Posts Tagged ‘epidemic’

Read All About It!! Bird Flu Human to Human Transmissions

December 29, 2007

Earlier today I was reading all the hype on Pakistan being the first country to have a confirmed human to human transmission case of the H5N1.  I wondered what happened to all of the other ones I read about throughout the past few months or did I just trip over my dog, bump my head and imagined they existed? So I started looking for them.  I could have put down hundreds of articles here about the human to human bird flu transmission but just added a few.  I guess the difference with the recent cluster in Pakistan is it is the first confirmed one of human to human.  But there have been several other reports about human to human transmission, not just this one isolated incident in Pakistan.   

This link is from the Wall Street Journal on 12/05/07.  It has the victims and what they died from listed.  

 http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-avfludeaths07-sort.html?&s=0&ps=false&a=up 

I noticed when I looked it over that there were several clusters reported in several places. Though there has been no information as to what actually happened to the infected persons.   

I kept searching and found several articles of interest.  This one says there is confirmed human to human bird flu transmission in Vietnam: 

 http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn4631-humantohuman-bird-flu-transmission-investigated.html 

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/04/world/asia/04flu.html  

These articles are about Indonesia having limited human to human transmission: 

 http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=060524090549.rlhhjd5z&show_article=1 

http://www.recombinomics.com/News/04170504/H5N1_H2H_Proof.html 

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003082492_birdflu24.html 

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070829/bird_flu_070829/20070829?hub=Health http://uk.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUKN2829220820070828 

http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/549006/mutation_found_in_bird_flu_virus/index.html?source=r_health 

These articles are about a father who got the virus from his son: 

 http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/06/23/news/flu.php 

http://www.newstarget.com/019764.html

 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/23/world/asia/22cnd-flu.html?_r=1&hp&ex=1151121600&en=f086bf34e7d67451&ei=5094&partner=homepage&oref=slogin 

Science report on human transmission. 

 http://www.eurosurveillance.org/em/v10n12/1012-222.asp http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,299561,00.html  

Thailand reporting first case of human to human transmission. 

 http://www.jphpk.gov.my/English/Sept04%2030c.htm http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2004/09/28/birdflu040928.html  

Vietnam reporting human to human spread: 

 http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6912 

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn4631-humantohuman-bird-flu-transmission-investigated.html 

http://www.asianresearch.org/articles/2624.html  

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Bird Flu Vanishes??

November 30, 2007

Have I missed something here or did the H5N1 virus suddenly just go away in Indonesia?  According to Mizzina News, there is a cover up of the bird flu in Shan State located in Myanmar (Burma),  near India.  They report that the bird flu is spreading fast there and it is being purposely concealed. They further report that some of the officials are taking bribes from the farm owners to not cull their flu stricken birds.  www.mizzina.com  

This report is very troubling and I have to wonder if something similar is going on in Indonesia.  The pattern has been, months of people being infected and bird flu deaths were reported almost every ten days to during these past few weeks the H5N1 virus suddenly vanishes?  News about this virus has been too quiet lately. Is information being withheld because of the recent bird flu virus sample dispute?  How can this virus simply vanish? This is disturbing to think about because if it is true and information is being withheld in Indonesia then this poses a terrible risk to the whole world.   

There are now five different forms of this H5N1 virus out there according to news reports. So is now really the time to stand back and play games with this dangerous thing?  I understand the position of the Government of Indonesia since they want to make sure they will get the vaccine when it is created but what if this thing mutates and no one knows it? I do not recall reading anywhere that Indonesia has been fully cleared of  H5N1. What is going on with this bird flu virus?   

Personally, I find this frightening because this avian flu virus has mutated many times and is still doing so.  While we are on some sort of news blackout, it is possible that this virus could jump again and go into full pandemic form without anyone knowing it has happened.  With officials covering it up in some countries and no news from other countries about what is going on, this bird flu virus becomes an increasing deadly concern for most of the world.  It could sneak up, attack at any time and we may not see it coming. 

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Bird Flu Sharing Summit: Money versus value of humanity

November 25, 2007

This morning I read some of the items discussed at the Geneva Bird Flu Sharing summit and it made me want to throw up.  What does it all boil down to? Money of course as everyone is scared they are not going to get their financial share. 

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Article excerpts taken from:

(Final) Day 4 of flu virus sharing summit by Effect Measure  –

US Deletions and an insertion

While US and EU participation here are most notable for being totally devoid of any new ideas, deletions to text proposed last night (22 Nov) and this morning (23 Nov) say quite a bit about US intent. In discussion of principles with respect to intellectual property rights (i.e. patents), the US proposed to delete everything. According to the US, patents in influenza and influenza vaccines should be discussed elsewhere. This obviously did not meet with approval from other delegations, so the items were bracketed. But with so much support for the language raising concerns about patent claims on influenza, lifting some of the brackets was eventually proposed. Unbowed, the US replied “We are not today and essentially never prepared to remove brackets around whole items.”

And last night (22 Nov), when it came to discussing benefits for developing countries from the WHO system, the US inserted “voluntary” around many kinds of benefits. Given the opportunity to remove “voluntary” today, the US insisted that it stay.

Notable Appearances

#1: Heretofore elusive Vietnam took the floor today and expressed support for proposals by Thailand and Indonesia. (Note this was a generalized expression of support, as there are nuances that separate the positions of the latter two.) In language similar to that of many other developing countries, Vietnam asked for urgent development of a new system for virus access and equitable sharing of benefits based on sovereign rights of member states.

#2: India, which has also been quiet, waded into the fray as well and expressed its displeasure with the current system’s inequities, especially patent claims. India’s proposals on virus sharing were aimed, it said, to ensure that “/nobody takes more than their share of the benefits and takes away from the rights of the contributors /[of viruses].”

#3 And China, which has been engaged but not overly talkative, piped up more on Friday morning, in particular, advocating technology transfer and establishment of WHO Collaborating Centers in developing countries. (Full disclosure: China would like to have a CC itself.)

Source: http://scienceblogs.com/effectmeasure/2007/11/final_day_4_of_flu_virus_shari.php#more 

I read this article over and over this morning and was appalled.  Everyone is so worried about the patents ( demand of ownership and legal maneuvering to secure profits) for this darned avian flu virus that something is getting lost in this equation, the people.  Come on, their families are at risk from this thing too, no one is bullet proof here.  How is this summit to be considered a success when all that has been accomplished was fighting and squabbling over who gets the most and who is going to get their fair share. I am clueless.   

I don’t know,  maybe I am wrong here as I felt the most important thing was to make sure people get the vaccine shots to be well, not who gets the most benefit from them.  I know money has to factor in someplace but should it be the most important factor? While they sit there and play their word games, mind games and scream about who is entitled to what, the H5N1 bird flu virus is spreading into more regions throughout the world and gaining strength.  Personally, I hope that they get their ducks in a row before it gets us all.