Saturday, June 18, 2011

Last Post on the h5N1 blog

I am bringing to a close this H5N1 blog.

It is unlikely that H5N1 will ever emerge as a significant threat to mankind.

This will be my final post to this blog.

Please catch me on the Mabon Dane project, involved with artificial intelligence.

Friday, June 17, 2011

H5N1 is still out there

Another year goes by since my last update here. It appears though the media are no long concerned about H5N1 that it still continues to lurk in the background killing people. The latest report is five H5N1 infections in Egypt, 3 fatal.

It seems the great mass killing pandemic of H5N1 never materialised.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Keep your guard up

This is a quick update on this blog.

World media interest on H5N1 has died down thanks to the likes of the Credit Crisis.

The H5N1 according to the majority opinion has ceased to be a major problem in most parts of the world, but all will say to keep the guard up. Viruses like most things in nature should not be taken for granted. One day H5N1 may return fast and deadlier than it has been. For now, we can all relax and enjoy the Credit Crisis instead of avian flu viruses.

See you all next year, or earlier if H5N1 decides to worry us all during 2010.

Mabon Dane

Sunday, September 20, 2009

H1N1 going for round two

Just when you thought it was safe H1N1 is coming back for another round with humanity.

H1N1 began a world tour starting in Mexico in April 2009 where it caused many deaths before heading around the world causing a panic not seen with H5N1.

Students in the West have returned back to school, and so it appears has H1N1, sources both in the USA and the UK both report H1N1 infections have gone up in recent weeks.

It is only a matter of time before H5N1 will join H1N1 in a deadly game of tag with humanity.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

H1N1 near 100% resistant to Tamiflu

Tamiflu being one of the main drug defences against bird flu is being undermined as studies in Japan and Korea show that the H1N1 virus is near 100% resistant to the drug. Should H1N1 and H5N1 exchange genes then this near complete resistance to Tamiflu could be passed on to H5N1.

Egypt suffers a new human H5N1 case

H5N1 appears to be settling into the Middle East with a 21-month-old coming down with the virus in Egypt.

Chinese H5N1 chickens smuggled into Vietnam

Police in Vietnam intercepted H5N1 contaminated chickens being imported illegally into Vietnam. This blog believes that China must do more to curb the spread of H5N1 by dealing with the movement of infected poultry across international borders. Secondly, China should crack down on the use of drugs in animal feed which is assisting in building up H5N1 drug resistance.

Two and a half years and back

It has been two and half years since I last updated this blog and I thought it about time to restart my reports on H5N1. H5N1 is not making big headlines as it once did, people are more concerned with the credit crunch just now. However, H5N1 has not gone away and it lurks in the shadows as threat that could strike anytime. Two and a half years later I am surprised that H5N1 has not become a pandemic yet; but H5N1 still continues to cause problems in Asia and the Middle East, there is no effective drugs and it appears impossible to eliminate. More than ever in a world suffering social and economic hardship from the credit crunch, an H5N1 pandemic could prove to be a nightmare.

H5N1 shows increasing resistance to drugs

A recent study by the University of Colorado, USA as reported by reports that H5N1 is showing increasing resistance to antiviral drugs known as adamantanes. This resistance was down to Chinese farmers adding the drug to chicken feed.

Friday, July 21, 2006

H5N1 in Bulgaria and Indonesia

H5N1 is suspected in the deaths of domestic poultry in Bulgaria this week, tests in the UK are awaited to confirm if this is the case.

Indonesia reports death number 42 putting the country in the same top league for H5N1 deaths as Vietnam. As far as the world media is concerned these deaths are so few that it regards it as no big deal. The problem is that with every death and infection the chances of H5N1 changing and jumping to humans increases. Recent studies have indicated that H5N1 has mutated to become more capable of of infecting humans in Indonesia.

The H5N1 season will begin from about August, and I wonder if the next 9 months will herald the start of the worldwide pandemic that so many fear.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

H5N1 joke compliments of Tina

During my many conversations about H5N1 on the internet a person called Tina shared this joke with me. I am sure that whilst there are many jokes around about H5N1, the resulting panic from a pandemic in any unprepared country will be no laughing matter.

A bear, a lion and a chicken meet.

The Bear says: "If I roar in the forest, the entire forest is shivering with fear."

The Lion says: "If I roar in the jungle, the entire jungle is afraid of me."

Then the Chicken says: "Big deal. I only have to cough, and the entire planet sh*ts itself."

H5N1 a few months on

It has been a few months since my last post but it appears H5N1, like myself, has taken things a bit easier after it arrived on the European scene in a big way. H5N1 continues to grow and establish itself slowly and silently throughout the areas of africa, europe and asia.

In England we had a minor scare when a swan turned up in Scotland with H5N1. The swan appeared to be a visitor from outside of UK so the scare quickly passed when no other incidents were found.

In Indonesia there is talk of human to human transmission on a limited scale. Indonesia is one of the most heavily populated areas in the world where there is no centralisation and life is basic across a thousand or more islands.

In Hungary some wonder drug against H5N1 is proving to be a hoax according to some people. Not that I will give any credit to any claims of a vaccine as the H5N1 human version of the virus has yet to emerge.

Ukraine appears to be the latest country to fall to the H5N1 world tour.

WHO continues to hold onto their secret database of genetic data on the virus. One can only speculate that drug company financial interests directs the WHO's decision to keep their database secret.

Our heros in Recombinomics have picked up some slight variations in the H5N1 virus which makes it more easier to pass onto humans.

There probably will be no more significant events in relation to H5N1 until the birds begin their mass movements again. In the meantime H5N1 will continue its relentless spread across the globe and more humans will die.