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Recombinomics Commentary 07:53
January 25, 2009
bird flu has been suspected to have infected Santosh Dahal from Damak who was taken to nearby BP Koirala Institute for Health Sciences (BPKIHS) in Dharan. Communication spokesperson for BPKIHS Bijay Rimal said bird flu virus has been suspected to have been found in Dahal’s blood sample during test in institute’s laboratory. He said Dahal’s blood sample has been sent for further tests in a sophisticated laboratory. He said Dahal was showing symptoms of bird flu infection.
Dahal was referred to Dharan by Lifeline Hospital in Damak following three-day treatment there.
The above comments describe the first lab confirmed H5N1 case in Nepal. The sample has been sent for third party confirmation. Since Weybridge confirmed H5N1 in Nepal poultry, it seems likely that the sample was sent to Mill Hill in England.
This report provides more specifics to reports of human cases in Nepal. An earlier report described 5 patients in critical condition, but specifics were lacking. They were said to have developed symptoms about a week ago, which is consistent with the above case, who was hospitalized locally for 3 three days prior to transfer to Dharan.
More detail on the symptoms and condition of this patient would be useful.
If confirmed, the case would cast serious doubt on India’s claim that there are no human H5N1 cases there.
China cases: count so far
Thanks to our newshound Carol for this update.
Recombinomics Commentary 08:47
January 25, 2009
Zhou patients, male, 29 years old, now living yunyan District of Guiyang City. Patients January 15, 2009 the disease, the same day that is going to Provincial People’s Hospital for treatment, it is in a critical condition,
The above translation from the Minstry of Health website describes the second confirmed H5N1 case in Guizhou (see updated map). The earlier case (16M), a student from Qiandongnan had been transferred to Hunan in critical condition, died January 20. The status of eight contacts who had been quarantined has not been released.
Similarly, the details on exposure and contacts in this case are unclear. Guizhou is adjacent to Hunan, where another confirmed case (2F) was infected by her mother, who died of pneumonia, but was not H5N1 tested. The status of two relatives in Shanxi, who were reported to have been hospitalized, also is unclear.
However, the number of confirmed cases in China in the past month is six, raising concerns that infections are linked to asymptomatic poultry that may be infected with clade 7, as confirmed in Jiangsu outbreaks last month. These outbreaks involved asymptomatic poultry identified through routine surveillance, and are the only H5N1 confirmed outbreaks reported by China in recent months.
More details on the latest case and contacts wold be useful.
None infected by bird flu; capital safe
KATHMANDU, Jan 25 – With panic spreading among the public about the bird flu, authorities on Sunday confirmed that no person has been infected with the virus, nor has it spread in the capital.
Director of the BP Koirala Institute of Health Science (BPKIHS) Dr BP Das rebuffed the rumours of two persons, being treated at the hospital, were infected with the avian virus (H5N1).
He clarified that Santosh Dahal, 18, resident of Damak-10 and Hum Bahadur, 41, resident of Morang-8, were admitted at BPKIHS three days ago after being infected with pneumonia, not bird flu.
Dr Das claimed that the media had unnecessarily created false rumours that the two patients had contracted the virus.
He also informed that the hospital had already contacted the government for the provision of additional manpower, tools and medicines, keeping in view the possible outbreak of the avian flu in people.
He added that the hospital has made preparations for a separate ‘Tropical Ward’ for the treatment of avian flu, if needed.
Nepal finds suspected human infection of bird flu
http://www.chinaview.cn 2009-01-25 14:16:44
KATHMANDU, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) — Nepal has found a patient from Damak, eastern Nepal, to be suspected case of human bird flu infection, Nepali national news agency RSS reported on Sunday.
According to the report, bird flu has been suspected to have infected Santosh Dahal from Damak who was taken to nearby BP Koirala Institute for Health Sciences (BPKIHS) in Dharan. Communication spokesperson for BPKIHS Bijay Rimal said bird flu virus has been suspected to have been found in Dahal’s blood sample during test in institute’s laboratory.
He said Dahal’s blood sample has been sent for further tests in a sophisticated laboratory. He said Dahal was showing symptoms of bird flu infection. The BPKIHS however did not reveal where Dahal’s blood sample was sent.
Rimal, however, said it cannot be officially confirmed whether Dahal is infected with bird flu yet as the institute lacked a specific lab to test bird flu. Dahal was referred to Dharan by Lifeline Hospital in Damak following three-day treatment there.
China reports sixth human bird flu case this year
25 Jan 2009 09:25:05 GMT
BEIJING, Jan 25 (Reuters) – A man in the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou has been infected with bird flu and is in a critical condition in hospital, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.
It is the sixth human case of bird flu to be reported in China this year. The Chinese Health Ministry said on its website (www.moh.gov.cn) the latest victim was a 29-year-old man surnamed Zhou who fell sick on Jan. 15.
In recent weeks four people have died of bird flu in China.
“Epidemiological tests show that the patient previously had exposure to live poultry markets,” the ministry said in a brief statement.
But nobody with whom he had been in close contact had shown signs of illness, it added.
Recombinomics Commentary January 24, 2009
Over 3,000 chickens have died in bordering VDCs, including Kimathanka, Hatiya and Chaipuwa in course of two months, and the number is increasing, veterinarian doctor Pushpa Bahadur Budathoki said.
“We’re not sure if we are dealing with bird flu here, though some symptoms are strikingly similar,”
We have collected saliva and fecal samples of the diseased birds and plan to send them to Kathmandu for tests so as to identify the disease, Budathoki said.
The above comments describe excessive poultry deaths in the Sankhuwasabha district, which borders China (Snip)
Nepal has already confirmed H5N1 in the southeast, in areas bordering India and there have been reports of the hospitalization of five suspect cases who are in critical condition. These regions are near China, where there have been 5 confirmed cases in the past month. Four have been fatal, as has the pneumonia case in te mother of one of the confirmed cases. These results raise concern that H5N1 is widespread and unreported in China, and outbreaks in neighboring countries such as India and Nepal may reflect that activity.
B.C. farm: 60,000 turkeys to be killed
VANCOUVER – Nearly 60,000 turkeys from a B.C. farm will be killed after Saturday’s positive test result for avian flu. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed the presence of H5 avian flu virus after initial tests showed the turkeys from E&H Farms, in Abbotsford, B.C., were infected. Abbotsford is about 70 kilometres southeast of Vancouver, near the U.S. border. (Note: I think this farm is only 2 miles from the U.S. border)
“All birds on the infected premises will be humanely euthanized and disposed of, in accordance with provincial environmental regulations and internationally accepted disease-control guidelines,” said the CFIA news release. “Once all birds have been removed, the CFIA will oversee the cleaning and disinfection of the barns, vehicles, equipment and tools to eliminate any infectious material that may remain.”
The CFIA said further tests will be done to confirm the precise subtype of the virus; some subtypes of H5_are more virulent than others.
“In order to limit any potential virus spread, the CFIA is applying restrictions on the movement of poultry and poultry products within three kilometres of the infected premises,” said the news release. “The CFIA is relying on all backyard poultry owners to monitor their flocks and immediately report sick or dead birds. Poultry owners are urged to take an active role in protecting their flocks by employing strict biosecurity measures on their property.”
Twenty-two farms within a three-kilometre radius of E&H Farms have been under quarantine since Wednesday night.
Any recent movement of birds, bird products and equipment involving the infected property will be probed by the CFIA, which is also conducting a thorough epidemiological investigation of the farm.
“The farmers are obviously upset and concerned about the process. . . . A mass cull on your farm is pretty traumatic. They (CFIA) will monitor it very closely and test the farms in the three-kilometre zone weekly. And this doesn’t affect consumers, which is good.” On Friday, security guards stood outside E&H Farms, a tidy spread with a cream-coloured house and several large outbuildings.
I have created a socal network for people to keep up to date on what’s going on in other areas in the nation during these tough economic times. Daily finanical economic posts a focal point of the network as I and others pull news from a worldwide sources. I want people to report what is going on in their neck of the woods, and tell us how they and their family and friends are doing and how they have been effected.
As this network is called the U.S. Daily Times, it’s not limited to the U.S.
I would like to get as broad a view as possible of the world situation.
What prompted me to start this, is that everytime I’m out, I see people gathered, some total strangers, some family and friends, talking about the situation today, and how it’s affecting them and their family and friends. I can’t help but feel creepy at times, for feeling as if this is the pre-depression time. We all know it’s going to get worse before it gets better, but how much worse? I wonder what people are thinking, how it’s affecting them, and how their coping. I also want people to know what’s going on in others parts of the nation and world, and if people are bartering. The better informed we are the better at making choices and plans to help us in anyway possible.
As we turn more and more to our nests, are we investing more in them? Are we spending more time in our nests, and how are we handling it? Are we starting more homebased businesses? Are we seeing our nests in a different light, and not just some place to eat and sleep? How has this recession affected the family unit? Are families pulling together more? Are we establishing gardens? Are you seeing food pantries close or becoming crowded? How are we, the people, coping, and just how frightened are we?
I hope you stop by and join in. Help to keep us connected.
United we stand!