Sunday, December 25, 2005

Australian chicken farm cleared of bird flu

Sun, December 25, 2005

Tests have found no sign of bird flu at an Australian chicken farm that was quarantined
earlier this week, officials said.The quarantine
was triggered after a chicken believed to have a common bird disease recorded a weak reaction to
an avian influenza test during routine testing.

Australia has no recorded cases of bird flu.
Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran said exhaustive testing
found the chicken died from Marek’s disease, which is harmless to humans, and not avian influenza,
which has caused more than 70 deaths in Asia since 2003.

Posted by john T. on 12/25 at 09:30 PM
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Friday, December 23, 2005

Indonesian Avian Influenza update (5)

Friday, December 23 2005

The Indonesian Ministry of Health has confirmed two additional humans infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus.The first case occurred in an eight year old boy from Central Jakarta. He developed the symptoms of a fever and cough on December 8, 2005. He was hospitalized on December 13, 2005, and died on December 15, 2005.

Family members and close contacts were placed under observation and tested for possible infection, however, none have developed symptoms. Investigations have been undertaken to determine the source of the boy’s exposure and samples from pigeons around his household are being tested.

The second case occurred in a thirty nine year old man from East Jakarta. He first reported symptoms of fever, headache, cough and shortness of breath on December 9, 2005. He was hospitalized on December 11th and died on December 12th.

Family members and close contacts were placed under observation. Investigations are being undertaken to determine the source of the man’s exposure. While he did not keep poultry in his household, chickens and other birds were found in his neighborhood. Samples from these birds have been taken and are undergoing tests to determine whether they may have been the source of infection.

With these cases the total number of indonesians infected with the avian influenza virus is 16. Of these cases 11 were fatal.

Posted by john T. on 12/23 at 09:37 PM
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Europe braces for bigger bird flu outbreak this spring

Fri, Dec. 23, 2005

ISLE OF RIEMS, Germany - No one is worried about the traditional Christmas goose in Europe this year, but health officials are scrambling to prepare for what some believe is the certain arrival this spring of a deadly strain of bird flu in migrating wild birds.

Europe first saw the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain this autumn, with cases discovered among dead wildfowl or small flocks of domestic birds in Croatia, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. Experts are convinced that those cases are only a warning of what’s to come.

Thomas Mettenleiter, the president of Germany’s leading animal disease center, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute, said millions of wild birds left Europe flu-free this autumn to winter in Africa. There they’ll mix with migrating birds from Southeast Asia, where the lethal strain of the virus is far more common.

Posted by john T. on 12/23 at 08:24 PM
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