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News Reports for October 27, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 18:04:57 PM EDT

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• CIDRAP: H5N1 strikes backyard flocks in Bhutan (Link)

•  Saskatchewan: All flu clinics suspended (Link)

• Poultry traders unaware of H5N1 (Link)
• Karnataka: Turkeys defy trend, demand on rise despite bird flu scare (Link)
• Andhra Pradesh: Mass gatherings resulting in swine flu (Link)
• Maharashtra: 26th swine flu victim is 44-year-old from Theur (Link)

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NewsDiary :: News Reports for October 27, 2012

News for October 26, 2012 is here.

Thanks to all of the newshounds!
Special thanks to the newshound volunteers who translate international stories - thanks for keeping us all informed!

Other useful links:
WHO A(H1N1) Site
WHO H5N1 human case totals, last updated August 10, 2012
Charts and Graphs on H5N1 from WHO
Google Flu Trends
CDC Weekly Influenza Summary
Map of seasonal influenza in the U.S.
CIDPC (Canada) Weekly FluWatch
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India: Poultry traders unaware of H5N1 (Karnataka)
BANGALORE: Most poultry dealers are unaware of the outbreak of the deadly H5N1 virus. "We haven't heard of it," said Mohammad Iqbal of Kissan Poultry next to Russell Market, one of the biggest poultry retail markets in the city.

The sale of turkey in the city is lean, except during the Thanksgiving to Christmas season. On a good day, most shops in Russell Market vicinity sold not more than 3kg of turkey meat each. Most shops didn't have daily customers for it. During Christmas, a single shop has at times sold more than 100kg of turkey meat.


"We're not aware of any outbreak of virus among turkeys. We get our poultry stock, including chicken, from private farms all over the city and on the outskirts. None of our stock comes from Hesaraghatta farms," said Mohammad Imran Pasha, a chicken dealer in Russell Market. http://timesofindia.indiatimes...

(Note: The outbreak was 10 days ago but the news just came out about it today. I guess the government didn't think it was important that some of the turkeys might be sold to the public. The way poultry is distributed to markets and even other farms, means there is always a possibility of it getting into the supply line. JMO)

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown


India: Turkeys defy trend, demand on rise despite bird flu scare (Karnataka)
The spread of bird flu does not seem to have scared meat lovers in the city. Even after many turkeys died due to bird flu, demand for the bird's meat and its price in the market have gone up.

"The affected turkeys are not the ones for commercial sale. Turkeys in Central Poultry Development Organisation at Hesaraghatta have been affected by flu. The farm has been closed by the government. Colour turkeys are affected and we are not selling those turkeys in the market," said Md Imran Pasha, secretary of the meet association in Russell Market.


Since turkeys at Hesaraghatta farm have been affected by bird flu, shopkeepers are depending on poultry farms in other places including Kolar and Mulbagal. "Turkeys are brought to the city and supplied to star hotels from Coimbatore, Erode and Hyderabad. Continued: http://www.dnaindia.com/bangal...  

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown


India: Mass gatherings resulting in swine flu (Andhra Pradesh)
Mass gathering of public is triggering cases of swine flue in the capital and elsewhere this October. Of the 30 swine flu positive patients, who were admitted to Gandhi Hospital this month, majority had recently returned from Tirupati while others had taken part in the Ganesh immersion at Hyderabad.

The sudden increase in swine flu cases came after the Ganesh immersion procession on September 29 and the first Brahmotsavams, between September 17 and 27, in Tirupati. This startling fact came to light when doctors treating patients in Gandhi Hospital recorded their travel history.

Between this January and September, the city has witnessed close to 25 swine flu deaths while the number of swine flu positive cases during the same period reached the 190 mark. Doctors have also said that fluctuation in temperature is also causing the rise in swine flu cases.


Doctors at Gandhi Hospital said that despite the sudden rise, there were no deaths. Continued: http://www.thehindu.com/news/c...  

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown


Canada: All flu clinics suspended (Saskatchewan)
All public influenza immunization clinics in Saskatchewan are on hold until further notice, Saskatchewan's health ministry said late Friday. The decision followed a Health Canada recommendation that flu vaccine made by the pharmaceutical firm Novartis not be used pending a review of the discovery of clumping of particles in the vaccine in Europe.

"This is a precautionary hold on the vaccine," Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Sha-hab said in an interview. "Is it just harmless clumping of the protein in the vaccine or is it something that possibly reduces the effectiveness of the vaccine? Until they have reviewed these issues, the vaccine will not be released."

Saskatchewan is one of the most affected provinces, Shahab said. "This year, almost all of our supply was the one product," he said, noting other provinces may continue clinics with vaccine from other manufacturers. "Unfortunately for us at this point, we have no vaccine to give."

Vaccine from other manufacturers or provinces could allow clinics to reopen. More will be known next week, Shahab said. There have been no reports of unexpected adverse events related to the vaccines, he noted.

Health Canada stated in a media release that Agri-flu and Fluad are two of the seasonal flu vaccines produced by Novartis that have been pulled from use in several European countries pending further examination of white floating material discovered clumping in the vaccines. Continued: http://www.leaderpost.com/clin...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown


India: 26th swine flu victim is 44-year-old from Theur (Maharashtra)
A 44-year-old from Theur in Haveli tehsil of Pune district succumbed to swine flu at Noble Hospital late on Thursday night, making it the 26th H1N1 death due to the virus in Pune this year. PMC officials said the death was due to delay in initiating treatment.

At present, there are 14 patients admitted to various wards in the hospitals and one is on ventilator support.

Out of 1.5 lakh persons who have been screened for the virus since April this year, 28,473 have been administered Tamiflu and 422 patients was admitted to various hospitals have been treated and discharged, PMC health officials said.

They pointed out that of the 26 deaths, the majority was from outside Pune. Heath officials from Pimpri Chinchwad have also reported 10 deaths since April this year. (Snip) the majority of the patients is in the age group of 22-49.

The state has seen 104 deaths since April this year and 1,199 cases being reported this year. Continued: http://www.expressindia.com/la...

(Note: According to the figures given here, the CFR is high at 8%.)

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown


CIDRAP: H5N1 strikes backyard flocks in Bhutan
Twenty-four backyard poultry in Bhutan have died from H5N1 avian flu (Snip) The outbreak affected free-ranging chickens in Rinchending village in Chukha district, which borders the northeastern part of India. Twenty-nine additional birds were culled (Snip) in an area that houses 496 poultry. The outbreak began Oct 2, but poultry deaths were at first not reported to local veterinary authorities (Snip). http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidr...

Oct 25 OIE report:  http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/pub...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown


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