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H5N1 in Indonesian Pigs Confirmed

Recombinomics Commentary
May 25, 2005

>> The government responded to the media attention by carrying out its own survey, and found H5N1 in three out of eight pigs it tested in Banten, Naipospos told Nature. Like those tested by Nidom, the pigs showed no outward signs of disease.

Despite this worrying result, communication has faltered between Indonesia and the international organizations charged with monitoring animal health, such as the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). When interviewed by Nature last week, the OIE's regional representative for the Asia-Pacific region still referred to the presence of H5N1 in pigs as "a rumour".  <<

The above story of H5N1 in pigs in Indonesia has parallels to the human and bird flu found in pigs in South Korea.  WHO's initial response was that the human WSN/33 sequences were a lab error.  Eventually they did send a high ranking member who saw the data generated while he was in the lab.  Although he commented "something is going on here", WHO has yet to issue a statement.

Previously, the WHO had written a press release indicating that they were going to halt verification efforts, but that release may have never circulated.  In South Korea the pigs are infected with two human (H1N1 and H1N2) and one avian (H9N2) flu virus.

The viruses are evolving, the pigs are dying, yet WHO just hears a noisy car.

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