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2005-12-10 15:05:00

By Adam Entous WASHINGTON -- Warning an outbreak may be inevitable, the White House on Saturday conducted a test of its readiness for a feared bird flu pandemic and said federal agencies fared "quite well" without offering any details. Cabinet secretaries, military leaders and other top officials took part in the four-hour tabletop drill, which officials said was designed to assess the level of federal preparedness for a possible outbreak of bird flu or another deadly virus. "This is about...

2005-12-09 02:35:41

Please read in second paragraph ... lived in the Heishan county of Liaoning province... instead of ... lived in Heishan province... A corrected repeat follows: By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Maggie Fox BANGKOK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bird flu killed a young Thai boy, Asia's 70th victim of the deadly virus, authorities said on Friday, as two reports detailed how a pandemic could cause a serious recession in the United States. China also reported a new case of H5N1, the fifth person in...

2005-12-09 03:50:59

By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Maggie Fox BANGKOK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bird flu killed a young Thai boy, Asia's 70th victim of the deadly virus, authorities said on Friday, as two reports detailed how a pandemic could cause a serious recession in the United States. China also reported a new case of H5N1, the fifth person in the country known to have been infected with the deadly virus. The 31-year-old woman, who lived in the Heishan county of Liaoning province, has since recovered....

2005-12-09 00:13:46

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A pandemic of bird flu could cause a serious recession of the U.S. economy, with immediate costs of between $500 billion and $675 billion, according to two estimates released on Thursday. Both assume the H5N1 avian influenza now destroying flocks of poultry across Asia and parts of Europe makes the jump into humans and causes serious disease. So far, H5N1 has killed 69 people and infected 135, but world health...

2005-12-09 06:45:00

By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Maggie Fox BANGKOK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Thai boy has become the 70th Asian to die of bird flu, authorities said on Friday, as reports warned a flu pandemic could cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars as well as millions of lives. China also reported a new case of H5N1, the fifth person in the country known to have been infected with the deadly virus. The 31-year-old woman, who lived in Heishan county of Liaoning province, has since recovered....

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2005-12-09 03:50:00

By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Maggie Fox BANGKOK/WASHINGTON -- Bird flu killed a young Thai boy, Asia's 70th victim of the deadly virus, authorities said on Friday, as two reports detailed how a pandemic could cause a serious recession in the United States. China also reported a new case of H5N1, the fifth person in the country known to have been infected with the deadly virus. The 31-year-old woman, who lived in the Heishan county of Liaoning province, has since recovered. The death of the...

2005-12-08 22:54:40

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. hospitals could contribute to the spread of influenza during a pandemic because most do not follow good hygiene practices, a group reported on Thursday. Their report, combined with a Congressional Budget Office report showing a pandemic could cost the U.S. economy $675 billion, adds to an increasingly dire picture being painted of what a bird flu pandemic would look like in the United States. U.S. officials...

2005-12-08 23:10:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- A pandemic of bird flu could cause a serious recession of the U.S. economy, with immediate costs of between $500 billion and $675 billion, according to two estimates released on Thursday. Both assume the H5N1 avian influenza now destroying flocks of poultry across Asia and parts of Europe makes the jump into humans and causes serious disease. So far, H5N1 has killed 69 people and infected 135, but world health experts say it is...

2005-12-08 23:49:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A pandemic of bird flu could cause a serious recession of the U.S. economy, with immediate costs of between $500 billion and $675 billion, according to two estimates released on Thursday. Both assume the H5N1 avian influenza now destroying flocks of poultry across Asia and parts of Europe makes the jump into humans and causes serious disease. So far, H5N1 has killed 69 people and infected 135, but world health...

2005-12-08 17:17:19

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. hospitals could contribute to the spread of influenza during a pandemic because most do not follow good hygiene practices, a group reported on Thursday. Their report, combined with a Congressional Budget Office report showing a pandemic could cost the U.S. economy $675 billion, adds to an increasingly dire picture being painted of what a bird flu pandemic would look like in the United States. U.S. officials...