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2006-08-14 11:22:56

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 GMT). The officials will "be announcing that routine...

2006-08-14 10:50:51

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 10:33:27

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 possibility of it being the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa. Test results so far indicate this is low pathogenicity avian influenza, which poses no threat to human health. More extensive test...

2006-08-14 10:18:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials believe that wild geese 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 GMT). The officials will "be announcing that routine...

2006-08-14 10:07:39

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials believe that wild geese 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 GMT). The officials will "be announcing that routine...

2006-08-09 16:10:27

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. surveillance efforts to monitor wild birds for the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus will be expanded to include the lower 48 states, Hawaii and other Pacific islands, the U.S. government said on Wednesday. The U.S. departments of Agriculture and Interior are working with the states to collect between 75,000 and 100,000 wild bird samples in addition to more than 50,000 environmental tests throughout the United States. An estimated 10,000 wild bird samples...

2006-08-08 11:27:20

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China confirmed on Tuesday that the country's first human case of the H5N1 bird flu virus was in late 2003, two years earlier than originally reported, prompting the U.N.'s health agency to call for greater transparency. The case had spurred questions about whether there might have been other human H5N1 infections in China prior to what had been its first reported human case, near the end of 2005. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the...

2006-08-07 19:07:54

By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG (Reuters) - A densely populated city like Hong Kong can cut by half the number of infections in the first year of a flu pandemic using home quarantine, hospital isolation and antivirals, a study suggests. Scientists from the University of Hong Kong assumed a fully fledged influenza pandemic in a city such as Hong Kong. "We showed that with the combination of tried, tested public health interventions such as quarantine, isolation and antivirals, you could...

2006-08-07 02:25:00

BANGKOK -- Thailand began a week-long campaign on Monday to check every house in 29 provinces, including Bangkok's suburbs, in a bid to halt a resurging bird flu virus that has killed two people in the last three weeks. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers will scour backyard farms for sick or dead chickens and educate villagers on the H5N1 virus, which re-emerged in July after an eight-month lull. "Starting today, we will check every house in every village for suspicious chicken deaths,"...

2006-08-04 07:15:00

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...


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