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2006-08-04 02:25:00

By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG (Reuters) - 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...

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...

2006-08-01 08:28:14

By Anna Mudeva AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch authorities have detected a low-pathogenic H7 bird flu strain at a poultry farm and stepped up measures to prevent a major outbreak in one of the world's top poultry exporter, the farm ministry said on Tuesday. The Netherlands, Europe's second biggest poultry producer after France, was hit by an H7N7 avian flu strain in 2003, which led to the culling of some 30 million birds, about a third of its poultry flock. The new cases of...

2006-08-01 06:45:00

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch authorities have detected a low-pathogenic bird flu strain in a poultry farm in the central region of Gelderse Vallei, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday. "This strain is much less dangerous than the strain that hit the Netherlands in 2003," the ministry said in a statement. "But because it might mutate to a more aggressive form... we have closed the farm and launched regular monitoring." The Netherlands is a world top poultry exporter and Europe's...

2006-07-30 02:25:09

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The H5N1 bird flu virus has been found in the Thai northeast bordering Laos, prompting culling of 310,000 hens after the virus killed a teenager elsewhere in the country last week, the Agriculture Ministry said on Sunday. "The lab results confirmed last night chickens from a village in Nakohn Panom province have died of bird flu," Vice Agriculture Minister Charal Trinwuthipong told Reuters. "The culling on all 78 farms has already begun and we hope to finish them...

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" --...

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2006-07-28 08:35:12

ATLANTA -- A study of duck hunters in Iowa is believed to be the first to show people can catch bird flu - a non-threatening kind - from wild birds. Previous cases of people being infected with any form of bird flu have involved domestic poultry, like chickens. The type of bird flu seen in the study is not H5N1, the deadly form that emerged in Asia which has sparked concerns of a potential worldwide flu epidemic. Rather, it is H11N9, another form seen in ducks and other waterfowl that has...

2006-07-24 17:27:53

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. duck hunter and two state wildlife employees had evidence of an uncommon type of bird flu virus in their blood, researchers reported on Monday in one of the first studies to show that hunters might be at risk. The virus was H11N9, not known to be dangerous to humans and not related to the feared H5N1 virus circulating in wild and domestic birds and among some people, the researchers said. But their study,...

2006-07-21 17:04:43

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. To better protect public health, they said, the department should provide states with a protocol for developing avian...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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