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New test kit for H5N1+ A/H1N1

Postby coco » Sat 05.10.2008 10:08 am

Some of you might have watched a NHK program dealing with the bird flu pandemic broadcasted in early January. Surprisingly, it was an official institution, National Institute of Infectious Diseases (国立感染症研究所), that supervised the program.

Today, it was announced that the new test kit for H5N1 has been developed. According to the news, it takes only 15 minutes to determine whether you are infected by H5N1 or not.

It is considered the anti-influenza virus drug, such as Tamiful (the trade name), is effective only when it was taken within 48 hours from the start of symptoms, while the current tester takes 6 hours to 48 hours for getting its result. The new tester would bring more chances to prevent infection from spreading. 

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is planning the experimental vaccine inoculation as a preemptive measure (before catching infection) for 6000 people during this fiscal year. (10,000,000 people will get vaccine in 2009.)

(Sorry for my poor English.)
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Re: New test kit for H5N1

Postby caroline » Sat 05.10.2008 1:15 pm

Thanks for sharing the news, Cocosan; as H5N1 has gone worldwide, it is of interest for everyone.
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Re: A/H1N1 Swine Flu

Postby coco » Sat 04.25.2009 8:03 pm

The test kit doesn't seem to be effective for swine influenza A/H1N1. :|

H1N1 Swine Flu Map

"Pandemic Influenza and Avian Influenza" provided by 厚生労働省.
The latest Action Plan in Japanese is here.( I can't find English version of it.)

This one is an official mini movie of " prevention measures of Pandemic Influenza" provided by 厚生労働省. No novelty included though.

首相官邸の豚インフルエンザページ.
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Re: New test kit for H5N1+ A/H1N1

Postby coco » Tue 04.28.2009 8:27 pm

:o
インドネシアの豚が高い確率で、高病原性鳥インフルエンザウイルス(H5N1型)を持っていることが、神戸大感染症センターの調査でわかった。
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同大は、インドネシアの4州で402頭の豚を調査。1割を超える52頭の豚からH5N1型を検出した。
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実際に、52頭の豚から検出されたH5N1型ウイルスを詳しく調べると、人への感染力を一部獲得したタイプが1株見つかった。
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(2009年4月29日03時05分 読売新聞)

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/science/news/2 ... T00073.htm
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Re: 豚?鳥? そこんとこわかりません。 H5N1+ A/H1N1

Postby coco » Wed 04.29.2009 5:33 pm

An English translation of the article above has been issued.
The Yomiuri Shimbun

A high proportion of pigs in Indonesia carry the highly infectious H5N1 avian influenza virus--something that could mutate into a new strain inside the pigs, according to research by the Kobe University Center for Infectious Diseases.

It is feared that if the virus mutates inside pigs and becomes transmittable between humans, it could pose a far greater threat to people than the current outbreak of swine flu.

The World Health Organization is taking precautions regarding a likely scenario of a new strain that is highly contagious between people being formed in this way.

The center detected the H5N1 virus in 52 pigs--more than one in ten of the 402 pigs it examined in four Indonesian provinces. Pigs are capable of transmitting the virus to birds and people.

On further analysis of the H5N1 virus detected in the 52 pigs, the center found a strain of a type of virus that could be transmitted to humans in some cases.

"It's a surprising result," said Yoshiyuki Nagai, director of the Center of Research Network for Infectious Diseases. "Perhaps we are looking at the process by which a new strain of influenza becomes infectious. We need to be vigilant."

(Apr. 30, 2009)


ヘタな英語で訳さなくてよかった。^^;
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