Via his blog Avian Flu Diary, Mike Coston has what could be a very big story, though he treats it with his exemplary caution: Cameroon: Unverified Media Reports Of Suspected H5N1 Cases. Excerpt:
Media reports - particularly from developing countries - are not always the most reliable source of information on disease outbreaks like avian flu. Many rely heavily on hyperbole, rumor, or supposition - and so Caveat Lector is always in order. Far too often, however, they are the only thing we have available.
Yesterday, in Watching Egypt Again . . ., we looked at ongoing silence of Egypt's MOH, media reports of a recent human bird flu case, and the general inability of surveillance to capture many (or most) human H5N1 infections.
Overnight media sources in the West African nation of Cameroon have lit up with reports of three suspected H5N1 cases - and while these reports are murky and unverified - Cameroon has been battling multiple HPAI H5N1 outbreaks since May.
A visit to République du Cameroun Ministère de la Santé Publique reveals nothing of note, and a site search for Grippe Aviaire or H5N1 returns no results. There are, however, a lot of pictures of officials looking very official.
Typical of the reports (and this is offered without endorsement), is this one from fr.allafrica.com. While plausible, as you'll see, there's a decided lack of specifics at this time.
Click through to the post for the report. According to WHO's running tally, Nigeria reported a single fatal case in 2007; Egypt is the African H5N1 hot zone with 354 cases and 117 deaths (likely a big undercount). Djibouti is confusingly reported as having had either 8 cases in 2005, or one, depending on the table you consult.