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Avian Flu in USA

Post by the_legend » Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:50 am

This flu season has been really bad. To make matters worse, Avain Flu has cropped up in California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. I know that one of the doomsday scenario's is that a pig or person contracts both flu's, and they recombine in the system to make a "super flu". It is worth watching.


http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-m ... story.html

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/01/2 ... ished.html

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Thir ... 88081.html

http://www.ktvz.com/news/first-oregon-w ... u/30710998

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Post by duodecima » Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:44 pm

Flu, bless its little heart, has a LOT of subtypes. This is H5N8, which is not known to cause human disease (altho they can make it bind to human respiratory cells, and they have managed to infect ferrets in a lab, which is a closer match for humans.)

H5N1, a different strain/subtype is the "bird flu" or "avian flu" that actually does manage to infect people in rare but repeated instances and has about a 50% mortality rate at that point.

Yes, multiple flu strains in one host creating a really novel strain that has hi human-to-human infectivity and nobody's got any immunity is always the nightmare scenario. Thankfully, this doesn't put us any closer to the edge than we already usually are all the time.

Summary from when the same strain had poultry outbreaks in Europe last year...

http://www.nature.com/news/europe-s-bir ... ns-1.16367
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Post by Mikeyboy » Wed May 06, 2015 3:33 pm

Let me blow some dust off this thread. While checking a yahoo E-mail account that I use as a dump E-mail, I noticed out of the corner of my eye the top 3rd and 4th trending searches were Egypt bird flu and H5N1.

Apparently there has been a spike in Bird to Human death there over the last 2 months. Also it seems H5N1 is rapidly spreading the poultry industry worldwide. Definitely turning into a potential bird pandemic. It could effect food prices especially with a potential Midwest drought and wheat fungal infection going around. As for a human pandemic, probably not, but something to keep an eye on. It also seems the new hotbead for a potential Human to Human outbreak is going to be in Egypt, not China this time.

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/origina ... keham.html#

http://www.nytimes.com/times-insider/20 ... s-in/?_r=0

http://www.who.int/influenza/human_anim ... 5.pdf?ua=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/healt ... ef=science

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/10/busin ... locks.html

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspect ... ay-04-2015

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspect ... ues-taiwan

http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/25974/

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Post by duodecima » Wed May 06, 2015 4:46 pm

Thanks for posting - I've been watching this but haven't had time to do a post about it.
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Post by Boondock » Mon May 11, 2015 5:47 pm

West coast strain now reported in Indiana:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/ ... PX20150511
A strain of avian flu that until now had been found only in the Western United States has cropped up in Indiana, bringing the total number of states affected by the virulent outbreak to 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday.

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Post by Boondock » Tue May 12, 2015 8:09 pm

And now add Nebraska to the list. I feel like stocking up on chicken before prices skyrocket.

http://www.omaha.com/money/usda-confirm ... ef69a.html

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Post by buck85 » Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:35 am

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/03/health/bird-flu-cdc/

CDC: No human bird flu cases, but keep an eye out

by Madison Park, CNN

Updated 12:06 PM ET, Wed June 3, 2015
CDC issues advisory on potential for human infections from bird flu
Bird flu has affected over 44 million birds, no cases for humans

(CNN)While deadly strains of the bird flu have not infected humans on U.S. soil, there is concern from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about keeping a watch out.

Since December, the United States has wrestled with the worst outbreak of bird flu since 1980 in commercial poultry and wild flocks. The strains include H5 flu strains that have led to deaths and mass culling of more than 40 million birds.

The current outbreak has infected birds across 16 states, hitting the poultry and egg industries.

While the CDC considers the risk to people getting these infections to be low, the agency is warning health workers to be prepared in case it ever transmits to humans.

Avian flu strains (H5N2, H5N8, H5N1) have been detected among U.S. birds in the past few months.

Other bird flu strains have been known to jump from poultry to humans -- including H7N9 in China and another form of H5N1 in Asia and Africa. Such human infections occurred after direct physical contact with infected birds or visits to poultry markets.

2014: Read more about H7N9 in China

What the CDC is advising

In an advisory issued Tuesday, the CDC raised the "potential for human infection," maintaining that the risk to the general public remains low, but people who work with birds or have close contact with their contaminated environments may have greater risk of infection.


The CDC recommended that poultry workers wear protective equipment when dealing with sick or dead birds.

It issued the following recommendations for testing patients and taking steps for infection control:

-- Health care workers should consider the possibility of bird flu infection in people who are showing signs of respiratory illness and have had exposure to birds or contaminated environments.

-- State health departments should investigate potential human cases of bird flu and notify the CDC within 24 hours.

-- People should avoid unprotected exposure to sick or dead birds or materials suspected to be contaminated.

-- People exposed to infected birds should be monitored for symptoms for 10 days.

The ongoing bird flu outbreak has wreaked havoc on the nation's poultry industry. Food companies are now paying a lot more for eggs with an estimated 10% of the supply impacted by bird flu concerns.

Egg prices soar due to bird flu

The loss of birds has equated to a loss of about $310 million in Minnesota, according to an analysis by the University of Minnesota.

CNN's Debra Goldschmidt contributed to this report.
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Post by T13 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:21 pm

Up here in Wisconsin we have been hit pretty hard with the avian flu. The Governor had to call in for help with the disposal of all the poultry. There has been 10 different cases across the state.

Here's a link with more information regarding the Wisconsin cases:

http://datcp.wi.gov/Animals/Animal_Dise ... eSupport=1
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Post by Boondock » Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:18 pm

buck85 wrote:Egg prices soar due to bird flu.
Yup. There was a sign on the egg cooler at my local grocery apologizing for the slight price increase.

Now hoping my mother-in-law's tiny back-yard chicken flock doesn't get infected.

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Post by Paladin1 » Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:41 pm

They have put down over 85m birds at this point. We won't run out of eggs, but will have to import. And the prices of eggs and chicken is going way up.
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Post by Anianna » Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:59 pm

Anybody know what kind of risk there is of this to small home flocks?
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