short term may be deeper poverty - longer term may be self-reliance - we should go for planned de-globalisation, i think

just a thought

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.


[ Parent ]
oh, I wish everyone was having that thought
Think globally, but, be sustainable locally...

[ Parent ]
stocking-up is partly in the way of planned deglobalisation, maybe
but i think more people are into growing food and energy locally than into stocking up :-/

You arm yourself to the teeth just in case.  You don't leave the gun near the baby's hand.

[ Parent ]
NIGERIA: Bird flu re-emerges, culling underway
more details. It's very good to see that they are compensating immediately. It will encourage farmers to be honest and not hide suspicious deaths for fear of losing their livliehood.

..."Most of the infections were in commercial poultry farms as supposed to family smallholdings, and compensation is being paid immediately to the farmers, the official said. "Any farm with any sign that looks like avian influenza, we simply depopulate and pay compensation," the official said.

Funding has been provided under a scheme supported by the World Bank for immediate compensation of farmers whose birds have been killed by the veterinary teams..."

..."More than 600 Nigerian animal health officials have been trained under a scheme funded by the European Union and the Food and Agriculture Organisation to undertake a nationwide surveillance to track bird flu. The experts will be deployed nationwide later in January, agriculture officials said."

http://www.irinnews....

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


Alarm at Indonesia bird flu ads
-"Indonesian bird flu chiefs have hit back at a wave of adverts featuring air conditioners which manufacturers say can tackle the virus.

Several world-renowned manufacturers claim their products can kill bird flu using new technologies including a substance derived from a Korean pickle..."

..."The head of Indonesia's bird flu taskforce, Bayu Krishnamurthi, said he was worried by the message being sent to customers.

"It has not been scientifically proven that air conditioners can prevent the spread of the virus," he said.

"We have communicated this to companies that have broadcast advertisements saying their product can prevent the spread of the virus. We have asked them to conduct product tests using the Indonesian strain of the H5N1 virus..."

http://news.bbc.co.u...

I would hope that very strict precautions are taken if such testing is to be done.

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little- Edmund Burke


Public told to brace for flu, get shots
(Japan) Doctors say a new flu strain may be coming and are telling the public to take precautions as the flu season nears.

"It has been predicted that if a new strain breaks out now, slightly fewer than 40 million people in Japan will be infected and 1 million people may die," said Seizaburo Kashiwagi, a flu expert and director of the Fukuoka Prefectural Red Cross Blood Center.

Avian influenza has broken out annually in recent years, and often infects some people. Antiviral drugs can be effective to combat the flu, but the rapid spread of viruses by air travelers is a cause of concern.

At Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, an average of 20,000 people per day arrive on international flights...

..."In reports about people who died from an infection of bird flu, the virus entered the blood and spread throughout (the body). The cause of death was multiple organ failure, and there was hemophagocytic syndrome," Kashiwagi said.There are two types of influenza drugs, which are either swallowed or inhaled."For hemophagocytic syndrome, the injection of immune-suppressing drugs and steroids should be considered," he said...

http://search.japant...


testing for deadly bird flu at Salton Sea
The Salton Sea is one of the fronts in the biggest multi-agency bird investigation in U.S. history, seeking to determine if a deadly strain of avian flu has entered North America through migratory birds.

Federal and state officials have tested 137 waterfowl birds shot by hunters this fall at the Wister Unit of the Salton Sea's Imperial Wildlife Area, said Pam Swift, a veterinarian in the California Department of Fish and Game's wildlife investigations laboratory. Officials plan to test 100 more birds throughout December and January, she said.

Some 60 samples of bird feces were also taken for analysis, and officials plan to collect an additional 90 samples between now and the end of January, Swift said.....

http://www.thedesert...

Be Prepared


2 Indonesian women die from bird flu, bringing death toll to 61
JAKARTA, Indonesia: Two Indonesian women died from bird flu, a health official said Saturday, the latest in a flurry of cases to strike the country worst hit by the virus in recent days.

One of the women died late Friday, the other early Saturday, said Nyoman Kandun, the Ministry of Health's director general of communicable disease control. Both had been treated in the same hospital in the capital, Jakarta.

http://www.iht.com/a...

To calm the wife buy cases of chocolate, to calm the husband buy cases of booze, and to calm the children...... heck the booze and chocolate should work.


Two Indonesian women die of bird flu-health ministry
The 22 year old mentioned earlier died.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Two Indonesian women have died of bird flu, a health ministry official said on Saturday, taking the overall human death toll from the disease in the country to 61 amid a spike of new cases.

A 27-year-old woman from south Jakarta died after entering Persahabatan Hospital in the capital on Thursday for treatment, Muhammad Nadirin of the health ministry's bird flu information centre said. She died on Friday evening.

The second death was of a 22-year-old woman from Tangerang west of Jakarta, who died in the early hours of Saturday morning, the official said.

http://today.reuters...

Be Prepared


New CDC map out for week of Jan 6
Seasonal flu cases-

large map
http://www.cdc.gov/f...
notice Tenn and W V are added to the "wide spread" list

report

http://www.cdc.gov/f...

notice the number of cases is down but the mortality is up.

also the EU report is here
http://www.eiss.org/...

Be Prepared


That's KY not WV n/t


To calm the wife buy cases of chocolate, to calm the husband buy cases of booze, and to calm the children...... heck the booze and chocolate should work.

[ Parent ]
Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Prioritization: Public Engagement Meetings
From the Keystone Center

Las Cruces, New MexicoSaturday, January 20, 2007
Nassau County, New York Saturday, January 27, 2007
Milwaukee, WisconsinSaturday, February 24, 2007
Henderson County, North Carolina Saturday, March 3, 2007

Experts say chances of a deadly worldwide outbreak of flu are increasing. Early in such an outbreak, the United States will lack an adequate supply of vaccine. Should this situation arise, it leads to difficult decisions about how to distribute a limited supply of vaccine.

We seek your help in this decision-making process regarding how best to prioritize the distribution of vaccine.

The public meetings are being sponsored by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and The Keystone Center, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as local state and county health departments.

[Updated Jan 10, 2007]
To register by phone, or for more registration info,

please contact Sierra Trujillo toll-free at 1-800-219-6670.




All 'safety concerns' are hypothetical.  If not, they'd be called side effects...


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