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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.

May 18, 2006

May 18, 2006

CDC, WHO experts visit Indonesia to inspect H5N1 cluster

(CIDRAP News) – An international team of scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) arrived today on Indonesia's Sumatra island to investigate the largest cluster to date of confirmed human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, according to news services.

In addition, the WHO reported today that a 75-year-old Egyptian woman died of H5N1 infection, becoming the sixth fatality in Egypt.

May 12, 2006

May 12, 2006

Toddler in Djibouti has avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – A 2-year-old girl from a small rural village in Djibouti, on the border of Somalia, has been found to have the country's first case of H5N1 avian influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

May 08, 2006

May 08, 2006

WHO confirms 25th avian flu death in Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that a 30-year-old man who died in late April was Indonesia's 25th avian influenza fatality.

May 05, 2006

May 05, 2006

Ivory Coast confirms avian flu in birds

(CIDRAP News) – The Ivory Coast government this week confirmed the presence of H5N1 avian influenza in birds, making it at least the sixth African country confronting the virus, according to news services.

May 05, 2006

Avian flu claims another life; expert calls virus 'worst'

(CIDRAP News) – The latest human infected with H5N1 avian influenza died of the infection yesterday in Egypt, while a leading influenza expert called H5N1 the worst flu virus he has seen.

May 04, 2006

May 04, 2006

Tamiflu protects ferrets in avian flu study

(CIDRAP News) – A new study suggests that the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) can prevent deaths in ferrets infected with H5N1 avian influenza, according to reports today from an avian flu conference in Singapore.

News of the study's findings came as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported Egypt's 13th human case of H5N1 illness.

Apr 27, 2006

Apr 27, 2006

China has avian flu case; Ivory Coast awaits tests

(CIDRAP News) – China reported its 18th human case of H5N1 avian influenza today as Ivory Coast awaited the results of tests that will tell whether it is Africa's latest country faced with outbreaks in poultry.

Apr 21, 2006

Apr 21, 2006

Addition of Egyptian cases raises avian flu tally to 204

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today recognized eight human cases of H5N1 avian influenza previously reported in Egypt, pushing the global case count to 204, with 113 deaths.

The Egyptian government has been reporting a total of 12 human cases, but until today the WHO had listed only 4 cases in Egypt.

Apr 20, 2006

Apr 20, 2006

Report: Sudanese man tests negative for avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Testing by the World Health Organization has failed to detect the H5N1 avian influenza virus in a Sudanese man suspected of having it, while China's latest H5N1 patient has died, according to reports published today.

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