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2006-03-20 13:35:00

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The H5N1 strain of bird flu in humans has evolved into two separate strains, U.S. researchers reported on Monday, which could complicate developing a vaccine and preventing a pandemic. One strain, or clade, made people sick in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in 2003 and 2004 and a second, a cousin of the first, caused the disease in people in Indonesia in 2004. Two clades may share the same ancestor but are distinct -- as are different clades, or strains, of the AIDS virus,...

2006-03-20 10:47:03

By Megan Goldin JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel poisoned hundreds of thousands of turkeys and chickens as it sought on Monday to contain an outbreak of the dangerous H5N1 strain of bird flu which has been spreading at an alarming rate. The virus has rippled out from Asia to the Middle East, Europe and Africa in recent months, with migratory birds seen as the main culprit. Bird flu can infect people who come into close contact with infected poultry and has killed at least 98 people...

2006-03-16 09:50:00

MOSCOW -- The deadly bird flu virus, which has hit Asia, Europe and Africa, may spread to the United States late this year and risks mutating dangerously there, Russia's top animal and plant health inspector said on Thursday. "We think that H5N1 (strain of bird flu virus) will reach the United States in autumn," Sergei Dankvert told Reuters. "This is very realistic. We may be almost certain this will happen after this strain is found in Great Britain, before autumn, as migrating birds will...

2006-03-14 11:13:09

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it believed test results showing three young women in Azerbaijan had died of bird flu were reliable, but it awaited final confirmation from a British laboratory. Azeri health officials said the three victims had fallen ill with the disease after contact with sick birds and were not thought to have infected each other. "The information we have from the Ministry of Health is that it is indeed three...

2006-03-14 07:37:17

By Yousuf Azimy KABUL (Reuters) - Afghans should avoid touching chickens, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday, as the country awaited test results to determine if bird flu found in five chickens is the deadly H5N1 strain. There is a high risk the H5 bird flu subtype found in two different places in Afghanistan is H5N1, the United Nations said. Results of tests to determine the strain are expected later on Tuesday or on Wednesday. "Don't touch chickens at the moment, until this...

2006-03-10 00:05:00

WASHINGTON -- The H5N1 avian flu virus has not yet made its way to North America, although many experts believe it will, U.S. government researchers said on Thursday. Eight months worth of sampling migratory birds has turned up no evidence of the dangerous H5N1 strain, the team at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center said. The team has been sampling migratory waterfowl, considered to be the most likely carriers of influenza viruses from east Asia across to western...

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...

2006-03-08 03:25:00

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING -- A nine-year-old girl has died of bird flu in China, state media said on Wednesday, as the United Nations stepped up efforts to battle the rapidly spreading virus. The girl, China's 10th known death from bird flu, died on Monday night in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the official Xinhua news agency said. Her death comes days after the government confirmed that a 32-year-old man had died from the H5N1 virus in the southern province of Guangdong, near Hong Kong,...

2006-03-07 23:30:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - A 9-year-old girl has died from bird flu in eastern China, bringing the country's death toll from the disease to 10, Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday. The girl, surnamed You, died on Monday night in Zhejiang province "after all rescue efforts failed," Xinhua said, quoting the information office of the Ministry of Health. She was diagnosed with bird flu in late February after visiting relatives who kept poultry, Xinhua said previously. A 32-year-old man died from the...

2006-03-06 09:30:00

By Karolina Slowikowska WARSAW -- Avian flu extended its spread across Europe as Poland confirmed its presence in wild birds on Monday and experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) met to discuss the threat of a human influenza pandemic. China said on Sunday the H5N1 virus had killed a man in the southern Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong. There had been no reported outbreaks in birds in the area where he died and experts in Hong Kong urged authorities to find the source. The...


Word of the Day
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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