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2005-11-16 01:58:27

By Ho Binh Minh HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam, where bird flu has killed 42 people, will test a vaccine against the H5N1 virus in humans in early 2006 as long as it gets government and World Health Organization approval, a top health official said on Wednesday. Pham Ngoc Dinh, deputy head of the National Hygiene and Epidemiology Institute, told Reuters Vietnam had started work on a human bird flu vaccine in early 2004 and had tested it successfully on chickens and monkeys. A research...

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2005-11-14 15:45:00

By Ade Rina JAKARTA -- Indonesia said on Monday a 20-year-old woman had died of bird flu while several countries reported new suspected human cases of the deadly virus. The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed more than 60 people in Asia and is endemic in most poultry flocks in the region. It remains hard for humans to catch but scientists fear it will mutate into a form that passes easily among people. If it does so, millions could die as happened during three flu pandemics in the 20th century....

2005-11-14 10:15:00

By Ade Rina JAKARTA -- Indonesia said on Monday a 20-year-old woman had died of bird flu while several countries reported new suspected human cases of the deadly virus. The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed more than 60 people in Asia and is endemic in most poultry flocks in the region. It remains hard for humans to catch but scientists fear it will mutate into a form that passes easily among people. If it does so, millions could die as happened during three flu pandemics in the 20th century....

2005-11-11 11:27:44

By John Crawley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. airlines could be on the front lines in a bird flu outbreak and federal health officials are streamlining procedures for the possible quarantine of sick passengers. But some airline workers and health experts see shortfalls in planning and recommend additional steps they say could save lives and help a financially fragile industry fly through a potential nightmare. The Bush administration hopes quick action can contain any U.S. outbreak...

2005-11-10 17:57:13

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the face of a widening U.S. trade deficit with China, President George W. Bush will pressure China to make good on a pledge of economic concessions on an Asia tour that will also focus on fighting bird flu and North Korea's nuclear program, a top aide said on Thursday. Bush, facing political turmoil at home over the Iraq war, soaring gasoline prices and a CIA leak probe, leaves on Monday for a week-long trip to Japan, South Korea, China and...

2005-11-08 05:40:00

By Ho Binh Minh HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnamese man has died of bird flu, the latest case in Asia that underlines the urgency for top health experts drawing up a strategy in Geneva to prevent the virus from spreading to humans around the globe. Hours after Vietnam reported its latest case, Indonesia said a girl who died on Tuesday might have had bird flu. The World Bank says a flu pandemic lasting a year could cost the global economy up to $800 billion and health experts say it is imperative...

2005-11-08 05:05:00

By Ho Binh Minh HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnamese man has died of bird flu, the latest case in Asia that underlines the urgency for top health experts drawing up a strategy in Geneva to prevent the virus from spreading to humans around the globe. Hours after Vietnam reported its latest case, Indonesia said a girl who died on Tuesday might have had bird flu. The World Bank says a flu pandemic lasting a year could cost the global economy up to $800 billion and health experts say it is imperative...

2005-11-08 00:30:00

By Ho Binh Minh HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnamese man has died of bird flu, the latest case in Asia that underlines the urgency for top health experts drawing up a strategy in Geneva to prevent the virus from spreading to humans around the globe. The World Bank says a flu pandemic lasting a year could cost the global economy up to $800 billion and health experts say it is imperative to control the spread of the H5N1 avian flu virus in animals before it mutates and spreads easily among people....

2005-11-07 20:26:40

HANOI (Reuters) - Bird flu has killed a Vietnamese man, the country's 42nd victim and the first in the latest outbreak of the virus among poultry in the Southeast Asian country, a government official said on Tuesday. The 35-year-old man from Hanoi died late last month after eating a chicken with his family, Nguyen Van Binh, deputy director of the Health Ministry's Preventive Medicine Department, told Reuters. "Other members of the family are still fine, but there is a poultry market...

2005-11-02 20:35:00

(Please read in seventh paragraph ... "Leavitt said Roche AG, maker of the antiviral drug Tamiflu ... instead of ... the vaccine Tamiflu.) By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal health officials said on Wednesday they have persuaded drug makers to speed delivery of medications to fight influenza, including a possible bird flu pandemic, as part of $7.1 billion plan they also hope will modernize the vaccine industry. The officials had to defend their flu...


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