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Mar 13, 2003

Mar 13, 2003

WHO issues alert over atypical pneumonia outbreaks in Asia

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization has issued an alert over outbreaks of severe respiratory illness, including atypical pneumonia, that it has been investigating since mid-February in Vietnam, Hong Kong, and mainland China.

Mar 14, 2003

Mar 14, 2003

Avian influenza confirmed in Connecticut; Dutch outbreak spreads

(CIDRAP News) – State and federal officials this week confirmed the presence of low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) at a large poultry farm in eastern Connecticut. Meanwhile, the highly pathogenic form of the disease has led to the killing of 1.4 million birds in the Netherlands in the past 2 weeks.

Apr 22, 2003

Apr 22, 2003

Dutch vet's death ascribed to avian influenza

(CIDRAP News) – The death last week of a 57-year-old Dutch veterinarian who had worked among chickens infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was apparently due to the same disease.

Apr 25, 2003

Apr 25, 2003

Man's death from avian influenza called isolated case

(CIDRAP News) – The recent death of a Dutch veterinarian due to an avian influenza virus was an isolated case and did not involve an unusual form of the virus, according to World Health Organization (WHO) and Dutch government officials.

In a statement issued yesterday, the WHO said, "Based on available evidence, WHO concludes that the death is an isolated case, as no efficient human-to-human transmission has been detected."

Dec 10, 2003

Dec 10, 2003

Hong Kong probes human case of avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Hong Kong are investigating a case in which a 5-year-old boy was infected with an avian influenza virus called influenza A(H9N2).

The boy was admitted to a hospital Nov 27 with fever, cough, and runny nose, the Hong Kong Department of Health said in a news release yesterday. He was discharged 2 days later and has recovered.

Dec 16, 2003

Dec 16, 2003

Avian influenza strikes South Korean chicken farm

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of avian influenza in South Korea has resulted in the deaths of 24,000 chickens at a farm southeast of Seoul.

The disease killed 19,000 chickens at the farm and prompted authorities to destroy the remaining 5,000 chickens as a containment measure, according to a report by the OIE (Office International des Epizooties), the world organization for animal health.

Dec 30, 2003

Dec 30, 2003

Avian influenza spreads in South Korea

(CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of avian influenza in South Korea has spread to at least 14 farms and triggered the culling of 1.2 million chickens and ducks since it was identified in mid-December, according to reports from Asian newspapers.

Jan 07, 2004

Jan 07, 2004

Avian flu in Korea crops up again after lull

Jan 7, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – The avian influenza outbreak in South Korea showed signs of subsiding last week, but the disease turned up at a new site Jan 4, according to Korean newspaper reports.

The new case was confirmed at a duck farm in South Chungchong Province in the west-central part of the country, bringing the number of affected farms to 15, according to a Jan 5 report in the Korea Times.

Jan 12, 2004

Jan 12, 2004

Avian influenza reported in Vietnam, Japan

(CIDRAP News) – Official sources have confirmed outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Vietnam and Japan, and one media report said the Vietnamese outbreak may be linked to the deaths of 11 people in Hanoi.

Jan 13, 2004

Jan 13, 2004

Avian flu virus infected humans in Vietnam, WHO says

Editor's note: This story was updated Jan 14 with additional information from a statement by the WHO's Western Pacific office.

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today that an avian influenza virus has infected humans in Vietnam, raising concern that avian and human viruses could share genes and give rise to a dangerous new influenza virus.

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