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2005-11-21 15:40:00

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Known as the "war room" or the "bunker," it is the world's nerve-center for tracking deadly diseases from Ebola hemorrhagic fever to bird flu. Each day, officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) use its sophisticated communications systems to monitor suspected disease outbreaks and contact experts in the field. The screen-filled room will become a global command center if the H5N1 bird flu virus, which has killed more than 60 people in Asia since...

2005-11-21 15:40:00

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Known as the "war room" or the "bunker," it is the world's nerve-center for tracking deadly diseases from Ebola hemorrhagic fever to bird flu. Each day, officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) use its sophisticated communications systems to monitor suspected disease outbreaks and contact experts in the field. The screen-filled room will become a global command center if the H5N1 bird flu virus, which has killed more than 60 people in Asia since...

2005-11-19 02:18:51

By Lee Suwan and Sonya Hepinstall PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - Pacific Rim leaders joined forces on Saturday to fight threats to their economies from a possible a bird flu pandemic and the impasse in world trade talks. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum's 21 leaders also voiced concern at the end of a two-day summit about the impact of high oil prices on their energy-hungry economies and agreed on steps to ease supply and demand strains. The group, which includes...

2005-11-18 13:30:52

By Lee Suwan and Martin Nesirky PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - Pacific Rim leaders end a two-day summit on Saturday and are expected to call for stronger efforts to break an impasse on opening up markets and more measures to beat the threat of bird flu. The leaders from the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum that accounts for nearly half of the world's commerce dined on scallops and ginseng salad on Friday after their first round of talks at a...

2005-11-18 01:32:01

By John Chalmers and Martin Nesirky PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - The leaders of 21 Pacific Rim economies began talks under tight security in this southern port city on Friday to shore up flagging talks on a global free trade pact and hammer out moves to fight bird flu. Police moved effectively to block rallies that activists had said would involve 100,000 people opposed variously to U.S. forces in South Korea, globalization and North Korea. As of mid-afternoon, witnesses said only...

2005-11-17 16:27:29

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba said on Thursday it was considering researching a vaccine against bird flu, warning that antiviral drugs available today are barely enough to protect "the rich people in rich nations" from a pandemic. Communist Cuba's biotech industry, one of the most advanced in the Third World, has developed dozens of new drugs, including the world's only vaccine against meningitis B and experimental cancer vaccines. "We have taken the first steps to think about a possible...

2005-11-17 14:31:43

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - World health experts said they expected to see more human bird flu infections in China, even as the U.S. Congress stalled funding of President George W. Bush's plan to cope with a pandemic. China confirmed its first human deaths from the H5N1 avian flu virus, saying one person in Anhui province had died and another in Hunan province was suspected of having been killed by the H5N1 strain. A second person diagnosed with bird flu in Hunan had...

2005-11-16 11:55:00

LONDON -- More research is needed to find the optimal dose of anti-flu drug Tamiflu for use in the event of a possible pandemic triggered by bird flu, a U.S. expert on the disease said on Wednesday. Dr John Beigel of the National Institutes of Health said Roche Holding AG's medicine remained the best available treatment but doctors needed better evidence-based guidance on its use. "Good rigorous data is lacking," Beigel told a bird flu conference organized by investment bank UBS. Beigel said...

2005-11-16 11:45:00

LONDON (Reuters) - More research is needed to find the optimal dose of anti-flu drug Tamiflu for use in the event of a possible pandemic triggered by bird flu, a U.S. expert on the disease said on Wednesday. Dr John Beigel of the National Institutes of Health said Roche Holding AG's medicine remained the best available treatment but doctors needed better evidence-based guidance on its use. "Good rigorous data is lacking," Beigel told a bird flu conference organised by investment bank UBS....

2005-11-16 05:36:06

BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese official has been quoted as saying bird flu antibodies were detected in a 9-year-old boy in Hunan province, strongly suggesting he could become China's first human bird flu infection. China's health ministry said on Wednesday it had not yet reached a final conclusion on the case. The semi-official China News Service, quoting Qi Xiaoqiu, director of the Ministry of Health's department of disease control, said the government was waiting for the...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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