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Jan 05, 2009

Jan 05, 2009

H5N1 spreads to more Indian districts

(CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in India's West Bengal state recently reported new H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in two more districts, according to media reports.

Jan 06, 2009

Jan 06, 2009

China, Vietnam report new H5N1 cases

(CIDRAP News) – Public health officials in two countries today announced new human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, involving a 19-year-old Chinese woman who died of her infection and an 8-year-old Vietnamese girl who is recovering.

Jan 07, 2009

Jan 07, 2009

No dangerous changes seen in Hong Kong H9N2 virus

(CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong health officials reported today that the H9N2 avian influenza virus that recently infected a 2-month-old girl from mainland China has not acquired any genes from human-adapted flu viruses, implying that it is unlikely to pose a major danger to humans.

Jan 13, 2009

Jan 13, 2009

Egyptian child has H5N1 infection

(CIDRAP News) – A 21-month-old Egyptian girl has been hospitalized with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the country's health ministry said yesterday.

Jan 19, 2009

Jan 19, 2009

China reports 3 H5N1 cases, 1 death

(CIDRAP News) – China's health ministry today reported three new human H5N1 avian influenza cases, one of them fatal and the other patients hospitalized in critical condition, according to a statement from the World Health Organization (WHO).

In the first case, a 27-year-old woman from Jinan City in Shandong province got sick on Jan 5, was hospitalized, and died on Jan 17, the WHO reported.

Jan 20, 2009

Jan 20, 2009

H5N1 hits Nepal for first time, strikes another Indian state

(CIDRAP News) – Animal health workers in Nepal are culling thousands of poultry in response to the country's first outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza, as officials in India said the virus spread to another Indian state, Sikkim in the northeastern part of the country.

Jan 20, 2009

Chinese boy dies of H5N1 infection

(CIDRAP News) – China's health ministry has announced that a 16-year-old boy who was recently listed in critical condition with an H5N1 avian influenza infection has died.

Jan 21, 2009

Jan 21, 2009

2 Indonesian cases push global H5N1 death toll over 250

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia has confirmed two more fatalities from H5N1 avian influenza, a 29-year-old woman and a 5- or 6-year-old girl, both of whom lived near the country's capital, Jakarta, according to news reports.

Jan 21, 2009

China's recent H5N1 cases raise transmission questions

(CIDRAP News) – China's recent spike in human H5N1 avian influenza cases appears to lack the hallmark of nearby poultry outbreaks, a development that some public health officials worry could signal asymptomatic infections in birds.

Veterinary experts, however, suggest the pattern could point to surveillance gaps or the consequences of routine vaccination.

Jan 22, 2009

Jan 22, 2009

Egypt finds more H5N1 in poultry

(CIDRAP News) – Veterinary authorities in Egypt today reported H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in two governorates, as Chinese officials beefed up their avian flu reporting system and took other measures to limit human exposure to the virus.

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