News & Perspective

Jan 06, 2004

Jan 06, 2004

DNA tests show BSE-infected cow came from Canada

(CIDRAP News) – Genetic tests have confirmed that the cow with the first known case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the United States came from a herd in Alberta, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today.

Feb 20, 2004

Feb 20, 2004

Avian flu jumps to house cats in Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian influenza virus has killed two house cats in Thailand, but the event probably does not signal an increased threat to human health, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Mar 11, 2004

Mar 11, 2004

FAO warns against early restocking as avian flu persists

(CIDRAP News) – Asia's battle with avian influenza continued as new outbreaks were reported in Thailand and Taiwan, while the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned countries not to rebuild their flocks prematurely.

Mar 29, 2004

Mar 29, 2004

Vietnam plans to declare victory over avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Vietnamese agriculture officials said Vietnam would declare itself free of avian influenza tomorrow, major news services reported today.

Bui Quang Anh, director of the Ministry of Agriculture's Veterinary Department, said today that officials will make an announcement tomorrow afternoon so that the country can start rebuilding its poultry flocks, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Apr 01, 2004

Apr 01, 2004

Avian flu gone in Texas but persists in Canada

(CIDRAP News) – Texas officials announced today that the state's outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) has been eradicated, after 352 noncommercial poultry flocks in the area were found to be free of the disease.

Meanwhile, a battle with a different strain of AI in southern British Columbia continued, as Canadian officials said yesterday they had confirmed the disease on a seventh farm in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver.

Apr 05, 2004

Apr 05, 2004

Canada to kill 19 million poultry to stop avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Canadian officials said today that 19 million poultry in southwestern British Columbia's Fraser Valley would be destroyed in a vastly expanded campaign to stop highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization reported today on cases of H7 influenza in two poultry workers who had contact with infected birds in the outbreak area. The two patients both had conjunctivitis and have recovered, the WHO said.

May 13, 2004

May 13, 2004

Canada reports progress in avian flu battle

(CIDRAP News) – Canadian authorities reported progress yesterday in their battle to stamp out avian influenza in British Columbia, while news services reported possible signs of a new strain of avian flu virus in the outbreak area.

May 14, 2004

May 14, 2004

Upbeat news on avian flu in Canada, Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – Canadian authorities say further tests have shown that geese on a farm in southern British Columbia were not infected with a dangerous avian influenza virus, but test results on ducks from the same farm are still awaited.

May 21, 2004

May 21, 2004

USDA says Canadian beef imported despite ban was safe

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) acknowledged today that it allowed the importation of about 7.3 million pounds of Canadian beef that was officially banned under rules intended to keep bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) out of the United States.

Jun 03, 2004

Jun 03, 2004

More chickens culled in Texas outbreak of avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Another flock of about 24,000 chickens was sacrificed this week near the site of an outbreak of avian influenza in Texas after screening tests indicated possible infection, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).

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