is this kind of species barrier jump for a virus normal?
A zoonosis ...is any infectious disease that can be transmitted (in some instances, by a vector) from non-human animals, both wild and domestic, to humans or from humans to non-human animals (the latter is sometimes called reverse zoonosis or anthroponosis). Of the 1415 pathogens known to affect humans, 61% are zoonotic. The emergence of a pathogen into a new host species is called disease invasion.
The emerging interdisciplinary field of conservation medicine, which integrates human and veterinary medicine, and environmental sciences, is largely concerned with zoonoses.
Zoonosis, also called zoonotic disease refers to diseases that can be passed from animals, whether wild or domesticated, to humans. ...
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta have said that most emerging diseases around the world are zoonotic. The director of the CDC has said that 11 of the last 12 emerging infections in the world with serious health consequences has probably arisen from animal sources. ...
Some zoonotic diseases are well known, such as rats (plague), deer tick (Lyme disease). Others are not as well known. For example, elephants may develop tuberculosis, and spread it to humans.
It is possible that migratory birds left droppings containing the virus in the lake, and sparrows and other small birds infected through the water transported the virus to the poultry farm.
However, it is not easy to determine the route of infection. When bird flu was found in February and March in 2009 at quail farms in Aichi Prefecture, the infection routes were not identified.
"I don't know why, but there's no doubt the number of birds carrying the virus from the Asian continent is larger than usual this season," a senior official of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said.
Initially the ban was put in place over avian flu fears, but an Agriculture Appropriations bill, authored by the congresswoman, has kept the ban in place by not allowing any funding for USDA to go forward on a rule to allow the poultry. The World Trade Organization ruled in September that the ban was illegal...
Cambodia's health ministry has confirmed that a 5-year-old girl from Phnom Penh recently died from H5N1 avian influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.
...The WHO's confirmation of Cambodia's latest case raises the global H5N1 count to 520, of which 307 were fatal.
In a Feb 4 WHO update on human H5N1 cases, Cambodia is listed among the five countries that reported H5N1 infections in 2010. The others were China, Egypt, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
Since 2003, reported cases ranged in age from 3 months to 81 years, with a median age of 19. Children under age 9 are the hardest hit age-group, accounting for 29% of cases. However, the highest case-fatality rate, 73%, is in young people ages 10 to 19. Those 70 and older have the lowest death rate from the disease, 25%. The case-fatality rate among all age-groups is 59%.
...So far this year only Egypt and Cambodia have reported human H5N1 cases.
Banteay Meanchey provincial authorities fear an outbreak of avian influenza (H5N1) after a mother and her child died two weeks ago and seven more were hospitalised.
...seven villagers who helped clean Prak Sophorn’s body for cremation have been admitted to the Mongkol Borei district hospital for treatment after each developed a fever and cough.
...the next Black Death, a global pandemic of catastrophic proportions, has reared its ugly head in the Far East, home to many pandemic viruses. This time it is not a 30 per cent death rate, it is an 85 per cent death rate. It is called the Cambodian Avian Flu virus.
Of the 13 cases of human H5N1 virus infection confirmed since 2005 in Cambodia, 11 have been fatal.
Feb 28, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed three more H5N1 avian influenza infections in Egypt, one of them fatal, that surfaced during the weeks surrounding the country's recent political upheaval.
Egypt saw a dramatic spike in human H5N1 infections in 2009 and 2010, and in each of those years the country reported the most H5N1 illnesses globally, outpacing even traditional avian flu hotspots such as Indonesia and Vietnam. The cell phone and Internet blackouts that occurred during Egypt's leadership transition led to some anxiety in the infectious disease community about the status of the H5N1 threat in Egypt.
Dead goose carried bird flu virus
BEIJING, March 5 (UPI) -- A goose carcass found on a Chinese beach has tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus, officials in Hong Kong said. The decomposed carcass was found at a beach near Sham Shek Tsuen Lantau, said Xinhua, China's official news ...
S. Korea confirms additional bird flu outbreak
Tests showed that the 12400 birds at a poultry farm in Cheonan, 92 kilometers south of Seoul, were infected with the virulent H5N1 strain of the avian influenza (AI), the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service (NVRQS) said. ...
2000 turkeys diagnosed with bird flu near Jenin
Ma'an News Agency
JENIN (Ma'an) -- A flock of 2000 turkeys has been diagnosed with the H5N1 "bird flu" virus in the northern West Bank village of Silat Al-Harithiya near Jenin, government officials said. The veterinary department of the Palestinian Authority Agriculture ...
2000 chickens culled in Gazipur, Noakhali
Bangladesh News 24 hours
Dhaka, Mar 5 (bdnews24.com) – Around 2000 chickens have been culled in Gazipur and Noakhali following the detection of H5N1 virus, commonly known as bird flu. Gazipur Sadar Upazila livestock officer Mohammad Shamsur Rahman on Saturday told bdnews24.com ...
BANGLADESH: Bird flu outbreaks up sharply in 2011
DHAKA, 9 March 2011 (IRIN) - Outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu among poultry in Bangladesh - already three times higher this year than the same period last year - have caused “serious concern” for the authorities. “We are undertaking heavy surveillance at ...
South Korea Confirms Additional Bird Flu Outbreak
Tests showed that the 200000 birds at the large egg-laying farm in Yongin, 50 kilometres south of Seoul, were infected with the virulent H5N1 strain of the avian influenza (AI), the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service (NVRQS) said. ...
H5N1 Bird Flu Finds in China Dim Good News
But a dead goose washed up on the beach in China that tested positive for H5N1 bird flu shows the disease is still alive, according to UPI.com, who explained that authorities in Hong Kong would take measures to prevent the disease from entering the ...
FLU NEWS SCAN: Spotting H1N1 pneumonia, H1N1 in ferrets, H5N1 in Vietnam
Vietnam's agriculture ministry yesterday reported two H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks, one at farm in Ha Nam province and the other at a village in Quang Ninh province, according to a notice from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). ...
Avian Flu Resurgence Raises Concern in Asia, Middle East
World Bank Group
Since January, the H5N1 avian flu virus has re-emerged and caused deaths across Asia and in Egypt. Governments concerned with impacts on health, financial systems, and livelihoods of poor farmers and families. Experts say investment in stronger human ...
Bird flu virus H5N1 detected on turkey farm in Israel
Vetsweb (press release)
On a turkey farm in the Israelian village Gush Etzion (South of Jeruzalem), H5N1 has been detected, Over 40000 turkeys will be culled. The farm consist of 3 barns, each housing 14000 birds. In one of the barns the bird flu virus has been found in 14 ...
Ministry warns of increasing disease threat
Viet Nam News
Official statistics from the department show that more than 15000 chickens with the A/H5N1 virus have been culled in eight provinces since the middle of February. As many as 66000 cattle contracted foot-and-mouth disease in 25 provinces within one ...
Israel Finds Avian Flu in Atsyun Settlement
WAFA - Palestine News Agency
BETHLEHEM, March 10, 2011, (WAFA)-The Palestinian Agriculture Ministry announced yesterday that they slaughtered 15 thousand birds after Israeli health officials found the deadly bird flu virus (H5N1) in one of the coops in Kibutz Rosh Tsurim in Gush ...
I also read a while ago that they created/bred a chicken that was resistant to the H5N1 strain. I think that it could still catch it but it wouldn't spread it to it's fellow birds.