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New human case of bird flu found in Fujian
The Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced one more human case of bird flu. The infected is a 26-year-old farmer surnamed Lin from Zhangpu
New bird flu outbreak confirmed in Shanxi
The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed Tuesday new bird flu outbreak in poultry in north China's province of Shanxi. The ministry said 15,000 fowls at a fowl-
Dead bird checked for avian flu
Preliminary testing of a little egret found dead in Tuen Mun has indicated a suspected avian influenza case, Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation
HK strengthens bird flu preventive measures
Hong Kong has stepped up efforts to tighten surveillance and strengthen communications with the Chinese mainland after a handful of birds have been found with
Common Magpie tested positive for H5N1 virus in HK
The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said on Monday that the Common Magpie found in Sham Tseng was confirmed to be H5N1 positive
No need to upgrade anti-bird flu measures in Macao: official
Lau Si Io, president of Macao's Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (CMAB), has said that there was"no need" to upgrade anti-bird flu measures, local media reported Friday.
Hong Kong testing wild bird for H5 strain of bird flu
Hong Kong has completed preliminary tests on a wild bird suspected of having the H5 strain of bird flu, officials said Friday. The results of the tests
Eighth Chinese bird flu patient show signs of improvement
The condition of China's eighth bird flu patient improved Thursday, two days after doctors said he suffered critical symptoms. The six-year-old boy, surnamed
Two more people announced killed by bird flu in China
Two more people were reported to have died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in China, bringing the death toll to five out of the eight human cases reported so
Two more people die from bird flu
Two more people were reported to have died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in China, bringing the death toll to five out of the eight human cases
China: Human bird flu cases "likely to increase"
Human cases of bird flu may continue to increase in China if there are more bird flu outbreaks, Ministry of Health spokesman Mao Qun'an said at a press
Volunteers of bird flu vaccine in good condition
Another six volunteers who were vaccinated with bird flu bacteria have been in good condition over the past five days, according to a doctor in charge of the clinic test.
8th human bird flu case comfirmed in Hunan
The Ministry of Health on Jan. 9 announced the country's eighth human case of H5N1 bird flu. The infected was a 6-year-old boy surnamed Ouyang in Guiyang
China announces 8th human case of bird flu
China's Ministry of Health on Jan. 9 announced the country's eighth human case of H5N1 bird flu. The infected was a 6-year-old boy surnamed Ouyang in Guiyang
China produces 1st live bird flu vaccine
China plans to produce 1 billion doses of a new bird flu vaccine for animals that is designed to make an effort to inoculate the country's billions of farm birds
China hands over bird flu virus strains to WHO
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) on Tuesday handed over H5N1 human case isolates to the World Health Organization(WHO). Two
China confirms 5th human bird flu case
A 31-year old female patient suffering from an unknown pneumonia in northeast China's Liaoning Province has been confirmed to be infected of bird flu virus,
Asian countries to jointly combat bird flu
Asian countries vowed on Wednesday to exchange information, develop new vaccines and enhance investment in their joint efforts to control the spreading epidemic
Study shows vaccine can block bird flu spread in poultry
Vaccines can protect poultry from bird flu and block viral spread between birds, showed a Dutchstudy published in the Monday issue of Proceedings of the National
Bird flu virus in humans mutating
The H5N1 strain of bird flu seen in human cases in China has mutated as compared with strains found in human cases in Vietnam. Chinese labs have found that
2 more bird flu outbreaks confirmed in Xinjiang, Hunan
The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed two more bird flu outbreaks in poultry in the country's northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and central
Shanghai to screen intl passengers for bird flu prevention
Shanghai will begin on Monday screening international passengers for bird flu prevention. All passengers leaving or entering China will be asked to fill in
Taiwan to produce anti-bird flu drug when imported stocks run out
Taiwan has said it plans to produce the anti-bird flu drug Tamiflu on its own when stocks supplied by Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche run out. Taiwan's
Nation refutes rumor on death toll from bird flu
China's Ministry of Health(MOH) on Friday refuted a rumor on the Internet spread by a Japanese virologist saying China has had several hundred human deaths from
New bird flu outbreak reported in Inner Mongolia
China's Ministry of Agriculture on Friday confirmed one bird flu outbreak in the Zalantun city of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, It said in
China asks for WHO help in human bird flu probe
The World Health Organization (WHO) will send experts to join a mission to probe into the two confirmed human deaths from bird flu virus in east China's Anhui
Medical teams deployed to flu-hit village
Medical workers visit the Wangjia Village office to publicize prevention knowledge of bird flu epidemic in the town of Duanjia in Heishan County, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Nov. 16.
China confirms second human death from bird flu
China on Wednesday reported its second confirmed human fatality from bird flu. The 35-year-old woman, a farmer identified only by the surname Xu, died
Shanghai to ban sales of pet birds
China's largest city, Shanghai, will ban sales of canaries, parakeets and other pet birds as part of increasingly drastic measures aimed at preventing a wide-scale
Fight against bird flu needs enhancing: Agriculture Ministry
China's Ministry of Agriculture held a conference to call on all efforts to combat bird flu on Tuesday. A proposal advised at the conference stated that the focus of
Shanghai to prohibit sale of pet birds
Shanghai will ban the sale of pet birds next month as part of its avian-flu prevention efforts, putting an untold number of dealers out of business, authorities said yesterday.
China approves clinical test of self-developed human bird flu vaccine
China's drug watchdog Tuesday approved its home-made human bird flu vaccine for clinical test, a major progress in China's prevention efforts of possible pandemic
3 new bird flu outbreaks reported
China's Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday confirmed bird flu outbreaks in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and northwest China's Ningxia Hui
China tightens bird-flu measures further
China ordered already strict anti-bird flu measures tightened on Monday following two new outbreaks in poultry, while Romania said it would destroy 2,000 farm birds after
Bird flu cases under control, but situation remains grim
Chinese agricultural officials said here Monday that all the confirmed bird flu cases on the Chinese mainland have been effectively put under control, but the whole
2 new bird flu outbreaks reported in Inner Mongolia, Hubei
The Chinses Ministry of Agriculture Sunday confirmed bird flu outbreaks in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and central China's Hubei Province.
WHO: China containment measures "almost textbook"
China reported two new bird flu outbreaks Thursday as WHO's China head Henk Bekedam praised the Chinese government's containment measures as "almost textbook".  
Premier Wen: We will surely conquer bird flu
BEIJING, Nov. 17(Xinhuanet)--"We have conquered the SARS epidemic in 2003, and we will surely conquer the bird flu virus," said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao here Thursday when inspecting
Hubei, Xinjiang report highly pathogenic bird flu
Highly pathogenic bird flu outbreaks have been found in villages near Xiaogan of central China's Hubei Province and Hetian of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur
Human bird flu cases confirmed
China's Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed two human cases and one suspected case of H5N1 bird flu. The two confirmed cases involve a nine-
China confirms 1st human bird flu cases
China's Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed two human cases and one suspected case of H5N1 bird flu. The two confirmed cases involve a
Xinjiang reports bird flu cases
China has strengthened supervision and monitoring on the bird flu as new cases of the epidemic outbreak were reported in two counties of northwestern Xinjiang
Bird flu human vaccine ready for clinical tests
Chinese scientists have developed human vaccines for bird flu pandemic and will carry out clinical tests in a matter of days. Liu Yanhua, vice minister of
WHO to probe suspicious pneumonia cases in Hunan
World Health Organization(WHO) experts will come to central-south China's Hunan province to work with their Chinese peers to probe three possible human cases of
Liaoning reports two more bird flu cases
Two more bird flu cases have been confirmed in Liaoning Province, northeast China, where the first outbreak was confirmed last week, the local government said
Hunan monitors birds' migrating routes
Central China's Hunan Province has been closely monitoring the habitats and routes of migratory birds to guard against bird flu, according to the Hunan
Premier Wen: Situation in bird flu control"serious"
Premier Wen Jiabao has called on the nation to intensify efforts to fight bird flu when the country is facing a "very serious situation" in controlling the epidemic.
Shandong sets aside $3.7 mln for bird flu prevention
The government of east China's farming province of Shandong, home to the 2.5 billion poultry, decided to allocate 30 million yuan(3.7 million US dollars) to keep out
Fight against bird flu serious: agriculture minister
The fight against bird flu is serious, said Chinese Agriculture Minister Du Qinglin Tuesday. He also demanded the agricultural departments take all measures to
HK launches 1st drill on response to possible bird flu pandemic
Hong Kong Hospital Authority launched on Tuesday its first ever drill on the special administrative region's preparedness for a possible avian influenza
Beijing suspends live poultry trade against bird flu
All live poultry trade and downtown poultry feeding was temporarily suspended here as of Monday, an effort by the municipal authority to prevent an outbreak of bird
China develops bird flu vaccines
China has developed a series of vaccines, including inactivated vaccine against H5N2 AI, in a bid to control the fatal bird flu, Jia Youling, chief veterinary
No human infection of bird flu reported: ministry
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said Thursday that it hasn't received any report on human infection of bird flu. In an interview with Xinhua, a MOH
Region in Focus
Girl dies in Turkey, suspected victim of bird flu
A 12-year-old girl died on Sunday in Turkey, who was a suspected victim of the killer H5N1 virus, the CNN-Turk channel said. Doctors are testing
Bird flu detected in 11 cities across Turkey
The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Thursday that bird flu has been confirmed in 11 cities and over a dozen others may also have been
Vietnam to import more bird flu vaccines from China
Vietnam has completed procedures to import additional 150 million doses of vaccines against bird flu viruses among fowls, local newspaper People's Army on
Indonesian woman dies of suspected bird flu
An Indonesian woman who local health officials said, had suffered from bird flu died at a hospital here late Wednesday. "The patient died after
Sri Lankan hospitals equipped to tackle bird flu
Twenty hospitals are being upgraded to ensure treatment if a bird flu outbreak occurs in Sri Lanka, Daily News reported on Thursday. "These
WHO says Spain's implementation of anti-bird flu measures effective
Spain has effectively implemented its rigorous anti-bird flu measures, the World Health Organization(WHO) said in a report quoted by Spain's presidential office
Romania reports outbreak of bird flu cases in 2 villages
Bird flu was detected in another two villages in east Romania on Wednesday, raising the number of affected villages in the country to 25. The
International Cooperation
China, Thailand, Vietnam join hands in fighting human avian influenza
Officials and experts from China, Thailand and Vietnam on Thursday shared experiences and techniques in the prevention and control of human avian influenza and
Int'l meeting to be held on priorities for bird flu control
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that a meeting entitled "The H5N1 Agenda: Towards a global strategy" will be held at its Geneva headquarters
World community to join hands to avert flu pandemic
Health ministers from over 30 countries vowed here Tuesday to join hands to avert a flu pandemic. According to a communique issued at the "Global
Steps taken worldwide to curb H5N1 spread
More countries are seeking to prevent the contagion of avian flu through the migration of wild birds as the presence of a deadly strain of the virus was
Health ministers meet over bird flu plans
Health ministers and experts from 30 countries on Monday gathered here to discuss measures to ward off a wider spread of the bird flu virus, which experts fear
Basic facts about bird flu
¢ Chickens and turkeys are highly susceptible to infection and disease. ¢ The symptoms in birds are loss of appetite, ruffled feathers, fever, weakness, diarrhea and
What is avian influenza (bird flu)?
Avian influenza, or "bird flu", is a contagious disease of animals caused by viruses that normally infect only birds and, less commonly, pigs. While all bird species are thought to be
Is there evidence of human-to-human transmission now?
No. WHO teams in Viet Nam and Thailand are supporting governments in the design and conduct of studies needed to detect the earliest stage of human-to-human transmission. In parallel
Does human infection with H5N1 happen often?
No. Only very rarely. The first documented human infections with the H5N1 avian strain occurred in Hong Kong in 1997. In that first outbreak, 18 persons were hospitalized and 6 of them died.
What are the control measures in birds?
The most important control measures are rapid destruction ("culling" or "stamping out") of all infected or exposed birds, proper disposal of carcasses, and the quarantining and rigorous
What are the consequences of outbreaks in poultry?
Outbreaks of avian influenza, especially the highly pathogenic form, can be devastating for the poultry industry and for farmers. For example, an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza
How do outbreaks of avian influenza spread within a country?
Within a country, the disease spreads easily from farm to farm. Large amounts of virus are secreted in bird droppings, contaminating dust and soil. Airborne virus can spread the disease from

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