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New Cases Of Bird Flu In Asia, Mideast Spark Concerns

January 20, 2012 by  

New Cases Of Bird Flu In Asia, Mideast Spark Concerns

New cases of the H5N1 virus — or bird flu — are being reported more frequently throughout Asia and the Mideast.

On Thursday, Vietnam confirmed its first human death resulting from the virus since April 2010. The fatality came just one day after neighboring Cambodia reported a bird flu death.

The 18-year-old Vietnamese man, who died on Jan. 11, was a duck farmer in the southern Mekong delta province of Hau Giang, according to Channel News Asia. Experts in the country are investigating whether the infection came from his flock.

In Cambodia, a 2-year-old boy from northwestern Banteay Meanchey province, died on Jan. 18 after contracting the virus. The child is thought to have been exposed to infected poultry, according to the World Health Organization.

Vietnamese authorities say that there is no need to be alarmed about the recent H5N1 reports.

“The bird flu situation is still within our control,” said Le Minh Hung, a doctor from the Health Department of Ho Chi Minh City. “Some healthcare teams have been sent to check on the situation in southern provinces.”

Urgent Warning: Global Pandemics... Scarce Food And Water...

Since 2003, the disease has killed 340 people worldwide; 59 of those deaths have been in Vietnam and 17 in Cambodia. Other human bird flu cases have recently been reported in Indonesia, Egypt and China. Indonesia, which has been the hardest-hit by bird flu in recent years, last week reported its third fatal case in three months. Bird flu is most likely to occur in the winter months.

The WHO says that a worldwide bird flu pandemic in humans is a possibility:

The H5N1 AI virus remains one of the influenza viruses with pandemic potential, because it continues to circulate widely in some poultry populations, most humans likely have no immunity to it, and it can cause severe disease and death in humans. In addition to H5N1, other animal influenza virus subtypes reported to have infected people include avian H7 and H9, and swine H1 and H3 viruses. H2 viruses may also pose a pandemic threat.

Recent scientific experiments with bird flu deepen concerns about the possibility of a human bird flu outbreak. To try to better understand the virus, scientists in Wisconsin and the Netherlands have recently successfully mutated bird flu so that it can more easily spread among humans. Many health and government officials believe that in the wrong hands, the scientists’ discoveries could be used to spark a pandemic for terror purposes.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • eddie47d

    “What’s a mother to do” Bill Gates spends millions in Africa in trying to stop the spread of diseases and he is accused of population control. That’s absurd but that is what you all want to hear. We can’t stop pandemics because that would require vaccinations and/or massive amounts of aid. Vaccinations are now taboo so the best scenario would be to let people die and watch it spread.

  • Dave Reinhart

    340 people worldwide since 2003? 42 people per year? Why are we even discussing this? There are many bigger issues that need attending too.

    • s c

      Dave, you seem to be new, so I’ll brief you with the basics. Don’t count on much reliable info from ‘e’ and the usual suspects. ‘e’ is a flaming utopian, and in his world, whatever revs up his emotions is important. Logic and common sense are hated concepts in that dream world.
      In this case, the topic is bird flu and the predictable reaction of programmed lemmings. For MANY years, we were confronted with the FACT that 50,000 [fifty THOUSAND] people were dead each year because of traffic accidents. However, to a utopian that figure is irrelevant. To a utopian, 350-400 deaths a year is just cause for EXTREME PANIC and MORE government intervention.
      ‘e’ suffers from extreme (inherited?) government interventionitis. It can be cured, but in some cases it might require a brain transplant. Stay tuned, as you’ll need to come armed with facts and figures, and it wouldn’t hurt to keep some Pepto handy, as the handful of space cadet utopians on this website will say ANYTHING to try and convert
      normal people to their ‘religion.’ Enjoy, but stay on your toes.

      • http://naver sook young

        I agree with you. Eddie doesn’t seem a reliable source for information. Dave, if you have ever been to Korea, you would know that last year and 2010 many farm animals were destroyed because of an anthrax outbreak. Instead of giving injections to the animals or medications that could be taken orally, they just wiped out whole heards of animals. Many farmers were wiped out because of this. Some of them are very hungry till today. Thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai


      • eddie47d

        What does traffic accidents have to do with bird flu Sook. You buy anything that SC is selling no matter how out of touch she is. If SC is so smart what would she or you have done in So Korea to avoid the anthrax outbreak? Thousands of pigs were killed in Egypt 2 years ago because of swine flu and most cattle in England were killed because of Mad Cow Disease a few years earlier. Vaccines are a personal choice but 50 million did die in 1918 from influenza (mostly in Europe) So were those deaths a “utopia” for SC?


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