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Avian Flu News Tracker
posted by admin on 19/06/06

Saturday, June 17

6 a.m.: The H5N1 strain of bird flu has been found in domestic poultry in Hungary for the first time, a government official said Saturday. Last week, a farmer reported a sudden loss of 3,000 of his birds. An Agriculture Ministry spokesman said authorities killed 450,000 domestic birds, primarily geese and ducks, before the E.U. Union laboratory at Weybridge, U.K. confirmed the H5N1 strain. Japan this week temporarily halted imports of Hungarian poultry products, including foie gras, because of bird flu concerns. Hungary's first case of H5N1, detected in February, was found to be carried by wild birds including swans and gray geese.

Friday, June 16

11:05 a.m.: The Indonesian government admitted that its bird-flu campaign has failed to increase public awareness of the disease, the Jakarta Post reported.

10:45 a.m.: Two journalists are suspected of having H5N1. A reporter for the Indonesian newspaper Tempo was thought to be infected with H5N1 after covering a mass cull of flu-infected poultry, Indonesian officials told the Jakarta Post. A second journalist, working for Indonesian daily publication RES, was thought to have H5N1 after attending a bird-flu victim's funeral, the state Antara news agency reported.

10 a.m.: Neurological tests including an MRI are being performed on the sole survivor of the Indonesian family cluster, Bloomberg reported, to determine if he's suffering from a brain infection as a result of contracting H5N1. Diseases involving the central nervous system have been associated with influenza in humans, the report said, but, if tests show Jones Ginting has such an infection, it would be one of the first from avian flu.

3 a.m.: A recent bird-flu case involving a man in southern China may indicate that the H5N1 virus has mutated so that the infection risk is as high in summer as in winter, Hong Kong Health Chief York Chow said. He also cautioned that the human case may indicate a "silent infection" among poultry, Chinese business newspaper "The Standard" reported.

5:15 a.m.: A 14-year-old Indonesian boy died of bird flu, the country's health ministry said, marking the latest in a flurry of cases in the sprawling nation. The boy, who died on Wednesday in a Jakarta hospital, had come into contact with dead chickens, said Health Ministry official Nyoman Kandun. If the case is confirmed by an international laboratory, Indonesia's human death toll from bird flu would rise to at least 39.

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