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May 13, 2005

May 13, 2005

WHO denies that countries hoard H5N1 samples

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today denied a widely publicized report that countries dealing with H5N1 avian influenza have been refusing to share clinical samples from human patients, making it difficult for the WHO to monitor changes in the virus.

May 18, 2005

May 18, 2005

WHO: flu pandemic threat may be growing

(CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian influenza virus is evolving and poses "a continuing and potentially growing pandemic threat," say experts who were convened recently by the World Health Organization (WHO) to study the pathogen.

Jun 20, 2005

Jun 20, 2005

China's alleged use of human flu drug in poultry questioned

(CIDRAP News) – International health agencies are questioning China about a report that the country has used a human antiviral drug in poultry for years, thereby causing the H5N1 influenza virus to become resistant to the drug.

Jun 21, 2005

Jun 21, 2005

Avian flu infects two more Vietnamese, hits poultry in China

(CIDRAP News) – More human and poultry cases of H5N1 influenza are coming to light in Southeast Asia, with reports of two new human illnesses in Vietnam and a second poultry outbreak in China.

Two people from northern Vietnam were admitted to Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi over the weekend and later tested positive for the H5N1 virus, according to hospital director Tran Quy, who was quoted in the China Daily newspaper and other media reports.

Jun 28, 2005

Jun 28, 2005

Flu kills more migratory birds in China

(CIDRAP News) – About 5,000 migratory birds have died of avian influenza at a wildlife sanctuary in northwestern China, close to five times as many as reported previously, United Nations officials who visited the site said today.

Jul 07, 2005

Jul 07, 2005

Avian flu control plan to focus on small farms

(CIDRAP News) – International health agencies said yesterday that their plan to battle avian influenza will focus on educating small-scale farmers, segregating animal species on backyard farms, and vaccinating poultry.

Jul 29, 2005

Jul 29, 2005

Russian birds have H5N1; 2 more deaths in Vietnam

Editor's note: This story was revised July 31 to clarify information about previous reports of H5N1 influenza viruses in Russia.

(CIDRAP News) – News services said today the avian influenza outbreak reported last week in Russia involves the dangerous H5N1 strain, while two more fatal human cases of the illness were reported in Vietnam.

Sep 01, 2005

Sep 01, 2005

Avian flu likely cause of death in Vietnam

(CIDRAP News) – A 58-year-old Vietnamese has died of a probable case of avian influenza, the first such fatality in a month, news services reported today.

The victim, a Hanoi resident who was not named, died Aug 24 and tested positive for an H5 virus, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report quoting Nguyen Tran Hien, director of an epidemiology institute in Hanoi.

Sep 16, 2005

Sep 16, 2005

US pushes international efforts to thwart flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – US officials this week promoted international efforts to prepare for a potential influenza pandemic, announcing an international flu surveillance partnership and promising aid to Vietnam for avian and human flu surveillance.

Sep 26, 2005

Sep 26, 2005

Indonesia blames two more deaths on avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesian officials have blamed two more deaths on H5N1 avian influenza, bringing the country's reported avian flu toll to six, although the cases have not yet been confirmed by an international reference laboratory.

A 27-year-old woman who died today and a 5-year-old girl who died last week had the virus, according to officials quoted by the Associated Press (AP) and Agence France-Presse.

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