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Jan 22, 2008

Jan 22, 2008

WHO catalogs H5N1 viruses, launches tracking system

Editor's note: This story was revised on Jan 23 to correct errors regarding the numbers of clinical specimens and H5N1 viruses submitted by Indonesia to the World Health Organization in 2007.

Jan 16, 2008

Jan 16, 2008

Exposure source unclear in 25% of human H5N1 cases

(CIDRAP News) – In at least 25% of human infections with the H5N1 avian influenza virus, just how the person was exposed to the virus remains a mystery, according to a report by an expert panel set up by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dec 19, 2007

Dec 19, 2007

FAO reports downturn in H5N1 outbreaks for 2007

(CIDRAP News) – Despite recent spikes in H5N1 avian influenza activity in humans and birds, there have been fewer bird outbreaks in fewer countries this year than in 2006, according to a preliminary report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Nov 22, 2006

Nov 22, 2006

Reports show difficulty of diagnosing H5N1 cases

(CIDRAP News) – Two new reports on human cases of H5N1 avian influenza that occurred in Turkey and Indonesia last year show that the illness proved difficult to diagnose, with many tests yielding false-negative results.

Feb 20, 2006

Feb 20, 2006

WHO confirms 2 human bird flu cases; dozens suspected

(CIDRAP News) – Two human cases of H5N1 avian flu have been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in recent days—one each in Iraq and Indonesia—and dozens of sick people in several countries are being tested.

In addition, the WHO said today that studies of the human H5N1 cases in Turkey have produced no clear evidence that the virus has changed its behavior in humans or improved its ability to spread from person to person.

Feb 03, 2006

Feb 03, 2006

Latest cases raise WHO's avian flu tally to 161

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) tally of human cases of H5N1 avian influenza rose to 161, including 86 deaths, with the final confirmation of 12 cases in Turkey and one in Iraq this week.

Jan 27, 2006

Jan 27, 2006

Avian flu deaths reported in Indonesia, China

(CIDRAP News) – A 22-year-old chicken seller in Indonesia died yesterday after testing positive for avian influenza, and a young Chinese woman whose case was reported previously also succumbed to the disease this week.

The Indonesian man died after a week of hospitalization, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report quoting Ilham Patu of the Sulianti Saroso Hospital in Jakarta.

Jan 19, 2006

Jan 19, 2006

Second mutation in Turkey H5N1 virus suggests adaptation to humans

(CIDRAP News) – A new report in Nature cites more evidence that mutations detected in H5N1 avian influenza viruses recovered from patients in Turkey may better equip the viruses to infect humans.

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