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Bird Flu Mutation prompts New Concerns for Resurgence

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 16:07:24 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) - The bird flu pandemic warnings were of great concern starting in 2003, when the disease killed 331 humans, most of whom were infected by the contaminated poultry. Now, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) cautioned that a new mutation of the H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza is spreading across Asia. The Avian flu might be transmitted to humans even outside Asia.

The new virus strain is called H5N1 - 2.3.2.1. The FAO organization explained migratory wild birds spread the virus to places that may have not seen the virus in the past. It is possible that the H5N1 strain can show up in places that have been virus-free.
Newly infected areas of the H5N1 virus in birds are in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Bulgaria, Romania, Nepal and Mongolia.

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H5N1 Bird Flu Virus still poses a serious threat says United Nation Officials

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 18:09:24 +0000

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[Best Syndication News] The H5N1 bird flu reached into 63 countries and killed almost 300 people and prompted the culling of over 260 million birds worldwide. A Senior United Nations officials warned that the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus still continues to be a threat to both birds and humans.

Most of the focus has shifted to the H1N1 swine flu pandemic in 2009 and 2010. But the H5N1 still continues to be a serious problem said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth.

Lubroth also said that controlling outbreaks of H5N1 is still an international priority.

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WHO declares Swine Flu Pandemic – CDC no Changes in Response Needed

Thu, 11 Jun 2009 22:02:51 +0000

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[Best Syndication News] The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the H1N1 Swine Flu is now at a Pandemic level. The highest level 6 out of 6 in was given out today from their pandemic alert system. This pandemic alert has not reached this highest number since 1968.

According to newswire reports the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will not be changing their response to the swine flu even though the WHO has been increased it to a pandemic level. The CDC explains that the organization has already been implementing pandemic planning for the past several weeks.

The first cases of swine flu originated in Mexico back in April of this year. Cruise ships that would have docked at the Mexico cities opted to stay at other ports to avoid getting passengers sick with the swine flu. Travel to Mexico wasn't advised at that point. Now it appears that the swine flu has now spread around the world.

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Swine Flu could Mutate into more Severe Form warns WHO

Sun, 24 May 2009 17:08:30 +0000

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[Best Syndication News] The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the H1N1 swine flu could mutate into a more severe form of the virus and possibly kill more people that get infected said the chief of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan this past Friday.

The WHO may declare a full pandemic for the H1N1 as it is being closely watched in the southern hemisphere. Chan told the WHO annual congress in Geneva that it could mix with familiar seasonal flu viruses and could mutate in unexpected ways.

At the 62nd World Health Assembly, political pressure from 193 members were asking for a change in how they determine a pandemic out of fears of economic and turmoil that could occur if a pandemic was called. They have modified their criteria because of economics. The lethality of the flu virus must be considered before declaring a full pandemic.

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Swine Flu Pandemic Alert Raised to a 5 – One dead in the US

Thu, 30 Apr 2009 00:50:01 +0000

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[Best Syndication News] The Swine Flu is causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to upgrade the threat of a pandemic from the H1N1 virus to a level 5. Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the organization upped the seriousness of the swine flu pandemic alert from a 4 to a 5.

Chan said that at this stage all countries should activate their pandemic preparedness plans, which includes increased surveillance, early discovery and treatment of suspected cases and controlling the infection from spreading at health facilities.

As of 11:00 A.M. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that for April 29th, there are a total of 91 confirmed cases of people infected with the swine flu. The break down is, New York with 51 cases, Texas has 16 with on death, California with 14. Kansas, Massachusetts and Michigan each have 2 cases of the infection. Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, and Arizona are reporting only 1 case of the virus.

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Swine Flu Spreads – US had 8 cases – Mexico reports 60 Deaths

Fri, 24 Apr 2009 21:16:17 +0000

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[Best Syndication News] Mexico officials have closed down several public places in Mexico City in an attempt to stop the spread of the swine flu. Authorities in Mexico believe that 60 people have died as a result of the swine flu.

In the US there is a new human case of swine flu, which brings the number up to 8 cases. The newest case is located in California said the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The child that contracted the latest case in the US has been reported to have survived.

The Mexican government wants to prevent further spread of the swine flu that has already gotten over 900 people sick. The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned that Mexico City with a population of 20 million could spread and poses a potential risk for developing into a global flu epidemic. At this point however, WHO is not declaring this a flu pandemic.

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Scientists Find Vulnerability In Bird Flu and Influenza – Monoclonal Antibodies and Vaccines Just A Few Years Away

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:09:55 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) Researchers have found a method to disable the common flu virus and the H5N1 Bird Flu virus. Their discovery may also make once-a-year flu shots a thing of the past. A vaccine for life may become available.

The body has trouble combating viruses because they mutate frequently while antibodies play catch-up. It is difficult to manufacture vaccines because the viruses mutate and have different characteristics. This may all change soon.

There are two sections to a virus: The peanut shaped head and the neck (or tail). The head mutates quickly while the neck portion is invariable (does not change). Viruses, also known as virions, have been historically classified as both living and nonliving. Approximately 100 times smaller than a bacterium, they are single or double stranded DNA or RNA with a protein coat or shell (see diagram below).

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Avian Flu In Hong Kong And Indonesia – Disease Jumps From Bird To Human – Quarantine In China

Fri, 12 Dec 2008 01:38:16 +0000

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(Best Syndication News) Within a couple days of the announcement in Indonesia concerning human cases of H5N1 bird flu, officials in Hong Kong are announcing a new wave of bird flu in their country. The outbreak in Hong Kong has prompted a 21 day suspension of poultry imports.

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Authorities have begun to slaughter 80,000 birds. "We feel that Hong Kong is facing a new threat from bird flu," York Chow, secretary for food and health, said. China Daily reports that they have confirmed avian flu in some dead chickens on a farm with 60,000 birds. All the birds on that farm and some neighboring farms need to be destroyed.

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Bird Flu indirect contact to H5N1 Virus in some Cases

Thu, 17 Jan 2008 22:25:36 +0000

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[Best Syndication] The World Health Organization published a report on Wednesday that said that in some cases the H5N1 bird flu virus could infect someone from sticking on surfaces or being stirred up in fertilizer dust.

There has been around 25 percent of people that have been infected with the Avian influenza that have no explanation for how they were infected. There has been 350 people in over 14 countries that have been infected with the H5N1 virus. Of these, 217 have died from the infection.

In the report they said that in almost every case the infection was spread from direct contact of an infected bird to a person. They said very rarely there has been one person infecting another, but were always a close relative that had intimate physical contact.

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Bird Flu Virus infects Father and Son – Authorities concerned about Human to Human Transmission

Sun, 09 Dec 2007 18:42:32 +0000

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[Best Syndication] The Chinese National Disease Authority has identified a 52 year-old man from Nanjing has been infected with the H5N1 virus which is also been called the bird flu.

The authorities are concerned how he may have caught the bird flu virus from his son that died on Sunday who was also infected from the bird flu virus.

Reports from Chinese news agencies said that the son who died on Sunday did not have any contact with birds. It is still unclear if there was contact with birds or not as the investigation continues.

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Bird Flu Outbreak in UK force Culling of Poultry

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 20:00:05 +0000

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[Best Syndication] Thousands of birds have been killed in an attempt to prevent the spread of the H5N1 virus that has been detected at a turkey farm in Suffolk, which is northeast of London.

British officials have set up a 2 mile radius protection zone and a surveillance area of 4 miles. Most of the culling has began on this Tuesday with thousands of turkeys being killed.

The restricted zone requires all domestic birds to remain indoors. It is prohibited to gather all other poultry and other captive birds in England. Poultry is not allowed to be moved without meeting their conditions that they specify.

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Bird Flu Mutation makes it Easier to Infect Humans with H5N1 Virus

Fri, 05 Oct 2007 20:48:38 +0000

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[Best Syndication] A recent report in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Pathogens, showed concern that the bird flu virus has mutated to a more transmissible form for humans. It has not however mutated into a pandemic strain where it is easily contagious from human to human.

The concern was expressed by Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He said that they have found a change that could make the bird flu grow in human’s upper respiratory tract. The bird flu strains that caused the most concern was found in Africa and Europe. These mutations of the H5N1 virus are bordering on the change of becoming a contagious human virus.

A newswire report said that Kawaoka didn’t want to spread panic but wanted the scientific community to be aware of the changes.

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Two New Cases Of Human H5N1 Bird Flu Found In Egypt – Avian Influenza Cases Total 31 With 13 Dead World Health Organization

Mon, 02 Apr 2007 03:08:18 +0000

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(Best Syndication) The Egyptian Health Ministry reported two new human bird flu cases Saturday. The Egyptian Daily News site reports that the cases are in the north, bringing the total number of human reported cases in Egypt to 31. The World Health Organization (WHO) has only confirmed 29 cases so far.

The WHO says that Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population announced the two new human cases of the H5N1 virus. The virus infected a 6-year-old girl from Qena Governorate and a 5-year-old boy from Menia Governorate, according to the report.

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Bird Flu in UK – One worker being tested for H5N1 virus – Massive Culling and Restrictions in Place

Tue, 06 Feb 2007 21:02:38 +0000

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British officials have reported that 159,000 birds were killed at one turkey farm in Suffolk. This began on late Saturday to stop the spread of the virus. At this time it appears that the virus is located at a turkey farm and has not shown up in any new locations.

The farm will undergo a complete disinfecting process were the birds were housed. The 320 farm workers were instructed to take the antiviral drug Tamiflu. These farmer workers have not complained of any illness. These workers may have handled the over 2,000 birds that became infected with the H5N1 virus.

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Bird Flu outbreak at Japanese Poultry Farm causes mass Culling of Birds

Mon, 29 Jan 2007 18:19:46 +0000

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Japan has suffered a third outbreak of the H5N1virus in poultry in the last three weeks. The last outbreak was of a chicken egg farm near Takahashi city on the outskirts of Okayama. This has prompted government to order a mass culling of approximately 12,000 birds at this farm and fifteen surrounding farms of 950,000 birds are being closed down and disinfecting areas are being set up.

The Takahashi infection is still yet to be confirmed to make sure that indeed it is the H5N1 virus. The two earlier outbreaks in Miyazaki area farms were the dreaded H5N1 virus.

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Over Reactive Immune Response Killed Victims In Spanish Flu Pandemic – Could Lead To Treatment For H5N1 Influenza Virus

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 11:27:33 +0000

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Research published in this week’s journal Nature (January 18 2007) helps shed light on how the Spanish Flu virus was able to kill 50 million worldwide in 1918. Scientists were able to reconstruct the original Spanish Flu virus from genetic material of its victims. They used a special “reverse genetics process” to reconstruct the virus.

The Spanish flu ravaged the world at the end of World War I. It was unknown exactly how or why this flu was so lethal. In fact, researchers were not able to identify any influenza virus until 1933.

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison infected monkeys with their recreated-virus. They found that the 1918 virus prompted a deadly respiratory infection that echoed historical accounts of how the disease claimed its victims.

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Bird flu emerges in Japan, more deaths reported in Indonesia

Tue, 16 Jan 2007 09:34:01 +0000

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Bird flu emerges in Japan, more deaths reported in Indonesia

Japan has confirmed bird flu affected chickens on a farm in the south of the country.

Also, an Indonesian health official announced Saturday the recent deaths of two women from Avian influenza. Two other people died earlier in the week.

A fresh outbreak of avian influenza is also feared in Nigeria.

Japanese officials confirmed Saturday that bird flu caused the deaths of more than two-thousand chickens at a farm 900 kilometers southwest of Tokyo.

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