Animals To Humans Infectious Diseases Map

From the BBC, a map of the world, showing risk levels of emerging diseases transmitted from wildlife.
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The researchers say the majority of hotspots are located in lower-latitude developing nations.
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With all the doom and gloom about the increasing spread of the Bird Flu virus, here is a funny video related to the dreaded subject:

Bird Flu from the Mother-In-Law

tourist sparked a bird flu panic at the New Year celebrations at one of the hotels in Abu Dhabi.
According to a statement released by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), “The visitor caused a state of panic and confusion as he told the management of the hotel that he suffered from avian influenza,”.
The tourist claimed that the Bird Flu infection was transmitted to him from his mother-in-law.
Warning hotel employees from coming near him, the visitor, who came to the country few days back, said he needed urgent medical attention.
But then, to make matters worse, he refused to be examined by a doctor from a private hospital who was called in for help by the hotel management, saying that he did not wish to transmit the disease to anyone.
The hotel authorities then called the police who contacted the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird flu, headed by the EAD.Specialist physicians from the Department of Preventive Medicine rushed to the hotel, accompanied by a team of experts. Entry and exit to the hotel were blocked by the authorities.

At the end of clinical tests, the man was found to be intoxicated and not suffering from any form of disease and certainly not suffering from avian influenza!

Finally, results of tests and clinical examinations proved that the man was just intoxicated.
Almost an hour later, public was allowed to enter the hotel. However, the floor the man stayed was kept isolated.
Map of Abu Dhabi


It was Not Human to Human H5N1 after all. Phew……

The Chinese Officials have confirmed that the bird flu virus that killed a man and infected his father in Jiangsu Province was a “poultry-originated virus” and cannot spread from person to person, Mao Qun’an, spokesman of the Ministry of Health, said in a press conference this morning.

The H5N1 virus has not mutated according to the gene analysis of the virus, Mao said. The cause for the two infections was still being investigated, as both had no contact with poultry before becoming ill.

Mao Qun’an, spokesman of the Chineswe Ministry of Health

No clinical symptoms of bird flu have been found among the 83 people who have had close contact with the two patients, the ministry confirmed.

Sixty-nine people were in close contact with the first patient, and only his father has shown symptoms of bird flu. Six people who had close contact with both patients are still under close observation while 55 others have been released.

Here is the News Item from the official Chinese Site:

Bird-Flu kills again in China, the land of its origin.

The killer Bird-flu has come back to China, the land of its origin.

A man in east China’s Jiangsu province died of bird flu on Sunday, the Jiangsu provincial health department reported.



Significantly, the man had no contact with dead poultry, according to the Chinese provincial health department.

The 24-year-old man, surnamed Lu, developed fever, chills and other symptoms on November 24 and was hospitalized on November 27 after being diagnosed “lower left pneumonia”. Lu’s illness deteriorated in the hospital and died on Sunday.A respiratory tract sample examination by Jiangsu Provincial Disease Control and Prevention Center on Saturday showed the man’s avian flu virus nucleic acid was H5 positive and N1 positive.

 A test done by the China Disease Control and Prevention Center on Sunday also indicated that the man was H5N1 positive and the Chinese Ministry of Health has confirmed Lu was infected with bird flu.

All of the 69 people who had close contact with Lu have been put under strict medical observation. So far, they have shown no signs of symptoms.

The Ministry of Health has reported the case to the World Health Organization and some countries and regions.

Officials from the Jiangsu Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau said that no bird flu epidemic has been found in the province so far.


Two more Children Infected with Bird-Flu in Bali

More bad news from Indonesia with more children infected with the Bird-Flu!

Siti Fadilah Supari, The Indonesian Health Minister. 

ANTARA is reporting that another two infants from Bali, suspected of being infected with bird flu, were rushed to Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar on Friday night, bringing the number of suspected bird flu patients, who have been treated at the hospital in Bali to 13 so far.

The two were identified as Ahmad Zakaria (4), a resident of western Denpasar area, and Komang Budi Prayoga (3) of Sideman, Karangasem district, Bali Province, a staff member of Sanglah Hospital said here on on Saturday.

Currently, there are five suspected bird flu patients being treated in the hospital, a doctor said.

“However, we could not confirm whether it`s bird flu or not, because their blood samples are still being checked at the laboratory,” a doctor added.

Of the total 13 people having been treated in Bali so far, six were cured and had left the hospital. The other five are still being treated, and two residents died recently.

The avian flu virus broke out in Indonesian for the first time in 2005. The number of infected humans in Indonesia has reached 105 of whom 84 have died, the Indonesian Health Ministry said here recently.

The latest fatality was a 28-year-old woman, identified by her initials AS, who lived in Banjar Natu Gaing village, Tabanan district, Bali.

She had tested positive for the H5Ni virus which causes bird flu, according to a press statement issued by the Health Ministry`s public communication center.

Ms. AS died at the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar on August 21 bringing the number of human bird flu cases in Indonesia to 105.

As 84 of them had died, the case fatality rate was 80 percent, the statemnt said.


Yet Another Bird-Flu Victim in Vietnam?

The Government of Vietnam “was furious” when the last outbreak of H5N1 was discovered in that country.

Today's standard flag for Vietnam.

This is because the Government of Vietnam has been  trying desperately to have the entire country declared Free of Bird-Flu as quickly as possible.

In its desperation to do so, parts of Vietnam, many provinces of the country, have been declared Bird-Flu-Free.

This was achieved under the totally mad  rule, of being able to declare an area free of Bird-Flu if no new infection has been discovered in any 21 consecutive days.

Using this “Rule” the Government of Vietnam has been declaring several of its provinces free of Bird-Flu.

President Nguyen Minh Triet          

It seems however, that the H5N1 virus has never heard of this rule and therefore these Bird-Flu-Free provinces have had repeated visits from the H5N1 even though these provinces were supposed to be safe from the virus.

In the province of Ha Tay, one of the supposedly Bird-Flu-free provinces, there was a recent human fatality (a 22 year old prgnant woman) as a result from the Bird-fl virus.

Now it seems that there may be yet another human victim of the H5N1 virus.

Apparently, a male student at a university in Hanoi, is suspected of being infected with type A/H5N1 virus since he has typical symptoms of bird flu in humans.

The student fell ill at his home in Thanh Hoa province.

He was treated at the General Hospital of Thanh Hoa province for 12 days without improvement.

He was then transferred to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi on July 29.

                                                                                                                             The Central Institute for Epidemiology is testing samples of this patient’s blood to determine whether he has type A/H5N1 or not, since he has all typical symptoms of bird flu in humans.  

Dr Nguyen Hai Yen of the National Institute for Clinical Research of Tropical Diseases said the student’s samples were being tested for the H5N1 virus


This patient does not as yet need a respirator.

He has apparently not had any contact with poultry before.


So far this year, Vietnam has diagnosed six type A/H5N1 patients, three of whom have died.


Related to the 22 year old pregnant woman who died of bird flu recently, the Ministry of Health has sent experts to the home of the woman to take blood samples of 16 people who were in contact with the woman for testing.

They have all been provided with Tamiflu as well.

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