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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...

2006-07-19 22:31:25

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An international test has confirmed a 44-year-old Indonesian man who died this month had bird flu, a senior health ministry official said on Thursday. That takes the total confirmed bird flu deaths in Indonesia to 42, to tie with Vietnam as the country with most human victims from the H5N1 avian flu strain. Vietnam's 42nd bird flu death occurred in 2005. Indonesia has had more deaths this year than any other country.

2006-07-16 03:00:00

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 44-year-old Indonesian who died four days ago has tested positive for bird flu, a senior Health Ministry official said on Sunday, citing a local test. If the diagnosis is confirmed by a laboratory sanctioned by the World Health Organization (WHO), the East Jakarta man would be the 42nd bird flu death in Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago where the virus has killed millions of fowl and caused more human deaths this year than in any other country....

2006-07-14 08:07:32

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A three-year-old Indonesian girl who died this month has tested positive for bird flu according to tests by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, a health ministry official said on Friday. The child's death takes the number of human bird flu deaths in the country to 41. Lily Sulistyowati, the health ministry's spokeswoman, said the toddler had contact with sick fowl, the usual route of transmission of the H5N1 virus, which is endemic in...

2006-07-13 07:17:04

LONDON (Reuters) - Multiple mutations have been found in the H5N1 bird flu virus that killed seven family members in Indonesia although scientists are unsure of their significance, a leading science journal said on Thursday. But researchers believe the findings reinforce the need for bird flu data to be more widely available to improve understanding of the deadly virus. "The functional significance of the mutations isn't clear -- most of them seem unimportant," the journal Nature...

2006-07-12 17:50:36

By Kevin Krolicki DETROIT (Reuters) - Michigan health officials said on Wednesday they were working to track frozen Chinese poultry smuggled into the United States and found in a Detroit-area warehouse in a series of raids over the past month. Officials said there was no sign the frozen chicken, duck and pigeon carcasses -- some packed with entrails intact -- had been contaminated with the deadly avian influenza virus. But state officials also said no testing for bird flu had been...

2006-07-07 11:52:59

MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish laboratory has confirmed the country's first case of H5N1 bird flu after analyzing a sample taken from a wild migratory water bird, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday. The dead great crested grebe was found in the northern province of Alava and a sample sent to the National Reference Laboratory on Thursday revealed "high pathogen" H5N1, the ministry said. The government has forbidden transport of poultry or bird hunting within a 3 km (1.8 mile)...

2006-07-07 08:07:21

MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish laboratory has confirmed the country's first case of H5N1 bird flu after analyzing a sample taken from a wild migratory water bird, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday. The dead great crested grebe was found in the northern province of Alava and a sample sent to the National Reference Laboratory on Thursday revealed "high pathogen" H5N1, the ministry said. The government has forbidden transport of poultry or bird hunting within a 3 km (1.8 mile)...

2006-07-07 07:23:48

MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish laboratory has confirmed the country's first case of H5N1 bird flu after analyzing a sample taken from a wild migratory water bird, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday. "The National Reference Laboratory has confirmed a case of highly pathogenic H5N1 type bird flu," said the Agriculture Ministry in a news release. The great crested grebe was found in the northern province of Alava and was sent to the National Reference Laboratory on Thursday, the...