reply to post by MajorDisaster
You're right. It was in February. That “mistake” was discovered here in the Czech Republic. Here’s a text from CeskeNoviny (Czech News), a
generally reliable news server. It’s dated 17 February 2009.
It even has an English version of the report that you can access via the link within the Czech page. However, please note that the English version
include all of the Czech original.
I have therefore done a complete translation of the report. I do not use online auto-translators for Czech or Slovak reports. I'd rather do them
myself. The following text will perhaps illustrate why. I have included some notes where I think they are appropriate.
This time I've left the Czech "accents" in the text. Let me know if this renders it "unreadable" or not. I don't know as I have Czech fonts
loaded. But you can see the original online anyway...
Here is the Source
My codes added into the text mean:
EV = English Version (ie The “Online“ version)
CT = Complete translation. (ie My translation of the whole text.)
Text and translation begins:
Lidem hrozila nákaza smrtící ptačí chřipkou
EV: Several Czechs threatened with bird flu - press
CT: People threatened with infection by deadly bird flu
NOTE: the word “deadly” (“smrtici”) is missing from the online English version.
Konárovice (Kolínsko) - Některým lidem v Česku hrozila podle dnešní Mladé fronty Dnes (MfD) nákaza smrtící ptačí chřipkou. List
informuje, že agresivní virus ptačí chřipky H5N1 nedopatřením obsahovala vakcína rakouské farmaceutické firmy Baxter, kterou testovala
společnost Biotest v Konárovicích na Kolínsku. V nebezpečí se ocitli všichni, kdo přišli do styku s fretkami, na nichž byla vakcína
zkoušena. Nikdo nakonec nebyl nakažen, informuje MfD s tím, že podle odborníků bylo štěstí, že se vir nerozšířil mezi obyvatele.
EV: Konarovice - Some Czechs were threatened by getting infected with the dangerous H5N1 bird flu virus strain from a vaccine developed by the
Austrian pharmaceutical company Baxter that was tested on ferrets, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes today.
CT: Konarovice (Kolin) -- According to today’s Mlada Fronta Dnes (MfD) several people in the Czech Republic were threatened with infection by deadly
bird flu. The paper informs [us] that the aggressive H5N1 bird flu virus was mistakenly included in vaccine from Baxter, the Austrian pharmaceutical
firm, which was tested by the Biotest company in Konarovice near Kolin. Everyone who came into contact with the ferrets that were tested with the
vaccine felt at risk. In the end nobody was infected, MfD informs [us], as well as saying that according to experts it was fortunate that the virus
did not spread among inhabitants.
NOTES: “Dangerous” (Czech: “Nebezpečný”) is not used in the Czech original. It uses “deadly”. No mention is made in the online English
version of how “aggressive” (“agresivni”) it is, or how it got included in the shipment either.
"Vakcínu v Biotestu testovali na fretkách od začátku ledna. Výzkum byl povolen ministerstvem průmyslu a obchodu. Najednou začaly fretky hynout
a výzkum byl ukončen 6. února," řekl hlavní hygienik ČR Michael Vít. Následně Státní veterinární správa odhalila, že zvířata byla
nakažena smrtelným virem ptačí chřipky. "Všechny fretky jsme museli zlikvidovat a firmu zavřít," řekl mluvčí veterinářů Josef
EV: The vaccine was tested by the Biotest company in Konarovice from early January and the research was permitted by the Industry and Trade Ministry,
Czech chief sanitary officer Michael Vit told the paper.
"Suddenly the ferrets started dying and so the research stopped on February 6," Vit said.
The Czech veterinary authority revealed that the ferrets got infected with the lethal bird flu virus.
"All the ferrets had to be liquidated and the company had to be closed," said the authority's spokesman Josef Duben.
CT: “The vaccine was being tested at Biotest from the beginning of January. The research was sanctioned by the Ministry of Industry and Trade. All
at once the ferrets began dying and the research was halted on February 6th,” said Michael Vit, the Czech Republic’s Head Hygienist. The State
Veterinary Authority then determined that the animals had been infected by the deadly bird flu virus. “We had to liquidate all the ferrets and close
the company,” said Josef Duben, a spokesman for the Authority.
Podle MfD se v nebezpečí ocitli všichni, kdo přišli s nakaženými fretkami do styku. "Třináct lidí okamžitě dostalo lék Tamiflu a
všichni prošli testy. Naštěstí se ukázalo, že nikdo nebyl nakažen. I když už mají inkubační dobu za sebou, přesto je nadále testujeme
na výskyt možných protilátek v krvi," uvedl Vít. Duben dodal, že "je to vážné varování, žádná legrace to nebyla".
EV: All 13 people who got into contact with the ferrets were in danger but they were lucky not to get infected, MfD writes.
"They immediately received the Tamiflu drug and they underwent tests. Fortunately, none of them got infected," Vit said.
However, Vit added that experts will continue to test these people.
Duben said the case was a "serious warning."
CT: According to MfD everyone who came into contact with the ferrets felt at risk. “Thirteen people were immediately given Tamiflu medicine and all
underwent tests. Fortunately they showed that no-one had been infected. Even though they have the incubation period behind them, all the same we are
continuing to test for the appearance of antibodies in [their] blood,” Vit mentioned. Duben added that “It is a serious warning; it was no
NOTES: The Czech text does not
say that 13 people came into contact with the ferrets. It only says that all felt threatened, 13 people were
given Tamiflu and all were tested. “All” does not need to mean “all of that specific 13”. It could be a larger number. We don’t know because
it is not made clear and should not be assumed (as the EV assumes).
Podle MfD firma Baxter přiznala, že chyba se stala už v Rakousku a přes hranice posílala již "nakaženou zásilku". "Stalo se to zřejmě
při balení. Informovali jsme testující společnost," řekl Richard Tischler z firmy Baxter. Podle něj dostalo lék Tamiflu dokonce 29 lidí.
EV: According to MfD, the Baxter company admitted that the mistake occurred in Austria and that it sent infected vaccines to the Czech Republic.
CT: According to MfD the Baxter company has admitted that the error occurred in Austria and that they sent “an infected package” over the border.
“It most likely happened during packaging. We have informed the testing company,” said Richard Tischler from the Baxter company. He says [lit:
according to him] that in the end 29 people were given the Tamiflu medicine.
End of text and translation
NOTE: Those final statements from Tischler don’t get a mention. We don’t know if the 29 people he refers to were supposedly at Biotest in Kolin
(CZ) or at the Baxter facility, or even a combination of the two. However, as the Czech authorities speak of 13 people at Biotest who got Tamiflu, I
think they ought to know. And why hide a higher figure? So what Tischler's figure of 29 people means is open to conjecture.
We also need to bear in mind that this online source is one that would often be used by western media sources as part of their contracted services for
obtaining English-language reports from non-English-speaking countries. Most of them would not bother to check the Czech (no joke intended) as they
can’t read it. They would just get the English version and assume that it contains all the key points.
However, in this case at least, it doesn’t. It’s been sanitized.
I leave it to you to judge how important or not this may be in light of the fact that Baxter sent shipments to 18 countries at this time (not just
five) and that we don’t know how many of them knew of this problem in time. I have not even been able to find out (yet) which 18 countries received
If anyone has that information then please post it. I wonder if one of them was Ukraine?
Edit. Missed a typo!
[edit on 6/11/09 by JustMike]