Sunday, January 15, 2006

Bird flu suspected in Turkey death

A 12-year-old Turkish girl has died from suspected bird flu in the eastern city of Van, officials said on Sunday.Tests were being carried out to see if she was the latest victim of the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza, doctors said.

Fatma Ozcan died Sunday afternoon of bird flu-like symptoms, said Dr. Huseyin Avni Sahin, chief physician at the Van University Hospital. “Her brother has a fever and the infection in his lung is light, it’s not advancing,” another doctor, Ahmet Faik Oner, told The Associated Press

It was not clear whether the brother and the sister had been in contact with fowl, AP reported.

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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Man in Belgian hospital being tested for bird flu

Belgium is testing a man, probably a journalist, for deadly bird flu after he felt ill when he returned from the Turkish province worst hit by the disease, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

The man was undergoing tests to determine whether he had contracted H5N1 avian flu, ministry spokesman Karim Ibourki said, adding results were expected later in the day.

There was confusion over the man’s identity, with some officials saying he may be a journalist who had worked in Turkey covering the bird flu story and others saying he was a holidaymaker.

“It probably is a journalist who had gone to Turkey to cover the spread of the virus,” Ibourki said, adding the man had done some work in the eastern province of Van.

Meanwhile, Inge Jooris, spokeswoman for the committee in charge of monitoring for any trace of bird flu arriving in the country, was also unable to confirm his identity, saying it could be someone who had been a tourist in the province.

The Brussels hospital
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Friday, January 13, 2006

4th avian influenza death in Turkey?

Turkish health authorities are investigating whether the death of a 2-1/2 year old girl, this Friday in southeastern Turkey, may have been caused by the avian influenza virus. If so, this would be the fourth death attributed to the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in Turkey.

“She had a serious bacterial infection in the right lung,” and not a viral one, doctors told officials, adding that the girl did not have a history of contact with birds.He said samples from the girl have been sent to a laboratory in Ankara for analysis, along with other samples from people suspected of having contracted the disease.

Sahibe Yetistiren was brought to the hospital late Thursday, about a week after she fell ill and her parents tried to treat her with antibiotics at home, but her condition continued to deteriorate, Arikan said.She was from the town of Cinar, near Diyarbakir.

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Avian influenza situation report january 13 2006

A serious strain of the avian influenza virus has infected 147 people, killing at least 78 in six countries, according to the World Health Organization.The H5N1 avian influenza virus has been found in wild birds and poultry in countries such as Turkey, Romania and Ukraine, forcing the slaughter of more than 150 million birds worldwide.

The avian influenza virus has spread rapidly in Turkey in recent weeks, killing at least two children and infecting a total of 18 people, according to Turkish authorities. Experts say the H5N1 virus could become more active in the colder months in affected regions, and could spread in Asia as people slaughter chickens for Lunar New Year celebrations.

USDA’s Shagam forecast U.S. poultry exports to be less in 2006 by around 190 million pounds because of the current avian influenza situation in Turkey and other countries. People in these countries are eating less chicken for fear of becoming contaminated with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Export Council, a trade group, said it was not convinced that exports will suffer because of avian influenza disease."I’m encouraged by the numbers that I’m seeing. I would not be surprised if we would find that we wind up better off than what the USDA is predicting for 2006,” said James Sumner, president of the council.

He said consumer fears in other countries should dissipate as the public learns that avian influenza (bird Flu) cannot be contracted by eating properly cooked chicken.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Scientists say bird flu virus mutating

GENETIC tests of samples taken from Turkish victims of the bird flu virus show it has made a small change, but probably not enough to make it more dangerous yet, researchers said. The mutation is one of those that would be expected in a highly changeable virus, the experts said – and is one of those that would be predicted to eventually allow it to cause a pandemic.

H5N1 avian influenza has caused a burst of human infections in Turkey and has been found in flocks of poultry across the country. It has killed at least two children in Turkey, probably three, and infected a total of 18 people, according to Turkish authorities and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Globally it has infected just 147 people and killed 78 of them, according to the tally from the WHO, which only includes four of the Turkish cases.

Samples from two of the first Turkish victims were sent to a WHO-affiliated laboratory in Britain for analysis. Scientists are carefully watching the virus to see if it makes the changes needed to allow it to easily pass from human to human – which could spark a pandemic that could kill millions.

There were two different strains of virus in the bodies of the teenage victims, said Dr. Ruben Donis, team leader of the molecular genetics team of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Influenza branch.

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Mideast Nations Must Be on Alert for Bird Flu, U.N. Says

Nations of the Middle East need to brace themselves for the possibility of bird flu outbreaks, according to a top U.N. official monitoring avian influenza, now that the disease appears established in Turkey.

U.N. Coordinator for Avian Influenza David Nabarro said January 11 that government officials in nations bordering on Turkey need to be concerned about their capabilities to control animal disease and to launch public education campaigns about disease.

The first human cases of H5N1 – the viral strain first identified in Asian poultry and now moving westward – appeared in Turkey in early January.  The official number of cases confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) stood at 15 on January 10, but some media reports say more than 40 cases of human illness are being investigated as possible bird flu infection in humans. Health officials warn this widespread animal disease could escalate into an influenza pandemic among humans. SOURCE

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

New findings challenge bird flu assumptions

ANKARA Two young brothers, aged 4 and 5, are being closely watched at the gleaming new Kecioren Hospital here, a police car at the entrance guarding a potential scientific treasure. Though both boys have tested positive for the H5N1 virus after contact with sick birds, neither has any symptoms of the frequently deadly disease.

Doctors are unsure if - for the first time - they are seeing human bird flu in its earliest stages, or if they are discovering that infection with the H5N1 virus does not necessarily lead to illness.

In any case, the unusual cluster of five cases detected in this capital city over the past four days is challenging some doctors’ assumptions about bird flu and giving them new insights into how the virus spreads and causes disease.

These cases have raised the possibility that human bird flu is not as deadly as has been thought, and that there may be many mild cases that have gone unreported.

“The two brothers are a very interesting finding that may for the first time give us a chance to monitor the human response to the disease,” said Guenael Rodier, who is leading a team of doctors and researchers from the World Health Organization to study bird flu here.

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Avian Influenza China update 7

Officials at the Chinese Ministry of Health confirmed China’s 8th case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The patient, a 6 year old boy from the southern province of Hunan, developed symptoms of fever and pneumonia on December 24, 2005, and is presently in stable condition at an area hospital.

Authorities in China have also reported that two other cases, previously announced, have died from the disease. The deaths occurred in a 10 year old girl from the Guangxi region, reported on December 7, 2005, and a 35 year old man from Jiangxi Province, reported on December 16, 2005.

Out of the eight confirmed cases reported in China, five have died. Subsequent investigation into the newly confirmed case of the H5N1 avian influenza infection leads authorities to believe that it was most likely caused by recent poultry deaths in chickens owned by the boys family.

Close contacts with the boys family are currently under medical observation. So far none have shown any signs of H5N1. This is the second confirmed case from from Hunan Province. The earlier case, which was one of the first two reported in China in mid November 2005, lived about 190 miles away from the present case.
In addition to Hunan, provinces and regions reporting human cases of H5N1 infection include Anhui, Guangxi, Liaoning, Jiangxi, and Fujian.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Turkey confirms 15th case of avian influenza in human

On Tuesday, January 10, 2005, Turkey confirmed a 15th case of a human infected with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. The patient, a 37 year old woman has a history of exposure to diseased chickens.She lives in the central province of Sivas, one of seven provinces to report such cases. Although no poultry outbreaks have been officially reported in this province, it is located near areas with confirmed outbreaks in birds.

The situation in Turkey continues to evolve, with several new reported outbreaks under investigation in new parts of the country. All evidence to date indicates that patients have acquired their infections following close contact with diseased birds.

Some 100,000 treatments of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) arrived in Turkey Friday evening. This supply, which is being used for both the treatment of patients and prophylaxis of persons at risk, is considered by Turkish health officials to be adequate for responding to the current situation.

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Avian Influenza Turkey Update - No human to human spread.

The avian influenza virus that is being reported in Turkey, so far has been spreading from bird to human. A leading scientist added
that it is simular to the H5N1 strain isolated from chickens.

The director of the World Health Organization World Influenza Centre, Dr. Alan Hay in Britain which analysed samples from the children, said his team is doing other tests to see if there were any genetic changes that could increase its pandemic potential and enable it to spread easily from one person to another. The results of these tests should be known in a couple of days

“The first preliminary indication from the limited data we have is that the virus is similar to viruses isolated from a chicken in Turkey,” Hay said in an interview.He expects the findings from further genetic tests, like the results from tests of viruses in Asia, will show it is a wholly avian virus.

The fear by Scientists so far, has been that the H5N1 strain(this strain spreads from bird to human not human to human), currently found in infected Fowl (Ducks, Chickens, Geese, wild birds etc.), could mutate on its own or mix with the genetic material from a human form of flu virus allowing it to become highly infectious to humans and capable of killing millions of people.

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