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Bird Flu - Archives

 

January 2007
 

New Vaccine
CSL is a well-regarded Australian pharmaceuticals company, with a particular strength in flu vaccines. It has now announced (pdf file) the development of a bird flu vaccine. That sounds like good new.
January 31st, 2007

 

Still Spreading?
Still the Western media seem to be treating lightly what appears to be a growing spread of bird flu cases. Latest developments:

- there are reports of a new outbreak in Russia;

- Nigeria is testing samples from 14 people, including three who died, for possible bird flu;

- the death of a boy in Azerbaijan is being seen as possibly linked to bird flu.
January 30th, 2007

 

I Told You It Was Serious
I've not been able to understand the apparent blasť attitudes in the West to current bird flu outbreaks in Asia. They look serious to me. At least The Economist seems to agree, with a report titled "Coming Home to Roost?".
January 29th, 2007

Don't Blame Birds for All Bird Flu - What About Flies?
An Indonesian scientist has warned:

...not to place too much of the blame for bird flu on poultry as other animals could also carry the virus.

Veterinary pathologist Wasito of Yogyakarta's Gajah Mada University's veterinary medicine said that other animals such as cats, dogs and even flies could also carry the H5N1 virus.

"A study we are conducting here, for example, has convincingly found that it is possible for flies to spread the bird flu virus."

January 26th, 2007

 

Bird Flu Back in Europe?
Bird flu has been detected in Hungary. At least one website says it's H5N1.
January 26th, 2007

 

Bird Flu Bustin' Out All Over
As feared, the northern winter is seeing more bird flu outbreaks, though with Europe and America (so far) largely unaffected, we don't read a lot about it. Here are some of the latest developments:

- The world is years away from stamping out bird flu in poultry, and the threat of a human pandemic will remain until it does, said the head of WHO.

- Hungarian authorities are testing five dead geese for bird flu.

- Bird influenza is now endemic in Indonesia because of past delays in dealing with H5N1, says an Australian expert.

- A new outbreak is suspected in Japan, and confirmed in Thailand.

- Many bird flu outbreaks are not even reported, says the FAO.

- A fifth farm has been infected in South Korea, and authorities are to kill 660,000 hens and pigs.

- Shares of Toyama Chemical Company have jumped 11% on the company's plan to start clinical tests in Japan on a drug that may be used to treat bird flu.
January 24th, 2007

 

Asia Bird Flu Update
Japan - the bird flu outbreak at Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu has been confirmed as the H5N1 virus. Miyazaki is Japan's biggest chicken producer. The impact on the poultry industry will be major.

China will spend more than $1 billion to wipe out bird flu - by 2015.

Tests on 500 stray cats in Indonesia found that 100 of them had H5N1. Despite this, they were set free after the tests. "I had no right to destroy them," said the scientist who conducted the tests.

Ducks are infected in Thailand.

Vietnam reports that the virus has spread to a fourth province. Meanwhile, "officials brace for the worst prior to February's Lunar New Year festivities, when people and poultry are on the move".

January 18th, 2007

 

South Korea, Indonesia and - Japan?
South Korea has confirmed a case of H5N1 human infection. More cases are reported in Indonesia. And bird flu is suspected in the death of 750 chickens in - gulp - Japan. Reuters has a useful chronology of bird flu developments during the past 12 months.
January 12th, 2007

 

What's Happening in Asia?
The International Herald Tribune provides a useful round-up:

Bird flu has killed again in Indonesia and is picking up speed elsewhere in Asia, with fresh outbreaks in Vietnam and a new human case reported in China, officials said Wednesday.
January 11th, 2007

 

Welcome to 2007

AsiaNews reports:

The first person to be stricken by bird flu in Indonesia this year is seriously ill. Vietnam and Hong Kong have recorded new cases of infection of birds while the problem of illegal vaccines has reared its head again.

And then there's this:

Hong Kong was on bird flu alert Friday after a wild bird found in a busy shopping area was tested positive for the avian flu virus.
January 9th, 2007