Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Egypt Reports Four Human Cases of Bird Flu

Egypt said four people have been infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, including one who has already died.

However, the results of medical tests carried out by the health ministry are still awaiting a final confirmation from the World Health Organisation which has sent the specimens to a British labatory.

Health Minister Hatem al-Gabali said the latest case was contracted by Mohammed Mahmud Abdul Ghani Ghabash, 17. A a student from the province of Gharbiyah, north of Cairo, he was hospitalized on Sunday.

Next door, Israel on Monday confirmed its first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. In a statement on its Web site, the Israeli Agriculture Ministry said the flu had been found in birds at two communal farms in southern Israel and at a farming community in central Israel.

Israel poisoned hundreds of thousands of turkeys and chickens as it sought on Monday to contain an outbreak of the dangerous H5N1 strain of bird flu which has been spreading at an alarming rate.

This is getting very serious and scary, let's hope that Egypt or the Middle East region is not on the verge of a pandemic.

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At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the next issue of Nature a group of scientists will publish, that ordinary influenza virus affect the epithelium of the upper airways explaining why sneezing and coughing spreads the virus.

With the bird flu (and H5N1) the virus affects the epithelium in the deeper airways making the virus less contagious for humans.
H5N1 doesn't have great affinity for the upper airway apithelium.

We will not face an pandemia until a virus mutates to have greater affinity to the upper airway epithelium.
Health authorities must be prepared for a pandemia but there is no sign of drifting in the surface with the H5N1-virus yet.

I hope I don't sound patronizing but there is no need to panic. Don't touch dead birds and don't let your cat/dog out, if you live in an area with bird flu.

Calm in scandinavia

At 1:14 AM, Blogger Omar Barsawad said...

If one part of the world has a pandemic, however remote the place may be, the whole world will be affected.

As it is, up to now, I don't find any pattern on the spread of the flu; it doesn't seem to follow miagratory birds. And places, like in Africa and Latin America, where the flu could easily have spread to, haven't yet reported the flu. Except Egypt, Nigeria and other few places; could it be, that the higher the concentration of population the more likely the flu can attack? China, Indonesia, India, Nigeria and Egypt - all have high popuation density.

At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Omar Barsawad.

I looked at your blog and I really liked it. Your day spent with your family sounds like a dream.

But I wanted to comment on the bird flu.
The population density idea is an interesting thought but humans are not carriers for the virus.
And as you say it doesn't follow the migratory patterns.
It must spread by some other route.
In Scandinavia it's only been seen in wild birds.
The strain found in Denmark is the same strain seen in Iran, Iraq, Italy and Nigeria.

As soon as WHO knows I'm sure they will publish how it spreads.


Calm in Scandinavia


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