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2006-01-17 00:32:38

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. The World Bank hopes the meeting will raise $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...

2006-01-12 04:40:00

By Heba Kandil MENA, Saudi Arabia -- 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. More than two million people took part in this year's haj, which was overshadowed by the collapse of a Mecca hostel that killed 76 people ahead of the pilgrimage and warnings the huge crowds could lead to a possible spread of the deadly bird flu. But new measures...

2006-01-11 12:10:00

By Gareth Jones ANKARA -- 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. The two children contracted the virus after playing with two dead birds they found near their home in the central Turkish town of Beypazari, west of the capital Ankara. "This is a very interesting case. They have still shown no symptoms of the virus and...

2006-01-11 06:15:00

By Heba Kandil MENA, Saudi Arabia -- 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. Pilgrims from all over the world gather in the holy city of Mecca each year for the five-day haj, which is a duty for every able-bodied Muslim at least once in a lifetime. Haj, one of the most striking manifestations of religious faith in the world today, has...

2006-01-09 13:54:57

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. After a day of prayer at Mount Arafat, the site of Prophet Mohammad's last sermon 1,400 years ago, a mass of pilgrims in white robes, meant to erase differences of class and culture, moved on foot chanting prayers. Others climbed onto...

2006-01-08 14:00:41

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. Moving in cars, vans and on foot, a mass of white-robed pilgrims poured into the valley from the holy city of Mecca at the start of the five-day ritual, a duty for every able-bodied Muslim at least once in their lifetime. Saudi Arabia has deployed a record 60,000...

2006-01-08 06:15:59

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. Moving in cars, vans and on foot, a mass of white-robed pilgrims poured into a tented city at the valley of Mena at the start of the five-day ritual, a duty for every able-bodied Muslim at least once in their lifetime. Saudi Arabia has deployed a record 60,000...

2006-01-06 15:25:00

WASHINGTON -- 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. The Health and Human Services Department's checklist illustrates just how little can be done to prevent widespread illness and disruption if H5N1 avian influenza causes a pandemic -- a global epidemic -- this year. The virus still mostly affects birds, but the deaths of three...

2006-01-04 17:12:51

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. Doctors had originally said Mehmet Ali Kocyigit died of pneumonia on Sunday in Van hospital in eastern Turkey. "He died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu," Huseyin Avni Sahin, head doctor at Van hospital, told a televised news conference. The boy's sister, Fatma, has also been diagnosed as...

2005-12-25 22:39:42

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. The new vaccine -- 1 billion shots of which are expected to have been produced by year-end -- will be used alongside existing vaccines from next year, the China Daily said, quoting chief veterinarian Jia Youling. The live vaccine, which will also work against another...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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