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Japan orders slaughter of 112,000 chickens after H5 strain of bird flu detected

Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak in south (via AFP) Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed Sunday bird flu infections at a poultry farm in the south. DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture…

Two-year-old Cambodian girl dies of bird flu

A two-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, becoming the country’s fourth confirmed fatality — all children — from the deadly virus this year, health authorities said Monday. The girl from the southern province of Kampot died on Friday a day after she was admitted to hospital, the health…

Indonesia reports 163rd death from H1N1 virus

An Indonesian woman living near the capital Jakarta has died of bird flu, the health ministry said, the latest death from H5N1 in the country hardest hit by the virus. The 31-year-old housewife from Bekasi in West Java province is the 163rd fatality from the virus in Southeast Asia’s biggest…

Nepal bans chicken sales after bird flu outbreak

Nepal on Thursday banned the sale of chicken after health workers found cases of bird flu at several poultry farms on the outskirts of the capital Kathmandu, officials said. Officials at Kathmandu District Animal Health Office said the government had imposed a week-long ban on the supply and sale of…

China reports tenth case of H7N9 bird flu

Chinese authorities on Thursday reported a man in the eastern province of Zhejiang has been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, the tenth human case of the disease which has claimed three lives. The 64-year-old from Huzhou city was admitted to hospital on March 31 after being ill…

China reports another bird flu death

A man in the Chinese province of Zhejiang has died of the H7N9 strain of bird flu, state media said Wednesday, bringing the total deaths attributed to the virus to three since the first human cases. He was one of two H7N9 avian influenza infections reported in Zhejiang in eastern…

China reports year’s second fatal case of bird flu

A man in southwestern China has died of bird flu, health authorities said Saturday, becoming the second fatality from the H5N1 virus this year. The 31-year-old died in hospital in the city of Guiyang on Friday, the Guizhou province health department said in a statement, adding that no other human…

Scientist reveals how he made bird flu that could spread between people

Researcher created a hybrid of H5N1 bird flu and swine flu viruses then isolated a strain that can infect cells in the throat A scientist whose work was deemed too dangerous to publish by US biosecurity advisers revealed for the first time on Tuesday how he created a hybrid bird…

Author: Mutant bird flu ‘less lethal’

The author of a paper on a mutant bird flu strain said experts agreed to publish it only after he explained that the virus was “much less lethal” than previously feared. A panel of US science and security experts on Friday said two papers on mutant viruses should be published after all, reversing its…

U.S. committee will decide if international scientists allowed to publish flu research

The row over whether scientific journals can publish details of mutant strains of the H5N1 bird flu virus that can spread to other animals is about to come to a head in Washington One Monday morning in September last year, Ron Fouchier, a virologist at the Erasmus medical centre in…

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