Timeline: Avian Influenza
February 21, 2008:
Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed in Tibet
The Chinese government has confirmed a new outbreak of
bird flu in Tibet. Officials said 132 poultry have died from the virus
and another 7,698 were culled in a village outside Lhasa in the outbreak
that began Feb. 6, Xinhua said Wednesday. It is the second outbreak in
Tibet this year.
February 15, 2008:
Deadly Bird Flu Strain Confirmed in Hong Kong
A waterbird found dead in Hong Kong last week has tested
positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain, agricultural officials
January 30, 2008:
Indonesia Reports 101st Bird Flu Death
A 32-year-old Indonesian man has died of bird flu, the
health ministry said Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 101 in the
nation worst hit by the deadly virus.
January 24, 2008:
New Bird Flu Outbreak Found in Northern Thailand
A new bird flu outbreak has been detected at a farm in
Thailand's lower northern province Nakhon Sawan, Thai livestock
officials said Thursday.
January 2, 2008:
Bird Flu Claims Four Lives in Egypt in One Week
officials have reported that another woman died on Monday from bird
flu---the fourth death from the lethal H5N1 strain in a week. The latest
death brings Egypt’s number of fatalities from bird flu in 2007 to 19.
December 26, 2007:
Indonesia reports 94th bird flu death
A 24-year-old Indonesian woman has died of bird flu in
the capital Jakarta, the health ministry said Wednesday, bringing the
toll in the nation worst hit by the H5N1 virus to 94.
December 13, 2007:
New Bird Flu Cases in Four Countries
Poland, Russia, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia reported new outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza in birds today, reported CIDRAP News. In Saudi Arabia, the agriculture ministry today announced an H5N1 outbreak at an egg production farm south of Riyadh. The ministry said the farm, in the Alsahba area in Al-Kharj governorate, has about 400,000 hens. Saudi Arabia has had a series of avian flu outbreaks in the Riyadh vicinity that began Nov 12.
December 3, 2007:
Poland Culls 4,200 Turkeys after Bird Flu Outbreak
Poland's veterinary service has culled 4,200 turkeys following an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu on two poultry farms northwest of Warsaw, officials said yesterday.
November 26, 2007:
Low-Virulent Bird Flu Discovered in South Korean Duck Farm
A new case of bird flu has been found in southern South Korea, officials said Saturday, and quarantine officials have stepped up efforts to prevent it from spreading.
November 13, 2007:
UK: H5N1 Avian Influenza Confirmed in Poultry
DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS News Release: Following further test results from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) the Acting Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed that the strain of Avian Influenza present at the Infected Premises near Diss is the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain. Further characterization of the virus is in progress, which may give an indication of the origin of the strain.
November 02, 2007:
Ukraine Bans Imports of Canadian Poultry
Ukraine banned imports of Canadian poultry Monday following an outbreak of bird flu there, veterinary officials said. The ban on all poultry and poultry products will be lifted when "the situation is brought under control," Agriculture Ministry official Anatoliy Osadchiy said.
November 01, 2007:
Bird Flu Hits One More Vietnamese Province
Bird flu outbreaks have recently occurred in Vietnam's northern Nam Dinh province, raising the total number of localities currently affected by the disease to three.
October 01, 2007:
Japan Suspends Chicken Imports from Canada on Bird Flu Epidemic
Japan has suspended chicken meat and young chicken imports from Canada on a bird influenza epidemic detected in that country, the government said Friday.
September 05, 2007:
Russia Finds H5N1 Bird Flu Virus at Chicken Farm
A strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus that is dangerous for humans has surfaced at chicken farm in southern Russia, the veterinary service said on Tuesday.
August 28, 2007:
UAE Launches Precautions against Bird Flu
The United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s environment agency has launched precautionary measures against the bird flu for the upcoming migration season of birds, local newspaper Khaleej Times reported on Tuesday.
August 27, 2007:
Germany Goes on Bird Flu Alert
A mass cull of ducks continues at the farm in southern Germany which has come down with an outbreak of deadly bird flu. It is the highly contagious H5N1 strain for which there is no vaccine or treatment, so no chances are being taken. Everything moving in and out of the quarantine zone is being disinfected, and 160 thousand birds in all are being slaughtered. Until this outbreak in Erlangen in northen Bavaria, apart from one in eastern Germany, all previously reported cases were in the wild.
August 14, 2007:
Bali Learns Lessons of Bird Flu the Hard Way
The death of a woman from bird flu on Bali will deal a blow to the Indonesian island's tourist industry, still struggling with the impact of terrorist bombings. No East Asian community can consider itself safe from the virus and every effort has to be taken to protect citizens and visitors.
July 30, 2007:
Myanmar reports new bird flu outbreak
Myanmar has detected a fresh outbreak of bird flu on two poultry farms south of the capital Yangon, state media said Sunday. Authorities confirmed on Tuesday that dead chickens at the farms in Mon state, about 300 kilometers (180 miles) south of Yangon, had been infected with the H5N1 virus, the official Mirror newspaper said.
July 18, 2007:
USDA’s Chief Vet Confirms Virginia Bird Flu as Low Path
The USDA’s chief veterinarian, Dr. John Clifford, confirmed on Tuesday that samples taken from turkeys at a Virginia turkey farm contained antibodies to a low-risk strain of H5N1. Further testing in the surrounding areas has not resulted in any new cases of the virus.
July 12, 2007:
Two New H5N1 Bird Flu Cases Confirmed in Czech Republic
Two new outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which is potentially fatal to humans, were confirmed at poultry farms in the centre of the Czech Republic, veterinary services spokesman Josef Duben said on Wednesday.
July 10, 2007:
Dutch Customs Deploys Special Bird Flu Dogs
Dutch customs have deployed two special bird flu dogs at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport to check flights from high-risk countries for poultry, the authorities said Saturday.
July 09, 2007:
Low Pathogenic Bird Flu Detected at Virginia Turkey Farm
Associated Press is reporting that more than 50,000 turkeys on an unidentified farm in Virginia have tested positive for low pathogenic avian flu antibodies.
July 05, 2007:
Swans Died of Deadly H5N1 Virus: France
Three swans found dead in northeastern France have tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus, the Agriculture Ministry said Thursday.
July 02, 2007:
H5N1 Virus Remains Entrenched in Several Countries: UN
Despite improvement in the global response to the deadly H5N1 avian influenza over the past few years, the virus remains entrenched in several countries and will continue to spread, the United Nations warned today.
June 28, 2007:
Swan Dies of Bird Flu in Czech Republic
The Czech Republic detected the bird flu virus in a dead swan in South Moravia area, local media reported Thursday.
June 26, 2007:
Confirmed bird flu cases increase to six in Germany
Germany confirmed the H5N1 bird flu virus in three more wild birds in the southern state of Bavaria on Monday, bringing the total infected cases to six since last weekend.
June 25, 2007:
Togo Confirms Country's First Bird Flu Outbreak
The first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in the West African nation of Togo has been confirmed a day after a third outbreak was discovered just across the border in Ghana.
June 21, 2007:
First Bird Flu Virus Emerges in Czech Republic
A bird flu virus emerged in a poultry flock for the first time in the Czech Republic, the State Veterinary Administration said on Wednesday.
June 14, 2007:
Indonesia Confirms 80th Human Death of Bird Flu
The death toll of bird flu in Indonesian hit 80 after a young man's death recently, an Indonesian official confirmed here Thursday.
June 13, 2007:
One More Human Case of Bird Flu Detected in Egypt
One more human case of bird flu was detected in Egypt, bringing the number of human cases of the fatal virus to 36 in the country, a spokesman for the Egyptian Health Ministry said Monday.
June 08, 2007:
Test Results Positive for Low Pathogenic H7 Avian Influenza Near St Helens, England
Tests have provided positive results for low pathogenic avian influenza in poultry on a non-commercial small holding near St Helens, Lancashire, England. Birds at the holding were purchased from the market held in Chelford on Monday 7th May associated with the recent outbreak of H7N2 low pathogenic avian influenza in Conwy, North Wales.
June 06, 2007:
Bird Flu Virus Detected Near Kuala Lumpur
A senior Malaysian official on Wednesday confirmed Wednesday that the H5N1 strain of bird flu virus has been detected in Selangor state near Kuala Lumpur, the country's biggest city.
June 04, 2007:
Hong Kong Bird Confirmed with H5N1 Virus
A starling has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in Hong Kong, agricultural officials said Friday.
May 29, 2007:
Antibodies Breakthrough Uses Survivor's Blood to Beat Bird Flu
Scientists said yesterday they had potentially found a way of combating the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu that has claimed dozens of lives around the world.
May 21, 2007:
China Confirms Bird Flu Outbreak in Poultry in Hunan Province - report
The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed over the weekend an outbreak in poultry of H5N1-type bird flu in Hunan province in central China, the official China Daily reported. There were no cases of human infection, the ministry said.
May 21, 2007:
Canada Stocking Up on Poultry Vaccinations Amid Bird Flu Concerns
Canada is putting together a stockpile of 10 million
doses of avian flu vaccine. But this one isn't for people. The Canadian
Food Inspection Agency has purchased five million doses apiece of
poultry vaccines against H5 and H7 avian influenza viruses as a hedge
against a possible outbreak of H5N1 or another highly pathogenic strain
in domestic flocks.
May 16, 2007:
Indonesia Resumes Sharing Bird Flu Samples
Indonesia has resumed sending samples of the deadly H5N1
bird flu virus to the World Health Organization, the country's health
minister said Tuesday in calling for a share of any commercial vaccines
May 03, 2007:
Deadly Bird Flu Strain Confirmed in Ghana
The World Health Organization says the deadly H5N1 strain
of bird flu has spread to the West African nation of Ghana. WHO
officials say the strain's presence in birds in Ghana has been confirmed
by tests conducted at laboratories in both Ghana and Egypt.
April 18, 2007:
First Bird Flu Vaccine Approved by FDA
Tuesday the Food and
Drug Administration approved a vaccine against bird flu for humans.
Known as the Sanofi Aventis SA, this is the first vaccine to win FDA
approval against the H5N1 virus. Officials say it could be used to
provide early limited protection to the public should it develop into a
form with the ability to spread from human to human.
April 10, 2007:
Pakistan Reports 2 New Cases of Bird Flu; 600 Chickens Slaughtered
ISLAMABAD (Thomson Financial) - Pakistani authorities
have reported two new cases of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in
commercial poultry farms in the country, officials said.
April 09, 2007:
Russia Bans Poultry Imports from West Virginia in Flu Scare
Russia banned all poultry imports from
the US state of West Virginia after an outbreak of H5N2 bird flu virus, the
agriculture inspection department said.
March 29, 2007:
China Confirms Human Death from Bird Flu
China's Ministry of Health has confirmed a 16-year-old
boy has died from bird flu in eastern Anhui Province, bringing the
number of people in the country who have been killed by the virus to 15.
March 28, 2007:
Indonesia Agrees to Send Bird Flu Samples to WHO
Indonesia has agreed to resume its sharing of bird flu
samples with the World Health Organization (WHO), ending a four-month
standoff between the two sides.
March 26, 2007:
Bangladesh Confirms First Bird Flu Case
The strain of bird flu deadly to humans was detected
at a state-run poultry farm near the Bangladeshi capital where workers
recently slaughtered about 30,000 chickens, the government said Friday.
March 26, 2007:
First H5N1 Bird Flu Cases Detected in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Agriculture confirmed
Friday the first outbreak of H5N1 bird flu virus among birds in the
country, the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
March 20, 2007:
UAE to Set Up Bird Flu Task Force
A permanent task force for emergency health cases
related to bird flu will be set up in the United Arab Emirates (UAE),
the Emirates News Agency reported on Sunday.
March 15, 2007:
FDA to Study Bird Flu's Impact on Food Safety
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will study the
potential for bird flu to contaminate prepared foods, including fish,
animal feed and poultry. The agency will compile a list of foods and
dietary supplements at risk of contamination with avian influenza
because they contain meat from poultry, come from animals that live near
birds or might have been in contact with infected humans, according to a
document posted on the FDA Web site.
March 9, 2007:
Bird Flu Booklet - 'What You Need to Know' - is Available from United Poultry Concerns
While the avian flu virus H5N1 has appeared mainly in
non-western countries, last month's outbreak on a large turkey farm in
Britain confirmed predictions that the virus will most likely enter
western countries through an infected poultry trade, including the trade
in live birds, contaminated feedstuffs and fertilizer.
March 1, 2007:
Avian Influenza – Situation in China
The Ministry of Health in China has reported one case
of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
February 22, 2007:
Bird Flu Detected in Afghanistan
The Afghan government on Thursday confirmed the
reemergence of the deadly bird influenza in the war- ravaged country. So
far two cases of bird flu have been found in Nangar and Kunar provinces
in east Afghanistan, spokesman of the Health Ministry Abdullah Fahim
February 21, 2007:
Humans Tested as Bird Flu Hits Moscow Farms
Thousands of Russians were undergoing tests last night
after an outbreak of bird flu at chicken farms on Moscow's outskirts.
Health officials confirmed that chickens at two farms within 50km of the
capital had died from the H5N1 strain of the virus. Dead birds suspected
of being contaminated were also being tested at three other locations
February 12, 2007:
Bird Flu Farm Continued to Export Turkey Meat
Science correspondent Bernard Matthews continued to
export turkey from its Suffolk plant after bird flu had broken out,
Hungary¹s chief vet claimed today. Lajos Bognar said the processed
turkey was exported to his country, where the UK outbreak may have
originated, days after the first cases were confirmed.
February 12, 2007:
UK Official: Bird Flu May Be in Stores
BIRD flu may have already spread into the food chain,
ministers admitted for the first time last night. But as they assured
there was no threat to humans, it emerged the Government allowed poultry
imports from a disease zone after contamination had been confirmed.
February 09, 2007:
Avian Influenza Outbreak Update
DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS
News Release (38/07) issued by The Government News Network on 8 February
2007 The Government is developing its investigation into what might have
caused the outbreak of avian influenza in the Suffolk poultry farm,
following preliminary scientific tests showing the viruses in Suffolk
and recent outbreaks in Hungary may well be identical.
February 06, 2007:
Two Doctors Discover Formula That Kills Bird Flu Virus
Two doctors have given up their lucrative medical
careers to try and save lives by fighting deadly viruses and bacteria.
GAMA Healthcare is a company founded by two medical doctors(1) - Dr Guy
Braverman (MB BS BSc) and Dr Allen Hanouka (MB BS BSc MRCOphth) - with a
mission to reduce infection and the spread of disease.
February 05, 2007:
Britain Culls Tens of Thousands of Turkeys Infected with Bird Flu Virus
British health official are acting quickly to contain
an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu. It is the first case of the
deadly form of the disease to be detected in Britain. Tom Rivers reports
for VOA from London, scientists say the same form of the virus was found
in Hungary last month.
February 01, 2007:
Nigeria Confirms First Case of Human Bird Flu
The Nigerian government says laboratory tests for the
deadly bird flu virus on samples taken from human victims are positive.
For VOA, Gilbert da Costa reports that the authorities have moved
quickly to assure the public of their safety.
January 29, 2007:
Suspected New Cases of Bird Flu Found in Southern Hungary
Hungary's Agriculture Ministry announced on Monday that a further
potential case of bird flu had been uncovered over the weekend at a
poultry farm in Derekegyhaz, Southern Hungary, following confirmed cases
found last week in the same vicinity.
January 24, 2007:
FAO Warns of Renewed Threat from Bird Flu Virus in Asia
United Nations bird flu officials are urging Asian nations to be on
alert for new bird flu outbreaks as Thailand reported a second H5N1
outbreak on Tuesday in the Kingdom's northeast.
January 23, 2007:
Thailand Confirms New Bird Flu Case
Thailand's livestock authorities on Tuesday confirmed the country's
second case of bird flu outbreak this year, saying they had detected the
deadly H5N1 virus among chickens in the northeastern border province of
January 22, 2007:
New Highly-Virulent Bird Flu Case Confirmed in S. Korea
A new highly-virulent bird flu case has broken out in central South
Korea, despite wide-ranging quarantine efforts, government officials
January 16, 2007:
Bird Flu in Japan Confirmed as Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Strain
The bird flu virus found in dead chickens in south-western Japan last
week was confirmed as the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, the government
January 15, 2007:
Japan Launches Bird Flu Inspections Following Bird Flu Outbreak in Miyazaki
The Ibaraki Prefectural Government on Monday launched inspections at
all 280 poultry farms in the prefecture following reports that the
highly-pathogenic bird flu had broken out at a poultry farm in Kiyotake,
January 11, 2007:
S. Korea Confirms Human Case of Avian Influenza
South Korea's disease control agency said Thursday it has confirmed a
human infection of the avian influenza virus. The state-run Korea Center
for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), which conducted tests among
residents near four farms in the southwestern region hit by bird flu in
November, said it has discovered a person whom tested positive for the
highly pathogenic H5N1 virus.
January 10, 2007:
Indonesia's Bird Flu Death Toll Rises to 58
A 14-year-old boy who had tested positive for H5N1 strain bird flu
died Wednesday morning, bringing Indonesia's death toll from avian
influenza to 58, government officials said.
January 08, 2007:
Vietnam Says Lax Surveillance Allowed Bird Flu Return
Vietnam says lax surveillance allowed bird flu return Hanoi Vietnam
has ordered farm-by-farm inspections to try to contain a growing
outbreak of avian influenza, with officials on Monday blaming lack of
surveillance for a recent resurgence in poultry outbreaks.
December 22, 2006:
Vietnam Battles Three New Bird Flu Outbreaks in Poultry
Authorities in Vietnam have identified three new outbreaks of bird flu in the Mekong Delta, raising fears of a larger-scale return of the deadly H5N1 virus after a year of relative calm, an official said Friday.
December 20, 2006:
Vietnam Reports First Bird Flu Outbreaks in 2006
After seeing no bird flu outbreaks for nearly one year, Vietnam
detected that two southern provinces of Ca Mau and Bac Lieu have
recently been affected by the disease which has killed over 6,000 fowls,
according to a local veterinary agency on Wednesday.
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November 21, 2006:
US Awards 200 Million Dlrs in Deals for Emergency Bird Flu Vaccine
The US announced Monday nearly 200 million dollars in deals to boost
strategic stocks of bird flu vaccine to be used at the onset of an
October 26, 2006:
MD. Poultry Industry Feels Avian Flu Repercussions as Exports Fall Significantly
Incidences of avian flu in far-flung parts of the world have taken a
large bite out of Maryland's biggest farm business, poultry production.
An Asian strain of the flu, which has never been detected in the United
States, has been blamed for at least 140 deaths in other parts of the
world and has led to the destruction of millions of chickens overseas.
September 26, 2006:
Thailand Confirms New Bird Flu Death
A 59-year-old farmer has died of bird flu in
northeastern Thailand, bringing the death toll in the country from the
deadly H5N1 virus this year to three, public health officials said
September 25, 2006:
Low Path Avian Influenza Confirmed in Pennsylvania, Pending in Montana
The USDA and the US Department of Interior confirmed on Saturday the presence of low pathogenic H5N1 in samples that were collected from wild mallard ducks in Pennsylvania earlier this month. Meanwhile late last week in Montana, samples from Northern pintail ducks in that state were sent for further testing because of the indication of the low path strain of H5N1.
September 5, 2006:
Avian Flu Virus Found in Wild Duck Habitat in Maryland
A more benign strain of the deadly bird flu virus that has ravaged poultry farms in Asia, Europe and other parts of the world has been discovered near the US capital in an indication the pathogen may be making inroads into North America, the US government reported.
September 5, 2006:
Ducks in Pennsylvania Test Positive for Bird Flu
Wild ducks in Pennsylvania have tested positive for bird flu, but not the deadly Asian strain that has ravaged poultry and killed at least 141 people worldwide, the Agriculture Department said Saturday.
August 23, 2006:
U.S. CDC Publicizes Genetic Sequences of Bird Flu Viruses
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday released genetic blueprints of over 650 genes of influenza viruses, including avian influenza H5N1, into a database accessible to researchers worldwide.
August 21, 2006:
Indonesia Confirms 46th Bird Flu Death
A 35-year-old woman was Indonesia's 46th bird flu death, health authorities said today as they stepped up an urgent probe into whether she may belong to a feared cluster of cases.
August 15, 2006:
China Reports 14th Human Death from Bird Flu
A 62-year-old farmer from north-west China is the country's 14th
confirmed death from the bird flu virus, reported the Health Ministry
August 14, 2006:
Michigan: Mute Swans May Have Low Path H5N1 Avian Flu
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced two wild Mute Swans have tested positive for a low-path H5 strain of the avian influenza virus.
August 14, 2006:
Bird Flu Confirmed in Netherlands
The Dutch government confirmed on Sunday the country’s first case of H5N1 avian influenza. The Netherlands has never reported a case of H5N1 before.
August 10, 2006:
Bird Flu Monitoring Expanded in U.S.
Yesterday, USDA Secretary Michael Johanns and DOI Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced the expansion of the monitoring systems for the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza throughout the entire nation and U.S. territories in the Pacific.
August 8, 2006:
China Confirms First Human Infected with Bird Flu in 2003
China on Tuesday said a man who died in 2003 was infected with H5N1 avian influenza, making him the earliest human known to have been infected with the virus.
August 4, 2006:
Bird Flu Reappears in Germany
A swan found dead in Dresden zoo in eastern Germany was infected with the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, the first such case in the country in nearly three months, local authorities said Thursday.
August 2, 2006:
Mild Form of Bird Flu Found on Dutch Farms
Traces of the H7 strain of bird flu, only mildly pathogenic unlike the H5N1 virus that is potentially lethal to humans, were detected on a farm in the central Netherlands, the Dutch agriculture ministry said Tuesday.
July 28, 2006:
Laos Culls Thousands of Chickens after Bird Flu Discovered
The Laos government confirmed Friday the often deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was identified near the capital last week and that thousands of chickens have been culled as precaution.
July 5, 2006:
China Reports New Bird Flu Outbreak in Northwest
China on Saturday reported a new outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza among birds in a town in the north-western region of Ningxia.
June 23, 2006:
WHO Says Indonesian Bird Flu Probable Human-to-Human Transfer
According to an Associated Press article, The World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that human-to-human transmission was the 'likely' means through which the family of seven relatives in Indonesia contracted the deadly strain of bird flu.
June 19, 2006:
Deadly Bird Flu Virus Confirmed in Large Hungarian Poultry Farm
The deadly H5N1 bird flu strain has been confirmed for the first time in a large poultry rearing region of Hungary by a European Union laboratory, veterinary officials said here Friday.
June 16, 2006:
Silent Carriers of Bird Flu Feared
Health officials in Hong Kong are very concerned regarding the latest case of lethal bird flu in a truck driver from Shenzhen who has had no history of close contact with poultry.
June 14, 2006:
Suspected Human Bird Flu Case in South China - Xinhua
A 31-year-old man is suspected to have contracted bird flu in southern China, state media quoted health authorities as saying.
June 8, 2006:
China Reports First Bird Flu Outbreak among Poultry Since February
China reported Thursday its first bird flu outbreak among poultry since February.
May 30, 2006:
Indonesia Confirms 36th Bird Flu Death
Indonesia on Monday confirmed the country's 36th death from bird flu, after tests by a World Health Organization-accredited laboratory found an 18-year-old man had died of the virus.
May 23, 2006:
Man Got Bird Flu from Son, WHO Suspects
The World Health Organization appears to be edging closer to suggesting that an Indonesian man who died from H5N1 avian flu yesterday may have been infected by his 10-year-old son, not through exposure to sick poultry or some other environmental source.
May 21, 2006:
Bird Flu Confirmed Near Bucharest: Authorities Plead for Calm
Bird flu has been found in a farmyard near the Romanian capital Bucharest, authorities confirmed Sunday, but they did not specify whether it was the potentially lethal H5N1 strain.
May 19, 2006:
Cases of H5N1 Bird Flu Found in Siberia
Russian veterinary services said on Thursday they had found new cases of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu near Omsk in Siberia, but insisted that the virus had been eliminated from other regions.
Denmark Reports First Case of H5 Bird Flu in Poultry
Danish authorities reported the country's first case of H5 bird flu virus in poultry.
May 17, 2006:
WHO Confirms 6 More Human Bird Flu Cases in Indonesia
A World Health Organization reference laboratory has confirmed six more human cases of bird flu, including five fatalities, caused by the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Indonesia, a Health Ministry official said Wednesday.
May 16, 2006:
Bird Flu in Indonesia Family Has Agency’s Attention
An outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in eight members of the same family in North Sumatra has the Indonesian government and the World Health Organization (WHO) concerned.
May 5, 2006:
China Confirms Bird Flu Outbreak Among Wild Birds in Remote Northwest
The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture on May 5 confirmed outbreak of bird flu among wild birds in a remote area of Qinghai Province, northwest China.
Ivory Coast Plans Poultry Slaughter After Bird Flu Outbreak
The government of the Ivory Coast Thursday announced the imminent slaughter of all poultry sold in the economic capital's markets after discovering three cases of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
April 28, 2006:
Doctors Monitoring Poultry Farm Staff for Bird Flu Virus
WORKERS at a poultry farm were being monitored by doctors last night as experts tried to trace the source of the latest bird flu outbreak to hit the UK.
April 27, 2006:
Ivory Coast Says Bird Flu Outbreak Reports Unconfirmed Officially
Ivory Coast said Wednesday it had not received official confirmation of reports that the H5N1 strain of bird flu had been found in two areas in the country.
Chicken Cull Ordered after H7 Strain of Bird Flu Found on UK Farm
Chickens at a farm in Norfolk, in the east of the UK, will be slaughtered after dead birds tested positive for the H7 strain of bird flu, the environment ministry said.
April 26, 2006:
Ducks Slaughtered on Indonesia's Bali after Bird Flu Found
Authorities on the Indonesian resort island of Bali have slaughtered more than 400 birds, mostly ducks, after random tests showed bird flu infections among them, officials said Wednesday.
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April 21, 2006:
Scottish Bird Flu Quarantine Zone Lifted
A quarantine zone imposed after the discovery of a dead swan which tested positive for bird flu is to be lifted.
April 17, 2006:
LF Life sciences to develop bird flu vaccine with Chinese Firm
LG Life Sciences Co. (KSE:068870), a South Korean manufacturer of biotechnology products, said Monday it has agreed with a Chinese biopharmaceutical company to jointly develop a vaccine against human cases of bird flu.
April 12, 2006:
Seven Poultry Farmers Commit Suicide over Indian Bird Flu Crisis
Seven Indian poultry farmers have committed suicide after their businesses were destroyed by tumbling prices due to the bird flu scare, a farmer's organization reported Tuesday.
April 6, 2006:
Test Results Due on H5 Bird Flu Case Found in Scotland
Scientists are expected to reveal Thursday whether a dead swan found in a Scottish fishing village with the H5 strain of bird flu had the potentially deadly H5N1 type of the virus.
April 3, 2006:
First Human Case of H5N1 Bird Flu Found in Jordan
An Egyptian working in Jordan was suffering from the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the first reported human case of the virus in the country, Jordanian Health Minister Saeed Darwazeh said Friday.
March 28, 2006:
First Czech Case of Bird Flu Reported
Officials reported Monday the first case of H5 bird flu in the Czech Republic, a country that previously appeared to be an unusual pocket of resistance to the disease spreading across Europe.
March 24, 2006:
Jordan Reports First Case of H5N1 Bird Flu in Poultry
The H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus has been confirmed in domestic poultry in Jordan's Ajloun governorate by Health Minister Saeed Darwazeh on Friday.
March 21, 2006:
Pakistan Confirms First H5N1 Bird Flu
Tests have confirmed Pakistan's first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, a government spokesman said.
March 20, 2006:
Bird Flu In Egypt
Bird flu has killed a 30-year-old woman in Egypt - the country's first human victim of the virus.
March 16, 2006:
Denmark Reports First Case of H5 Bird Flu
Denmark has detected its first case of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu in a wild bird, the Danish family and consumer affairs ministry announced on Wednesday.
H5N1 Bird Flu Confirmed in Afghanistan
Kabul (dpa) The Afghan government on Thursday confirmed the H5N1 strain of avian influenza has been detected in Afghanistan, according to a statement issued by the United Nations.
March 14, 2006:
Three People Die of Bird Flu in Azerbaijan
Three people have died of bird flu in Azerbaijan, according to tests using World Health Organisation (WHO) equipment, the Azeri health ministry was quoted as saying by the Russian Itar-Tass news agency.
March 13, 2006:
H5N1 Bird Flu Virus Detected for 1st Time in Myanmar
The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was detected for the first time in chickens in Myanmar, a veterinary official said Monday.
March 9, 2006:
Bird Flu Detected in German Weasel-Like Mammal
On Thursday, the Friedrich-Loeffler Institute confirmed the presence of the bird flu virus in a stone marten, a brown weasel-like mammal with a white throat patch.
March 6, 2006:
Avian Flu Continues to Spread Across Europe
Avian flu continues to spread across Europe as Poland confirmed on Monday that two dead swans had the H5N1 virus. Jan Zmudzinski from the Polish veterinary institute was certain that the two dead swans found in northern Poland had H5N1.
March 2, 2006:
Bird Flu: Sweden Orders All Poultry Indoors
A dead duck found east of Stockholm has tested positive for bird flu. This makes Sweden the latest European country to be struck by the disease.
Three More Cases of Bird Flu Reported in East Romania
The Romanian government on Wednesday confirmed three more cases of bird flu among domestic birds in the eastern county of Constanta, Rompres news agency reported.
March 1, 2006:
Second Case of Bird Flu in Switzerland
Switzerland has confirmed a second case of avian influenza. A dead swan found on the banks of Lake Constance has tested positive for avian flu, while on Sunday, a dead duck found near the port of Geneva tested positive.
February 28, 2006:
Bird Flu Wipes Out Farm
A French turkey farm with more than 11,000 birds has been hit by avian flu.
February 27, 2006:
France reports more wild birds with deadly bird flu strain, import ban spreads
More wild birds found dead in eastern France were victims of the lethal strain of H5N1 bird flu, Agriculture Minister Dominique Bussereau said, as Hong Kong joined Japan in banning poultry imports from the country.
February 24, 2006:
South Korea confirms first human cases of bird flu
A South Korean disease control agency on Friday confirmed the country's first human infections with the bird flu virus. According to the state-run Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention, four workers who were engaged in the slaughtering of poultry between late 2003 and early 2004 have tested positive for avian influenza.
Bird flu found in three ducks in Cambodia
The H5N1 bird flu virus has been found in three ducks on a family farm in eastern Cambodia, triggering a cull of hundreds of birds, officials said.
February 23, 2006:
Bird flu hits EU poultry amid worldwide efforts to confine virus
The deadly H5N1 form of bird flu was detected in poultry in the European Union for the first time, infecting two chickens in Austria, as the virus threatened to run rampant despite worldwide efforts to confine it.
Germany reports 1st case of bird flu in poultry; Slovakia confirms H5N1 strain
German authorities said a duck on a poultry farm on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen had tested positive for bird flu, the first time the disease has been detected among poultry in Germany.
February 21, 2006:
Avian Flu Virus Vaccine is Promising
A group of University of Pittsburgh researchers have genetically engineered an avian influenza vaccine using a common adenovirus to express an avian influenza protein called hemagglutinin (HA) on its surface that completely protected mice and chickens from the infection. HA allows the virus to attach to the cell that is being infected and is critical to the influenza virus’ ability to cause illness and death. Influenza vaccines based on adenoviruses may offer major advantages in the pursuit to discover some type of protection from flu pandemics.
Bird Flu Spreads to 29 Countries
Bird Flu had spread to at least 29 countries across the globe Tuesday, with Malaysia and Bosnia the latest to confirm cases in animals.
February 16, 2006:
Germany Orders Poultry Indoors as Bird Flu is Confirmed
An agriculture and Consumer Protection Ministry spokesman said yesterday that two of four dead swans found in Germany have tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
February 14, 2006:
Indonesian tests confirm Jakarta man died of bird flu
An 23-year-old Indonesian man who died last week in a hospital here was infected with bird flu, a hospital spokesman said.
February 13, 2006:
Bulgaria, Greece, and Italy find Bird Flu in Swans
Authorities on Monday confirmed that they have detected a second strain of H5 bird flu in two swans from a wetlands area close to the Romanian border of Bulgaria. The latest sample, like others taken in the past two weeks, is expected to be the H5N1 strain that can kill humans. Along with EU members Greece and Italy, Bulgaria has joined the growing list of countries hit by the virus on the weekend.
February 10, 2006:
Nigerian Bird Flu Heightens Anxieties
A large number of dead birds in northern Nigeria sprouted fears that the deadly strain of the H5N1 avian flu virus was spreading rapidly in Africa as it was detected there for the first time on Wednesday.
February 9, 2006:
China investigates 11th human case of bird flu
China is investigating the cause of its 11th confirmed human bird flu case while pressing on with efforts to stamp out the country's latest outbreak among poultry.
February 8, 2006:
Preliminary tests show new bird flu case in Hong Kong
Preliminary tests show that a chicken found dead in Hong Kong was infected with the H5N1 strain of bird flu, health officials said.
February 7, 2006:
U.S. teams with French non-profit to fight bird flu
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a partnership yesterday with Institut Pasteur, a French non-profit group, to monitor the spread of the bird flu virus across Southeast Asia.
February 3, 2006:
New bird flu vaccine shows promise
A new avian influenza vaccine developed by University of Pittsburgh researchers has shown 100 percent effectiveness in tests with chickens and mice, and could soon be developed into a human vaccine, the university announced.
February 2, 2006:
Indonesian teenager dies of bird flu, local tests show
A 15-year-old teenager has died of bird flu, a health ministry official said, citing local test results.
January 31, 2006:
In First Iraqi Case, Bird Flu Kills Girl in North
A 15-year-old Iraqi girl has died of bird flu, Iraqi and international health officials said yesterday, indicating the arrival of the disease in another country -- one that, in its war-torn state, may be ill prepared to control its spread.
January 26, 2006:
Indonesia reports another bird flu case as WHO warns over markets
A 22-year-old chicken seller is Indonesia's latest bird flu case, an official said Wednesday, as the WHO warned that traditional markets must clean up their act to curb the spread of the virus.
January 24, 2006:
10th human bird flu case in China amid Lunar New Year fears
A 29-year-old woman was in a critical condition on Tuesday after becoming the 10th person in China to contract bird flu, as authorities warned of higher risks during the upcoming Lunar New Year.
January 19, 2006:
New bird flu outbreak in Ukraine's Crimea
Another outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed on Ukraine's southern peninsula of Crimea, a regional government official said Wednesday.
January 16, 2006:
Local tests show another Indonesian has died of bird flu
Tests carried out by the Indonesian authorities show that a 13-year-old girl who died over the weekend was infected with bird flu, a health ministry official said.
January 12, 2006:
Indonesia records another bird flu deathA 29-year-old Indonesian woman has died of bird flu, a health official said, citing results from tests carried out by the country's health ministry.
Bird flu Global death toll hits 78; Plan for bird flu pandemicThe deaths of two more people in China and two in Turkey had brought the global toll from bird flu to 78, the World Health Organisation said yesterday.
January 11, 2006:
Bird flu outbreak grows in Turkey
The bird flu outbreak worsened in Turkey this week as the nation confirmed its 15th human case of the deadly virus, said Turkish and international health authorities. The latest case, a 37-year-old woman with a history of exposure to chickens, was verified in Turkish laboratories yesterday, said the World Health Organization.
January 11, 2006:
China reports two more bird flu deaths, new outbreak
China has reported two more human deaths from H5N1 avian influenza, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday, as the agriculture said a new outbreak was found in poultry in the southwestern province of Guizhou.
January 10, 2006:
Turkey confirms 14 bird flu infections as fears mount
Turkey said yesterday that its bird flu outbreak had infected 14 people, while dozens more sought hospital tests, adding to fears that the disease is moving westward towards mainland Europe.
January 9, 2006:
WHO confirms third human bird flu death in Turkey
The World Health Organization announced three new human
bird-flu deaths in Turkey this weekend. Two of the fatal cases were
conclusively shown to be the deadly H5N1 virus that health officials are
worried could trigger a worldwide human pandemic. The third case is also
presumed to be H5N1 at this time.
December 30, 2005:
China reports third human death from bird flu
China's health ministry on Friday said a factory worker in the southeastern province of Fujian had died from H5N1 avian influenza, the third such death officially recorded this year.
Bulgaria imposes new ban on Turkish poultry imports
Bulgaria has imposed a new ban on poultry imports from neighbouring Turkey following confirmation of a fresh outbreak of avian flu there, the Bulgarian agriculture ministry said Thursday.
December 29, 2005:
Bird flu near Iran border
Turkey has reported an outbreak of avian influenza in an area 15 kilometres from Iran, the World Organization for Animal Health said.
December 28, 2005:
Bird flu reoccurs in central Vietnam
Bird flu has returned to central Nghe An province, raising the number of localities in Vietnam having yet to meet the criteria to announce bird flu outbreaks to eight, according to a local veterinary agency on Wednesday.
Second case of bird flu detected in Turkey; samples sent to lab in UK
A second case of bird flu has been detected in Turkey and the authorities have taken immediate steps to contain the disease, officials said Tuesday.
December 23, 2005:
Indonesia confirms two more bird flu deaths amid drug resistance fears
Indonesia's confirmed bird flu death toll rose to 11 Thursday amid worrying new evidence that the virus may be developing resistance to Tamiflu, the only drug known to be effective against it.
December 19, 2005:
FAS unveils bird flu Web site
A new Web site devoted to tracking the effects of bird flu on international food trade was launched last week by the Foreign Agriculture Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
December 12, 2005:
Poultry industry launches new educational web site on avian influenza
The poultry industry has launched a new Web site to respond to any public concern that may occur over avian influenza, highlighting the fact that it is not a food issue and that H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza - "bird flu" - does not exist in the United States.
December 7, 2005:
U.S. not ready for bird flu outbreak-Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt
Government officials are unprepared for a catastrophic outbreak of avian influenza, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt told a crowd of state and local public-health officials Monday.
December 6, 2005:
No bird flu risk for properly cooked poultry, eggs, says WHO
Consumers face no risk of bird flu from poultry and eggs as long as they are handled and cooked properly, the World Health Organization said today in a joint statement with the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization.
November 21, 2005:
Hong Kong bans poultry imports in face of bird flu
The government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on November 21 banned poultry imports from China's Inner Mongolia and Canada's British Columbia as a precaution against bird flu outbreaks confirmed in the two places.
Vietnam reports 5 human bird flu cases
Five people from Vietnam's northern Hai Phong city, including a veterinary staff, have recently been hospitalized after exhibiting bird flu symptoms, local media reported Monday.
November 16, 2005:
China confirms first human bird flu cases; 1 dead
China's health authorities have confirmed on Wednesday the first two human cases of bird flu in the country, and enhanced effort to prevent and control the epidemic.
November 15, 2005:
China announces it will vaccinate all poultry for bird flu
China is trying to vaccinate all poultry nationwide and all the fees will be covered by the government, Jia Youling, State Chief Veterinary Officer and director in charge of the veterinary department of the Ministry of Agriculture, said here Tuesday.
Bird flu H7N3 virus found in bird droppings in Taiwan
Taiwan was on alert today after droppings from a migratory bird were found to contain a strain of avian flu, the Council of Agriculture said.
November 14, 2005:
A boy in Bangkok, Thailand, dies of bird flu
An 18-month-old boy was confirmed yesterday to be infected with the H5N1 virus, becoming Bangkok's first confirmed bird-flu victim, doctors said.
Bird flu spreads to 10 Vietnamese provinces
Bird flu outbreaks among poultry have spread to 10 of Vietnam's 64 provinces and cities, officials said, after the country's prime minister described the fight against avian influenza as urgent.
November 7, 2005:
Indonesia begins massive chicken cull
A 19-year-old woman has died from bird flu in Indonesia. She was one of two more human cases confirmed by officials of having the disease. That brought the total of human infections there to nine.
November 4, 2005:
Ukraine bans all wild bird imports
Ukraine will ban imports of live wild and pet birds from November 7 as a preventative measure against the spread of a deadly bird flu virus, the state veterinary service said Thursday.
9,000 Chinese chickens die of HPAI
Nearly 9,000 chickens have died in the fourth outbreak of bird flu to hit China in just over two weeks, the World Organisation for Animal Health said on its website Friday.
November 3, 2005:
Roche agrees to expand Tamiflu production
Roche has said it will work with the US Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate a delivery schedule of its flu treatment Tamiflu while continuing to seek partner companies to increase supply.
November 1, 2005:
President Bush announces U.S. bird flu plan
The nation must prepare now for the possibility of pandemic influenza, said President Bush this morning at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Emphasizing that a failure to act today could needlessly cost many lives, the president outlined a three-step plan to prevent a flu pandemic.
Canada announces H5 bird flu found in wild birds
Nearly three dozen wild waterfowl in Quebec and Manitoba have tested positive for H5 avian flu viruses, but federal officials were quick to stress Monday that it is not necessarily the dangerous H5N1 strain ravaging poultry stocks and occasionally infecting people in Southeast Asia.
October 31, 2005:
Japan kills 82,000 chickens
Japanese authorities said they would kill another 82,000 chickens after discovering the country's latest case of bird flu on a farm in the east.
Thailand enlists 900,000 volunteers to fight bird flu
The Food and Drug Administration took steps to tighten the primary firewall against the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the U.S. with a new set of proposed regulations for its ruminant feed ban.
October 21, 2005:
Bird flu fears slow EU chicken sales
Sales of chicken have slumped by up to 70 per cent across Europe as shoppers boycott it amid fears of bird flu.
October 19, 2005:
China reports HPAI outbreak
China said it had confirmed a fresh outbreak of avian influenza in birds in the northern province of Inner Mongolia, bringing the number of its known occurrences of the disease to four so far this year.
October 18, 2005:
Bird flu breaches EU with Greek infection
A quarantine was imposed on a string of Greek islands off the Turkish coast last night after preliminary tests indicated an outbreak of bird flu.
September 27, 2005:
Bird flu spreads to Russia and Siberia
Prime-Tass News Agency has confirmed bird flu cases in 49 settlements in six Russian regions. The news agency also states that the epidemic has been managed in 14 Russian settlements.
September 26, 2005:
Indonesia confirms 6th human bird-flu death
Indonesian health authorities confirmed that a woman who died Monday in a Jakarta hospital was the sixth human fatality in the country from bird flu.
September 19, 2005:
The Jakarta zoo closes for bird flu
Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso ordered here Sunday the closure of the Ragunan Zoo for 21 days starting today following the discovery of a number of fowls in the zoological garden which had contracted the bird flu virus.
First Russian reports of bird flu
The Agriculture Ministry disclosed yesterday that investigators have determined that a strain of avian flu virus infecting fowl in Russia is the type that can infect humans.
Indonesia announces first human bird flu deaths
Alarmed by the first deaths from the deadly bird flu virus, Indonesia announced on Thursday authorities would destroy all poultry and pigs on farms infected with the bird flu virus in three newly infected provinces.
North Korea admits it has HPAI
North Korea might have slaughtered thousands of chickens last month after a suspected outbreak of bird flu at a chicken factory in Pyongyang, sources close to North Korean officials in China said Tuesday.
Cambodia reports first human bird flu death
Vietnam confirms three bird flu deaths.
Vietnam has confirmed three new deaths, including two children, from the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu and is testing a fourth patient for the disease, doctors said Friday.
Malaysia reports bird flu outbreak
Officials say tests showed the flu strain to be H5N1 -- which killed 27 people in Thailand and Vietnam earlier this year. Officials have ordered the slaughter of all poultry in the village to halt the potential spread of the disease. However, Malaysian officials have reversed an earlier decision to suspend poultry exports.
HPAI kills birds in U.S., Canada
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Monday that it is "closely monitoring" an outbreak of avian influenza, or bird flu, in the United States, but sees no need yet to restrict American poultry imports.
Vietnam announces 13 bird flu deaths as virus spreads across whole of SE Asia.
Vietnam said Thursday 13 people were believed to have died from bird flu as tests focused on whether the virus could jump from person to person and ultimately cause a global epidemic.