Bird Flu preparedness warning issued in Philippines

October 5, 2006 at 2:29 am Leave a comment

Here’s a bit of news many in the country already dealing with the rising number of cases of Dengue fever – a upsurge – rather than a major outbreak.

Now comes Bird flu aka – “Human Cases of Avian Influenza A/(H5N1)”

Here’s a bit of news many in the country already dealing with the rising number of cases of Dengue fever – a upsurge – rather than a major outbreak. Now comes Bird flu. No, it is not nor has there been any reported or confirmed cases reported in the country – but a warning to be prepared.

In a statement issued by the head of the Philippines health department,. It’s not a reason for panic- its calm voice saying to get ready. Just in case – A wise move.

Dengue numbers rise was affected also in a way – by better reporting and more coordination seeing the rise in numbers as a reason for concern already in many parts of the country particularly here in the Metropolitan Manila area.

The DOH now says to ready for BIRD FLU: not that anything is immanent but for local government units: LGU’s to prepare for any eventuality in light of the situation in nearby Indonesia and Vietnam. (See WHO report for Indonesia)

[]”… 3 October 2006
Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia – update 35
Full text “…[]

The Philippines, is fortunate- it has some of the worlds best epidemiologists primarily because of the location of the regional World Heath offices here in Manila and a high number of World Health staff come from the country making it a little better prepared to handle outbreaks of the epidemic nature:

[] …”Philippinos Asked to Ready for Bird Flu
Houston Chronicle, United States – MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine health secretary asked town mayors Wednesday to prepare bird flu containment plans to control any local outbreak …”[]

Cumulative Number of Confirmed Human Cases of Avian Influenza

A/(H5N1) Reported to WHO

Country 2006 Total ‘2003-2006’

Cases Deaths Cases Deaths

Azerbaijan 8 5 8 5

Cambodia 2 2 6 6

China 12 8 21 14

Djibouti 1 0 1 0

Egypt 14 6 14 6

Indonesia 50 40 69 52

Iraq 3 2 3 2

Thailand 3 3 25 17

Turkey 12 4 12 4

Viet Nam 0 0 93 42

Total 105 70 252 148

3 October 2006 Total number of cases includes number of deaths.
WHO reports only laboratory-confirmed cases.

Avian influenza: guidelines. recommendations, descriptions: Previous page | 1,2,3,4,5,6

Diagnosis and treatment

:: Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Infection in Humans
The Writing Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) Consultation on Human Influenza A/H5
The New England Journal of Medicine
Volume 353:1374-1385, September 29, 2005 Number 13

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