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2007-02-10 11:21:12

UNITED NATIONS - Experts suspect the current spread of bird flu in Asia, Africa and Europe is mainly a result of trade in infected live birds rather than transmission through wild birds, the U.N. official coordinating the global fight against avian influenza said Friday. Dr. David Nabarro said investigators looking into the cause of a bird flu outbreak at a commercial turkey farm in Britain are now focusing on a possible link with the transfer of partly processed birds from a farm in...

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2006-12-04 17:15:00

WASHINGTON -- Birds from Latin America - not from the north - are most likely to bring deadly bird flu to the main U.S., researchers said Monday, suggesting the government might miss the H5N1 virus because biologists have been looking in the wrong direction. The United States' $29 million bird flu surveillance program has focused heavily on migratory birds flying from Asia to Alaska, where researchers this year collected tens of thousands of samples from wild birds nesting on frozen tundra...

2006-09-02 17:06:41

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mallard ducks in Pennsylvania have tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus, the U.S. Agriculture and Interior departments said on Saturday, adding to cases detected recently in Maryland and Michigan. A strain of the H5N1 avian influenza virus was found in wild ducks sampled August 28 in Crawford County in northwestern Pennsylvania. "Testing has ruled out the possibility of this being the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that has...

2006-09-01 16:42:41

By Charles Abbott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mallard ducks in Maryland have tested positive for bird flu, apparently a common, less pathogenic strain that poses no risk to humans, the U.S. Agriculture and Interior departments said on Friday. The H5N1 avian influenza virus was found in fecal samples from "resident wild" mallards in Queen Anne's County in Maryland, on the U.S. central Atlantic coast. "Testing has ruled out the possibility of this being the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain...

2006-08-28 17:31:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A second round of tests on swans in Michigan confirmed the birds have a low-pathogenic strain of H5N1 and not the deadly avian influenza virus that has killed more than 141 people in Asia, Europe and Africa, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Monday. Routine tests conducted in a Michigan gaming area earlier this month found two of about 20 swans had what was believed to be a low-pathogenic strain of H5N1. "Genetic testing confirms that these swans were not...

2006-08-27 22:20:00

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam, which has been free of human bird flu cases this year, has found the H5N1 virus on a small duck farm, animal health officials said on Monday. The discovery was made in the southern province of Ben Tre as neighboring countries Laos, China and Thailand have all reported new outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 virus in recent weeks. "We have received laboratory confirmation that the ducks had the H5N1 virus," an animal health official from Thach Phu district, Ben Tre...

2006-08-24 20:35:00

By Ahmad Pathoni JAKARTA -- Caswali has sold live chickens in a crowded traditional market in the Indonesian capital for over 10 years, but he has never been given any information on how to prevent bird flu. "I've only heard of bird flu from the news on television. But I'm not afraid as my chickens are healthy. I and hundreds of chicken traders I know have never been infected by bird flu," said the 47-year-old as he slaughtered a live chicken. "Everybody's life or death has been...

2006-08-20 12:07:30

RIYADH (Reuters) - An eight-month ban on importing falcons into Saudi Arabia due to bird flu fears will be lifted next month, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday. "Falconry is part our Arab heritage and is practiced by many of the kingdom's citizens," it quoted a statement by the Wildlife Protection National Authority as saying. In January, the authorities culled 37 falcons after suspecting that five of them were infected with the H5 strain of the virus. No bird flu...

2006-08-14 10:51:14

(Corrects to show affected birds were swans, not geese) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials believe that wild swans in Michigan may have been infected with a strain of the bird flu virus, but it is not thought to be a highly pathogenic strain and is one that has been seen previously in North America, the White House said on Monday. White House spokesman Tony Snow said that officials from the Agriculture and Interior Departments would be announcing the findings at 11 a.m. EDT (1500...

2006-08-14 11:30:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior said on Monday routine surveillance found the presence of H5 and N1 avian influenza "subtypes" in samples from two wild mute swans in Michigan. But testing ruled out the birds have the dangerous H5N1 strain that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa. "We can definitely say this is not the H5N1 highly pathogenic virus that's been found in Asia and other parts of the world," said USDA's Ron DeHaven, head of...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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