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<<Advancing Bird Flu-H5N1...Now following MERS and Ebola approaching PANDEMICS>>>

 
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This is BAD news, very bad.

There are reports of massive deaths of migratory birds of differing species from confirmed, H5N1 avian influenza.

This current die off is the largest seen since 2006, but what is very alarming is that these birds have died from a strain that has been present in ALL human deaths in Egypt since 2009.

This is indicating a genetic drift towards the mutations that were made in the laboratory to achieve airbourne transmission of H5N1 and would make it the pandemic we fear.

Massive H5N1 Wild Bird Outbreak In Krasnodar
Recombinomics Commentary 18:15
November 29, 2012

On the coasts of the Black and Azov seas, local residents discovered near the village in Veselovka in Temryuk district of the Krasnodar Territory and the area of the resort of Anapa coastline estuaries Kiziltash, Bugaz and spit naked thousands of dead birds, including gulls, coots, cormorants, swans and ducks.

The above translation describes a massive H5N1 outbreak in wild birds in western Krasnodar. Multiple stories in Russian media describe the outbreak with estimates ranging from 600 to 1000’s of dead birds. H5 has been confirmed and it is likely that the deaths are due to clade 2.3.2.1 (Fujian strain) which is now widespread in wild birds in eastern Asian countries including China, Japan, and South Korea.


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Ok, This article is very interresting and enlightening.

It tells of how a company has been able to accurately forcast influenza outbreaks and pandemics, and the strain that will be involved, a year prior to that event occuring.

This is a truely marvelous development and must be one that would see vast amounts of money stream out of many areas that this new tool could be useful for.

Normally Id leave any further comment right here, but, I do find it quite convenient that this news should surface on the back of the H3N2v outbreak that was associated with the county fairs in the US this last year.

Now regular readers will be amply aware of my very strong assertions regarding the case of Patient Zero and how this patient came to be Patient Zero, under very suspicous circumstances.

And I have said it outright this I bevieve that Patient Zero was "GIVEN" that first case of H3N2v as no reservour has ever been identified and it should have been as it emerged within a hospital.

No we have all seen TV shows where some very passionate researcher has thought it acceptable to give his new and game changing discovery a little push along to ramp up interest in his work, its a pretty common theme.

Well, I think Ive said enough to allow readers to continue on with this line of thought and to draw their own conclusions.

I am not prepared to make further comment as to do so could bring me too close to exposing myself to legal proceedings, while all Im doing really is dabbling in conspiracy theories for the entertainment of us all, as Im sure everyone knows and clearly understands.

Everybody who reads this thread already knows how much I enjoy projecting fantasies that I make up from factual information that I find and bring to this post.

2012 'State Fair' Swine Flu H3N2 Outbreak in U.S. Was Correctly Predicted by Increase in Genomic Replikin®Count Two Years Earlier

Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bioradar UK Ltd today concluded that an increase in the genomic Replikin®Counts of H3N2 virus (Swine Flu) in the U.S. from 2008 to 2011 correctly predicted the 'State Fair' H3N2 swine flu outbreaks of this past summer in pigs and children (see photo). The same method measuring genomic H1N1 in Mexico also predicted the 2009 Pandemic a year before its emergence, and with H5N1 in Cambodia, two years before the recent outbreaks (1-5).

(Photo: [link to photos.prnewswire.com] )

In the recent 'State Fair' summer 2012 outbreaks, the contacts between pigs and children was well documented as was the emergence of viral disease. In the present study, 7,804 replikins infectivity gene sequences and 7,112 replikins lethality gene sequences were analyzed, all that were present in Pubmed bank listings from 1968 to 2011. The evolution of H3N2 virus infectivity gene Replikin®Counts in the USA, were relatively constant at a low level of rapid replication, that is with Counts below 4.0 Replikins (per 100 genomic amino acids).


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There have been three new sites where H5N1 has been discovered in poultry in Egypt.

Emergence of 3 new sites for bird flu Menoufia
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The Directorate of Veterinary Medicine Menoufia Thursday afternoon, the discovery of two new bird flu house in the village of Zinedine status Quesna.

Samples were taken from birds for analysis through campaigns organized by the Directorate villages and centers the province, and samples were the result positive disease, and is currently being executed and buried roads health, with clearing houses, and taking a sample of the contacts have to make sure illness or not


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The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a Travel Notice in relation to the new coronavirus.

Its worth all of us reading this short document as it could apply to any one of us either directly or indirectly.

Novel coronavirus in the Middle East
Released: November 28, 2012

Travel Health Notice
A novel (new) coronavirus has been identified in a small number of cases of persons who went to or came from Saudi Arabia or Qatar. Coronaviruses are the cause of the common cold but can also be the cause of more severe illnesses including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). At this time, there is still more to learn about this new virus. What is known is that this virus is different from any other that has been found to date in humans and animals. Symptoms may include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.

The World Health Organization continues to work with relevant ministries of health and other international partners to support investigations to gain a better understanding of the disease and its risks.

Recommendations
Consult a doctor, nurse or health care provider, or visit a travel health clinic at least six weeks before you travel.

1.Protect yourself and others from the spread of germs and influenza-like illness
a.If you are sick with symptoms from an influenza-like illness, delay travel or stay home:
Travellers should recognize signs and symptoms of influenza-like illness, and delay travel or stay home if not feeling well.
Travellers should note that they may be subject to quarantine measures in some countries including Saudi Arabia if showing flu-like symptoms.
b.Wash your hands frequently:
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands as germs can be spread this way. For example, if you touch a doorknob that has germs on it then touch your mouth, you can get sick.
By washing your hands with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds, you will reduce your chance of getting sick.
Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. It's a good idea to keep some with you in your pocket or purse when you travel.
c.Practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette:
Cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs. Remember if you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
d.Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick.

2.Stay up-to-date with your vaccinations
There is no vaccine for this novel coronavirus, however, it is important to be up-to-date on all of your routine and recommended vaccinations, including this year's seasonal flu vaccine, prior to travel.
3.Monitor your health
If you develop symptoms that cause difficulty breathing upon your return to Canada:
Seek medical attention immediately.
Tell your health care provider which countries you have visited while travelling.


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Hong Kong has also ramped up surveylance in response to the coronavirus warnings from the WHO.

Here authorities have detected two cases that are suspected of coronavirus in travellers from the Middle East.

Its heartening to see these various actions coming into play so rapidly.

From this it does appear that we can learn from past experiences, and hopefully this alertness will go a long way to offering some protection to the worlds population as it continues to grow and thereby demanding newer stratagies from us all to live without increased risks.

HK alert to coronavirus threat
November 27, 2012
Hong Kong has an effective mechanism to detect novel coronavirus cases, Secretary for Food & Welfare Dr Ko Wing-man says, adding the Government has successfully isolated two travellers from the Middle East who had suspicious symptoms when they entered the city.

Speaking to the media today, Dr Ko said the Government is very concerned about the six coronavirus cases reported by the World Health Organisation. With the approach of winter, the Government has already taken numerous measures against influenza and avian flu, he said.

They include the launch of the flu vaccination scheme, and the stepping up of surveillance against influenza, avian flu and novel coronavirus infection among medical staff.

The Government has also boosted surveillance at immigration checkpoints in the detection of novel coronavirus cases, both for local residents returning to Hong Kong, and for visitors.

He urged the public to consult a doctor when they fall ill, and to reveal their recent travel history. He advised the public not to touch wild animals and birds, and not to eat them, or bring them to Hong Kong.


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In a world that is living with the consequences of the Global Financial Crisis, and the inevidible cuts to all things which will sometimes include Health Budgets, leading to increased risks and increases in poorer health outcomes.

This next article out of the UAE is a breath of very fresh air.

In spite of everything these people choose to show the rest of us what is important and what to improve no matter the expense.

Its a lesson that all Leaders, Politicians and Authorities should well heed and imitate.

Abu Dhabi redoubles efforts to keep residents healthy
New systems launched to improve health care standards across emirate

By Samihah Zaman, Staff Reporter
Published: 16:15 November 28, 2012


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Dr Elias Traboulsi checks a child at Al Jazira Hospital in Abu Dhabi for eye diseases such as congenital glaucoma and degenerative retinal diseases. Led by the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD), health-care facilities have been offering a number of different screenings to check for diseases among children.

Abu Dhabi: A number of preventive measures to help residents protect themselves from debilitating health conditions and injuries have this year dominated the activities of health authorities in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Led by the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD), health care facilities have been offering a number of different screenings to check for diseases among young children.

In addition, the emirate has also witnessed the introduction, as well as enforcement, of new regulations to improve health care standards.


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Regular readers might remember that back in April there were several deaths that occurred in a hospital in Jordan, that were never explained.

Well it now appears that the novel coronavirus that we have been following, that recently appeared in Saudi Arabia is the same coronavirus that was responsible for the Jordanian outbreak and deaths.

What is sad here is that the test that confirmed these connections was available back when the Jordanian outbreak occurred, but apparently it appears that it wasnt used and the coronavirus did far more damage than it should have done, had this simple test been carried out.

What is also now quite evident is that the coronavirus is H2H transmissible and it is also highly likely to be widespread.

So, as of now it would appear that we have a new and potentilaly deadly strain of a SARS like killer on the loose and amongst us all.

Jordan Fatal Novel Beta Coronavirus Cluster Confirms H2H
Recombinomics Commentary 19:00
November 30, 2012

In addition to the fatal case of novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia reported to WHO on 28 November, two fatal cases in Jordan have been reported to WHO today, bringing the total of laboratory-confirmed cases to nine.

The two cases from Jordan occurred in April 2012. At that time, a number of severe pneumonia cases occurred in the country and the Ministry of Health (MOH) Jordan promptly requested a WHO Collaborating Centre for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (NAMRU – 3) team to immediately assist in the laboratory investigation.


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We have more detailed information here on the way the WHO released information on the ( no so!)new novel coronavirus with this article.

The final paragraph reflects the fact that that this writer isnt to only one concerned with the way that the WHO has treated this case, and the commentary for this person is by far and away more immenently qualified to put these questions but does apear to be basic agreement with my assertions.

So the question REALLY IS, exactly WHAT is the WHO up to and WHY.

I am NOT prepared to accept that the WHO could be so incompotent, and anyaway, the information that has been missing is always the same indicating a deliberate and consistant attempt to hide certain revealing and essential information that would provide researchers with the essential information that, had it been available in a timely manner the circulation of this coronavirus could have been limited and perhaps the reservour could also have been identified.

However this is not the case today and those responsible for this would have known this, indeed having a novel coronavirus in the vincinity of and at the time of the Hajj is pretty obvious, as to intent, whether that could ever be proved is another story, but if one was to be deliberately attempting to recruit natural known circumstances, this would be EXACTLY how you would engineer and execute your plans.

The deliberate witholding of this information is consistant with the thought that by doing so there was also a deliberate attempt to ensure the widespread distribution of this coronavirus.

And that IS consistant with the fact the the WHO is a branch of the UN, and the UN has openly stated that it is their opinion that the world is in need of rapid de-population.

War and disease are equally good for this purpose!

Agenda 21 is a UN document that also very strongly reflects these general directions that the UN would enforce on us all, together with the unthinkable removal of our freedoms and removal of almost everything we value.

So could the UN have an active hand in this, I think so.

Of note, the very same UN just this week passed a vote to include Palestine as an observer state, which has been the source of considerable political irritation with threats of war along with more agitation coming out of Israel.

So it would be fair to say that the UN could be accused of knowingly agitating a delicate balance which might yet lead to a war that could also involve sourrounding states, some nuclear armed.

With a likley shift to a more religous base for conflict, the overall effect would be a massive increase in complexity and overall extent.

It only takes a small spark in the right place and at the right time to set off a powder keg explosion.

This is exactly how both the last 2 world wars began, just in different regions.

More WHO Novel Beta Coronavirus Reporting Issues
Recombinomics Commentary 20:30
December 1, 2012

Of the seven confirmed cases, five developed acute renal failure and three of these died. The remaining two confirmed cases had pneumonia that required intensive support, without renal failure, and recovered.

The two Qatari patients are not linked. Both had severe pneumonia and acute renal failure. Both are now recovering.

The above comments from the updated WHO novel betacornavirus surveillance recommendations posted Friday morning (in red) and the betacoronavirus update posted Friday afternoon (in blue) are inconsistent with the recent publication on the second confirmed Saudi Arabia case (45M), who also developed renal failure prior to recovery and discharge on November 1, when the case was announced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Ministry of Health (MoH).


Break to last para.

WHO should end the charade and release the key information of the confirmed and contact cases immediately.


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Well OK, with conspiracy theories abounding today, lets have a party!

This next article bounces directly back to the CDC and the whole mess they have themselves in over the H3N2v issue, as a new case has emerged in the US and again without any animal contact.

The article goes a long way in supporting my assertions that this particular strain of H3N2v and the condition surrounding its origins and how the CDC has handled them, has many similarities as the coronavirus case shares with the WHO.

Neither appear to be as they seem, both fail in the way they withold information, both would have similar outcomes, both appear to be optimising and including natural influences, the list just goes on but there a single common thread throughout both senarios, both appear to have deliberate human intervention as their source.

And finally, both organizations are very closely linked.

That makes it all very suspicous.

If there was such a thing as a medical detective, then those entities would NOT be able sleep at present, of that I am certain.

Week 47 Iowa H3N2v Child Without Swine Exposure
Recombinomics Commentary 23:55
November 30, 2012

The CDC also said it received a new report of H3N2v infection, the first to be reported since the end of September. The patient, from Iowa, had no contact with swine or other livestock the week before becoming sick.

Patricia Quinlisk, MD, MPH, medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, told CIDRAP News that the H3N2v infection was detected within the past 2 weeks through routine surveillance. The patient is a child who has since recovered.


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From Fluview a division of the CDC comes their weekly flu reporting for the period defined below.

Synopsis:
During week 47 (November 18-24, 2012), influenza activity increased in the U.S.

Novel Influenza A Virus:One infection with an influenza A (H3N2) variant virus (H3N2v) was reported to CDC during week 47 from Iowa. While no contact with swine or other livestock in the week preceding illness was reported, investigation into potential additional sources of infection is ongoing. No further cases have been identified in contacts of the case patient. This is the first H3N2v infection reported since September 28, 2012.

A total of 311 infections with variant influenza viruses (307 H3N2v viruses, 3 H1N2v viruses, and 1 H1N1v virus) have been reported from 11 states from July 2012 through November 28, 2012. More information about H3N2v infections can be found at [link to www.cdc.gov] The vast majority of variant virus infections have occurred after exposure to swine, though instances of likely human-to-human transmission have been identified. No ongoing human-to-human transmission has been identified. Additional information about influenza in swine, variant influenza infection in humans, and precautionary measures recommended during interactions with swine can be found at [link to www.cdc.gov]



Antigenic Characterization:
CDC has antigenically characterized 140 influenza viruses [Two 2009 H1N1 viruses, 90 influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and 48 influenza B viruses] collected by U.S. laboratories since October 1, 2012.

2009 H1N1 [2]:

•Both 2009 H1N1 viruses tested were characterized as A/California/7/2009-like, the influenza A (H1N1) component of the 2012-2013 influenza vaccine for the Northern Hemisphere.
Influenza A (H3N2) [90]:

•All 90 H3N2 influenza viruses tested so far have been characterized as A/Victoria/361/2011-like, the influenza A (H3N2) component of the 2012-2013 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine.
Influenza B (B/Yamagata/16/88 and B/Victoria/02/87 lineages) [48]:

•Yamagata Lineage [34]: Thirty-four (70.8%) of the 48 influenza B viruses tested so far this season have been characterized as B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like, the influenza B component of the 2012-2013 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine.

•Victoria Lineage [14]: Fourteen (29.2%) of 48 influenza B viruses tested have been from the B/Victoria lineage of viruses


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Euroflu's weekly flu reports are also available and are as per below.

EuroFlu - Weekly Electronic Bulletin
Week 47 : 19/11/2012-25/11/2012 30 November 2012, Issue N° 464

Generally low influenza activity in Europe, but more countries reporting increasing ILI or ARI rates

Summary, week 47/2012

Levels of influenza activity in the WHO European Region remain low, but more countries are reporting increasing rates of influenza-like illness (ILI) and/or acute respiratory infection (ARI) than in the previous week. Sporadic detections of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, A(H3N2) and type B continue to be reported, almost exclusively in the north-western part of the Region. The number of hospitalizations due to severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) is stable, with very few cases testing positive for influenza to date.

Description of influenza surveillance

The EuroFlu bulletin describes and comments on influenza activity in the 53 countries in the WHO European Region. Most of these countries monitor influenza activity through surveillance of influenza-like illness (ILI) and/or acute respiratory infection (ARI) in primary care clinics, with some countries also conducting hospital-based surveillance for severe disease. Surveillance data in the Region are collected from sentinel and non-sentinel systems. Sentinel data come from a network of designated clinicians who routinely and systematically collect respiratory specimens from ILI, ARI or SARI cases according to standard case definitions. Non-sentinel data come from a variety of other sources, including community outbreaks, general practitioners and hospitals that are not part of the sentinel surveillance system for influenza, which may not use a standard case definition for ILI, ARI or SARI. This report collates and interprets the epidemiological and virological data provided from the different surveillance systems in the Region, to provide information to clinicians, public health specialists and the public on the timing of the influenza season, the spread of influenza in the Region, the prevalence and characteristics of circulating influenza viruses (type, subtype/lineage, antigenic and genetic properties), and severity in terms of numbers of confirmed cases, geographic spread, disease caused and impact on health systems.

Virological surveillance for influenza

This section describes which influenza viruses are circulating according to influenza type (A and B) and subtype (A(H3N2) and A(H1N1)pdm09) or lineage (B/Victoria or B/Yamagata). Overall, a total of 143 specimens tested positive for influenza in week 47/2012: 77 (54%) were type A and 66 (46%) type B. Of the influenza A viruses 41 were subtyped: 28 as A(H3N2) and 13 as A(H1N1)pdm09 (Fig. 1). Since week 40/2012, 637 influenza viruses from sentinel and non-sentinel sources have been typed: 389 (61%) were influenza A and 248 (39%) influenza B. Of the influenza A viruses 237 were subtyped: 139 (59%) as A(H3N2) and 98 (41%) as A(H1N1)pdm09. Based on data reported since week 40, influenza virus circulation is largely confined to the north-western part of the Region.


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Thanks Arcay for the posts.


Famine and pestilence......scary stuff.


Be careful out there.


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This article from Mexico contains some interresting reading.

First it indicates that they have recorded 500 positive cases of H1N1 swine flu, however the Secretary of Health Services then goes on to make excuses that they do not have sufficient vaccinations to cover their needs admitting that funds had been re-directed to other competing interests.

He states, "we are prepared, influenza often cured at home, can be confused with a cold," which would seem to suggest that he expects people to remain at home and wait for their illness to pass without further treatment.

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It recorded 500 cases of influenza before December 31, said Tenorio Jesús Santiago /
November 30, 2012

The Secretary of Health Services of Oaxaca (SSO), Germán Tenorio Vasconcelos, announced that by December 31, will be detected in some of the health centers at least 500 positive cases AH1N1 influenza, by climate change.

Despite the high probability that there is an outbreak, the state official said the flu is under control and that there are enough drugs, "we are prepared, influenza often cured at home, can be confused with a cold," he said.


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Thanks Arcay for the posts.


Famine and pestilence......scary stuff.


Be careful out there.


David
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Hi David,

its nice to see you still here and also good to hear from someone, been kind of quiet for a few days.

Yes, the world doesent appear to be in the best of states of late, but humans being the people that they are have an inate resilliance about them, so in spite of how we think things are today, tomorrow will bring with it new opportunities and fresh outlooks that hopefully will see things for the better for all of us.

After all thats why we are at the top of the food chain, its our ability to adapt and change, to meet challanges and to learn from mistakes made.

Unfortunately we also still seem to have to retain some of our less desirable traits of violence towards eachother in order to learn some of those lessions which is sad.

Its a trait I disslike and also believe that we could do better without.

Perhaps one day we as a race might learn that too.

stay well my friend.

cheers arkay
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Going to bump and pin your thread--let's see what others think.
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Well spoken.......have a nice week Arkay.
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Thank you for your positive comments.

A karma to you.

cheers

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The World Health Organization has posted a Frequently Asked Questions notice regarding the novel coronavirus, which I would recommend everyone take the time to read.

Frequently Asked Questions on novel coronavirus

2 December 2012

What is the novel coronavirus?
This is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness in humans and animals. In humans, this large family of viruses are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus?
In confirmed cases of illness in humans, common symptoms have been acute, serious respiratory illness with fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. Based on current clinical experience, the infection generally presents as pneumonia. It has caused kidney failure and death in some cases. It is important to note that the current understanding of the illness caused by this infection is based on a limited number of cases and may change as more information becomes available.

Can it be transmitted from person to person?
This is not known with certainty at this time. The cases occurring in the same family raises the possibility of limited human-to-human transmission. Alternatively, it is possible that the infected family members were exposed to the same source of infection, for example, in a household or workplace.

How could I become infected with this virus?
To date, we do not know how humans have become infected with this virus. Investigations are underway to determine the virus source, types of exposure that lead to infection, mode of transmission and the clinical pattern and course of disease.

Is there a vaccine for the novel coronavirus?
There is no vaccine currently available.

Is there a treatment for the novel coronavirus?
There is no specific treatment for disease caused by novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms caused by this virus can be treated and therefore treatment should be based on the symptoms of the patient.

What can I do to protect myself?
Exactly how people become infected with this virus is not known at this time. However, some general measures that would be prudent and help prevent the acquisition of any respiratory illness are to avoid close contact, when possible, with anyone who shows symptoms of illness (coughing and sneezing), and to maintain good hand hygiene.

How many people have been infected by the novel coronavirus?
WHO is closely monitoring the situation and regularly publishes information about the disease. For more go to [link to www.who.int]

How widespread is the novel coronavirus?
It is unknown how widespread this virus may be.
WHO is encouraging Member States to continue to closely monitor for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns of SARI or pneumonia. WHO will continue to share information as it is made available.

Are health workers at risk from the novel coronavirus?
Health care workers come into contact with patients with many different infectious illnesses more often than the general public. Therefore WHO recommends that health care workers consistently apply appropriate infection prevention and control measures.
[link to www.who.int]

Is the novel coronavirus like SARS?
SARS is a coronavirus that was identified in 2003 and belongs to the same large family of viruses as the novel coronavirus. Therefore, SARS and the novel coronavirus are distantly related. Both viruses are capable of causing severe disease. However, they have important differences based on current information. Most importantly, the novel coronavirus does not appear to transmit easily between people while the SARS virus was much more transmissible.

Is it true that this novel coronavirus originated from bats?
This is one possibility but the origin of the virus has not yet been established.

Can humans become infected with novel coronavirus from animals? If so, which ones should we be concerned about?
WHO is closely monitoring the situation to identify how people are being exposed. There is currently no direct evidence that the human cases were exposed through direct contact with animals.

How is WHO responding to the emergence of this novel coronavirus?
Since the emergence of this virus, WHO has been working under the International Health Regulations to provide information to Member States. WHO is also working with involved countries and international partners to coordinate the global health response, including the provision of updated information on the situation, guidance to health authorities and technical health agencies on interim surveillance recommendations, laboratory testing of cases, infection control, and clinical management, based on the current understanding of the novel virus and the disease in humans.
WHO will continue to work with Member States and international health partners and share updated information as it is made available.

What is WHO recommending countries do?
WHO encourages all Member States to enhance their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns of SARI or pneumonia cases.
WHO urges Member States to notify or verify to WHO any suspected or confirmed case of infection with novel coronavirus.

Has WHO recommended any travel or trade restrictions related to this new virus?
No. WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions with respect to this event. WHO will continue to provide updated information as it is available.


Link here...

[link to www.who.int]
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Well spoken.......have a nice week Arkay.
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:)

hf
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Thank you for the Karma pin.

Very much appreciated.

Kind thoughts to a kind person.

cheers

arkay

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Here we have a report from Indonesia where they have been reporting problems with spreading H5N1 that has been killing ducks, which could be signalling a strengthening of this virus, but is yet to commented on.

Ducks are normally carriers of Influenza, so for this strain to be killing a natural host is worrying.

Also, the report states that there is concern that the H5N1 virus might jump to cattle.

Google translated...

Death Ducks in Tegal Allegedly because AI
Author: Siwi Nurbiajanti | Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 | 22:19 pm
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TEGAL, KOMPAS.com-A number of areas in the city of Tegal and Bradford, and the surrounding areas in Central Java began to anticipate the emergence of the disease in cattle caused by weather changes, following the death of ducks found in the area. Even the results of the examination, Tegal duck deaths allegedly due to the bird flu virus or Avian Influenza.

Case fatality in Tegal ducks occurred in the past month, in the center of duck farms Pesurungan Lor Village, District Margadana.


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Fortunately it has been an extended period since we have received any news of H5N1 avian influenza infecting any people, however this next article might bring this period to an end should testing on this Vietnamese patient prove positive of suspected H5N1 avain influenza.

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A patient with suspected H5N1

> Coping four diseases
> Bird flu outbreak in Hai Phong

TP - Leaders of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases Ho Chi Minh City yesterday just received confirmation 1-12 patients Nguyen VS 42 years old living in Binh Duong, hospitalized in a state of continuous high fever, cough, sore throat, chest and shortness of breath with a diagnosis of suspected influenza H5N1.


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Keep up the good work Arkay.
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Hong Kong weekly flu surveylance reports for the period from the 18th to the 24th of November 2012 are as follows.

Local Situation of Influenza Activity (as of Nov 28, 2012)

Reporting period: Nov 18 – 24, 2012 (Week 47)

The latest surveillance data showed that the influenza activity was at baseline level.


Break...

In week 47, the number of influenza detected in the Public Health Laboratories was 8, including 5 influenza A (H3) viruses and 3 influenza A (H1N1)2009 viruses

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There are reports that there has been an outbreak of H1N1 swine flu in medical staff in a Kuwait maternity hospital.

Lets hope that this outbreak really is controlled, as the report details.

20 medical staff members diagnosed with ‘swine flu’
‘Rate of infection under control’

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 30: Twenty medical staff members including nurses and doctors at the Al-Sabah Maternity Hospital have been diagnosed with the ‘swine flu’, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

Those infected with the virus have been given precautionary sick leave to prevent the disease from spreading among pregnant women at the hospital.


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Keep up the good work Arkay.
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Hi Rickster,

its sure nice to see you back here too.

Hope all is well with you.

I noticed that youve been active on other threads in recent times so maybe a karma for you too, just for having a go.

cheers

arkay

hf
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Here we go again!

This is really becoming tiring, good old Australia the "Nanny State" is at it again.

Now we are AGAIN seeing investigation into vaccination uptake rates of Australian Health Care Workers.

And with the THREAT of legislation to increase these rates if other methods are unsuccessful.

Having been one of this identified demographic, I can personally and honestly attest to the fact that Australian Health Care Workers are amply trained and versed in good infection control proceedures and furthermore IF I was still working in that profession and I was to receive mandatory vaccinations, or my right to choose what I have put into my body is removed for ANY reason, I would immediately resign.

What is happening to personal freedoms.

Health Care Workers do have sick leave and more that most, know to isolate themselves should they become ill, so why is there any need to believe that the only solution is Mandatory innoculation, there are other options, that Professional and Responsible Health Care Workers are more than capable of utilizing and with better outcomes.

This is a simple reflection of two things.

One: Some power intoxicated idiot knows too little about what he or she is talking about.

Two: This identity is so lacking in the grey matter that He/She is quite happy to announce to the world that deficiency by displaying it so publicly.

Review of strategies to enhance the uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination by Australian healthcare workers.
Stuart MJ.
SourceJames Cook University, School of Medicine and Dentistry, 101 Angus Smith Drive, Townsville Queensland.

Abstract
Annual vaccination of healthcare workers (HCWs) against seasonal influenza is recommended by The Australian Immunisation Handbook to prevent personal morbidity and transmission to patients. There are limited data available concerning the uptake of this vaccination by Australian healthcare workers, and few studies have investigated the determinants of this uptake. This report therefore aims to review the seasonal influenza immunisation uptake rates of Australian HCWs, the determinants of these rates, and strategies to improve them. The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, PubMed and the Cochrane Library were searched for literature published online between January 2000 and May 2011. A manual search of the grey literature was also undertaken. Studies of influenza pandemic A(H1N1) 2009 immunisation were excluded. Eleven relevant studies were identified. The published data suggests that annual seasonal influenza immunisation rates among Australian HCWs are below recommended levels (range 22%-70%). Factors contributing to the decision to be immunised demonstrate only minor variations from those identified in international samples. There is little high quality evidence to support specific strategies and interventions to increase uptake of immunisation in HCWs. Further high quality research is needed to demonstrate the efficacy of strategies and interventions on HCW immunisation uptake, particularly in Australian samples, and if conventional interventions continue to prove ineffective, policy change to mandatory seasonal influenza immunisation should be considered.

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GRRRR!!

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