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NEWS: Bird Flu H5N1 Hits Tibet

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posted on Aug, 15 2005 @ 09:27 PM
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Tibet has been hit with what is very likely the deadly H5N1 strain of the avian Bird Flu with officials rushing to seal off a farm in western Tibet. The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killled 50 people across Asia and has spread now to Russia and reports have come today of it reaching as far as Mongolia. China has destroyed 2,600 poultry on one farm and innoculated all fowl within a five kilometre radius.
 



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More than 2,600 chickens on the farm belonging to the Regional Institute of Animal Husbandry Science in a suburb of the Tibet capital, Lhasa, had been slaughtered, Xinhua news agency said, adding the compound had been quarantined.

The news of the Tibet outbreak came on the same day as confirmation that a bird flu outbreak in Kazakhstan was the deadly H5N1 strain and that the disease had extended its reach in Russian Siberia and spread to Mongolia.


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It seems that it is spreading so fast now, with reports of the virus in more and more parts of Europe and Asia day by day. it seems past containment and I wonder how the innoculations of these fowl will affect the virus itself. Will new strains be developed that are resistent to the innoculations?




posted on Aug, 15 2005 @ 09:55 PM
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There is nothing that can be done now to prevent the spread of this virus around the world. Migratory birds carried it out of China and different birds will carry it onward around the world. I'm not sure of the lethality of this virus among birds, but if it is high then it makes sense to try antiviral drugs in the domestic bird populations--lest it affects our food supply adversely. Of course, the real danger is that H5N1 will spread into the Human population through bird handlers at first and then mutate into something that is directly transmissable from human to human. We do know the lethality of the virus in humans, in China, to be around 40% and that is a truely frightening prospect for the human race.



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