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2006-05-22 08:45:00

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - World Health Organization chief Lee Jong-wook of South Korea died on Monday two days after suffering a blood clot on the brain, the United Nations agency said. Lee, 61, was spearheading the organization's fight against global threats from bird flu, AIDS and other infectious diseases. WHO director-general since 2003, Lee was his country's top international official. "I am sorry to tell you that Dr. Lee Jong-wook, director-general of the WHO, died this...

2006-05-22 04:50:00

By Richard Waddington GENEVA -- The World Health Organization's director-general Lee Jong-wook of South Korea died on Monday after surgery to remove a blood clot from the brain, the United Nations agency said. Lee, 61, had been WHO chief since 2003 and was spearheading the Organization's fight against the global threat of bird flu. "I am sorry to tell you that Dr. Lee Jong-wook, director-general of the WHO, died this morning," Spain's Health Minister Elena Salgado, who was chairing the...

2006-05-14 12:50:00

By Peter Murphy ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Days after bird flu was detected in Ivory Coast, hundreds of people were trembling, flapping their arms and clucking like hens. But there was no cause for alarm -- the outbreak was confined to dancefloors. The movements which are now the talk of the town in the West African country are the brainchild of a 21-year-old disc jockey DJ Lewis, who invented a dance making light of the deadly virus -- by imitating a chicken in its death throes during a cull. "When...

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2006-05-12 19:40:00

CUMMING, Ga. -- Going to the Milford family chicken farm is like trying to infiltrate a high-security medical lab. After the car's wheels are sprayed down with disinfectant, visitors are outfitted with blue biohazard suits, clear boot coveralls, tight latex gloves and lunch-lady hairnets. Then, before entering the chicken coop, guests must immerse their feet in a soupy but powerful iodine cleanser. Like other poultry farmers across the country, the Milfords are taking extreme precautions to...

2006-05-08 15:29:06

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A film about a fictional bird flu pandemic that will air on television on Tuesday has experts worried it will panic some people and convince others that legitimate warnings are mere hype. But the same experts are taking advantage of publicity surrounding the made-for-television movie to stress what they see as the need for individuals, businesses and local officials to do what they can to prepare. The Health and...

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2006-05-07 16:05:00

By Scott Malone NEW YORK -- As major U.S. companies brace for the threat of bird flu mutating into a form that could jump from human to human, they face one unusual challenge -- persuading employees to stay home. "We're going to have to get over the mind-set that you can't be productive from home," said Andrew Spacone, crisis manager at Textron Inc., a $9.5-billion diversified maker of items ranging from Cessna jets to EZ-GO Golf Carts. "At some point in time -- earlier as opposed to later in...

2006-04-06 10:08:22

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Tests have confirmed that a wild swan found dead in Scotland had the lethal H5N1 strain of bird flu -- Britain's first case of the disease, government officials said on Thursday. The discovery of the virulent strain in the Mute swan makes Britain the 14th country in the European Union to find the disease on its territory. Bird flu has been blamed for 108 human deaths elsewhere since 2003.

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2006-04-05 11:30:00

NEW YORK -- People living in areas where bird flu has been found in poultry or wild birds should keep their cats indoors, say scientists who believe the potential role of felines in spreading the virus is being overlooked. Cats have been known to become infected with the H5N1 virus and lab experiments show they can give it to other cats, although nobody knows whether they can transmit it to people or poultry, the researchers say in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. Scientists know so...

2006-04-04 21:31:13

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States wants to increase humanitarian assistance to Palestinians and help them control an outbreak of bird flu even though it will not give aid to a Hamas-led government, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday. Rice is close to concluding a review of U.S. aid to Palestinians as she seeks to balance efforts to prevent suffering among Palestinians while avoiding any U.S. dealings with Hamas, which Washington considers a...

2006-04-03 17:20:02

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Travel restrictions and school closures will do little to stop a pandemic of bird flu from marching across the United States, but they may slow it enough to distribute drugs and vaccines, according to a new study published on Monday. "It's probably not going to be practical to contain a potential pandemic by merely trying to limit contact between people such as by travel restrictions, quarantine or even closing...