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New Bird Flu Cases Discovered In Egypt
Four Egyptians were admitted to hospital Thursday in the southern governorate of Sohag on suspicion of contracting the bird flu virus, according to newspaper reports Friday.
The victims ranged between nine months and 18 years and were sent to the Sohag general hospital and the regional university hospital.
Blood samples were taken from the four and sent to be tested in the central labs of the ministry of health.
Originally posted by stumason
I too have wondered why Bird Flu has dropped off the radar...
Any more news on the egyptian outbreak? I hate hearing of little kids dying, so please tell me it's good news...
H5N1 In Delaware
The failure to isolate H5N1 from any source since August, in spite of widespread detection throughout the United States, raises serious questions about the surveillance program in the United States and Canada, which also has not announced H5N1 isoaltions for this year, and has only released one partial sequence from H5 isolated throughout Canada in 2005.
The H5 sequence contain valuable information about the acquistion of H5N1, swine, and human sequences. Sequence data from H5 in the United States and Canada should be released immediately.
H5N1 Acquisitions of Mammalian Polymorphisms Cause Concern
New H5N1 sequences released this month provide additional examples of recombination, including the acquisition of mammalian polymorphisms. H5N1 PB2 sequences from southern China had several examples, which extended regions of identity between H5N1 sequences and human H3N2 and H1N1 sequences. As these regions of identity grow, the potential for additional acquisitions also grow, because the new acquisitions increase the size of the region of identity. In addition, as the avian gene becomes more "mammalian-like", additional acquisitions are more compatable with the evolving genome. Thus, the acquisition rate can accelerate as the mammalian polymorphisms accumulate.
One change that has caused concern is M230I, which was found in the H5N1 from a recent fatal case in Egypt. M230I is a mammalian polymorphism. It is the dominant amino acid in the two circulating influenza A serotypes, H3N2 and H1N1 as well as influenza B. Although this change has been found in a limited number of prior H5N1 isolates, it is the first example of the change in the Qinghai strain. The change is also present in a limited number of other serotypes, including important mammalian isolates such as H3N8 in dogs and horses, H7N7 in seals, horses, and humans, as well as H7N3 in humans.
Both squabbling groups have very large amounts of unpublished sequence information for all eight H5N1 gene segments and the time to stop hoarding has past. H5N1 is rapidly evolving and becoming increasingly diverse, as is easily seen by simply comparing receptor binding domain or cleavage site changes.
Originally posted by marg6043
How do we know that humans has not been infected in the US? I imagine that for the time being it will be isolated cases and they will hid them from public knowledge.
But is anyway to find out?