- Hello, Jeff - It is odd that we hear of a strain in N.
Korea that could combine with H5N1 and become the dreaded strain to cause
a pandemic. If we add to this the fact that Dr. Niman identified in S.
Korea WSN/33 human genes developed in the lab in 1933 in regard to Spanish
Influenza vaccine, we might have the major pandemic strain which could
be a recombined influenza virus, i.e. H5N1, WSN/33 and H7.
- Isn't it strange that we learn of the WSN/33 in the same
area of the world where H5 and H7 have broken out?
- Now, North Korea has asked South Korea for help in battling
the H7 Avian Influenza strain. It is too bad that North Korea did not
admit sooner that it had Avian Influenza in its country. It is hard to
determine, at this point, how widely the virus has spread due to the lack
of prompt response.
- Patricia Doyle
- NK Requests Seoul's Help To Fight Bird Flu
- By Reuben Staines
- The Korea Times
- North Korea on Friday, Apr 8, 2005, thanked South Korea
for its offer to help contain an outbreak of bird flu at 3 chicken farms
in Pyongyang and requested that Seoul provide equipment and medical supplies,
the Unification Ministry said.
- South Korea's National Veterinary Research and Quarantine
Service received a telephone call from its Northern counterpart, responding
10 days after Seoul first offered assistance.
- "North Korea expressed appreciation and said it
hoped the South will provide the necessary equipment and medicine,"
the ministry said in a media release.
- It said the ministry will discuss the request with other
government departments and agencies before responding.
- South Korea offered to provide assistance to the North
through a telephone communication at the border village of Panmunjom on
29 Mar 2005.
- But the North appeared to ignore the offer, instead working
with U.N. agency officials to tackle the virus.
- The Unification Ministry also said the North had conducted
2 genetic tests to confirm the outbreak was of the H7 strain, not the H5N1
virus that has claimed more than 50 lives in Southeast Asia since late
- Pyongyang officials believed the virus was spread by
migratory birds, it said.
- The Food and Agriculture Organization earlier confirmed
that no new cases of bird flu have been reported in North Korea since authorities
culled about 210 000 chickens late last month [March 2005]. No human infection
has been detected.
- However, experts have raised concerns that H7-infected
birds could come in contact with H5N1 and create a lethal, fast-spreading
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- Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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