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May 07, 2007

May 07, 2007

US to test fewer wild birds for avian flu this year

Editor's note: This story was revised May 8 to include a piece of additional information on testing of environmental samples.

(CIDRAP News) – US government agencies said today they will test fewer wild birds for the H5N1 avian influenza virus in the 2007 season than they did last season, while focusing on the highest-risk species and locations.

May 02, 2007

May 02, 2007

Ghana reports its first H5N1 outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – News services today reported the confirmation of H5N1 avian influenza on a chicken farm in Ghana, apparently making it the ninth African country to be hit by the virus.

Agriculture Minister Ernest Debrah said the outbreak was discovered Apr 24 on a farm near the port city of Tema, east of the capital, Accra, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.

Apr 26, 2007

Apr 26, 2007

Roche cuts Tamiflu production as demand cools

(CIDRAP News) – The Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche announced today it is scaling back production of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) because of waning demand, and simultaneously questioned whether countries stockpiling the drug are buying enough to protect their citizens in the event of an influenza pandemic.

Apr 11, 2007

Apr 11, 2007

WHO confirms fatal H5N1 cases in Egypt, Cambodia

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that H5N1 avian influenza caused the deaths of two teenage girls, a 15-year-old in Egypt and a 13-year-old in Cambodia.

Apr 09, 2007

Apr 09, 2007

Indonesia, Egypt report H5N1 cases

(CIDRAP News) –Indonesia and Egypt each have reported another human case of H5N1 avian influenza, the first in a 29-year-old man who died and the second in a 15-year-old girl, according to news services.

Apr 06, 2007

Apr 06, 2007

Cambodia, Egypt report H5N1 cases; Indonesia demands vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – New human cases of H5N1 avian influenza were reported in Cambodia and Egypt today, while Indonesian officials, according to one news service, said they would not resume sharing H5N1 virus samples unless vaccine manufacturers promise to provide the country with free pandemic flu vaccines.

Apr 05, 2007

Apr 05, 2007

Tests exclude H5N1 cases in Kuwait, confirm 1 in Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – A second round of H5N1 avian influenza tests came back negative today on four Bangladeshi men who initially tested positive after helping cull chickens in Kuwait, while tests confirmed the infection in a 15-year-old Indonesian girl, according to news services.

Apr 04, 2007

Apr 04, 2007

Indonesia blames death on H5N1; Kuwait has suspected cases

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia announced another fatal case of H5N1 avian influenza today, as initial tests indicated H5N1 infections in four Bangladeshi poultry cullers hospitalized in Kuwait.

Apr 02, 2007

Apr 02, 2007

Three new H5N1 cases push Egypt's count to 32

(CIDRAP News) – Three more Egyptian children have tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, raising Egypt's H5N1 case count to 32, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

One of the patients is a 4-year-old boy from Qena governorate, about 416 miles south of Cairo, whose 6-year-old sister was diagnosed with the disease on Mar 28, a WHO report said. He became ill Mar 26 and was hospitalized 3 days later.

Mar 27, 2007

Mar 27, 2007

Egypt has 2 more H5N1 cases; Indonesia suspects 3

(CIDRAP News) – Egypt reported two more human cases of H5N1 avian influenza today, pushing the country's total to 29, while Indonesia reported three suspected cases, two of them fatal, according to news services.

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