Monday, February 04, 2008

Indonesian Bird Flu Death Toll Hits 103

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian woman died of bird flu over the weekend, bringing the country’s death toll from the disease to 103, the Health Ministry said.

The 29-year-old housewife from Tangerang town on the outskirts of Jakarta, died Saturday at a hospital in the city, said Sumardi, a ministry spokesman.

She was first hospitalized on Jan. 28, six days after she developed symptoms, said Sumardi, who uses a single name.

She was then moved to Persahabatan Hospital in eastern Jakarta on Jan. 29, he said.

The woman was reported to have visited her parents, whose neighbors kept chickens, Sumardi said. It was not clear whether the chickens were infected.

“Her death raised the Indonesian death toll to 103 out of 126 cases,” Sumardi said.

A 38-year-old woman from Kali Deres, the Jakarta neighborhood closest to Tangerang, has also been confirmed as having been infected with bird flu and was being treated at Persahabatan Hospital, Sumardi said.

Bird flu story source: AP

Editors note:

This is the second person in five days that has died from the Bird flu virus in Tangerang town on the outskirts of Jakarta. The original story can be found at this link, Indonesian woman dies of bird flu near capital Both victims were in contact with, or in close proximity to fowl that may have been infected with the bird flu virus. Hopefully authorities are keeping a close watch on people who may have had contact with the infected individuals.

From all accounts, both India and Pakistan are having multiple outbreaks.

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Pakistan Confirms Bird Flu Virus at Karachi Farm

Pakistani authorities confirm that a deadly strain of the bird flu virus has been detected near the southern city of Karachi.

Authorities say the H5N1 virus has been found at a poultry farm on the outskirts of Pakistan’s largest city.

The farm has been quarantined to prevent further spread of the virus.

Health officials say they are monitoring farm workers, but so far there is no sign of human infection.

Pakistan recorded its first human death from bird flu in December.

A man who worked on a poultry farm in North West Frontier Province died. His brother had recently died as well, but was not tested for the virus.

Source used in this bird flu story: VOA

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Chinese government confirms Heron had bird flu

Hong Kong (avianinfluenza.org)

A Chinese government website is reporting that the black-crowned night heron found at Ocean Park has been confirmed to be H5N1 positive.

The dead bird was collected for testing on Jan 28, 2008. Chinese authorities had closed the park as a precaution. 

You can read the original story at this link Suspected bird flu shuts Hong Kong park’s aviaries

Source used in this bird flu story: Chinese Government News

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Health workers quarantined in Indian bird flu state

KOLKATA (AFP) — A health worker in an Indian state was put in isolation and hundreds of others who had slaughtered chickens to stem an outbreak of bird flu were being monitored, an official said Friday.

Thousands of people were pressed into culling operations in West Bengal after the presence of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was confirmed last month. The virus has now been found in 13 of the eastern state’s 19 districts.

“More than 500 health workers who were involved in culling have been quarantined as a precautionary measure,” Anisur Rahaman, West Bengal animal resources minister, told AFP.

“If anyone has a cold or fever we are sending his blood sample for tests.”

Rahaman said all workers involved in culling would be quarantined for at least a week before being sent home, as slaughtering operations drew to a close with some 2.7 million chickens killed.

One health worker was being kept in isolation after the 28-year-old reported having a fever and was admitted to hospital Thursday night, Rahaman said, adding that the state was awaiting the results of his laboratory tests.

No human cases of bird flu have been reported in the state of 80 million so far, but officials have repeatedly expressed concern that the disease could spread to villagers living in close proximity with the affected poultry.

Bird flu panic spread to other Indian states, as neighbouring Assam was ordered to cull poultry in villages bordering West Bengal. State officials there estimated 80,000 chickens would need to be killed.

Haryana state, bordering capital New Delhi, has sent samples from dead birds for testing, an Indian official told the Hindustan Times in a report published Friday, after hundreds of chickens died there this week.

Bird flu story source: AFP

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More swans found to have bird flu

Two more dead swans have tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu, Defra has said.

This brings the total number of swans from the Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset found to have the disease to nine.

Defra said it expected more cases to emerge over the coming weeks but stressed there was no evidence it had spread to other wild birds or poultry.

A report published last month said the disease was probably introduced into the area by an infected migratory bird.

It also said evidence suggested the level of infection in the mute swan population was low.

Routine surveillance

Defra is urging local poultry keepers to remain vigilant and report any signs of disease immediately.

The first birds to test positive were found dead at the open reserve in the Chesil Beach area in December during routine surveillance, while further swans were found to have the disease last month.

Restrictions are still in place on the movement of poultry and other captive birds in the wild bird control area, imposed after the first positive tests.

The swannery is part of an area of wetland recognized to be of international importance.

Some staff at the sanctuary have been monitored for signs of the disease, although the risk of infection is said to be low.

Bird flu story source: BBC News

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Thailand confirms bird flu outbreak in new province

BANGKOK, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The H5N1 bird flu virus has been found in a second province in northern Thailand, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said on Friday.

Tests confirmed the outbreak in Phichit, 345 km (215 miles) north of Bangkok, where about 30 village chickens died last week, Livestock Development Department chief Sakchai Sriboonsue told Reuters.

“Laboratory tests showed the chickens had the H5N1 virus, the second case this year. We have already ordered the slaughter of chickens in the area,” he said.

Avian flu story source: Reuters

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Indonesian woman dies of bird flu near capital

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian woman who lived near a poultry slaughterhouse on the outskirts of the capital has died of bird flu, the health ministry said on Friday, the latest victim in a surge of cases this year.

The woman from Tangerang is the seventh person to die of bird flu in Indonesia this year. Some experts say the flare-up is caused by a combination of several factors such as rainy weather and poor sanitation.

The woman, 31, was being treated at a Jakarta hospital. She died of multiple-organ failure late on Thursday.

“The woman lived in a neighborhood full of fowl. A slaughterhouse is not so far from her house,” Muhammad Nadirin of the bird flu centre told Reuters.

It remains unclear how she contracted the bird flu virus.

Her death brings the country’s death toll to 102, the highest of any nation.

Bird flu story source: Reuters

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Suspected bird flu shuts Hong Kong park’s aviaries

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong theme park is to shut its aviaries for three weeks following the discovery of a wild heron suspected of dying from bird flu.

The bird was found on Monday in a remote area of Ocean Park, on the south coast of Hong Kong Island.

“As a precautionary measure, the walk-in aviaries in Ocean Park will be temporarily closed to visitors for 21 days starting tomorrow,” said a spokesperson with Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

Ocean Park, a conservation-focused theme park with pandas, dolphins, birds and rollercoasters, attracted nearly 5 million visitors last year, proving more popular than the struggling Hong Kong Disneyland.

Spokeswoman Christine Lau said the rest of the park would operate normally and the aviary closures were a precautionary measure, with the 900 birds in its collection not having shown any symptoms of bird flu.

Bird flu story source: Reuters

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Indonesian woman tests positive for bird flu virus

JAKARTA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua)—A 32-year-old woman has tested positive for the bird flu virus and is now in critical condition at a Jakarta hospital, local press said Wednesday.

The woman was admitted to the Persahabatan Hospital on Jan. 26 and laboratory tests later confirmed she had the H5N1 virus, the Metro TV reported.

“She is very critical now with pneumonia and respiratory problems,” Dr. Mukhtar Ikhsan with the hospital said.

The patient has been put on a ventilator to assist in her breathing. She was the country’s 125th confirmed bird flu case, which has killed 101 people since the disease began ravaging the country in 2003.

Avian influenza story source: Xinhua (China News)

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UPDATE 1-India sprays markets, roads to halt bird flu outbreak

KOLKATA, India, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Workers sprayed roads and markets in Kolkata with disinfectants and culled thousands of birds as authorities in eastern India battled to stop an outbreak of bird flu in poultry reaching the crowded city.

Bird flu has spread to 13 of West Bengal’s 19 districts and authorities in the communist-ruled state said they were culling sick chickens in a private farm about an hour’s drive from Kolkata, one of India’s biggest cities.

“We are not taking chances as the farm reported bird deaths and preliminary tests suggest bird flu,” Anisur Rahaman, the state’s animal resources minister told Reuters.

Over 2 million birds have already been culled, but authorities now say they will slaughter thousands of more birds.

They will also ban rearing backyard poultry in infected districts for at least three months.

India was checking hundreds of villagers and health workers for possible symptoms of bird flu, officials said.

Avian flu story source: Reuters

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