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2006-01-20 15:39:25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney said that if avian flu were to arrive in the United States, it could deal a blow to the U.S. economy because of disruptions to businesses, schools and transportation systems. "It's the kind of thing I think that probably would have a major impact," Cheney said in an interview with radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt. "I think also when you start to think about a pandemic, some of the early measures basically are to shut down...

2006-01-19 13:05:36

GENEVA (Reuters) - An Iraqi teenager, whose death from a fever raised fears bird flu had spread to the country, did not have the lethal virus, a spokesman for the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. "It has been investigated and discounted. It is not an H5N1 (bird flu) case," spokesman Dick Thompson told Reuters. Iraqi health officials said the teenager, who died on Tuesday after a two-week illness, lived close to a lake that is a haven for migratory birds flying south...

2006-01-18 08:03:58

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese woman in southwest China has died from bird flu, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, in what would be the country's six human death from the virus if was confirmed. The 35-year-old woman surnamed Wei died in Sichuan province on January 11, the ministry said in a brief statement on its Web site (www.moh.gov.cn). The woman -- a poultry slaughterer -- lived in a village where domestic birds had died, the statement said, though it did not say if they had...

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...

2006-01-16 15:10:00

By Paul de Bendern ANKARA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday it expected more human cases of bird flu following the death of four people in Turkey, but said the risks to humans were steadily diminishing. The WHO confirmed laboratory test results in Ankara, which revealed that four people from two families in eastern Turkey died of bird flu this month and a further 16, largely children, were infected with the H5N1 virus. "We do expect to see some (more) cases...

2006-01-14 12:04:50

By Paul de Bendern ANKARA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization confirmed on Saturday that three people who caught the deadly bird flu virus have been discharged from hospital in Turkey as the government stepped up efforts to fight the outbreak. Belgium's Health Ministry also said tests on a journalist who felt ill after returning from Turkey's worst hit province showed he did not have bird flu. Turkey's government met on Saturday to discuss measures to help the country's $3...

2006-01-14 09:01:32

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium is testing a man, probably a journalist, for deadly bird flu after he felt ill when he returned from the Turkish province worst hit by the disease, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. The man was undergoing tests to determine whether he had contracted H5N1 avian flu, ministry spokesman Karim Ibourki said, adding results were expected later in the day. There was confusion over the man's identity, with some officials saying he may be a journalist who had...

2006-01-12 13:24:31

ANKARA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday the number of people who have caught the deadly bird flu virus in Turkey has risen to 18 from 15, most of them children. Guenael Rodier, head of the WHO mission to Turkey, told Reuters in an interview that laboratory tests in Ankara showed that a third dead child from the same family had the H5N1 bird flu virus. Initial tests had showed she did not have the virus. The girl's teenage brother and sister also died...

2006-01-12 04:50:00

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Thursday that poultry confinement measures to prevent the spread of bird flu could be extended if the country's food safety agency deemed there was a renewed bird flu risk. "We are continuously studying with France's food safety agency AFSSA the evolution of the confinement zones," French Agriculture Minister Dominique Bussereau told French television. France has ordered poultry to be kept inside in 26 of the 96 mainland departments seen most at risk from...


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