Pestilence watch: Culling ordered after H5N1 virus discovered in Nepal and India

February 6, 2012NEPALHealth workers in Nepal are to cull thousands of chickens following the discovery of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in the southeastern part of the Himalayan country. “We sent samples for investigation to London after chickens started to die of a mysterious disease in commercial poultry farms,” said Ram Krishna Khatiwada, of the government’s Directorate of Animal Health. “We have received the test reports today that confirms infection of bird flu in poultry farms in Khanar and Ithari of the Sunsari district.” Bird flu has also been confirmed in the eastern hills of Panchathar district and the tea-producing area of Ilam, Katiwada told AFP, adding that surveillance of farms was to be stepped up and 4000 chickens would be killed in the affected areas. “There has not been infection to humans in the area so far. Some have complained of itching and vomiting but that is only panic. We will get the situation under control in one or two days.” Nepal’s first reported outbreak of bird flu in poultry was in January 2009 in the eastern part of the country. The virus reached the capital Kathmandu for the first time in December last year, with health workers culling hundreds of chickens and ducks. If it spreads to humans, bird flu can cause fever, cough, sore throat, pneumonia, respiratory disease and sometimes death. –News
India: In Odisha, about 20,000 birds have been culled in a farm of Central Poultry Development Organization (CPDO) at Bhubaneswar following detection of avian flu H5N1 virus. Culling operation will resume today in the CPDO farm and the rapid response teams formed for the culling operation plans to cull rest of the 9,000 birds in the farm. AIR correspondent reports a huge pit has been dug to bury the culled birds and elaborate arrangements have been made for disinfecting the area. Five more rapid response teams have been engaged for creating awareness among the people in Bhubaneswar. The culling operation was launched after the Odisha government received an advisory from the Centre to eliminate poultry birds at the CPDO farm and three km radius area around it. The culling operation in other areas of Bhubaneswar is likely to be completed in five to six days. The H5N1 virus was reported at the farm after culling took place at Keranga in Khordha district and Betanati in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha last month. CPDO had sent samples to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal, which confirmed the detection of bird flu virus. –News on Air
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5 Responses to Pestilence watch: Culling ordered after H5N1 virus discovered in Nepal and India

  1. Tim says:

    Schism over H5N1 Avian Flu Research Leaks Out
    NEW YORK Sparks flew Thursday night at a New York Academy of Science panel discussion about whether or not certain recent research into the H5N1 avian flu virus has created a major biosecurity threat and what, if anything, to do about it.

    Of the 583 humans who have so far been hospitalized with confirmed cases of naturally occurring H5N1 flu, 344 have died leading to a frighteningly high 59 percent case-fatality rate, according to the World Health Organization. Whether that ratio is a true mortality rate or whether many more people have been infected with H5N1 but have not gotten sick enough to be hospitalized remains a point of great contention.
    http://news.yahoo.com/schism-over-h5n1-avian-flu-research-leaks-214400570.html

    Live debate airs major divisions in H5N1 research battle
    http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/feb0312webinar-jw.html

    Killer bug in the system
    Professor Ian Ramshaw also says the new airborne H5N1 virus, modified in a way many believe will transmit it more easily between humans, has not been researched in a laboratory with the highest possible security level.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/killer-bug-in-the-system/2443947.aspx?src=rss

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Key Facts About Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus
    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/gen-info/facts.htm

    • Franky says:

      If this is the weaponized strain then some one is letting it out on purpose . I’m more worried about biowarfare then nukes I can see a nuke coming, not invisible death you can’t see now that’s scary

  2. Frank says:

    If we get the human transfered version of this, we can expect our current world to change, if that fatality rate keeps up if it mutates

  3. DB says:

    And how much of this is disinformation? And how easy it is to create a *threat* in order to be able to eliminate a food source leading to a wider spread of famine… What a lot of this doesn’t say is how many people may have actually gotten the virus and thrown it off with no repercussions. The media sure can slant any topic any way they choose. Fear mongers and sensationalists…

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