Flu Human-to-human bird flu transmission confirmed:

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by melbo, May 24, 2006.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member


    Human-to-human bird flu transmission confirmed, UN predicts death of 150 million people

    [ 24 May 2006 15:30 ]

    Human-to-human transmission of bird flu has been confirmed in Indonesia (APA). The mutated form of the virus is the danger that scientists expected.

    The spread of the bird flu virus from human to human can claim millions of lives. According to pessimistic forecasts of the UN experts, the spread of the virus from human to human may lead to the death of at least 150 million people. Russian head sanitary inspector Gennadi Inishenko predicts 50 million and Russian Emergencies Ministry predicts 27 million might die from this virus.
    The possibility of spread of the H5N1 virus from human to human was confirmed in Indonesia. The virus has been found on three children, who stayed in the same room with the infected woman.
    The World Health Organization has investigated the death of six of seven members of a family, who contracted the deadly virus in Indonesia. It was confirmed that the 10-year-old child contracted the virus from his aunt and it spread to the father and other members of the family. The WHO is now conducting a large-scale investigation into the case of human-to-human transmission of bird flu.
    The Health Ministry spokesman Samaye Mammadova told APA that no emergency sanitary regime is due to be held in Azerbaijan related to the investigation of new mutated form of the bird flu virus. She said precautions are being implemented.
    The H5N1 virus has already killed more than 120 people worldwide since 2003. It has also devastated poultry stocks. /APA/
  2. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    One more step towards.............

    Of course.... it's not "efficient" yet.... it's only the flu.... and its only killed two hundred (sorry the article says 120 or so.... my mistake) or so people.... and remember SARs.... that fizzled out too.... and this is all just a hoax....

    So.... no need to worry.... no need to watch.... no need to add a few more items to the preparations.....

    Oh and ..... I have some really nice swamp land and a bridge for sale.... if anyone is interested.... [winkthumb]

    Party on!!!! [boozingbuddies]
  3. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    I rarely watch the national news but this was covered on ABC Evening News tonight.

    It'll be interesting to if the WHO can determine where the virus derived from, human or animal. :dunno:
  4. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Lets all hope they had no contact either dirrect or indirect with anyone with money and or reason to travel. The scariest part is if they encountered 1 business person who travels it could already have hit airports and be spread globaly before that business person would even show symptoms. [peep] [gone]
  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    At LEAST it looks like we may get some warning first. My biggest fear was that I would wake up to the morning news telling me this thing was here. stay home.
  6. stimpy117

    stimpy117 Monkey+++

    Here we go! And I used to laugh at the idea of a bird flu.
  7. jim

    jim Monkey+++ Founding Member

    A month or so back. I was listening to a Dr. on the radio and he said that all flu coincides with the times that we have a low or non-existent level of vitamin D in our system. According to him, if one takes vitamin D (and it's almost impossible to overdose on it) then it's very hard to catch the flu. According to the good doctor, vitamin D is produced by sunlight hitting our body, and being indoors during the winter causes us to use up all our stored Vit. D.

    Can't confirm this, but I did hear it on some FM channel.

  8. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Pretty scary.
    Right now there is a bird sitting on the hood of my truck shaking uncontrollably. I was going to scoop him off with a 2x4 but he started to shriek so badly that i just left him alone.

    I'm sure he's not H5 but the times have me a little creeped out
  9. Amy

    Amy Monkey+++ Founding Member

    From what I've read, there is some caution that should be used when considering taking supplemental Vitamin D (RDA = 400 IU for Adults). It actually functions like a hormone, a carrier protein for calcium. When there is too much Vit D, it raises blood mineral levels (calcium and phosphorus are the main ones, with magnesium and fluoride to a lesser degree). Basically, too much Vit D causes hypercalcemia. Complications associated with this can be kidney stones, just about any soft tissue well vascularized can form precipitates. An area of particular interrest is lesions within the blood vessels that become calcified = hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis).
  10. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Yea man, no kidney stones for me [no] more vitamin B [beer]
  11. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Hey Amy, good to see you around. [beer]
  12. Amy

    Amy Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Thanks, MM, just figuring out this posting thing.......
    LOTS to read @ SM!
  13. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Welcome Amy!

    Hey Melbo.... if you're nervous.... with millions and millions of them sick, dying, dead or "culled" in the past year.... how do you think the birds are feeling???? :D
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 14, 2013
  14. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Hehe Bear.
  15. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    :lol: I think we have a couple of months.

    I know this belongs somewhere else, but I though it would be funny here.

    Bird Flu Hits Florida!
  16. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey


    Romanian leader orders creation of bird flu centre amid rise in outbreaks
    Sat May 27, 04:27 PM EST

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu ordered the creation of a national centre Saturday to co-ordinate the handling of bird flu as the number of outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 strain continued to climb.

    The centre will be called the National Centre to Co-ordinate Bird Flu and will be run by specialists from the finance, interior, environment, health and transportation ministries and public health authorities, Tariceanu said after meeting with experts.

    Romanian authorities reported cases of H5N1 in 83 communities in recent weeks after farms in the central town Codlea illegally sold live poultry to small farmers in nearby areas, facilitating the spread of the lethal virus.

    Most outbreaks of H5N1 were confirmed near Codlea but some occurred on the edges of the capital Bucharest. No human cases of H5N1 have been reported.

    One million birds had been culled in recent weeks, of which more than one-half were from industrial farms in Codlea, said a spokesman for the Agriculture Ministry, Adrian Tibu. He said authorities had finished bird culling in 79 of the communities where H5N1 outbreaks had been reported.

    On Friday, the government banned the transport of live birds and ordered fines for farmers who fail to keep birds in their yards. Authorities said they would inspect all large poultry farms to ensure strict bio-security measures are being enforced.

    Romania had its first cases of H5N1 in October. In mid-May, the virus was confirmed at two large-scale industrial farms in Codlea. More than 600,000 birds were culled at the two farms and authorities also culled domestic fowl in subsequent outbreaks.

    Twenty people, including the Codlea farms' owners and a local vet, are being investigated on suspicion of spreading animal diseases.

    One farm buried thousands of dead turkeys to conceal its H5N1 infections, said Gabriel Predoi, head of the National Agency for Animal Health.
  17. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey


    Associated Press
    Update 6: WHO Puts Tamiflu Maker on Bird Flu Alert
    By MARGIE MASON , 05.27.2006, 10:20 AM

    The World Health Organization put the maker of the global stockpile of the anti-bird flu drug Tamiflu on alert for the first time after human-to-human transmission was suspected in Indonesia, officials said Saturday.

    The organization said that a precautionary 9,500 treatment doses, along with protective gear, were flown into Indonesia on Friday, but the shipment was not expected to be followed by further movement of the drug.

    "We have no intention of shipping that stockpile," WHO spokesman Dick Thompson said.

    An Indonesian health official, meanwhile, said tests had confirmed five more cases of bird flu, three of them fatal.

    One of those cases was of a 32-year-old man who on Monday became the last fatality in a human cluster in Kubu Simbelang, a village of about 1,500 people in North Sumatra.

    No health workers could be seen Saturday in the village, where dozens of chickens and geese ran among houses and through backyards framed by high mountains and surrounded by rich fields of chilis, oranges and limes.

    The family infected by the virus lived in three houses near the church in the Christian village.

    The WHO in Jakarta received word from the Indonesian Health Ministry about the cluster on Monday. The Geneva-based organization put Swiss drug maker Roche Holding AG on alert hours later, said Jules Pieters, director of WHO's rapid response and containment group.

    Roche spokesman Baschi Duerr said the stockpile, which consists of 3 million treatment courses kept in Europe and the United States, is ready to be shipped at any time to any place.

    "We are in very close contact with WHO, even today, and our readiness is geared to be able to deliver," Duerr said. "We are ready to fly it wherever and whenever it's needed."

    Pieters stressed the alert was part of standard operating procedure when WHO has "reasonable doubt" about a situation that could involve human-to-human transmission. He said Roche would remain on alert for approximately the next two weeks, or twice the incubation period of the last reported case.

    "We were quite keen to inform Roche quite timely," Pieters said. "We knew Thursday would be a holiday in Europe and wanted to make sure Roche warehouses would be open."

    On Saturday, Nyoman Kandun, a director general at Indonesia's health ministry, said a WHO laboratory in Hong Kong has confirmed five more cases of human bird flu, three of which were fatal.

    All five had earlier tested positive for the H5N1 virus in a local laboratory. Bird flu has now infected 48 people in Indonesia, and 36 of them have died.

    Indonesia's number of human bird flu cases has jumped rapidly this year, but public awareness of the disease remains low and government commitment has not equaled that of other countries. Indonesia's reaction has raised concerns it is moving slowly and ineffectively in containing the disease.

    Vietnam, the country hardest-hit by bird flu, has been hailed for controlling the virus through strong political will and mass poultry vaccination campaigns. No human cases have been reported there since November.

    Indonesia, a sprawling nation of 17,000 islands, has refused to carry out mass slaughters of poultry in all infected areas - one of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's most basic containment guidelines - saying it cannot afford to compensate farmers. And bio-security measures are virtually nonexistent in the densely populated countryside, home to hundreds of millions of backyard chickens.

    Bird flu has killed 124 people worldwide since the virus began ravaging Asian poultry stocks in late 2003.

    The latest confirmed deaths were a 39-year-old man from Jakarta, a 10-year-old girl from West Java and the 32-year-old man in the North Sumatra cluster.

    He was among six members of an extended Indonesian family who caught bird flu and died. Another family member who died was buried before tests could be done, but she was considered to be among those infected with bird flu.

    Health experts have been unable to link the family members to infected birds, leading them to believe the virus may have passed among them. None of the poultry in the village have tested positive for the virus.

    But health officials have struggled to gather information or take blood samples from villagers, many of whom believe black magic is responsible for their neighbors' deaths.

    The WHO has stressed the virus has not mutated into a version easily passed between people, which would trigger a potential deadly pandemic, or shown any sign of spreading outside the family - all blood relatives who had very close contact with each other.

    So far, the virus remains hard for people to catch and most human cases have been linked to contact with infected birds.

    The organization has said that limited human-to-human transmission is believed to have occurred in about four previous clusters. It was not immediately clear why WHO had not ordered previous alerts for the global stockpile.

    But the most recent and largest human cluster comes after the organization developed important new protocols for mobilizing reserves of the drug.
  18. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey


  19. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Make sure you ask for one of these if you go to KFC.... [drooling] [boozingbuddies]

  20. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    [applaud] [applaud] [applaud] :lol: :lol: :lol:
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