Avian Flu Diary
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# 9344 The Saudi MOH has announced another MERS case from Al-Kharj, already a fatality, that of a 99 year-old with apparently history of animal exposure. Yesterday’s case announced case from the same region has also died. This makes the third MERS fatality from Al-Kharj in less than a week.
Credit NIAID # 9343 Until avian H7N9 showed up a couple of years ago, LPAI (Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza) in birds was considered to constitute a minor human health threat, and our concerns were mostly they would evolve into HPAI (highly pathogenic) strains – with most of that concern focused on H5 and H7 subtypes. H7N9 showed us that an avian influenza could be LPAI in birds and yet extremely pathogenic in humans. Furthermore, in the summer […]
Credit Wikipedia # 9342 Over the past three days we’ve seen 3 H5N1 human infections announced out of Egypt; one child and two adults (see here and here). It should be noted that this is not the same (H5N8) strain that has recently turned up in Europe, which is believed to present a vastly lower public health threat. On Monday we learned that the first adult announced– a 19 y.o. – had died. Late yesterday, it was announced that the […]
# 9341 A week ago, in Saudi MOH: 1 New MERS Case In Al-Kharj, we saw the second announced case in the past month from that region, a 70 year old who was reported to have died last Thursday. Today, we’ve another case, an 84 y.o. female, with few details offered.
Three recent Outbreaks Of H5N8 # 9340 For those of us who have been covering avian influenza for a decade or more, the detection of avian H5N8 – a newly emergent influenza virus previously only seen in Korea and far eastern China – in three recent outbreaks in Europe is somewhat reminiscent of the great bird flu diaspora of 2005-2006. Up until the middle of 2005, the H5N1 virus – which first appeared in China in 1996, and sparked an outbreak […]
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