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  • North Korea Denies Bird Flu Outbreak - June 2008

    Jun 11, 5:22 AM EDT


    Bird flu outbreak reported in North Korea, South Korean aid group says


    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Bird flu has broken out near a North Korean military base in the first reported case of the disease in the country since 2005, a South Korean aid group said Wednesday.

    The outbreak occurred last week near an air force base in Jongpyong county in South Hamgyong province, northeast of the capital Pyongyang, the Seoul-based private aid group Good Friends said, citing the North's quarantine authorities.

    The case was first reported June 3, when several birds were found dead in a small mountain area near the military base, said the aid agency. There were no details on whether it was the H5N1 virus, which can be deadly to humans.

    South Korea's Unification Ministry said it could not immediately confirm the report.

    Separately, dozens of magpies were found dead inside a political prison camp in Hwasong in North Hamgyong province, the aid group said.

    A prison camp official's 5-year-old child subsequently suffered a high fever and died, the group said. There was no way to confirm if the child caught a virus from the birds or to know what killed the child.

    The Buddhist-affiliated group that sends food and other aid to the North also said two prisoners showed similar symptoms and three others were subsequently diagnosed with an unidentified virus.

    The group has previously provided information on the North that has proven correct but does not provide information on its sources, out of fear they could face retribution.

    The case prompted the authorities to quarantine people inside the prison camp and launched preventive measures, but they failed to identify the disease, said the aid agency. It had no details of measures taken.

    The bird flu virus remains hard for people to catch, but scientists worry it could mutate into a form that spreads more easily between humans, with the potential to kill millions worldwide.

    Worldwide, at least 241 people have died from bird flu since 2003, according to the World Health Organization. Most human cases have been linked to contact with infected poultry.

    The North's outbreak came after South Korea slaughtered 8.46 million chickens, ducks and other poultry in recent months to stem the spread of bird flu.

    Bird flu was last known to have hit North Korea in 2005, leading to the killing of about 210,000 birds.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...06-11-05-22-17
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    Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

    Commentary

    http://www.recombinomics.com/News/06110801/H5N1_NK.html

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    • #3
      Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

      machinetranslated

      North Hamgyong emergency bird flu virus

      2008.06.11

      Last June 9, in Chongjin, North Hamgyong, city, the military chief of the emergency anti-epidemic jihwibu gathered held an emergency meeting of the bird flu virus-related emergency.

      All of this meeting, the head of the emergency anti-epidemic of bird flu virus have occurred in rural areas and often focused on pagyeonhae defenses to gamsiwon decided to watch.

      Along with high fever and suffering from another disease carefully observing children 2-8 years old, and the avian flu as soon as it turns out that you need to isolate the area.

      Meanwhile, North Hamgyong 16 hwaseonggun Agency Ho is dead magpie in the clinic inside the 10 can be found.

      Three days after the magpie murijukeumhan clinic Agency-year-old boy won one of five people become ill and died three days symptoms of high fever.

      And after two days of the same symptoms had two prisoners, one day after another three people were infected.


      People inside the quarantine zone and the current clinic, the number of anti-epidemic illness, but doctors are scrambling to emergency anti-epidemic task is still not clearly revealed.

      Good Friends : http://www.goodfriends.or.kr/n_korea...no=6465&page=1

      credits Helblindi
      ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
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        Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

        Suspect Fujian H5N1 in North Korea Patients
        Recombinomics Commentary 11:44
        June 11, 2008

        The outbreak occurred last week near an air force base in Jongpyong county in South Hamgyong province, northeast of the capital Pyongyang, the Seoul-based private aid group Good Friends said

        The case was first reported June 3, when several birds were found dead in a small mountain area near the military base, said the aid agency

        Separately, dozens of magpies were found dead inside a political prison camp in Hwasong in North Hamgyong province, the aid group said. A prison camp official's 5-year-old child subsequently suffered a high fever and died, the group said.

        The Buddhist-affiliated group that sends food and other aid to the North also said two prisoners showed similar symptoms and three others were subsequently diagnosed with an unidentified virus.

        The above comments describe suspect H5N1 in birds and patients, including one fatality. Although not confirmed, H5N1 in North Korea would not be a surprise. H5N1 has been confirmed in South Korea, Japan, and southeastern Russia. In all cases the H5N1 was a reassortant with a clade 2.3.2 HA and clade 2.3.4 for the remaining seven gene segments.

        In South Korea, were the number of poultry outbreaks were at record levels, one soldier who was involved in the culling developed bird flu symptoms and was H5 PCR confirmed.

        The outbreaks in regions bordering North Korea suggest that suspect cases described above are caused by the same Fujian reassortant.

        http://www.recombinomics.com/News/06110801/H5N1_NK.html

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        • #5
          Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

          "The outbreaks in regions bordering North Korea suggest that suspect cases described above are caused by the same Fujian reassortant."

          Do I detect a subtle inference to the previous thread describing unknown cause of deaths in children, about 6/ day? Bird Flu vs Hoof and Mouth disease?

          http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...ht=north+korea

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          • #6
            Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

            Map of North Korea Provinces and Counties

            http://www.reliefweb.int/mapc/asi_east/cnt/prk/dprk.pdf

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              Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

              Updated map

              http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...,12.216797&z=6

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              • #8
                Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

                so we have some cases, I wonder if this means that the virus has mutated to go human to human more easily?

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                • #9
                  Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

                  Originally posted by rymich13 View Post
                  so we have some cases, I wonder if this means that the virus has mutated to go human to human more easily?
                  For the moment, we have ''suspected human cases'' of (avian) influenza, or undiagnosed illness with some fatal cases.

                  A confirmation from reliable source is anticipated.

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                  • #10
                    Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

                    Originally posted by rymich13 View Post
                    so we have some cases, I wonder if this means that the virus has mutated to go human to human more easily?
                    We don?t have cases, we have suspect cases. Also no information on the sequences of possible (bird) flu strains. Could be no (bird) flu at all.
                    ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
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                    • #11
                      Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

                      Originally posted by rymich13 View Post
                      so we have some cases, I wonder if this means that the virus has mutated to go human to human more easily?
                      It really depends on how many of the suspect cases, if any, are really H5N1. Prisons can be crowded and facilitate H2H, as can day care centers. If the day care centers deaths are due to H5N1, then there has been a major change. If its just the prisoners, the virus may not have changed much.
                      North Korea is still denying any H5N1 infections.

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                      • #12
                        Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

                        why would there be a major change if the day care center are due to h5n1? also asia has so much disease so it could really be anything.

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                        • #13
                          Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

                          Originally posted by rymich13 View Post
                          why would there be a major change if the day care center are due to h5n1? also asia has so much disease so it could really be anything.
                          5-6 deaths per day.

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                          • #14
                            Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

                            Originally posted by niman View Post
                            5-6 deaths per day.
                            But these cases are all children, correct?? Wouldn't we see a mixture of adults and children if this was H5N1?

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                            • #15
                              Re: North Korea: Bird flu outbreak reported; human cases suspected.

                              Originally posted by Dutchy View Post
                              Jun 11, 5:22 AM EDT


                              A prison camp official's 5-year-old child subsequently suffered a high fever and died, the group said. There was no way to confirm if the child caught a virus from the birds or to know what killed the child.

                              The Buddhist-affiliated group that sends food and other aid to the North also said two prisoners showed similar symptoms and three others were subsequently diagnosed with an unidentified virus.
                              We have 2 N Korea threads running: 1 concerning kids in kindergartens, probably (?) ill from HFMD http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=70095

                              and this thread: children and adults with bird flu like symptoms in combination with dead birds found.
                              ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
                              Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

                              ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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