December 11 Flu UpdateA woman has died of bird flu in Indonesia. Key paragraph:
Muhammad Nadhirin, an official at the centre, said that a team of five experts had been dispatched on Monday to the victim's neighbourhood.
The team said that "the source of infection could be from poultry 100 metres (yards) away from the victim's house, but we're waiting for test results on whether the poultry is infected with the virus," Nadhirin told AFP.
He said the victim, who had sold ornamental plants, bought plant fertiliser from the neighbour which may have been contaminated by the faeces of infected birds. No birds however had died in the area in the past six months and the poultry appeared healthy, he added.
CIDRAP on the Indonesian death.
ProMed notes that while bird flu is persistent in Indonesia, reported cases are coming forward only sporadically.
ProMed has some info on a discrepancy in reports about the father-son flu case in China, havin to do with the critical fact of when the second case showed symptoms.
Bird flu is back in Russia, as well.
As noted yesterday, a fifth outbreak in Poland.
There is a suspected outbreak in South Korea.
ProMed reports on study that says three strains of H5N1 reached Germany.
David A. Halvorson, DVM, a veterinary pathologist and avian flu expert at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, commented that the similarity between the German and Russian isolates doesn't necessarily mean the viruses were brought to Germany by wild birds.
"What is clear is that related viruses were introduced into Germany and they were observed in wild waterfowl before they were observed in domestic poultry," Halvorson told CIDRAP News. "This suggests that waterfowl may have been the source of introduction, but it doesn't
prove it. This was known before the viruses were sequenced."
Virginia paper has op ed on being braced for a pandemic.
A FEMA region is hosting a pandemic exercise.