Saturday, July 28, 2007

July 28 Flu Update

The cull is up to 30,000 in India.

The bird flu (panic) continues to spread in India.

People in this area were also dumb enough to smuggle chickens.

A bird culler died in India of "consumption"

Article in Philippines cites bird flu as ASEAN success story.

UNICEF has worked on a bird flu training manual


At 9:42 PM, Blogger Wulfgang said...


There is good reason for the Indian’s to be in a near panic state – thousands of unspecific “viral fever” cases have been reported there, in addition to their recent admission of H5N1 infected fowls. If that weren’t bad enough, the government bird flu surveillance being conducted in and near the villages surrounding the five kilometer is said to be shoddy and haphazard and disgraceful. Some fowl farmers are even resorting to subterfuge, by moving and hiding their chickens from inspectors – thus making a potentially bad situation worse.

India has one of the world’s largest populations, right behind China, and both have a billion people each. The bird flu virus has broken out in nearly all of India’s surrounding countries in the last twelve months. With so much seasonal viral illnesses prevalent in India, I doubt they would be capable of actually spotting the real beginning of an avian influenza pandemic, before it launched itself to an complete out-of-control situation. (they actually have about four or five major viral illnesses already circulating simultaneously by my count (mostly zoonotic)… chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis, unspecific viral, dengue and yellow fever.

Australia is currently suffering from its worst case of seasonal flu in decades (type A influenza epidemic I believe), with numerous associated deaths in the last 60 days – well over 600+.

Vietnam is currently suffering from endemic rampant PRRS and virulent suis disease in its pigs, as well as the H5N1 in most of its poultry – even though they are declaring that vaccination works.

President Bush announced a plan for the federal government's survival following a catastrophic attack or natural disaster. The plan, embodied in National Security Presidential Directive 51, was issued on May 9th. The Directive gives the president broader authority to take over disaster recovery from state officials and calls on federal authorities to provide "appropriate support" to the vice president to orchestrate any post-attack recovery, if necessary. The President has ordered White House homeland security adviser Frances Townsend to develop details by Aug. 10th.


Last week all federal civil servants and all government agencies were directed by DHS and FEMA, to update their emergency locater information, in the event of a national emergency. All one million approximate federal workers.

All these events taken singularly are not significant, but viewed together, are quite coincidental and curious.

Maybe it’s time for all of us to really start watching the news closely. Our next flu season this fall and winter in the northern hemisphere could become interesting.



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