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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has quarantined a turkey breeding operation in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood after birds on the farm tested positive for an H5 strain of avian influenza.
Dr. Sandra Stephens, Foreign Animal Disease Specialist with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, ...says it appears this particular type of H5 is not related to the Asian H5N1 influenza. They hope to have the N type results back by early Thursday.
A confirmed case of the avian flu, also known as bird flu, has been discovered on a Manitoba turkey farm.
Provincial health officials said Wednesday the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has not yet determined if the strain is the deadly H5N1.
Officials said Wednesday it is unlikely that it is.
"It's highly unlikely it will be considered the Asian strain," H5N1, said Dr. Wayne Lees, chief veterinary officer for the western province. That strain of the virus has never been detected in North America.
"The situation is well in hand," he said.
There is no evidence of human illness related to the virus, said Dr. Joel Kettner, Manitoba's chief public health officer.
Hong Kong: Update on H5N1 case
A spokesman for DH said a special edition of Communicable Disease Watch featuring the H5N1 case, among others, has been published at the Centre of Health Protection website. The link is: www.chp.gov.hk... .
In summary, we found that influenza A (H5N1) viruses have been transmitted multiple times to pig populations in Indonesia and that 1 virus has acquired the ability to recognize human-type receptors. Of particular concern is that pigs infected with influenza A (H5N1) viruses showed no significant influenza-like signs and were likely transported to and from different provinces in Indonesia. On the basis of our findings, we encourage the Indonesian government to control the transport of pigs within Indonesia. Otherwise, opportunities for this avian virus to adapt to mammals will increase, as will the risk for emergence of a new pandemic influenza virus.
Pigs have long been considered potential intermediate hosts in which avian influenza viruses can adapt to humans. …the viruses had been introduced into the pig population in Indonesia on at least 3 occasions. One isolate had acquired the ability to recognize a human-type receptor. No infected pig had influenza-like symptoms, indicating that influenza A (H5N1) viruses can replicate undetected for prolonged periods, facilitating avian virus adaptation to mammalian hosts. Our data suggest that pigs are at risk for infection during outbreaks of influenza virus A (H5N1) and can serve as intermediate hosts in which this avian virus can adapt to mammals.
Survivors of bird flu, and perhaps other influenza viruses, may not be out of the woods once the fever and cough are gone: Animal studies suggest the virus may damage the brain and cause Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
...“Our results suggest that a pandemic H5N1 pathogen, or other neurotropic influenza virus, could initiate central nervous system disorders of protein aggregation including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases,” Richard Smeyne of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and colleagues wrote.
Originally posted by soficrow
Things are going to get very interesting over the next few years. My recommendation: Don't panic; get informed; be prepared.
Originally posted by soficrow
...My thinking is that all these new diseases are evidence of accelerated evolution - and so-called human 'disease' is part of the evolutionary process. Meaning the microbes' role is to bring us into harmony with our changing environment. So the key is to allow small exposures, and avoid overloading your system with heavy doses. [Not that the hypothesis is not controversial.]
...In my view the "accelerated" evolution will reach such a point this century that the remaining few who make it through will no longer be classified as homo-sapiens. In fact, I suspect that several branchings will occur over the next few generations. ...
Egyptian officials on Saturday announced the death of three Daqahlia Governorate residents by swine and bird flu infection.
A Ministry of Health statement claimed two of the cases were H1N1, commonly known as “swine flu," with one H5N1, dubbed "bird flu," case.
…hospitals in five different provinces throughout Egypt--Gharbiya, Sharqiya, Daqahlia, Ismailia, and Fayoum--on Saturday reportedly received 43 suspected flu cases. Laboratory results suggested 15 of them as H1N1 positive, with 19 others suspected of carrying the virus.
Three were announced H5N1 positive, with six others diagnosed in rudimentary stages of infection.
Indonesian Health Ministry has reported one bird flu case and one influenza A/H1N1 case in West Java province...
…The cases has put the total number of bird flu cases in Indonesia to 169 with 138 fatality since recent years. A/H1N1 Influenza virus has killed ten people in the country.