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Oct 26, 2005

Oct 26, 2005

French island has 3 possible H5N1 cases

(CIDRAP News) – Three people from the French island of Reunion who were exposed to birds during a recent visit to Thailand are suspected of having H5N1 avian influenza, and authorities are rushing samples to Paris for testing, according to a BBC News report.

Oct 28, 2005

Oct 28, 2005

Chiron wins H5N1 vaccine contract; WHO says virus is changing

(CIDRAP News) – The US government has awarded Chiron Corp. a $62.5 million contract to make a vaccine for H5N1 avian influenza as part of efforts to prepare for a possible human flu pandemic.

Nov 22, 2005

Nov 22, 2005

Briton has second vCJD case found in US

(CIDRAP News) – A second case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) has been reported in a US resident, although American authorities said he is thought to have contracted the illness in his native Britain.

Dec 13, 2005

Dec 13, 2005

Indonesia says man was 9th H5N1 fatality

(CIDRAP News) – A 35-year-old Indonesian man who died in November had H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country's 14th confirmed case and ninth death, Indonesian officials announced today.

Officials made the announcement after receiving test results from a World Health Organization (WHO) reference laboratory in Hong Kong, according to a Bloomberg News report today. The man died in Jakarta.

Jan 05, 2006

Jan 05, 2006

Second Turkish patient dies of avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The sister of a Turkish teenage boy who died of avian influenza Jan 1 has succumbed to the same disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Turkish officials reported the two cases yesterday, marking the first human cases of avian flu outside East Asia.

Jan 17, 2006

Jan 17, 2006

More human H5N1 cases reported in Turkey, Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – More cases of human illness and death were laid at the door of the H5N1 virus in Turkey and Indonesia today.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday confirmed the death from H5N1 of a 5-year-old boy from Dogubayazit district in Turkey's eastern Agri province. His 14-year-old sister had died on Jan 15, and results on Monday confirmed her death was from H5N1.

Feb 03, 2006

Feb 03, 2006

CDC: New test speeds detection of bird flu in humans

(CIDRAP News) – A new test developed by federal experts offers preliminary detection of H5 avian influenza in human patients in about 4 hours, compared with 2 to 3 days for other methods, government officials announced today.

Feb 13, 2006

Feb 13, 2006

More countries facing H5N1 flu in birds

(CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian flu virus is continuing its relentless spread from bird to bird, with individual deaths in some countries marking new territory for the virus and massive die-offs and culling showing how quickly it can become entrenched.

The pathogen has been reported in wild birds in five new countries—Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Greece, Italy, and Bulgaria—in the past week. In addition, an H5 virus has been reported in Slovenia.

Mar 22, 2006

Mar 22, 2006

Bamboo shoots blamed for botulism cases in Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of apparent botulism associated with home-preserved bamboo shoots has sickened more than 150 people following a festival in northern Thailand, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mar 23, 2006

Mar 23, 2006

Global BSE cases declining fast, FAO says

(CIDRAP News) – Worldwide cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, have declined about 50% per year over the last three years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

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