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15,000 #pigs killed due to #SwineFever in #Japan

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Japan’s outbreak of classical swine fever (CSF), or hog cholera, has spread to five prefectures, including Osaka, since the country reported the disease Sept. 9. Until then, the country had not reported a case of CSF for 26 years.

More than 15,000 pigs will be culled and buried as part of measures to prevent further contagion, the government said Wednesday.

In December, the first farm in the Gifu prefecture, reported the disease and culled 610 pigs at the farm. In January, the sixth case was reported, and the country sent additional 1,600 ground self-defense force troops to the farm to bury the pigs.

Pigs shipped from the farm in Aichi to pig farms in Osaka and three other prefectures were also found infected with CSF.

“In order to prevent the disease from spreading further, the government will do its utmost by having the agriculture ministry and relevant local authorities cooperate for speedy and thorough implementation of quarantine measures,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a news conference, Reuters reports.

Wild boars are suspected to be the source of hog cholera infections, but local farmers are asking for widespread vaccinations.

This is a different strain from the deadly African swine fever sweeping through China. Swine fever is often deadly for pigs and wild boars, but is not infectious for humans.

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1,200 pigs dead due to swine fever in Sucre, Colombia

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ICA declares quarantine in nine municipalities and a corregimiento, where may not exit or enter swine. Losses by $100 million.
 
As it was not the case 15 years ago, Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario ICA said the quarantine in nine municipality and a corregimiento by the death of a thousand 200 pigs for classical swine fever in Sucre.
 
Municipalities in quarantine for the disease are: San Benito Abad, San Marcos, Majagual, Guaranda, Sucre, Since, Galeras, Corozal and Betulia, in addition to the corregimiento of Canutalito in sheep.
 
“Quarantine is that municipalities in mention animals cannot enter or leave the premises where they are to avoid spreading the virus to other departments such as Cordoba and Antioquia,” said Sierra.
 
He said that the Institute professionals and members of the society of pork producers are doing mass vaccinations in the places where to inform them that there are sick animals in order to prevent it from spreading.
 
The plague is no longer a loss between pork traders – who are mostly peasants and low-income people – 100 million pesos.
 
“This is a serious and fatal disease that only gives the pigs or other animals and even human beings, however a control becomes so consumed a safe meat and in this sense an animal having swine meat does not qualify best for human consumption,” said the Manager of the ICA in Sucre , Ivan Sierra Martinez.
 
He clarified that the treatment of this disease is not preventative healing, is a virus that attacks the mobility of the animal and ends up dying in a few days.
 
“The transmission of the plague is throughout the environment, a pig that is infected when comes in contact with another that is not vaccinated, immediately can transmit disease.” Sick pigs have petechiae on the body and the days are without mobility and die,”said Sierra.
 
The ICA in Sucre became a new census and there are 120 thousand pigs of which 5% brings together the technical and sanitary conditions. The remaining population is bred in backyards or in the streets where there is no effective control for this species.
 
“The vulnerability is very high because they do not meet all hygienic requirements, however, have some herds”
“That comply with controls,” said
From 15 years ago were not similar diagnoses in Sucre, but in April of this year came to be known first episode at San Benito Abad.
 
The swine fever in Sucre, Jasper Ortega market, project leader said that the plague arrived from southern Bolivar through illegal traders who transport them without full of requirements in canoes, bikes, trucks and on foot.
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Swine flu tests positive for 3 more persons in India

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Three persons tested positive for swine flu in the city on Saturday, taking the total count to six since August 27. Three others are suspected to be infected by the H1N1 virus. Their blood samples have been sent for testing. The cases have started trickling again as the minimum temperature of the city dipped below 25 degree Celsius.
 
A 40-year-old woman from Manjalpur and another woman (43) from Warasiya tested positive on Saturday morning along with a 41-year-old man from Tandalja. Of the three suspected cases, one sample was collected from the city and two others were collected from Padra and Dahod.
 
According to doctors, the rise in cases is not surprising. The virus had been declared a local seasonal infection and will affect people like any other flu, throughout the year.
 
“The virus becomes inactive only when the minimum temperature of the city rises to a daily average of about 28 degree Celsius. This is why there were no cases when the summer was in full blow. The dip in the night temperatures in August led to the increase in cases,” said district health officer M T Chari, adding that it is difficult to ascertain the behaviour of the virus.
 
The viral infection had earlier killed a woman, whose was the first case to surface since the three-and-half-month wave that ended in April in this year. On August 27, the four-month-pregnant women (36) died due to swine flu after being admitted to SSG Hospital. Her father, brother and husband were also tested positive for symptomatic swine flu and were treated. Another 17-year-old patient from Akshar Chowk was tested positive for the viral infection earlier this month.
 
According to doctors, receiving swine flu cases throughout the year is no surprise. “Swine flu cases will trickle in throughout the year, except the extreme summers. Every patient of flu has to be extra cautious. High-grade fever, sore throat and breathlessness should be reported,” Chari added.
 
The increase in cases between January and April this year was the highest during a wave since the pandemic of 2009-2010. The city had registered 615 cases of swine flu of whom 78 had died in the city.
 
The increase in cases between January and April this year was the highest during a wave since the pandemic of 2009-2010. The city had registered 615 cases of swine flu of which 78 had died in the city.
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6,000 pigs killed due to swine flu in Puurmani, Estonia

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6,000 pigs killed due to swine flu in Puurmani, Estonia

Swine Flu Kills Two In Syria

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Two Syrians died of H1N1 swine flu last month and six others were suspected of carrying the infection, Syria’s state news agency SANA said on Monday.
 
The World Health Organization has warned that the collapse of Syria’s health system during its four-year civil war has led to the spread of disease. Typhoid, hepatitis and the polio virus have taken hold in the country. 
 
SANA said the two men were from the southern province of Sweida, where government forces and rebels have clashed. Their deaths were reported by the head of Communicable and Chronic Diseases Department in Sweida, it said.
 
In 2009-10, swine flu spread from central Mexico around the world. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that it killed 284,000 people in 12 months.
 
More than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict, which began in March 2011 with popular protests against President Bashar al-Assad and spiraled into civil war after a crackdown by his security forces.
Courtesy of english.alarabiya

Five swine flu deaths since Jan 1 2015 in Jordan

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Five people have died in Jordan since the beginning of the year from swine flu, the health ministry said Sunday, adding that it has recorded 130 cases of the virus.
 
“The health ministry has this year registered five deaths from the H1N1 virus and 30 cases,” a senior ministry official told a news conference.
 
Daifallah Lozi said the deaths included elderly people, children under five and those with chronic ailments.
 
He urged Jordanians to seek vaccination against the H1N1 strain of flu, which has now killed 30 people in the country since 2009.
 
The World Health Organisation declared the swine flu pandemic over in August 2010, more than a year after the H1N1 virus that emerged from Mexico sparked panic and killed thousands of people worldwide.
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14 Fresh Cases of Swine Flu Reported in Telangana, India

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Fourteen fresh cases of swine flu have been reported in Telangana where 77 people have succumbed to the H1N1 virus since the beginning of the year.
 
“Since the first of January till the 2nd of April, 7423 samples were tested out of which 2289 were found to be positive for the virus. The number of deaths because of swine flu and related complications currently stands at 77,” a state government release said on Saturday.
 
Fourteen out of the 49 samples sent for analysis on Friday were found positive for the virus.
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Swine flu kills 8 people in Kashmir

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Swine flu has claimed one more life in Kashmir Valley since yesterday, taking the total death toll to eight. 14 people were tested positive for the H1N1 virus, according to officials.
 
‘One more patient infected with swine flu virus has died taking the death toll to eight. However, the patient had multiple co-morbidities as well and may have died of those ailments,’ Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS)’s spokesperson Kulsoom Bhat said here. (Read: Swine flu symptoms and signs you MUST be aware of!)
 
She said the number of patients infected with the virus has risen to 291 as 14 new cases had surfaced during the last 24 hours. ‘14 more patients have tested positive for the virus during the last 24 hours. The total number of infected is now 291,’ she said.  (Read: Swine flu in Kashmir: 10 more people infected with H1N1 virus, no fresh deaths reported)
 
The official said six fresh samples were taken today for testing from 80 patients who were at the special OPD of the hospital. The number of patients infected with swine flu and admitted at the isolation ward of the hospital was 13, including one in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), while two patients were discharged today, she said.
Courtesy of The Health Site

Swine flu claims two more lives rising to 199 cases in January; Delhi, India

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Swine flu claimed two more lives in the national capital on Friday, taking the death toll to five while 26 people tested positive for the H1N1 virus.
 
While a 53-year-old woman from Chattarpur died at Ram Manohar Lohiya hospital, a 50-year-old woman from Patel Nagar passed away at Safdarjung hospital, officials said.
 
Also, 26 people tested positive for the virus, taking the number of cases to 199 this month.
 
“The two women tested positive for H1N1 virus and died during the course of treatment. Now the two cases are being reviewed to reconfirm that they died of swine flu,” said RN Das, who is part of the five-member team constituted by the health department to review the cases.
 
In 2014, 38 cases of swine flu were reported in Delhi. There were no deaths. Das maintained that there was no cause for alarm and the seasonal infection will disappear once warmer days set in.
 
Samples are being sent to National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to confirm whether they are swine flu cases. “We have enough medicines in stock. The 11 District Surveillance Officers nominated by the health department are checking that the 22 designated hospitals are following the standard operating procedures for treatment of swine flu,” he said.
 
Swine influenza A (H1N1) virus spreads in the same way as the seasonal flu and even the symptoms are similar to the symptoms of regular flu which includes fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea, and fatigue.
 
“It spreads when infected people cough and then others breathe in the virus. People should avoid touching their nose and mouth after using a public tap. People have to be vigilant and if they feel that they have contracted the virus, they should immediately seek medical help.
 
“Infected people can pass the infection to others a day before symptoms develop and up to seven or more days after becoming sick,” said a health expert.
 
However, it can be serious for elderly or children with low immunity or people who have health complications like heart diseases, cancer, HIV, diabetes or pregnant women, elderly or children with low immunity, he added.
Courtesy of IBN Live

6 more test positive for swine flu; 1 critical in Telangana, India

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The city woke up to six positive cases of swine flu on Saturday taking the total number of confirmed cases to 62 in Telangana. 
 
While the condition of five among them is yet to be ascertained, one of the victims — identified as a 63-year-old woman from KPHB in city — is said to be in an extremely critical condition. She is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Banjara Hills. 
 
The others tested positive for the virus include a 17-month-old boy from Secunderabad, a 36-year-old man from Jagadgirigutta, a 54-year-old woman from Bowenpally and a 53-year old man whose address is yet to be known. 
 
While all these patients are undergoing treatment at four different corporate hospitals in the city, the sixth individual — a 27-year-old man from Mahbubnagar, is being treated at the district’s healthcare facility. 
 
Regardless of the rapid rise in the number of cases, the officials concerned appeared in the least apologetic about the two-day holiday granted to the state-run Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) — the only nodal laboratory to conduct swine flu tests in the two states — for Christmas. This is despite the IPM laboratory attracting severe criticism from medical experts and government health officials in the past for the same reason.
 
 Doctor checks a patient at the swine flu screening centre at the Central Railway Station in Chennai.
The lab also closed down for the weekend. 
 
“It is a very precarious situation considering six people have tested positive on one single day. I think we would stumble upon more positive cases if tests are conducted regularly,” said Dr M Ramakrishna Reddy, a consultant pulmonologist with Holistic Hospitals. Several experts called for speedier diagnosis lashing out at the authorities for their lackadaisical attitude towards tackling the fast-spreading virus. 
 
K Subhakar, state coordinator for swine flu said that there wasn’t any reason for people to hit the panic button just yet. 
 
“We have been observing the H1N1 virus for the last four years and what we have found is that there has been no change in its behaviour. Only if there is a mutation in the swine flu virus there could be a serious reason to worry but that has not happened so far,” he said while admitting that there was little he could do about IPM’s holidays.
Courtesy of The Times Of India