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Oct 17, 2007

Oct 17, 2007

WHO report explores patent issues concerning flu viruses

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday released a report on patenting issues related to influenza viruses, following up on a resolution adopted by the World Health Assembly in May to address the concerns of Indonesia and other developing countries about access to pandemic flu vaccines and treatments.

Sep 17, 2007

Sep 17, 2007

Avian flu strikes ducks near Hong Kong

(CIDRAP News) – Close to 10,000 ducks died recently of H5N1 avian influenza in a village in southern China not far from Hong Kong, and a local official said the ducks had been vaccinated against the virus, according to news reports.

Sep 11, 2007

Sep 11, 2007

Ebola outbreak confirmed in Congo

(CIDRAP News) – Five cases of the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever have been confirmed in a 3-month-old disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but another disease may account for some cases in the outbreak, according to news services.

Sep 04, 2007

Sep 04, 2007

Avian flu hits Russian farm; Asian officials discuss surveillance

(CIDRAP News) – Russian officials announced today that hundreds of chickens at a farm in southern Russia died of H5N1 avian influenza, as international experts met in Bangkok to discuss how to better monitor the spread of the disease in Asia.

The poultry deaths were discovered in the town of Razdolny in Krasnodar territory on Sep 2, RIA Novosti, Russia's state news agency, reported today. The disease struck about 500 chickens.

Aug 29, 2007

Aug 29, 2007

UN sets up bioweapons treaty support team

(CIDRAP News) – The United Nations recently established a small team in Geneva to help implement the Biological Weapons Convention, the first international institution created for that purpose.

Aug 13, 2007

Aug 13, 2007

Woman's death marks Bali's first H5N1 case

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia's health ministry today announced that a 29-year-old woman from Bali died yesterday of H5N1 avian influenza, signaling the first human case on the popular tourist island, and that her 5-year-old daughter had died earlier of a similar illness.

Jul 25, 2007

Jul 25, 2007

India finds H5N1 in poultry after 1-year hiatus

(CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in India announced today that samples from chickens at a poultry farm in the remote northeastern Manipur state were positive for the H5N1 avian flu virus, signaling the country's first outbreak in more than a year.

Jul 20, 2007

Jul 20, 2007

FAO, WHO urge vigilance in light of recent food scares

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday urged all countries to strengthen their food safety systems, a day after President Bush issued an executive order establishing a group to examine the safety of imported food and other goods.

Jul 05, 2007

Jul 05, 2007

France finds H5N1 in wild birds

(CIDRAP News) – France's agriculture ministry said today that three swans found dead in Moselle department in the eastern part of the country tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, making France the third European country in recent weeks to report new outbreaks in wild birds.

Jun 27, 2007

Jun 27, 2007

FAO says avian flu entrenched as new outbreaks appear

(CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said H5N1 avian influenza virus is entrenched in some places and will continue to spread, despite improved control efforts.

As if to underscore the message, new poultry outbreaks were reported today in the Czech Republic and Bangladesh, and more wild birds were reported infected in Germany.

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