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Oct 13, 2005

Oct 13, 2005

Tests confirm H5N1 in Turkey, H5 in Romania

(CIDRAP News) – The avian influenza virus long established in Southeast Asia has reached Europe's doorstep, with confirmation today that a lethal virus in Turkey is H5N1 and that an H5 strain in Romania is still being subtyped.

Oct 11, 2005

Oct 11, 2005

Experts cite differences between H5N1 and ordinary flu

(CIDRAP News) – A recent and extensive review of research on H5N1 avian influenza in humans shows the illness differs from ordinary flu in several ways, besides the most obvious fact that it is far more deadly.

The report by a World Health Organization (WHO) committee says avian flu may have a longer incubation period and is more likely to cause diarrhea than typical flu viruses are, among other differences.

Oct 10, 2005

Oct 10, 2005

US plan paints grim picture of flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – A not-yet-released version of the Bush administration's plan for dealing with an influenza pandemic predicts that such an event could exact an enormous toll in life and wealth, according to recent newspaper reports.

Oct 10, 2005

Oct 10, 2005

Avian flu reported in Turkey, suspected in Romania

(CIDRAP News) – Avian flu extended its reach into new territory by spreading to Turkey and possibly Romania in the past week, while Indonesians face another suspected human case of H5N1 flu and allegations of vaccine-related fraud.

Oct 07, 2005

Oct 07, 2005

Avian and pandemic flu in political spotlight

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza and the threat of a flu pandemic were in the spotlight in Washington, DC, today as officials from 80 nations met to discuss the situation and President Bush was to meet with manufacturers of flu vaccines and drugs.

Oct 07, 2005

Oct 07, 2005

Indonesia reports another avian flu case

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesian authorities said yesterday a hospitalized 21-year-old man had tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza.

Indonesia's Antara news agency said the man lives in Lampung but did not name him. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in Jakarta indicated avian flu, the report said. A Reuters report described the man as being in stable condition.

Oct 06, 2005

Oct 06, 2005

Researchers map 209 flu virus genomes

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza researchers marked a milestone yesterday by publishing a report on the complete genetic mapping of 209 samples of human flu viruses, vastly increasing the supply of genetic data on flu.

Oct 05, 2005

Oct 05, 2005

23-year-old Indonesian man dies from avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – A 23-year-old Indonesian man who kept birds has died from avian influenza, officials there said today, marking the seventh death they attribute to the H5N1 virus.

Slamet Wibowo died on Thursday, according to a story by Agence France-Presse (AFP) today. He was referred to Sulianti Saroso hospital for infectious diseases in Jakarta from a private hospital in Cibinong, according to Ilham Patu, a hospital spokesman.

Oct 05, 2005

Scientists recreate 1918 flu virus, see parallels with H5N1

(CIDRAP News) – Scientists today reported findings that may help explain what made the 1918 pandemic influenza virus so deadly and that reveal similarities between that virus and the H5N1 avian influenza virus now circulating in Asia.

Oct 04, 2005

Oct 04, 2005

Bush suggests military-enforced quarantines for avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The United States may need to quarantine regions of the country if localized outbreaks of a pandemic flu occur, US President George Bush said today during a press conference in Washington, DC.

Bush suggested expanding presidential power over state-run National Guard operations to implement such quarantines in the event of a pandemic.

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