For several years now, Laidback Al (Editor–Senior Moderator–& Newshound) on FluTrackers – has published a terrific overview of the previous year’s global H5N1 activity in early January (see H5N1 in 2012: The Year in Review, A Summary Of Worldwide H5N1 Cases in 2011). Al is well known in Flublogia for his maps and charts, along with his analysis, and so I’ve featured his work a number of times in the past.
This year, Al has his own blog – called NOVEL INFECTIOUS DISEASES, where he has published his review of H5N1 activity during the year 2013. You’ll find a permalink on my sidebar to his site.
Follow the link to read:
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
In 2013, 38 human cases of Influenza A(H5N1) were reported from around the world. This number represents an 18% increase over the number of reported cases in 2012. Six countries reported cases in 2013, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Cambodia reported about 71% (27) of all cases reported in 2013. In 2013, children younger than 10 years old represent about 63% of all cases. No human clusters were reported in 2013. Relative to other countries, Cambodia experienced the greatest percentage increase in human infections in a short period of time. The continued low frequency of reported infections does not eliminate H5N1 as a pandemic threat.
Every year I download and convert Al’s analysis to a PDF file which I keep on my desktop as a reference. This year will be no exception.