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Avian Flu News Tracker
posted by admin on 22/06/06

Wednesday, June 21

12:05 p.m.: The EU pledged between €50 million and €65 million (US$62 million to $80 million) in aid to European poultry farmers hit by bird flu. The money is expected to cover 50% of measures taken that affect production, including the destruction of hatching eggs, the destruction of chicks and the early slaughter of some of the breeding flock. EU nations that have requested bird-flu aid include the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia.

8:20 a.m.: Southeast Asian health ministers met in Myanmar to kick off a three-day meeting on "rapid response and pandemic preparedness." The world's top bird-flu specialists met separately in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to try to help officials in the sprawling island nation map out a plan to control the spread of H5N1 there.

7:30 a.m.: has posted a complete list of confirmed victims of the H5N1 bird flu, with case by case details, sortable by age, date of death, or country. In an accompanying piece, Matt Phillips reports that the details of the investigations offer glimpses into the lives of the victims -- who have been largely young, in close contact with poultry, and mostly from Southeast Asia. Plus, a Q&A with a Berkeley professor on what influences the disease's spread.

3:00 a.m.: Indonesia called for the world to help it fight bird flu following a surge in human cases this year that have put the country on pace to become the hardest hit by the virus. "What is happening in Indonesia? That is the No. 1 question that we very much would like to have the answer from you," Bayu Krishnamurthi, Indonesia's national bird-flu coordinator, asked a panel of animal and health experts at the opening of a three-day meeting in Jakarta. "With all of these limited resources -- human, financial, institutional -- what should we do?"

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