Myanmar Reports HPAI
The Burmese veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Sagaing.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification yesterday, 29 February. 5-month and 18-month old layers have been affected.
A total of 1060 layers were found susceptible, out of which 61 cases were identified. The 61 affected birds were found dead. The remaining 999 birds were destroyed.
A few chickens were found dead on 20 February 2012. A total of 61 chickens died within 4 days. There are 40,000 chickens reared in 139 farms in Chaung U towship. All are layers and broilers of different ages.
The source of the outbreak is yet to be determined.http://www.thepoultrysite.com/poultryne ... ports-hpai
A/H5N1 flu patients have recovered
On 1-3, information from the leaders of Tropical Disease Hospital, said City after nearly a week of treatment, patients infected with influenza A/H5N1 Phu Truong Son (22 years old, a native of Thanh Hoa, staying in Phu Loi, Thu Dau Mot town, Binh Duong) has passed a critical health is recovering.
TS-BS Le Manh Hung, deputy director of the Tropical Disease Hospital, said patients with end stage is oxygen; PCR results, lung CT tests showed negative for influenza A/H5N1 virus.
Also according to Dr. Hung, subsequent health of such patients is temporary settlement Son and this is the first A/H5N1 flu cases this year were successfully treated.
The avian influenza virus A/H5N1 variant, virulent; human beings are vulnerable to death if infected
Recommended by the world health agency also said the recent avian influenza A/H5N1 virus strains were virulent variants with strong, if infected with avian influenza virus, the risk of mortality is almost 100%.
This is Tuesday A/H5N1 flu infection in the country from early 2012 to present. Two patients infected with influenza A/H5N1 Soc Trang and Kien Giang indicate the same to have died.http://nld.com.vn/20120301011843902p0c1 ... i-phuc.htm
With high-tech system, Egypt hopes to avoid possible pandemic
H5N1, also known as avian influenza or bird flu, has apparently found a perfect environment to thrive in Egypt. Since the initial onset of the virus back in 2006, new outbreaks of the flu have occurred every single year, making Egypt one of the world’s few endemic countries for the virus, along with Indonesia and Peru. The government, taking the threat of a pandemic seriously, has launched annual vaccination campaigns to mitigate the number of fatalities in Egypt, which made up 55 of the 159 total reported cases according to the World Health Organization.
The amount of data collected by Egyptian veterinary services and bird flu specialists on the ground since 2006 is massive, yet these scientists lack proper technology that could track the virus and identify areas where the virus could potentially strike again.
Three specialists from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) conducted a three-day workshop this week to familiarize Egypt’s leading researchers, vets and ecologists with Geographic Information System (GIS), a system designed to capture, manipulate, analyze, merge and present all kinds of geographically referenced data to track the bird flu virus across the country. GIS merges cartography, statistical analysis and database technology and has proven extremely useful in fighting epidemics and pandemics worldwide, giving precious help to epidemiologists who specialize in tracking viruses.
Ryan Harrigan is a postdoctoral student at UCLA who specializes in spatial modeling for avian influenza. After installing GIS software on the attendees’ laptops, he kept hopping around from one person to another to help them use the program.
“For the first time, I found a case in a wild but resident bird, which proves that the virus is in mutation,” she says.http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/689366
Flu shuts down two Catholic schools in St. Louis
At least two St. Louis schools have decided to shut down after high numbers of students and teachers were sidelined by flu symptoms.
About 80 out of 477 students stayed home sick today from St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Elementary School in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood. The school will shut down Thursday and Friday to give students and teachers time to rest and allow janitors to clean the school.
The sickened students and teachers have high fevers, said principal Ann Davis.
"Right now having the kids stay home is the best we can do," she said.
Illnesses previously shut down the school about eight years ago, Davis said.
Another school, St. Raphael the Archangel, will be closed today and Thursday, staff said. The Catholic elementary school is also in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood.
Although the flu season statewide has been relatively mild, illnesses in children have been increasing over the last three weeks, said Dr. Gregory Storch, director of infectious diseases at St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/heal ... z1nxGM56EK
Two fresh cases of swine flu reported in Andhra Pradesh
PTI Feb 28, 2012, 11.07P
Two fresh cases of swine flu have been reported from two private hospitals here, a top health official said on Tuesday.
"Two H1N1 positive cases have been identified and they include a male and a female. The patients are admitted in private hospitals and their condition is stable," Andhra Pradesh State Coordinator for Swine Flu Dr Subhakar told PTI today.http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes ... tive-cases
Flu Cases Rise, Health Officials Urge Vaccination
The state Department of Health Services says the number of influenza cases has risen recently in Wisconsin and across the country.
Because of the increase, the department is urging people to get vaccinated.
The Department of Health Services says anyone over six months old can get vaccinated. There is a ready supply of the vaccine.
The department says flu symptoms include: fever, body aches, fatigue, headache and sore throat. http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_ ... cleid=9976