Avian Flu... Outbreak Map

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Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/17/05 7:38 AM
Attachment updated: 11/10/05 2000 ish cst

Network link:
http://purplelinny.com/downloads/h5n1.kml

Direct link here:
http://purplelinny.com/downloads/h5n1.kmz

Some updates have been added as at 11/10/05, but it is certainly not comprehensive.

A more detailed GE map, as produced by Declan Butler of Nature Magazine can be found here;
http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthreaded....&PHPSESSID=
Re: Avian Flu - info update purplepumpkin 10/17/05 9:03 AM
I will keep the latest file posted in the OP.

Still need to work on the suspected cases and get more specific with the geography.

There are plenty of places on the web that this info can be gleaned and this GMap may become obsolete as better and more functional maps are available on the web.

The following two are my main sources of reference;
http://www.iflu.org/?page_id=3488
http://www.recombinomics.com/H5N1_Map_2005_QinghaiL.html
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/18/05 5:25 AM
I have a bunch more info to add - should be able to get to it later today.

It looks like a few people are interested. I will also supply links for preparedness and other useful info.

Chow for now
Re: Avian Flu... More maps purplepumpkin 10/19/05 6:05 AM
These maps shows clusters of outbreaks - suspected and confirmed - within countries (as opposed to my GE map just showing country outbreaks... but my map is still cooler )

Europe
http://www.recombinomics.com/H5N1_Map_2005_Europe_October.html

World
http://www.recombinomics.com/H5N1_Map_2005_QinghaiL.html

The maps are produced b Dr. Henry L Niman, an esteemed member of the scientific community who, founded Recombinomics and discovered how viruses rapidly evolve. He is heavily involved in H5N1 research and the rest of his website is also very informative.
Re: Avian Flu... Further Info Online purplepumpkin 10/19/05 6:11 AM
The following forum is specific to Avian Flu - H5N1 - and has many informative threads on the outbreaks, vaccines, treatments and preparations that you should take prior to the pandemic.

The Flu Clinic
http://www.curevents.com/vb/forumdisplay.php?f=40
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/20/05 8:55 AM
To show map update w/html formatting and links.
(Re-attached in OP)
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map bkdelong 10/20/05 9:41 AM
Have you contacted Declan Butler from Nature Magazine? I bet they'd be willing to host a live network link of all this data. They've already started working with other Avian Flu data. We really need one place to aggregate al this information live to better keep everyone informed.
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Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map bkdelong 10/20/05 9:55 AM
Any chance you can order the placemarks in the KMZ by date? Also, can you change the date to "Date Updated:" and perhaps add a "Date First Reported" ? It will make it easier to understand the data in the file.

For instance, when I see 10/20/05 it makes me thing 44 deaths have been reported just today rather than overall.

Please let me know if I can help!

Thanks in advance.
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/20/05 11:16 AM
I have been thinking about how I can structure the data to make it more logical - your points are valid and suggestions much appreciated.

While time is a limiting factor, I'll see what I can do.

Thanks for the input.
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/20/05 11:20 AM
Will look into this when I can. Thanks for the heads up!

Thanks for the interest in my experiment
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/21/05 8:39 AM
I just emailed Declan Butler with a link to my map, offering any of my collated data for swiping if needed and requesting a cheeky sneak peak of their new map which is due for release any day now.

I looked at what they had so far. Not bad info, just outdated and maybe in need of some better formatting - as was suggested to me. I'm looking forward to their next release.

Thanks again for the heads up on that one.
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map ClaudioTereso 10/21/05 10:52 AM
Hi everybody

I did a "network link" file to your data.
Now, I don't need to look for new data.

If anyone wants to use it it's where:
http://claudio.partners-xxi.pt/avianflu.kml
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/22/05 3:22 PM
I looked up to see what was involved for the network link.... aaand, I appreciate your doing that! Very cool!

<dumb question>
If you're hosting that, how does your copy update dynamically from my server?
</dumb question>

I know it is dynamic as I just squirted a new version, grabbed your KML and it was the new one!
TIA
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map ClaudioTereso 10/23/05 2:12 PM
Hi,

It's very simple thanks to the the possibilites of the KML.
Take a look at my file:

<NetworkLink>
<name>Avian Flu - Outbreak Map</name>
<Url>
<href>http://purplelinny.com/downloads/h5n1.kmz</href>
</Url>
</NetworkLink>

That's all it takes to have a dynamic link.


KML rules
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map dMax 10/23/05 2:40 PM
Hi,

You've included a Swedish outbreak - this is not the H5 flu strain, though one of four birds had a milder form - confirmed earlier today.

And so as not to worry the gentle hearted, perhaps you should only add placemarks when the H5 strain is confirmed.....

And let's put it all in perspective.
The first case of humans contracting Avian flue was in 1997 - eight years ago. Since then a total of 130 people have contracted the disease and just under 50% of these have died. This in the most populated areas on the Earth.

It may or may not mutate - until it does I won't be staying awake at night.....

Ooops it's midnight here, but I've got an excuse, I'm GE'ing. What are you doing?
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/23/05 3:45 PM
> You've included a Swedish outbreak - this is not the H5 flu strain, though one of four birds had a milder form - confirmed earlier today.

It is H5, so will be included in my mapping and will await the further test results that are due out in ten days. There should also be an OIE report as H5 is reportable.


>And so as not to worry the gentle hearted, perhaps you should only add placemarks when the H5 strain is confirmed.....

It is clear which placemarks are confirmed and which are not... Myself and others like to be aware of locations that are pending test results.


> It may or may not mutate - until it does I won't be staying awake at night.

So mutation is your trigger point?
Good for you, at least you have a plan
My trigger point keeps moving every time it's reached... heh.

Regards,
Lynda
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/23/05 3:48 PM
Hi Claudio,

Wow - easy as that?! I must have blinked at that bit when I was looking over the how-tos. I read the letters CGI and fell asleep...

Thanks again,
Lynda.
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map progressiveone 10/24/05 2:06 AM
I've read that the University of Kansas is tracking bird migration with Ornis (a Ornitholgical Infomation System). It's collecting data from 33 sorces, data specimens from natural-history museums, migration observations, bird watching groups.

If we could get some of these bird groups to give the flight paths of these birds. We may be able to figure out where the go, where they met other flocks that went off in an East direction that is zig-zagging across Asia and Europe.

The Key to keeping the Western Hemisphere safe is test the birds that cross the Atlantic. That isn't two hard to figure out when you have only a few landing points for the birds to rest.

The biggest danger are the seabirds for spreading the disease.

My question is, Who shall we contact if we find a few dead birds outside the US?
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Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/24/05 7:41 AM
re: flight paths... I started to investigate this recently, but quickly realised it was more data than I have capacity to process. So many species of birds with so many migration routes and stops on their way. So I've left that well alone and will stick to tracking the cases that are found

re: contact for bird deaths outside of US...
Defra has a helpline - this is a UK number: 08459 335577.
Not much help if you're elsewhere!

A quick 'net search shows that there isn't a definitive source for reporting of dead birds. I think it might be a case of the authorities not wanting every Tom, Dick and Harry reporting every dead bird. They would soon get overwhelmed.

I would think OIE or WHO or 'someone' needs to come up with an organised method of reporting. Maybe via local veterinarians? I wonder if veterinarians will be issued with these ultraquick testing kits that have been introduced?

/thinks, "must email that veterinarian I know...."
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/26/05 7:54 AM
Had a fairly quiet day yesterday.

Today we have:

- Human infection on Reunion Island

- H5N1 confirmation in Croatia

- More dead parrots in the UK
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map encleadus 10/26/05 9:59 AM
Hey Purplelinny,
Great job with following the flu around the world! I added some country overlays to your file to make it easier to see at a glance confirmed (red) vs. unconfirmed (orange). Also grouped the placemarks by year, could even do it by month I suppose... Anyway, thought this might help. Keep up the great work!

(fyi...This kmz is 864k)
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map ClaudioTereso 10/26/05 3:25 PM
HI Lynda,

You can take Portugal (Peniche) out of the map.
It's clean.

You can read it here:
http://www.publico.clix.pt/shownews.asp?id=1236803&idCanal=62
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/26/05 7:45 PM
Hi,

Thanks for the info. I see that the tests are not conclusive (good ol' Babelfish) and they are suspecting Newcastle disease but are confused as to what ails the man that was hospitalised with flu-like symptoms, as ND is not transmissable to humans.

Based on experience of seeing false negatives and some test results never being made transparant, I am not 100% convinced this is a negative. However, I have marked it as 'free', with a disclaimer until some conclusive results are reported.

It would be wonderful if it really is negative!

Thanks again!
Lynda
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 10/28/05 8:58 AM
Hi encleadus,

Great job on organising - that's a passion of mine... I should have been a librarian or something!

I've given a lot of thought to how to structure the data and, as was said on here, I think the most important aspect is the date order of occurences. As much as I love the year/country order that you put together, it doesn't make it easy to see the most recent infection and maintenance would be a little more tricky.

When I have some time (in between battling the spyware and everything else ) I will look at it again and see what I can glean from your structure.

Thanks again!!
Lynda
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map bkdelong 10/28/05 9:06 AM
Keep in mind you can "copy" instances and paste them into different folders. Perhaps you can offer multiple folders with different "views" and allow people to check whichever ones they want.
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I concur - as they say

It was their personal edition of Ad-Aware that I ended up installing yesterday. It picked up LOADS of stuff and like you said, the first scan was a long one. I have always been pretty good at keeping my system clean, but I was very impressed with what it found.

Good to know that I picked a good one!
Thanks for the support!
Lynda
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map Frank4 11/3/05 6:48 AM
Good work purplelinny! I've written a story about your work at the Google Earth Blog.

You can read the story here.
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Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 11/7/05 7:53 PM
> Good work purplelinny! I've written a story about your work at the Google Earth Blog.

Oh my goodness!

I haven't updated the file for a few days as time has become a valuable commodity. Thank you very much for the mention and kind words. I am now inspired to carve out some dedicated time, probably tomorrow...

Thanks again
Lynda
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map Addition sanrak 11/8/05 7:37 PM
Heishan County, Liaoning Province, PRC
8000 chicken deaths as a result of avian influenza, more than 6 million culled poultry. Sources- South China Morning Post, Xinhua News Agency
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map ink_polaroid 11/10/05 12:20 AM
Perhaps this will help fuel some continued inspiration:

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/topnews/wpn-60-20051109GoogleEarthIsForTheBirdsFlu.html

At least several thousand people are using your work to keep track of the situation via Google Earth. Be proud!
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 11/10/05 6:21 PM
Oh my! I see the first blog has been copied on a UK site too;
http://www.biosmagazine.co.uk/article.php?id=2376

Quite amazing for something that started out as a little experiment. I have made a few updates to the map and am about to post in the OP.

I'll be getting back in touch with Declan with some kind of collaboration in mind...

Thanks for posting that link - I would have never seen it otherwise!

Regards,
Lynda
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map CaptainOverlord 11/10/05 8:38 PM
unbelieveable work purplelinny.i think many people will be watching your maps with anxiety.So far the bird flu is a fairly grim reminder.Far out,its weird that so many tragedys have happened since the end of 1999.World Trade Centres,War in iraq,bali blasts,tsunami,another bali blast,londom bombings,india bombings,jordan bombings and a lot of large and destructive hurricanes in america.

Luckily every cloud,in some way or another has a silver lining,no matter how sad and depressing that might be.
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Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map purplepumpkin 11/13/05 12:27 PM
> unbelieveable work purplelinny.

Thank you - I enjoyed doing it. Maybe I've found my niche after all these years?! Actually, I've just started a new part-time job and my time is very limited these days. Having said that, one of the first things I did was put my employer's clients into a GE map

> i think many people will be watching your maps with anxiety.

Well, hopefully people will be watching Declan's maps now;
http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthreaded....SID=#Post196266
With my new job, I don't have the time that I used to and Declan's map is much more authoritative.

Either way, yes, anxiety abounds. However, I believe that it is possible to be prepared for whatever God throws at us. Mentally and physically. As you stated, the world has endured many disasters recently - natural and otherwise - and without these tragedies I, for one, certainly wouldn't be as prepared as I am now. dh was impressed at the supplies I had to hand when Rita was approaching (we're in Houston). And I dare say he will be equally impressed when the flu is knocking on the door.


> Luckily every cloud,in some way or another has a silver lining,no matter how sad and depressing that might be.

Right. Those silver linings have worked for me!

Best,
Lynda
Re: Avian Flu... Outbreak Map Mack_Spane 11/23/05 1:27 PM
As an American (and a disabled vet at that), I guarantee you the citizens at large had absolutely nothing to do with Americans being represented by an eagle and the other countries by fuzzy chicks...
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Avian Flu and Migratory Birds Siberian 11/29/05 8:45 AM
Hi Purplelinny
We have posted a \'union dymamic\' layer in Google Earth format with the link to your kml file. It is here:
http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthreaded.php?Cat=0&Number=215261&page=0&vc=#Post215261

Thank you for you work.

Eugene (Siberian) and Valery (Valery35)