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Avian Flu News Tracker
posted by admin on 22/05/06
Sunday, May 21
3:30 p.m.: The WSJ's Nicholas Zamiska reports. The WHO formally endorsed the use of an older type of antiviral drug alongside Tamiflu to treat some bird flu patients, capping a months-long reassessment of often-ambiguous data suggesting the older drugs might still have promise. The endorsement of amantadine and rimantadine, part of a 138-page report released on Friday with treatment recommendations, comes as doctors continue to wrestle with H5N1.
Saturday, May 20
9:30 p.m.: Federal scientists have started testing migratory birds for signs of a dangerous bird flu that could show up on this continent this spring. The testing of shorebirds began Wednesday on an Anchorage coastal wildlife refuge, said Bruce Woods, spokesman with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Friday, May 19
12:15 p.m.: The avian-flu crisis is likely to last for several years, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's top veterinary official said. Despite the potential for a human pandemic, the toll on bird populations, the poultry industry and regional economies will be immense, Joseph Domenech warned.
10:10 a.m.: Exports of Danish poultry to South Korea, Russia, Singapore, Japan and Ukraine will cease after Denmark confirmed that it has its first case of H5N1 in domesticated birds. More than three-quarters of Denmark's poultry is exported. The outbreak was in a backyard poultry flock on the central island of Funen. Denmark previously had confirmed 47 cases of H5N1 in wild birds.
9:55 a.m.: Bird flu is suspected in the deaths of nearly 170 poultry in a Siberian village. Russia recorded its first cases of bird flu in Siberia last year, and has registered no cases of human infection.
6 a.m.: The WHO confirmed two more human deaths from H5N1 in Indonesia -- one of them from a family on Sumatra island that has already lost four members to the disease, officials said Friday. Indonesia's health minister stressed that there isn't human-to-human transmission of the disease on Sumatra island. He said the family cluster was infected from poultry.
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