News & Perspective

Jan 11, 2008

Jan 11, 2008

OIE chief's downplaying of pandemic risk draws fire

(CIDRAP News) – Disease experts and preparedness advocates reacted negatively today to comments by the head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) suggesting that the risk of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian flu virus is minimal.

Jan 22, 2008

Jan 22, 2008

WHO catalogs H5N1 viruses, launches tracking system

Editor's note: This story was revised on Jan 23 to correct errors regarding the numbers of clinical specimens and H5N1 viruses submitted by Indonesia to the World Health Organization in 2007.

Jan 23, 2008

Jan 23, 2008

Vietnam reports H5N1 fatality

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Vietnam said today that a 32-year-old man has died of H5N1 avian influenza, signaling the country's first reported case and death of the new year.

Jan 24, 2008

Jan 24, 2008

FAO: Spate of H5N1 outbreaks warrants stronger controls

(CIDRAP News) – Outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in 15 countries since December 2007 are a potent reminder that the virus is still a global threat, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, as officials in Thailand announced they found the disease in poultry again after a 6-month lapse.

Jan 24, 2008

WHO confirms H5N1 deaths in Vietnam, Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that two more people have died of H5N1 avian influenza, a 34-year-old man from Vietnam and a 30-year-old man from Indonesia. Both cases were reported previously.

Jan 28, 2008

Jan 28, 2008

Indonesia logs 4 H5N1 cases; death toll reaches 100

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesian authorities have reported four new human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, two of them fatal, raising the country's death toll from the virus to 100.

A 23-year-old woman from East Jakarta died of avian flu yesterday, and a 9-year-old boy from Jakarta's outskirts succumbed to the disease today, according to a Reuters report.

Feb 14, 2008

Feb 14, 2008

Vietnam reports two new H5N1 cases, one fatal

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Vietnam reported today that the H5N1 virus has struck two men in two of the country's northern provinces, killing a 40-year-old and sickening a 27-year-old, according to media reports.

Feb 18, 2008

Feb 18, 2008

H5N1 cases rise in China, Indonesia, Vietnam

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese health officials said today that a 22-year-old man died of H5N1 avian influenza in the country's first reported case this year, as health ministries in Indonesia and Vietnam reported three more H5N1 infections, two of them fatal.

Feb 21, 2008

Feb 21, 2008

More H5N1 cases reported in Vietnam, China

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a new fatal H5N1 avian influenza case in Vietnam and confirmed three cases reported earlier in Indonesia and China, while Chinese authorities today reported still another fatal case.

Mar 18, 2008

Mar 18, 2008

FAO: H5N1 levels in Indonesia raise pandemic risk

(CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that H5N1 avian influenza levels in Indonesia's poultry are so high that conditions may be ripe for the type of viral mutation that could spark an influenza pandemic.

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