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2006-01-20 05:28:52

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Friday its battle against a bird flu outbreak in people and poultry was being made harder by the failure of neighboring countries to admit to having the deadly H5N1 virus. "It is unofficially known that this illness exists in our neighboring countries which are ruled by closed regimes, but these countries do not declare this because of their systems," Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker told a news conference. He did not name the countries but Iran and...

2006-01-19 13:45:00

By Bob Burgdorfer CHICAGO -- Americans' hunger for chicken has not been slowed by the deadly bird flu that has killed people in Asia and parts of Europe even though surveys show that consumers here are very much aware of the disease, food industry sources said this week. However, if the dangerous H5N1 flu strain ever appears here, some food experts believe companies that produce and sell chicken could be hurt. "We have not seen any adverse impact on chicken consumption because of the avian...

2006-01-19 01:10:00

By Daren Butler VAN, Turkey -- The Ozcan family marked New Year's Day with a special meal of duck, slaughtered and prepared by 16-year-old Fatma with help from her little brother Muhammet. A fortnight later Fatma was dead, the fourth Turk killed by bird flu. Five-year-old Muhammet is now fighting for his life on a respirator in the hospital where she died in eastern Turkey. In the Kocyigits' home on New Year's Day, hopes for 2006 were devastated by the death of their teenage son. He was the...

2006-01-18 10:10:13

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - International donors pledged $1.9 billion on Wednesday for a global fund to combat bird flu, while Iraq tested a dead teenage girl for the virus. The funding promised at the end of an international conference in Beijing was well in excess of an initial target set by the World Bank to raise at least $1.2 billion. Conference host China reported that a 35-year-old woman in the southwest of the country had died of bird flu. The woman, a poultry...

2006-01-18 08:13:09

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - International donors pledged $1.9 billion on Wednesday for a global fund to combat bird flu, while Iraq tested a dead teenage girl for the virus. The funding promised at the end of an international conference in Beijing was well in excess of an initial target set by the World Bank to raise at least $1.2 billion. Conference host China reported that a 35-year-old woman in the southwest of the country had died of bird flu. The woman, a poultry...

2006-01-18 03:15:00

PARIS -- STMicroelectronics is planning to market a disposable laboratory microchip that can confirm within about an hour a human case of bird flu at a limited cost, the European chip maker said on Wednesday. STMicroelectronics is developing a test that could be available to healthcare providers this autumn, with Singapore-based medical diagnostics company Veredus Laboratories Pte Ltd. "To be available in time for the next flu season, the single-test application will be a substantial...

2006-01-18 03:10:00

PARIS -- STMicroelectronics said on Wednesday it planned to market a disposable laboratory microchip that can confirm within about an hour a human case of bird flu at a limited cost. STMicroelectronics said in a statement it was developing the test that could be available to healthcare providers this autumn, with Singapore-based medical diagnostics company Veredus Laboratories Pte Ltd. Bird flu or the H5N1 virus has killed at least 79 people since 2003, according to the latest WHO tally which...

2006-01-17 16:57:21

By Ben Blanchard and Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Rich donor nations meeting in Beijing started haggling on Tuesday over how best to raise $1.4 billion to fight bird flu as new cases were reported in children in Indonesia and Turkey. The European Union raised its pledge for the fund by $20 million to $120 million, but details on other contributions were still scarce. As if to underscore the need, Indonesia's health ministry said a 3-year-old boy who died Tuesday was being tested...

2006-01-17 03:15:00

By Ben Blanchard and Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Bird flu experts meeting in Beijing warned on Tuesday that there was no time to lose in battling a disease that has killed almost 80 people since 2003 and has now arrived at the gates of Europe and the Middle East. The World Bank hopes the meeting will raise at least $1.2 billion to help improve health and veterinary services in developing countries grappling with outbreaks, and to strengthen surveillance in areas not yet affected by the...

2006-01-17 03:15:00

By Ben Blanchard and Lindsay Beck BEIJING -- Bird flu experts meeting in Beijing warned on Tuesday that there was no time to lose in battling a disease that has killed almost 80 people since 2003 and has now arrived at the gates of Europe and the Middle East. The World Bank hopes the meeting will raise at least $1.2 billion to help improve health and veterinary services in developing countries grappling with outbreaks, and to strengthen surveillance in areas not yet affected by the H5N1 flu...


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