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By Ben Blanchard and Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Bird flu experts meeting in Beijing warned on Tuesday that time was of the essence 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.
Muslim pilgrims performed final rites of the haj on Thursday, as the pilgrimage wound down safely after fears of the possible spread of bird flu and a repeat of the deadly stampedes of past years.
A U.N. health expert said on Wednesday the case of two Turkish boys who tested positive for bird flu without developing symptoms provided a chance to learn more about the virus which has killed 78 people worldwide.
More than two million Muslim pilgrims pelted stones at symbols of the devil in the second day of a sacred ritual on Wednesday amid tight security to avert stampedes during the haj pilgrimage.
By Heba Kandil MUZDALIFAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - More than two million Muslim pilgrims began arriving at Muzdalifah near Mecca on Monday, praying for a safe haj after a hostel collapse and warnings of a possible spread of deadly bird flu.
By Heba Kandil MENA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Over two million Muslims arrived at the tented city of Mena on Sunday, the first day of a haj pilgrimage marred by the deaths of 76 people in the collapse of a pilgrim hostel.
By Heba Kandil MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Over two million Muslims began streaming out of Mecca on Sunday, the first day of a haj pilgrimage already marred by the deaths of 76 people in the collapse of a pilgrim hostel.
There is no vaccine and drugs are in short supply but Americans may be able to ride out any bird flu pandemic if they stock up on supplies and keep their children clean, the U.S. government said on Friday.
ANKARA (Reuters) - A 14-year-old Turkish boy has died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, a doctor said on Wednesday, confirming the first human death from the disease outside China and southeast Asia.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will begin mass-production of a new bird flu vaccine for poultry by the end of the month that could also help in the development of a vaccine to protect people, state media said on Monday.
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.