Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Avian influenza H5N1 continued spreading in several countries

10 March, 2007

Kuwait: Kuwait has detected a new case of avian influenza (H5N1) in Wafra area, raising the total number of the cases to 53 in the Gulf state since late February.
Russia: Tests for avian influenza taken in Ulyap and Jambechyi villages in Adygeya, Russia, were sent to Krasnodar and Moscow and turned positive for H5N1.
Hong Kong:Another bird in Hong Kong has tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza virus.
A long-tailed shrike found dead on March 3 in the densely populated Hung Hom district was confirmed with the H5N1 virus.
It is the latest in a series of cases in which wild birds have been found to be infected with the virus in Hong Kong.
Afghanistan: 13 new cases of the H5N1 avian influenza strain were discovered, including some in the capital.
The latest outbreak comprised six cases of home-raised poultry in the eastern province of Nangarhar, four in Kabul and three in eastern Kunar province.
Vaccination measures were being used.
The total number of cases discovered this year was now 17.
Laos: Theavian influenza virus is spreading into southern provinces of impoverished, landlocked Laos after outbreaks near the capital Vientiane.
Officials planned to cull up to 200,000 fowl to stamp out confirmed and suspected outbreaks in the southern provinces of Savannakhet and Champasak.
Vietnam: Avian influenza erupts in Vietnam south; total 5 provinces infected: Vinh Long province, Can Tho City in the south and Hai Duong, Ha Tay provinces, and Hanoi in the north.