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Jun 29, 2005

Jun 29, 2005

H5N1 virus has not grown more dangerous, experts say

(CIDRAP News) – An international team of experts has concluded that the H5N1 avian influenza virus in Vietnam has not recently improved its ability to spread to or among humans, according to news reports published today.

The finding suggests that the immediate risk of a flu pandemic is lower than previously believed, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.

Jun 14, 2005

Jun 14, 2005

Human trial of H5N1 vaccine prompts concern, Australia touts poultry test

(CIDRAP News) – Efforts to combat avian flu in both people and poultry are continuing, although some steps have proven controversial.

Vietnam has announced plans to begin human testing this summer on a vaccine for H5N1 avian flu, a move that has evoked concern among some experts.

Apr 25, 2005

Apr 25, 2005

FAO says avian flu in North Korea is contained

(CIDRAP News) – The recent outbreak of H7 avian influenza in North Korea has been contained, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

The outbreak at three farms near Pyongyang, the capital, was first reported in March. It involves a different strain from the H5N1 virus that has affected nine other Asian countries and killed more than 50 people in the past 16 months.

Apr 05, 2005

Apr 05, 2005

North Korea has Asia's first outbreak of H7 avian flu

April 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The strain of avian influenza responsible for the deaths of 219,000 poultry in North Korea is not the same as the lethal H5N1 strain many experts fear could cause a worldwide pandemic.

Feb 17, 2005

Feb 17, 2005

Report: WHO to suggest stockpiling H5N1 flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to recommend that governments consider stockpiling vaccines against the H5N1 avian influenza virus now, rather than waiting until a human flu pandemic emerges, according to a story published online today by New Scientist magazine.

Feb 03, 2005

Feb 03, 2005

Avian flu shadows Vietnam's Lunar New Year traditions

(CIDRAP News) – As Vietnamese prepare to welcome the Year of the Rooster, the chicken is uppermost in the minds of many.

The Lunar New Year, or Tet, is a time of extended celebration in Vietnam. But this year is different. The threat of avian influenza, which has killed 12 Vietnamese and at least one Cambodian since Dec 30, 2004, is dampening the traditional celebrations, particularly as they involve poultry.

Dec 10, 2004

Dec 10, 2004

Asian nations work on pandemic planning, halting avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Southeast Asian nations are mounting a two-tiered attack on the avian influenza virus that has devastated poultry flocks and raised the specter of a potential human flu pandemic.

On the pandemic front, scientific advances and policy efforts are laying the groundwork for preparedness in Hong Kong and mainland China.

Jun 25, 2004

Jun 25, 2004

Oct 15, 2003

Oct 15, 2003

Foot-and-mouth disease look-alike caused alarm at Mexican border

(CIDRAP News) – Mexico closed its border to livestock from the United States last week because of concern that a herd of US cattle bound for Mexico had foot-and-mouth disease, but the border was quickly reopened when the disease was found to be a relatively harmless look-alike.

Apr 03, 2003

Apr 03, 2003

CDC reports heart problems in three more smallpox vaccinees

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported three more cases of heart problems in recent smallpox shot recipients, including two cases of heart inflammation and one heart attack. The cases bring the number of civilians who experienced cardiac problems after vaccination to 10 since the immunization program began in January.

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