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2006-03-16 08:25:00

By Tom Armitage ZURICH -- Swiss drug maker Roche is boosting output of its flu drug Tamiflu by a third in order to meet increased demand from governments building stockpiles to deal with a potential pandemic triggered by bird flu. The Basel-based group said on Thursday it would lift production capacity by an additional 100 million treatments to a total of 400 million treatments by the end of the year, after striking deals with external producers. Roche said it expects 1.1 billion to 1.2...

2006-03-09 08:20:00

By Telly Nathalia JAKARTA -- An Indonesia-Japan venture said on Thursday it has created what it believes is a more effective bird flu vaccine for poultry and hopes to quickly boost production to help nations fight the deadly H5N1 flu strain. PT. IPB Shigeta said it is using a new production technique called reverse genetics in which an inactivated, genetically modified form of the H5N1 virus is grown in special chicken eggs. The inactivated virus is then harvested for production of the...

2006-02-22 10:35:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain took a strong stand on Wednesday against the use of bird flu vaccines for poultry, approved the same day by the EU, saying they could hide and spread the disease. Britain's farm ministry issued a statement almost simultaneously with a decision by farm experts meeting in Brussels, who approved a plan by France and the Netherlands, two of Europe's biggest poultry producers, to vaccinate their flocks. While the British statement made no mention of that decision, it did...

2006-02-22 07:55:00

LONDON -- Bird flu vaccines mask the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus and fail to offer a general solution to the spread of the disease, Britain's farm ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. "Crucially, though these vaccines protect against disease, they will not prevent birds from becoming infected and shedding virus," Deputy Chief Vet Fred Landeg said in a statement issued by the ministry. "Because symptoms of disease would be masked, the hidden presence of disease would pose a serious...

2006-02-20 09:05:00

By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI -- India began a door-to-door search for people with fever on Monday, quarantining six people in hospital as the world's second most populous nation tried to contain its first outbreak of bird flu. In Europe, France tried to calm consumer fears after its first case of the H5N1 virus was discovered at the weekend by asking people to eat chicken. India's health minister said the situation was "under control." As the two distant nations coped with their first cases...

2006-02-20 08:30:00

By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - India began a door-to-door search for people with fever on Monday, quarantining three babies in hospital as the world's second most populous nation tried to contain its first outbreak of bird flu. In Europe, France tried to calm consumer fears after its first case of the H5N1 virus was discovered at the weekend by asking people to eat chicken. India's health minister said the situation was "under control." As the two distant nations coped with their...

2006-02-20 08:40:00

By Hari Ramachandran NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's poultry product exporters, hit by the first cases of bird flu, fear major losses unless the government acts immediately to reassure importing nations over food safety, a trade official said on Monday. The secretary of the All India Poultry Products Exporters' Association, P. Valsan, told Reuters that exporters had halted sales after the outbreak because they were concerned that importing countries might not accept the consignments. "From...

2006-02-10 06:01:00

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it was sending a team of 7 or 8 experts to Nigeria to try to prevent human cases of bird flu after outbreaks in poultry. "We have a team arranged to go tomorrow (Saturday) or Sunday," Michael Perdue, an epidemiologist at WHO's global influenza program, told a news briefing. There was no evidence of human cases in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, where there have been mass deaths of chickens in the...

2006-02-08 21:55:00

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Two Indonesian women from an area just east of the capital are in hospital after local tests showed they had the H5N1 bird flu virus, a senior Health Ministry official said on Thursday. Hariadi Wibisono, director of control of animal-borne diseases at the ministry, said the two women -- one aged 27 and the other 22 -- were being treated at a Jakarta hospital designated for bird flu patients. "We received the results last night. Their health condition now is worsening,"...

2006-02-06 08:55:00

By Shamal Aqrawi ARBIL, Iraq -- Iraq was treating six patients from the same part of northern Iraq for suspected bird flu on Monday as international experts began to help the war-ravaged country fight the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) team arrived in the country at the weekend, after laboratory tests last week confirmed that an Iraqi teenage girl who died last month had H5N1 avian influenza, raising fears that the virus had spread from neighbouring Turkey. Iraqi medical...


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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