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Avian Flu News Tracker
posted by admin on 10/07/06
Friday, July 7
2:05 p.m.: The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen lifted its warning against human risk for bird flu, China's People's Daily newspaper reported, as no other people have been known to be infected since June 14, including people who had come in contact with that victim. That patient remains in the hospital in stable condition but is no longer contagious, hospital officials said.
9:50 a.m.: Alaska, a key stop on migratory routes, is putting its order in early for antiviral medication to help protect its residents against bird flu. Officials plan to spend roughly $1 million to buy enough medication to treat one-fourth of the state's population of 650,000. New York state, by contrast, is going to have to spend about $23 million for 1.3 million courses of antiviral medications, which would treat only about 7% of its 19 million people.
9 a.m.: The EU banned the import of ostriches, ostrich meat and eggs from South Africa following an outbreak of bird flu at a South African ostrich farm. But South African ostrich farmers said they will emerge almost unscathed from the ban. "This is low season for us," said Anton Kruger, the chairman of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber. Most Europeans eat ostrich in fall, when they consume game, Kruger said, adding that South African slaughterhouses are closed for the month and the ban on imports only affects about 10% of the country's ostrich-farming industry.
8 a.m.: Spain recorded its first case of bird flu, the Agriculture Ministry said. The deadly strain was found in a water fowl in a marsh area outside the northern city of Vitoria, the ministry said in a statement.
6:45 a.m.: EU experts said that an influenza pandemic that could kill millions of people remains inevitable, although the immediate threat to human health from bird flu in Europe remains low. "It's when and not if," said Robert Madelin, director general of the EU's health and consumer-protection department. Influenza pandemics are rare, but recurrent events.
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