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"It changes the equation" for public health…
"We can close all the markets in China and still have a pandemic."
Factory farms can create public health concerns beyond foodborne illness. Because over-crowded animals are susceptible to infection and disease, most industrial livestock facilities treat the animals with low-levels of antibiotics to prevent illness and also promote weight gain. By creating a breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the sub-therapeutic dosages used on millions of factory-farmed livestock can reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics for human patients. The feed used for livestock can also introduce public health threats. …
Norovirus infection outbreaks (NoVOs) occur frequently in closed populations, such as cruise ship passengers.
Effects of radiation and latent virus on immune responses in a space flight model.
This small animal model of space flight suggests that the combined effects of radiation and virus replication will significantly affect T-lymphocyte-mediated immunity that may lead to chronic viral infection and malignancy.
Biosecurity measures on backyard chickens
…Poultry farming is a major industry in animal production, with backyard flocks which represent the vast majority of that production, especially in developing countries. In these countries, the villagers raise poultry to meet the demand of households and as an additional way to earn income. They make use of chicken wire, however, production methods involve low backyard biosecurity and high risk of contagious infections, such as Newcastle disease or zoonoses highly pathogenic avian influenza.
…Although biosecurity principles of isolation and containment are described in most of the documents, it was found that only a few documents have impact scenario measures for family poultry and none provided any evidence of feasibility and efficacy for application in backyard poultry.
Given the constant threat posed by HPAI H5N1 to humans in developing countries, Conan and the other sponsors said their findings highlighted the importance of encouraging applied research in order to identify long and adaptable biosecurity measures to flocks backyard poultry in low income countries.
Fourth case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in China in 3 weeks
Zhejiang woman critical as scientists say it is too early to predict whether major outbreak is likely
…"We expect to continue to see a small number of sporadic cases. To date, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission," said Dr Bernhard Schwartlander, the WHO representative in China.
Schwartlander said whether the H7N9 virus could actually cause a pandemic was unknown, although "in principle, [it] carries a risk".
Tien Giang declares H5N1 bird flu epidemic [In Poultry] …MeKong Delta
Patient who tested positive for swine flu dies in Alaska hospital
The unidentified young adult was one of 11 confirmed cases of H1N1 or 'swine flu' reported in Alaska since flu season began in September
* In announcing the death, the hospital noted they currently have other flu patients who are 'seriously ill'
* H1N1 reached pandemic levels in 2009 and is still circulating
* H1N1 is included in the 2013-2014 flu shot
* The Earth has its own ways of cleaning and balancing things.
What do you think?
Home Farming, No Compensation to Blame for H5N1 Rate
…Cambodia has been the country regionally worst affected by bird flu in humans this year… largely due to the difference in poultry farming, an official with the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Tuesday.
Twelve Cambodians have died of H5N1 so far this year, which saw the country’s worst-ever outbreak of the disease, compared to another nine deaths from the virus worldwide.
...policies that were used to stop the disease from spreading in Vietnam and Thailand cannot be copied in Cambodia as the neighboring countries’ poultry is mostly held on commercial farms, making it easier to conduct large-scale culls, said Lotfi Allal, team leader of FAO’s emergency center for transboundary animal disease.
“With 10,000 poultry at a farm, you cull them when you have an outbreak,” Mr. Allal said of the policy in Vietnam and Thailand.
“But managing [the virus] in backyards, we are dealing with free-range poultry who run around villages and transmit it from one poultry to another,” he said, adding that 80 percent of Cambodian poultry are kept in people’s backyards.
H7N9 fails to stop chicken imports
Hong Kong will not stop importing chickens from a poultry farm in Dongguan, despite a three-year-old boy being confirmed with H7N9 bird flu.
…"Most cases found in the mainland are related to poultry wholesale markets, while no evidence has been found that the flu is related to farms that export chickens to Hong Kong."
What do you think?
I think that people are, as a group, stupid. Sorry but I do think the planet is over populated.
There are too many people having bunches of kids they can't feed or take care of.
The soil can only provide just so many nutrients.
It's going to be Soylent Green for everyone .. or a massive die off.
(I"m in a mood today ...can you tell?? )
Wet market stays open despite bird flu case
Guangdong will not close a wet market near where a three-year-old boy is confirmed this week to have contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu, because authorities have to meet "the public's need to eat fresh chicken", a provincial health official says.
The provincial line contrasted sharply with action taken by Shanghai and other regions further north, which closed wet markets after H7N9 was found. …
Yesterday, Dr Zhang Yonghui, visiting director general of the Guangdong centre for disease and prevention, said: "We cannot close down the market as a consensus cannot be reached.
"The situation in Guangdong is different as there have been only sporadic cases so far. There is a traditional culture of eating fresh chicken in southern China, so we have to strike a balance."
The boy, who lived in Dongguan , was confirmed on Tuesday to be infected with H7N9. He had visited a wet market with poultry stalls, but did not come into contact with any birds.
The mainland has confirmed 138 human cases of H7N9 bird flu to date, 45 of them fatal.
Zhang said all seven samples collected from the Dongguan market had tested negative and suggested the child might have been infected elsewhere.
…Guidelines on suspending imports apply only to infections detected in poultry, but not in humans. …
Cambodia reports 24th bird flu case in 2013
A 10-year-old boy from southern Kampot province has been confirmed positive for the H5N1 virus, bringing the number of the cases to 24 so far this year, the World Health Organization and the Cambodian Health Ministry said in a joint statement Friday.
…Cambodia sees the worst outbreak of the virus this year since it was first identified in 2004. To date, the country has reported 45 human cases of the virus, killing 31 people.