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2008-10-22 08:20:00

International organizations reported Tuesday that global efforts have decreased the spread of bird flu this year, but the risk of a global influenza pandemic killing millions is as great as ever. The United Nations and World Bank issued a report that said most countries now have plans to combat a pandemic, but many of the plans are defective. The highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus is endemic in poultry in parts of Asia. However, experts say it could mutate into a form that is easily...

2006-06-29 11:55:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. government officials are bracing for a possible greater need for paper currency and coins in the event of an influenza pandemic in the United States, a Treasury Department official said on Thursday. "In the immediate aftermath of any disaster, there may be some movement toward a greater use of currency," said Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary Scott Parsons. He was testifying before a House of Representatives financial services panel. The U.S. Mint, Bureau of...

2006-03-21 09:35:00

By Simon Cameron-Moore ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan on Tuesday became the latest country to confirm bird flu in poultry while Egypt said a woman was believed to be infected with the virus, the country's third case in less than a week. Bird flu has spread with alarming speed in recent weeks as it marches deeper into Africa, Europe and Asia. The United States says it is likely to arrive on its shores before the end of the year. Fears are growing the H5N1 flu virus will mutate and pass easily...

2006-03-20 13:36:06

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton said on Monday said that it was "increasingly likely" that bird flu would be detected in the United States as early as this year. Speaking to reporters, Norton and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns unveiled a plan to increase monitoring of migratory birds that are likely to bring the bird flu virus to U.S. shores. Norton said bird flu would likely first be detected in the Pacific islands in Alaska, where testing for the...

2006-03-20 13:38:19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton said on Monday said that it was "increasingly likely" that bird flu would be detected in the United States as early as this year. Speaking to reporters, Norton and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns unveiled a plan to increase monitoring of migratory birds that are likely to bring the bird flu virus to U.S. shores. Norton said bird flu would likely first be detected in the Pacific islands in Alaska, where testing for the...

2006-02-22 10:35:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain took a strong stand on Wednesday against the use of bird flu vaccines for poultry, approved the same day by the EU, saying they could hide and spread the disease. Britain's farm ministry issued a statement almost simultaneously with a decision by farm experts meeting in Brussels, who approved a plan by France and the Netherlands, two of Europe's biggest poultry producers, to vaccinate their flocks. While the British statement made no mention of that decision, it did...

2006-02-20 17:05:31

(Please read in the 20th paragraph ... South Africa said it would begin stockpiling supplies of Tamiflu to protect its people. The Russian government said it planned to buy 100 million doses of bird vaccine to protect domestic fowl ... instead of ... Russia and South Africa said they planned stockpile Tamiflu to protect domestic fowl.) A corrected repition follows. By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - India quarantined six people in hospital on Monday and began a door-to-door...

2006-02-15 08:04:32

By David Evans PARIS (Reuters) - European governments ordered farmers to lock up their chickens on Wednesday after the deadly bird flu virus was found in two new countries on the continent, dealing another blow to battered poultry sales. Germany and Austria are the latest EU countries to report the discovery of dead swans infected with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, that has spread from Asia to Africa and killed 91 people and led to the destruction of millions of birds. The...

2006-02-15 06:40:00

By David Evans PARIS -- European governments ordered farmers to lock up their chickens on Wednesday after the deadly bird flu virus was found in two new countries on the continent, dealing another blow to battered poultry sales. Germany and Austria are the latest EU countries to report the discovery of dead swans infected with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, that has spread from Asia to Africa and killed 91 people and led to the destruction of millions of birds. The World Animal Health...

2006-01-17 22:19:02

BEIJING (Reuters) - International organizations urged donors on Wednesday to open their wallets to support a global fund to combat bird flu at a conference in Beijing the World Bank hopes can raise at least $1.2 billion. A toddler in Indonesia died on Tuesday and was being tested for bird flu and Turkey confirmed its 21st human case, underscoring the urgent need to raise money that will be used to help improve veterinary and health services in poor countries. "The amount asked for...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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