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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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    Bird Flu Again Spreading Across Asia

    Bird Flu Spreading Are you ready for the bird flu or have you forgotten about it like most? Once again the bird flu is marching across Asia.

    An Indonesian hospital was on Monday overwhelmed with patients suffering bird flu symptoms while the virus spread further among flocks in Vietnam and flared anew in Thailand.

    A recent spurt of human infections with the H5N1 bird flu virus, which re-emerged in Asia in late 2003, has alarmed health officials.

    Four Indonesians have died this year after a six-week lull in cases, taking the number of people killed by bird flu in the country to 61, the highest in the world.

    Be prepared for the bird flu. The Bird Flu is survivable, you need to be ready.

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    False Alarm for Bird Flu

    Tests have found that four members of a family in southern Vietnam who were hospitalized with symptoms of bird flu were not infected with the bird flu virus, a doctor said Tuesday.

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    New Drug Blocks Bird Flu Virus

    Bird Flu in the USANew Drug Blocks Influenza, Including Bird Flu Virus

    Opening a new front in the war against flu, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have reported the discovery of a novel compound that confers broad protection against influenza viruses, including deadly avian influenza.

    The new work, reported online this week (Oct. 4, 2006) in the Journal of Virology, describes the discovery of a peptide — a small protein molecule — that effectively blocks the influenza virus (including bird flu) from attaching to (more…)

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    Bird flu death toll mounts

    Bird flu death toll mounts

    A nine-year-old boy has died from bird flu hours after he was admitted to a hospital in the Indonesian capital, becoming the nation’s 51st confirmed fatality.

    The country also reported another suspected death, while four patients showing symptoms of the virus were being treated.

    Indonesia has been criticised for not doing enough to stamp out the virus and it is viewed by many experts as the weak link in global efforts to ward off a possible pandemic.

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    Mild Strains of Bird Flu being Mis-Diagnosed

    Recent reports from South Korea and Indonesia of after-the-fact discovery of a handful of mild human cases of H5N1 avian flu (bird flu) again have raised questions about whether the bird flu disease’s extraordinarily high death rate is being inflated because mild cases are being missed.

    Experts say the bird flu evidence to date points away from that notion. But they add it is important to continue to search for mild bird flu cases.

    Understanding the true number of human bird flu infections—and the range of symptoms experienced—could help scientists better assess the bird flu pandemic risk posed by the virus.

    As well, tracking mild bird flu cases over time could provide an early warning if important changes to H5N1 occur, they suggest. Climbing rates of mild cases might signal the bird flu virus was adapting to become a human bird flu flu strain—moving closer to triggering a ’flu pandemic.

    “We need to keep monitoring it (bird flu),” Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy, said yesterday.
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    2 More Deaths from Bird Flu

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO) two more humans have died of from the bird flu (H5N1) infection, bringing the total number of human deaths from the avian flu to 48.

    One bird flu victim is a 4-year-old girl from Makassar, South Sulawesi Province. Authorities say the girl developed bird flu like symptoms on June 18th, 2006, was hospitalized on June 23rd and died from the bird flu the following day. The girl had had contact with chickens.

    There are two other bird flu cases, one fatal, that date back to June and November, 2005, Bird Flu Death picturesafter a recent revision of case definitions for H5N1 (bird flu) infection.

    One was an 8-year-old girl from Tangerang, Banten Province, who became ill on June 24th, 2005 and died from the bird flu on July 14th, 2005. This girl was part of a family cluster (possibly bird flu human to human transmission). The other was a 45-year-old man from Magelang, Central Java Province, who became ill on November 25th, 2005, and subsequently recovered. This is one of the few recoveries from the bird flu.

    63 humans have been infected with H5N1 (bird flu) in Indonesia, of which 48 (76%) have died.
    Worldwide the number of confirmed deaths from the bird flu is at 143.

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