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    ‘Mysterious disease’ hits Manipur
    Font size: Newmai News Network January 07, 2009 11:02:00
    Imphal : At least twenty-seven persons have been reportedly infected and hospitalized with a “mysterious disease” in Churachandpur district of Manipur during the past three days. Interestingly even as the dreaded avian influenza continues to stalk neighboring Assam state, the Churachandpur patients reportedly show headache, fever, coughing and shivering. Besides, deaths of fowls have been reported in Misao Lhavom village, in the district. According to reports reaching here, villagers of Misao Lhavom village, about 7 km from Churachandpur district headquarters, were infected following an ‘outbreak’ of an unknown ‘disease’. The ‘disease’ has left at least 27 ill, including an infant, and are currently undergoing treatment at the Churachandpur district hospital, a reliable source said. The source also revealed that mysterious deaths of fowls were reported from the village.
    According to sources from the Churachandpur district hospital, the first case was reported on Sunday, January 4 when a 15 year girl from the village was brought for treatment. The number increased to 16 on Monday, while another 10 cases was reported Tuesday, the source said. All the cases were similar, the source added.
    According to the chief medical officer (CMO) of the hospital, S Haojel, noting the high possibility of malaria in the area, they have tested blood samples of the patients. However, the results were negative, stated the CMO and informed that the symptoms of the ‘unknown disease’ include headache, fever, cough and shivering. The CMO further informed that all the 27 patients have been kept separately at the female health workers’ hostel which is currently lying vacant. To take care of the 27 patients, nurses from other health sub-centers of the district have been deployed.
    Meanwhile, reliable sources informed that following the reports of the death of fowls in the Misao Lhavom village, a veterinary team has been dispatched on Tuesday evening to verify the cause.

    http://www.morungexpress.com/frontpage/11090.html

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    Updated Map

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...7,3.180542&z=8

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      Almost every week reports come from India mentioning a "mysterious disease" , this one seems worth watching here indeed.

      ProMED on jan 4 had a report from the same region, regarding "Mysterious outbreak among buffaloes ".

      http://www.promedmail.org/pls/otn/f?..._ID:1010,75455

      http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90381

      In many countries it is cold now, including in large parts of India , so respiratory illnesses can pop up and spread easily.
      “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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        Bird flu alarm in Manipur

        OUR CORRESPONDENT

        Imphal, Jan. 6: A team of veterinary experts rushed to Churachandpur district this afternoon following reports of an outbreak of suspected bird flu at Misao Lahvom, a tribal village.

        The villagers reported that nearly 70 birds had died and more than 20 villagers fallen sick because of an “unknown disease”.

        However, there have been no human deaths. “We received information about the death of chickens and villagers suffering from fever and headache. We are going there to verify the reports and make an on-the-spot assessment,” said the animal disease specialist of the veterinary department, Gopal Singh, before leaving here for the village.

        The team carried masks and medicines for bird flu, but department officials said there was no reason to be panicky, as the villagers could be suffering from some other disease like fever or malaria.

        The team will collect blood samples of affected villagers and carcasses of fowl and samples of any poultry found sick.

        “We cannot say anything without testing the birds and blood samples,” Gopal Singh said.

        The samples will be sent to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal and National Institute of Virology, Pune.

        Official sources said 20 villagers have been brought to the government hospital at the district headquarters since Sunday.

        Several other affected persons are still in the village, located nearly 8km from the district headquarters in the south.

        First, an 18-year-old girl, Nemneilam, fell sick on Sunday. Several neighbours visited her the same night. Within hours, those who visited her fell sick with the same symptoms — fever, headache and loss of consciousness,” Lungthung, a villager, said.

        He also claimed that nearly 70 chickens had died in the past week.

        The chief medical officer of the district, Singkhojan, visited the village today and collected 130 blood samples from the villagers.

        Deputy commissioner Sumant Singh visited the district hospital this afternoon to inspect the patients. He reportedly sent an SOS to the health directorate for a medical team.

        A team from Imphal is likely to arrive tomorrow.

        The Zomi Economic Planning and Development Agency, an NGO based in the district, today wrote to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, New Delhi, informing it of the suspected bird flu in the village and urged the institute to immediately intervene.

        http://www.telegraphindia.com/109010...y_10351166.jsp
        “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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          Commentary

          http://www.recombinomics.com/News/01...ystery_27.html

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            [quote=niman;200424]Commentary

            http://www.recombinomics.com/News/01...ystery_27.html
            27 Hospitalized Patients in Manipur India Raise Concerns
            [/COLOR][COLOR=#000000]Recombinomics Commentary 20:06
            January 6, 2009

            At least twenty-seven persons have been reportedly infected and hospitalized with a “mysterious disease” in Churachandpur district of Manipur during the past three days.

            the Churachandpur patients reportedly show headache, fever, coughing and shivering

            the first case was reported on Sunday, January 4 when a 15 year girl from the village was brought for treatment. The number increased to 16 on Monday, while another 10 cases was reported Tuesday

            reliable sources informed that following the reports of the death of fowls in the Misao Lhavom village, a veterinary team has been dispatched on Tuesday evening to verify the cause

            The above description of 27 hospitalized patients in Manipur is cause for concern. The Miaso Lhavom village is about 80 miles south of confirmed H5N1 in Assam, about 50 miles from the Bangladesh border, and 100 miles from excess poultry deaths in Manipur (see updated map). Moreover, birds in the village are dying. There are also reports of buffalo deaths in Nungba, about 25 miles northwest of the village.

            The large number of hospitalized cases in three days is without precedent for avian influenza, but large clusters of unconfirmed cases, especially in Indonesia, remain suspect since most testing is done after Tamiflu treatment has begun.

            More information on testing of the poultry, as well as an influenza A rapid test on throat swabs from the hospitalized patients, would be useful.
            "The next major advancement in the health of American people will be determined by what the individual is willing to do for himself"-- John Knowles, Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation

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              Avian flu like outbreak in Manipur; 22 hospitalized
              Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 6:
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              Article published on 1/7/2009 1:36:24 AM IST Font Size:



              Medical team collecting blood samples from villagers, Tuesday.
              More than 22 people from Misao Lhavom village under Churachandpur district have been hospitalized with unknown disease but with similar symptoms to that of avian influenza during the last 24-hours, official sources said Tuesday.
              Health officials have been on avian flu alert following recovery of dead domestic fowls in the same village caused by a disease unbeknown to the medical officers.
              A total of 16 people in the age group of 15 to 55 years were hospitalized at a government hospital in Churachanpur district yesterday at around 11 pm after they complained of severe headache, cough, while some felt unconscious after vomiting, the symptoms of which were similar to avian flu. Six more people were admitted to the hospital Tuesday morning on the recommendation of health officials who reached the village to take stock of the situation.
              Doctors first assumed the symptoms to be that of “Malaria Optimal” and recommend blood test for confirmation of the same.
              Finding negative results of the blood test, a team of medical officers led by the district chief medical officer, Dr. Thang Khan Piang was rushed to the village.
              The findings suggested that the disease was “very close to avian influenza”.
              “We found the symptom to be very similar to the avian influenza as many chicken were also found dead during the last few days in the village” said Dr. Piang. Villagers said 12 chickens died yesterday.
              The medical team also collected blood samples of the villagers and fowls to further investigate and detect the type of disease that was spreading like an epidemic in the village. The CMO said that the blood samples would be sent to authorized testing laboratories after consulting with the higher authorities of the state health department.

              http://www.nagalandpost.com/ShowStory.aspx?npoststoryiden=UzEwMDY3MDc%3d-Urp8A0yNg%2bg%3d

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                Commentary

                http://www.recombinomics.com/News/01...anipur_27.html

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                  Likely H5N1 In Manipur Village With Hospitalized Patients
                  Recombinomics Commentary 01:21
                  January 7, 2009

                  they complained of severe headache, cough, while some felt unconscious after vomiting, the symptoms of which were similar to avian flu.

                  The findings suggested that the disease was “very close to avian influenza”.

                  “We found the symptom to be very similar to the avian influenza as many chicken were also found dead during the last few days in the village” said Dr. Piang. Villagers said 12 chickens died yesterday.

                  The above comments strongly suggest the poultry in the Misao Lhavom village near Churachandpur, Manipur (see updated map) is infected with H5N1. These infections are not a surprise because of the proximity of the village to confirmed H5N1 in adjacent countries or districts, or the excessive poultry deaths in southern Tripura.

                  The symptoms in the villagers are also consistent with H5N1. However, India has never reported H5N1 in humans or migratory birds, and these failures are testing related. Human H5N1 is detected with a throat swab, but the media reports describe blood collections from the patients and poultry.

                  Poultry also tests negative in blood tests because the birds die before antibody levels reach detectable levels. All initial H5N1 positive poultry in Assam was detected via tests on tissue samples, not serum samples.

                  The large number of patients with symptoms is unusual. In 2005 there were large numbers of symptomatic patients in central and northern Vietnam, but those were mild cases and details of test results were never disclosed.

                  The increase in the number of cases in Manipur is alarming, and serious testing is required.
                  "The next major advancement in the health of American people will be determined by what the individual is willing to do for himself"-- John Knowles, Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation

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                    Re: ‘Mysterious disease’ hits Manipur

                    Short text from Min. of Health:

                    ''Avian Influenza outbreak in Manipur notified by Deptt''

                    More soon...

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                      Bird flu scare in Manipur
                      SOBHAPATI SAMOM
                      IMPHAL, Jan 6 – Sudden death of 17 chicken and subsequent hospitalization of around 30 villagers with a mysterious illness has evoked a bird flu scare in Manipur’s Churachandpur district bordering Myanmar on Tuesday.

                      Some of the villagers suspects a revisit of bird flu in their village – Misao Lhavom, 72 kms south of here. However, Dr K Gopal Singh, Specialist (Disease) of State’s Veterinary and Animal Husbandry department said, “there’s no clinical symptoms of the disease as yet”.

                      Dr Gopal who led an 11-member experts team to the village and collected blood samples, said, “we suspect it to be a case of fowl-cholera”.

                      He added that some of the sick chicken were responding to the tetracycline injections. However, the blood samples will be sent to a testing centre in Bhopal for further confirmation on Wednesday.He said department officials posted in the district have alerted the villagers on do’s and don’ts.

                      According to Sengkhomang Misao, village chief of Misao Lhavom, all of a sudden the chicken died one by one since Sunday onwards. Several villagers have also been hospitalised.

                      “So far, around 30 villagers were admitted in the district hospital with fever and vomiting”, a resident of the hill district told this reporter over telephone.

                      Villagers believe that it might be related to the beef curry which the villagers enjoyed during the recent Christmas celebration.

                      Manipur had witnessed outbreak of bird flu in July 2007. It was only on November 4 last year, that the Central authority had announced that the State is free from bird flu.

                      http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/...id=jan0709/ne2

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                        It is worthy of note that there have been reports of cattle deaths in the locality (25 miles away), which could have been caused by anthrax or similar and, whcih would cause subsequent human illness if an infected animal were consumed. there are still many possible explanations, and they may not be related to bird flu.

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                          Originally posted by Vibrant62 View Post
                          It is worthy of note that there have been reports of cattle deaths in the locality (25 miles away), which could have been caused by anthrax or similar and, whcih would cause subsequent human illness if an infected animal were consumed. there are still many possible explanations, and they may not be related to bird flu.
                          The buffalo deaths are on the map (as is Loktak Lake and Keibul Lamjiao, which are only about 10 miles away).

                          http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...9,2.988281&z=8

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                            Bird flu scare in Manipur scuttled
                            NEWMAI NEWS
                            IMPHAL, Jan 7 – Setting to rest the speculations of the outbreak of bird flu in Manipur, Dr Rajen, officer of Disease Investigation Laboratory has clarified that the death of the chicken was due to a water- borne disease.

                            Cases of death of about 16 chicken in Churachandpur district over the last four days were due to water-borne disease known as ‘Colibacillosis’ which is a common disease, asserted Dr Rajen. “We came to know of the result after the joint director of the Veterinary department of Churachandpur sent a sample to the Directorate,” affirmed Dr Rajen.

                            However, not ruling out a possible outbreak of the flu in the near future, the officer of the DI Lab informed that surveillance work was under process to check any possible outbreak in the future. He also observed the need for steps and measures to check the flu and warned that Manipur was a very sensitive place for the bird flu.

                            http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/...id=jan0809/ne3

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                              Re: Manipur - &quot;Mystery Disease&quot; in poultry is Colibacillosis

                              Source: http://www.morungexpress.com/regional/11200.html

                              No bird flu in Manipur’

                              Newmai News Network January 08, 2009 11:16:00

                              Imphal : Clarifying over the speculation of outbreak of avian influenza flu in Manipur, the Disease Investigation Laboratory (DI Lab) has refuted any such occurrence in the state. Speculations arose after 27 persons were hospitalized besides some reported death of fowls in the south district of Churachandpur and Tamenglong. Dr. Rajen, officer of Disease Investigation Laboratory (DI Lab) stated that the death of the chickens was due to ‘water-borne disease’.

                              Cases of dead of about sixteen chickens in Churachandpur district over the last four days were due to a water-borne disease known as Colibacillosis which is a common disease, Dr. Rajen said. “We came to know of the result after the joint director of the Veterinary department of Churachandpur sent a sample to the directorate,” he informed.

                              However, not ruling out a possible outbreak of bird flu in the near future, the officer of the DI Lab informed that surveillance works are under process to check any eventuality.
                              He also pointed to the need for steps and measures to check the avian flu and warned that Manipur was a ‘very sensitive place for it’.

                              Meanwhile, regarding the “unknown disease” that is reportedly attacking domestic animals in the Nungba area in Tamenglong district as reported by the village authority to the department, Dr. Rajen asserted that the death of the animals was due to ‘delay in timely vaccination’. He added that ‘BQ’ was the disease which had caused the death of the animals.

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