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Bird flu outbreak in Thailand for first time in 10 months

The deadly H5N1 virus has killed 400 chickens in central Thailand, in the first outbreak of bird flu in 10 months, livestock officials said Thursday.

The outbreak was confirmed by laboratory tests after the poultry deaths were reported Monday by a farm in the Chumsaeng district of Nakhon Sawan province, about 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of the capital, Bangkok, said Somboon Srisupthep, head of the province's livestock department.

About 50,000 chickens being raised at the farm were expected to be slaughtered later in the day to contain the virus, Somboon said.

The outbreak is the first in Thailand since March 18, 2007, when about 50 ducks and chickens were found dead in northeastern Thailand.

Bird flu remains hard for people to catch, but health experts worry the virus could mutate into a form that passes easily among humans, sparking a pandemic. So far, most human cases have been linked to contact with infected birds.

At least 219 people have died worldwide from the virus, according to the World Health Organization.

Source: AP - 24 January 2008

See also reports in this thread.

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Thailand confirms new bird flu outbreak

BANGKOK - THAILAND has confirmed a new outbreak of bird flu among chickens, the first detection of the deadly H5N1 virus in poultry in 10 months, the livestock development department said on Thursday.

The virus was found last week among chickens on a farm in Nakhon Sawan province, 245 kilometres north of Bangkok, a livestock official said, adding 4,085 chickens have already been slaughtered.

'The results of the laboratory test confirmed yesterday that it is bird flu virus,' said the official, who declined to be named.

The latest outbreak was the first since Thailand found bird flu among chickens in March 2007. No human cases have been detected since July 2006.

Thailand has been among the countries hardest hit by the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus, recording 25 human cases, 17 of them fatal, since the outbreak began here in 2004.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed 219 people worldwide, mostly in Southeast Asia, since 2003, according to the World Health Organisation.

The strain is mainly an animal disease, but scientists fear it could mutate to easily jump from human to human, sparking a deadly global pandemic.

Source: New Straits Times - 24 January 2008

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Thailand hosts int'l bird flu conference

Bangkok: A world meeting on avian influenza opened here on Wednesday, drawing some 500 researchers and academics from over 40 countries to exchange experiences on bird flu vaccine research in humans and animals.

Thai Minister of Science and Technology Yongyuth Yuthavong presided at the opening ceremony of the "Bangkok International Conference on Avian Influenza 2008: Integration from Knowledge to Control". He said the aim of the conference is to provide opportunities to share updated scientific information and to learn from individual experiences.

The forum has provided opportunities for knowledge, particularly lessons from the past three years, to learn from their experience to adapt applications for controlling the spread of bird flu virus (H5N1).

It would also facilitate international understanding and collaboration, which is essential for handling the global threat, the minister was quoted by the state-run Thai News Agency as saying.

"Without doubt the emerging infectious diseases, especially avian influenza," he said, "is a global concern which no nation can be complacent about."

Globalization of trade and travel can also act as a catalyst to expand this disease throughout wider regions.

"There are good measures in place to reduce and minimize the risks, but these are not considered watertight systems," he said. "Seasonal outbreaks will continue to occur."

For this reason, he said, "it is necessary to continue to be on the alert and to maintain procedures necessary to protect both the public and animal health."

The Bangkok conference opened Wednesday and will continue through Friday.

It is organized by the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and a number of allied organizations in Thailand.

Source: Xinhua - 24 January 2008

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Good to have Thaksin's boys back to handle this.

Remember how he threatened the media, doctors and scientists when they could not longer cover up the outbreak?

Even the bird flu became a victim of Talk-sin.

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Good to have Thaksin's boys back to handle this.

Remember how he threatened the media, doctors and scientists when they could not longer cover up the outbreak?

Even the bird flu became a victim of Talk-sin.

hel_l he even tried to trade chickens for fighter planes. Better run and flog my CP shares!

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Oh no! :D

We have just finished building my Thai sister-in-law a new chicken run.

Of all places .. in Nakhon Sawan!

I'm not sure if she has bought some chickens yet, but most likely ..

Looks like it is a classical case of bad timing . :o

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Too bad the Bird Flu Minister Sudarat is banned from politics now... She would have sorted this out quickly... Just deny it.

"But it isn't Bird-Flu, that doesn't exist in Thailand, the poor little chooks have just got sore throats, wanna buy some shares in CP going-cheep gov'nor ? I had that Chicken-Little, in the back of the cab, last week ..."

Edited by Ricardo

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New bird flu outbreak in Nakhon Sawan

The deadly bird flu virus has killed 300 chickens in Nakhon Sawan's Chumsaeng district, the first in ten months.

The outbreak at Sri Prai Farm was confirmed by laboratory tests after the poultry deaths were reported Monday.

As of now, about 20,000 of 50,000 chickens were already culled and 45,000 others were expected to be slaughtered today to contain the virus.

The farm which supplied the fowls to Saha Farm company has four breeding houses and the virus was found in the second breeding house. This was the second time that the virus was found in this farm.

The Livestock department is expected to cull chickens in one to five kilometres radius from the farm.

Meanwhile Pol Col Damrong Phetpong, a senior provincial police chief, said that police will set up checkpoints to ensure that there was no transfer of chickens from the area.

Source: The Nation - 24 January 2008

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Good to have Thaksin's boys back to handle this.

Remember how he threatened the media, doctors and scientists when they could not longer cover up the outbreak?

Even the bird flu became a victim of Talk-sin.

There is also Dengue Fever in Patong Beach ,Phuket i know 3 persons who have contracted it ,but nothing said in the media or print newspapers .

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Bird flu strikes again in northern Thailand

The H5N1 bird flu virus has re-emerged in a northern Thai province for the first time since March last year, forcing the slaughter of 10,000 chickens, an Agriculture Ministry official said on Thursday.

The outbreak occurred on a farm in Nakhon Sawan, 240 km (149 miles) north of Bangkok, where the owner reported 4,085 chickens had died earlier this month, senior Livestock Department official Nirundorn Aungtragoolsuk told Reuters.

"The H5N1 virus was found on the farm and we have culled the rest of them," he said of the birds slaughtered in one of four closed chicken houses on the farm.

The others house 45,000 chickens which had shown no signs of the deadly avian influenza virus, he said.

The virus last reappeared in northern Thailand in March 2007, but there have been no new reports of human infections in the country, where the virus has killed 17 people since 2003.

Of the 351 human cases recorded since H5N1 re-emerged in Asia in 2003 and spread to parts of Africa and the Middle East, 219 have died, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The virus does not currently spread easily between humans, but scientists fear it could mutate into a form that would trigger a global pandemic, killing millions of people.

Source: Reuters - 24 January 2008

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Meanwhile Pol Col Damrong Phetpong, a senior provincial police chief, said that police will set up checkpoints to ensure that there was no transfer of chickens from the area.

Source: The Nation - 24 January 2008

"Get your official police exemption-certificates here, for only a poultry/paltry fee, roll-up !"

"But officer, these chickens that look like chickens aren't chickens, they're extremely-rare Siberian-ducks !" (with apologies to Basil Fawlty)

"Sorry constable, I don't have any chickens, only these tigers en-route to China !" "That's OK - on yer way !"

Can we now anticipate free fried-chicken, at all PPP party-events, as in days-of-yore ? :o

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