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May 31, 2006

May 31, 2006

Indonesia reports another avian flu death

(CIDRAP News) – A 15-year-old boy in West Java has become Indonesia's latest avian flu fatality, according to news reports that cited local tests.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that in the remote North Sumatra village that witnessed a large family cluster of avian flu cases, no cases suggestive of H5N1 infection have been detected since May 22.

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 30, 2006

May 30, 2006

WHO confirms 6 new H5N1 cases in Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed yesterday six new cases of H5N1 avian flu in geographically widespread areas of the country, but none associated with the Karo, North Sumatra, family cluster that killed at least six people earlier this month.

Of the six new cases, three have been fatal, raising the number of cases in Indonesia to 48 and the number of deaths to 36, all in 2005 and 2006, according to WHO statistics.

May 26, 2006

May 26, 2006

Another H5N1 case cited in Java; Sumatra quarantine grows

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesian health officials have reported that H5N1 avian influenza caused the recent death an 18-year-old West Java man, brother of a 10-year-old girl whose death was previously attributed to the virus, according to news agencies.

May 26, 2006

WHO invokes flu rules a year early

(CIDRAP News) – Member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed today to invoke a set of health regulations related to influenza a year early because of the threat that H5N1 avian flu will trigger a flu pandemic.

The voluntary regulations are part of the International Health Regulations (IHR), which were approved by the World Health Assembly a year ago but are not scheduled to take effect until June 2007.

May 25, 2006

May 25, 2006

Sumatra H5N1 probe continues as Java case reported

(CIDRAP News) – Scientists investigating a family cluster of at least seven cases of H5N1 avian influenza have asked 33 close contacts to quarantine themselves at home in their North Sumatra, Indonesia, village, according to a Reuters report today.

May 25, 2006

Avian flu spreads in Romania; FAO to air role of wild birds

(CIDRAP News) – Eleven new outbreaks of avian influenza in birds were reported in Romania today, as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) prepared for a major conference on the role of wild birds in spreading the virus worldwide.

May 25, 2006

Pandemic planning puts ethics in spotlight

(CIDRAP News) – When vaccine supplies are limited, should children, young adults, or seniors move to the front of the line for shots? Is it appropriate to remove one person from a ventilator to put somebody else on the machine?

May 24, 2006

May 24, 2006

Two generations of spread possible in Indonesia H5N1 cases

(CIDRAP News) – For the first time, evidence suggests that the H5N1 avian influenza virus may have passed from one person to another and on to a third, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) official.

Referring to the extended-family case cluster in Indonesia, the WHO's Maria Cheng told the Canadian Press (CP) yesterday, "This is the first time we have seen cases that have gone beyond one generation of human-to-human spread."

May 23, 2006

May 23, 2006

US sends supply of Tamiflu to Asia

(CIDRAP News) – The United States is sending a load of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to an undisclosed site in Asia for use in fighting a possible avian influenza pandemic, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt announced yesterday.

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