LONG OVERDUE UPDATES PART 1
It's been a month since we've updated this site. A much needed vacation got in the way of regular reportage on the spread of bird flu across the planet. And there's plenty of news to report.
We should be able to get back to four or five times a week updates pretty soon, so thanks to our regular readers for your patience.
The following list of stories will be two to four weeks old. It is important to add vital stories we missed over the month off so the history of the bird flu spread as catalogued by this blog is more complete.
Let's get into it the recap :
INDIA DECLARES ITSELF "BIRD FLU FREE" AFTER THREE MONTHS OF NO NEW OUTBREAKS
PRESIDENT BUSH ADVOCATES USE OF MILITARY TO ENFORCE PANDEMIC FLU QUARANTINES IN EVENT OF OUTBREAK
Interesting questions raised in this story about just how far the US government will go to quarantine those infected, or believed to be potentially infected, with any form of pandemic flu, including H5N1.
RUSSIA ALLOCATES ONE BILLION RUBLES TO FIGHT THE VIRUS THAT HAS DEVASTATED ITS MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR POULTRY INDUSTRY
AUGUST 14 : NETHERLANDS CONFIRMS OUTBREAK OF BIRD FLU VIRUS IN OWLS
AUGUST 13 : CAMBODIA REPORTS FRESH OUTBREAK OF H5N1 VIRUS
AUGUST 10 : UNITED STATES - BIRD FLU MONITORING QUIETLY GOES NATIONWIDE
AUGUST 9 : THAILAND ACCORDS H5N1 VIRUS NATIONAL THREAT STATUS
AUGUST 8 : INDONESIA - TWO TEENAGERS DIE FROM BIRD FLU VIRUS, ONE PERSON NOW DIES PER WEEK ON AVERAGE
AUGUST 5 : THAILAND REPORTS SECOND HUMAN BIRD FLU DEATH IN 13 DAYS
AUGUST 2 : NORTH SUMATRA, INDONESIA - NEW HUMAN INFECTIONS REPORTED, 100,000 CHICKENS SLAUGHTERED
AUGUST 1 : BALI, INDONESIA - HUNDREDS OF DEAD CHICKENS BELIEVED TO BE INFECTED WITH H5N1 VIRUS
GLOBAL CORPORATION SEES SANITISED HAND WIPES AS KEY TO STOPPING VIRUS SPREAD, BUT PREPARES FOR WORLWIDE PANDEMIC EFFECTS
JULY 31 : 300,000 CHICKENS CULLED IN THAILAND AS BIRD FLU OUTBREAK CONFIRMED
MUTATED BIRD FLU VIRUS MIGHT NOT SPREAD AMONGST HUMANS AS EASILY AS ONCE FEARED
The H5N1 virus that has killed humans has repeatedly made its 'home' in its host deep within the lungs. For a mutated bird flu virus to truly reach pandemic proportions, the virus would have to locate itself within the upper respiratory tract, where it could more easily pass itself between humans via breath, sneezing, coughs or close physical contact.
This piece argues that because the virus, thus far, has mostly been found only in the lungs of its human hosts, the likelihood of a pandemic outbreak is well short of a mega-dangerous likelihood.
HOLLAND CULLS THOUSANDS OF BIRDS TO STOP SPREAD OF 'MILD' FORM OF VIRUS
VIETNAM : BIRD FLU MAKES A MOST UNWELCOME RETURN
IRAQ : CATS DIED FROM H5N1 VIRUS DURING RECENT OUTBREAK
INDONESIA CLAIMS IT HAS SLAUGHTERED ALMOST 6 MILLION FOWL, POULTRY IN TWO YEARS TO FIGHT SPREAD OF BIRD FLU VIRUS
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AVIAN INFLUENZA
TIMELINE AND MAP OF BIRD FLU HISTORY AND SPREAD