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Avian Flu News Tracker
posted by admin on 04/07/06
Monday, July 3
3:05 p.m.: Indonesia reported its 40th human death from bird flu. The latest victim was a five-year-old boy who died in East Java. The boy may have contracted the disease from poultry near his home, Kyodo news service reported, adding that a chicken had recently died about 16 yards from his home.
12:20 p.m.: Researchers in Australia are recruiting volunteers to test a possible H5N1 vaccine in order to determine how much of the vaccine would be needed to protect against bird flu, the Medical News Today Web site reported. However, health officials have cautioned that, in the event of a pandemic, a human vaccine would take at least six months as a vaccine can't be produced until the mutated version of the virus emerges. And, last week in Paris, flu specialists said a vaccine for humans is at least 10 years away, the BBC reported.
9:05 a.m.: South Africa reported an outbreak of the less-deadly H5N2 strain of bird flu at an ostrich farm in the southwestern coastal town of Mossel Bay. The farm was placed under quarantine and all 60 ostriches were culled. See a primer on the different types of bird flu.
8:40 a.m.: China reported a new outbreak of bird flu, this time in the northwest city of Zhongwei City, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday. China didn't disclose how many birds were affected or whether they were wild or domestic. More.
5 a.m.: China's Health Ministry said more testing is needed before it can confirm whether a soldier who died in Beijing in 2003 was an early case of bird flu. The case, first disclosed last month in a letter by Chinese researchers to a U.S. medical journal, has raised questions about whether China failed to detect and report an early human infection of bird flu. The 24-year-old man who died in a military hospital on Dec. 3, 2003, was first diagnosed with SARS.
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