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 Though the woman experienced her first symptoms the day after she returned from the mainland, the flu incubation, usually up to 2 weeks, can sometimes be as short as a day, Chow said. “The viral studies might be the best indicator whether this is a virus from the more northern part of China or in the southern part of China,” he said.

As part of its pandemic flu activation plan, which, at “serious” is at the second of three response levels, Hong Kong officials have set up a telephone line to field calls from the public and have increased surveillance by testing all serious pneumonia cases for H5 influenza. The CHP said it was in touch with mainland and hospital authorities about the H5N1 case.

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If the case is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), it will be China’s second H5N1 case this year and the 40th since 2003. The country has had 26 confirmed H5N1-related deaths.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/nov1710avian-ms.html

 

Canada
•  Nova Scotia doctors urged to return H1N1 vaccine (Link)

China 
•  Prevention and control of infectious diseases in winter in Heilongjiang Province, will be deployed in key areas such as strengthening the school surveillance (translated) (Link)
•  Markets inspected as Hong Kong sees first bird flu case in 7 years (Link)
•  Bird Flu Returns to Hong Kong (translated) (Link)

WHO confirmation of H5N1 case in Hong Kong  http://tinyurl.com/2e8o8lg

 

•  Hospitals told to crank up testing in flu race (Link)
•   Hong Kong government press release (Link)
•  Bird Flu Pops Up Again in Hong Kong. Is a Pandemic on Its Way? (Link)

Indonesia
•  H5N1 in Indonesian Live Bird Markets (Link)

Philippines
•  New HK bird-flu case puts NAIA terminal back on alert (Link)

Taiwan
•  Taiwanese traveling abroad on new alert against H5N1 (Link)

•  City infection fears allayed (Link)

Vietnam

Swine flu claims 8 lives in Vietnam this year http://tinyurl.com/2g6ex2l

 

 

Research
•  CIDRAP: Pandemic H1N1 could become more virulent, reassort with seasonal flu (Link) Full article: Does Pandemic A/H1N1 Virus Have the Potential To Become More Pathogenic? (Link)

Commentary
•  Recombinomics: trH3N2 Matches For All Five Patients Signal Pandemic (Link)

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