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Aug 20, 2004

Aug 20, 2004

H5N1 avian flu found in pigs, says Chinese expert

(CIDRAP News) – A step in the progression of avian influenza considered almost inevitable by experts in view of the widespread and continuing Asian outbreaks this year—its occurrence in pigs—has been taken, if a Chinese scientist's report is confirmed. Chen Hualan, director of China's National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory, said at a conference today in Beijing that H5N1 avian flu had been found in pigs on several farms in the country this year and last.

Aug 17, 2004

Aug 17, 2004

H5N1 flu confirmed in three Vietnamese deaths against backdrop of more suspected cases

(CIDRAP News) – The cases of three people who died recently in Vietnam have now been confirmed by that country as being caused by the H5N1 strain, and two other patients are suspected of having the disease, according to news sources yesterday and today.

Aug 13, 2004

Aug 13, 2004

Study implies many more vCJD cases may emerge in UK

(CIDRAP News) – New findings suggest that far more people may be susceptible to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) than was previously supposed, according to a report in the Aug 7 Lancet.

Aug 12, 2004

Aug 12, 2004

Three deaths in Vietnam blamed on avian flu

Editor's note: This story was revised Aug 13, 2004, to include additional information from the World Health Organization.

(CIDRAP News) – Three people in Vietnam died recently of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.

Jul 29, 2004

Jul 29, 2004

Avian flu experts make recommendations as disease continues its spread

(CIDRAP News) – Thailand, home of the world's fourth-largest poultry industry, has confirmed that the recent re-emergence of avian influenza has spread to 21 provinces, three more than just yesterday. Meanwhile, Vietnam's state media yesterday reported that the disease there now affects Bac Ninh province in the northern part of the country in addition to the 11 southern provinces already affected.

Jul 27, 2004

Jul 27, 2004

More avian flu in Vietnam, Thai children cleared of diagnosis

(CIDRAP News) – Experts in Vietnam confirmed today that avian influenza has spread to an 11th province, the southern Mekong Delta province of Long An, a major poultry breeding area, according to news service reports.

Jul 23, 2004

Jul 23, 2004

Avian flu suspected in two Thai children

(CIDRAP News) – Two children in Thailand are being tested for possible avian influenza infections, which could be the first human cases since the disease resurged in recent weeks, according to news service reports today.

The cases involve a 14-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, both in the northern province of Nong Khai near the Laotian border, according to a Reuters report.

Jul 20, 2004

Jul 20, 2004

Suspected human case of avian flu reported in Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – A woman in Thailand, where avian influenza has resurfaced in the past month, may have the first human case of the illness since the outbreaks earlier in the year, a Bangkok newspaper reported today.

Jul 07, 2004

Jul 07, 2004

Avian flu resurfaces in China and Thailand

(CIDRAP News) – Deadly strains of avian influenza have resurfaced on one poultry farm in China and two in Thailand.

China's first outbreak of H5N1 avian flu since March was reported Jul 3 at a farm in Anhui province in the east-central part of the country, according to Xinhua, China's official news service. The national avian flu reference laboratory confirmed yesterday that the disease was due to an H5N1 virus, Xinhua said.

Jun 30, 2004

Jun 30, 2004

Avian flu strikes again in Vietnam

(CIDRAP News) – Three months after Vietnam declared itself free of avian influenza, the disease has struck there again, causing the loss of at least 4,500 chickens in a southern province, according to news services.

A Reuters report today said chickens on three farms in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu died or were destroyed after testing positive for an H5 avian flu virus.

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