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Published: 2007-10-01T22:49:57-05:00


H5N1 detection in 28 minutes?


Lots of stories on the wires (e.g., here) about a Nature Medicine paper describing a handheld microfluidic lab-on-a-chip to detect H5N1 inexpensively in less than 30 minutes. It was hard to understand what was involved from the news articles so I retrieved the paper (published online in advance of regular appearance in the journal hardcopy). It wasn't a particularly easy read, but here is what I was able to decipher.

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Canada: Second farm under H7N3 quarantine


Via CBC News: 2nd Saskatchewan farm under quarantine over avian flu worries. Excerpt:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has put another Saskatchewan chicken farm under quarantine, but says the move is only a precautionary measure.

The small farm affected by the decision on Friday is less than three kilometres away from Pedigree Poultry, a much larger operation just north of Regina, where officials confirmed on Thursday they had found a strain of avian influenza.

The CFIA said the quarantine measures are standard given the close proximity of the two farms. It said the 20 chickens tested on what the agency calls a "small backyard operation" have shown no signs of disease.

More than 50,000 chickens at the Pedigree Poultry operation near Regina Beach were to be killed and all equipment thoroughly sanitized.

Crucell says discovers antibodies to treat, prevent H5N1 avian flu ... - Forbes


Crucell says discovers antibodies to treat, prevent H5N1 avian flu ...
Forbes, NY - Sep 27, 2007
The Dutch biotech company said 21 human monoclonal antibodies were discovered, adding that they were able to neutralise the H5N1 virus of avian influenza. ...

H5N1 Could Infect the Unborn -


H5N1 Could Infect the Unborn, Germany - 20 hours ago
Samples were taken from a male and female that were killed by H5N1 to see what the virus does to other human organs. Bird flu genetic material and ...

China Bans Poultry From Canada - AHN



China Bans Poultry From Canada
AHN - 11 hours ago
... the H7N3 strain of bird flu, which is not deadly to humans. The H5N1 has killed about 200 people. The strain was circulating in Asia, Africa and Europe.
China bans Canadian poultry imports AFP
China bans poultry imports from Canada China Daily
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Man's death pushes Indonesia's H5N1 fatality toll to 86 - CIDRAP


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Man's death pushes Indonesia's H5N1 fatality toll to 86
CIDRAP, MN - 4 hours ago
Oct 1, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia's health ministry announced today that a 21-year-old man who lived near Jakarta died of H5N1 avian influenza, ...
Indonesia reports 86th bird flu death AFP
Bird Flu Claims 86th Human Life In Indonesia AHN
Another Indonesian man dies from bird flu Radio Australia - Xinhua
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Bird Flu Claims 86th Human Life In Indonesia


Bird Flu Claims 86th Human Life In Indonesia October 1, 2007 - Topics flu, h5n1, bird flu, hospital, poultry and birds A 21-year-old man from Jakarta, Indonesian was confirmed to be the 86th person

Indonesian man dies of bird flu


Via the International Herald Tribune: Indonesian man dies of bird flu, raising global death toll to 200. Excerpt:

An Indonesian man died of bird flu after slaughtering an infected chicken, a local health official said Thursday, lifting the number of people killed by the virus worldwide to 200.

The 33-year-old plantation worker from Sumatra province had been hospitalized for almost 10 days with a high fever, coughing and breathing difficulties.

It looked as if he was going to recover, but his condition suddenly deteriorated and he died Thursday, said Arman Zubair, an official at the Health Ministry's monitoring post for bird flu.

Tests confirmed he had the virulent H5N1 strain of the illness.

Before the death of the Sumatra man, who was apparently preparing the infected chicken for a meal, 199 people had died out of 327 known infections worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Hong Kong imposes anti-H5N1 measures


Via the Hong Kong government website: Anti-bird flu measures imposed.

The Government has imposed precautionary measures after the confirmation of an avian influenza outbreak at a Panyu farm in Guangdong. They include the 21-day import suspension of live poultry, birds, day-old chicks, poultry eggs, and chilled and frozen meat from farms within 24 kilometres of the outbreak location.

As the case involves waterfowl, the Government will also suspend duck, goose and goose egg imports from Guangdong for one week.

Secretary for Food & Health Dr York Chow said tonight no human bird flu infection has been reported, adding that the outbreak is an isolated case. He said the Government will liaise closely with Mainland authorities and both sides have agreed to hold daily exchanges on the latest situation.

The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department, in conjunction with Mainland authorities, will inspect registered farms supplying live chickens to Hong Kong. Other government departments and Mainland authorities will enhance inspections to detect any illegal importation of poultry. Inspection and surveillance of hygiene conditions at poultry farms, and wholesale and retail markets will also be enhanced.

The arrangement announced last week to lift the chicken supply ceiling will be withdrawn.

Dr Chow said as Hong Kong and Guangdong are very close people should remain vigilant to reduce the risk of avian influenza.

Russia finds H5N1 bird flu virus at chicken farm - AFP



Russia finds H5N1 bird flu virus at chicken farm
AFP - Sep 4, 2007
MOSCOW (AFP) — A strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus that is dangerous for humans has surfaced at chicken farm in southern Russia, the veterinary service said ...

Germany finds H5N1 in frozen duck meat - CIDRAP


Germany finds H5N1 in frozen duck meat
CIDRAP, MN - Sep 10, 2007
Sep 10, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A government official in Bavaria said today there was a chance that some frozen duck meat contaminated with the H5N1 avian ...

Bird-Flu Outbreak in Vaccinated Ducks Triggers Mutation Fear


An outbreak of the dreaded Bird-Flu virus is bad enough for any country, it is specially feared in China, the land of its origin. What makes the recent outbreak of the H5N1 virus, found in the ducks in farms near Guangzhou’s Panyu … Detail story birdflunewsflash

Bird flu Video-Don’t blame migrating birds, it’s factory farms


Bird flu Video-Don’t blame migrating birds, it’s factory farms   Here is another ... , Chickens, DEFRA, Flu, Flu Summit, H5N1, H7N2, Health, Hollywood, Human Bird Flu, Human-To-Human H5N1

People's Daily Online - Vietnam reports bird flu outbreaks in 2 provinces


People's Daily Online - Vietnam reports bird flu outbreaks in 2 provinces
Bird flu outbreaks have recently been spotted in Vietnam's southern Dong Thap province and northern Thai Nguyen province, according to the country's Department of Animal Health on Saturday.
Posted by ojcius to Vietnam AvianFlu H5N1 on Sun Aug 26 2007 at 00:55 UTC | info | related

Bird-Flu Find Results in Germany's Biggest Bird Cull Ever | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 26.08.2007


Bird-Flu Find Results in Germany's Biggest Bird Cull Ever | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 26.08.2007
German health officials slaughtered 160,000 geese over the weekend after the deadly H5N1 bird-flu virus was found in a poultry farm near the city of Erlangen. The cull was ordered after 400 geese were found dead.
Posted by ojcius to AvianFlu Germany H5N1 on Mon Aug 27 2007 at 01:54 UTC | info | related