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  1. Avian influenza is the scientific name for bird flu.
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    Posted by john T. on 04/14 at 05:11 AM

Monday, May 05, 2008

North Korea inoculates poultry against bird flu following outbreak in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea: North Korea said Monday it has inoculated poultry against bird flu to prevent the spread of the virus from neighboring South Korea.

The North’s Korean Central News Agency quoted quarantine official Ri Kyong Gun as saying all poultry in provinces near the border with the South have received emergency vaccinations, citing a bird flu outbreak in southern South Korea.

South Korea has slaughtered about 6.5 million chickens, ducks and other poultry since early last month when bird flu broke out there for the first time in more than a year.

Ri was quoted as saying the North has also set up 1,600 observation posts along the east and west coasts to monitor the movement of migratory birds — which he said are a key way the virus spreads.

The North has intensified its quarantine efforts on poultry farms and ordered farmers to keep their poultry in pens to stop them from coming into contact with migratory birds, it said.

Bird flu article source: IHT

Posted by john T. on 05/05 at 05:48 AM
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Japan confirms another bird flu case in swan

TOKYO (AFP) — A dead swan tested positive for bird flu in northern Japan on Monday, the environment ministry said, less than a week after officials announced the first detection of the deadly virus in 13 months.

“The virulent H5N1 type of avian influenza was detected” in the swan found dead on April 24 in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, an official said.

Ministry officials and the Hokkaido government were inspecting chicken farms within a 30-kilometre (19-mile) radius of where the bird was found.

The virus was also found in three swans in northern Akita prefecture in late April, the first detection of H5N1 in Japan in 13 months.

Bird flu story source: AFP

Posted by john T. on 05/05 at 05:42 AM
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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Bird flu spreading in SKorea, officials say

SEOUL (AFP) — Bird flu outbreaks have spread to six of South Korea’s nine provinces despite a massive cull which saw the slaughter of more than five million chickens and ducks last month, officials said Saturday.

An outbreak reported Wednesday at a farm around 300 kilometers (187 miles) southeast of Seoul was confirmed after blood tests as the virulent H5N1 strain of the disease, the agriculture ministry said.

It raised to 23 the total number of outbreaks reported across six provinces of South Korea.

Only the northeastern province of Gangweon, North Chungcheong in the center and the southern island of Jeju have been unaffected so far, according to the ministry.

Meanwhile quarantine authorities denied allegations they had covered up an outbreak of avian influenza in the province of North Gyeongsang last month.

Responding to a television report, they said they had been cautious of the results of preliminary tests on poultry at Yeongcheon City, but final results confirmed the outbreak.

South Korea reported seven cases of H5N1 infection cases between November 2006 and March last year, resulting in temporary suspension of poultry exports to Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and elsewhere.

Bird flu story source: AFP

Posted by john T. on 05/03 at 05:46 AM
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Friday, May 02, 2008

Thailand free of bird flu: ministry

BANGKOK (AFP) — Thailand on Friday declared itself free of bird flu after no outbreaks of the deadly virus were reported over the past 90 days.

The agriculture ministry’s Livestock Development Department, which made the announcement, has also launched a two-month nationwide campaign to eradicate the disease.

“As of now Thailand has not reported any new case of bird flu virus for 90 days, therefore it’s considered Thailand is free from bird flu under the OIE,” the department said, referring to standards set by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Thailand’s last outbreak of avian influenza was on January 25 among chickens on a farm in the northern province of Phichit.

Since its first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in January 2004, Thailand has confirmed 25 human cases, 17 of which were fatal. The last human fatality was in August 2006.

Thai authorities have slaughtered millions of birds to halt the spread of the virus and importing countries have stopped buying fresh chicken products from Thailand.

Bird flu story source: AFP

Posted by john T. on 05/02 at 09:55 AM
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Thursday, April 03, 2008

S.Korea reports bird flu outbreak, culls poultry

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has started culling over 300,000 chickens and other poultry after confirming an outbreak of highly virulent bird flu at a farm in the southwest—its first case in 13 months, the country’s farm ministry said.

The ministry said late on Thursday the strain of bird flu at the farm in Gimje, about 215 km (135 miles) south of Seoul, was confirmed as the deadly H5N1 strain. Workers have started slaughtering birds at the farm and six other farms within 500 meters radius of the outbreak site.

On Wednesday, the farm, which raises 150,000 birds, reported the death of around 2,400 birds since last Saturday.

The ministry also banned distribution of 3.6 million animals within a 10 km radius of the outbreak site and the destruction of eggs produced, and already distributed, in the area.

bird flu story source: Reuters

Posted by john T. on 04/03 at 05:47 AM
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Bird flu ravages central Vietnam province

An outbreak of bird flu is sweeping through the central province of Quang Nam, felling fowls and forcing authorities to cull a further 26,660 birds.

They destroyed 7,000 eggs and 1,250 ducks Monday after finding signs of the H5N1 virus that causes the disease.

Seven communes in four districts – Nui Thanh, Thang Binh, Dai Loc and Tien Phuoc – have been affected.

Nguyen Ngoc Quang, vice chairman of the Quang Nam People’s Committee, instructed local authorities to focus on disinfecting affected areas and containing the spread of the disease.

Until mid-March only Nui Thanh had reported outbreaks.

Avian Influenza story source: ThanHnien News

Posted by john T. on 04/01 at 04:27 AM
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Monday, March 31, 2008

Two Indonesian youths die of bird flu

JAKARTA, March 31 (Reuters) - Two Indonesian youths have died from bird flu, a health ministry official said on Monday, taking the confirmed death toll in the country worst affected by the virus to 107.

A 15-year-old boy from Subang, in West Java, died on Wednesday in an area where chickens had died, said Nyoman Kandun, director general of communicable disease control at the ministry.

An 11-year-old girl from Bekasi, east of Jakarta, who died on Friday also tested positive for the virus, the official said.

“There were dead chickens in the boy’s neighborhood, but in the girl’s case it is still unclear,” Kandun said via a mobile phone text message.

Kandun dismissed the possibility of more bird flu cases in the same family after the boy’s brother died recently. Confirmed cluster cases raise concerns over human-to-human transmission.

“It is not correct that there is a cluster in Subang,” Kandun said, adding that the brother has died of dengue fever.

Earlier on Monday, a 22-month-old girl from Sumatra’s Bukit Tinggi tested positive for bird flu and the health ministry was checking her neighborhood for possible backyard farming.

“Her condition is improving, and she is being treated at a Padang hospital,” Lily Sulistyowati, a health ministry spokeswoman, said by telephone.

Bird flu story source: Reuters

Posted by john T. on 03/31 at 04:24 AM
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Vietnam military to test bird flu vaccine on humans

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam, one of the countries hardest-hit by bird flu, will start a human vaccine trial this month, a military medical official said on Tuesday.

The official did not give a specific date but said the Health Ministry had approved testing that would last eight months at the Military Medical Academy in Ha Tay province near Hanoi.

“We are going to conduct the tests at the academy, with people joining on a voluntary basis, including students and employees,” said the official, who asked not to be identified in the media.

The academy had been licensed by the Ministry of Health to conduct the trial but it still required permission from the Ministry of Defense, the official said.

A company run by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology said in a statement on its Web site (http://www.vabiotechvn.com) that it would produce six million doses per year for application on both humans and poultry should the tests be successful.

WHO in Vietnam said it was not directly involved in the Communist-run Southeast Asian country’s development of a human vaccine for the H5N1 virus.

“Our understanding is that this would be for local issue only and that the Ministry of Health has rigorous guidelines for quality control,” said Dida Connor, WHO spokeswoman in Hanoi.

The Company for Vaccine and Biological Production No.1, known as Vabiotech, said in its statement that the vaccine used for poultry would be 1.5 microgram per dose, or one tenth the dose for humans.

Bird flu story source: Reuters

Posted by john T. on 03/18 at 04:54 AM
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Monday, March 10, 2008

Japan seeks new form of flu vaccine, investors jump Bird flu related

OKYO, March 10 (Reuters) - A group of Japanese researchers has developed a substance that could potentially help make flu vaccines effective for multiple strains of the disease, including strains of the bird flu virus, Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases said on Monday.

The substance faces a lot more testing but investors seized on media reports of it on Monday, pushing the shares of a chemical firm involved in the project, NOF Corp (4403.T: Quote, Profile, Research), up nearly 21 percent.

Traditional flu vaccines create antibodies which act against flu viruses, but since virus surfaces frequently mutate, different vaccines have to be made every year.

The group found that when a peptide derived from the influenza virus is induced into mice, it could act against cells infected by multiple strains of influenza, including bird flu.

Part of the research was reported in the Journal of Immunology in 2006, and the group presented its findings last month at Japan’s National Cancer Center. The only tests so far have been on mice.

The next step is to develop a vaccine that works against multiple strains of flu and is proved safe for humans, said Tetsuya Uchida, a senior investigator at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

“It usually takes about five years to develop vaccines for clinical use. But bird flu is an emerging issue and we would like to develop this as soon as possible,” Uchida said.

The findings could also potentially be applied to create drugs to treat AIDS, tumours and other diseases, he said. (Reporting by Yoko Kubota; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

Avian flu article source: Reuters

Posted by john T. on 03/10 at 05:28 AM
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