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Bird Flu Health Scare in India 2008

Medical workers were going door-to-door to look for people with symptoms of avian influenza in northeast India Friday as the infection in birds spread further.Bird Flu Growing in Egypt and Around the World

So far, no human cases of infection of the deadly H5N1 virus have been reported in the affected Assam state, but authorities stepped up a health drive after 150 people developed some symptoms of the infection.

About 150 people were treated for fever and upper respiratory tract infections in bird flu-hit areas. We have put the patients in isolation.

Bird flu was ruled out in all cases, the official said.

The virus has spread in the past two weeks across six Assam districts, where an estimated 300,000 people live in the affected areas.

More than 250,000 poultry have been slaughtered so far and an estimated 150,000 more have been ordered to be killed.

The government was “worried” about the infection spreading to humans, as authorities may not be able to cope, local health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The sale of poultry and poultry products has been banned in most parts of the state.

India reported its worst outbreak of bird flu early this year in the eastern state of West Bengal.

The WHO says the deadly H5N1 strain has killed nearly 250 people, mostly in Southeast Asia, since 2003.

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    Hong Kong Confirms Bird Flu

    Bird Flu in the USAA dead bird found in Hong Kong has tested positive for a mildr strain of the bird flu virus, the city’s health authorities said.

    “Preliminary testing of a dead bird … indicate a suspected case of H5 avian influenza,” a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said in a statement.

    Further tests are now being carried out on the carcass of the Crested Hoshawk, which was found by a member of the public, the statement added.

    Hong Kong was the scene of the world’s first reported major bird flu outbreak among humans in 1997, when six people died of a then unknown mutation of the avian flu virus. Millions of poultry were culled.

    A renewed outbreak in 2003 among poultry flocks in Asia triggered a wave of bird flu infections worldwide.

    The bird flu’s H5N1 strain is potentially deadly to humans. Bird flu has killed more than 150 people worldwide since late 2003. There are fears it could mutate and trigger a deadly human flu pandemic.

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    Indonesian Woman Being Treated for Bird Flu

    Washington State Bird Flu Pandemic PlanIndonesia’s health ministry says woman, 35, being treated for bird flu.
    A 35-year-old bird flu patient was in ICU in an Indonesian hospital and has not died, as a senior Health Ministry official mistakenly said earlier.

    Health Ministry official Nyoman Kandun apologized for the mix-up and said Indonesia’s death toll from the bird flu remains at 56. A spokesman for the Sulianti Saroso infectious diseases hospital also said the woman was alive.
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    Gov: US Citizens Stockpile For Bird Flu Outbreak

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    US citizens in Hong Kong have been advised to build a three-month stockpile of food, medicine and water in their homes in case of a bird flu pandemic, a news report said Tuesday.

    An advisory has been sent to all 60,000 registered US citizens in the former British colony urging them to prepare the stockpiles ahead of the coming winter flu season. (more…)

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    Stockpile for a Possible Bird Flu Outbreak

    US citizens in Hong Kong have been advised to build a three-month stockpile of food, medicine and water in their homes in case of a bird flu pandemic, a news report said Tuesday. Are you properly prepared for the bird flu?

    An advisory has been sent out to all 60,000 registered US citizens in the former British colony urging them to prepare the stockpiles ahead of the coming winter flu season in case of a bird flu pandemic.

    It suggests stockpiling 4.5 litres of water per person per day and to prepare water purification equipment in case of “complete infrastructure breakdown,” the South China Morning Post reported.
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    Bird Flu Virus in Pigs

    Bird Flu has been found in pigs. This is worrisome because pigs carry viruses much like humans. You know how pig skin, pig hearts, etc are used in humans?

    It is the same with various influenza strains. If the bird flu mutates in pigs to be transferred pig to pig it would also be transferrable human to human.

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    Bird Flu Virus in Pigs

    Bird Flu Growing in Egypt and Around the WorldThe H5N1 bird flu virus has infected pigs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
    “There were two pigs that were infected by bird flu in Bali. These were old cases that happened last July,” Musni Suatmodjo, agriculture ministry director of animal health, told Reuters.

    Koran Tempo newspaper had reported on the weekend that a team from the veterinary faculty at Udayana University had discovered avian influenza infected two pigs in the regencies of Gianyar and Tabanan in Bali.

    It was not clear if the pigs died from the bird flu.

    Pigs are a concern because (more…)

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