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Avian Flu News Tracker
posted by admin on 17/05/06
Tuesday, May 16
11:55 a.m.: Japan's Sanyo Electric said that one of its air-filtration systems has proven effective in suppressing the avian-flu virus, the AFP news service reported. Air infected with H5 was forced through the system's honeycomb-shaped filter containing electrolyzed water infused with a type of chlorine and at least 99% of the viruses were suppressed, Sanyo said at a press conference.
11:10 a.m.: The EU extended its ban on Romanian poultry and poultry products through the end of the year following new outbreaks there.
6:45 a.m.:Romania's agriculture minister said that veterinary services officials will be fired and prosecuted for allowing a chicken farm to continue operating after the bird-flu virus was detected there.
6 a.m.: WSJ's Nicholas Zamiska reports. An unusually large cluster of human bird-flu cases in Indonesia so far doesn't appear to suggest that the virus has mutated to spread easily among people. Local and international public-health officials, who have been examining a village where eight members of an extended family fell ill, said they haven't yet turned up evidence that the outbreak has moved beyond the infected family itself. Six of the eight have died.
5 a.m.: Roche said that South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare will produce a generic version of the antiviral drug Tamiflu to help Africa prepare for a possible pandemic stemming from a change in the bird-flu virus. The agreement is in addition to the Swiss pharmaceutical maker's plans to meet all orders for Tamiflu from African governments by early next year.
2:15 a.m.: Indonesia is lagging far behind its Southeast Asian neighbors in efforts to stamp out the spread of bird flu, a senior official at the U.N.'s Food and Agricultural Organization said. With 25 confirmed human deaths, Indonesia last year overtook Thailand to tally the second-highest number of fatal cases in the world after Vietnam.
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