December 11, 2008
In Barpeta District, out of the total population of 33,934 in the 0-3 km radius area from the affected area, a population of 6,032 have been surveyed
So far, 60 cases of fever with URI have been detected in the 0-3 km radius area.
The above comments describe excessive upper respiratory infections with fever in the Barpeta district (see (Snip). Assam is setting up monitoring patients in the 0-3 km radius and 3-10 km radius around various epicenters of H5N1 infection. The update gives the number of people residing in the area, as well as how many have been surveyed.
The Barpeta district has 33,934 people, but only 6,032 were surveyed and 60 patients with symptoms were identified. In contrast, similar numbers for the target population were given for Nalbari (7,761/34,627), but only 1 patient with symptoms was identified. The smaller Azara block in the Kamrup district had 7,222 surveyed, and only 2 patients had symptoms.
Thus, the frequency of patients with symptoms is 30-60 fold higher in Barpeta than Azara or Nalbari, respectively.
These types of numbers are raising concerns that the region is not equipped to handle these patients,
These numbers of symptomatic patients are cause for concern.
Here’s a map for the area in India:
And our friend Goju has this summary:
I count 121 cases (with no exposure to sick poultry)
Hajo Development Block of Kamrup District
4 cases of URI with fever were reported from the area
5 cases of URI have been identified in the out patient department of the identified hospitalRampur Development Block of the district
30 cases of URI and fever have been detected
14 cases of URI and fever have been detected while conducting the passive surveillance in the health facilities
Azara Development Block of Kamrup District
2 cases of fever and URI are identified
6 cases of fever with URI and fever have been identified in the 3-10 km radius area
60 cases of fever with URI
TOTAL – 121 cases with no exposure to sick poultry
(Thank you Goju)