Morning coffee

Two things I’d like to announce:

November 9, 2011, Peter Christian Hall will be a guest poster on Flu Wiki from 7-9. He will discuss how he became interested in Flublogia, ask us questions and we all will discuss his new book American Fever: A tale of Pestilence and Romance, due to be released very soon. It’s a pandemic read, very well put together. cottontop is hoping it makes a movie debut. I invite everyone to join us. Sign up is required to talk with Mr. Hall.

I have joined the National Novel Writers Challenge Post A Day. November 1-30. The challenge is to log in 50,00 words in one month, with no editing (that’s reserved for Dec.) It encourages you to just write. I have been writing off and on for 9 years now. As if I don’t have enough challenges in my daily life, I’m adding one more!

I hope you will either join me in this challenge or be curious enough to see what I’m up to on my writing blog, The Writing World of Nia Rane

If you would like to join in on this insane challenge:

Either way, I hope to see you.

thanks for dropping in on Flu News Network.
nia rane


Recombinomics: Maine CDC Requests Influenza A Positive Samples

Swine-Origin Novel Influenza A Case in Maine: Maine CDC Recommendations for Healthcare Providers

Please report any cases of laboratory positive influenza to Maine CDC by fax (1-800-293-7534) or by phone through our 24 hour Disease Reporting and Consultation Hotline (1-800-821-5821). All influenza A rapid positive tests should be confirmed by PCR.

The above request by the Maine CDC to area Healthcare Providers requests samples from influenza A positives. It goes beyond the earlier request by the US CDC for samples from patients with flu-like symptoms who have a swine exposure. The broader Maine request indirectly acknowledges the fact that although all confirmed 2011 trH3N2 have some sort of rather loose swine “exposure”, the identities between all 5 2011 trH3N2 sequences, including the presence of an M gene segment from H1N1pdm09 (pandemic H1N1) which was “critical” for the jump of H1N1pdm09 from swine to human, is compelling evidence of human transmission in the absence of a swine “exposure”.

The swine “exposure” is less than convincing for swine transmission. The constellation of flu genes in all five 2011 human trH3N2 cases has yet to be found in any reported swine sequence in spite of increased swine surveillance in the US and worldwide. Continued:

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Indonesian News

Mother and Child Bird Flu Suspects
October 29, 2011

Badung: Suspected of having bird flu, a mother and child from Banjar Pande, Abiansemal, Badung, Ni Nyoman S. (42) and Ni Kadek S. (10), on Saturday (29/10) yesterday were treated at Sanglah Hospital. Both were treated intensively in the living bird flu Sanglah Hospital. Both patients were referred from the Hospital Ship, Friday (28/10) and then, at 15:32 pm by ambulance.

According to the Head of Public Relations Sanglah Hospital, dr. Kadek Nariyantha, the patients present with complaints of fever and coughing. Although referred to the status of suspect bird flu, the history of contact with poultry remains unclear. Meanwhile, the lab results for the two patients are still not yet out, so the patients are treated in accordance with SOPs handling of bird flu. It is said, the second condition of the patient is still stable. That is, the patient had no fever or coughing again.

With the receipt of two bird flu suspect patients, origin Abiansemal, Badung, at Sanglah Hospital, then throughout the year 2011 the total number of bird flu suspect patients who received approximately 20 people, two of whom tested positive for bird flu and eventually died.


Infected with Bird Flu
Infected with Bird Flu
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Prabumulih-Afian outbreak of bird flu or influenza (AI) began to spread in the region Prabumulih city. In recent days, dozens of chickens died suddenly of H5N1 virus (bird flu virus carriers).

The presence of chickens infected with bird flu was discovered after a resident of RT 1 and RT 2 Petai Village Children, Northern District of Prabumulih reported that their chickens died suddenly. The team of animal and veterinary public health (Kesmavet) Department of Agriculture, Plantation, Forestry, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (PPKPP) Prabumulih city then perform the examination.

“Having checked with the rapid test method, was tested positive for bird flu. We calculate the exact number yet, but have not been many dozens just the tail, “kataKepala Office Hj Hanunah PPKPP Prabumulih city yesterday. Once confirmed infected with bird flu, officials and then destroy the chickens owned by residents by means of burnt and buried.

Furthermore, in order not to spread the virus, officials injected another ayamayam with vaccines against bird flu. “Until now the chickens are positive there is a new bird flu in Petai Children’s Village, District of North Prabumulih. However, because the transmission is very fast, we do anticipate as soon as possible so as not to spread to other chickens, “he said.

Hanunah added that other measures to prevent transmission to other animals, it will do the spraying with disinfectant substances into the cages of chickens owned by residents. He also asked residents to temporarily not release pet birds. “We request that the belonging ayamayam residents temporarily grounded or not removed from the cage, especially after the spraying,” he explained. Head of Section (Kasi) Kesmavet Office of the City PPKPP Prabumulih drh Gustina Nora explains, the characteristics of chicken bird flu disease is usually seen lethargic and colors on the crest often membiru.Selain blood spots also appear on the skin that are not hairy like a leg bone, and there is mucus in the stools.

“If you see a chicken with these characteristics, should not be consumed,” he remembers. A few months ago had hit the bird flu virus in District Four in the City Prabumulih. As a result of the attack such diseases, hundreds of chickens owned by residents died suddenly.


Bird Flu But Still Threatens Government’s Anticipation
October 28, 2011

TRIBUNNEWS.COM – Chicken is still a favorite food of Indonesian society. Take for example when we celebrate the religious holiday.

It was often present in chicken meat and chicken curry opor form, even fast food restaurants that provide chicken meat on the menu spread

Data from the Ministry of Agriculture noted that in one year produced 600 million chickens. These production figures are always a surplus. For example, the need for poultry in August 2011 at 244,710 tonnes, where the number production by 246,291 tons, and some 78 tons to be exported, so there is a surplus of 4688 tons.

“Indonesia does not need to import chicken meat again because domestic production is still insufficient to meet national needs” said Ahmad Suryana, Head of Food Security, Ministry of Agriculture.

But on the other hand there is a looming threat to poultry production in Indonesia. Until mid-2011 there were still cases of birds infected with bird flu died. For example, in District Banyuresmi, Garut regency, West Java, recorded six villages affected by bird flu virus since mid-January 2011. The number of dead chickens infected with bird flu since 1375 reached the tail. Then, about 4,000 chickens died suddenly was found in Gunung Mas, East Barito, Joyless Kingdom, North Barito, and Palangkaraya in late May 2011.

Most of the dead birds are chickens. Is bird flu still a threat to food security Indonesia? Due to the high number of deaths of poultry in different regions in 2003, the Government then anticipated by establishing institutions of national bird flu control commission, chaired by Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare in 2004. The Commission is coordinating with 13 other ministries plus the Chief of TNI, Police and Red Cross

“In handling food, we comply with the institutional system, under Regulation 28 of 2004 on safety, quality and nutritional food. It is established that the regulatory and or determination of requirements, and retail food safety standards administered by the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) , while in terms of setting and / or determination of fresh food safety requirements administered by the Department of Agriculture, “said Ahmad.

The Government has 9 strategies in dealing with virus outbreaks. Strategy is (1) Improved biosecurity, (2) vaccination of infected areas, (3) depopulation are limited and compensation, (4) traffic control poultry products, (5) monitoring and tracking of return, (6) filling the cage; (7) stamping in newly infected areas; (8) public awareness, and (9) monitoring and evaluation.

“Currently the handling of food security in the homeland has been carried out in accordance with accepted standards and in accordance with the rules correctly, both nationally and internationally,” said Ahmad Suryana.

In other words, Ahmad wanted to say that the operational safety of foods including poultry industry is considered safe. The Committee is intended for prevention in terms of health and food distribution were made from the chicken, is a form of training for veterinarians specializing in poultry field. The program is in collaboration with the private sector.


Indonesian News

Two Boys’ Mother Killed Because of Bird Flu Deaths

October 17, 2011

Bangli – overwrite melancholy story of a family in Bangli regency, Bali. After two children died as infected with bird flu virus, now the mother followed. Ni Wayan Purnami died (30) this morning.

Purnami departure is surprising, especially family recently lost KRA (5) and WA (10) Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar on Sunday, October 9, 2011. Grief enveloped families living in Banjar Antugan, Jehem Village, District Tembuku.

Had circulated the news, the victim dies because of bird flu virus. But it was denied Kadis Ranch Bangli, Anak Agung Ngurah Samba, which confirms the results of laboratory tests to mention victims of bird flu negative.

“We have confirmed the results of laboratory tests in Sanglah Hospital, Lab Biomol Udayana University, and Kes RI R & D Lab. The result of bird flu negative patients, “said Samba when contacted Legal, Monday (10/17/2011).

Sam Until now, it did not yet know the cause of death of the victim. “The cause of death needs to be pursued with survailance action,” continued Samba.

He explains, post-death of her two children, Purnami shock and health continued to decline. In fact, he had rushed to the local health centers and hospitals Bangli.

From the medical record is known, the victim had complained of cough and shortness of breath, so it should be two days in the hospital. Only, when asked to be referred to the appropriate procedure Sanglah Hospital stay for further treatment, they may reject the victim.

Further tests carried out as previously alleged victim was in contact with bird flu positive patients should be referred to the Sanglah Hospital.

“He even refused to even run away from the hospital until she died,” said Samba.

As is known KRA (5) and WA (10) was treated in Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, on Friday, October 7th. But they did not survive and died on the same day Sunday, October 9 at night.

KRA still unknown in the Kindergarten school while her brother sat on the bench WA 5 th grade at Jehem Banjar, District Tembuku. In the hospital records, the last bird flu case resulted in two deaths occurred in Bali in 2007.



October 17, 2011

Mataram, 17/10 (AFP) – A total of 50 village heads of the five districts in the city of Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, a meeting at the mayor’s office to discuss efforts to anticipate the bird flu disease which broke out in this area.

“We deliberately summon all the urban village and district heads associated with the deaths of hundreds of chickens suddenly in a number of districts in the past week,” said Head of Fisheries Agriculture and Marine H Mazhuriyadi Mataram in Mataram, on Monday.

According to him, the cause of death of hundreds of birds suddenly are yet to be ascertained whether due to hit the bird flu virus or not.

Mazhuriyadi said it had sent blood samples of dead birds suddenly to the Animal Health Laboratory in Denpasar, Bali to prove whether there is bird flu in the city of Mataram.
“We are still awaiting results of laboratory tests. The plan of the study blood samples that we will receive on Thursday (20/10),” he said.

According to him, the birds that are kept in the yard susceptible to various diseases because it is rarely or never been vaccinated to prevent disease.

Poultry owners are also sometimes do not pay attention to cleanliness of the cage and do not spray disinfectant to prevent viruses and bacteria in poultry cages.
Mazhuriyadi said, in contrast to domestic poultry in bulk, because peternaknya more attention to animal health in order not to disease.

“Chicken pieces and laying hens raised the possibility of contracting the disease mass is smaller than the birds that are kept in the yard. It could happen very concerned because of mass vaccination of livestock and pet animal health,” he said.

Head Puskeswan Pagesangan DVM Retno Prayudo Yanti said, some villages in Mataram which had reported cases of sudden death among other chickens Village Punia, Gomong, Dasan Agung, Gontoran, Babakan, Nyangget, Coral Sampalan, Sapta Marga and Sub Display.

The number of chickens that died suddenly in every village for an average of 40-50 tails every week. It is not yet certain whether the cause of death due to bird flu virus or other diseases.

“From the test results of blood samples in the laboratory, suspected of chickens died of the virus” new castle desease “or disease ‘grubuk’. The disease is caused by the turn of the dry season to rainy season, but we will send blood samples to the Animal Health Laboratory in Denpasar, Bali, to reexamine the truth of the results of the study. It could be later in the positive results of bird flu, “he said.


Terjunkan Diskes Anticipates Bird Flu
October 17, 2011

Selong, GOMONG.COM – Not only the Department of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry who do anticipate an outbreak of bird flu began sweeping East Lombok (Lotim). Public Health Service (Dikes) Lotim also do the same to avoid the spread of bird flu cases to the public.

“We have prepared officers to alert the bird flu cases,” said Head Dikes Lotim H. Suroto, S. Km, told reporters in Montong Betok, Monday (17/10).

He urged people not to frequent contact with poultry, particularly those indicated bird flu. “For people who are sick and suspected of bird flu was immediately taken to a health center or hospital to get treatment immediately,” he added.

“We hope, suspected cases of bird flu occurred in the village of Betok Montong is not contagious to humans,” he said. Facilities for handling cases of bird flu if it happened to humans have been prepared. “Logistics handling of bird flu is already available,” he said.


Animal Husbandry Department to prepare 62,500 Banyuwangi bird flu vaccine

October 17, 2011
KBRN, Jember: Anticipating the entry of bird flu disease in Banyuwangi, Animal Husbandry Department to prepare 62,500 Banyuwangi bird flu vaccine.
Because a few days ago, 2 patients from the District Tembuku Bangli District Bali died in Denpasar Sanglah Hospital due to a disease transmitted by birds. Bird flu vaccine will be given to some ranchers and residents who have birds that are scattered in 24 sub-district in Banyuwangi.

Head of Animal Health at the Department of Animal Husbandry Banyuwangi Bambang Sugianto, Sunday (16/10) said that in 2011 this Banyuwangi Animal Husbandry Department to prepare as many as 62,500 bird flu vaccine doses and injecting the bird flu vaccine will be done in several cattle sheds chickens owned by residents who planned to be held in early November.
“In anticipation of the beginning of November we will do the vaccination of poultry owned by the community,” he said.

Apart from conducting bird flu vaccination, the Department will tighten control over traffic in cattle in some markets so that the spread of bird flu Banyuwangi in Banyuwangi can be minimized.


Bird Flu Death Toll Increases
October 17, 2011

The victim died from bird flu in Bali, is increased.
Biological mother of two children who died from bird flu in Bali, died at his home. Before burial, the officers took a blood sample suspected suspect bird flu in the village Jehem Tembuku Bangli district of Bali.

The victim is the biological mother of two children who a few days ago died in hospital Sanglah Bali positive result contracted bird flu. He experienced symptoms of fever and heat, although the results of his blood tests last week declared negative burung.Ia flu died two days after leaving the hospital treatment room Bangli.

Relatives and families of victims, including her husband, wept as the bodies were taken to be treated like a corpse ambulans.Jenazahnya suspect bird flu. The whole etugas wear sterile clothing and cover the bodies obliged to use a mask.

Anticipating the spread of the H5N1 virus, Department of Health and Husbandry Bangli, spraying disinfectant around the victim’s home. The remaining birds are still alive immediately burned en masse.


Indonesia: Officials Concerned About H5N1 H-H Transmission

October 11, 2011

Denpasar: Avian flu claimed its first human victims this year on Sunday night after two children from Jehem village, Bangli, passed away in Sanglah Central Hospital in Denpasar. Five-year-old N.R. died at 8:20 p.m., while her 10-year-old brother, W.A., died at around midnight. The medical team has confirmed that the two children were infected with the avian flu virus based on the results of three tests at different labs.

IGB Ken Wirasandhi from the Sanglah Hospital’s avian flu treatment team said that the two children were referred from Bangli regional hospital with breathing difficulties.

“They were already in a severe condition and losing consciousness, and they had had fever for 12 days. We tried our best by implementing the protocol for handling avian flu patients, but they didn’t survive,” he said.

The victims’ bodies will be kept in the hospital’s morgue for a week because their family refused to cremate them right away as suggested by the medical team. The team stated that bodies cremated immediately could prevent the possible further spread of the disease. The family argued that it would not be possible for them to organize a cremation since their village was currently holding a religious temple festival. Balinese Hinduism prohibits its adherents from organizing death-related rituals during major temple festivals.

IGN Mahardika, a researcher of the avian flu virus, said Bali was still vulnerable to avian flu transmission due to ecological factors. He urged the Husbandry Agency to immediately send the samples taken during the rapid tests to a laboratory for more extensive tests.

“Laboratory research has shown that the virus remains H5N1, but it is necessary to keep studying the possibility of mutation,” he said. ” We are also concerned that there might be human-to-human transmission, as is possible in the case of this brother and sister,” he added.

Previous research by veterinarian IGN Badiwangsa in Klungkung has concluded that the avian flu virus emerges at times when local people hold numerous religious celebrations. The celebrations usually increase the frequency of the transportation and slaughter of poultry, most of which is conducted in an unhygienic way. Several rituals even stipulate the killing of poultry as sacrificial animals. The poultry is killed in front of many people and the blood is sprinkled onto the ground.

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Indonesia News

Government Accused of Easing Up on Bird Flu

Waning efforts to control the spread of Avian Influenza, including separating poultry farms from residential areas, may be behind the recent increase in human bird flu cases, a ministry official says. Tjandra Yoga Aditama, the director general of disease control and environmental health at the Health Ministry, said on Wednesday that the H5N1 virus would continue to infect humans as long as there were no serious efforts to curb infections in poultry.

“It is a question of whether we can completely destroy the virus in poultry,” Tjandra told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

However, it was reported that two children in Bangli regency, Bali, died of the disease on Sunday night. The Health Ministry has yet to confirm whether the victims had contact with poultry.

I Putu Sumantra, head of Bali’s animal husbandry department, said on Wednesday that bird flu outbreaks among poultry had spread to eight regencies and municipalities in Bali. So far, Gianyar is the only regency in Bali that has stayed clear of the disease.
Deputy Agriculture Minister Bayu Krisnamurthi denied that there had been a decline in efforts to curb cases of Avian Influenza in poultry.

“We have tackled the cases by carrying out several measures such as vaccinating chickens in poultry farms and requiring that people separate poultry farms and human settlements, resulting in a decreased number of bird flu cases from 2007-2009,” he said via text message.

The former chief of the now-defunct national commission to curb bird flu said that the disease was under control.

“But it’s quite difficult to completely stop the spread of the H5N1 virus in animals,” he said, adding that the influenza virus had been first discovered in 1930 but was still around now.


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Two Brothers Die of Bird Flu

DENPASAR: Two bird flu suspect brothers, who were treated at Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, died onMinggu (9/10) Sunday (9 / 10) morning.

Wayan Aldiawan, 10 and his brother Ari Nengah Rica, 5, Banjar Dinas Antuga residents of the Village Jehem, Tembuku District, Bangli Regency, Bali died after a long treatment. Director General and Operations RUSP Sanglah dr Elzarita Arbaindr Denpasar on Monday (10/10) said during a transfer to Sanglah Hospital, Rika had been in a state of consciousness and is decreased.

While observations on his brother were still carried out. However, under observation his condition continued to decline until death.

“Even when the lab checks were done, the condition of his lungs have been damaged due to respiratory tract infections caused by H5N1 virus,” he said.

Denpasar Sanglah Hospital Director Dr. Ken Wirasandhi said both patients were not initially referred to as bird flu patients. Medically by the naked eye, the Sanglah Hospital guessed that they suffered from bird flu. The assumption was finally performed by laboratory tests.

The examinations were conducted at the Laboratory Sanglah Hospital, Lab. Biomol Of the three laboratory examinations all were stated positive for bird flu.

“But the three laboratories did not have the authority to publish the results of laboratory tests. The Sanglah Hospital finally sent the same samples to the Laboratory Kemenkes RI and the result was positive for bird flu,” he said. (OL/OL-04)

Brothers Had 12 Days Until They Died

DENPASAR – The General Hospital Center (Dr) Sanglah, Denpasar, said that attempts to tackle bird flu on two patients who died in hospital on Sunday (9 / 10) night were at a maximum.
“We have leverage in dealing with two patients, including by providing Tamiflu and other anti-infection drugs,” said Secretary of the Committee for Bird Flu Disease Control Sanglah Hospital, Dr I Gusti Bagus Ken Wirasandi, in Denpasar, on Monday.

But according to him, the lives of two brothers, each with the initials ALD (10) and Ra (5), could not be saved while undergoing treatment in the Nusa Indah which is the isolation room for people with bird flu. Wirasandi argued that, when delivered to Sanglah Hospital, the patients’ conditions were very severe.

“Progression of the deterioration was very fast since they come in here, even the breathing system was affected. Maybe it was one of the factors causing the patients to die,” he said.

He mentioned that Ra died exactly at 20.20 pm, followed by his brother, ALD, at 0:00 pm.
Before being referred to Sanglah Hospital, Friday (7 / 10), the two brothers, who lived in Banjar Dinas Antuga, Jehem Village, District Tembuku, Bangli regency, were undergoing treatment at the health centers near their home. While at Sanglah Hospital, ALD and Ra were given Tamiflu.

“Tamiflu is effective only given to patients who are exposed to bird flu virus within 1×24 hours, while two patients had 12 days until the time they died,” said Wirasandi.

According to him, the Ministry of Health Balitbang also officially stated that both patients were positive for bird flu after an examination of VCR sputum samples. The statement was submitted to Sanglah Hospital, on Sunday.


Bird Flu Death Confirmed by Indonesian Ministry of Health
October 10, 2011
Jakarta: The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) virus. The case is a 1-year old female from West Jakarta district, DKI Jakarta Province.

She developed symptoms and was treated at a health care facility on 8 August, and first admitted to a private hospital on 15 August. She died on 25 August. A family member in the case’s household works as a caterer, frequently processing poultry product, including slaughtering.

There were also poultry in the neighbourhood but there were no reports of chicken deaths within the last 14 days. Laboratory tests have confirmed infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) virus. Of the 179 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 147 have been fatal.

Indonesia: Three Bengkulu Hospitals on Alert for Bird Flu

October 7, 2011
Bengkulu: Bengkulu Province has alerted three referral hospitals in anticipation of an attack of bird flu.
“The three hospitals were general hospitals (hospitals) M. Yunus, Hospital District of North Bengkulu and South Bengkulu,” said the Head of Environmental Health and Disease Eradication Bengkulu City Health Office.

He said that so far in addition to alerting the three hospitals, the government has given the drug Tamiflu. According to him, until now, they have not found bird flu transmission from birds to humans, although many cases are found in Bengkulu in transmission among birds that were quickly destroyed. He said that to anticipate the outbreak of bird flu transmission from animals to humans, they have provided education and socialization to all health centers in the area in cooperation with related agencies. He said the discovery of bird flu in Bengkulu occurred in January 2011 with hundreds of birds affected that were immediately destroyed. In addition to the socialization of bird flu outbreaks and anticipation in order to be able to identify bird flu early, they also provided lunch to 120 medical personnel.

“They come from medical staffs from all over, from each health center and district. The training provides knowledge of how to recognize early symptoms of bird flu in their places of duty,” he added.

He said the training was deliberately done routinely given the high cases of bird flu in the city of Bengkulu, so as how to avoid the spread of bird flu from poultry to humans.

“Until now, the new bird flu-affected poultry stage, we must avoid and minimize the transmission from birds to humans, because it is very dangerous if it is found,” he added. Training to identify early detection of bird flu is compulsory basic training and followed by all medical personnel in the city of Bengkulu. The material provided in the training includes about avian and pandemic flu, early detection, evacuation, and treatment. The training was held with the method of learning, lecture, presentation of each participant, discussions, and pre-test.

Based on data available at the Department of Animal Husbandry and Health of Bengkulu province, a region that already has bird flu in the province of Bengkulu is Kepahiang District, Castle District and Bengkulu City.
According to Head Keswan and Veterinary Public Health and Animal Husbandry Department of Bengkulu province, Fariasna Bahar, among the counties and cities that have been infected with bird flu, the city of Bengkulu is the highest point of transmission reaching 33 villages. The Department of Animal Husbandry and Animal Health of Bengkulu province has recorded as many as 2,035 birds positively infected with avian influenza viruses during 2011.


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Peter Christian Hall-Contagion Grips ‘Flublogia’

Peter’s book, American Fever: A Tale of Romance & Pestilence is due out this month. I’m eagerly awaitning it. I would like to say thank you to Mr. Hall for taking the time to talk to us Flubies.

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Mr. Hall about Flublogia and the movie Contagion. Here is an excert:

“”These nuts exist and the Internet gives them an audience and microphone,” says Scott McPherson, chief information officer at the Florida House of Representatives and host of Scott McPherson’s Web Presence, an IT-and-infrastructure-oriented flu blog. Calling the Krumwiede character “a 21st century snake-oil salesman,” he hails Contagion as “an intelligently written movie. I particularly liked the fact that the feds decided to shut him down.”

“The majority of us didn’t like the movie, didn’t find it hard-hitting enough,” says Cottontop, an upstate New York mother of two who posts on the Flu Wiki bulletin board and blogs at her Flu News Network. As for Contagion’s Krumwiede, she says: “We are not like that. Flu forums and flu blogs are 24-hour public health services — first responders to getting the news out.”

Bestselling author Laurie Garrett (The Coming Plague, I Heard the Sirens Scream), who as a paid consultant contributed a lot of ideas to more than 30 drafts for Contagion’s screenplay, says that Krumwiede’s character was inspired by her shock at seeing how many people posted false information about “life and death matters” during the swine flu pandemic.

Still, says Garrett, “there’s a whole bunch of very good blog sites. You can’t believe people have the time to do all this.” As she and Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns worked hard to whip up the movie’s MEV-1 bat virus, she was tracking Flublogia. “Revere was way ahead of the curve. You’d think: ‘How did he find this out?’ You have to admire the tenacity and the digging.”

On the plus side, the flu bloggers — who universally complain that gas, electricity, and food never runs out in Contagion — agree that the movie has spurred interest in their work. McPherson, who until recently hadn’t blogged much about flu for more than a year, says he’s “fired back up again,” with five posts in various stages of development.

“My blog has picked up a lot of new people since Contagion,” says Cottontop. “And the number of Indonesians reading it and going to Flu Wiki has really picked up, too. Something’s going on over there with H5N1.”

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No, I don’t have the time to spend on FNN. I truely wish I did. I am a very busy mother of two (18 and 9.) I work and write, in that order. I also post on Flu Wiki with the Indonesian newshounds as we find and translated these “flu burung” articles to keep abrast of the H5N1 situation. I also translate and post H5N1 news from Egypt when it’s available. These wonderful Indo news hounds are History Lover, mojo, bgw in MT. These ladies work hard to find this very important news, inspite of their very busy lives. And last but certainly not least, is Carol@SC. This lady delivers the daily news faithly everyday even when she’s had an accident, this chic keeps on keeping on. The drive these lady have, has truely inspired me. We all do this when we can, but we certainly try to make sure it gets done. Had I not found Flu Wiki almost 7 years ago, I would not be as educated as I am now, and I certainly wouldn’t have made the wonderful friendships that I have.

For those of you who roll your eyes at another pandemic novel (which I’m hoping will be a movie from what I’ve read) it has, can and will happen. It’s a fact of our lives. With each passing year we increase our chances. Not that I’m interested in one happening (I’m quite content with my daily life and conviences thank you)but I do know that the more I educate myself the more I can be aware and awareness is a powerful tool. I prep for emergencies. They don’t happen all the time, but I’m aware that they do. Pandemics don’t happen all the time, but they do happen. H1N1 was a new, novel virus and we had no way of telling just how severe it would be. Yeah, I was very nervous, but I didn’t panic because I was informed on a daily basis thanks to Flublogia. I kept prepping and going on with my life while still paying attention. I think many people could have avoided getting the flu if they took percautions, like wearing a mask out in public. People we have got to get over this phobia of seeing mask out in public!!! It is a good thing!

And yes, I definately think there’s something going on in Indonesia with H5N1. We all in flublogia know it. The press just can’t report it.

And for you who think it’s hype and we spread hype; get over it or get educated!

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Indonesian News

Minister of Health appoint two hospitals in North Sulawesi tackle bird flu

Saturday, September 24, 2011 10:50 pm
Manado (AFP) – Health Minister (Menkes), Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, pointed to two hospitals (Hospital) in North Sulawesi (Sulawesi), RS and RS Kandouw Sam Ratulangi as a reference in the handling of bird flu. “In North Sulawesi there are two hospitals designated as referral hospital that could handle this case, each RS and RS Kandouw in Manado Sam Ratulangi in Tondano, “said Head of Controlling Health Problems of North Sulawesi Provincial Health Office, Dr. Jemmy Lampus, in Manado on Saturday.

He explains, when these two hospitals designated as referral bird flu patients, its facilities have been improved.Among other things, provided a special isolation room patients, medical equipment and health personnel who provided special. “So in case of bird flu cases in North Sulawesi, such as, the case that just happened in the City Kotamobagu, patients suspected of bird flu should not be brought to Jakarta for get special treatment, “he said.Kandouw Hospitals and Sam Ratulangi will be a special isolation rooms for patients, said Jemmy.

Even so, he said, until now the two hospitals could not be directly examined blood samples of suspected bird flu. Things like this do not only occur in two hospitals, but occurs also in all hospitals in Indonesia. “blood samples are sent and checked Agency for Health Research and Development, Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia. This is done because of the limitations of existing technology in two this hospital, “he said.

Kandouw Special hospital, said Jemmy, had also become one of the referral hospital for patients with swine influenza (swine flu) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Earlier, 11 people Gogagoman Village, District of West Kotamobagu , Kotamobagu City, North Sulawesi, was treated at General Hospital (RSU) Kandou Manado for allegedly contracted the bird flu virus. blood samples were then taken and sent to Jakarta. After the blood samples examined 11 suspected bird flu negative. They’ve returned to the City Kotamobagu.


Anticipation of Bird Flu Spreads
September 27, 2011

JAKARTA: More than half of Indonesian people obtain food and daily necessities from traditional markets. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s traditional markets are identically so dirty that they are breeding animal-borne diseases. Traditional markets that are also a place for trade in poultry are the host for bird flu virus. To that end, Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih has asked the city district government to make the traditional markets into healthy markets.
Endang explained that since 2005 been reported from several countries of Asia bird flu cases in humans are highly pathogenic. It has the potential to cause outbreaks or outbreaks with high mortality. Healthy markets ”become the prevention of disease transmission and prevention of bird flu transmission potential disease outbreaks,” she said in the ‘National Workshop on Traditional Market Revitalization into Healthy Market’ in Jakarta.

To give support to the regents and mayors, the government has already developed a healthy market town pilot in 10 districts in nine provinces. This pilot program has been implemented since 2007 in cooperation with the European Union and the WHO. Operation of a healthy market has also been regulated in Decree No. 519/2008 of the Minister of Health Guidelines for Implementation of Market Competition. Recorded at this time, there are 13,650 traditional markets in Indonesia that are entirely managed by local governments. Health authorities inform that more than 250 kinds of diseases are transmitted through unsafe foods.


Ward Off Bird Flu – In October “Rapid Test” Will Be Carried Out Simultaneously [Bali]

September 28 2011

Denpasar (Bali Post) – Beginning this coming October, Livestock Service (Disnak) the Balinese Province coordinating with Disnak all the regency/the city of Bali will carry out rapid test or the fast test simultaneously in the traditional markets that sold the poultry, including the birds market. This step to guard against increasingly expanded the spreading of the virus H5N1 the cause of the very potential bird flu illness threatened the spirit of humankind.

The head of Disnak Provinsi Bali I Putu Sumantra, on last Tuesday (27/9) said, his side also asked for the community that bought the chicken and the other poultry to isolate the poultry that just was bought. For preventive efforts, the community was also appealed to to destroy or burn the remnants of the waste of the poultry after being cut up.

“If being found had the poultry that died suddenly or it was suspected infected bird flu, we asked for the community as soon as possible reported to Disnak local,” he said.

According to Sumantra, the case of last bird flu was found in three locations in the Jembrana Regency just recently namely the Satria Hamlet in Pande Village, Air Anakan Hamlet in Banyubiru Village, and Menega Hamlet in Dauh Waru Village. The number of chickens that died suddenly in the three villages covered 103 tails in the Satria Hamlet, 14 tails in the Air Anakan Hamlet and 3 tails in the Menega Hamlet.

In the three same locations was carried out by the extermination of the poultry namely 25 tails in the Satria Hamlet, 25 tails in the Air Anakan Hamlet and 14 tails in the Menega Hamlet. Sumantra added, his side has coordinated with Disnak the regency/the city in order to increase vigilance for ward off expanding the spread of the case of bird flu. Moreover, his side also ask for to the quarantine side and KP3 to increase the supervision of the entry of the poultry from outside Bali.