(2/14/06) More Coutnries Report Avian Flu
- Austria - Northern Russia
is particularly alarming, since it means North
America is now "exposed" to migratory
bird patterns. The experts are mostly claiming
that avian bird flu will strike North America,
with a few disagreeing. Considering the rapid
spread of bird flu throughout half the world,
it's pretty much a certainty that the United
States, Canada and South America will be stricken.
Here are 4 maps of the spread of H5N1 bird-flu
over Europe in the last 6 months
Late 2007 World Map of outbreaks
Countries Reporting Avian Flu
is a list culled from various news sources over
the last month or so.
is about half of the planet already. These are
reported cases, which cannot be underemphasized.
There have already been a number of unreported
cases and suspicions that some countries are
not reported the actual number of infected cases,
including human infections.
flu warning posted here July 2005___________
Signs point to global influenza outbreak - WHO
22 Jul 2005 14:49:24 GMT Source:
July 22 (Reuters) - Indonesia's first human
bird flu case, coupled with more birds dying
elsewhere including Russia, are signs a long-dreaded
global influenza pandemic may be approaching,
the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on
officials fear the virus will mutate and mix
with human influenza, creating a deadly pandemic
strain that becomes easily transmissible and
could kill millions of people.
Chan, WHO's new director for pandemic influenza
preparedness, said there had been no known sustained
human to human transmission of the deadly virus,
but called for stepping up disease surveillance
among poultry and humans worldwide.
this week confirmed its first death from the
virus, which has so far killed more than 50
people since late 2003 in Vietnam, Thailand
and Cambodia, roughly half of the known cases.
Indonesian government official was confirmed
as having died of the H5N1 bird flu virus, but
results of laboratory tests on his two young
daughters who also died are still awaited.
is more evidence for us to be concerned about
developments in the region," Chan told
a news briefing.
is perhaps the only time since 1968, which was
the last pandemic, that we are getting signs,
symptoms and warnings from nature ... More and
more birds are dying in different parts of the
world -- this is the kind of signals, and early
warnings that we are referring to."
this week said it had discovered a disease in
poultry in a remote village in Siberia, its
first suspected case of bird flu. Around 300
birds died and specimens are being analysed.
LEVEL THREE OF SIX
a former health director of Hong Kong who helped
contain its bird flu and SARS outbreaks of 1997,
said the WHO's risk assessment of a global pandemic
still stood at three on a scale of six.
need to be very vigilant and look for early
signals or signs of sustained human to human
transmission," she said. "We need
to advise people from farm to table on what
actions they can take or can advise communities
to take to reduce that risk."
poultry trading -- where ducks, geese, chickens
and sometimes pigeons are sold side-by-side
at market -- can be an "enabling environment
for the virus to mutate", Chan said.
measures include separating poultry, vaccination
of poultry, and other biosecurity measures on
farms, she said.
experience is that if you are prepared for a
pandemic you get less impact in terms of mortality
and morbidity and social and economic disruption,"
also said that the WHO, a United Nations agency,
was still pressing China to allow international
laboratories to examine specimens from birds
in Qinghai, where the H5N1 virus has killed
more than 5,000 birds from five species.
WHO is urging China to test the other 184 species
in the area, fearing birds which appear healthy
could also spread the disease. This would help
understand the evolution of the virus and inform
public health decisions, according to Chan.
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