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Jun 19, 2014

Jun 19, 2014
Tomb of Bibi Pari in Dhaka, Bangladesh

WHO: MERS report in Bangladesh looks like false alarm

Further testing appears to show that a Bangladeshi case reported 4 days ago was not MERS.

Jun 17, 2014

Jun 17, 2014
Airliner in clouds

WHO panel still sees no MERS emergency

WHO experts stressed the importance of basic infection control measures to prevent the spread of MERS-CoV. 

Jun 16, 2014

Jun 16, 2014
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh has first MERS case

Bangladesh reported its first MERS-CoV case, and Saudi Arabia has another case, raising its total to 703.

Oct 13, 2010

Oct 13, 2010

H3N2 a player in early Northern Hemisphere flu season

(CIDRAP News) – More signals suggest the Southern Hemisphere's flu season is winding down, while activity is low at the start of the Northern Hemisphere's flu season, except in China, which is seeing moderate H3N2 circulation.

Nov 30, 2007

Nov 30, 2007

UN: H5N1 responses improving, but threat persists

(CIDRAP News) – Many countries have improved their responses to H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in poultry in the past year, but the disease remains entrenched in six countries, according to a new report from the United Nations and the World Bank.

May 21, 2007

May 21, 2007

OIE says wild bird deaths from H5N1 may be cyclical

(CIDRAP News) – In the first half of 2007, countries reported fewer migratory bird deaths from the H5N1 avian influenza virus, but the virus is still circulating among poultry flocks in several countries, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said today.

Mar 23, 2007

Mar 23, 2007

Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia report first H5N1 outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have confirmed outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in birds, a first for each country.

The outbreak in Bangladesh struck chickens at a state-run poultry farm in Savar, near the capital, Dhaka, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Government sources said farm workers had recently culled all 30,000 chickens at the farm after many of them died mysteriously, the AP said.

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