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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.

Nov 21, 2006

Nov 21, 2006

Study finds 2 mutations that help H5N1 infect humans

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers recently reported identifying two mutations in the H5N1 avian influenza virus that seem to improve its ability to attach to human cells, a finding that may help scientists spot H5N1 strains capable of infecting humans.

Jun 05, 2006

Jun 05, 2006

Global avian flu pledge money slow to arrive

(CIDRAP News) – Key global organizations that are fighting the battle against avian influenza may have to cut some programs, because only $286 million of the $1.9 billion pledged by 34 countries in January has been delivered, news services have reported.

May 31, 2006

May 31, 2006

Report: Azerbaijanis likely caught H5N1 from swans

(CIDRAP News) – Experts who investigated two clusters of human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Azerbaijan in March concluded that one cluster marked the first time humans probably contracted the disease from wild birds—in this case, dead swans.

Apr 11, 2006

Apr 11, 2006

Human bird flu cases reported in 3 countries

(CIDRAP News) – Egypt and Indonesia each reported a new human case of avian influenza today, while the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed a suspected case in Azerbaijan.

An 18-year-old Egyptian woman from the northern governorate of Menufiya is that country's 12th victim of the avian flu virus, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. She was hospitalized today and remains in stable condition, AFP added.

Mar 31, 2006

Mar 31, 2006

Indonesia confirms H5N1 case; more suspected

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia has confirmed a case of H5N1 avian influenza in a 1-year-old girl who died last week, and the illness is suspected in another Indonesian and in a teenager in Azerbaijan, according to news services.

Mar 21, 2006

Mar 21, 2006

WHO confirms 7 human bird flu cases in Azerbaijan

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed seven human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Azerbaijan, making it the eighth country with officially recognized human illnesses.

A WHO reference laboratory in Britain confirmed the infection in samples from 7 of 11 patients tested, ranging in age from 10 to 21 years, the WHO said. Five of those patients, ranging from 16 to 21 years old, died of the illness.

Mar 15, 2006

Mar 15, 2006

Denmark suspects, Sweden confirms H5N1 in birds

(CIDRAP News) – The avian influenza spotlight shifted to Scandinavia today as Denmark reported finding an H5 virus in a wild bird and Sweden confirmed suspicions that wild ducks were infected with H5N1 virus, according to news agencies.

Mar 14, 2006

Mar 14, 2006

Human H5N1 cases in Azerbaijan called likely

(CIDRAP News) – Authorities in Azerbaijan have reported that three people who died of suspected avian influenza were infected with an H5 virus, and further tests very likely will confirm it to be H5N1, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Mar 10, 2006

Mar 10, 2006

Indonesia has more bird flu deaths; Azerbaijan probes possible cluster

(CIDRAP News) – The human toll of H5N1 avian influenza mounted again today with reports of the deaths of two young Indonesian patients, while authorities in Azerbaijan were investigating a cluster of 10 suspected human cases in one village.

The World Health Organization (WHO) listed one of the Indonesian victims as a 4-year-old boy from Semarang in central Java who fell ill on Feb 10 and died Feb 28.

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