Request an additional 200 thousand doses of the grafts in case of any emergency
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Transfer the cases of meningitis «Farwaniya» to «force» .. the «Health»: Kuwait is not infected and vaccination only for people living with mixed or suspected of having
He added 10,000 people including staff members have been vaccinated against the disease. So far, three suspicious cases were admitted into local hospitals and are awaiting test results for meningitis diagnosis.
Minister of Health Mustafa Al-Shamali paid a visit to the hospital Thursday afternoon accompanied by a number of senior ministry officials to preempt rumors that have been spread through websites.
“Five thousand hospital employees, laborers, administrative staff members, hospital visitors, and those who have shown an interest have been vaccinated against the disease. In addition, 2,300 cleaners have also been given vaccination shots,” said Dr Haidar.
He added meningitis, like any other infectious disease, has its own season during which infection rates increase and it is currently the season for the disease.
“The situation is calm and there are no fears of any kind as the cases are only individual and happen all over the world,” explained Dr Haidar.
When the Arab Times contacted several hospitals around the country, it discovered only three cases have been reported however the test results are still awaited to find out if the cases were indeed meningitis infections.
The manager of Al-Amiri hospital Dr Afrah Al-Saraf said two suspicious cases were admitted at her hospital — one was admitted four days ago suffering from viral inflammation, and the second case was admitted two days ago with a bacterial inflammation. She added that specimens of the two cases’ spinal liquid were taken for screening and the results are expected to be announced over the next two days.
“The two patients have been given necessary medications and ‘quarantined’ inside the intensive care unit,” Al-Saraf added.
At the Al-Adan Hospital, a 42-year-old Kuwaiti woman was admitted with symptoms indicating a suspicious meningitis infection.
She is in the intensive care unit and under medication.
Al-Shimali reassured citizens and expatriates about the health situation in the country after detecting meningitis cases.
“Only six infection cases have been registered so far, including four in 2011 and two in 2012,” the minister told reporters during the inspection visit.
“This number is far below the international prevalence rate of the disease, which starts from ten infection cases for each 100,000 people,” he pointed out.
“The six patients are receiving medication at four hospitals of the Ministry of Health, namely Mubarak Al-Kabir, Al-Sabah, the Amiri, and Al-Farwaniya hospitals,” Al-Shimali said, affirming that the health situation is under control.
All cases the disease involve foreigners coming into the country, which prompted the health authorities to vaccinate up to 10,000 persons so far.
“There are sufficient quantities of the relevant vaccines in Kuwait, so there is no need to panic,” Al-Shimali added.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs Dr. Khalid Al-Sahlawi said the conditions of all the six patients are stable now.
“The patients are getting better and respond quit well to the medication; they are about to recover completely,” he affirmed.
Dr. Al-Sahlawi highlighted the importance of following the precautionary measures against the infection, such as keeping away from coughing people or crowded areas. http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/178088/reftab/96/Default.aspx
The situation triggered a peaceful demonstration at the hospital’s entrance by almost 30 women working in the hospital at 8:00 am Monday to demand similar vaccination procedures, as they raised banners with the inscription “No Work before Vaccination”.
The protesters complained the hospital management was careless in handling the first patient infected with meningitis from a popular shopping mall in Rai Road on Dec 19, and that there were six other cases at the Internal Medicine Department, including children.
However, the Farwaniya Hospital Deputy Director Dr Abdullah Al-Khalifa denied receiving six cases of meningitis, saying the hospital has only recorded three cases until now. He explained that the first patient had died shortly after admission, and the second patient whose condition has improved was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit. He said the third case was a four-month old son of a worker at a popular shopping mall.Dr Al-Khalifa affirms that the Medical Storage Department at Subhan agreed to send 500 vaccines to the Farwaniya Hospital immediately after the demonstration.
He also said the hospital has tested fifteen suspected cases ever since it recorded the first case, and they all tested negative. He cited a female worker at the hospital as among those tested negative after undergoing tests due to similar symptoms of the disease she showed. However, it was confirmed the woman was suffering from hemorrhage, he noted. Al-Khalifa explained that symptoms of the disease include headache, temperature and vomiting, and noted the hospital had only given the doctors and nurses antibiotics. He reiterated the hospital can only distribute anti meningitis vaccines when an epidemic is announced in order to prevent its spread, and that will be regarded as an emergency. He indicated the officials have arranged for supplies from the warehouse to vaccinate everybody since the workers feel uncomfortable. http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/177979/reftab/36/t/Wary-hospital-staff-stage-protest-seek-vaccination/Default.aspx
Confirmed positive for bird flu reservoir Tsunoda
Miyagi Prefecture, five days in advance 豊室 Ichino Kakuda (You Ichinoji) of the two dead whooper swan feathers were found near ponds, announced that positive reactions were confirmed bird flu virus from birds. The gene was detected bird flu virus is the first time in Miyagi prefecture.
Tests have been conducted in Hokkaido determined whether highly pathogenic toxic and result in about a week later found.
In interviews in 19 provinces to poultry farms within 10 kilometers radius from the location is found, such as abnormal mortality of chickens has not occurred. County is off limits as well as near the corpse was found, has strengthened the monitoring of migratory birds flying in the land of the province.
According to the County Conservation Department, residents near the pond on December 26 last year, "one dead whooper swan feather" the report submitted to Kakuda said.
County officials said the results confirmed the scene, found the carcass of a total of two wings in the west and east of the opposite side of the pond. Simple tests on the spot, but both were negative, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (Tsukuba) with the results of genetic testing, but had tested positive for influenza A from one of the west wing.
Ichino migratory birds go pond is open land that is under scrutiny Anatidae bird habitat in the province.
Criticized the deputy of the National Assembly Faisal Duwaisan performance of the work of the Ministry of Health in Kuwait's not worried about a plan of medical precautions to prevent the spread of disease, "meningitis" among citizens.
Said Duwaisan in a statement received "network compatibility news"on the copy, "We are still suffering from the deterioration of health services in the country, whether from a lack of hospitals or in terms of quality ranging from indifference to the Ministry of Health in the migration of medical specialists and owners of efficiency and the end of what is happening now spread "Meningitis", and the emergence of several cases.
He pointed out that the ministry has moved timidly as a reaction after the media raised this issue and still the vision is clear and the citizens of continuing concern.
"Despite the abundance of financial enjoyed by the state and thankfully we do not find an expansion in the construction of hospitals to cover the increasing population and ease the pressure on hospitals and even hospitals have opened in recent years is a donations from philanthropists, corporations and not from the projects of the Ministry of Health."
Duwaisan During his statement, called for activating the expansion and development of health in the development plan as soon as possible by increasing the number of hospitals, medical staff and to attract global and eligible until you return to the citizen's confidence in government health services
"It is shameful that the citizen can not find beds for patients treated in our hospitals and stay in the emergency for a period of time up to some days until a bed vacant in the wings not to mention the lack of some medications, and appointments of long-specialty clinics."
He called Duwaisan government represented by the Minister of Health this year and next in the next government to strive and move the actual advancement of health services to rise to the level of ambition of the citizens and the health of the citizen the most important priorities of the government.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
On the other hand Al «news» of health sources informed that the Ministry of Health on the request for additional quantities of bait protective against meningitis virus up to approximately 200 thousand doses in case of any other emergency.
The sources said that the request has nothing to do bait spread of the epidemic, but are just precautionary measures undertaken by the Ministry of Health in case of any emergency, noting at the same time that the number of infections is the aftermath of the Balshaaa.
The same sources confirmed that the ministry will be an inventory of all cases of confirmed and suspected to be presented to the media with full transparency to avoid any errors or errors that may cause fear among citizens.
They pointed out that the ministry will allocate a hotline to report any cases of suspected Balshaaa occur to take action.
She explained that the Ministry will awareness campaigns against the disease in all regions of the definition of how to prevent it.
Vaccinated children and pilgrims mixing and employment on an annual basis
The disease is transmitted by droplets and direct contact and close for a long time with the situation and usually occur crowded residential places
Duaij for «News»: «force» a capacity limited to no room for a larger number of patients
Hanan Abdel Karim Al-Abdullah Abdalmabboud
Renewed with the Ministry of Health through a formal statement to emphasize that «no epidemic of Neisseria meningitis vaccination in the country and all contacts of patients and customers directly» the hospital received a communicable disease cases of meningitis last night coming from Farwaniya Hospital.
The director of the hospital d. Duaij Al-Jamal will be the opening of the intensive care unit during the national holidays, pointing out that the transfer of patients to «force» Ttmina and will stay a few days «to recovery». At the same time, I learned «news» of health sources informed that the Ministry of Health on the request for additional quantities of bait protective against meningitis virus up to approximately 200 doses in case of any emergency.
The Duaij's «news» that «force» its capacity is limited, with no room to receive a larger number of patients, and that the number of beds by 250 beds only, and said: time of creation of the hospital were not there a need for a room intensive care because of the number of sections in hospitals nearby , but with the spread of swine flu virus during the last period began to think about the need for a hospital room, intensive care and has already developed the necessary studies and began implementation will be the opening of the hospital's intensive care during the celebrations of national holidays in February.
Duaij revealed that «media» and «Health» erred in dealing with the disease, stressing that the panic that hit the people was the result of any dealing by the «Health» quickly with the news spread of the disease, especially when the media was exaggerating the matter.
It also said the ministry opened the door wanting to vaccinate against meningitis and those who wish to set, noting that the vaccination is available there is no need to fear and anxiety, because the ministry had done all the preparations to meet the emergency meningitis.
The sources asked not to pay attention to what is published by means of social cohesion and Alwatsab and taking information from stakeholders, as most of the information disseminated by means of social cohesion and lacked precision.
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Ministry of Health issued a statement on meningitis' and spread recently, the statement reads as follows:
">Given what has been published by the media and social networking on the incidence of meningitis in the country confirm the Ministry of Health that the country there is no epidemic of disease Neisseria meningitidis, where the number of cases not reported average epidemiological and of ten cases per hundred thousand population in Kuwait, and the rumors that the World Health Organization had recommended the closure of some health institutions, parks and markets in Kuwait or Kuwait affected the disease has been denied by the regional office of WHO in Cairo, which is still considered the State of Kuwait is infected with the disease.
So there is no reasons to vaccinate only the contacts of the direct cases of confirmed or suspected of meningitis epidemic Neisseria housing or dealing with cases of medical workers and management as it is fixed scientifically that the meningitis epidemic Neisseria not transmitted only through the spray mix with the direct and close for a long time with the situation affected, which usually occur places residential crowded has been providing sufficient amounts of bait in the centers of preventive and stress at the same time that there is no reasons to vaccinate those who are not mixing with cases of confirmed or suspected of meningitis epidemic Neisseria mixing closely for a long time, especially as all cases of confirmed and suspected become non-infectious contacts of 24 hours after from taking effective antibiotics.
Note that the Ministry of Health is based vaccination on an annual basis for meningitis for children and pilgrims, employment and contacts of cases and travelers to the country affected and the cases that suffer from HIV, for the reasons known medical, and therefore all of the vaccinated groups mentioned are resistant enough for five years.
We ask everyone not to get carried away with all the information disseminated through social networking sites and the Internet, which marred much of the information and statements are accurate and that do not match with the actual situation in Kuwait, and that may be detrimental to Kuwait's reputation internationally with the need to investigate the taking of information from official sources from the specialists at the Ministry of Health, asking the Almighty to preserve the State of Kuwait and from all evil.
From: Dr. Nguyen Thanh Australia
Situation appears H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in 2012 first at Phu Binh, Go Cong Tay district veterinary services have been destroyed or put out completely translated, we need to actively prevent the epidemic could spread to humans .
Influenza A H5N1 is a serious disease mortality by about 50% of people infected and most cases of infection due to direct contact with infected poultry. After exposure to the virus, patients with high fever, headache, muscle pain, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath due to lung destruction quickly ..., can be fatal if not detected and processing time. The disease is mainly spread from poultry to humans, the suspected contagious among humans is unclear.
Respiratory disease transmitted by droplets ranges to burn, respiratory secretions and digestive disease carriers (when direct or indirect, care, slaughter and destruction ,...); by breathing air containing dust from chicken manure, bird droppings and other secretions ... carry the virus alive; line contact, digestion: from food, drinking water contaminated with the virus cleaner, through hands dirty, polluted the mouth, nose and thereby invade the respiratory tract. Influenza A H5N1 virus can survive outside the environment to 4 days at room temperature (22 o C) and they were destroyed by high temperature (from 80 o C or higher) ...
To actively prevent the flu, people should perform the following measures: Ensure daily personal hygiene. Do not use meat and poultry products from disease. Use antiseptic nasal and throat daily. Limit contact with sick poultry disease. When necessary contact with patients, infected poultry must wear masks, glasses, hats, shirts; wash hands with soap or antiseptic before and after exposure. To enhance the resistance of the body by eating, rest and reasonable physical exercise. Those in frequent contact with pathogens, work in areas where animal flu should implement preventive measures against individuals, such as SARS. Tamiflu is only capable of inhibiting (reducing influenza complications), rather than cure for H5N1 virus, can be used prophylactic treatment for exposure. People with chronic diseases, the elderly, children, local people have weak muscles need special attention to preventive measures.
When signs of acute respiratory tract infection such as fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, sore throat, cough need to right the nearest medical facility to be examined and treated promptly. But we should not be too worried that the chicken diet in the New Year arrived, looking to buy a chicken, ducks have a clear origin, be quarantined and sold in prestigious places such as supermarkets markets, food manufacturing company ... however, to avoid dangerous foods such as duck, because the disease can be transmitted to pigs, worms, H5N1 influenza.
Thailand Hlth Minister: monitor all cases of influenza, pneumonia, symptoms similar to #bird flu #H5N1
Thailand fears the H5N1 bird flu victims from overflowing into Vietnam
01.07.2012 Today, the news News AsiaOne, Thailand Ministry of Health a report, expressing concern about the danger of infection from avian influenza virus H5N1 overflow into Vietnam. Thailand Ministry of Health reiterated that during the period 2004-2006, many people have been infected with bird flu, including 17 severe cases.
Thailand's Health Ministry said it is the oversight of the disease in this country, after information about the 2500 poultry were destroyed in a locality of the Mekong Delta - Vietnam, are related to disease Influenza above.
Currently, Thailand is facing two threats, one is the flow of seasonal migration of birds, and Monday is the temperature warms up, causing the virus to thrive.
Thailand Health Ministry require state agencies to publish the case of poultry deaths and recommends people should not touch dead animals. In addition, the professional staff to provide adequate protective clothing when handling dead carcasses.
All public health facilities are urged to closely monitor all cases of influenza, pneumonia, a disease with symptoms similar to bird flu H5N1.
Health Agency of Thailand recalled that, during the period from 2004-2006, many people have been infected with H5N1 bird flu, including 17 severe cases.
Egypt: Crisis in the poultry sector after the appearance of 10 genetic alterations in the «avian flu»
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Mohamed Shafie, Chairman of the Division of Poultry Industries Federation, said that the losses of the poultry sector amounted to 2.5 billion pounds, due to the emergence of 10 genetic alterations of the virus avian influenza, and the appearance of changes in bronchitis contagious "IB", pointing out that 70% of the total poultry production in Egypt is in farms and small businesses in danger of collapse, as they can not deal with the crisis of the small size of its own profit margin.
The Shafei in a statement to the "seventh day", that there was a clear indication for the emergence of the crisis, pointing out that the grow-take from 35 to 40 days, explaining that the bird will continue his excellent health until 25 days, and then deteriorate, indicating that the proportion of dead birds up from 10% to 15% on all farms and companies.
The Shafie that the companies were sent to the General Authority for Veterinary Services, to those situations, but they always face the lack of interest, pointing out that he must do the inventory of the infected Belvirs The effort is hard to find an effective vaccine eliminates the crisis that threatens the sector collapse.
For his part, said Engineer Saeed Mohamed, director of Misr Arab Poultry, the causes of the crisis and rising production costs, which is the high proportion of feed costs 45%, pointing out that most of them imported raw materials, in addition to an event a jump in prices by 30%, rising prices vaccine is almost 100%.
He added that the sector fattening face problems of 2010, the presence of virus was eliminated on 10% of poultry, and the most specialized companies in fattening began to decline by 60%, due to the high price of LPG by 60 pounds in the cylinder LPG, which is one of the most important elements in process to heat the broiler poultry.
Which is the fiercest viruses endemic in Egypt, using the isolated two things different and reverse genetics with the latest technology to ensure the highest ratio of wealth to protect poultry.
Confirmed Dr Siham Rashid Director of Research Institute of serums and vaccines, veterinary of the Center for Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture had been calibrated the new vaccine tested before registration in the Central Laboratory of the control on biologicals, Veterinary and give the percentage of protection of 95% after the challenge test, as his experience in one of the poultry farms and given the level of immunologically high and reassuring compared to other vaccines used in the same farm.
She explained during the meeting which was held under the chairmanship of Osama Sulayem, Chairman of the General Authority for Veterinary Services in order to find the results of the new vaccine in the presence of Dr. Suhair Hassan, Head of Central Department for Preventive Medicine, was to provide a scientific integrated the new vaccine to the organs of the Commission, and approved for registration and ongoing preparation of the first batch of calibrated until the end of the registration procedure, so it can be put to poultry farms. She said that agreement was reached with the National Center for Research Institute for the supply of modern Palmazolat after treatment with reverse genetics technology, where the flu virus mutate rapidly and genetic changes, and therefore must use the isolates that have taken place by the changes to get the highest rate of protection.
She explained that the Institute finished creation of a special section for Research on Avian Flu at a cost of 12 million pounds of income of the Institute, according to the latest international standards, to produce 400 million doses of vaccines against avian influenza can be multiplied according to needs.
Friday, January 6, 2012
"Things are not so terrible." When "China Science News" correspondent on 6 January by researchers with the Institute of Microbiology, Shenzhen about drivers who report a case of bird flu, researchers say it is dull.In their eyes, every year people were killed in bird flu, no fuss, not to mention large-scale outbreaks.However, as Shenzhen drivers are actually infected poultry or infected by migratory birds, may be a never shrouded in mystery.
Transmission of avian influenza is very strange. According to the associate researcher Liu Di Jieshao, outbreaks of avian flu since 2005, the Institute of Microbiology Chinese Academy of Sciences of the high-Fu group and the Northwest Plateau Institute of Biology Li Hing group, has begun to track migratory birds traces of bird flu has not stopped. 2012, at the beginning of the cold Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, migratory birds has not yet arrived, they temporarily can not obtain data fashion.
Task Force in 2005, an outbreak of avian flu, do migratory birds in Qinghai Lake to find a highly pathogenic virus H5N1, 2006 年 also isolated a lot. By 2007, the migratory birds at Qinghai Lake, the bird flu virus is relatively small, almost disappeared in 2008. However, in 2009 and 2010, another group of fish in the lake gulls, brown-headed gulls and cormorants and other H5N1 viruses isolated from migratory birds at a new branch Clade2.3.2. Vietnam reported the virus and the avian flu virus is very similar.
Task Force co-operation with the Russian researchers found that this virus has been spread to migratory birds in Mongolia and parts of Russia."Clade2.3.2 and Clade2.3.4 branch of poultry in Asia in recent years, the distribution is relatively common in the inland provinces of Hunan, China, Hong Kong and Japan, Vietnam and others have the virus isolates, including poultry in Qinghai is also a performance. So in the end who is the bird flu virus to the birds? "group asked.
If the poultry is infected migratory birds in Qinghai, the Qinghai virus in poultry come from?If it is not spread through the poultry, then what kind of birds brought the virus to Qinghai?Through analysis, research group that birds directly to the interior of the virus with China is unlikely to Qinghai. Speculated that most likely is that the Mainland carrying the virus in poultry in Qinghai, Qinghai infected poultry, poultry and migratory birds in Qinghai were infected. Of course not rule out migratory birds infected with the virus from abroad, which led to the possibility of an outbreak in Qinghai Lake area. But there are a lack of direct evidence. It is understood that the migratory birds carrying avian flu found in Qinghai, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan virus researchers, has on the Dongting Lake, Poyang Lake and other waters sampled, there are also isolated from the waters of the avian influenza virus subtype H10N8.Liu Zhai said: "This indicates that migratory birds and poultry carrying the virus may cause environmental pollution, and the existence of the environment as the media led to the spread of avian influenza virus may be."Many people have seen, the current number of waters in the South, poultry and migratory birds fighting for food scene, no one knows the original sin of avian flu.Despite the complexity of transmission of avian influenza, but Chinese scientists did not give up track.In 2010, the national "973 Plan" project the use of genetic models to predict the geographical space the spread of H5N1 avian influenza virus and control strategy.The study hopes to build a massive database analysis, the use of public resources for the database of nucleic acid and protein sequence comparison of the search for potential point mutations meaningful; and build the H5N1 reverse genetics experiment platform, get to deal with H5N1 virus; the same time, save the virus by the cellular industry zoology experimental validation, analysis of the spread of the virus in animals force and virulence.Currently, high-welfare group has the structure of the avian flu virus has been successfully resolved."China Science News" (2012-01-07 http://tech.hexun.com/2012-01-07/137034216.html
Minister of Health: 6 cases of meningitis detected and 10 thousand Tamana is no need for concern
In the details have assured the Health Minister Mustafa Al-Shamali citizens and residents that the cases infected with meningitis under control, a simple cases does not exceed 6 cases since 2011 2012, emphasizing that they are less than the global averages very much as the global rate starts from 10 cases per 100 thousand.
He noted that cases receive treatment in hospitals and the Ministry of Health as there are in the case of Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital and the other in the morning and another in Amiri and Farwaniya.
He denied that there is a tendency to close the Farwaniya Hospital by order of the World Health Organization, stressing that the hospital had a fully functioning there is no need to close it.
He said «that the meninges are imported from abroad and Tamana To date, 10 thousand cases and vaccinations are available in sufficient quantities and there is no need for concern».
We do not have intensive care patients to receive the meningitis
...Medical sources in the Farwaniya Hospital confirmed in a statement to «News» that the isolation rooms in the Farwaniya Hospital were filled with no room for the introduction of any other patients only admitted to the wings of the public, especially as the hospital of communicable diseases refuses to receive patients from the Farwaniya the pretext of the lack of intensive care,
Seems to be treated and the Ministry of Health with cases of meningitis, which began to spread in hospitals, proved the correctness of the report prepared by WHO Consultant Dr. Ahmed Ramadan, when he visited the country in 2010 to assess the public health situation in the country, which alone in «News» published last week, which confirmed the absence of any policy in the ministry of emergency to deal with any health emergency, and this is what happened with the Ministry of Health at this time in dealing with the start of the spread of meningitis, which we believe that the reason for the spread due to the expatriate Indian entered the country in the history of 19 of December, and were admitted to hospital in 20 of the last month to generate new cases were distributed to hospitals in Farwaniya, Mubarak Al-Kabeer and Amiri, and which won them at least two deaths at the moment which was be announced in the media, including the «God knows», and the cases were diagnosed, including waiting for diagnostic laboratory have to make sure the injury or not.
The public health emergency an important element threatens the stability of the overall health of the community, where occurred in the past few years, many health problems that are a real threat to public health «such as flu Alkhnazin birds SARS», which requires a response to such events the availability of a contingency plan is used as a particularly If this emergency affecting the whole community, but the issue of «meningitis» Unveiling of the Ministry of Health in dealing with them and that the absence of a policy to deal with such an incident, especially since the development of some medical staff in hospitals «heartbreaking» for not providing the necessary vaccines for the prevention most of them they said in a statement to «News».
They said: There are no contingency plans in hospitals to cope with the «event», which started easily passed from hospital to hospital, where the situation in these hospitals «Saib» which caused great concern and bewilderment for patients and visitors who preferred some of them out and not to visit the hospital discovered the « Meningitis »reducing the proportion of reviewers for these hospitals, and some preferred to resort to private.
And called for medical staff and the Ministry of Health redress and protection from the epidemic, and not throwing as a «scapegoat» for dealing with patients without protection or incentives, as well as develop plans to address the «most pollution» Great, which began to spread and threaten the health security in the country.
Medical sources familiar confirmed in a statement to «News» that the Ministry of Health to speed up the formation of a national committee or competent to fight this epidemic, and carry out mass vaccination of all members of the community similar to the campaigns of the former occurred in the past years, as well as vaccination of all technical personnel, medical and administrative hospitals to immunize the risk of infection.
exceeded the total losses incurred by the poultry industry in Egypt since 2006 until now more than 2.5 billion pounds, due to the crisis in the sector now, a mutated bird flu virus to 10 new species.
total losses suffered by the poultry production sector in Egypt, 2.5 billion pounds.
The official report issued by the General Authority for Veterinary Services that the total number of foci of infection with bird flu in 2011 since the start of the revolution on January 25, reached 384 center including 313 in the backyard, "rural" 0.53 focus on poultry farms .16 focus in the markets selling live birds , hotbeds in the massacres of poultry, while the official sources, the Authority described the epidemiological situation of the disease as "critical" and that the disease is endemic in Egypt, "not a political lie".
Dr. Osama Sulayem, Chairman of the General Authority for Veterinary Services in a press statement yesterday that he decided to form a 297 Task Force to follow up the epidemic situation of the disease in different provinces, in order to achieve disease control and reduce the spread of the virus in the sector poultry pointing to the importance of the role of these committees to educate the citizens the dangers of disease and not to be complacent in the application of safety rules is vital in education, whether rural or poultry farms.
Dr. Amr Kandil, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Preventive Medicine, that in 2011 saw 40 casualties from bird flu, died, including 16 cases and noted that among the 40 cases in the world in 2011, Egypt received the lion's share of these cases to 23 cases «died of which 10 cases », followed by Indonesia with 8 cases of« died, including 7 cases », then Vietnam, with 7 cases of« died and two of them », then China, which took place in two cases died, including one, pointing out that about 50% of the deaths of bird flu this year was in Egypt, according to WHO statistics.
The World Health Organization has warned of the threat of avian influenza on Egypt, said Dr. Mustafa Orhan, former director of the Center for Influenza of the World Health Organization, there are fears of mutating virus is the deadly bird flu (H5 N1), to be able to move from human to human, as it is now spreading from birds to humans only, and added: «You should know that this virus has become endemic in Egypt since he entered it in 2006 as a result of the spread of poultry farms and indiscriminate backyard», calling for the imposition of strict controls on poultry farms, and the prevention of backyard poultry.
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On January 4, a total of 330 birds and 360 eggs in four poultry farms were culled.
Last evening, they culled the remaining 65 birds and 87 eggs.
The culling began, following a confirmation of an outbreak by the national centre for animal health in Serbithang, Thimphu.
Department of livestock’s Dr Tashi Dorji said it would be officially declared as an outbreak after the ministry receives a confirmation from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
An outbreak was suspected when 87 birds in a backyard farm of Lhamo died between December 30 and 31 in Tsimasham.
“We’re culling only those birds, whose farms are located nearest to Lhamo’s poultry farm, because the risk of them being infected is high,” Dr Tashi Dorji said. “We’re still investigating other farms.”
A team, comprising officials from the livestock department, health, police and BAFRA, visited six farms on January 4. They declared 519 birds safe from the flu.
Dr Tashi Dorji said they have sprayed disinfectant on all the coops, instead of destroying them like before. “If we destroy the coops, the compensation amount becomes too expensive,” he said. “The disinfected coops are safe for human.”
There are so far no reports of any human being infected with the virus. “Lhamo is still under observation,” Dr Tashi Dorji said.
Contact with pigeons is suspected to have caused the outbreak. “The poultry must have come in contact with pigeons to feed on rice,” Dr Tashi Dorji said. “And pigeons are wild birds that carries such virus.”
The detailed report from Bhopal will also confirm the source of infection, while the ministry is now working on the compensation that needs to be paid to the owners of culled birds.
As a preventive measure, spraying of disinfectant on vehicles plying that route also began yesterday
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Field turns birds’ burial ground
Balurghat, Jan. 5: More than 200 birds, mostly pet pigeons and domesticated hens, were found dead at Purbachal here since last night after the avian species had purportedly consumed puffed rice mixed with poison.
The mass death of birds had initially led people to suspect that avian flu had struck the area. But the animal husbandry authorities ruled out that the deaths had been caused by bird flu. The disease had killed thousands of domesticated chickens in Balurghat in the past.
The local people pointed finger at Bidhu Pahan who cultivates wheat on a small patch of land at Purbachal for the avian deaths. They said he had kept puffed rice mixed with pesticide in the field and the birds had consumed them.
The farmer fled the area after the incident.
“Nearly 200 birds and even some stray dogs and cats died between last evening and this morning. I have spoken to the residents and some of them suspect that the owner of a wheat field had spread a high dose of pesticide in a bag of puffed rice that the birds consumed and died,” said Arijit Mahanta, a former RSP councillor from the area.
“I spoke to Pahan along with the local people and the farmer admitted that he had spread pesticide on the field. He has left the area after the incident. But, we feel that he had also poisoned the puffed rice. The pigeons consumed the rice and died after they flew back to their roosts,” Mahanta said.
Apart from the pigeons and the hens, the dead birds included common mynahs also.
The RSP leader said he had been shown a plastic carry bag with puffed rice in the farmland. “Most of the birds that died were pigeons raised by the local people. We were surprised that the animal resources development department did not collect samples and send them for tests,” Mahanta said.
He added that outbreak of bird flu was not uncommon in Balurghat.
Shyamali Oraon, a resident of Purbachal, said she had lost all her 10 pigeons.
“The birds started dying since last evening and by this morning, all 10 had died,” she said.
The deputy director of animal resources development department, Kamal Kanti Bose, said there was no need to be scared of bird flu.
“We have not received any complaints. As we have a poultry farm in the vicinity, I had sent a pathologist to Purbachal and he has ruled out bird flu. If bird flu had been the case, many more birds, including the hens in our poultry, would have started dying. In our poultry, no birds died in the past two days. The bird flu virus spreads very fast and the farm would have definitely been affected,” he said.
This is the second incident of poison killing any kind of species in north Bengal in the past two months. Thousands of fish had floated up dead in Jalpaiguri’s Karala river on November 28 after unscrupulous people had contaminated the water with endosulfan, a banned pesticide.
Mahanta said the local people had themselves disposed of the carcasses of the birds.
“They have picked up the dead birds from different spots and are either burning or burying them. Some of the dead birds had also been eaten by the jackals at night,” he said.
The chairperson of the Balurghat municipality, Sucheta Biswas, said there was nothing to panic. “I am looking into the matter. What I have heard is that the owner of the land, who has sowed wheat, sprayed a high dose of pesticides as the crop was about to germinate and he did not want the birds to damage the shoots,” she said.
The bird deaths took place a stone’s throw from the area where the top brass of the district administration resided. The bungalows of the district magistrate and the superintendent of police fall within a few hundred yards from the area.
“I have no information about birds dying in our locality,” said district magistrate, Durgadas Goswami. http://telegraphindia.com/1120106/jsp/siliguri/story_14968848.jsp