Category Archives: Influenza

Happy New Year! Barely anyone died of Avian Influenza last year,

Making it a good yeargoodyear



Date: Fri 28 Dec 2012

Source: The Poultry Site [edited]



According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there have been 32

cases of avian A(H5N1) influenza virus infection in humans so far this

year [2012], 20 of whom have died.

According to the latest figures, published by WHO on 17 Dec 2012, most

of the victims were in Egypt (11 cases; 5 deaths) but there were also

9 cases in Indonesia, 4 in Viet Nam, 3 in Bangladesh and Cambodia, and

2 in China.


Last year, 2011, there were 62 cases, of whom 34 died.


Since the emergence of H5N1 influenza in 2003, 610 people are reported

to have become infected, 360 of whom have died.


Still virulent after all these years

Still virulent after all these years


Go Get Your Flu Shot

My kids’ pediatrician doesn’t “believe” in the flu shot. That’s the word he uses, but since I know him to a person who thinks carefully about things, I know he means that for him the evidence just doesn’t add up. I look at the same evidence and I come to a different result. I am getting the flu shot, and my children will also. I don’t have a choice–the United States Army Reserve requires that I get vaccinated. They figure that a soldier with the flu isn’t worth much, and is a danger to other soldiers. Right on both counts.

As for my kids’ doctor, he’ll give patients the injection if their parents ask for it, or if they are in a one of the groups designated as high risk. The concern with healthcare workers, of course, is that they will be super-spreaders of the disease to vulnerable populations.  People infected with influenza begin to shed virus before they begin to show signs.

Don’t be a wimp


Ever wonder what happened to Avian Influenza?


This update from the OIE:

BANGLADESH–1/3rd of the country’s farm-raised chickens have been decimated by
the latest outbreak of bird flu, a top poultry farmer said Thursday
[21 Jul 2011], demanding compensation for the affected farms.

He said that the government needed to roll up its sleeves and help
the affected farms with compensation and vaccines in an effort to
prevent avian influenza from inflicting a mortal blow to the key

“We’ve estimated that 10 000 to 15 000 poultry firms have been
affected by bird flu. Unfortunately, the government shows it [to be]
only 153,” said Syed Abu Siddique, president of the Bangladesh Poultry
Industries Association.

He said the outbreak has cut chicken production by more than 33 per
cent in the country’s 150 000-farm strong poultry sector, wiping out
thousands of jobs and billions of taka in investment.

Siddique said the government has exempted the industry from a number
of taxes for the next couple of years in a bid to boost its growth and
make the country self-sufficient in bird and egg production.

“But no fiscal measures could bail out the industry unless bird flu
is controlled and the affected farms are paid damages,” he said. The
government has recently waived all taxes on the poultry sector and
offered tax-holiday facilities for the next 2 years to 2013.

Mr. Siddique protested the “unfortunate” government ban on import of
key poultry vaccines to fight bird-flu and non-payment of compensation
commensurate with the number of culled birds.

In the proposed budget, the finance minister had initially proposed
imposition of a 5 per cent tax on the poultry sector after revenue
officials found abuse of tax benefits by some profitable farms. But
the tax was withdrawn when the parliament passed the Finance Act-2011
on Tuesday [19 Jul 2011]. The government also waived the proposed
turnover tax for poultry farms following a plea by leading farmers.

Bird flu, or H5N1, 1st broke out in the country in 2007 when more
than one million chickens were culled and tens of thousands of small
farms were closed as the flu ravaged the industry for more than 6
months. Officials said the outbreaks this year [2011] are already 3
times higher than the same period last year, prompting the authorities
to announce major bio-security surveillance in the main poultry
farming region.

FluView from the CDC

Did you know that you can track track the activitiy of Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) right here at the CDC’s website?

Also, check here for more information.