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Feb 12, 2004

Feb 12, 2004

Clinical descriptions of avian flu in humans offered

(CIDRAP News) – Fever, cough, and chest radiograph abnormalities were the most common features in preliminary clinical descriptions of 15 human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, provided today by US and World Health Organization (WHO) officials.

The WHO published information on 10 Vietnamese patients, eight of whom died, while the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on five Thai patients, all of whom died.

Feb 11, 2004

Feb 11, 2004

No mutation seen in family cluster of avian flu cases

(CIDRAP News) – An avian influenza virus from a Vietnamese woman who was one of four family members to have the illness did not contain any human flu genes, indicating that the virus did not spread from person to person, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

"Virus genetic material from this woman, as for the other case in this cluster, is of avian origin and contains no human influenza genes," the WHO said.

Feb 11, 2004

WHO says health must trump economics in avian flu battle

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) warned yesterday that public health must outweigh economic concerns in responding to the highly pathogenic (H5N1) avian influenza crisis in Asia.

The warning came the same day as a report that the Indonesian government had not undertaken a mass slaughter of chickens to stop the outbreaks but was mostly leaving the job to farmers.

Feb 09, 2004

Feb 09, 2004

Avian flu in Delaware called less threatening than Asian form

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of avian influenza at a farm in Delaware has been blamed on an H7 influenza virus, which does not infect humans, unlike the H5N1 subtype causing the widespread avian flu outbreaks in Asia.

Feb 06, 2004

Feb 06, 2004

FAO rejects report of avian flu virus in pigs

(CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), downplaying statements by a regional FAO official, said today it had no evidence that pigs are involved in transmitting the H5N1 avian influenza virus in Asia.

Feb 05, 2004

Feb 05, 2004

Experts endorse vaccination to help fight avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – As the human and animal toll from H5N1 avian influenza continued to rise, United Nations health and agricultural officials at a conference in Rome today endorsed selective vaccination of poultry to fight the spread of the disease.

Feb 02, 2004

Feb 02, 2004

More deaths attributed to avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Two more human deaths resulting from H5N1 avian influenza (bird flu) were reported in Southeast Asia today, while the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was investigating two possible cases of person-to-person spread of the disease in Vietnam.

In addition, China reported outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian flu in four more provinces around the country, bringing the number of affected provinces to 10, according to the WHO.

Jan 30, 2004

Jan 30, 2004

Avian flu spreads to central China

(CIDRAP News) – Highly pathogenic avian influenza has turned up in poultry flocks in two provinces in central China, far from the southern province where the country's first outbreak was reported 3 days ago, Chinese and international health officials said today.

Jan 28, 2004

Jan 28, 2004

Another human bird flu case confirmed in Vietnam

(CIDRAP News) – Another human case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu) was confirmed in Vietnam today, bringing total confirmed cases to 11, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The case involved a 4-year-old boy who fell ill Dec 22, was hospitalized a week later, and is now fully recovered, the WHO said. Vietnam now has had eight confirmed cases, and Thailand has three. Six cases in Vietnam and two in Thailand were fatal.

Jan 27, 2004

Jan 27, 2004

China reports avian flu; WHO calls for international effort

(CIDRAP News) – China reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in ducks today, while the World Health Organization (WHO) joined other international groups in appealing for a multinational campaign to stop the disease's march across Asia.

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