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Avian Flu News Tracker
posted by admin on 19/05/06
Thursday, May 18
1:35 p.m.: Denmark has reported an outbreak of bird flu among poultry on a free-range farm on the Danish island of Funen, the European Commission said. All of the 100 birds -- including laying hens, ducks, geese and peacocks -- on the farm were killed and destroyed.
10:15 a.m.: The global bird-flu outbreak might "burn itself out" before it becomes a human pandemic, Bloomberg quoted Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as saying. The Washington Times cited the drop in bird-flu cases in Europe and the fact that Vietnam, which has the world's highest human death toll from H5N1, has been free of the disease in both people and poultry for a year, as supporting evidence for such a theory.
10:05 a.m.: The WHO said that China has improved its reporting of bird-flu cases but there is still a delay in reporting cases in remote, rural areas, the AFP news service reported.
7 a.m.: Egypt reported that a sixth person has died from bird flu. Zeinab Mohammed, 75, died six days after she was admitted to a hospital in the southern province of Minya. All of Egypt's bird-flu fatalities have been female. See WHO charts of statistics on human cases including country, age and outcome.
6:55 a.m.: A chicken in the central Romanian city of Brasov tested positive for the H5N1 bird-flu strain. The discovery brings to 10 the total number of communities where the virus has been detected in the past week, Romania's agriculture minister said.
4:45 a.m.: Poultry and pigs tested positive for bird flu in an Indonesian district on the island of Sumatra where the H5N1 virus killed four family members and infected another, Indonesian authorities said. Indonesia's president asked the international community for financial and technical support. Indonesia has the second highest number of bird-flu fatalities, second only to Vietnam.
Wednesday, May 17
9:35 a.m.: Laos reported that H5N1 has been detected in a living, free-range duck at a backyard farm 12 miles from the capital city of Vientiane. The last time bird flu was reported in Laos was in early 2004.
2:15 a.m.: The World Health Organization confirmed five more bird-flu deaths in Indonesia, raising to 30 the number of human fatalities. Four of the new deaths were members of one family in North Sumatra province and one was in the country's second-largest city, Surabaya, in East Java province, WHO spokeswoman Sari Setiogi said. The fifth fatality was of a woman who died May 12 in a hospital in Surabaya, the provincial capital, Ms. Setiogi said.
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