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Avian Flu News Tracker
posted by admin on 01/05/06
Sunday, April 30, 2006 5:30 p.m.: WSJ's Nicholas Zamiska reports. A senior Chinese health official reiterated that there have been delays in ...
the country's internal reporting of possible human cases of bird flu, but he emphasized that China hasn't been hiding any instances of the disease. The comments from Mao Qunan, spokesman for China's Ministry of Health, came after an article in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday cited an unnamed person familiar with the matter as saying that local officials had failed in some instances to report possible cases of the disease to the central government.
4:30 p.m.: The Washington Post reports from Indonesia: "Here at the heart of the epidemic, where bird flu continues to rip through poultry flocks and more people now succumb to the virus than anyplace else on Earth, the lunchtime crowd at the Ayam Goreng Suharti restaurant can't get enough of the chicken. The ravenous and the merely peckish cram nearly every one of the two dozen tables … Indonesians have learned after two years to live with bird flu. Their now-sober response offers a lesson in levelheadedness to those in other countries who are panicked or might soon be." More.
Friday, April 28
4:50 p.m.: Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork processor, said it expects its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings to fall far short of Wall Street's expectations due to plummeting hog prices. The company blamed its weakening pork margins on a "protein oversupply" in the U.S. market, which analysts say is actually a glut of chicken products, which has resulted from bird-flu fears outside the U.S.
11:05 a.m.: Vietnam said it needs more than $400 million to fight bird flu and prepare for a potential pandemic over the next five years, and it expects about half to come from international donors. The funding would be used to strengthen both the animal and human health sectors, an agriculture official said. More than 30 experts from 12 organizations, including the WHO, European Commission and World Bank, have spent the past two weeks taking stock of Vietnam's progress and helping the country finalize its mid- and long-term strategies to battle bird flu.
1 a.m.: An Indonesian man died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu after coming into contact with his neighbor's infected chickens, a senior health official said, citing local laboratory tests. A swab and blood sample from the 30-year-old man have been sent to a WHO-sanctioned laboratory in Hong Kong for confirmation. If confirmed, the man's death will raise Indonesia's human toll from H5N1 to 25.
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