On the footsteps of a new pandemic? Bird flu deaths rise to 8 in Cambodia- deadliest outbreak in 10 years

March 5, 2013PHNOM PENH Phnom Penh on Friday ordered urgent action to stem the “worrying” number of bird flu deaths in Cambodia, following a surge in the number of fatalities from the virus. Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a directive for police, agriculture and health departments to join forces to combat the virus, which has killed eight people since the beginning of the year — the worst recorded outbreak in a nation that has seen a total of 27 bird flu deaths in a decade. “Although there have been preventive measures taken by specialist institutions, the spread and the rate of human deaths from bird flu is at a worrying level,” the order said. The latest fatality was a 35-year-old man who died this week after eating infected duck. Friday’s directive ordered a mass disinfection of all poultry farms and markets across the country, as well as efforts to monitor birds’ health and to stop illicit cross-border poultry transportation. Health officials have warned people to wash their hands frequently, to keep children away from poultry and to avoid eating infected birds. The country has seen 30 recorded cases of the H5N1 virus — all but three fatal — since a major worldwide outbreak in 2003. Bird flu has killed more than 365 people worldwide in the last ten years, according to WHO statistics. It typically spreads from birds to humans through direct contact. But experts fear it could mutate into a form easily transmissible between humans, with the potential to trigger a pandemic. –AFP
H5N1 found in Myanmar: In January 2013, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Myanmar Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) had lectured the poultry owners about avian influenza in chickens and human, and surveyed the occurrence of H5N1. According to data released by the LBVD, townships in Sagaing region and Bago region had been detected with H5N1 infections in the survey. The chicken traders sold dead chickens in the markets without informing the authorities about the occurrence of abnormal deaths. The owners, without analysing the cause of the deaths and diagnosis, fail to sterilise and monitor the disease infections in their poultry farms, also due to lack of awareness about healthy poultry systems. Most Myanmar poultry owners are only concerned about their own wellbeing, the survey said. Lots of chickens in poultry farms were dead simultaneously due to avian influenza, crooked neck diseases and due to the sudden high temperature. Various birds within the poultry farms, including chicken, ducks and Muscovy ducks, were infected when hibernating birds and other wild birds entered the farms, carrying the viruses. The H5N1 contaminated battery cages, poultry syringes and chicken feeds, passing on the infection to the chickens. The hibernating birds usually come to the farms when the weather changes from winter to summer. Chickens in farms have immune deficiency due to changes in weather and get infected by the pathogens of influenza A virus, said Dr Kyaw Naing Oo, assistant director of the epidemiology section, LBVD.  –Eleven
CDC begins H5N1 vaccine program: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Saturday that amid the spreading of the H5N1 avian flu, a government-funded vaccine is now available for voluntary recipients who are at high risk of exposure to the influenza virus. Starting on Friday, the CDC began to provide a vaccine against the H5N1 avian influenza and the service will continue until the end of August, the agency said. The CDC recommended that people who work in the inspection and quarantine sectors, medical institutes and those who frequently visit countries with reported outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu should get vaccinated against the virus. The H5N1 strain of bird flu was detected only in poultry at first, but has undergone genetic mutations in recent years which have resulted in human cases of the infection, the CDC said. According to WHO statistics, 620 human cases of H5N1 infection have been reported and confirmed since 2003. Among them, 367 were fatal — a mortality rate of 59 percent. The CDC said that smuggled birds carrying the virus were found at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport last year. Those who work in virus-screening laboratories, inspection and quarantine sectors, the poultry industry, ports of entry and those who plan to travel to the endemic regions, with the exception of pregnant women, are advised by the CDC to receive the vaccine, provided they are more than 18 years of age. –Taipei Times
China begins H5N1 vaccine program: China is offering publicly funded H5N1 flu vaccine for adults at high risk of contracting the disease, the China Post reported yesterday. Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control said members of the coast guard, disease control professionals, airport security agents, and people traveling to epidemic areas are eligible to receive the vaccine through Aug 31, according to the story. The agency’s deputy director-general Chou Chih-hau said that people can visit designated public health centers or hospitals to receive the vaccine but that pregnant women should not be vaccinated. China has confirmed two H5N1 cases this year on its mainland, both fatal. –CIDRAP
                                                        Newsy Science: published June 22, 2012
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