Saturday, February 16, 2013

China #H5N1 Human Case of Flu Death Update

BY | February 15 2013 10:15 AM
A woman diagnosed with the H5N1 strain of the bird flu last week has died in southwest China.
Health authorities in Guiyang, Guizhou province, announced that the 21-year-old woman, Shuai Pengyue, died on Wednesday due to multiple organ failure as a result of the flu. Shuai was one of two women reported in the area to have contracted the new strain of the avian influenza. Health officials have investigated the two of them and concluded that neither patient was in contact with poultry before showing symptoms of the illness. Victim proximity is important to note because typically, the bird flu is contracted by being in contact with poultry. In this case, health officials worry this could be signs that the H5N1 strain can now be transmitted between humans.


Germany: Bird flu: 14,000 ducks killed in Brandenburg

Translation out of Germany
1 hr ago

Following the outbreak of avian influenza H5N1 in a Brandenburg duck fattening operation there on Saturday around 14 500 animals were killed.
Short work for over 14 000 ducks in the Oder. The animals had to be killed because had broken out in a fattening farm bird flu. The authorities hope to keep control.

More than 14,000 ducks in Brandenburg killed because of bird flu

After the outbreak of bird flu killed ducks in Brandenburg: All samples from other herds, which were in the past had contact, and a negative result, the spokeswoman said the Potsdam Health Ministry Alrun Kaune-Nüsslein, in the evening. If they were obviously an isolated incident.

H5N1 or bird flu

Around the operation near Seelow Oderbruch for 21 days a blocking circuit is with a radius of one kilometer. All poultry keeping him under observation, said the spokesman of the district Märkisch Oderland, Tobias Seyfarth. The holder of the animals were asked to report symptoms immediately and leave all the animals within the prohibited area.

Disease detected in ducks fattening

In the infected holding the bird flu H5N1 virus had been detected, but in a less dangerous, "not highly pathogenic" variant. In yet on Friday night, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI) informed on the Baltic island of Riems. There is no risk for the population, insured by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
First, according to the country's Ministry of Health had been in the context of self-monitoring of poultry growing operation discovered antibodies against the H5N1 virus and reported immediately. The residents were given leaflets with instructions on how they should behave within the prohibited area.

Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI)

If an animal is sick leave, for example, to an abnormal head posture, recognizing discharge of the eyes and beak, the denial of food, sneezing or a dull plumage, explained Seyfarth. Would anyone watch something, immediately the competent veterinary authority should be informed.
With the "humane" slaughter of ducks, according to the county a company specializing in animal disease control was commissioned, the birds were gassed. The country had after the discovery of the H5N1 case established a crisis center to coordinate the disease control measures in Brandenburg. All counties, states and the federal government had been informed, it said.

Avian flu: H5N1 authorities fear

County veterinarian Ralph Bötticher pointed out that the reason for the infection of ducks still not clear. A transmission from wild animals was conceivable. In the wild, bird flu come more often, without the workers it something mitbekomme."When water birds, a H5N1 infection also occur without symptoms," says Boetticher. In Germany, the H5N1 virus had been detected by FLI information from the beginning of January not more than three years. dpa / AZ

China: Guizhou Guiyang 39 people continue to receive medical observation of avian flu

Date :2013 -02-17 

Newspaper Guiyang, Feb. 16 (Xinhua Bai Hao) and Guiyang City two patients with confirmed avian influenza in close contact with 110 people, there are still 39 continue to receive medical observation, another 71 people had been lifted under medical observation, continue to undergo medical The observers not appear abnormal clinical manifestations such as fever. This is the news reporters today from the Office of Emergency Management, Guizhou Provincial People's Government.
February 10, Guiyang confirmed two human cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in critical condition, including a 21-year-old female patient died on the 13th, after investigation, two cases were associated with birds history of close contact.
People infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza is mainly caused by the influenza A H5N1 virus, acute respiratory infections, the main performance of the majority of patients with high fever and pneumonia, acute onset, rapid progression and high mortality. Currently, bird flu from poultry to humans, yet found sustained human-to-human transmission.
Good prevention and control work, Guizhou Sheng Nongwei emergency recently issued a notice of poultry farms to carry out a comprehensive investigation and asked the province's nine cities (prefectures). The province investigation in 88 counties (cities, districts), 723 investigation and live poultry market scale farms in 1163, colonization 388,800 households over 16,220,000 feather, poultry, disinfection of farms, trading places, an area of ​​3.53 million square meters, collecting samples test results were negative.
(Original title: Guiyang 39 people continue to receive medical observation of the avian flu)

The new SARS terrible Guizhou 110 people in close contact with the avian flu patients

[translated from Chinese Simplified]
February 16, 2013 (Epoch Times reporter FANG Xiao roundup) coronavirus ("SARS"), experts believe that the new SARS "more terrible. Recently, the United Kingdom confirmed the third novel coronavirus in patients, revealed that the virus can be "human-to-human transmission. Hong Kong media have reported to the theme of "the United Kingdom is now the new SARS Guizhou avian flu burst.
Chinese New Year period in Guizhou diagnosed two cases of human infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza patients, one dead, one in critical condition. According to the survey, two patients had poultry history of close contact, and had close contact with them, up to 110,  52 of which have not yet released the medical observation. In addition, during the Chinese New Year, Zhanjiang, Guangdong, the phenomenon of two thousand ducks died within 3 days.

Egypt: Health announces free Cairo from bird flu

February 16, 2013
The Directorate of Health Balqlliopip maintain free of any cases of bird flu following the onset of symptoms on two women in particular Bakhankp dead Halfa Bakljub.
Dr. Zakaria Abd Rabbo, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Balqlliopip he samples were taken from two women after the onset of symptoms and detention Fever Hospital Abbasid and send samples to the central laboratories of the Ministry of Health, which proved negative samples and confirmed Abed Rabbo was activated surveillance Preventive all hospitals and health units Balqlliopip and that in case of the emergence of any cases suspected of being infected with the disease is to take preventive measures. 
For his part, Dr. Adel Anwar agent Directorate of Veterinary Medicine maintaining that it was the work of belt Veterinary after suspected injury ladies and coordination with the Directorate of Health and the local units of its villages and sampling of poultry after suspected injury in بؤرتين and sampling Sblh and sent to the Animal Health Research Institute and the results to confirm negative infections.

Egypt: «Health»: No injuries 'bird flu' Qalyubia

February 16, 2013
Dr. Zakaria said Abed Rabbo, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, in Cairo, Saturday, there is no human casualties of bird flu in the governorate.
The «Abed Rabbo that the symptoms of the disease, appeared on two women, particular zones and Qalyoub have been detained in hospital admitted Abbasiyah, and sampling them, and sent to the central laboratory of the Ministry of Health, which confirmed negative samples.
 The Undersecretary that was activated preventive surveillance operations in all hospitals and health units at the county level to address any cases suspected of being infected with the disease, and to take all preventive measures on them.
Dr. Adel Anwar agent Directorate of Veterinary Medicine to maintain, that it was the work of belt Veterinary after suspected injury two women, and coordination with the Directorate of Health and the local units of its villages, and take samples of poultry and sent to the Animal Health Research Institute, and the results confirmed the negative infections.

WHO: Novel coronavirus infection – update

The United Kingdom (UK) has informed WHO of another confirmed case of infection with the novel coronavirus (NCoV). This is the third case confirmed in the country this month and is in the same family cluster as the two recently confirmed cases.
The latest confirmed case does not have recent travel history outside the UK. The case is recovering from mild respiratory illness and is currently well. 

The confirmation with NCoV in this case with no recent travel history indicates that infection was acquired in the UK. Although this new case offers further indications of person-to-person transmission, no sustained person-to-person transmission has been identified. 

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is following up on all close contacts who may have been exposed to the recently confirmed cases.
As of 16 February 2013, WHO has been informed of a total of 12 confirmed cases of human infection with NCoV, including five deaths. 

Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns. Testing for the new coronavirus should be considered in patients with unexplained pneumonias, or in patients with unexplained severe, progressive or complicated respiratory illness not responding to treatment.
Any clusters of SARI or SARI in healthcare workers should be thoroughly investigated, regardless of where in the world they occur.
New cases and clusters of the NCoV should be reported promptly both to national health authorities and to WHO.
WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event nor does it recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied.
WHO continues to closely monitor the situation. 

Mexico to slaughter 486,000 chickens over bird flu #H7N3 (2 Articles)

16 February 2013
CELAYA, Mexico: Mexico will slaughter 486,000 chickens after an outbreak of bird flu was detected in the central state of Guanajuato, officials said Friday.

Poultry producer Bachoco reported a possible case of H7N3 influenza in five breeder farms late Wednesday, which agriculture ministry officials confirmed on Friday.

Authorities launched preventive measures, testing nearby farms to check if the outbreak had spread elsewhere.

Last year, a bird flu outbreak in the western state of Jalisco forced farmers to slaughter 22 million hens, sparking an egg crisis in Mexico, the world's top consumer of eggs per capita. 

Mexican Chicken Producer Bachoco Tumbles on Bird Flu

February 15, 2013

Obtaining Eggs

A bird flu outbreak last summer caused egg and poultry prices to surge, driving up inflation in Mexico.
Bachoco should be able to offset any losses if the virus is confirmed by obtaining hatching eggs from third parties, according to Miguel Mayorga, an analyst with brokerage firm Grupo Bursatil Mexicano who rates the stock the equivalent of buy.
“Currently it’s a non-issue,” Mayorga said in a telephone interview. “If the disease spreads it could be a harder impact.”

Indonesia: Two avian flu suspects test negative #H5N1

A team of doctors at Sanglah Hospital confirmed that the laboratory tests on two toddlers suspected of suffering from avian flu had come back with negative results.

Early last week, the 9-month-old baby identified as AG from the remote village of Tembuku and a two-and-a-half-year-old boy, AD, both from Bangli regency, were rushed to Sanglah Hospital suffering from respiratory problems and other symptoms of avian flu.
The two boys live in villages where poultry infected with avian influenza had been identified.

I Ketut Suarjaya, head of the provincial health office, told journalists that the laboratory tests, examined in Jakarta, had shown that the H5NI virus that caused avian flu was not affecting the two children.

“The health of these two boys is improving and they are now having intensive treatment at the hospital,” Suarjaya said.

Previously, the provincial health office had warned local people to be on the alert for the possible return of an outbreak of avian influenza.

In late December and early January, four regencies in Bali, including Buleleng, Tabanan, Klungkung and Bangli, were reported to have cases of avian flu that killed hundreds of ducks in the regency.

The virus was a new and more malignant strain known as H5N1 Clade 2.3.2. and had killed thousands of poultry in Java before it spread to Bali.

Several preventive measures, including animal culling, were taken by the provincial administration to prevent the malignant virus from
affecting other regencies.

Ducks are a favorite dish for local residents. The animals are also used in various rituals.

“There have been no cases of humans with avian flu in Bali since April 2012,”
confirmed Suarjaya, but added that people should remain on high alert.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Germany: #H5N1 Low Pathogenic Flu virus detected in ducks Brandenburg

February 15, 2013
Ducks in a fattening farm in Brandenburg, the H5N1 avian influenza has been detected. The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI) on the Baltic island of Riems confirmed Friday evening the bird flu laboratory findings of the country Berlin-Brandenburg. "However, it was only the low pathogenic, less dangerous variant verified by the Institute," said ministry spokeswoman Alrun Kaune-Nüsslein.

Yet on Saturday, the more than 10,000 ducks will be culled at the farm Seelow (Märkisch Oderland). Is the radius of one kilometer now a trap drawn by the operation that applies to at least 21 days. "There have been initiated all necessary steps to contain and control," said Environment Minister Anita Tack (left).

In the context of self-monitoring of poultry growing operations were discovered antibodies against the H5N1 virus and reported immediately. The stock had otherwise shown no clinical abnormalities. Samples were sent to counter-check the FLI.

Meanwhile, the country has set up a crisis center to coordinate the disease control measures in Brandenburg. All counties, states and the federal government have been informed of the H5N1 case.... Bird flu virus detected in ducks Brandenburg

Third novel coronavirus infection reported in UK family

Robert Roos, News Editor

Feb 15, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – A third member of a British family has been infected with a novel coronavirus (CoV) but has had only a mild illness, UK health officials reported today, providing more evidence of person-to-person transmission of the virus and showing that it doesn't always cause severe sickness.


Nepal: Bird Flu On The Rise; Farmers Resist Veterinarians #H5N1

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: With the growing incidence of bird flu in the Valley, vet officials and technicians have been encountering intense resistance and threats from poultry farmers, the Directorate of Animal Health (DoAH) said. Due to the resistance and threats from farmers, efforts to control the disease have becoming a serious challenge for the officials.

According to DoAH officials, poultry farmers have even stopped reporting the death of fowls to veterinary offices, which they said is a dangerous trend and a great threat to public health. 

The office said that strains of H5N1 virus have been spreading rapidly in the poultry farms of the Valley and adjoining districts. This week alone, the capital witnessed four outbreaks of the virus, in which over 12,000 chickens were culled. 

In the last one-and-half months, a seventh outbreak has occurred in the district. Rapid response teams comprising vets destroyed thousands of chickens in Dhading, Nuwakot, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur during this period.

"The disease has been spreading rapidly and we have been encountering more resistance from farmers," said Dr Narayan Prasad Ghimire, senior veterinarian at DoAH, adding, "They tried to dare the rapid response teams to destroy the infected chickens." 

The office had to seek the assistance of police to carry out disinfection in several farms. 

Ghimire, who is also spokesperson of DoAH, said that the trend of obstructing vet officials disinfecting the tainted farms is dangerous. 

"Had we not intervened on time, they (farmers) would sell all the ailing chickens in the market," he added. He said that due to the resistance of farmers, the office could not assure that all the chicken in the market is safe for consumption.

DoAH-deployed surveillance officers have been complaining that the farmers do not even let them enter their poultry farms for inspection."We cannot take the police to each and every farm for inspection," Dr Ghimire added. 

In recent outbreaks, several farmers have themselves dumped the dead chicken without informing veterinary officials. 

Veterinary doctors said that farmers are at high risk of contracting the disease. They urged the farmers to exercise high alert and inform vet officials if chickens start to die in huge numbers. Fowls avoiding feed, standing still with the head down and excreting saliva could be symptoms of infection by the H5N1 virus, vet officials said.

China: 52 People Receive Medical Observations in Relation To 2 Confirmed Cases

February 16, 2013
According to Xinhua News Agency, Guizhou recently diagnosed two cases of human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza, are now recognized history of close contact with poultry, there are still 52 people in close contact with two patients undischarged medical observation.
Reporters from the Guizhou provincial government emergency management office on the 15th, this year on February 7 and 8, Guiyang two patients to the hospital, were diagnosed with unexplained cases of pneumonia and severe pneumonia complicated by respiratory distress syndrome, the 10th Once confirmed human case of bird flu. A 21-year-old female patient in critical condition in the 13th rescue died, another 31-year-old male patient is still in the emergency treatment. According to the survey, case history of close contact with poultry.
As of now, Guizhou Province not then received new outbreaks have been reported, 110 people have had close contact with the two patients, 58 people have been lifted under medical observation, the remaining 52 continue to receive medical observers were not abnormal clinical manifestations such as fever.

It is understood that, Guizhou emergency deployment to start the emergency response, and composed of three special working group to carry out prevention and control work to deal with municipalities, state poultry farms to carry out a comprehensive investigation, and organizational work group to Guiyang City and county, city, district The farmer's market, the the poultry market place, scale farms to be checked. The Guiyang carry out investigation, disinfection work, start a human bird flu monitoring, the implementation date reports and 零报告制度.
Guizhou Province requirements, the next step in the prevention and control of the disposal of focus: First, adhere to the scientific treatment of active treatment, best treatment patients; increase prevention and control efforts, and increase the social aspects of the investigation and to prevent the emergence of new cases; strengthen coordination among various departments, do a better job of human avian influenza prevention and control of the source of governance work.
It is understood that the people infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza in acute respiratory infections caused by influenza A H5N1 virus. The majority of patients with high fever and pneumonia, acute onset, rapid progression and high mortality. Currently, bird flu from poultry to humans, yet found sustained human-to-human transmission.

The Deadliest Virus

 by David Levin
From Harvard Magazine
Bird flu (H5N1) has receded from international headlines for the moment, as few human cases of the deadly virus have been reported this year. But when Dutch researchers recently created an even more deadly strain of the virus in a laboratory for research purposes, they stirred grave concerns about what would happen if it escaped into the outside world. “Part of what makes H5N1 so deadly is that most people lack an immunity to it,” explains Marc Lipsitch [11], a professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) who studies the spread of infectious diseases. “If you make a strain that’s highly transmissible between humans, as the Dutch team did, it could be disastrous if it ever escaped the lab.”

H5N1 first made global news in early 1997 after claiming two dozen victims in Hong Kong. The virus normally occurs only in wild birds and farm-raised fowl, but in those isolated early cases, it made the leap from birds to humans. It then swept unimpeded through the bodies of its initial human victims, causing massive hemorrhages in the lungs and death in a matter of days. Fortunately, during the past 15 years, the virus has claimed only 400 victims worldwide—although the strain can jump species, it hasn’t had the ability to move easily from human to human, a critical limit to its spread.


New Mexico: Pnuemonia shots recommended, cases rise

February 15, 2013
New Mexico has experienced 89 flu & pneumonia-related deaths this season:

The New Mexico Department of Health reports two children have died from the flu in New Mexico over the past month, bringing to 89 the number of flu- and pneumonia-related deaths in the state this season.
Health officials say a 2-year-old girl from McKinley County and 15-year-old boy from Torrance County have died from influenza-related illnesses. That compares to just one flu-related pediatric death last season.  Continued...
They are now recommending the pneumococcal vaccine.  

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - With the number of pneumonia cases on the rise in New Mexico, doctors and pharmacists recommend that people should get a pneumonia shot.  So far, 78 people have died from pneumonia here in the state within the last few months.
It's clinical term is pneumococcal conjugate vaccine or PCV-13. It's been out for a while and it's recommended for many different age groups. 


Thailand Keeps Close Watch On #Coronavirus

BANGKOK, Feb 15 (Bernama) -- Thailand's Department of Disease Control under the Ministry of Public Health has been on high alert against Coronavirus, keeping a close watch particularly on pilgrims who have returned from the Middle East, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

In response to reports that there have been 11 Coronavirus cases globally, with the patients suffering from an acute respiratory problem, pneumonia and kidney failure, Dr. Prasert Thongcharoen, an advisor to the Department of Disease Control, insisted on Friday that Thai health authorities have kept monitoring the situation.


Coronavirus: Philippines: DOH asks hospitals to report cases of unusual severe pneumonia

February 15, 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Following reports on people contracting a new Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-like virus in other countries, the Philippine Department of Health on Friday asked hospitals to report to the DOH if they have patients suffering from unusual severe pneumonia.
"Sa ngayon wala pang narereport sa amin kaya nananawagan uli kami sa mga hospital na magreport sa amin kung may pasyente silang nasa intensive care unit at may severe pneumonia pero negative naman sa mga routine tests for influenza,” said DOH Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag.


Indonesia: Bali Suspect in Overcrowded Sanglah Hospital

February 15, 2013
There appears to be a suspected human case of bird flu in the Sanglah hospital in Bali, Indonesia.

Name:  MD (2.5)
From:  Hamlet Sidawa Tamanbali village
Adm:  2/13, fever, cough, breathlessness (9:00 pm)
Adm:  2/12 Bangli Hospital (9:30 pm)
Onset:  2/10
Notes:  Poultry deaths recently at residence

The only problem is Sanglah hospital is experiencing some problems.
They are overcrowded and they are mixing infectious cases in with's an excerpt from a post I made a few days ago:

" However, it also meant special care for babies and patients such as patient infections, both TB and HIV should not be combined with other patients."

I was concerned when I read this article a few days ago, enough so that I provided a toggletext translation in addition to the now "standard" google translation:

Of the 10 largest disease must be hospitalized at Sanglah, it turns out most were cases of premature rupture of membranes, followed by cesarean section. Lung disease or pneumonia followed in third. While diarrhea and dengue occupy the fourth and fifth most diseases, hospitalized at Sanglah, followed by heart disease, childbirth, stroke, appendicitis and kidney failure. '' In general, both infectious and non-infectious diseases are still prevalent and no one has been significantly improved,'' he said.
[original statement:  'Secara umum, baik penyakit infeksi maupun noninfeksi masih merata dan belum ada yang meningkat secara signifikan,'' ujarnya.]
[toggletext of statement:  'Secara the public, both the infection and non-the infection was still equitable and not yet there are those that increased significantly', he said.]

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Indonesia: Batam with #H5N1 Avian Influenza in Chickens

Plague Avian Influenza in Batam

Batam City Government wiping out thousands of chickens from a number of areas in the city of Batam as outbreaks of bird flu virus.Thousands of chickens died suddenly owned by ranchers who allegedly caused by exposure to bird flu. Dept. of Marine Fisheries, Agriculture and Forestry (KP2K) Batam city, DVM Suhartini, said more than 2270 chickens joint venture owned by the three groups (KUB) in Kelurahan Air Raja, Kecamatan Nongsa, dan Tanjungriau, City  Batam died suddenly in the last month. Data from Batam City KP2K mention of dead chickens 2270, approximately 200-20's tail belong to the citizens Kavling Seitemiang Agriculture, Village of Tanjung Riau. [Kavling Pertanian Seitemiang, Kelurahan Tanjung Riau.]The rest is owned by three KUB poultry which is a relief from the Ministry of Social Affairs. Third KUB was the Bunga Durian, Sariwati, dan Mekar Sari..  

"This case could have been avoided if farmers want to report early for chicken deaths have occurred since the beginning of January and the new farmers reported a few weeks ago," he said in Batam, Thursday (14 / 2). Having received a report from a breeder, the Animal Husbandry Department of Batam lower PDSR Team (Participatory Disease Surveillance and Response) to perform pamantauan and inspection of the site and the results of the rapid test is known birds that died suddenly due to bird flu positive exposure. For that, Suhartini appealed to farmers not to sell to consumers sick or carrying out of the farm locations so that the virus does not spread.  The farmers are also required to comply with preventive measures, not to infect humans.  

Meanwhile, thousands of chickens were not infected in the endemic areas of the Kelurahan Air Raja, Kecamatan Bulang, dan Seitemiang, Kecamatan Batuaji, has been annihilated by buried with distance one kilometer from the plague. Batam Mayor Ahmad Dahlan, said that there are thousands of tail in endemic areas should be culled to stop the spread of bird flu virus. It was also necessary so that the virus does not spread to humans. In the meantime, the farmers will not receive compensation from the government. "For people who allegedly infected with the bird flu virus melaporkanya immediately so as not to spread to other people and immediately get treatment," he said.  
[original:  "Bagi warga yang diduga terinfeksi virus flu burung segera melaporkanya agar tidak sampai menyebar ke warga lainnya dan segera mendapat penanganan," katanya.] 

Indonesia: Suspected Padangpariaman Case Tests Negative

Patients suspected (unexpected) initials AI, D, 73, a resident of Sanur District Padangpariaman treated at the department of Dr M Djamil Padang, could breathe. Because the results of the laboratory stating that the patient is suffering from a virus H5NI negative.

Chief Medical Officer of Sumatra Rosnini Savitri told reporters, test blood samples from patients suspectbird flu negative. "From the laboratory results that we received, the patient was negative bird flu virus," said Rosnini. If the patient D had gradually recovered, according Rosnini, patients will be repatriated to their home.