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Bird Flu Mutation prompts New Concerns for Resurgence

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(Best Syndication News) - The bird flu pandemic warnings were of great concern starting in 2003, when the disease killed 331 humans, most of whom were infected by the contaminated poultry. Now, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) cautioned that a new mutation of the H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza is spreading across Asia. The Avian flu might be transmitted to humans even outside Asia.

The new virus strain is called H5N1 - 2.3.2.1. The FAO organization explained migratory wild birds spread the virus to places that may have not seen the virus in the past. It is possible that the H5N1 strain can show up in places that have been virus-free.
Newly infected areas of the H5N1 virus in birds are in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Bulgaria, Romania, Nepal and Mongolia.

H5N1 Bird Flu Virus still poses a serious threat says United Nation Officials

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[Best Syndication News] The H5N1 bird flu reached into 63 countries and killed almost 300 people and prompted the culling of over 260 million birds worldwide. A Senior United Nations officials warned that the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus still continues to be a threat to both birds and humans.

Most of the focus has shifted to the H1N1 swine flu pandemic in 2009 and 2010. But the H5N1 still continues to be a serious problem said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth.

Lubroth also said that controlling outbreaks of H5N1 is still an international priority.

WHO declares Swine Flu Pandemic – CDC no Changes in Response Needed

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[Best Syndication News] The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the H1N1 Swine Flu is now at a Pandemic level. The highest level 6 out of 6 in was given out today from their pandemic alert system. This pandemic alert has not reached this highest number since 1968.

According to newswire reports the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will not be changing their response to the swine flu even though the WHO has been increased it to a pandemic level. The CDC explains that the organization has already been implementing pandemic planning for the past several weeks.

The first cases of swine flu originated in Mexico back in April of this year. Cruise ships that would have docked at the Mexico cities opted to stay at other ports to avoid getting passengers sick with the swine flu. Travel to Mexico wasn't advised at that point. Now it appears that the swine flu has now spread around the world.

Swine Flu could Mutate into more Severe Form warns WHO

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[Best Syndication News] The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the H1N1 swine flu could mutate into a more severe form of the virus and possibly kill more people that get infected said the chief of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan this past Friday.

The WHO may declare a full pandemic for the H1N1 as it is being closely watched in the southern hemisphere. Chan told the WHO annual congress in Geneva that it could mix with familiar seasonal flu viruses and could mutate in unexpected ways.

At the 62nd World Health Assembly, political pressure from 193 members were asking for a change in how they determine a pandemic out of fears of economic and turmoil that could occur if a pandemic was called. They have modified their criteria because of economics. The lethality of the flu virus must be considered before declaring a full pandemic.

Swine Flu Pandemic Alert Raised to a 5 – One dead in the US

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[Best Syndication News] The Swine Flu is causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to upgrade the threat of a pandemic from the H1N1 virus to a level 5. Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the organization upped the seriousness of the swine flu pandemic alert from a 4 to a 5.

Chan said that at this stage all countries should activate their pandemic preparedness plans, which includes increased surveillance, early discovery and treatment of suspected cases and controlling the infection from spreading at health facilities.

As of 11:00 A.M. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that for April 29th, there are a total of 91 confirmed cases of people infected with the swine flu. The break down is, New York with 51 cases, Texas has 16 with on death, California with 14. Kansas, Massachusetts and Michigan each have 2 cases of the infection. Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, and Arizona are reporting only 1 case of the virus.

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