Saturday, January 1, 2011

#Egypt: December #H5N1 Confirmed Cases

December has been a busy month in Egypt. I'm also going to include a cluster of suspected.

Ash Sharqiyah Gov.

*12/18/10: Suspected/Confirmed

Sharqia Gov: Zagazig Hospital...3 positive cases

42 yo - Abdul Razak Mohammed Issa – From Clclmon Center Qamh - confirmed (?)

18 yo - Mr. Mohamed (onset: 12/9 ?) reconciled to Sadr Zagazig Hosp.

45 yo - Gamal Abdel-Fattah Abdel-Sattar – From Clclmon. Sym’s: High Temp, Shortness of Breath, Pain in Bones

confirmed with 3 samples

42 yo - Fatima Raza Mustafa - from Beni Amer

42 yo (?) - Zakia Mohammed - from village Kafr Clclmon (Adm: 12/16)

42 yo (?) - Massad Mohammed - from village Kafr Clclmom (Adm: 12/16)

*See Daqahliyah Gov. 12/7 Entry; 30 yo death.

Confirmed #116

56 yo

From: Sharqia

Hospital: Transferred to Cairo

Sym’s: pneumonia, high fever, cough, shortness breath, exposed to birds suspected of being infected.

Notes: Stable condition.

Daqahliyah Gov.


30 yo [Amr Maghazi]

5 Others Suspected; 2 from Talkha City

From: Dakahlia

Hospital: al-Sadr (in Zagazig)

Onset: Hospitalized at onset

Notes: Others Talkha, Belkas Bhmyat Mansoura, Vill. Of Cbrahor

DOD: 12/6/10

Confirmed #119

12/26 - confirmed bird flu

Name: Shahat (40)

From: Zhaerp Balsnellowin

Hospital: International Mansoura

Confirmed: Positive

DOD: 1/3/2011

Gharbia Gov.

Confirmed: #113

Reported: 12/4/10

Name: Hanim Ahmad Hassanein 30 yo

From: Cbramless Center Zefta

Adm: 12/1

Hospital: Zefta-General

Onset: 11/28

DOD: 12/2

WHO Update #38

Beheira Gov.

Confirmed: #114

Reported: 12/15/10

Name: 25/28 yo

From: Damanhour district, Beheira Gov.

Adm: 12/14

Onset: 12/12

Notes: 12/27-Stable condition. Suffering Pulmonary TB Disease also.

Discharged: 12/22. Exposure to market where live animals are sold.

Ismailia Gov.

Confirmed: #118

Name: 27 yo Man

From: Ismailia

Notes: Stable Condition

Qena Gov.

Confirmed: #117

Name: 25 yo Woman

From: Qena province

DOD: 12/29/10

Luxor Gov

Confirmed #115

Name: 11 yo girl

From: Esna District

Adm: 12/19

Onset: 12/18

DOD: 12/23

Notes: No information available re: poultry exposure. Investigation into source of infection is underway.

Egypt: 23rd Death In Dakahlia From #H1N1 #Swine Flu

Increased deaths in the province of Dakahlia, because of emerging influenza "swine flu N1H1" to 23 cases after the death of a citizen today called Adaweya Ibrahim Dessouky, which confirmed the central laboratory of the Ministry of Health infected with the virus, and placed inside an isolation room and given the drug Tamiflu, but that he died this morning .

وكان الدكتور محمد أيمن رجب، وكيل وزارة الصحة بالدقهلية، قد أعلن يوم الأربعاء الماضى، أن عدد الوفيات فى المحافظة وصل إلى 22 حالة فقط، وعدد الإصابات وصلت إلى 1171 إصابة.

Dr. Ayman Mohamed Ragab, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Dakahlia, announced last Wednesday that the number of deaths in the county reached only 22 cases, and the number of injuries and reached to 1171 cases.

WHO: Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 39

The Ministry of Health of Egypt has announced two new cases of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza.

A 28 year-old woman from Damanhour district of El Beheira governorate developed symptoms on 12 December. She was admitted to hospital on the 14th and subsequently discharged on the 22nd in good and stable condition. She has a history of exposure in a market where live animals are sold.

An 11 year-old girl from Esna district of Luxor governorate developed symptoms on 18 December and was admitted in the hospital the following day. She experienced severe respiratory symptoms requiring mechanical ventilation and died on 23 December. No information is available regarding poultry exposure. Investigations into the source of infection are underway.

Laboratory tests have confirmed H5N1 virus and both patients were treated with antiviral medications. Of the 115 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 38 have been fatal.

Egypt: Confirmed Human Cases For 2010

Confirmed Human Cases For 2010

Age, Location, Onset Date and # confirmed by Min. of Health

20 yo, [Beni Suef] January 6,- Given Tamiflu for 10 days- #91- Died

1.5 yo [Dakahliya], January 7, #92

3 yo [Asyut] January 19, #93

45 yo [Ash Sharqiyah] January 12, #94

40 yo [Daqahliya] January 31, #95 (WHO Update #28)

29 yo [Menoufiya], January 27, #96 - WHO update #28 - Died

37 yo (Helwan] January 31, #97 - Died 2/9

32 yo [Menoufiya] February 6, #98

29 yo [Menoufiya], February 6, #99 - Died

10 yo [Daqahliyah] February 10; #100

30 yo [Ash Shaykh] February 10; #101

13 yo [Ash Shaykh] February 10; #102

1 yo [Qalyubia Gov.] February 22; #103

53 yo [Qalyubia Gov.] February 27; #104 - Died

20 yo [Qalyubia/Qaloubiyah Gov.] Adm: 3/5; #105 - Died

1.5 [Ash Shaykh Gov.] Adm: 3/2; #106

4 yo [Beni Suef Gov.] Adm: 3/18; #107 - Died

30 yo [Damietta Gov.] Onset: 3/24; #108

18 yo [Fayoum Gov.] Adm: 3/31; #109 - Died

20 yo [Qalyubia/Qaloubiyah Gov.] Adm: 7/21; #110 - Died

2 yo [Cairo Gov.] Adm: 8/4; #111

33 yo [Qalyubia/Qaloubiyah Gov.] Adm: 8/24; #112 – Died

30 yo [Garbia Gov.] Adm: 12/1; #113 – Died

25 yo [Beheira Gov] 12/12; #114; Stable condition

10 yo [Luxor Gov] 12/18; #115 – Died 12/25/10.

56 yo [Sharqia Gov.] December 22, #116 – Stable condition

25 yo [Qena Gov.] December 19, #117 – Died 12/29/10

27 yo [Ismailia Gov.] December 23, #118; stable condition

40 yo [Daqahliyah] December 25, #119; Died 1/3/11

#Egypt - Map of Case #117 & #118 Confirmed #H5N1 #birdflu

Some notes on the last two confirmed cases:

A Medical convoy was sent to Ismailia Gov., reported on 12/31.

For Qena:
12/24 – On High Alert for H5N1 and H1N1

Egypt October 2010 +

Red dot = human confirmed
Red = human suspected, no confirmation
Blue = poultry

Regarding the map.

It is interesting to note these two "suspected cases"

2 Suspected
Name: Magdy Hamed (8 years)
school student, elementary Kafr el-Geneina
Abdullah Saeed Abdullah (5 years)
From: Al-Amereyah, Gharbiya
Hospital: Mahalla
because we have a Confirmed case here, at same time:

30 yo [Garbia Gov.] Adm: 12/1; #113 – Died

South Korean Groundwater contamination-'Pig maemolji' bloody ground near nonggaseo

Pig Foot and mouth disease fears a thousand dogs in the kennel in Paju, Gyeonggi maeriphan salcheobun bloody jeopsudwae groundwater comes to the Defense authorities reported the investigation went on.

One day in Paju, a woman who, according to today's 5 pm sikke flare old farms in the usual drinking water comes in the blood has received a complaint.

At earlier (市) the day before the report of Mr. Kim in a vacant lot near the pig farms of a thousand birds had foot and mouth disease preventive measures in the burial.

. Accordingly, the city buried with a pig bloody ground to investigate whether any association decided to remove the contaminants while.

City officials "in the process of burying a pig through the valley of the blood went to two farms does not seem to groundwater" and "take measures to investigate the exact cause," he said.

Number of cases rises to 118 Health announces the discovery of two new cases of bird flu

His official spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Abdel Rahman Shahin, the discovery of two new cases of bird flu.

Shaheen explained in a statement Saturday that the first case of a woman at the age of 25 years, from Qena province and died on December 29, 2010, the second man at the age of 27 years of Ismailia, which is under treatment at a hospital in Ismailia and stable condition.

This brings the number of cases to 118 cases and 39 cases the number of deaths since the onset of the disease in Egypt in 2006 until now.

#h5n1 South Korea-Health officials, AI human infection prevention activities

2011/01/01(Sat) 07:21 2011/01/01 (Sat) 07:21

The KCDC, Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province and full-Kita Masuyama (Ikusan) Highly pathogenic avian influenza was confirmed in, AI to prevent human infection, rapid response teams were dispatched to the scene.

Response teams quickly made up two teams one by three, AI or are working on a farm in the region occurs, provided personal protective equipment and antiviral agents and who participated in the disposition buried or variant AI to prevent the occurrence of Gutameni, will be engaged in activities such as prevention of seasonal influenza vaccine.

KCDC is to help people already 900 minutes Iksan seasonal influenza vaccines to health centers and Cheonan, I've plans to secure 2,000 additional support as necessary personal protective equipment and antiviral agents justification.

#H5N1 #Egypt "Health" announces the death of a new case of bird flu in Qena

Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 17:47

Dr. Abdel Rahman Shahin
Written by Amira Abdel-Salam

Dr. Abdel Rahman Shahin, official spokesman of the Ministry of Health, that the team monitoring the epidemic, Ministry of Health discovered two cases of bird flu, the first old lady (25 years), from Qena Governorate, and died on 29 December last year, the second man from Age (27 years), from Ismailia, which is under treatment at a hospital in Ismailia and stable condition.

This brings the number of cases to 118 cases and 39 cases the number of deaths since the onset of the disease in 2006 until now.

South Korea-Contaminated groundwater near foot and mouth burial grounds

Repository buried near the farmhouse of all blood contaminated groundwater investigation

Date 01/01/2011

Disposed of pig foot and mouth burial thousand dogs raised on a farm near a reported blood is mixed with the groundwater comes jeopsudwae military authorities are investigating.

If you live in Paju, Gyeonggi Province Kim mossi flare as the usual old water from the blood is mixed with water from yesterday, saying that the pigs near the flow of leachate from burial was likely disposed of Defense has reported to the authorities.

Paju-side in the last 31 days of the prevention of spread of foot and mouth disease near the ground, buried in the disposal of pig thousand horses could stand, and treatment of leachate on the scene investigating the death squad after decontamination says it will take action.

UK Swine Flu: Commonground Summary

This Summary will be located on the right side-bar for your convenience. All statistics can be found here:
HPA Site

Let's start with a Flu update on December 17, 2009, and one from December 16, 2010.

December 17, 2009
The consultation rate for flu-like illness in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme has decreased slightly to 29.7 per 100,000 in week 50 compared to 33.1 in week 49. This is just below the English baseline threshold of 30/100,000.
The estimated cases self referring to the National Pandemic Flu Service have shown decreases in all areas of assessments, authorisations and collections. This is across all regions and most age groups.

Interpretation of data to produce estimates on the number of new cases continues to be subject to a considerable amount of uncertainty. HPA modelling gives an estimate of 9,000 new cases in England last week (range 5,000 to 19,000) which represents a small decrease from the previous week.

This estimate incorporates data from National Pandemic Flu Service and GP consultations.
Now, let's look at December 2010, same week:
It seems they have changed their format. Excerpts of relevant information:

December 16, 2010

To date, 17 people with flu across the UK are known to have died since the flu season began in October this year. At least half of those who have died were in a clinical 'at risk' group for vaccination.
In addition, 17 people have this season received ECMO (Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) treatment in a UK hospital following lung failure, including four pregnant women.
17 Deaths since October, 2010. But what about the consultation rates for flu-like illnesses, and the HPA modeling estimate of new cases? I found some of it in a local news site, and from the HPA site.

In week 51 (ending 26 December), the weekly ILI consultation rates increased across the UK. The weekly influenza/influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rates remain above baseline levels in England (124.4 per 100,000) and Wales (92.1 per 100,000). The rates have now increased above the baseline in Scotland (58.4 per 100,000) and Northern Ireland (99.4 per 100,000).

28 Dec 2010 (a few days ago)
An epidemic is officially declared when the rate of people seeing their GP with flu or a flu-like illness exceeds 200 per 100,000 people in a week. The rate rose from 34.6 to 87.1 in the week before Christmas.

So, we can say the rate of flu-like illness has been a drastic change in one years time.

December 17, 2009: 29.7 per 100,000
December 18, 2010: 87.1 per 100,000

Now, let's look at deaths. Here are a few stats from July of 2009:

July 9, 2009
Weekly pandemic flu update (9 July 2009)
The majority of cases continue to be mild with 12 deaths in England to date, all with underlying risk factors.
We went from 12 deaths to 26 deaths in one week.

July 16, 2009
* GP consultation rates in England for individuals presenting with flu-like illness show increased rates, above the threshold level for normal seasonal flu activity and higher than the peak activity in winter 08/09.
* The under-5s and 5-14 year olds are the age groups predominantly affected.
* The majority of cases continue to be mild with 26 deaths in England to date.
* HPA estimates that there were 55,000 new cases of swine flu last week (range 30,000 - 85,000).
26 deaths as of July 16th 2009.
17 deaths as of December 16, 2010 (since October 2010)

Now, let's look at the very latest update.
December 31, 2010

Weekly national influenza report, 31 December 2010
In the past week, the HPA has been notified of a further 12 people who have died with confirmed flu, bringing the total number since the flu season began in October this year to 39.

36 of these people died with the H1N1 (2009) strain and 3 with Influenza B.
All except one case were under 65 years of age and four were under the age of five.
So, in conclusion:

July 2009
26 Deaths (as of July 16th)


17 deaths (as of December 16th; since Oct.)
36 deaths (as of December 31st; since Oct.)

Rate of Flu-like Illness
December 17, 2009
29.7 per 100,000

December 18, 2010
87.1 per 100,000

Here is a chart that illustrates my analysis above.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Quarantine authorities: poultry nationwide exposed to bird flu

Quarantine authorities: poultry nationwide exposed to bird flu
JANUARY 01, 2011 08:44
Suspected cases of bird flu reported in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province and Iksan, North Jeolla Province were found to be avian influenza Friday, placing the government on high alert since the disease can affect both animals and humans.

It is the first time that Korea has been hit by foot and mouth disease and bird flu at the same time.

The Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Friday that the inspections on suspected cases of bird flu at a duck farm in Cheonan and a chicken farm in Iksan found that they are highly pathogenic strain of bird flu.

The deadly strain of bird flu was also detected from dead mallards in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province the same day.

The highly pathogenic strain of bird flu is lethal to poultry, such as chickens and ducks, as is highly contagious and has a high mortality rate.

The Agricultural Ministry raised its alert level for avian influenza from “attention” to “caution” in accordance with an emergency countermeasure manual the same day. The alert system consists of four stages: attention, caution, warning, and serious.

The ministry also set up a countermeasure center for avian influenza. Prior to this, quarantine authorities had culled more than 10,000 ducks and 11,000 chickens in the affected farms in Cheonan and Iksan.

The government designated areas within a 3-kilometer radius from the affected farms as risky zones and those within a 10-kilometer radius as caution zones to disinfect the areas and restrict movements of poultry, such as chickens and ducks.

Lee Sang-gil, head of the food industry policy of the ministry, said, “Our investigation into the affected farms found that transport vehicles for duck eggs went to the affected farms and four hatcheries in Cheonan,” adding, “We are limiting access to the hatcheries and investigating the possibility of spread of the disease.”

The ministry has decided to conduct serum tests for all the chickens and ducks in farms within a 10-kilometer radius from the affected farms.

Lee said, “The latent period of bird flu for ducks is longer than a week, so we need more close inspections.”

Quarantine authorities said the possibility of bird flu breaking out in areas outside Cheonan and Iksan is very high.

A quarantine official said, “The highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza was detected from four wild birds, which are the main culprit of the spread of the virus,” adding, “We should think that the poultry nationwide are virtually exposed to the disease.”

The Agriculture Ministry fears a reduction in poultry consumption as bird flu affects both animals and humans.

A ministry official said, “Humans are not infected by the disease through consumption of ducks and chickens.” If humans contact infected birds and their feces, however, they can develop the disease.

According to the World Health Organization, 447 people worldwide have been affected by bird flu since 2003 and 263 of them died.

With the confirmation of avian influenza in poultry, Korea has lost its status as a clean country for bird flu and will face difficulty exporting raw chickens for the time being.

Quarantine authorities decided the same day to vaccinate cattle in the four regions affected by foot and mouth disease.

Hoengseong had opposed the vaccination for fear of its image as the place for Korean beef production being tainted, but agreed the same day to do so after pigs at one of the farms in the region was confirmed to have infected with the disease.

With the agreement, more than 36,000 heads of cattle in more than 1,670 farms within a 10-kilometer radius from the affected farm will be vaccinated.

As of Friday, the number of areas vaccinated against food and mouth disease increased to 10 cities and provinces, and additional suspected cases of the disease were reported in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province and Yanggu, Gangwon Province the same day.

#Egypt Death in Fayoum Gov. of #Swine Flu #H1N1

[The closest I came come to this case in my notes is]:
12/27 -
Name: M.H. (10)
Fayoum General Hospital, intensive care.

Friday, December 31, 2010 - 15:32
Died today, Friday, the child "Islam. U. P" (11 years) from the center Sonoras Department of isolation in intensive care for cases of suspected swine flu at a hospital in Fayoum General, and the patient was detained a few days ago on suspicion of being infected with the disease, and was tested samples of its positive injury.

من ناحية أخرى، تم اليوم عزل طفل حديث الولادة يدعى "حازم.ح" للاشتباه فى إصابته بالمرض، كان الطفل يخضع للرعاية بقسم الأطفال المبتسرين (ناقصى النمو) عندما ظهرت عليه أعراض الإصابة وتم عزله بعدما اشتبه الأطباء فى إصابته بالمرض ليتم تقديم الرعاية اللازمة له.

On the other hand, was today isolated newborn child is named "firm. H" on suspicion of being infected with the disease, the child was subject to the auspices of Department of premature infants (under-development) when he showed symptoms of infection were isolated after doctors suspected of being infected with the disease to be providing the necessary care for him .

Report signs of further spread of AI ... Iksan doubt

01/01/2011 00:05:02
farm in Iksan, Cheonan, Chungnam received from the duck farms reported the suspect was confirmed as highly pathogenic AI.
Defense officials, as well as the dynamics that are relevant to farm chickens and ducks in farms, 120,000 were disposed of and buried In the neighborhood of Korea's largest chicken processing company also took an emergency.

Interview: hanyongseop / (shares) Harim Farm Management Team - "how bad the damage would be fine.

Our company is best to avoid spreading any more ... "2.7km away from an outbreak of a poultry farm in Iksan, if Nangsan such as the chicken we have to report suspected jeopsudwae is showing signs of spreading.

As an extra test positive panjeongdwae 50,000 chickens in the farms and to dispose of buried and have been holding an overhaul.

Defense officials watched the trend over the weekend raised broader measures such as determining the disposition of burial is planned

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza confirmed in Cheonan

nationwide spread of foot and mouth disease and Avian influenza in the middle of Cheonan (AI) of the occurrence of a state of panic, Chungnam.

Chungnam-do in 31 days "past 29 days was reported suspected bird flu in Cheonan, if pungse jongohri (ssiohri) swab samples from the farm to the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine of the requested inspection results 'highly pathogenic' was diagnosed," he said.

The farm supplies, Gyeonggi jongraneul obvious place in the hatchery, one of the last 29 days the farm buildings of eight buildings with a dramatic decline in egg production, Chungnam National Veterinary Institute was reported to have.
If pungse yeomarineun 10,850 ducks at the farm dog, as a precaution all of the last 30 days salcheobundoen state.

Chungnam-do this the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus was detected on a farm out of the determination of the radius around the farm-to-set up defenses for 10 ㎞ the other hand, went to the emergency meeting measures.

And with this farm, Cheonan jongraneul hatcheries produce obvious jongohri nearby farms were supplied by three places jongohri 20,007 thousand dogs are bred for the salcheobun decisions, mobilizing all employees are working an emergency pest control.

City officials "to pungse farm pest control vehicles for 15 additional units were sent, in two shifts for a while under the former government is committed to the prevention work," he said.

National Veterinary Research and Quarantine of the digital animal disease control system, according to data pungse you farm radius 500m (contaminated area) in poultry farms, no, 3 ㎞ (risk area) in the 16 farms chickens 530,009 thousand horses, 10 ㎞ (boundary ) in the 72 farms that 2,333,227 chickens and ducks, including 28,410 of 2,438,937 poultry were being.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza found in Iksan, Cheonan

Poultry farms in Iksan, Cheonan, Chungnam, and reported in the highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found to.

Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the duck farm, and Cheonan poultry farm in Iksan gobyeongwonseongin H5N1 type of inspection results turned out to be six million.

Accordingly, prevention authorities within 10 km radius of the farm, set in the prevention and control movement into and started on the other hand, additional burial disposal.

Defense officials previously suspected with symptoms of the flu in Iksan chicken breeders near Berry, 107,000, and a duck farm in Cheonan, Chungnam million birds were disposed of burial in a preventive dimension.

AI to fear ... the peninsula hurricane deopchineun animal disease

2010-12-31 09:14
Iksan is responsible for 40% of the domestic chicken processing industry. Suspect was reported only within 3km radius of the farm and is close to 600,000 chickens are bred and spread in the city now have to salcheobuneul enormous size alone. Near the largest maker of Chicken of the factory is located in Harim.

Suspected bird flu in Iksan, 70.00001 million birds slaughtered chickens

2010/12/30 11:37 KST 2010/12/30 11:37 KST

Iksan - Yonhap News - 30 suspected bird flu in the field of Iksan Chonbuk chicken species, according to 70.00001 million birds near the farm chicken wings and 70,000,001 chickens are kept in place for this kind chicken slaughter was decided. Announced on 30th street and city.

If this type chickens, chicken's largest maker Korean Harim farm commissioned. Iksan City, who had thousands of chickens have been moved to another farm field a few days ago this type chickens, explained that it would dispose of all chicken farms to prevent both. Harim chicken farms and processing plants are located at a distance of about 600 to 700 meters.

Agriculture Minister and North Jeolla Province dawn Before this day, the other was found dead and about 500 chicken wings in the afternoon kind of place chicken the day before, suspected avian influenza infection and also reduce feed intake in chickens have been delivered by that explained that the birds came out positive antigen test was performed six simple feather 15.

National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Institute is working to inspect and take samples of chickens and the result is likely to leave yesterday afternoon.

作業のようす(益山市庁提供)=30日、益山(聯合ニュース) Uno Suyo work (courtesy of Iksan City Hall) = 30, Iksan (Yonhap News)

#h5n1 South Korea-Iksan, 110,000 chickens suspected AI

.. Iksan city official, "Harim 103 artisans commissioned farmers to report suspected AI on the farm I've been here a few days ago near the 201 to be moved to a farm with tens of thousands of chickens as a precaution hwakindwae 6am mobilized 120 personnel in two farms All chickens salcheobunhaetda "he said.

These two farms where the defenses around the city to install security checkpoints around it seven locations within a radius 3 ㎞, 10 ㎞ was installed within the three locations. AI, as well as at the entrance of the farm suspect defenses, while blocking the vehicle entrance of the farm workers work 10 Article 4 names were quarantined. National Veterinary Research and Quarantine of 31 days, especially in the sampling test results prove highly pathogenic in poultry farms in Iksan is a big blow is likely to be inevitable.

Iksan, Jeonbuk 14 city and county, as well as many of the largest poultry farm poultry processing chain, from farms suspected ㈜ Halim, because only 4 ㎞ away. AI reported here came another question in Chapter 500 ㎙ breeder poultry farms within a single place that was not highly pathogenic hwakindwae Iksan, but turns out to be somewhat relieved if 'Animal Disease Crisis Management Practice Manual Standard Manual and crisis response' according to the scale of salcheobunyi is inevitable.

If it turns into highly pathogenic farms suspected hazardous areas (500 ㎙ ~ 3 ㎞ or less) are subject to salcheobun all chickens. Risk of 16 farms in the area more than 5,000 birds in the 570,000 chickens are being bred. Iksan official "boundary region (3 ~ 10 ㎞ or less) to prevent the spread of the AI movement restrictions as a chicken while cargo operations are prohibited because of the loss of farmers seems to be greater," he said.

First Local H1N1 Death for 2010 Reported in Korea

: December 30, 2010
This week Korea saw this year's first death from a locally contracted case of H1N1 influenza.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday a 30-year-old man living in the metropolitan area died early Wednesday after being diagnosed with H1N1 two days before.
The man came to the hospital on Monday with flu symptoms, including a high fever and muscle pain and was prescribed antibiotics for H1N1.
However, the patient came back to the hospital early Wednesday morning after his symptoms worsened and died while receiving treatment in intensive care.
Last month, a Korean actress died of complications from influenza A, but it's suspected she caught the disease in Italy.

Suspected cases of bird flu reported in Cheonan, Iksan

DECEMBER 31, 2010 03:11
Suspected cases of bird flu were reported Thursday in Cheonan, North Chungcheong Province, and Iksan, North Jeolla Province.

If the symptoms detected are found to be those of the highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza as suspected by the government, Korea could face an unprecedented emergency of being hit by foot and mouth disease and bird flu at the same time.

The Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said close inspections of a duck farm in Cheonan and a chicken farm in Iksan are underway.

Ducks and chickens in the farms showed symptoms of bird flu such as reduced spawning rates and feed intake and cyanosis in the comb.

The final results of the inspections will come out Friday, but the poultry of the affected farms and epidemiologically related farms were culled as a preventive measure the same day.

A ministry official said, “The reported suspected cases are highly likely to have a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu,” adding, “We pay special attention to the fact that more than 500 chickens died at the Iksan farm.”

In Iksan, a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu was detected from mallard feces early this month.

After foot-and-mouth, avian flu feared spreading in South Korea

December 31, 2010
Health officials prepare a pit for slaughtered chickens yesterday in Iksan, North Jeolla, after a local chicken farm reported a suspected case of the avian influenza, the second such case in the nation. [YONHAP]

Avian influenza, the bird flu that can also sicken and kill humans, could be spreading in Korea after poultry farms in both South Chungcheong and North Jeolla reported suspected cases, according to the government yesterday.

If these poultry farms are confirmed to have the H5N1 flu virus, Korea will be plagued with infectious animal diseases on a nationwide scale, except for South Gyeongsang, South Jeolla and Jeju. Since Nov. 29, foot-and-mouth disease has spread to five cities and provinces and led to the culling of around 550,000 livestock.

The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said yesterday that one duck farm in Cheonan, South Chuncheong, and a chicken farm in Iksan, North Jeolla, reported suspected cases of the avian flu virus the day before. Health officials are ramping up quarantine measures in case the two farms are confirmed to be infected. Hundreds of chickens at the Iksan farm have already died. Test results are expected this morning.

Health officials in North Jeolla yesterday slaughtered and buried 17,000 chickens at the Iksan farm and 90,000 chickens from another farm within a 500-meter (1,640-foot) radius.

A high-ranking official of the Food Ministry who requested anonymity said yesterday, “Although an exact confirmation will come out in the morning, quarantine measures are being carried out with preventive slaughters corresponding to a threat of a plausible influenza pandemic.”

A factory run by Harim, the nation’s biggest chicken company, is located about 600 meters away from the Iksan chicken farm, along with a slew of poultry houses the company buys from. If health authorities apply control measures that include killing of poultry within a 3-kilometer (1.9-mile) radius of the infected farm, the losses are expected to be significant.

Around 10,700 ducks have been slaughtered at the farm in Cheonan in South Chungcheong. Strict transport restrictions are also in place with quarantine posts expanded.

Kim Hong-bin, livestock director for South Chungcheong, said, “As the avian influenza showed up near a wintering place for migratory birds, it is likely that the virus is the highly pathogenic avian influenza. [We will] utilize all manpower and equipment to block the spread of the disease.”

Avian influenza can jump to human via feces of infected birds or direct contact with infected poultry. However, antivirals are available.

Professor Kim Jae-hong of the College of Veterinary Medicine of Seoul National University said, “If humans get the virus, they show symptoms such as a high fever and cough, like with seasonal flu, after an incubation period of up to 14 days.”

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UK: Flu deaths continue to rise

30 December 2010

Number of victims of this year's outbreak up to 39 from 27 last week, forcing government to adopt new preventative measures

The government has been forced to take new steps to tackle seasonal flu after new figures showed there were 12 more deaths in the past week, and 738 people seriously ill in hospital.

The total number of deaths from this winter's outbreak now stands at 39, up from 27 last week, the Health Protection Agency confirmed.

Of those, 36 died from H1N1 swine flu, which is the most virulent of the two main flu strains circulating this winter. The other three died from Influenza B. All but one of the 39 was under 65, and four were under five years old.

The government will now reintroduce a media campaign to help tackle the outbreak. Labour, which earlier this week claimed the campaign had been axed, accused the government of a U-turn.

Some 61% of this year's victims were in one of the "at risk" groups who qualify for a free NHS seasonal flu jab, which include pregnant women, those with breathing conditions such as asthma and those whose immune systems are weak.

But just two of the 23 individuals had received the jab, which for the first time this year includes protection against swine flu, which claimed hundreds of lives when it began circulating in the UK in early 2009.

The figure serves to underline doctors' concerns that millions of people run the risk of infection, with potentially serious effects, because they have not been vaccinated.

The number of people with known or suspected flu being treated in critical care units in hospitals has jumped from 460 to 738 - a rise of 278 in a week.

Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, has decided to reinstate the Catch It, Bin It, Kill It campaign, urging the public to improve personal hygiene, which was dropped after being used during last year's swine flu epidemic.

The campaign, which cost £609,000 last year, will resume with national newspaper and radio advertisements on Saturday.

The shadow health secretary, John Healey, said: "Andrew Lansley made a serious misjudgment when he axed the autumn advertising campaign to help public understanding of flu and boost vaccinations. But I welcome this U-turn, as late in the day as it will appear to many people."

The Department of Health (DoH) has also asked the government's advisers on vaccination to review whether the flu immunisation policy – which Labour criticised this week for excluding under-fives from those offered jabs – is up to the task of helping to control the current outbreak. A statement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which is likely to lead to changes, is expected later.

Professor John Watson, the head of the respiratory diseases department at the Health Protection Agency, said: "We are seeing a large amount of flu circulating across the country and would urge those people in an at-risk group to have their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as possible as this is the best way to protect themselves from flu this winter.

"Although there were reports of many people during the pandemic only experiencing mild disease we can't stress enough that flu can be an extremely serious illness for people in 'at risk' groups, including pregnant women, the elderly and those with other underlying conditions such as heart problems, diabetes, lung, liver or renal diseases and those who have weakened immune systems."

He said most people with flu should take plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids and take over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol, but that anyone displaying severe symptoms, particularly those in vulnerable groups, should contact their GP or local out-of-hours service for medical advice.

"It is important that people do all they can to reduce the spread of the virus and they can do this by maintaining good cough and hand hygiene, such as covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, disposing of the tissue as soon as possible and cleaning your hands as soon you can. These are all important actions that can help prevent the spread of germs and reduce the risk of flu transmission," he said.