Saturday, November 3, 2012

India: Bengaluru Central Poultry Develop. Org. Comes To Standstill After Culling

 CPDO comes to 3-m standstill as Rapid Response Teams cull poultry birds
Saturday, November 03, 2012 08:00 IST
The Central Poultry Development Organisation and Training Institute (CPDO) seems to have come to a standstill as the Rapid Response Teams are culling entire poultry birds.

Following the avian or bird flu or H5N1 which affected the poultry birds at the 90 acre campus of CPDO located on the outskirts of Bengaluru, the Union government sent in Rapid Response Teams to dispose off the birds. The culling operation was carried out as per the Union Government Action Plan as part of the containment and eradication of H5N1 virus infected dead birds.

The Rapid Response Teams have culled 13,342 ducks, 369 emus and one ostrich. All the birds are disposed off as per Government of India Action Plan to contain and eradicate H5N1 virus. There has been no human fatality reported so far or no news of poultry birds outside the campus or anywhere in Karnataka affected by the avian flu has come in.
According to M Madan Gopal, principal secretary, department of health and family welfare, the avian flu made its presence, is not in control. There is a panel of doctors conducting daily medical checks of those who are involved in the culling operations. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

#Marburg Virus: 2 More Deaths in Ibanda District

November 2, 2012

Two more people suspected to have contracted the Marburg virus have died in Ibanda
If confirmed, this will bring the total number of Marburg deaths to seven.
Health experts there say the two had been admitted at Ibanda hospital after they
presented with Marburg signs.
The deceased whose identities have not yet been revealed include a 14 year old boy
and a 68 year old woman.
The Ministry of Health public relations officer Rukia Nakamatte says 3 new suspected cases
of Marburg have been admitted at Kabale district.
Nakamatte calls for calm as the ministry does every possible to contain the disease.
She says they are still closely observing over 250 people who had direct contact
with the people who died earlier of Marburg.

#Marburg: Dr. Joachim Saweka, WHO representative in Uganda Gives Update

From the download:  As of yesterday (10/31) there are 20 contacts and at least 11 dead.

November 1, 2012

A nurse takes care of a man sick with Marburg haemorrhagic fever
Concerted efforts are underway in Uganda to control the outbreak of  Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever.
The first case of the deadly viral disease was reported on October 19 in Kabale district in southwestern Uganda.
To date at least 20 cases have been reported in at least five districts including the capital, Kampala.
Dr. Joachim Saweka, WHO representative in Uganda, gave UN Radio's Patrick Maigua an update on the outbreak.
Duration 4.27″

Indonesia: Ebola virus found in Kalimantan’s orangutan

November 02 2012
Researchers from Airlangga University’s Avian Influenza-zoonosis Research Center in Surabaya, East Java, report that they have detected evidence of Ebola virus in several orangutans in Kalimantan.
Researcher Chairil Anwar Nidom told The Jakarta Post on Friday that 65 serum samples collected from 353 healthy orangutans between December 2005 and December 2006 tested positive for Ebola virus.
“The result should be an early warning for us,” he said.
“In 2006, we collected the samples and froze them because we didn’t have an appropriate laboratory to examine them. We examined them last year,” he added.
Chairil also said that six of 353 samples tested positive for Marburg virus, the similar virus to Ebola that causes Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever.
Further examination, Chairil said, showed that 60 of 65 Ebola-tested samples were similar to the virus found in Africa. “There were only five samples that had the similarity with Ebola virus found in Asia. The other 60 were similar to the Ebola virus found in Zaire, Sudan, Ivory Coast, and Bundibugyo district in Uganda,” he said.
According to Chairil, Ebola virus might still live in some of orangutans’ bodies.
“All I can say is that Ebola could be a threat to humans living in Indonesia,” he said.
The orangutan is only found in Kalimantan and Sumatra. The other great apes: gorilla, chimpanzee and bonobo live in Africa.
Chairil and his team said they would continue the research. “We are currently collecting samples from wild boars, which we suspect transmit the virus to orangutans,” he said.
Ebola virus was first detected in Congo in 1976. Sixteen people were killed in the last Ebola outbreak in Uganda this year. (lfr)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Vietnam: Prepares for Pandemic

A day after the event in Hanoi, organized by the Asian Network of Major Cities in the 21Century (ANMC21), which includes Hanoi, Bangkok, New Delhi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Tomsk, Ulaanbaatar and Yangon (The international meeting was posted here.) -- they has a specific meeting with USAID, who provided Vietnam with manuals in the event of a Pandemic. In the past the WHO and USAID have coordinated to develop training manuals regarding standard PPPs but they have not been geared to contingency plans for the infrastructure of the Country.  This seminar dealt with those specifics.

An English version of the story is as follows:

USAID's Avian and Pandemic Influenza Initiative (APII) and partners held a seminar in Hanoi on October 31 to share their experience in coping with pandemic influenza.
  • Although almost all provinces and cities have developed their own pandemic preparedness plans (PPP) under Prime Minister instruction, these plans mainly focus on preventive measures within medical institutions and do not harness social involvement. In addition, they don’t have contingency plans to maintain essential services, such as food, electricity, and water during and post pandemic incidents. .
The USAID/APII, in coordination with the World Health Organsiation (WHO) and Kien Giang province, has developed a training manual for local leaders on building standard PPPs to combat pandemics...Kien Giang became the first province which has successfully drawn up such a PPP, including a plan to maintain essential services and continuous operation when a pandemic occurs.

Vietnam and the USAID have worked together back in 2011 when they signed an agreement

Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) signed an agreement on response to infectious pandemics in humans and animals in Hanoi on April 7.
The agreement will serve as a foundation for MARD to join in the USAID-funded Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) programme, said MARD Deputy Minister Diep Kinh Tan.
US Deputy Chief of Mission in Vietnam, Virginia E. Palmer said EPT is aimed at improving Vietnam and other countries’ capacity in early identification of and response to dangerous pathogens in animals before they can become significant threats to human health.
The EPT programme, which will be carried out from 2011-2015, focuses on disease surveillance, training and outbreak control, especially in areas where threats are most likely to emerge such as the Congo Basin of East and Central Africa, the Mekong region of Southeast Asia, the Amazon region of South America and the Gangetic Plain of South Africa. 

Egypt: Dakahlia Expects Tests Results Today


Confirmed Dr. Suhair Abdul Qadir Head of Central Administration of Preventive Medicine of the General Authority for Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture that the Commission pending the final results of the samples that have been withdrawn from the poultry farms that have occurred with cases of mortality in Dakahlia Governorate, which is expected to appear today.noted Abdul Qadir told the "valley" that, according to analyzes primary were excluded be reasons mortality bird flu therefore are tests on samples of feed and water and dead birds and live also conducted analyzes factor Institute of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed the Head of Central Administration on that there were no Halebatt new deaths on farms at the county level and stable situations farms. worth mentioning that the cases included 19 farm mortality in Dakahlia Governorate a total of 88 thousand cases of deaths in just six hours of midnight and the Eid al-Adha pause until the morning of the first day of the Feast without epidemiological reasons

Panic as Marbug victims clock four

This article with pictures, was brought to the New Vision site thru mobile.  It provides some much needed detail, including name and dates of death.  It is dated however.  Currently, if you refer to my latest Case List, you will see that Obed Tegyerieze has been tested negative and discharged.  There are some pictures at the link of Obed, and Mildred Ansasiire (Asasira) (26) who was buried on 10/18.

By Goodluck Musinguzi, Patrick Murangira and Esther Namirimu

At least four people are confirmed dead after they succumbed to the Marburg virus while six have been admitted at Kabale Hospital.
Bernard Rutaro, a former teacher in Ibanda District and his mother Lillian Banegura died on October 4 having exhibited symptoms of the virus.
Boaz Turyahikayo and Mildred Asasira succumbed to the virus on Thursday but health officials stopped burial of the victims until experts come from Kampala.

He said they chased away mourners and isolated health workers at the four centers where the families sought medical attention.
The centres are Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, Rugarama hospital, Rushoroza Health Center III and Kigozi Clinic.
John Banegura, the head of the family, is the latest to be admitted.
Doctor Placid Mihayo, the Kabale Hospital director, confirms the admission.
Mihayo says they have quarantined members of the family but situation seems to be worsening.
He says they are still waiting for a team of experts from Kampala.

Late Friday evening a Marburg carrier was believed to have been travelling between Rukungiri and Bushenyi.
Mihayo said they were tracing Obed Tegyereize to isolate him.
“We are appealing to the general population to report Obed Tegyereize so that he does not infect more people,” he said.

Mathew Elayu, the acting Kabale resident district commissioner said they were hunting for individuals whose tests were confirmed positive.
The disease has set off a wave of panic in Kabale because hundreds of people had gathered Thursday to bury the dead.

Funding, health system constraints impede Marburg virus control

October 31, 2012 


On 31 October, Ugandan legislators called for the suspensions of public gatherings, celebrations and meetings in Marburg-affected districts.
On 29 October, the health ministry dispatched a team of experts to the southwestern region to help boost local health workers’ efforts to contain the spread of the disease. It has also set up field diagnostic laboratory at Kabale Referral Hospital and established temporary isolation facilities and wards in Mbarara, Ibanda, Kabarole, Rukungiri and Ibanda to accommodate suspected and confirmed cases.
But a severe shortage of trained health workers has affected efforts to contain the disease; just 63 percent health worker positions in the country’s public health sector are filled.
“The health workers are overwhelmed and stretched with the outbreak. We are struggling to contain it. The facilities are overstretched,” Patrick Tusiime, the Kabale District Health Officer, told IRIN.
Matters have been further complicated by an ongoing strike by an estimated 150 health workers at Mbarara Referral Hospital – the largest referral facility in the region – who laid down their tools on’ October over unpaid salaries.

WHO: Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda - update

 As of 28 October 2012, a total of 18 cases and 9 deaths, including a health worker, have been reported from 5 districts namely Kabale district, in south-western Uganda, Kampala (the capital city), Ibanda, Mbarara and Kabarole. The case fatality rate is 50%. The outbreak was declared by the Ministry of Health in Uganda on 19 October 2012. Blood samples from 9 cases have been confirmed for Marburg virus at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).
Currently, 13 patients have been admitted to hospital (2 in Kampala, 8 in Kabale, 3 in Ibanda) and their contacts are listed for daily follow up. The latest confirmed case was admitted to Ibanda district isolation ward on 26 October 2012.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and international partners including, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Uganda Red Cross (URCS), African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) and Médecins-Sans-Frontières (MSF) are supporting the national authorities in outbreak investigation and response. The national task force has identified additional health care workers and epidemiologists to strengthen the teams in the field. Training of health workers on infection prevention and control, surveillance and clinical case management is ongoing. Social mobilization activities are being conducted which include the dissemination of IEC (Information Education Communication) material, sensitization on Marburg prevention and control and broadcast of information through radio channels. The first shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) provided by WHO arrived over the weekend.
The WHO Regional office has deployed an epidemiologist and a logistician to Uganda to support the response teams on the ground. In addition, a social mobilization expert from WHO Zambia Country Office and a logistician from the Regional Rapid Response Team network have been mobilized for immediate deployment. More experts are being identified by the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).
As the investigation into the outbreak continues, WHO and partners continue to support the national authorities as needed in the areas of coordination, infection prevention and control, surveillance, epidemiology, public information and social mobilization, anthropological analysis and logistics for outbreak response.
Neighbouring countries have been contacted to strengthen cross border surveillance and preparedness to prevent cross border spread of the outbreak.
WHO advises that there is no need for any restrictions on travel or trade with Uganda.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Indonesia: Update Progress Cases of Avian Influenza (AI) in Poultry condition s / d 30 September 2012

Cases of AI in poultry this month / September 2012 (1-30 September 2012) 

The number of cases of AI as much as 44 cases in 44 villages (among 76,613 villages across Indonesia) in 25 districts / cities in 12 province , namely: Riau 11 cases (Kampar, Dumai, Pekan Baru), DI Yogyakarta 6 cases (Bantul, Kulonprogo and Yogyakarta ), 6 cases of West Sumatra(Padang Pariaman, Solok, Tanah Datar and Bukittinggi), Central Java 5 cases (Sragen, Grobogan and Waterford), Banten 5 cases (Lebak and Tangerang), 3 cases of West Sulawesi (Polewali mandar and Mamuju) , East Kalimantan 2 cases (Balikpapan and Samarinda), South Sulawesi 2 cases (Maros and Makassar), DKI Jakarta 1 case (East Jakarta), West Java 1 case (Cimahi), Bali 1 case (Buleleng), Bengkulu 1 case ( Bengkulu).
Causing the death of poultry as tails 2976 (2321 tail chicken, 600 quail and 55 tail ducks) .
Highest cases occur in Prov. Riau , ie 11 cases in 11 villages that caused the death of 1368 poultry chicken tail

Placing Indonesia WHO H5N1 Victim Top Countries in the World

Thursday, November 1, 2012

OFFICE District Health (DKK) Banjarnegara, last week actively organized information dissemination Communication for Behavioural IMPAC (COMBI) AI. Based on existing data, the cumulative number of bird flu in Indonesia since 2005 until July 2012, there were 190 cases with 158 deaths. This is the reason for the WHO puts Indonesia as the country with the highest number of H5N1 victims in the world.
Chief Organizer, Sugiyanti, SKM, stated that these activities are part of the agenda of the World Health Organization (WHO) and in collaboration with the Provincial Health Office in combating bird flu chose three health centers as the health center location Purwareja Klampok, Kalibening, and Madukara.
"Based on the participants in the first discussion after the meeting will be held at the health center Purwareja Klampok on Saturday, October 27, 2012, Kalibening health center on Monday 29th and Wednesday, October 31, 2012, and Madukara Health Center on Tuesday, October 30, 2012," he said.
The basic assumption of this activity is that many years efforts have been taken to combat bird flu, but until these activities are formulated still encountered the emergence of suspect bird flu in humans.
"Banjarnegara be one of the districts that elected to place the implementation of activities for the past year have occurred in the case of human bird flu suspecf to death" he said.
As for Banjarnegara district, recent events related to the bird flu, occurred not long ago in the district onion. When the number of chickens found dead, apparently having researched and found suspect bird flu. Fortunate that this incident did not get transmitted to humans from bird flu is still a threat of a danger to humans.
"From sources that I received, the cumulative number of bird flu in Indonesia since 2005 until July 2012, there were 190 cases with 158 deaths" he said. Incidence of bird flu in humans to cause death occurred in July that happened to a child in Jakarta. After review, he added, it is suspected the child was infected when purchasing 5 birds on the market.
After handling poultry, this kid either forgotten or familiar, does not wash his hands with soap. "This confirms that the emerging incidence of bird flu in humans can not be separated from the execution has not been healthy lifestyles in the community," he said.
Present at the event Kalibening Head Health Center, Health Center Madukara 1, Purwareja Klampok health center, and Representative SKPD, PKK, MORA, and a number of individuals associated with the program.
The three health centers are present because their area was chosen as a vehicle for socialization and practice Combi or the impact of communication behaviors. That is the end of one of the chains of the handling of bird flu is taking those indicated bird flu to be handled by the Health Center.
"In relation to the role of the health center is on the handling of bird flu, the language of our campaign is simple high heat to 38o C immediately brought to the nearest health center" he said. In this initial activity, he continued, participants were given an explanation about Avian Flu by officers from Dintankannak, Bird Flu in humans by officers from the field for Disease Control and Prevention Extraordinary Events (P2PKLB) DKK, how well the face of poultry, cage location, and a healthy lifestyle , the introduction of the background and objectives of the program and the activities Combi is also formulated the arrangements for the time in each region were selected health centers.
Transmission of Bird Flu Still Mystery
Veterinary Medic Distankanak drh. M. Fauzi S., explaining that the day of Eid al-Fitr yesterday, is in the village of Rumbling, District Onions found 6 chickens in pens of 22 chickens were found dead suddenly. Having researched proven chickens that died of bird flu suspect. Therefore, in addition to the provision of disinfectant into the cage, the remaining 16 chickens were destroyed, too.
"These events have led to the outbreak, but it should be noted about a month before that, near the scene of a sudden death occurs also 50 chickens. Because of this phenomenon, the roar of the area is the potential bird flu "he said. Avian Influenza (AI) or bird flu, he added, is a disease of birds caused by type A influenza virus from Family Orhomyxoviridae. The death rate due to animal AI attacks, he said, is very high.
"Nearly all poultry such as chickens, both racial and non-racial, turkey, quail may be exposed to this kind of virus. But the AI outbreaks occur most often in chickens and turkeys "he said. 
incubation period for AI, he added, can reach 0-3 for the individual poultry liver, while for cages can reach more than three days. The possibility of transmission to humans can occur if the AI virus is adapting to humans. It is therefore important for us to know what are the characteristics of animals exposed to AI and control measures.
"There are a number of characteristics of the clinical symptoms of avian virus that AI is depressed, not eating, weakness, flaccid eggshell, and diarrhea pfofus" he said. Another feature is the comb crest, abdominal skin unfeathered blue the lead; sometimes fluid from the eyes and nose; crusting in the face and head; bleeding under the skin; bleeding point on the chest, legs, and feet, and coughing, sneezing, snoring, leleran out of the nose and mouth.
For the control and handling of the bird flu outbreak, said Fauzi, he has done a number of steps that include disinfectants, limited culling infected areas, such as burning and burying dead chickens and chickens suspected bird flu illness. Another effort taken is to control the traffic of poultry, poultry products and poultry waste to and from the region.
"Bird flu is transmitted to this factor remains mysterious. And the disease is very harmful to society because it attacks or racial kampong chicken. Moreover, the effect can causes the deaths in quick time and also in large quantities if attacked chickens in cages " 
he said.
Danger To Human Bird Flu
Kasi for Disease Control and Prevention Extraordinary Events (P2PKLB) at the District Health Office Drg. Permadi Suratman, M.Kes., Said the incident at Rumbling until now it does not determine the status of an outbreak because of events can be localized and controlled. However, it should be noted, in relation to the urgency of determining the status of an outbreak of avian influenza is because it has caused a number of deaths.
"As mentioned by Ms. Anti, unknown number of cumulative Avian Influenza in Indonesia since 2005 until July 2012, there were 190 cases with 158 deaths. This is the reason for the WHO puts Indonesia as the country with the highest number of H5N1 victims in the world, "he said.
The government has yet to revoke the status or condition of Extraordinary burung.Virus flu outbreak to spread from birds to humans through direct contact. H5N1 bird flu virus is a subtype of type A influenza viruses that attack the animal. However, health experts worried about a possible mutation of the virus that can be transmitted from human to human.
In most cases, he continued, the clinical signs of a person affected by bird flu symptoms are similar to the initial phase of the common cold with fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat and muscle aches. It may also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Then quickly lead to symptoms of shortness of breath to severe respiratory failure that can lead to death.
"When you see symptoms like this with a high body temperature hingga38o C, should immediately be brought to the health center immediately" he said. In order for us and our environment safe from bird flu, said Permadi, it's good to pay attention to these suggestions: First, make it a habit to wash hands with soap after contact with poultry, two, separating poultry cages with human habitation, and three, and cook poultry and produksnya until thoroughly cooked.
Communication for Behavioural Impact
One of the targets of this bird flu Combi activity is spawned ambassador or health ambassadors who will join the campaign to the general public about the importance of healthy living. This is because healthy living is the key basis for treating bird flu.
Based on program plans, said Sugiyanti, SKM, through AI Combi this from any health center, will be selected 10 villages and from each village selected 10 children. "So in total there are approximately 150 children who will we practice as ambassador or ambassador bird flu prevention campaign" katannya.Masing one child who had been told about the importance of clean living will disseminate information to parents, relatives, friends, and the environment in which they live.

Vietnam: Low effective bird flu vaccine for the new strain of C

[This article does not specify the strain, but that is what it is.]

Wednesday, 31.10.2012, 08:38 [GMT +7]
Afternoon 30-10, in Hanoi, the National Steering Committee to prevent avian influenza to discuss preventive measures. 
Department of Animal Health (MARD) said the country only 2 Quang Ngai province and Dien Bien flu appears less than 21 days. Blue ear epidemic continues to spread in the key areas of pig production: Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Thai Binh, Long An, Dak Lak, Quang Nam, the number of dead pigs are 3,200 children in total more than 6,000 children disease. The reason is that farmers also subjectively prevention, the local not drastically curb the cross-border smuggling.
Avian influenza virus strain is mainly group A and C, circulating in the northern provinces. There DAH epidemiological mapping and disclosure of H5N1 avian influenza virus strains circulating in the field and the effect of the avian influenza vaccine to the local initiative and control. 
Dam Xuan Thanh, Deputy Director of the Department of Animal Health said: Particularly in the northern provinces, the avian influenza vaccine for the new strain of C detection, the efficiency is very low. In this week's advisory group will report to the Department offered to buy Re6 vaccine, this vaccine is not a project that is a vaccine for the prevention of the epidemic will have the vaccine to vaccination. Through testing the vaccine in accordance with chickens, ducks and other avian influenza viruses circulating in Vietnam.
Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan noted avian influenza virus is circulating in the local high-risk outbreak last year, asked the members of the Board direct urgently reviewing the number of bird flu vaccine for timely addition to the local epidemic prevention institutions. 
Deputy Minister Diep Kinh Tan said: "From now until the end of bird flu in the North will continue complexity, the most important thing now is to assign specific responsibilities of the veterinary better. Suggest repeat the veterinary team. For the blue ear disease to be done drastically, if we do not publish service does not support the destruction, the farmers selling firm will stand as it will spread ".

Vietnam: Red Cross & USAID Hold Workshop Respond To Pandemic for Business & Communities

31-10, in Hanoi, Vietnam Red Cross Society in collaboration with Project Avian and Pandemic Initiative (APII) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop to share experience building plans to prepare and respond to a pandemic.
 Notably, for the first time in Vietnam has built The pandemic preparedness plan (PPP) in the province, supported by USAID. This plan is built on the principle of raising the strength of the whole community, the whole society. 
Last time, most of the provinces and cities nationwide PPP plan for the province, but mainly focused on planning, investment in equipment for the health system. Very few plans with the participation of social organizations, the business sector and local communities, in order to mitigate the impact of an influenza pandemic.

#Marburg Virus: Case Fatality Rate 47.4% (World Health Org.)

The WHO Africa Regional Office has supplied us with an update today, as of October 29th.

  • Total Cases:  19
  • Total Deaths:  9
  • Total Districts:  5
  • Case Fatality Rate:  47.4%
  • Current Admitted:  13
  • Hospitals of Admissions:  2 Kampala, 8 Kabale, 3 Ibanda
  • Total Confirmed:  9 (out of the 13)

31 October 2012 - As of 29 October 2012, a total of 19 cases and 9 deaths have been reported from 5 districts namely Kabale district, in south-western Uganda, Kampala (the capital city), Ibanda, Mbarara and Kabarole. The case fatality rate is 47.4%. The outbreak was declared by the Ministry of Health in Uganda on 19 October 2012. One of the 9 deaths reported is a health worker.

Currently, 13 patients have been admitted to hospital (2 in Kampala, 8 in Kabale, 3 in Ibanda) and their contacts are listed for daily follow up. The latest confirmed case was admitted to Ibanda district isolation ward on 26 October 2012.

Blood samples from 9 cases have been confirmed for Marburg virus at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).


Egypt: Fire control poultry farm and 7 hangars Menoufia

Yesterday, I reported on an outbreak in Menoufia.  Located here.
Unfortunately, I cannot work on the exact location due to translation issues.

Forces civil defense and fire control of the massive fire broke out this afternoon, inside a poultry farm blessing of the seven and 7 hangars martyrs, Menoufia, was released report on the incident and notified the prosecutor to initiate an investigationwas the director of security Menoufia, received notification of assistant public security benefit a fire farm Poultry and 7 pens seven centers in pond and martyrs immediate transition to civil defense forces were putting out the fire, which broke out seven barns in the village the Slamon tribal status of martyrs and a poultry farm in the village of peace facility blessing of the seven, and the emancipation of the incident with the necessary records and prosecutors began investigating

Egypt: More on Dakahlia Outbreak

Previously posted on this situation yesterday, here.

The Ministry of Agriculture set up committees to vet, to follow the rules apply Biosafety in poultry farms in the Delta and Valley, to protect them from diseases and poultry epidemic, and against the backdrop of deaths 80 thousand chickens in a number of farms in Dakahlia, said Dr. Salah Abdalmamn, Minister of Agriculture, is underway to coordinate with provinces, to follow up on farms in violation of the license terms of the ministry, to stop the activity or remove farms built on agricultural land, without a license, as one of the preventive measures to protect poultry and public health.

The Minister of Agriculture, said in remarks «Egyptian today», he decides to be analyzed all production inputs in poultry farms which suffered the death of Dakahlia Governorate, to find out the real reasons behind the crisis, and continued: «So far there is no cause of unsatisfactory behind the crisis», explaining it was withdrawn samples of feed and water used in poultry feed in 20 farms had been injured, for analysis in the Central Laboratory for Food and Feed and pesticide residues in food, of the Center for Agricultural Research, to determine the cause of poultry deaths. For his part, Dr. Osama Salim, head of the General Authority for Veterinary Services, said he will announce the results of analyzes of feed and water, Wednesday evening, pointing out that the crisis environmental and not satisfactory, he added, in remarks «Egyptian today», that the poultry sector is characterized by erratic full, and the percentage of registered farms in Egypt does not exceed 25%, explaining that the number of poultry farms of up to more than 100 thousand farm, of which 25 thousand farm «licensed» knowing the livestock sector, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the rest farms Vtm built after the revolution, in a state of lawlessness, which makes it difficult to help them and to meet the needs.

Morocco: Health Minister Calls Emergency Meeting Anticipation of Epidemic of #bird flu

Form Moroccan Health Minister Hussein pink cell emergency medical and veterinary Finally, consisting of specialists and frameworks high-level ministry, prepared to face any possibility of re-emergence of epidemic "bird flu" or "swine".

Sources familiar with the "Arabs Today" that "has been formed cell mentioned, under the procedures necessary proactive, taken by the Ministry of pink, through tighter control on poultry feed imported from European countries, as well as meat and so to prevent the entry potential for this disease to Morocco, especially after significant drop in temperature, by states during the winter, and the emergence of natural disasters, and failure of the effects on animal and human health and the environment. " According to the same sources, that "the cell above, will be held intensive meetings at the highest level in the coming days, as will study the developments of this epidemic at the global level, in partnership with the World Health Organization , and in full coordination with all ministerial sectors concerned, with a view to providing the necessary equipment and machinery to do all the tests required by this emergency is likely, in addition to providing essential medicines known as "Tamiflu" .. ".

Egypt: Gharbia Governorate State of Emergency #H5N1 in Poultry

Emergency Department of Veterinary Medicine in West anticipation of the emergence of hotbeds for bird flu
October 31, 2012

The Directorate of Veterinary Medicine Gharbia Governorate, on Tuesday to lift the state of emergency Farms poultry cities and centers maintain; in anticipation of the emergence of foci of bird flu, and the formation of teams of veterinary services in conjunction with local units; sampling of birds on farms for analysis to make sure they are free of the disease. drew statement issued by the Directorate, that this action comes against the backdrop of the emergence of foci of infected in some neighboring provinces and the amount of chickens in one of the farms in Dakahlia Governorate, and also the emergence of other focus in one of the centers Menoufia Governorate.

Infectious diseases discussed at Hanoi int’l conference

This is an English version of the article I posted here yesterday.

Medical experts from 13 Asian countries gathered at an international conference in Hanoi on October 30 to discuss measures against infectious diseases.

The event was organized by the Asian Network of Major Cities in the 21st Century (ANMC21), which includes Hanoi, Bangkok, New Delhi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Tomsk, Ulaanbaatar and Yangon. It aimed to build a sustainable cooperative network for improving public health and preventing the spread of communicable diseases in the region.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health, Nguyen Thanh Long, stressed the need to create close links among regional countries in order to deal with environmental pollution and newly-emerging epidemics that have already claimed many human lives.
Diseases, such as SARS, A/H5N1 influenza and hand-foot-mouth disease, have hit many countries in the region and around the world, resulting in many deaths, he added.
Delegates at the conference focused on finding effective measures to curb tropical diseases and post-calamity epidemics, as well as providing intensive treatment for TB patients and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Since the ANMC21 network was established in 2001, its members have taken turns organizing annual events to seek out solutions for tackling urgent issues in the region.
They have coordinated closely with each other to organize training courses and conferences in a bid to stamp out epidemics and contagious diseases.

Indonesia: Bengkulu positive for #H5N1 in Poultry

Residents refused to cull the remaining poultry that was also sick.  So they sprayed disinfectant...

October 31, 2012
BENGKULU, BE - The case of chickens died suddenly due to bird flu re-discovered. This time the chicken belonging to Alexander and Rudi both citizens of RT 7 RW 3 Middle Village Padang. The data gathered BE, on Saturday morning, 4 chickens belonging Rudi found dead suddenly, so he immediately reported to the Department of Agriculture and Livestock of Bengkulu. The team from the Department of Agriculture and Livestock as it went down to the location and inspection, but the results were negative. Furthermore chicken carcasses and even then subsequently discarded by residents disiring not far from his home. And keesokanya early days, back Rudi get 1 whole chickens died. The same is true for Iskandar. Two male chickens died suddenly, found it Iskandar immediately reported to the Department of Agriculture and Livestock of Bengkulu. 
From the report, the officer PDSR yesterday, Zulkifli Ripert do a test at the scene. Chickens belong Rudi examined, the results were positive for bird flu, while 2 chickens owned by Iskandar condition has been damaged, the result can not be tested. "We've done a check on Saturday but the result is negative, and this is his second examination," he said. 
According to Zulkifli, the spread of it can happen quickly, especially residents dispose of dead chickens suspected of bird flu in vain, so that the virus can spread quickly through the air. Moreover, the dead chickens are not stable, which meet the standards of animal health. 
"Chicken found dead and had tested positive for bird flu examined. Chicken carcasses were then buried, "said Zulkifli. 
Since there was still some live chicken and suspected of contracting bird flu, Zulkifli suggested that the remaining chicken and lived to be destroyed. But residents refused so just be spraying disinfectant. In addition to the two houses, the remains found ten families who also has chickens. 
Meanwhile, Head of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock of Bengkulu, Ir Arif Gunadi said bird flu cases were reported from March to October 2012, there were 13 cases that tested positive. The case was spread across 14 villages, namely Beler Village Gardens, Causeway Village, Rice Width, Bumi Ayu, Betungan, Ex. Surabaya, kel. Decrease Sukarami, West Rim, Gardens Tebeng, Bentiring, Sidomulyo, Dusun Besar, Central and Padang.

Ban meetings in districts with #Marburg – MPs

Oct 31, 2012

MPs want public celebrations, meetings and gatherings suspended in marburg-affected districts.

“There is going to be the 50th independence anniversary celebration in Mbarara on November 2. Such gatherings should be suspended until these places are declared marburg-free,” Dr. Medard Bitekyerezo, the Mbarara municipality MP, appealed yesterday He was responding to a statement by health minister Dr. Christine Ondoa on the status of marburg outbreak in the districts of Kabale, Mbarara, Ibanda and Kabarole.
Ondoa reaffirmed the Government’s efforts to avoid the spread. “We are going to suspend public gatherings and meetings in places of the outbreaks. Uganda is an epidemic-prone country and disease outbreaks are frequent and more funds and personnel are needed for this division,” she said. Stephen Tashobya, the Kajara County MP, asked the ministry to pay risk allowances to health workers managing the marburg outbreak.