Saturday, January 31, 2009

The duck goose corpse refers to the bird flu risk including the H5 virus expert to increase

2009-01-31 22:34

[on.cc special news]Regarding the authority 3 duck goose corpse which obtains in Lantou Island Sha Luowan, the preliminary examination doubts has the H5 virus. Some microorganism expert indicated that this means bird flu's risk further strengthens, the authority needs to examine strengthens the attack smuggling chicken duck's policy, as well as has nobody also secretly to raise the domesticated fowl.

The Hunan female card dyes epidemic disease inland eighth

The port hears the abstract

Caption: Inland dyed the bird flu case in recent months

[Daily Sun special news]Was close to Guangdong's Hunan Province to diagnose to infect the H5N1 highly infectious bird flu case again yesterday, before 21 year old of female patient was taken bad, once contacted has died of illness the domesticated fowl, now the condition is stable, becomes in January the inland eighth ancestor to infect the bird flu case, five patients died. Hong Kong health protection center received the National Medical department to notify the newest diagnosis case yesterday, the infectious disease expert warned that the virus will put on the state province along with the stream of people, if “crossed Guangdong Province, crossed the o Lebanon Hong Kong”, the Hong Kong government must propagandize bird flu's threat positively to the resident.

The threat presses up to Hong Kong
The National Medical department announced last night, the Hunan Province health department notified this province to diagnose an ancestor to infect the bird flu case newly. Female patient Mr./Ms. Shu, 21 years old, the farmer, the family lives in the Hunan Province Pu County. On January 23 is taken bad in Pu County, presently in Changsha's south central university Xiangya hospital hospital treatment. Hong Kong health protection center received the National Medical department to notify this new case yesterday, the center indicated that could continue with the National Medical department maintains close contacting, understood the case details.
Hong Kong H5N1 attention group President Lao Yongle said that Guangdong Province located at Hunan Province south, formerly once had the patient to catch an illness in Hunan, in other province diagnosis, worried, if “crosses Guangdong Province, crosses the o Lebanon Hong Kong”. He refers to, the Hong Kong government must propagandize bird flu's threat positively to the resident, reminds the resident not to contact the live domesticated fowl.
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Province south, formerly once had the patient to catch an illness in Hunan, in other province diagnosis, worried, if “crosses Guangdong Province, crosses the o Lebanon Hong Kong”.

Japanese high school students坠楼deaths associated with influenza drug Relenza unknown

www.ntdtv.com 2009-1-30 21:27 New Tang Dynasty TV www.ntdtv.com
2009-1-30 21:27

New Tang Dynasty January 30, 2009讯】 (Central News Agency in Tokyo on the 30th Mar张芳明) Nagano, Japan a few days ago a high-school boy from the fifth floor balcony bring their own death, the student as a result of cold medicine to the hospital to receive influenza "RELENZA", with the fall-related death is not clear, the ministry urged the public attention to the use of the drug.

厚生劳动省指出,长野县松本市一名17岁高中男生27日从五楼住宅阳台坠地死亡,这名学生由于感冒,前一天向校方请假并在医院领取RELENZA,是否曾服用这种药并不清楚,坠亡与该药的关联性不明。 Health, Labor and Welfare said that in Matsumoto city, Nagano Prefecture, a 17-year-old high school boys and 27 girls fell onto the ground from the fifth floor residential balcony death, the student as a result of a cold, the day before the leave the school and in the hospital receiving RELENZA, whether they had taken the drug not clear, falling dead with unknown relevance of the drug.

对于这件事,厚生劳动省指示制药公司要贯彻提醒使用者该药有可能造成异常行动,以及若在家疗养时,不要让小孩或未成年者服用后至少2天内单独留在家里。 As regards this case, MHLW pharmaceutical companies to carry out instructions to remind users of the drug may cause abnormal operations, as well as if the convalescence at home, do not allow children or minors after taking at least 2 days are left alone at home.

厚生劳动省的统计指出,到去年3月为止,服用RELENZA而出现想前往阳台等异常行动的报告共有57件。 MHLW statistics pointed out that in March last year so far, taking Relenza there want to go to the balcony and abnormal operation a total of 57. 日本目前流感治疗药除RELENZA之外,还有更受广泛使用的克流感(TAMIFLU)等,都有服用者出现异常行动的报告。 Japan's current treatment of influenza drug Relenza in addition, there are more widely used Tamiflu (TAMIFLU) and so on, are taking unusual actions were reported.

今年冬天日本的流感病例以A苏联型病毒为最多,这种病毒会对克流感出现抗药性,厚生劳动省曾呼吁若服用克流感无效可改服用RELENZA,由于长野的事件,这个主管卫生事务的中央部会指示药厂,要贯彻提醒服用者应注意的事项。 This winter flu cases in Japan in order to A-type virus for up to the Soviet Union, this kind of virus will occur Tamiflu resistance, MHLW has called null and void if the use of Tamiflu can be taken RELENZA, as a result of events in Nagano, the director of Health Services Central Department will instruct the pharmaceutical companies, it is necessary to carry out to remind the users should pay attention to.

Lantau seized ducks bird carcasses found in Sha Lo Wan, live birds to suspect someone has broken the law "backyard"

February 1, 2009

Ming Pao】 government in 2006 banned the keeping of live poultry retail investors, but yesterday, the AFCD has bizarre to Sha Lo Wan on Lantau Island Found 3 ducks and body, according to preliminary tests, suspected of carrying the H5 bird flu virus, Indeed the test results to be announced. 事件是自去年12月政府大規模銷雞隻後,再次有活禽被驗出有H5病毒。 Incident was in December last year the Government's extensive sales  chickens again have live birds were found to have the H5 virus. 由於拾獲屍體附近3公里範圍內沒有家禽農場,當局正了解是否有人違法「散養」家禽。 Found near the body as a result of three kilometers there is no poultry farms within the scope of, the Government is to know whether it was illegal "backyard" poultry.

有活家禽業人士透露,不少人在新春期間買不到活雞還神,曾表示會考慮家養活禽以確保重要節日不會開罪神靈。 Live poultry industry sources, many people buy live chickens during the festive period is also God, has indicated that it would consider the domesticated birds in order to ensure that major festivals would not offend the gods.

衛生防護中心正追蹤6名報告鴨鵝屍體事件的市民和12名參與檢走死鳥行動的工作人員,其中17人並無出現有關病徵,衛生防護中心正對他們進行醫學監察。 Center for Health Protection is the report of ducks and geese to track the body of 6 events and 12 members of the public to participate in Phoenix seized operations staff, 17 of whom did not appear related to symptoms, the Center for Health Protection is for them to carry out medical monitoring.

餘下一名26歲司機,於1月27日起發燒和出現上呼吸道感染病徵,他曾參與上周四(1月29日)檢走死鳥的行動,他否認在行動中曾接觸禽屍。 The remainder of a 26-year-old driver, on January 27 from fever and upper respiratory infection symptoms, he was involved in last Thursday (January 29) seized Phoenix action, he denied that during the operation have had contact with poultry carcasses. 發言人表示,由於該名司機在參與行動的兩日前已開始出現病徵,感染禽流感的可能相當小,但作為預防措施和更緊密跟進其情,該名司機現正在瑪嘉烈醫院留醫,以便觀察和進一步調查。 The spokesman said that as a result of the driver involved in operations on the 2nd has been developed symptoms of avian flu can be quite small, but as a precautionary measure and to follow up more closely the situation , the driver is being treated in Princess Margaret Hospital so that observation and further investigation.

檢禽屍司機事前發燒需住院 Inspection of poultry carcasses pre-drivers to be patient with fever

兩隻鴨鵝屍體於上周四(1月29日)在大嶼山沙螺灣足球場旁的沙灘被發現,當時屍體已嚴重腐爛。 Two ducks and geese in the body last Thursday (January 29) at Sha Lo Wan on Lantau Island soccer field next to the beach was found badly decomposed body. 而另一隻鴨屍體於昨日在同一沙灘被檢走。 While the other ducks in the same body on the beach yesterday was seized. 3隻鴨鵝的初步測試,懷疑帶有H5禽流感病毒。 3 ducks and a preliminary test, suspected of carrying the H5 bird flu virus. 漁農自然護理署發言人表示,檢獲的鴨鵝屍體附近3公里範圍內沒有家禽農場,當局正了解鴨鵝屍體相繼出現在該沙灘的各種原因,包括研究屍體被海浪上沙灘的可能性,以及是否遭人棄置等。 Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department spokesman said the bodies of ducks and geese were seized near the range of 3 kilometers there is no poultry farms, the Government is to understand the body of ducks and geese have appeared in the beach of a variety of reasons, including research bodies were waves on the beach  possibility and whether it was disposed of, etc.. 當局昨日派員巡查附近的沙螺灣村及沙螺灣新村,並沒有象顯示有人散養家禽。 Inspections of the authorities yesterday near Sha Lo Wan and Sha Lo Wan Village, there is no indication that it was  backyard poultry keeping. 當局十分關注事件,並在沙灘附近加強巡查。 Administration is very concerned about the incident and step up inspections on the beach nearby.

活家禽批發商商會會長徐名團相信,發現的鴨鵝屍體是家庭養的家禽:「相信是有家庭偷偷地養,難道在大陸飛過來咩!」徐指出,政府在去年12月大規模殺雞,沒有放鬆內地活雞供港的數量,令不少人在新春期間沒有活雞還神,曾有元朗村民表達不滿,紛紛表示要「靠自己養家禽,好過靠政府」。 Live poultry wholesalers Xu Association of Mission believe that the body was found in ducks and domestic poultry raising: "I believe there is a family secret custody, can fly over the mainland Cashmere!" Xu pointed out that the Government in December last year, large-scale killing chicken, there is no relaxation for Mainland live chickens to Hong Kong, thus many people do not live in the New Year period is also God, the villagers had expressed dissatisfaction with the Yuen Long, have indicated the intention to "raise their own poultry, is better than relying on government." 徐名團說:「阿婆唔養先出奇!我聽見好多人都話驚得罪神靈,唯有自己諗辦法解決(偷偷地飼養活禽)。」 Xu said of Mission: " first lady is not dependent surprisingly! I heard so many people are scared of offending the gods, only consult their own solutions to (secretly keeping live birds)."

疑散養還神「恐得罪神靈」 Suspect backyard also God "for fear of offending the gods"

漁農界立法會議員黃容根則說,由於本地對活鴨鵝的需求不大,有關鴨鵝屬走私的可能性不高,他估計,可能是航經珠江口的船隻,船上人將死去的鴨鵝丟棄,再上岸。 Members of the Legislative Council Agriculture and Fisheries Yung-kan said, as local demand for live ducks and geese do not, the ducks and geese is the possibility of smuggling is not high, he estimated, may be the route by the Pearl River estuary of the vessel, the ship will be dead ducks Goose discarded, and then landed .

現時未經許可而散養活家禽(雞、鴨、鵝、鴿和或鵪鶉)屬違法。 At present, unauthorized bulk feed poultry (chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons and quails or) an offense. 違者最高可被罰款5萬元,重犯者最高罰款10萬元。 Offenders are liable to a maximum fine of 50,000 yuan, repeated to a maximum fine of 100,000 yuan. 漁護署表示,當局會加強巡查本地活家禽農場、批發市場及園圃街雀鳥公園,並提醒業界注意衛生,採取適當措施預防禽流感,密切監察野生禽鳥。 AFCD said that the authorities would step up inspections of local poultry farms, wholesale markets and the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, and to alert the industry to pay attention to health, to take appropriate measures to combat avian flu, to closely monitor the wild birds. 該署呼籲市民,如發現病鳥和死鳥,包括野鳥和家禽屍體,可致電1823聯絡該署跟進。 The department appealed to the public, such as found in birds and bird diseases, including the bodies of wild birds and poultry can call 1823 to contact the Department for further investigation.

今次事件是自去年底大規模銷雞隻後,再次有活禽被驗出有H5病毒。 This incident since the end of last year sales of large-scale  chickens again have live birds were found to have the H5 virus. 去年底,元朗流浮山一雞場證實爆發禽流感,最少有200隻雞死亡,當中3隻死雞樣本及120個活雞糞便樣本,經快速測示後全部對H5呈陽性反應。 End of last year, Lau Fau Shan, Yuen Long, a confirmed outbreak of avian flu in farms, at least 200 chickens had died, of which three samples of dead chickens and 120 faecal samples of live chickens by the fast after the test showed that all the H5 positive. 食物及衛生局長周一嶽在12月9日下令殺雞,出事雞場附近3公里內範圍被劃成疫區,區內7萬隻活雞,加上長沙灣臨時家禽批發市場的1萬隻雞全被屠宰,合共殺掉9萬隻活雞。 Food and Health York Chow Secretary for December 9 in order to kill a chicken, chicken farm near the scene within the range of three kilometers was divided into an infected area in the region 70,000 live chickens, together with the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market of 10,000 chickens have all been slaughtered, killing a total of 90,000 chickens.

Ca Mau: recurrence HPAI

Sunday, 01/02/2009, 01:46 (GMT +7)



(SGGP). - Afternoon 31-1, Animal Health Department to Ca Mau Tran Van Thoi district, all 700 flocks of ducks are the avian influenza, xịt spray is being in the same area and appear to expand the investigation status Paste cầm here.

Nong Ring, Chieng La commune, Thuan Chau (Son La) and are concerned mồm long móng (LMLM) in cattle, and 4 dead buffaloes, cattle and some cattle are being infected. This outbreak is detected LMLM first locally since the beginning of the year to date.

The same day, police in Ta Long, the mountainous districts Dakrong (Quang Tri) that, in the adjacent Tết Suu Ky in 2009 to 2 days ago, in the province has nearly 100 cows died unknown causes . Besides being dead, hundreds of chicken project support raising her children also died series. Thon damage most Pa Hy with nearly 20 cows and about 100 chicken died.

Duong Van Khoa, head veterinary stations Tran Van Thoi district said on 29-1 detected ducks out of 700 households in a village Rach Bao, Binh Khanh commune, have symptoms of avian influenza. On 30-1, the test sample's sick ducks out on the show with a positive influenza A H5N1.

Recombinomics: Symptomatic H5 Collecter Hospitalized in Hong Kong

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Symptomatic H5 Collecter Hospitalized in Hong Kong
Recombinomics Commentary 21:46
January 31, 2009

The 26-year-old driver who had participated in collecting the dead birds on January 29 developed fever and symptoms of upper respiratory infection since January 27. He denied having contacted with the birds during the operation.

Given the fact that the driver developed symptoms two days before the operation, the spokesman noted that the chance of him being infected with avian flu was low.

''However, as a precautionary measure and in order to follow up his condition more closely, the driver has been admitted to the Princess Margaret Hospital for observation and further investigation,'' he added.

The above comments describe a hospitalized driver of the collection team in Hong Kong. He is said to have developed URI symptoms prior to the collection of H5 positive dead waterfowl, which may signal a seasonal flu infection. At this time, the most prevalent seasonal flu in Hong Kong is Tamiflu resistant H1N1.

A major concern associated with the fixing of H274Y in H1N1 in Asia is a dual infection involving H1N1 and H5N1. Therefore, URI symptoms in a member of the collection team prior to collection of H5 positive birds are a concern. The current symptoms are of greater concern because culling/collection teams usually are treated with Tamiflu prophylactically, which would have no effect on symptoms caused by H1N1 with H274Y.

Moreover, H5N1 in a host with H274Y on H1N1 could become resistant by recombining or reassorting with the N1 with H274Y, leading to H5N1 with H274Y, which would selected by the treatment.

Therefore more information on the etiological agent responsible fro URI prior to collection of birds would be useful and/or URI that remained after the collection of the birds would be useful, which would included sequences from the birds and driver.

Use of symptomatic culling members is hazardous to the world’s health.

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Hong Kong: Carcasses of a goose and two ducks tested positive for H5 virus

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Preliminary testing of a dead goose and two dead ducks found in Sha Lo Wan, Lantau has indicated a suspected case of H5 avian influenza, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (January 31), adding that further confirmatory tests were being conducted.


The carcasses of a goose and a duck were found and collected on January 29 at a beach near Sha Lo Wan football pitch. They were highly decomposed when being found. Today AFCD staff collected another dead duck at the same location.

The spokesman said there were no poultry farms within three kilometres of where the carcasses were found. This morning AFCD staff conducted inspection of the beach and the nearby villages of Sha Lo Wan Tsuen and Sha Lo Wan San Tsuen. There was no evidence of any backyard poultry being kept there.

AFCD is very concerned about the incident and will continue to monitor the situation. Inspections of the beach and its vicinity will be stepped up. The department is looking into different possibilities of why the goose and duck carcasses were found at the beach, including whether they had been washed ashore or dumped.

The spokesman said the threat of avian influenza remained. The relevant departments will remain vigilant and continue to strictly implement preventive and control measures against avian influenza.

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Hong Kong: Eighteen persons with contact of dead birds put under medical surveillance

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Following the finding of dead birds in Sha Lo Wan, Lantau, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is liaising with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department in tracing people who had potential contact with the dead birds suspected of being infected with H5 avian influenza.

CHP contacted six members of the public who reported the incident and 12 staff involved in the operation of collecting dead birds.

Seventeen of them are asymptomatic and have been put under medical surveillance, a CHP spokesman said today (January 31).

The 26-year-old driver who had participated in collecting the dead birds on January 29 developed fever and symptoms of upper respiratory infection since January 27. He denied having contacted with the birds during the operation.

Given the fact that the driver developed symptoms two days before the operation, the spokesman noted that the chance of him being infected with avian flu was low.

“However, as a precautionary measure and in order to follow up his condition more closely, the driver has been admitted to the Princess Margaret Hospital for observation and further investigation,” he added.

The spokesman reminded members of the public to remain vigilant against avian influenza infection and to observe the following measures:

* Avoid direct contact with poultry and birds or their droppings; if contacts have been made, they should wash hands thoroughly with soap and water;
* Poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating;
* Wash hands frequently;
* Cover nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, hold the spit with tissue and put it into covered dustbins;
* Avoid crowded places and contact with sick people with fever;
* Wear a mask when you have respiratory symptoms or need to take care of patients with fever; and
* When you have fever and influenza-like illnesses during a trip or when coming back to Hong Kong, you should consult doctors promptly and reveal your travel history.

For further information on avian influenza, please visit the CHP website: http://www.chp.gov.hk.

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Hunan溆浦县diagnosed a woman infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza

2009 on 31 day 01 years 20:17

Changsha, China January 31 (Xinhua Qingmei) Hunan Provincial Department of Health briefing on the 31st, Hunan new confirmed case of human infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza cases. 舒某某patients, female, 21 years old, farmers, who lives in Hunan Province溆浦县. January 23, 2009 in the incidence溆浦县whose condition worsened on January 26 to溆浦县People's Hospital in-patient treatment into the January 29 is located in the city of Changsha, Central South University Xiangya Hospital hospitalization. At present, the basic stability of patients, clinical symptoms

Improved medical staff are actively in treatment.

January 29, Hunan Province Center for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory specimens of patients with detection, the results for the H5 subtype avian influenza virus nucleic acid positive; January 30, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct a review of patient specimen testing, the results for the birds H5N1 influenza virus nucleic acid positive. Epidemiological survey found that patients had come into contact with dead poultry.

According to World Health Organization of human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed case definition and diagnostic criteria of China, Hunan Provincial Department of Health of human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza prevention and control of the expert group to determine the cases of human infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed cases.

After the outbreak, Hunan local government attaches great importance to have been in accordance with the "human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza contingency plans" to take the corresponding control measures. At the same time, all close contacts to implement strict medical observation, and timely to conduct a comprehensive epidemiological investigation. Up to now, all close contacts are not unusual clinical manifestations.

The cases of the situation, the Ministry of Health has been the World Health Organization, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions and relevant national communications.

According to the Hunan Provincial Health Department briefing, January 19, Huaihua City, Hunan Province Guizhou confirmed case of human infection from highly pathogenic avian influenza patients, January 20, the patient died due to treatment.

Anshan, Liaoning Province to closely monitor the dynamic of birds to prevent bird flu

[the confirmed case that is the furthest north is Wong Yan (19) from Beijing. See also: http://pandemicinformationnews.blogspot.com/2009/01/china-anshan-to-closely-monitor-dynamic.html]

January 30, 2009 Source: Xinhuanet

Shenyang Xinhua January 30 (Xinhua Chen Guangming王炳坤) were found recently in some areas of human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza cases, Anshan City, Liaoning Province recently stepped up surveillance of migratory birds. The city's 16 monitoring sites for migratory birds around the clock monitoring the activities of the implementation of day reporting system, introduced to prevent the epidemic.
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Hunan 21 year old of female agriculture dyes the bird flu Hong Kong to attain the notification

2009-01-31 19:56
The department of health health protection center receives the National Medical department to notify human exposure bird flu H5N1 today the diagnosis case. The patient is 21 year-old farmers, resides in the Hunan Province Xupu County, is taken bad in the 23rd of the month, right now accepts the treatment, the situation is stable, before she was taken bad, once contacted dies of illness the birds and beasts. Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention carries on the examination to the patient sample, the checking sample assumes the positive reaction to the bird flu H5N1 virus. The health protection center expressed that will continue with the National Medical department will maintain close contacting, understands the case the details. Since this has been 09 years the inland 8th ancestor dyes the bird flu case, 4 person of incurable.

Hunan confirmed a human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza cases in stable condition

January 31, 2009 Source: China News Net

By January 31 the Chinese Ministry of Health, according to Xinhua news, Hunan Provincial Department of Health January 31 briefing, the province confirmed case of human infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza cases. At present, the basic stability of patients, clinical symptoms improved significantly and are actively in treatment.

舒某某patients, female, 21 years old, farmers, who lives in Hunan Province溆浦县. Patients with January 23, 2009 in the incidence溆浦县whose condition had worsened in the January 26 People's Hospital溆浦县treatment, January 29 transferred to Changsha Xiangya Hospital, Central South University hospital.

January 29, Hunan Province Center for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory specimens of patients with detection, the results for the H5 subtype avian influenza virus nucleic acid positive; January 30, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct a review of patient specimen testing, the results for the birds H5N1 influenza virus nucleic acid positive. Epidemiological survey found that patients had come into contact with dead poultry.

According to World Health Organization of human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed case definition and diagnostic criteria in China, Hunan Provincial Department of Health of human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza prevention and control of the expert group to determine the cases of human infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed cases.

After the outbreak, the local government attaches great importance to have been in accordance with the "human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza contingency plans" to take the corresponding control measures. All close contacts of the implementation of strict medical observation, and timely to conduct a comprehensive epidemiological investigation. Up to now, all close contacts are not unusual clinical manifestations.

The cases of the situation, the Ministry of Health has been the World Health Organization, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions and relevant national communications.

Hunan has a female to have the bird flu again

Hunan has a female to dye the bird flu again
2009-01-31 20:03: 00

The National Medical department notifies, a Hunan female infects the H5N1 bird flu, this was this province recently the second case.

Patient Mr./Ms. Shu (21 years old) are a farmer, the family live in the Hunan Province 嵼 county. Patient on January 23 in 嵼 county morbidity, because the condition aggravates, on January 26 to 嵼 the County people's hospital hospital treatment, on 29th changes over to Changsha South central University Xiangya Hospital hospital treatment. At present, patient condition basic stable, clinical symptom obvious change for the better, is being treated and cured positively.

The epidemiology investigation discovery, before the patient was taken bad, once contacted has died of illness the domesticated fowl.

This case's related situation, Ministry of Health already to the World Health Organization, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan area and related national notification.

Human infection of bird flu reported in central China

www.chinaview.cn 2009-01-31 20:05:39 Print

BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- A 21-year-old female farmer was confirmed as infected with bird flu in central China's Hunan Province, said the provincial health authority on Saturday.

The patient was found sick on Jan. 23 and hospitalized on Jan. 26. So far she has been in stable condition and recovering.

Alert in Uttar Pradesh after bird flu in Nepal

By IANS, [RxPG] Lucknow, Jan 30 - An alert has been sounded in various districts of Uttar Pradesh after bird flu was been detected in Jhapa district of Nepal, an official said Friday.

Several districts including Shrawasti, Bahraich, Maharajganj, Basti and Pilibhit on the India-Nepal border have been put on alert following detection of the virus in the eastern district of Nepal, deputy director of animal husbandry Khursheed Alam told IANS.

'We have also banned the import of chickens and poultry products from Nepal,' he added.

He said special monitoring committees and rapid response teams have been set up in the districts.

'Poultry farm owners have also been instructed to keep a strict vigil on chicken and provide report to veterinary officials on a regular basis,' he said.

The animal husbandry department has also been directed to contact the officers associated with the task of preventing bird flu in Assam, Bihar and West Bengal and ensure that the traders exporting birds from these states to Uttar Pradesh produce certificates testifying that the birds have not been brought from any area affected by bird flu.

Bird flu in WB's Cooch Behar district

Published: January 31,2009

Cooch Behar (WB), Jan 31 West Bengal Cooch Behar district was today declared bird flu-affected with authorities directed to cull 45,000 birds, official sources said.

Blood samples sent from Nagar Bhangni and Uttar Dangkoba villages, where a large number of chickens suddenly died tested positive for the H5N1 virus at laboratories in Kolkata and Bhopal, District Magistrate Rajesh Kumar Sinha said.

Sinha said culling would begin from Monday at Nagar Bhangni village under Dinhata-II block and Uttar Dangkoba village under Pachagarh gram panchayat in Mathabhanga sub-division.

Thirty culling teams comprising five members each would destroy 45,000 chickens, he said.

The border has been sealed and trading and transport of chicken from the affected areas prohibited.

The BSF on the Indo-Bangladesh border have been alerted to prevent birds from being smuggled out, he said.

Sickened Vietnamese man suspected to have bird flu

Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:54am GMT

HANOI, Jan 31 (Reuters) - A 32-year-old Vietnamese man has been hospitalised in the country's southern Mekong Delta with pneumonia and doctors suspect he may have caught bird flu, a state-run newspaper said on Saturday.

Samples from the man in Vinh Long province suffering from fever, cough and pain chest were now being tested for the H5N1 virus at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, the Thanh Nien (Young People) daily said.

It did not say on how he fell sick.

The Health Ministry has warned bird flu could spread during and after this week's Lunar New Year festival when chicken is consumed in vast quantities. In addition, winter creates an ideal environment for the avian influenza virus to thrive.

Vietnam has this year confirmed one case of human infection in the northern province of Thanh Hoa, involving a 8-year-old girl who fell sick after having eaten duck and chicken raised on the family farm. She has recovered.

The H5N1 flu remains largely a virus among birds, but experts fear it could mutate into a form that is easily transmitted by humans and spark a pandemic that could kill millions worldwide.

Having resurfaced in Asia in late 2003, the virus has infected 399 people worldwide and killed 252 of them, including 52 in Vietnam, according to the World Health Organization. (Reporting by Ho Binh Minh; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

Vietnam: Number of children with respiratory tract inflammation on high

Updated at 15h28, on 30/01/2009

Hanoinet - Local examination of the Children's Hospital in TU mùng 2, 3 is quite crowded. Although the Tet holidays, but doctors at the hospital still have to work almost normally to meet examination requirements.

Tết few days, the weather continued rét dark, night is day 30 and the number 1 mùng children with respiratory tract inflammation on high.

Area examination of Children's Hospital in TU mùng 2, 3 is quite crowded. Although the Tet holidays, but doctors at the hospital still have to work almost normally to meet examination requirements. Average per day with almost 300 patients to the examination. Alone in the morning on New Year mùng 3, the clinic received 200 sick children. Scientific examination of the hospital's Green Pon, North Thang Long, Thanh Nhan, Vietnam - Cuba agree to be patient. Most of the patients were diseases of respiratory symptoms with cough, runny nose, fever. Number of children attending emergency examinations night also equivalent to the day.

Children from infections, infections in the throat, nose because cold weather, go dry easily lead to inflammation on the respiratory tract such as pneumonia, dangerous for children. According to reports, trời continue rét dark, the doctors advised the parents it is important for hygiene and clean, warm clothing, to wear page for children when the road to avoid dust and cold gas. Can use drugs small nose Natriclorid 0.9% to sanitation nose, throat children daily. If children under 38oC fever, can use measures to lower fever such as simple chuom up on cool towels. But when the young high fever 38oC should be taken to medical facilities for treatment, to prevent child fever CONVULSIONS

Country: Medical, emergency nearly 80 thousand people Tet festival

31/01/2009

Hanoinet - Total number of patients to hospital as 25,083 people, including 4,237 cases to surgery.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health says that from 24 to 29 / 1, the central hospital and local doctor to receive the 79,559 cases, of which 27,824 cases to the examination, emergency by accident (personal account transportation problem is 15. 262 cases, accounting for 54.9%).

Total patient to hospital as 25,083 people, including 4,237 cases to surgery.

302 cases of deaths in hospitals, including 124 cases of deaths due to traffic accidents. There are 4,227 children born in this new year festival ... Compared with the same period last year, the number of examinations decreased to 15%, the number of emergency must be reduced 17.1%, due to emergency traffic accidents decreased 9%, the number of deaths in hospitals decreased 33.4%. ..

Report a fast case in Vinh Long with pneumonia and severe infection with the virus symptoms, fever, cough, chest pain, are being actively treated.

Epidemiological investigation showed that no relevant factors, contact with infected poultry. While the Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh still sick product samples tested influenza A/H5N1 virus.

Vietnam: * Some patients with influenza A infection of H5N1

More than 120 people died due to traffic accidents
Saturday, 31 / 1 / 2009, 7: 10 (GMT +7)
* Some patients with influenza A infection of H5N1

30.1 yesterday, the Ministry of Health said the report's Fast 21 hospitals and 42 health departments across the country, there are 79,559 patients to examination and treatment in 3 days culture, the number of emergency due to road accidents accounting for nearly 35 % with 27,824 cases, of which nearly 55% of traffic accidents.

Number of deaths in hospitals are the 302, traffic accidents is the leading cause (41%) with 124 ca; death by accident of birth: 9.6% and food poisoning: 3%. In general, people died by traffic accidents decreased 17.8% compared to the Chinese New Year festival in 2008.

Also the Ministry of Health, some days not recorded any additional patients were influenza A H5N1. However, a case of pneumonia patients and severe influenza A H5N1 infection are being treated at the Provincial Hospital is Vinh Long V. Nguyen Khac (32 years), starting on 24.1.2009 patients with symptoms of fever, cough, chest pain. Disease subject samples are tested at the Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam, a man was suspected of bird flu infected hospitalized

2009-01-31

(Syndicated news) in southern Vietnam, a 32-year-old man suspected of being infected with avian flu, and now hospitals.

Reuters, quoting local press reports, the man living in the Wing Lung provinces, because of fever, cough and chest pain admitted to hospital, the authorities had given him samples will be taken for testing of avian influenza H5N1.

Friday, January 30, 2009

"The evolution of influenza vaccine breakthrough" to the News

2009/1/29

The flu vaccine that is inoculated with a lot of people every year, or get out of the year the epidemic strain blockhead, and until the beginning of the epidemic, I think I have had off years. Such a "bet" was developed a new generation of flu vaccine that does not need to go.

Article is as follows.

Flu vaccine study group ministry universal ...
Jan. 29 - 3:03 minutes Distributor: Yomiuri Shimbun

Labor and Welfare Ministry research team has developed a vaccine effective against different types of influenza viruses.

Unlike conventional vaccines, the characteristics of the continuing effects of the virus to mutate to check on animal experiments. To practical use is expected to take several years, is also expected to help prevent avian flu.

Research Group, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Hokkaido University, Saitama Medical University, oil, chemical manufacturers.

The vaccine is usually made based on the protein covering the surface like a splinter virus. After inoculation, the virus entering the body, to prevent the proliferation and the antibody recognizes a thorn. However, the flu, the pandemic virus is often different in form of thorns, for the mutant form of the spine, frequently had to re-create the flu vaccine every year. And prediction of type to be out of fashion, diminished the effect of vaccination.

Study group, the protein synthesized in the mutant virus compared to the surface difficult. Stuck with a vaccine made with a special membrane and lipids. If you received the vaccine, the immune cells that attack virus-infected cells.

In the experiment, the highly pathogenic bird flu virus could mutate into a new flu virus H5N1, A Soviet-type, A-Hong Kong police internal proteins common species, prepared a vaccine. After inoculation of mice incorporating human genes involved in immunity, the virus 3表REZU symptoms in mice infected with the seeds, and low growth.

The type of vaccine so unprecedented, with no significant side effects in humans, have to look carefully. University of Oxford in England to research the exact vaccine.

Senior Researcher of the representative call Utita Tetsuya infection study "examined the amount of effective and safe in humans, TSUNAGETAI practical as soon as possible" (article here)

Influenza vaccine in the past, A shares from a Soviet-type, A-Hong Kong to share, B share and choose from one type, mix and produce the vaccine, and vaccination. 100 Number of shares to choose from and what is in the thousands, WHO is determined by the ease of viral culture and recommendations are published in the selection process, including the website of National Institute of Infectious Diseases .

Influenza virus, but its shape (genetic composition) change frequently. Vaccine in the past, it was like to attack and capture the structure of the surface of the virus, often gets worse and worse little effect in changing the shape of the virus, the vaccine "off" and causes . (However, the prevalence of selected shares, so should have been reduced, because一概NI the shares of another epidemic, "off" and I think also the cut)

This vaccine was developed, the flu virus changes easily "surfaces" as well, the vaccine targets the most difficult to change. 動物実験では効果が確かめられているようなので、ヒトに有効かどうか、有害ではないかどうか、どれくらいの量を打てばいいかが検証されて使えるということになれば、ワクチンの使い方や効果が全面的may vary.

At the moment, whether the overall change is not anything that came out of this research will lead to brighter prospects for the future. "NAKUSHITARA flu virus does not function as a" vaccine would be the part that captures the attack might be so怖GARANAKU the flu itself. Whether you need it to.

"Relenza" INFURU requested additional treatment, A Soviet-type epidemic

2009 Thursday, January 29 08:05

Resistance to the Tamiflu anti-flu medicine, or work hard to type A viruses of the Soviet Union, in response to the high rates found in this season, the Ministry of Health, the treatment of another "Relenza" manufacturers "Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) ", have been asked to consider the possibility of 28 additional suppliers, the sources said.
Ministry season, Relenza has secured 300 million. However, Tamiflu is to ensure that 900 million people.

A total of 44.5% and the detection of the Soviet Union, the three most prevalent type, with an expansion in the future, will not be concerned with a steady supply of Relenza, GSK has asked the ministry to .

As impartial by the community and medical supplies of Relenza, GSK's domestic distributor, and request that the shipping is adjusted, taking into account the availability. The ministry asked hospitals not to order large quantities.

28 ministry, prefectural and national政令市, special districts, which require notification to try to understand the full circumstances of the occurrence of pathogens and seasonal flu. During the influenza epidemic, a notification of the ministry said.

Indo: "Suspect" stated Bird Flu Negative

FRIDAY, 30 JANUARY 2009 | 13:04 WIB
CIREBON, FRIDAY - suspect bird flu treated for 8 days in the Hospital General Regional Gunung Jati, Cirebon City, expressed a negative carry H5N1 virus. Victims are allowed to return home after the lab results from Central Research and Development of Health Ministry of Health.

Chairman Tim Handling Bird Flu Gunung Jati hospital dr Ali Hanafiah, said Friday (30 / 1), results of blood and fluid samples at the nose and throat of a suspect bird flu in the hospital was declared negative by Balitbangkes MOH. Therefore, the suspect Srikomala Ela (36), citizen Sukaimut Village, District Garawangi, Kuningan District, is allowed to go home.

Ali added, although the Gunung Jati hospital actually has a negative exposure to ensure the suspect bird flu, people can not be returned because the results of laboratory Balitbangkes.
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Indo: Prevent distribution of H5N1, Use Only Used wash water!

FRIDAY, 30 JANUARY 2009 | 17:47 WIB
Lamongan, FRIDAY - suspected cases of bird flu found in 29 villages in 11 districts Lamongan District. Since December to now, there were at least 5,000 chickens died. According to Animal Husbandry and Animal Health District Lamongan suspected bird flu found in nine districts, namely District Maduran, now, Solokuro, Karanggeneng, Sukodadi, Turi, Sugio, Kalitengah, and shoots. Now this case is found in the District and Karangbinangun DEKET.

Implementing Tasks and Head of Animal Husbandry Animal Health Lamongan Soeprayitno, Friday (30 / 1), say, chicken is not all dead birds infected with bird flu. To know the chicken died due to avian influenza virus or not need laboratory testing. Lamongan only in the tens of chickens fell ill a positive of H5N1 virus or avian influenza, some of the chicken samples tested in laboratory animal husbandry in Tuban.
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Head of Animal Health Animal Husbandry and Animal Health Pudji Hermawan said, suspected cases of bird flu in Lamongan mencuat again since 17 December 2008. When dozens of chickens that belong to Siti, Siwuran Village residents, Maduran District, died suddenly.

Pudji states, chickens exposed to bird flu is generally the type of chicken. Ago since the end of 2008 until now, suspek or suspected cases of bird flu found in 29 villages 11 districts. Case is found in the Village Siwuran, Parengan, Klagen Srampat, Sumo tall, and Mblubang, District Maduran; Kabalankulon and Batutengger (now); Sonoadi, Jagran, jar, Kalinggreman, Kendal Kemlagi, Karangrejo, and Rijekngablak (Karanggeneng).

Similar cases found in the Village Pengangsalan and Kalitengah (Kalitengah); and Great Source Gedhangan (Sukodadi); Takerharjo (Solokuro), Karangwedoro, Sukoanyar, and Mbalun (Turi) and Ngombek (shoots) and three villages in the District Sugio. Cases found in the latest Village Putat Banjar (Karangbinangun) and Sugihwaras (DEKET).

He asserts, to this day of bird flu have not yet found the man. Initially on 19 January Imrotul Muhibah (21), citizen Glagah, Lamongan, suspek pain (suspected) bird flu infected and treated at the General Hospital Ibn Sina Gresik. Victim died. However, the results of laboratory tests showed the patient was negative bird flu.

In the border region in Panceng, Kabupaten Gresik, a week ago also found hundreds of dead chickens. A patient suspected of bird flu virus is exposed to treatment in hospitals Dr Soetomo, Surabaya. "However, laboratory results showed the patient was negative bird flu and chicken samples are tested in Surabaya," said the Head of The headline Gresik Regency Manuntun Sianturi.
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Society can do its own prevention against the spread of H5N1 virus. Very easy to do. Water used to wash containing detergent can be used as disinfektan for disemprotkan to the birds and the environment to stop the spread of H5N1 virus.

Besides coop, gathering area poultry or wild birds should also cultured disemprot disinfektan. Liquid disinfectant disemprotkan to place the suspect as a mediator spread of H5N1 virus. In Kabupaten Gresik recorded a population of 131,637 head layer chicken, chicken pieces, 1,405,400 chickens, 632,861 chickens free-range chicken, duck tails, 26337, and entok / 13,048 goose tails.

Indo: The condition Suspect Bird Flu Membaik

Saturday, January 31 2009 | 02:18 of WITA

Maros , the Stand - the Condition for the health of casualties suspect bird flu or Avian influenza, Anshar (4), that was treated in the Wahidin Sudirohusodo Hospital began to improve. Casualties's father, Arsyad, revealed that. "His condition has been good," obviously him, on Friday (30/1). Anshar beforehand suffered the quite high fever until must be treated in isolation space. Anshar was the only Arsyad child who was domiciled at the Village of Baddo-Baddo, Desa Bajimagai, Kecamatan Mandai, Kabupaten Maros. He was treated in the hospital since, on Tuesday (27) then. Anshar Bersamaan when Anshar the high fever, the kept poultry belonging to Arsyad suddenly died suddenly. After being carried out pengetesan by the Besar Veteliner Hall (BB-Vet), evidently this poultry was positive terjangkit bird flu.

Was like this his matter with Anshar. When the health service carried out the inspection, evidently he was stated suffered the bird flu illness. Beforehand, the Peternakan Service, Perikanan, and Marine carried out the extermination 79 poultries belonging to Arsyad. 78 tails consisted of the chicken and one kept bird. Penyemprotan Tim of the Cepat Movement of the Control of Bird Flu, Isdar Jidmajid, said if since being found by the existence of the case of bird flu in the Village of Baddo-Baddo, Dinas Peternakan continued to carry out spraying to eradicate the spreading of the virus from bird flu.

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Russia: Influenza vaccine

[I'm wondering if their composition is the same as ours? Haven't found that info yet...]

excerpt:
In February of each year, WHO recommends that appropriate strains of influenza virus for the vaccine composition for next season. Therefore, in spite of the same name of the drug, the composition of the vaccine each year is changing.

Russia: Influenza vaccine

[In trying to find more information on the Soviet A Strain mentioned here:
"Meanwhile, A-Hong Kong, A Soviet-type, B type of the virus in three types, the resistance to Tamiflu A trend of this year the virus has spread throughout Japan-Soviet resistance". (http://pandemicinformationnews.blogspot.com/2009/01/japan-fury-in-full-working-tami-flu.html)...I came upon this. It's more or less advertising their adjuvant called "Grippol".]

A few excerpts. Click on the title of the story for the full article.

Stage 1 - Create tselnovirionnyh vaccines. This is a live vaccine containing attenuated influenza virus, and tselnovirionnaya inactivated vaccine containing the whole of irusy flu since inactivation and clearance. Vaccines are the first generation to be the most reactogenicity, which severely limits their use, especially among children. Moreover, sometimes even dangerous to use a live vaccine. Take predpandemichnuyu situation in the world today. WHO experts now recommend immunization only inactivated influenza vaccines. The problem is that influenza virus is very Kowary: easily transmitted through airborne droplets, rapidly mutates to form new strains against which the human immune system for another set. At the same time finding different influenza viruses in one organism (eg, avian influenza virus and human) is likely to exchange genetic material of these two strains and the emergence of new strains with new properties. So imagine, if vaccination of live vaccines a person becomes a carrier for 2-3 weeks and distributor of the virus, albeit weakened, but it is viable.
Worth it for the patient to sneeze pigeon, chicken, or, for example, a pig - further events will be unpredictable.
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Stage 2 - the creation of split vaccines containing particles «destroyed» virus surface and internal proteins attached to the sites of lipid membranes. Vaccines 2 generations contain 15 micrograms of antigen each type of influenza (A, B) relevant strains.
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Stage 3 - Create subedinichnyh vaccines consisting only of high-surface antigens. These vaccines also contain 15 micrograms of antigen per strain, but they are no longer additional impurity proteins. Subedinichnye vaccines are highly immunogenic and better, compared with the split vaccine, portability.
As you can see, the evolution of influenza vaccine was on the path to greater security - improved cleaning technology viral material from ballast compounds. However, WHO still has the developers of vaccines to enhance the effectiveness of drugs and, most importantly, their security for all populations. Therefore, the last 5-7 years, the efforts of scientists around the world aimed at finding a safe «immunopotentsiatora», adjuvant that can enhance the immune response, increase the speed of its development and duration.
In Russia, this adjuvant has long been there - Polioksidony. Inclusion Polioksidoniya in prot ivogrippoznyh subedinichnyh vaccines Grippol and Grippol Plus allowed us to create a new - the fourth generation of vaccines that are better immunogenicity and the high profile security, as well as in 3 times reduces the antigen load on the body. One immunizing dose (0.5 ml) plus Grippol vaccine contains 5 mg gemagglyutinina relevant strains of influenza virus type A (H1N1), A (H3N2), B, and 500 mcg Polioksidoniya. With such a seemingly small dose of antigen after vaccination Grippolom and Grippolom plus defined pronounced immune response necessary to produce a full protection against influenza. A rapid rate of development of the immune response without the excess immune system and make Grippol Grippol plus the only vaccines, immunization, which can be up to the beginning of the rise of epidemic disease.
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Do not sneeze at flu

[Typo: they are referring to H5N1]

Date: 30.01.2009


n January, a situation aggravated by the incidence of people caused by the influenza virus A/N5N1. For commentary correspondent "RG" asked the Chief Medical Officer of RF Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Academician Gennady Onishchenko:

- While in Europe the spread of influenza did not exceed normal seasonal levels. Most of it in Ireland and Switzerland. Isolated cases in Asia. In Russia the situation is regarded as the epidemic did not. Although in the last week of the infection increased in Kaliningrad, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Most suffer from acute respiratory infections, children and elderly people in Arkhangelsk, Irkutsk, Syktyvkar, Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Murmansk, Pskov, Perm. To prevent the incidence, possible complications, which are so dangerous influenza immunization in a population of Russia - 26.5 million people vaccinated.

This is a very important addition to other security in connection with the fact that in January compounded the situation on the incidence of people caused by the influenza virus A/N5N1. This is the virus - the most likely candidate that can lead to the anticipated pandemic. -snip- This year has already recorded 3 cases of bird flu among humans in China, including 2 - fatal, one case in Egypt. Recent cases of the flu virus in humans were recorded in parts of China, no border with Russia.

We have designed and carried out to prepare for a pandemic. But as the situation worsened for bird flu in several countries, including neighboring Russia, we need additional measures. It is necessary to strictly control the conduct of immunization of poultry farms, the health of the markets that sell live domestic and decorative bird. If you are in a region troubled by bird flu, then you should inform about the possible risks of contracting bird flu, the measures of personal and preventive actions in case of illness. In the airports of Moscow region, the subjects where there are regular and charter communication with China and other vulnerable to bird flu countries, strengthened sanitary and quarantine control. Paragraphs such control must be Desinfectants, personal protection equipment for remote detection of people with fever. Now is the time to check the readiness of hospitals, clinics and dispensaries to provide assistance to patients with suspected influenza virus infection A/N5N1. Ventilator, antiviral drugs, Desinfectants, personal protective equipment is essential.

I understand, might say: there is no epidemic, not even noticeable until the recovery of the disease. Why frightening? What are some specific steps? Yes it is that the flu does not take precedence over us. In addition, if you are sick, not self, and call a doctor in the house to comply with its provisions. And remember: you can not joke with the flu. Especially with the influenza virus A/N5N1.

Influenza attacks Russia on both sides

January 28, 2009

Khabarovsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the first Russian region to feel approaching epidemic influenza. The epidemic threshold of infectious disease Kaliningraders exceeded by 36,3 per cent in the city on the eastern outskirts of the country are sick to 27.4 per cent higher than the threshold value.

According to ITAR-TASS the head of the National Center for Influenza World Health Organization in St. Petersburg, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Academician Oleg Kiselev, among children up to two years in eight cities - Arkhangelsk, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Murmansk, Syktyvkar, Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk epidporogi exceeded from 22.3 per cent (Murmansk) to 122.6 per cent (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk).

Among children 3-6 years, six in Arkhangelsk epidporog exceeded 43 per cent, in Kaliningrad - on the 102 Khabarovsk and 74 per cent. In three cities - Astrakhan, Perm and Pskov this excess has little - to 17.5 percent.

Do schoolchildren and the incidence of influenza ARI above threshold by an average of 45 per cent indicated in the Arkhangelsk, Kaliningrad, Barnaul, Krasnoyarsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

There was a significant increase in incidence in North-West region and the Far East, which, apparently, is the beginning of the epidemic of influenza in Russia - assumed Acad Kiselev.

National Influenza Center WHO, based in St. Petersburg, provides year-round monitoring in 54 cities of Russia, and exchanges data with the WHO headquarters in Geneva.

Russia: Influenza: preparedness number 1

Before the epidemic threshold for influenza Petersburg far: in the day there are about 5 thousand patients (threshold - 9 thousand). However, doctors do not exclude that the epidemic this year.

According to doctors, the epidemic of influenza in the northern capital will come in the second half of February. However, this scourge of St. Petersburg well prepared: for this city Rospotrebnadzor, in 2008, was vaccinated against influenza 786 394 people - this is a very high rate of almost five million megapolis.

Prevention. If you have not entered the number vaccinated, have to be especially cautious. The best way to increase resistance to viruses - to lead a healthy lifestyle. Ideally, this is a balanced diet and adequate physical activity. Sleeping should be no less than 7 hours per day: scientists from Carnegie Mellon University (USA) proved that even a relatively small breach of sleep can negatively affect the immune system.

If your team "brought" grippoznik that does not lezhitsya home, take immediate action. Drink immunostimulator, nalegayte to vitamin C. Finally, wash your hands frequently.
Bilberry and onions to support immunity
Those who have great physical and nervous pressure, U.S. researchers on the eve of the epidemic of influenza are advised to nalegat onion, broccoli, grapes, blueberry (can be frozen), red wine and tea. They kvertetsin, which gives the body "prognutsya" under the pressure of infection, even with a weakened immunity.

Nose - the gate to the influenza virus
During the epidemic, lubricate the mucous membrane of nose this oily garlic and onion. Recipe: 3-4 garlic cloves and 1 / 2 onion finely cut, and pour a small amount of warm vegetable oil. Present in 2 hours and strain.
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Russia: Gennady Onishchenko: With flu joke can not be

Irina Krasnopol'skaya
Published on the website rg.ru January 29, 2009
Printable version

In January, a situation aggravated by the incidence of people caused by the influenza virus A/N5N1. For commentary correspondent "RG" asked the Chief Medical Officer of Russia Gennady Onishchenko, Academician of RAMS:

"While in Europe the spread of influenza did not exceed normal seasonal level. Most of it in Ireland and Switzerland. Isolated cases in Asia. In Russia the situation is regarded as being epidemic. Although in the last week of infection is increased in Kaliningrad, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Most suffering from acute respiratory infections, children and elderly people in Arkhangelsk, Irkutsk, Syktyvkar, Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Murmansk, Pskov, Perm.

To prevent the incidence, possible complications, which are so dangerous influenza, Russia carried out immunization - vaccinated 26.5 million people, "- said Onischenko.

As academician added that while the epidemic of influenza in Russia.

"But if you are sick, you do not need self. It is necessary to call a doctor in the house to comply with its requirements", - concluded Gennady Onishchenko.

China's "bird flu" increased deaths, a "variant" for caution to

[Out of Japan]

China's "bird flu" increased deaths, a "variant" for caution to

Inoue Makoto 2009/01/30
In China "bird flu" have been killed. Last year four people were killed, one at the end of this year is the 24. And we're going to track the source, which overlap with bird migration, he said. When an infected person, the possibility that mutations in avian flu fight, it is growing, and our attention to the situation occurring in China must prepare for the pandemic.

In China, this year "bird flu" cases have been reported infected.

Beijing in December last year 24 women have fallen ill in five days starting in January reportedly died on Sunday, September 7, Shanxi province, one in Guizhou Province on July 8 and 15 one by one, Xinjiang In 10 days, 15 days in Shandong Province, one of Guangxi Guangxi autonomous region in 19 days from the onset of infection, 27 days at the onset of the seven people killed five people, reported. China in the "bird flu" outbreak of the 27 cumulative cases as of 35-day death toll of 24 people killed in the last four. As of April 1 this year, exceeding the last year.

China news site "Na search," said the source is moving generally from north to south, and are consistent with bird migration in this period, he says. Most of the diseases that have been in contact with the poultry. "Lunar New Year" in China of his time, often for the trading and transportation of poultry, the "bird flu" the risk is even more than usual.

"Bird flu" is of particular concern for the mutation of avian flu. Dragon舒躍chief of the Chinese National Influenza Center, "will increase the risk of new mutations to increase in each case to one person" (9 electric中国新聞社date). This is the situation for Japanese hostage to fortune.

"Bird flu" is spreading around the world by migratory birds, the development of modern aircraft in the country in case of avian flu is far away from Japan but they also reached between the Japanese side dishes too, still occur in neighboring If you have something that will impact immeasurable. That the rise in cases this year is that it is easier to infect people, as if struck occur in China, was prone to mutation, "bird flu" that migratory birds brought the possible cause for avian flu in Japan.

In China "bird flu" caused the situation carefully, it is necessary to prepare for a pandemic.

China bird flu deaths increase spate warning



2009 January 31

Kobayashi Satoru [= Canton] China bird flu (H5N1 type) are spreading the infection to humans. The infection has been published this year, five people were killed, have already surpassed last year's death toll. China has "no signs of infection," he said, the Chinese Lunar New Year (Lunar New Year) of those who had started back home the U-turn, the tip of the iceberg.

The death of the first year in Beijing. Women cooked the duck got into the market late last year (19) causes a fever and breathing difficulties, died in the first five days of hospitalization. Since then 17 women in Jinan, Shandong (27) ▽ 20 men of Guizhou in the bosom of the hospital on Sunday Hunan (16) ▽ 23 women in Urumchi, Xinjiang (31) ▽ 26 Sunday Guangxi province of men (18) climate and the dead, more than three weeks in a year than the year 4.

The Chinese government increased the death toll will increase at a fast pace ever alert. State-run Xinhua news agency said, "The current infection is sporadic," "evidence of infection that causes a large explosion," Introduction to the opinion of the experts said. To emphasize that it is not spread from human to human, and spread to domestic and international concerns打CHI消SOU.

China Central TV, which reported in detail the information every time out the dead.各地で緊急対応措置が発動され、専門家チームが感染者と接触した人を特定し、発熱などの症状が出ていないか7日間様子を見ていることなどが伝えられている。

The government is preparing to return to the city many people the day before Lunar New Year, called for a thorough medical report if the patient had pneumonia of unknown cause, to strengthen measures.

But many farmers in China to keep ducks and chickens can be a source of infection, source of the high risk of infection. Spring infected about 8 percent from the winter (November-March) and concentrated to increase the look inevitable. Health Minister Chen竺"Now is the time to have a high incidence of human infection, infection control is difficult," acknowledged that sporadic infection continues.

If the infection in humans, may appear to be infected with the human type and the virus evolved over time. Should the virus be広MARE in the heavily populated urban areas, high risk of sudden epidemic.

Epidemic (pandemic) to prevent, is essential for containment and isolation of infected patients with early onset. But if the woman died in Beijing, family members and medical personnel in hospitals and the remaining 116 in the corresponding anxiety of the authorities and exposed to the risk of secondary infection.

According to local paper, local women's clinic in the "cold" and "pneumonia" repeatedly changing hospital and being diagnosed, he was suspected of being infected by bird flu is developing a family of 11 was killed last Sunday after Sunday. Health officials in China "to be seen and not too worried about the symptoms the patient medical costs, more expensive tests that were reluctant to delay the confirmation of infection is possible," admits .

Influenza: Barack Obama's Presidency under viral pandemic flu threat

[Article is a little dated. Out of Germany:]
1/20/09


The world is celebrating Barack Obama as President of the United States � while a new threat appears on the horizon: There are severe signs that the long expected pandemic avian influenza could be on its way to conquer the world. First deaths in Asia concern little children, which from virological point of view is a rather new aspect, and could be the evidence for a new spread. While scientists expect this pandemic to happen in the near future, the new President should also stay alert: A coming influenza pandemic would deteriorate the global economy even without financial crisis or recession.
by Vlad Dan Georgescu and Marita Vollborn

First evidence for the global threat comes from China, where a 2 year old girl has been confirmed to be infected with bird flu in the northern Shanxi Province, as government officials said last Saturday. The child was found ill on 7th of January in the central Hunan province - the little patient still is in critical condition. According to the test result of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the girl had been tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.

On the other site of the globe, the Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt announced a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection last week, the case being a 21 month old girl Kerdasa District.

�Infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus was diagnosed by PCR at the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and subsequently confirmed by the U. S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 (NAMRU-3) laboratories�, reports the special wire PROMED. According to PROMED, investigations into the source of her infection indicate a recent history of contact with sick and dead poultry - 23 similar cases in Egypt have been fatal up to date.

Old Europe as leading research power?

Given such facts, Mr. Obama should follow European research policy: European research on vaccine development for pandemic influenza has been financed since 2001 by the European Union. Early projects worked to develop an egg-free vaccine, which is faster and safer to produce, along with innovative application techniques. Research is now underway with the objectives of fighting the disease at the source (infected birds) and protecting human populations through pandemic influenza vaccines. Future EU research will improve vaccine efficiency by adding adjuvants, substances that boost the body�s immune response to vaccine antigen. Additionally, research teams are currently focused on developing a universal flu vaccine that could provide a lifetime of protection from influenza.

Latest surveillance data coming through the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) from virologists and clinicians indicates that the influenza A(H3N2) virus is the predominant strain in Europe so far this season (2008/2009). Based on the data published by ECDC the pharmaceutical company Roche confirms that the oral antiviral Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is fully active against influenza A(H3N2) and influenza B, which currently comprise 94 percent of circulating viruses in Europe this year. Tamiflu resistance reported in the 2008-2009 influenza seasons is confined to H1N1. No resistance has been seen with other circulating seasonal viruses - H3N2 and influenza B.

"Recent media reporting has elevated awareness of the H1N1 seasonal resistance seen this year in the United States and the Far East. However, in Europe the picture is different with H3N2 being the dominant strain so far. The circulating H3N2 viruses, which often cause a more severe illness than H1N1, are sensitive to oseltamivir, which means that oseltamivir will be active against the vast majority of influenza infections in Europe this season, if current trends continue," comments Prof Albert Osterhaus, Head of Virology, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam. "It is important that doctors understand that oseltamivir remains an effective treatment for patients across Europe."

Flu alert for the new President

However, the situation in the United States is more alerting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A new University of Colorado at Boulder study showed the resistance of the avian flu virus to a major class of antiviral drugs "is increasing through positive evolutionary selection, with researchers documenting the trend in more than 30 percent of the samples tested", as the scientists report. Even if the expected influenza pandemic did not start yet, there is no doubt about the comeback of the lethal virus: The first Pandemic Influenza occurred in three waves in the United States - exactly 90 years ago, between 1918 and 1919.

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China: Anshan to closely monitor the dynamic of birds to prevent bird flu

January 30, 2009 Source: Xinhuanet


Recently been found in some areas of human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza cases, Anshan City, Liaoning Province recently stepped up surveillance of migratory birds. The city's 16 monitoring sites for migratory birds around the clock monitoring the activities of the implementation of day reporting system, introduced to prevent the epidemic.

Anshan City, according to the Wild Animal Protection Station Forestry Bureau staff, Anshan south East Asia, the main stop for migratory birds, the breeding grounds and winter, Liaoning 4 birds there are two routes through Anshan, the main migratory birds for the wild geese and ducks categories, such as crane stork. From the beginning of February this year, Anshan City, to enter the migratory phase, which will increase the bird flu outbreak and spread of risk. To prevent the epidemic imported, the Urban Forestry Administration Ueno Station to take a variety of security monitoring, preventive measures.

At present, Anshan City of migratory birds has been developed to strengthen surveillance, prevention and control of highly pathogenic avian influenza contingency plans. Located in the city's 16 monitoring sites for migratory birds, migratory birds have a special all-weather monitoring activities and the implementation of day reporting system. Ueno security sector is still the main migratory birds stop to eat collective vote in order to easily monitor and pay close attention to the surrounding areas of the bird flu developments, an accurate grasp of the resource situation of migratory birds and migration patterns to enhance movement of migratory birds stop to type, habitat, collection group activity areas and artificial breeding domesticated birds protection and management of work, effective prevention and control of the sudden introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Anshan City Forestry Ueno station to warn the public about security precautions to enhance scientific awareness, unknown in the wild birds found dead or injured birds, sick birds, we must promptly report to the local forestry sector, not in direct contact with sick birds.

Japan: Fury in full working TAMI flu prefecture, with a peak in early February

Saturday, January 31

Hardening the fury that the flu in Tokushima Prefecture. The closure will remain in the classroom grades are not many in recent years, the nationwide expansion of a virus resistant to treatment with a full year of TAMI. The resistance to Tamiflu in a series of cases in the prefecture. Peak is expected in early February, has been urging Japan to ensure the prevention of infection.

According to a preliminary tally from the first week in January the County Department of Health Promotion, the fourth week of medical reports from the prefecture and point (90 - 52 days) the number of patients is 9000. Third week (20 - 80 days) increased from 50 905 people, the epidemic began.

Number of patients (to 52) but accumulated less than a year ago, the infected population at the school is serious. March 92, the closure of schools with grades kindergarten classroom in the prefecture has a total of 12 schools. 8 schools in a season last year, the season the past five years in 20 schools, many are rare. The reason for this surge is unclear, state: "If you have Hashi Seki wearing masks, washing hands thoroughly and I hope the whole school" for the prevention and awareness.

Meanwhile, A-Hong Kong, A Soviet-type, B type of the virus in three types, the resistance to Tamiflu A trend of this year the virus has spread throughout Japan-Soviet resistance. Sample survey of Health and Environment Center in the prefecture, the prefecture has so far not been confirmed, medical institutions, "resistance to Tamiflu" cases have been reported.

県医師会感染症対策委員会委員長の馬原文彦医師によると、今冬の当初はA香港型が主流だったが、ここ二、三日でAソ連型が過半数を占めるようになり、このうち98 percent of the resistance to Tamiflu.

Relenza, vaccines and immunization and other treatment is effective SHINMETORERU. However, the expansion of the resistant virus will be unable to supply some stability concerns.

馬原 doctors are "more important than prevention? Yes 2 or more at room temperature, humidity and 5 percent more than try to prevent infection should receive vaccination now," he advised.

jurisdiction health center in the first warning of Tokushima Prefecture

Tokushima Prefecture, 92, a health center within the jurisdiction of Tokushima as a warning that more flu patients, issued a warning to the health center Miyoshi jurisdiction. Flu alert in the prefecture for the first time this season.

According to a survey reported in 83 prefecture hospitals, health centers jurisdiction Tokushima patients a week from Sunday at 90, 10 people jumped to 406 from 103 the previous 87. 96 people from 62 health centers in vitro Miyoshi, Japan has increased overall from 9000 to 59 105.

Anan The Yoshinogawa, the flu continues in the advisory jurisdiction of each health center Mima.

Japan: TAMI INFURU full resistance, 11 prefectures in Soviet-type A or type or another

[Older article, note date]
2009.1.17

This winter, the epidemic of influenza in Japan, A Soviet-type virus, 97% (35 samples in 34 samples) with very high probability that the flu drug "Tamiflu" is ineffective and difficult to pull or "resistant virus "is 16, the sources said, according to National Institute of Infectious Diseases. Changes to the drug Tamiflu "Relenza" There are effective if used in the medical field is a Soviet-type virus or the A, to distinguish which is the other type is difficult. Situation is concerned about the potential confusion in the medical field.

The resistant virus was found in Hokkaido have found in the survey, Miyagi, Chiba, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Mie, Shiga, Osaka, Hyogo, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi prefectures 11. The findings also could go the other prefectures, it could prove to be even more widespread distribution of resistant virus.

Annual epidemic of influenza virus type A in the Soviet Union, A-Hong Kong, B-3. A season of Soviet-type virus infected 36% of patients have been detected. A Hong Kong is 45%. The B-19%. At this time for small-scale epidemic "has become mainstream unknown type" (call infection) said.
However, A-type predominant if the Soviet Union, could cause major disruptions in the medical field.

Japan: Flu, more than last year's peak "A Soviet-type" 50 percent

2009.1.27

The nationwide increase in patients infected with the flu this winter, up to 18 days in a medical institution was confirmed a few weeks, the patient人TONARI 20.84 per location, the peak of 17.62 last season than the one to 27, according to the National Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

The shares have been found high rates of drug resistance drug resistance "A Soviet type" and is rapidly spreading, the virus was detected 12 months later revealed that 53.2% of the total. Call infection is "to settle this, we need to look at carefully," he said.

According to the call of infection, the scale of the epidemic season is not yet clear, the peak level from the end of year two would be in early April. Last season the number of patients in the last 10 years at least.

12 in each type of virus has been detected since, A Soviet Union-the largest ever A-Hong Kong (36.2 percent). 10.6% type B have been found. Call infection in "A reason for the Soviet Union has increased from an unknown type, A type and the Soviet Union A mixed epidemic was likely to Hong Kong," he said.

Last flu pandemic arrived in the early part of the Kyushu and Okinawa earlier this year that has spread throughout the country and Shikoku.

The issue of influenza pandemic alert, Tokyo

2009.1.29 15:52

Tokyo on the 29th, and switched to a warning issued from the alarm over the spread of influenza. 19 - 26 reached the criteria for the number of patients with epidemic alert, issued in 1999 after the past 10 years and was the earliest in the season.

The influenza virus was tested out of 97 cases of Tamiflu-resistant type A than a majority in the Soviet Union 53. The metropolitan government will continue to spread as a measure, or enforcement of a washroom outside, and it said the promotion of moderate and stir in the room and humidification.

Second antiviral added as UK doubles flu pandemic stockpile

29 Jan 09

The Government is to double the UK's stockpile of antiviral drugs for pandemic flu after announcing it is to buy 10.6 million courses of Relenza (zanamivir) and 7.6 million more doses of Tamiflu (oseltamivir).

The extra capacity is expected to be in place by April 2009 and will mean there will be 33.5 million treatment courses of antiviral drugs available.

Public health minister Dawn Primarolo said the move would re-inforce the UK's position as' one of the best prepared countries in the world ', with enough drugs available to treat everyone who would be expected to fall ill in a pandemic.

Dr David Heymann, Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment at the World Health Organization, said stockpiling a second drug, GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza (zanamivir), in addition to Tamiflu (oseltamivir) was sensible.


He said: 'Purchasing enough antivirals to treat the worst case attack rate scenario, and two different antivirals in case resistance develops, is a first class example of the UK's advanced planning.'

Today's announcement follows new guidance to GPs released earlier this month by the BMA and RCGP and supported by the Department of Health.

It advised that GP surgeries' buddy up 'with neighbouring practices. Practices would also come under the direct control of PCTs in the event of an outbreak of pandemic flu.

The Government first announced plans to double stockpiles of antivirals and purchase a second drug in its November 2007 flu pandemic strategy.

Japan: Influenza: patient surge forces, warning the epidemic Province / Kagawa

January 30 17:03

County on the 29th, "flu warning" was issued. 19-25 of 47 weeks, a prefecture in the country's average standard of the number of patients from hospitals for more than 30 people. Last week (12-18 days) was the 1126, 2118 (45.1 average) to increase.

To understand the infectious diseases department of pharmacy in Japan closing at 28 (including the decision) is more, ▽ 42 K-13 school ▽ 11 junior high school ▽ 1 special needs school ▽ 2 - a total of 69 school gardens. He is "the last few years, the rapid pace of increase. The implementation of prevention," the call.
Also, Aug. 29, eight schools in a new park will be closed on 30 classes from grade school.

Small Municipal四番丁Takamatsu (principal Sato Hisako, 129), hand washing and ventilation of children in classes, and gargle thoroughly. The cleaning is finished the child "rattle" the gargle loudly. [] Mikami Kentarou
Closed class of new school year are as follows.
Kagawa Prefectural Central] [nursing school (school closure)] [juvenile Takamatsu Kozai (closed class)下笠stay small (school closed) Ogawahigashi (school closed): Marugame Tarumizu small (closed school): Yutaka Itizou Hazama Kokatsu (closed class grade) - Small town Tadotsu四箇(closed class grade): Small town Shodoshima Ikeda (school closed) [national]高松高専(closed class)

Japan: Influenza: patients, three week-over-week double "epidemic" level of alert

/ Ishikawa
January 29 14:00 Mainitishinbun minutes delivery

48 prefectures and prefecture, according to a survey that has been placed in medical institutions, 19-25 number of patients in the month of the 1822 influenza人TONARI, the previous week (685 people) has increased rapidly. A number of patients per medical institution, the standards of the epidemic caused alarm more than 30 countries, County health department is warning.
Patients from different regions, Kaga South Central Kanazawa, Ishikawa, except, remarkably in Kanazawa. Exceeded the standards in the northern Noto was there only advisory. The enforcement division of the night rain outside restrooms adequate sleep and regular life ▽ ▽ ▽ early to see a doctor If you get the mask to the seat - and have prompted the measures. Yoshiki Takahashi, Hiroshi []

H5N1: Avian flu reaches Canada / Fear of human pandemic influenza grows

[Out of Germany]
1/29/2009




The man also on the communicable disease of avian influenza, H5N1, has reached North America. Handet While most of the viruses in Vancouver after authorities detected a little information virulent strain, also affects the infestation is currently only birds. But the human form of avian influenza was in the last few weeks in China, Indonesia and Egypt unusually fast ihrel run - have died so far over 250 people worldwide to follow the infection. Is the world next to the banking crisis and world recession now the experts have long predicted global pandemics before? by Vlad D. Georgescu

> The well for the people classified as highly pathogenic avian influenza H7 pathogen had already in June 2008 reached Britain. As the British authorities in Oxfordshire has been announced at that time the virus in laboratory tests flawlessly demonstrated. Therefore, the establishment of 3 or 10-kilometer exclusion zones angeordndet.

The measures do not come by chance: the causative agent of avian influenza H5N1, it seems to one of the most dangerous people to be mutated variant - known as the H7 virus could trigger a global pandemic. H7 differs genetically from H5N1, said Terrence Tumpey of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. That could Tumpey that the virus for humans make so dangerous. Indeed, laboratory experiments have shown that certain proteins H7 to human lung cells docks - the transmission from human to human is possible. Even the nation's capital is preparing for a coming and severe influenza pandemic: the Berlin Senate Administration for Health, Environment and Consumer Protection has Framework influenza pandemic updated. (Photo: Wikipedia)

This was according to data from the capital of the Federal Republic because of new findings and changing framework conditions are necessary: "It is likely that in the foreseeable future to a new global influenza epidemic (pandemic) will come." Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) called on all states, to an influenza pandemic preparation. Such a pandemic could possibly change in the bird flu virus A (H5N1) arise. So far, only a few people infected with this virus - but the agents are on the global march.

And it is only when they are very close contact with diseased poultry was. A direct transmission from human to human is, according to the WHO has not yet been demonstrated. "However, this can result in further changes in spreading H5N1 strains are not totally excluded," share the Berlin health authorities.

The Senate Administration for Health, Environment and Consumer Protection has been working for several years with threats of an influenza pandemic and the resulting consequences for Berlin. For the protection of the population, the so-called Berliner framework developed influenza pandemic and in May 2006. This plan is based on the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) published national pandemic plan has been created and has now been updated.

The aim of the framework is the number of illnesses and deaths during a possible influenza pandemic and to limit medical care to ensure. The public life is necessary in its structures and maintain the economic damage will be limited.

The amended pandemic plan is now to take this opportunity to download.
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H5N1: Avian Influenza hits North America - Concerns about global flu pandemic rising

H5N1: Avian Influenza hits North America - Concerns about global flu pandemic rising

The avian influenza virus H5N1 has been detected in North America. "Tests have confirmed an outbreak of bird flu at a turkey farm near Vancouver, but it appeared to be a less virulent strain and posed little risk to humans, officials said on Saturday", reports PROMED. However, until now the global death toll is rising - according to the World Health Organization (WHO) 252 people have died since 2003 because of the virulence of H5N1.


First evidence for the global threat comes from China, where a 2 year old girl has been confirmed to be infected with bird flu in the northern Shanxi Province, as government officials said receently. The child was found ill on 7th of January in the central Hunan province - the little patient still is in critical condition. According to the test result of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the girl had been tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. Meanwhile the Ministry of Health in China has announced 3 new confirmed human cases of H5N1 infection. The 1st, a 31-year-old female from Urumqi, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, had onset of symptoms on 10 Jan 2009. She received treatment in hospital but died on 23 Jan 2009, according to the WHO

On the other site of the globe, the Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt announced a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection last week, the case being a 21 month old girl Kerdasa District.

�Infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus was diagnosed by PCR at the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and subsequently confirmed by the U. S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 (NAMRU-3) laboratories�, reports the special wire PROMED. According to PROMED, investigations into the source of her infection indicate a recent history of contact with sick and dead poultry - 23 similar cases in Egypt have been fatal up to date.

Flu alert for the US President

However, the situation in the United States is more alerting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A new University of Colorado at Boulder study showed the resistance of the avian flu virus to a major class of antiviral drugs "is increasing through positive evolutionary selection, with researchers documenting the trend in more than 30 percent of the samples tested", as the scientists report. Even if the expected influenza pandemic did not start yet, there is no doubt about the comeback of the lethal virus: The first Pandemic Influenza occurred in three waves in the United States - exactly 90 years ago, between 1918 and 1919.

Russia: Avian influenza podkaraulyat with air gate

30.01.2009 00:15

Sanitary control in the Russian market and decided to tighten airport in connection with cases of human infection of avian influenza in China

In doing so, all passengers from China tested for special equipment, which allows remote identification of citizens with fever.

As the "MK" in Rospotrebnazore will tighten control over the health of the markets that sell live domestic and decorative bird. A dangerous virus that is not penetrated into Russia through the air gates, uzhestochat controls at the airports of Moscow region and other subjects where there is a scheduled and charter communication with China and others are not good for the bird flu countries. Medica instructed to be attentive to the passengers arriving from the Middle Kingdom, but patients overseas visitors to immediately isolate. Airports should have a margin of disinfection and protective equipment. Central hospitals in all regions will have everything necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of avian influenza in humans. A working vaccinated domestic poultry farms and provide them with protective clothing.

The Japanese have developed a universal vaccine against influenza, including avian

[article out of Russia]

publication: 29 January 2009, 13:34

On Thursday, Japanese researchers reported that they have developed a vaccine against influenza, which can protect against different types of virus, and even prevent the deadly pandemic of avian influenza in the event of mutation.

As the AFP, the scientists successfully tested the vaccine on mice, which implanted human genes, said Tetsuya Uchida, a researcher from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

- The more dangerous avian influenza (Help)

Current influenza vaccine rapidly lose their effectiveness, however, Japanese scientists claim that their vaccine will not become useless with time. While the vehicle suffered only a few types of influenza, including the virus H5N1, but the creators are confident that a vaccine would be effective against new types of avian influenza.

According to the World Health Organization, since 2003, from bird flu have died, about 250 people - mostly in Southeast Asia. WHO has warned that the deadly bird flu in the future capable mutate. If the virus begins to easily spread from person to person, it threatens millions of victims.

Uchida said that prior to the practical application of the new vaccine will take several years. Until then, it is necessary to confirm its safety in the course of further experiments with mice and other animals. Only then will try to develop people.

Vaccine Research conducted jointly by scientists from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, University of Hokkaido, Saitama University Faculty of Medicine and Chemical Corporation NOF. After the appearance of information on successful tests of NOF actions on the Tokyo Stock Exchange jumped to 20.79%.