BREAKING! H5N1 Avian Flu News: 12 More Individuals Infected With H5N1 Bird Flu In Cambodia. Human To Human Transmissions Now Possible!
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: Cambodia health authorities announced to the media in the last few hours that 12 more individuals have been infected with the H5N1 Avian Flu Virus but are pending laboratory diagnostics results.
At the same time another 37 individuals who have been suspected of having also contracted the virus are also being quarantined pending further investigations.
All the identified cases were from Roleang village, Romlech commune, Sithor Kandal district, Prey Veng province, ie the same village as the initial patient, a 11-year-old girl who had died from the disease on Tuesday.
More than 1.1million people live in Prey Veng, it is the third most populous province in the country, and known to be densely populated.
Cambodia’s Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health, Ms. Youk Sambath told media a few hours ago that the ministry’s emergency response teams sent to the province found 12 more individuals possibly infected with the highly pathogenic H5N1 Avian Flu virus and many more suspected cases.
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coverages reported that four of the infected individuals have now been sent to the ICU wards in Phnom Penh while the rest are being treated in the provincial health centers. All four are children between the ages of 11 to 12 years of age.
Ms. Sambath added that the emergency response team took their samples for analysis at a laboratory in Phnom Penh and the results will be released sometime today.
Health authorities in the province are worried as some of the new cases reflect that human-to-human transmission is now possible as a few of the possibly infected individuals displaying disease severity were from the same school as the girl who had died and they are the ones that are currently in ICU as well.
Ms. Sambath said that the Ministry of Health’s emergency response team will continue to search for those affected by the H5N1 Avian Flu in schools tomorrow.
The Ministry said that it will also investigate other possible H5N1 Avian Flu outbreaks in other districts and provinces in Cambodia following emerging reports of similar occurrences.
According to local media reports, “an irregular number of dead wild animals” were found near the place where the infected girl lived and the same occurrence is happening in many districts and provinces across Cambodia.”
It was reported that samples from the dead animals were taken for lab testing and that the ministry is awaiting the results.
The WHO has been briefed of the developing situation in Cambodia and are also in the midst of sending teams over to assist.
The Cambodian government will decide in the next few days pending test results and also investigat
ions in other districts as to whether to declare a health crisis.
As a result of the discovery of the infected individuals, Ms. Youk Sambath called on the villagers to increase vigilance, health care and follow the instructions of professional officials.
Cambodian public health expert, Dr Quach Mengly told local media that infections with the H5N1 Avian flu virus have symptoms similar to a cold. Coughs and fevers are common manifestations. However, most will also develop severe body pains.
He warned that individuals should seek out proper medical assistance as the condition is highly life-threatening without treatment.
He added, “To prevent the infection, please avoid touching and eating sick and dead animals. Bury the dead animals properly, and wash your hands properly after that.”
The first death from H5N1 Brid Flu in Cambodia in 2023 is also the first for the country since 2014 and is the 57th case in the country so far. Between 2005 and 2014, Cambodian health authorities reported 37 H5N1-related deaths.
The H5N1 Avian flu virus was first detected in chickens in Scotland in 1959, and again in China and Hong Kong in 1996. It first was detected in humans in 1997.
Although human-to-human transmission of H5N1 Avian flu is very rare, it is not impossible. For instance, in 1997, health officials confirmed 18 H5N1 cases in Hong Kong, many of which were acquired through human-to-human transmission. The outbreak stayed relatively small, though and did not spiral into a massive issue at either the local or global level.
However, the current outbreak is a serious concern as millions of domesticated birds and countless wild animals, have been infected and killed by the virus various geolocations across the world in recent months. In the United States alone, more than 58 million chickens were culled in the last 12 months due to H5N1 Avian Flu infections!
In recent weeks, the virus has been also infecting and killing various mammals in many parts of the world.
Researchers and scientist are warning that the H5N1 Avian Flu virus is adapting in ways that allow it to cause outbreaks in other mammals - increasing the risk it could spread among people.
It was reported that in October 2022, an outbreak of the bird flu ravaged a population of 52,000 mink at a farm in Spain. It was said that some of the critters were initially infected by eating meat from birds that died while infected.
Interestingly, there was evidence of mink-to-mink spread of the flu, which is unusual for a mammal population and signals a change to the virus.
Recently, in Peru, more than 716 sea lions were found to have died from the H5N1 Avian Flu virus.
Scientists speculate that the H5N1 Avian Flu virus is now capable of spreading between animals to animals especially between mammals now!
Also, with farmed chickens and also domestic animals now contracting the virus, experts are worried about the increased risks of a spillover events.
At present, there are no treatments designed specifically for humans infected with H5N1 bird flu. However, those infected are typically treated with antiviral drugs such as Zanamivir and Oseltamivir (Tamiflu).
Some studies have shown that Olive Leaf extracts also help with the disease.
In America, it was reported that in the event of a H5N1 Bird Flu outbreak, the government has a stockpile of vaccines designed to prevent infection from H5N1. The vaccine called Audenz was approved in late 2021 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for people six months and older. It is a two-dose vaccine that was jointly developed by U.S. NIH, a pharma cum biotech company and GAVI with funds supported by Gates.
Meanwhile emerging reports are also indicating that possible human infections with the H5N1 Avian Flu virus are also occurring in parts of Vietnam and also Myanmar.
It is very likely that a global H5N1 Avian Flu pandemic would originate from the Mekong Region. Most of the countries in the area have very under developed health infrastructures and very little surveillance coupled with corrupted authorities who have a habit of concealing or underplaying any health crisis.
Coupled with the fact that many Western sex tourists and criminals like visiting these countries, it is inevitable that the virus is likely to spread fast back to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, United States, Canada and Australia in a matter of time.
: The father of the Cambodian girl who died also tested positive for the H5N1 Avain Flu Virus according to Cambodian Health officials 10 hours ago.
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