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News Reports for December 2, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 13:42:59 PM EST


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India
• Assam: Migratory Greater Cormorant birds dead in Kaziranga (Link)

Kuwait
• 'Flu' outbreak denied (Link)
• 20 medical staff members diagnosed with 'swine flu' (Link)

Thailand
• Farmers told to watch out for bird flu (Link)

United States
• IA: Cedar County child diagnosed with swine flu (Link)
• SC: Flu Activity Happening Earlier This Season (Link)
• SD: Kicking off "National Influenza Vaccination Week", Dec. 2 - 8 (Link)

Commentary
• Recombinomics: More WHO Novel Beta Coronavirus Reporting Issues (Link)
• Recombinomics: Week 47 Iowa H3N2v Child Without Swine Exposure (Link)


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NewsDiary :: News Reports for December 2, 2012

News for December 1, 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
UK RCGP Weekly Data on Communicable and Respiratory Diseases
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US: Flu Activity Happening Earlier This Season (South Carolina)
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control notes the state's first flu-associated death of the season, as well as a significant and earlier-than-normal increase in influenza activity, the agency announced today.

"Tragically, a child from Barnwell County has become our first confirmed influenza-associated death of the season," said Linda Bell, M.D. and interim state epidemiologist. "The flu can be especially serious for the very young and the elderly.

"Our latest statewide activity report indicates that influenza has quickly reached 'widespread' levels in South Carolina," Dr. Bell said. "Flu activity typically peaks in February, and it is very unusual for us to see this number of cases so early in the season. Therefore, we strongly encourage vaccination to prevent the flu and its potentially serious consequences." Continued: http://easley.patch.com/articl...

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

     


Kuwait: 'Flu' outbreak denied
KUWAIT CITY, Dec 1: The Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Dr Qais Al-Dowairi denies an outbreak of swine flu in the country. He assured the ministry's laboratories haven't recorded any case of the infection, (Snip).

(Snip) Dr Al-Dowairi allayed fears of the citizens and residents of because the swine flu, indicating cases recorded are merely the symptoms of seasonal flu, which in some ways, are similar to swine flu. He noted the Ministry of Health has provided vaccine against the disease.

(Snip) informed sources have said that preventive health measures are imperative, and the nurses or other health workers are not allow to work if they show any symptoms or found to be suffering from the disease, indicating they are given time off from work. http://www.arabtimesonline.com...

(Note: Below is an article on cases of swine flu in the medical personnel at a hospital in Kuwait.)

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

     


Kuwait: 20 medical staff members diagnosed with 'swine flu'
Twenty medical staff members including nurses and doctors at the Al-Sabah Maternity Hospital have been diagnosed with the 'swine flu', (Snip).

Those infected with the virus have been given precautionary sick leave to prevent the disease from spreading among pregnant women at the hospital.

(Snip) the sources said the rate of infection is under control.

(Snip) the cause of the spread of disease is the onset of winter following the pilgrimage season and in addition to the failure and lack of attitude in applying precautionary measures inside the hospital. http://www.menafn.com/menafn/1...

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

     


[ Parent ]
More WHO Novel Beta Coronavirus Reporting Issues
Recombinomics Commentary

http://www.recombinomics.com/N...

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

     


Week 47 Iowa H3N2v Child Without Swine Exposure
Recombinomics Commentary

The CDC also said it received a new report of H3N2v infection, the first to be reported since the end of September. The patient, from Iowa, had no contact with swine or other livestock the week before becoming sick.

Patricia Quinlisk, MD, MPH, medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, told CIDRAP News that the H3N2v infection was detected within the past 2 weeks through routine surveillance. The patient is a child who has since recovered.

Quinlisk said another member of the child's family had been sick previously but was not tested.

The above comments describe the new H3N2v case described in week 47 CDC FluView.  As noted, the case had no swine contact and the only contact with symptoms was a relative.

(Snip)  All human H3N2v sequences in 2012 have been the novel sub-clade first reported at a Mineral County day care center in West Virginia in late 2011 (A/West Virginia/06/2011 and A/West Virginia/07/2011), except for three cases from Michigan, which were reassortants with a PB1 with E618D.

(Snip)  Last year at this time an H3N2v cluster was identified in Iowa which also had no swine exposure.  However, that sub-clade matched the earlier 2011 human cases, which is widespread in swine in 2012. http://www.recombinomics.com/N...

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

     


US: Cedar County child diagnosed with swine flu (Iowa)
Cedar County health officials are stepping up flu surveillance since a child there was diagnosed with a flu virus normally found in pigs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the H3N2v influenza A strain in the child, (Snip).

(Snip) the child, who has since recovered, had not been in contact with swine, one of the modes of transmission.

Health professionals in and around Cedar County are being asked to take more specimens for testing from people who might have the flu, (Snip).

Three Iowa children had the same strain in November 2011, Quinlisk said. All recovered.

Nationally, 320 cases of the flu strain have been reported in the United States since July 2011, according to the CDC. One person has died from the strain and 16 have been hospitalized this year. Quinlisk said none of those were in Iowa.

The virus has mostly been associated with prolonged exposure to swine exhibits at county fairs, but human-to-human spread of the virus has been recorded in Iowa and West Virginia, according to the CDC. People do not get swine flu by eating pork.

Symptoms and severity of the H3N2v virus are similar to seasonal flu, with fever and breathing difficulties, cough and runny nose, and sometimes other symptoms, including body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

(Snip) http://www.ajc.com/news/ap/kid...

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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India: Migratory Greater Cormorant birds dead in Kaziranga (Assam)
Kaziranga, Dec 1: At least 33 migratory Greater Cormorant birds have died in Kaziranga National Park in upper Assam since yesterday, Park authorities said but claimed Avian Flu was not the cause.

The fish eating birds, locally called Monihori, were found dead in Barseleka beel (water body) in Bagori Range of the Park since yesterday, (Snip).

(Snip) forest officers rejected media reports that the migratory avians had died due to an outbreak of H1N1 (Bird Flu) in the Park. After preliminary investigations they suspected that the birds may have died here after being poisoned elsewhere during the course of their migratory journey.

The authorities asserted that if Avian Flu had broken out inside the Park then other birds, including pelicans, wild ducks and fowl would not have remained unaffected.

Samples of the dead Greater Cormorant's carcass had been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Guwahati for further investigations (Snip). http://www.thehindubusinesslin...

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

     


Thailand: Farmers told to watch out for bird flu
The Livestock Development Department (LDD) is on high alert against a possible outbreak of bird flu, which usually flares up in the cool season. (Snip) the department had instructed poultry farm owners and volunteers to look out for for any unusual deaths of fowls.

Farmers have been told to take special care of fowls during the cool season, when the animals are at risk of contracting the bird flu virus. The LDD also encourages the farmers to raise poultry in a closed system, (Snip).

Livestock officials were also monitoring border areas strictly to prevent the smuggling of poultry into the country which could increase the risk of a bird flu outbreak, (Snip).

The country had its most recent case of bird flu among humans in July 2006. A total of 27 cases were confirmed with 17 deaths reported during a series of bird flu outbreaks from 2004 to 2006. "We have maintained strong preventive measures against the disease. And if the outbreak re-emerges, we are confident we can contain it," (Snip).

Poultry importers, including European Union countries, have confidence in Thailand's surveillance measures against avian influenza and in July lifted a ban on Thai poultry, he said.

(Snip) more than 316 million chickens are raised in poultry farms nationwide, with about 2.7 million families involved in the poultry industry.

"We have not received any report on unusual deaths of chickens, but we cannot afford to lower our guard," he added. Taweesak Songserm, of Kasetsart University's faculty of veterinary medicine, said all fowl samples sent for testing at the faculty had turned up negative for the avian influenza virus. http://www.bangkokpost.com/new...

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

     


US: Kicking off "National Influenza Vaccination Week", Dec. 2 - 8
Excerpt:

So far this flu season, South Dakota has reported 97 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu and 16 flu-related hospitalizations. Kightlinger noted that not everyone who is sick seeks medical care or gets tested so the actual number of cases is higher.

During the 2011-2012 season, 51.1 percent of South Dakotans over age 6 months were vaccinated against the flu, the highest rate in the nation. "That's good news, but there are still too many South Dakotans who don't get vaccinated," said Kightlinger.

Full article here:  http://www.ksfy.com/story/2024...  

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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