Avian flu claimed 310 lives in 15 countries from 2004 to 2006, then the disease quieted down – until now.

“Actually, we’ve had as much activity in the bird side of it – meaning poultry flocks, wild birds and humans – in Asia and Africa over the past four months as we’ve really had at almost any time since H5N1 became a problem back in 2004,” said (Snip) Michael Osterholm.

(Snip) “the increased activity “has really got us concerned.”

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/03/03/is-bird-flu-making-a-comeback/

Algeria
•  Algeria reports 5 swine flu cases, another three probable (Link)

Bangladesh
•  Bird flu affected poultry culled (Link)

•  7,000 chickens culled in Bhola (Link)

China
•  Hong Kong: Dead geese found with H5N1 (Link)
•  Dead goose tests H5N1 positive in Hong Kong  (Link)

Georgia
•  Three more die of swine flu in Georgia (Link)

Indonesia
•  Dr M Djamil Padang Treats 2 Bird Flu Suspects (Link)
•  Local Government Will Pay Bird Flu Suspect Fees (Link)
•  Depkes Reports a previously unknown fatal H5N1 case from the Karawang Regency (Link)
•  WHO confirms fatal H5N1 case (Link)

•  Bird Flu Suspect Indramayu Family Investigated (Link)

South Korea
•  Gov’t mulls capping livestock population (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Effectiveness Of Wastewater Treatment May Be Undermined During A Severe Flu Pandemic (Link and abstract)

United States
•  HHS awards two contracts for recombinant flu vaccines (Link)
•  DE: Third Flu Death Reported (Link)
•  IN: Six more flu-related deaths reported in Indiana (Link)
•  MN: Hollandale school closes with flu-like outbreak (Link)
•  NE: Flu Season Hitting Peak (Link)
•  NY: Girl’s death believed to be flu related in Nassau Co (Link)
•  OR: DHS Confirms Third Flu Death This Year (Link)
•  PA: Erie County sees first H1N1 case since swine flu outbreak (Link)
•  TX: Second Case Of Swine Flu Reported in Harrison County (Link)

•  Edwin D. Kilbourne dies at 90; virologist developed flu vaccine (Link)

Vietnam
•  Vietnam province reports over 200 swine flu cases  (Link)

General
•  H1N1 and bird flu virus produce dangerous hybrids (Link)

•  Is Bird Flu Making A Comeback? (Link)
•  H1N1 (Swine flu) may undergo further re-assortment to cause trouble again (Link)
•  Survey: Health workers should have priority for protection in flu pandemic (Link)

Research
•  Study shows single genetic change increases H1N1 transmissibilit (Link) Plos One: A Single Base-Pair Change in 2009 H1N1 Hemagglutinin Increases Human Receptor Affinity and Leads to Efficient Airborne Viral Transmission in Ferrets (Link)

 

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