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2006-08-04 02:25:00

By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG -- A leading virologist has urged countries battling new H5N1 bird flu outbreaks in animals to analyze the genetic makeup of the virus to trace its origins and better arm themselves to combat the disease. Malik Peiris of the University of Hong Kong, who has studied the virus for nearly 10 years, said genetic sequencing of H5N1 strains found in animals would help scientists get their hands on vital information, and governments could in turn do more to control the spread...

2006-08-03 08:40:40

By Darren Schuettler BANGKOK (Reuters) - New outbreaks of bird flu in Thailand and Laos are fanning fears the disease is flaring up again in Asia, although concerns the virus was mutating in Indonesia have subsided. In Vietnam, which has not reported any outbreak of the H5N1 virus in poultry in the last seven months, a 35-year-old man was hospitalized in the southern province of Kien Giang, on the border with Cambodia, with suspected bird flu. And there were signs on Thursday bird...

2006-07-28 13:50:58

By Nita Bhalla and Kamil Zaheer NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Asian countries hit by bird flu made plans on Friday to join forces to fight the H5N1 virus, which killed a teenager in Thailand and was found in chickens in Laos this week. It was the first human case in Thailand this year and the first outbreak in Laos since 2004. The cases were reminders that the virus, which has killed 134 people out of 232 known to be infected, will not soon be eradicated. In the "Delhi Declaration" --...

2006-07-25 22:38:51

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A 17-year-old Thai has died of the H5N1 bird flu virus, the country's 15th death since the virus swept across parts of Asia in late 2003, a senior health official said on Wednesday. The young man died on Monday in the northern province of Pichit, where authorities have confirmed the country's first outbreak of the virus among poultry in eight months. "The final lab test confirmed that he died of bird flu," Kamnuan Ungchusak, head of the Health Ministry's...

2006-07-21 13:24:00

LONDON (Reuters) - European regulators have given a green light to the first two avian influenza vaccines for use in birds, the European Medicines Agency said on Friday. The decision means vaccines will be available to control avian flu in chickens and ducks in the high-risk autumn and winter 2006 period. Both vaccines -- from Intervet, a unit of Akzo Nobel, and Fort Dodge Animal Health, part of Wyeth -- reduce mortality and virus excretion in vaccinated birds exposed to infection....

2006-07-21 12:59:43

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department's failure to develop a "comprehensive" program to monitor for bird flu could leave the country unprepared if an outbreak happens, a bipartisan group of senators said on Friday. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, six lawmakers said some states were not as prepared as they should be for the disease. In order to better protect public health, they said, the department should provide states with a protocol for...

2006-07-07 04:41:07

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish national radio reported on Friday that the first case of H5N1 bird flu had been confirmed in a great crested grebe in the northern city of Vitoria but the Basque Country regional government said results of tests were still not available. Up to now there have been no cases of H5N1 in Spain.

2006-07-03 13:20:00

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa has found a benign strain of bird flu on an ostrich farm in the country's west, officials said on Monday. South Africa culled around 15,000 ostriches after a similar outbreak in 2004 in an effort to contain the highly contagious disease. The European Union resumed ostrich imports from South Africa in November last year after it declared itself free of H5N2 bird flu -- deadly to animals but, unlike the highly pathogenic H5N1 variety, not humans. The Department of...

2006-07-03 07:20:45

By Telly Nathalia JAKARTA (Reuters) - A World Health Organization laboratory test has confirmed a 5-year-old Indonesian boy who died last month was infected with bird flu, a health ministry official said on Monday. His death takes the total number of confirmed bird flu fatalities in the country to 40. The victim died on June 16 in Tulungagung in East Java province after being admitted to hospital on June 8, I Nyoman Kandun, director general for communicable disease control at the...

2006-07-01 00:05:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has found the H5N1 avian influenza virus in birds in the northwestern region of Ningxia, the Agriculture Ministry said, suggesting a fresh outbreak. The National Bird Flu Reference Laboratory identified the virus on Thursday in samples taken from the town of Xuanhe in Ningxia's Zhongwei city, the ministry said late on Friday on its Web site (www.agri.gov.cn). Measures had been taken to prevent the outbreak from spreading, it said. The announcement did not say whether...