Latest Global spread of H5N1 Stories

2008-08-12 15:30:26

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Monday the discovery of a new strain of the N5N1 avian influenza among birds in Africa. The new strain is genetically different from those that circulated during the 2006 and 2007 Nigerian outbreaks.   "It is more similar to strains previously identified in Europe (Italy), Asia (Afghanistan) and the Middle East (Iran) in 2007," said the FAO in a statement. "The detection of a new avian influenza virus strain in...

2008-07-09 06:00:21

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "HK Scales Down Avian Flu Response Level To "Alert""] Hong Kong, July 9 (Xinhua) - The Secretary for Food and Health of Hong Kong York Chow Wednesday announced the scale down of the response level for avian influenza from "serious" to "alert". After the detection of H5N1 avian influenza in environmental samples collected from poultry stalls in Po On Road Market, Sham Shui Po, on June 7, the...

2008-05-12 16:15:00

All poultry in the South Korean capital city of Seoul have been killed in the government's effort to end the spread of avian flu, South Korean officials announced on Monday.The slaughter began Sunday night in response to the second confirmed outbreak of bird flu in lass than a week.The Seoul government said the killing of 15,000 chickens, ducks, pheasants and turkeys was crucial to containing the disease.The next step will be to prevent any new poultry from entering the country, says Kim...

2008-04-22 09:45:00

A lack of cooperation by Indonesian health officials to share samples of H5N1 avian influenza virus with other researchers across the globe is causing confusion among some U.S. officials about the future of a U.S. naval medical lab."There is very little question that our lack of progress of getting that laboratory MOU (memorandum of understanding) renewed is connected to this," U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said on Monday.U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2, or...

2008-04-03 11:10:00

Korean researchers reported on Wednesday that dogs are susceptible to avian influenza, adding that pets could be a potential threat in future pandemics.The study found three genetically similar canine influenza virus strains that originated in birds.By isolating and infecting beagles with the virus, researchers in South Korea said the dogs became ill.They also reported finding large amounts of avian influenza virus binding receptor in canine tracheal bronchial, and bronchiolar epithelial...

2008-03-27 01:30:00

Scientists reported Wednesday that the major forces behind recent avian flu outbreaks in Vietnam and Thailand are people, ducks, and rice patties, and not the number of chickens. Although avian influenza has been closely associated with chickens in the past, the new study found the number of chickens to be a less important predictor.Since 2003, avian flu has killed 236 people in 12 countries. Three waves of H5N1 bird flu in Thailand in Vietnam during 2004 and 2005 were studied by the U.N....

2008-01-30 13:35:00

Following the spread of bird flu throughout 13 of India's19 West Bengal districts, the country has taken steps to stem an outbreak of the virus in the heavily populated area.Hundreds of goats, pigs and wild birds have died since the H5N1 virus hit West Bengal's Birbhum district earlier this month.  It was the fourth outbreak of bird flu in India since 2006, but there have been no confirmation these deaths were due to the H5N1 virus.Workers are spraying roads and markets with...

2008-01-17 00:20:00

Government health officials in India are investigating hundreds of bird deaths in the eastern part of the country to determine if a recent bird flu outbreak that killed 54,000 birds has spread to new areas of the country.  The dead birds were found yesterday in four districts of West Bengal state, causing officials to issue new areas under watch for the H5N1 bird flu virus.  These include Nadia, Murshidabad, Burdwan and South 24 Parganas districts in West Bengal state.  Anisur...

2008-01-17 14:50:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a report today suggesting the H5N1 bird flu virus may be transmitted to humans through contaminated surfaces and dust. The organization reported that although most cases of H5N1 infection are passed directly from birds to people, researchers found that over one in four infected patients have no known source of the disease. "In one quarter or more of patients with the influenza A (H5N1) virus infection, the source of exposure is unclear, and...

2008-01-15 08:37:00

A 32-year-old Indonesian woman from just west of Jakarta has become the country's 95th person to die of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, a health ministry official said.  She died at her home the day after being taken out of a hospital where she was receiving treatment.  Two independent tests confirmed the woman was infected with the H5N1 virus.According to the World Health Organization, this case brings to 350 the number of cases of bird flu worldwide since 2003.  There have been...

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