- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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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