posted by admin on 29/06/06
Wednesday, June 28
4:15 p.m.: Romania said it has cut the number of active bird-flu outbreaks in the country to 29 from more than 50, the South East European Newswire, or See News, reported. Officials have set a target of mid-July to get all outbreaks in the country contained.
2:50 p.m.: Thanks to modern technology, employees could work from home in the event of a pandemic to protect themselves and stem the spread of bird flu. But, Computerworld asks, would the Internet be able to handle the overload of telecommuters? Or, would it simply buckle under the pressure within a few days?
11:45 a.m.: Massachusetts this week will begin testing wild birds for H5N1, the Hanover Mariner reported. The testing is being funded through a $40,000 grant from the federal government, the paper reported. Maine and Alaska have already begun testing.
9:55 a.m.: The Pasteur Institute will host its first International Conference on Avian Influenza in Humans in Paris on Thursday and Friday. The conference, aimed at researchers, drug companies, policy makers and others, will focus on treatment and prevention in humans, with a special session on managing a catastrophic event such as a pandemic.
9:20 a.m.: Russian emergency officials said the H5N1 outbreak in Tuva Republic is intensifying. Last week, emergency officials reported 169 dead wild birds, positive for H5N1, had been found in Tuva, which is in southern Russia on the border of Mongolia. A few days later, they reported another 371 dead birds had been found. In the past two weeks, more than 1,600 birds have died in the region.
9:05 a.m.: The U.S. has no plans to close its borders to fight bird flu, the AP reported, citing a senior State Department official. Such a measure wouldn't be likely to curb the number of infections and would only serve to disrupt essential services and ordinary business, the official said.