Avian Influenza Found,
Again, In Thailand

From Patricia Doyle, PhD
As the article below points out, admitting Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 is endemic to the region.
As I mentioned in our program last night: mutating this virus, making a chimera virus with contemporary influenza, is extremely dangerous.
If they must research, they 1. should NOT take that step and create a virus that can sustain human-to-human transmission, 2. they should research in endemic areas.
I do understand that the CDC wants to research this virus and not depend upon research from abroad. I assume they feel that the US is not an "at risk" country. In the endemic countries, poultry is in close proximity to the population and slaughter methods can be primitive as well.
A chimera virus, however, will find a home in the human as well as the bird populations in the US. This research is an EXTREMELY dangerous step to take.
Thailand took harshly austere and extreme measures to attempt to rid the country of bird flu. The measures did NOT work. We now see HPAI reemerging throughout Asia. Just as the US efforts to control Chronic Wasting Disease by deer eradication zones, Thailand and other Asian countries were unable to purge Avian Influenza by killing all poultry and at-risk avian species. It didn't work.
We need to rethink our H5N1 research.
Patricia Doyle
Avian Influenza Found, Again, In Thailand
By Ho Binh Minh and Vissuta Pothong
BANGKOK (Reuters) -- In Thailand, the world's 4th biggest chicken exporter before bird flu struck in 2004, a single chicken at an isolated house in the eastern province of Rayong had been confirmed to have been infected by the virus.
The remoteness of the Rayong house led officials to believe that the chicken had been infected by wild birds, Livestock Department chief Yukol Limlaemthong said.
Migratory wild fowl, which can carry the virus without showing symptoms, are widely blamed for bringing it to Asia, and experts say H5N1 is now endemic in the region.
Thailand banned all poultry imports after its 1st outbreak in January 2004.
Thailand has meticulously sent weekly follow-up updates on HPAI to the OIE since 6 Feb 2004. All can be seen at OIE's last "Update on Avian Influenza in Animals in Asia (Type H5)", published 14 Jan 2005.
In its last follow-up report of 14 Jan 2005 (No. 40), Thailand reported an HPAI outbreak in Rayong province, Klaeng district, during the preceding week. The outbreak affected a flock of 40 native chickens and 10 cases were recorded; the remaining 30 birds were destroyed. During the preceding week (the 1st week of 2005), 7 outbreaks were reported (6 in Phitsanulok province and 1 in Nakhon Sawan province).
According to the reports, the outbreaks are "part of the highly pathogenic avian influenza epizootic affecting the country since the re-occurrence of the disease on 3 Jul 2004". - Mod.AS
Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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