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Feb 27, 2004

Feb 27, 2004

Dengue epidemic hits Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia has been hit by an unusually large dengue fever epidemic this year, with more than 300 deaths among more than 17,000 cases so far, according to news service reports.

Feb 27, 2004

Thailand confirms 10th human case of avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported Thailand's 10th confirmed human case of H5N1 avian influenza, marking the first new case confirmation anywhere since Feb 23.

The case involved a 47-year-old woman who has already recovered, the WHO said. She became ill Feb 3 after exposure to diseased and dead chickens at her home and was discharged from a hospital Feb 25, the agency said.

Feb 18, 2004

Feb 18, 2004

Avian flu claims two more lives, sparks more warnings

(CIDRAP News) – Two more human deaths caused by H5N1 avian influenza were reported today, while United Nations health officials again warned that it will take intense efforts to contain the disease.

Officials in Thailand confirmed a fatal case of H5N1 infection in a 4-year-old boy, who died Feb 3, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. Thailand has had nine human cases, including seven deaths.

Feb 17, 2004

Feb 17, 2004

New avian flu outbreak reported in Japan

(CIDRAP News) – A second outbreak of avian influenza was reported in Japan today, while a United Nations (UN) animal health official suggested it may not be possible to eradicate the disease in Asia.

Feb 11, 2004

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.

Jan 26, 2004

Jan 26, 2004

Avian flu hits Indonesia; human cases increase

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia today joined the rapidly growing list of countries with poultry outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, while more human cases and deaths were confirmed in Vietnam and Thailand.

Jan 20, 2004

Jan 20, 2004

WHO seeks vaccine to prevent avian flu in humans

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today it is launching an effort to quickly develop a vaccine against influenza A(H5N1), the avian flu virus that has caused at least five human deaths in Vietnam.

Dec 22, 2003

Dec 22, 2003

No SARS reported in Taiwan patient's contacts

(CIDRAP News) – No more SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) cases have cropped up in the wake of the single case reported in Taiwan last week, and quarantine or self-monitoring orders for most of the patient's contacts have been lifted.

Aug 22, 2003

Aug 22, 2003

Waning outbreak in Canadian nursing home isn't SARS, officials say

(CIDRAP News) – A mysterious illness that sickened more than half of the residents of a nursing home in British Columbia and raised concern about a possible return of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) is nearly over, according to Dr. Perry Kendall, provincial health officer of British Columbia.

Jun 16, 2003

Jun 16, 2003

WHO cancels some China travel warnings as SARS wanes

June 16, 2003 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has canceled its travel warnings for several areas of China in response to the steady waning of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) there.

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