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.
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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The world should expect more bird flu outbreaks in the coming months, the U.N. official coordinating the global fight against the virus warned, after Britain recorded its first case of the H5N1 strain on a commercial farm.
Dr. David Nabarro said, however, that he did not expect the virus to spread in Britain to neighboring farms because of the quick containment measures put in place by the government.
“This should mean that there won’t therefore be spread … into other parts in the vicinity,” he (more…)
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France tests dead birds, does not suspect bird flu
Officials are carrying out tests to see what caused the deaths of some 4,000 chickens on a farm in northeastern France, but initial indications did not point to bird flu, the agriculture ministry said on Monday. The ministry said in a statement that the birds died suddenly on Saturday while another 3,500 chickens at the same site appeared completely health. “The clinical aspects (of the case) as well as the results of the autopsies do not especially indicate a diagnostic of bird flu,” the statement said, adding that full results were not expected until Tuesday. The owner of the farm told LCI television that it was “99 percent certain it is not bird flu”.
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Moldy grain, not bird flu, caused a large mallard duck die-off in Idaho, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said Friday.
A big sigh if relief for people in Idaho and Utah as well as others in North America.
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Bird Flu has been found in Pennsylvania in wild ducks. Don’t be alarmed. This is not the deadly for of the bird flu virus knows by scientists as H5N1.
These mallards were tested August 28 in Crawford County, PA. The ducks seemed fine which was a quick tip-off that this was not the deadly bird flu virus found in Asia that has killed at least 141 people.
Bird Flu seems to be spreading but has slown due to summer. There is a chance that it picks up speed and hits North America this winter.
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Do you know your school’s bird flu plan? Is the school your chidlren go to prepared for the bird flu? Don’t you think this bird flu plan is important? You need to know how your kid’s school is prepared for the bird flu.
There is a high risk of bird flu hitting North America this year and if it becomes a pandemic flu then the bird flu could kill millions of people in the US and Canada. Are you ready and do you know what to do? There may not be a lot of warning. The bird flu pandemic if it hits will hit hard and spread fast. At that point it may be to late.
J Rinard, bird flu expert says, “Each school must be preared ahead of time and each staff member must know this bird flu plan.” He continues “when it hits is not soon enough to prepare, at that point millions could already be affects and just days away from dying.”
Make sure you knwo the plans at school and work. If there is not one, get a bird flu plan from this site.
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A 59-year-old farmer has died of bird flu in north-eastern Thailand. The man died on 10 August near the Lao border, according to Kumnuan Ungchusak, a senior health ministry official.
He was believed to have been in contact with sick chickens shortly before he became ill. Thailand is one of the countries hardest hit by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, recording 17 fatalities since 2004.
Bird Flu Pandemic is a Global problem
Globally, more than 130 people have died of bird flu since late 2003. Most have been in East Asia, with Indonesia registering more human deaths than any other nation.
The virus has also spread to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Millions of birds across the –>
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