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Mar 20, 2006

Mar 20, 2006

Egypt reports 2 human cases of avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Egyptian authorities have reported that a 30-year-old Egyptian woman died of H5N1 avian influenza and a young man is recovering from the same infection, signaling what may be the first known human cases in Africa.

Both patients were exposed to sick poultry, and samples from both tested positive at a US Navy laboratory in Cairo, according to reports from Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Feb 27, 2006

Feb 27, 2006

Two more countries find H5N1; 3 others probe bird deaths

(CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian influenza virus has spread to Niger and Bosnia-Herzegovina, media outlets said today, and testing is under way on birds found dead in Switzerland, Pakistan, and Kenya.

Feb 24, 2006

Feb 24, 2006

Avian flu found in former Soviet republic of Georgia

(CIDRAP News) – Authorities in the former Soviet republic of Georgia today reported finding H5N1 avian influenza in swans, making Georgia the 16th country to report its first case this month.

Dead swans found in the village of Adliya, in the Black Sea coastal region of Adjara, tested positive, said Prime Minister Zurab Nogaideli, as quoted in an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.

Feb 21, 2006

Feb 21, 2006

WHO: Changes in H5N1 virus may promote spread in birds

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) says H5N1 avian influenza has infected birds in 14 more countries since the beginning of this month, and recent genetic changes in the virus may have something to do with its rapid spread in birds.

Feb 20, 2006

Feb 20, 2006

H5N1 flu infects birds in Egypt, France, India

(CIDRAP News) – The rapidly growing list of countries facing H5N1 avian influenza in birds has swelled to include Egypt, France, and India in the past 4 days, and the virus is suspected in Bosnia as well.

Jul 21, 2004

Jul 21, 2004

Scientists worry that Rift Valley fever could reach US

(CIDRAP News) – Rift Valley fever (RVF), a mosquito-borne disease that can kill humans and animals, is starting to grab the attention of American scientists because it could cause devastating outbreaks in the United States.

Jul 25, 2003

Jul 25, 2003

Wild game ousts pork as main source of Trichinella infection

(CIDRAP News) –Wild game meat, especially bear meat, has replaced pork as the leading source of Trichinella infections in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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