Sunday, December 30, 2007

December 29 Flu Update

China's latest bird flu patient is discharged after 20 days in the hospital.

Hey Azerbaijan is monitoring bird flu and there isn't any.

The Philippines are also bird flu free.

1 Comments:

At 6:11 PM, Blogger Wulfgang said...

Orange;

Not a day goes by without a well deserved comment.

I am quite skeptical about Azerbaijan’s State Veterinary Service press release which affirms that no bird flu was present throughout all of 2007, according to their 12 monitoring exercises. Iran also denies any existence of H5N1 in their fowls, but local media reports there (Etimad Newspaper) are stating they began a large culling operation this month in Tehran, Eastern Azerbaijan and the Zangan Province. It’s also noteworthy to note that the Azerbaijan has not imported any chicken or poultry products from Iran in over six years, according to their Ministry of Agriculture. Wonder what gives here ? I thought all countries pledged to be transparent.

Notice also in your Chinese article about the 52 father, surnamed “LU”, who was just officially released from an “unnamed hospital”, we have a similar denial: that “no bird flu has been discovered in the Jiangsu Province” and the “means of transmission of H5N1 involving the two family members (i.e. son and father) remained unknown”. Wonder what gives there ?

Maybe all three countries need to play their transparency cards a little better and say that “only LPAI was discovered and not to worry”, and they are conducting culling operations, just “to be on the safe side”, like the US. With Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Pakistan and Jordan on “high stage medical and pharmaceutical alerts” due to the spread of H5N1 in poultry and humans in the entire Middle East Region, Azerbaijan’s and Iran’s sudden denials of bird flu seem questionable. As far as China’s perpetual confusion on how its citizens acquired H5N1 when very few poultry infections or outbreaks are ever reported… well I guess that is one of the chief benefits of operating in a totally closed and highly controlled society.

I guess in China you get the opportunity to die from a avian influenza disease that doesn’t officially exist and donate your body to science. I wonder if their scientists ever heard of the Fujian strain?

Wulfgang

 

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