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News Reports for November 4, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 23:10:54 PM EDT

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• Kerala: 90 trucks with chicken and eggs stranded on Kerala border (Link)

• Hospital Room Prepares for Bird Flu Patients (translated) (Link)

Saudi Arabia
• Saudi Arabia: H1N1 strikes in Riyadh (Link)
• Saudi confirms third case of newly discovered SARS-like virus (Link)

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NewsDiary :: News Reports for November 4, 2012

News for November 3, 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!

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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
UK RCGP Weekly Data on Communicable and Respiratory Diseases
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Saudi Arabia: H1N1 strikes in Riyadh
Eight H1N1 cases have been discovered in Al-Amal hospital in Riyadh (Snip) The report said two of the cases were among hospital inmates and six in the psychiatry department.

The newspaper also mentioned that the hospital quarantined 27 suspected cases, in addition to four nurses who showed symptoms of the virus.

The medical team in the hospital administered tamiflu (H1N1 antivirus) to all the infected. The hospital also directed all its staff members to wear masks and use all precautionary measures when dealing with the inmates. (Snip) vacationing doctors were called back. Continued: http://arabnews.com/h1n1-strik...

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


India: 90 trucks with chicken and eggs stranded on Kerala border
With neighbouring Kerala still unwilling to let in poultry from Karnataka because of the fear of bird flu, more than 50 egg-laden and 40 chicken-laden trucks have been stuck at the Palakkad checkpost for up to 10 days. These trucks, most of them carrying poultry from Mysore, are waiting for permission from the authorities in Kerala to enter the state.


"Hundreds of egg and chicken-laden trucks have been stopped at the Palakkad checkpost, the entry point to Kerala, for the past 10 days," said BR Sainath, zonal president, National Egg Coordination Committee, Bangalore. "Hundreds of truck drivers and cleaners have been struggling due to the lack of food and other basic amenities. Hundreds of chicken have already died near the Palakkad checkpost due to the lack of water and feeding facility."


"Kerala is considered the favourite destination for the poultry industry in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu," Sainath said. "The state government has to do something to facilitate the entry of the trucks into Kerala."

Aravind Jannu, principal secretary, animal husbandry department, said efforts were being made to convince Kerala government officials to allow the trucks to enter their state. "They want us to clarify whether the eggs and chicken were from the avian influenza-infected poultry farm at the Central Poultry Development Organisation and Training Institute, Hesaraghatta, or from other parts of Karnataka," Jannu said.


Jannu said culling work at Hesaraghatta had been completed and the cleaning process was in progress.

"We've collected 440 blood samples from 20 poultries and 68 villages in a 10-km radius of Hesaraghatta, the epicentre of the outbreak of avian influenza," he said.
"We're waiting for results from the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal.
So far, the surveillance teams have not found any person or chicken at poultry farms [to be] affected with avian influenza." 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


Saudi confirms third case of newly discovered SARS-like virus
November 4, 2012

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - A Saudi citizen in the capital Riyadh is the world's third confirmed case of a newly discovered SARS-related virus but he has now recovered from his illness, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

The potentially deadly novel coronavirus is from the same family as SARS but had only been confirmed in two previous cases: a 60-year-old Saudi man who died earlier this year, and a man from Qatar who was treated in a London hospital.

Saudi authorities conducted tests on the new case in the Health Ministry and then sent abroad a sample which tested positive, the agency said, citing a statement from the ministry.

"The patient received the appropriate treatment and has recovered," the agency quoted the ministry as stating, adding that the man had not left Riyadh.

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Hospital Room Prepares for Bird Flu Patients
November 4, 2012
Bengkulu, Indonesia: Regional General Hospital (Hospital) M Yunus Bengkulu has prepared special care to anticipate patient bird flu (H5N1) due to increased cases of bird flu in the area.

"We have prepared a special treatment room in anticipation of patients due to the increasing cases of bird flu in this area," said Director of Hospital M Yunus Bengkulu, Yusdi Zahrias Tazar Sunday.

He explained that the care provided space consists of two treatment rooms with a capacity of four beds.  "In addition, a team of medical personnel were prepared consisting of specialists in internal medicine, pediatricians, general practitioners, and nurses," he said.

Medical personnel on duty are a combination of several experts for handling bird flu patients requiring rapid and precise measures of the various areas of expertise.  While Head of Bengkulu Hospital Space Care M Yunus Bengkulu, Sin Vice Director explained that room conditions and medical teams are ready to serve when suddenly there is a bird flu patient.

"Every bird flu patient has been provided a variety of medical equipment such as monitors, regulator drip with intravenous fluids, and a ventilator to assist breathing," he said.

There are also people who suffer from symptoms of bird flu including cough, shortness of breath, body temperature reaching 40 degrees Celsius, sore throat, and no history of contact with bird flu positive poultry bird.  People who experience these symptoms are asked immediately to go to M Yunus hospital to get treatment right away.  Head of Bengkulu Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Gunadi Arif, said that during October 2012, 110 birds in this area that died suddenly were confirmed positive for the bird flu virus.

"Ironically, most people are not willing to cull surviving poultry voluntarily the despite bird flu virus, and it is difficult to control its spread," he said.  The regional spread of avian bird flu in Bengkulu City among others are in the Village Circle West, Great Village, Kebung Tebeng, Bentiring, Plow, Nusa Indah, East Beautiful, and Sidomulyo.

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