Remember our old friend H1N1? Guess what H5N1 is now here.


I have to admit I let the H1N1 variants slip lower on my radar that I should have.  But in my catch up I ran across this 4 July assessment into the H1N5. focusing on the Influenza at the human-animal interface.  Link to a good primary summary below.

Since the last update on 4 June 2013,three new laboratory-confirmed human cases with influenza (H5N1) virus infection were reported to WHO from Cambodia (two) and Indonesia (one). Two of these patients died.

Cambodia reported one recentfatal case in a 6-yearold girl from Kampot province, and one retrospective diagnosis in a 58-year old man from Phnom Penh province who had onset of disease on 4 January 2013. Indonesia reported one new case in a 2-year-old boy from West Java. This was the first case of human infection with influenza A(H5N1) reported from Indonesia in 2013. All cases are considered to be sporadic, with no evidence of community-level transmission. As influenza A(H5N1) virus is circulating widely in poultry in both countries, additional sporadic human cases or small clusters might be expected in the future.

Keep an eye out for “community-level transmission” to occur.  Then it’s off the chain Freaks.

Now THIS is an interesting read to catch up on the H1N5.


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3 Responses to Remember our old friend H1N1? Guess what H5N1 is now here.

  1. caohaoim says:

    The designations they give for viruses is there a good primer on how and why they label as they do?

  2. ( Best answer I’ve I found for the inconsistencies in naming schemes is:
    Viruses can be named based on the first host cell that is found infected by the virus and the type of damage caused. Viruses can also be named based upon where they are first discovered geographically (e.g. Semliki Forest Virus, West Nile Virus), for the disease with which they are associated (e.g. Bovine Diarrhea Virus), or they may be given a name that has meaning in the language of the first people afflicted with the virus (e.g. Onyonyong Virus). The naming conventions for viruses are actually quite complicated, and have only recently begun to be simplified by a taxonomy that is based upon the type of nucleic acid, structure of the virion, and replication scheme.

    Because viruses are not considered organisms, scientists do not use traditional binomial nomenclature to name them. Currently, scientists name viruses in a variety of ways. Some viruses, such as the polio virus, are named after they disease they cause. Other viruses are named for the organisms they infect. The tobacco mosaic virus, for example, infects plants in the tobacco family. Scientists named the west nile virus after the place in Africa where it was first found. Sometimes, scientists name viruses after people. The Epstein-Barr virus, for example was named for the two scientists who first identified the virus that causes the disease known as mononucleosis, or mono.
    So here’s the ways.
    1. Named after the disease they cause
    2. Named for the organisms they infect
    3. Named after the place where it was first found
    4. Named after people

  3. caohaoim says:

    That explains why the HxNx naming system has never made sense to me.

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