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Nov 15, 2004

Nov 15, 2004

Avian flu may portend a 1918-like pandemic, says Osterholm

(CIDRAP News) – The nature of the widespread avian influenza outbreaks in Asia points to the threat of a human flu pandemic that could rival the disastrous pandemic of 1918-1920, infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, warned in a public forum in Minneapolis last week.

Nov 12, 2004

Nov 12, 2004

WHO says nations must fund work on pandemic flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization's top influenza expert warned at the end of a 2-day international meeting today that governments need to fund the development of vaccines to combat a feared flu pandemic that could kill millions of people, according to news services.

Nov 11, 2004

Nov 11, 2004

WHO: world has historic chance to gird for pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in Asia gives the world its first opportunity to prepare a vaccine in advance for a potential pandemic strain of flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today as it convened a meeting of vaccine companies and health officials to consider the challenge.

Nov 05, 2004

Nov 05, 2004

USDA funds avian flu vaccine bank for poultry

(CIDRAP News) – An Iowa company will develop an avian influenza vaccine antigen bank that could produce up to 40 million doses of vaccine for poultry, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced recently.

Nov 03, 2004

Nov 03, 2004

Heron in Hong Kong had avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – A dead gray heron found in Hong Kong had H5N1 avian influenza, according to news reports.

A railway worker in the restricted area of Lok Ma Chau found the heron and turned it over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for testing Nov 1, according to Xinhua, the Chinese government news agency, and Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Nov 01, 2004

Nov 01, 2004

WHO sets Nov 11 meeting on threat of flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has called a Nov 11 "summit" meeting of health officials and vaccine companies to discuss how to confront what is seen as the growing risk that avian influenza will trigger a human flu pandemic.

Oct 29, 2004

Oct 29, 2004

Ducks may be silent carriers of H5N1 avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Healthy-looking ducks may be acting as a "silent" reservoir for the deadly H5N1 influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

A new laboratory study of domestic ducks infected with several 2004 H5N1 viruses shows that ducks shed more of this virus compared with ducks infected with H5N1 viruses from 2003, researchers in Tennessee found. Ducks also shed the 2004 viruses from 1 to 7 days longer.

Oct 25, 2004

Oct 25, 2004

Thai teen died of avian flu; infected eagles enter Belgium

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza concerns rose on two continents today as Thai authorities announced another human death from the H5N1 strain and European officials alerted travelers about two airline flights that had carried infected eagles from Thailand to Belgium last week.

Oct 22, 2004

Oct 22, 2004

Avian flu, euthanasia claim 80 tigers at Thai zoo

(CIDRAP News) – About 80 tigers have died or been euthanized at a Thai zoo in the wake of an apparent avian influenza outbreak that may have been caused by consumption of infected chicken carcasses, news agencies are reporting.

Thirty-two tigers have died of H5N1 avian flu at the Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, about 50 miles from Bangkok, and 51 more were euthanized, according to a Reuters report today.

Oct 20, 2004

Oct 20, 2004

Avian flu infected 1,000 people in 2003, Dutch report says

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza probably infected at least 1,000 people during a major outbreak in the Netherlands in 2003, many more than originally thought, Dutch researchers say.

Results of antibody tests of poultry workers suggested that at least 1,000 people were infected with the H7N7 avian flu virus, according to research conducted by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

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