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Article Released Wed-8th-March-2006 20:38 GMT
Contact: Tham Phuong Institution: Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainable Use Programme
 Bird Flu – Press monitoring Dated: March 8, 2006

WHO urge studies on cats; Ministers of Black Sea countries meet; Jurong Bird park's birds vaccinated; Foie gras endangered; Poultry faeces likely cause of spread; Dutch postpone vaccination; Israel sends aid to Nigeria; Virus in China Not Infectious; French Consumers Cut Consumption; Hong Kong to Cut Chicken Population; Researchers Make Strides

This information has been compiled as a courstesy service by the Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use Programme (MWBP) (www.mekongwetlands.org) from information that is publicly available. The information does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of MWBP, and the views and information expressed do not necessarily reflect those of MWBP or its partners.

Bird flu detected in western Turkey
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
A village in western Turkey was quarantined and all the poultry in the village were culled after finding bird flu virus, a Turkish official said on Monday. ...
http://english.people.com.cn/200603/07/eng20060307_248454.html

Third of World's Population May Get Bird Flu Virus” Russian ...
MOSNEWS - Russia
One-third of the world’s population might become infected with bird flu in a short period of time, Director of the Russian Academy of Science’s Virology ...
http://allafrica.com/stories/200603070608.html

Zambia Still Faces High Bird Flu Risk - Expert
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA
ZAMBIA is at a high risk of being hit by bird flu because the country lies along the main path for migratory birds, veterinary experts have warned. ... http://allafrica.com/stories/200603070608.html

Cat Getting Bird Flu But Not Getting Ill Possible Risk To Humans
Medical News Today - UK
If cats can get bird flu and not get ill, this could mean a possible risk to humans, says Michael Perdue, who works in the World Health Organization's Global ...
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=39046

Bird flu should not be treated lightly
ABS CBN News - Philippines
... But the more clearly and the sooner we all realize that a bird flu pandemic is a very real threat, the more effective we would be in helping to prevent it and ...
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=32018

Nigeria: Bird Flu Confirmed in Three More States
Voice of America - USA
By Gilbert Da Costa. The Nigerian government says tests have confirmed the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has now infected poultry in three more states. ...
http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-03-07-voa35.cfm

Bird flu not in US, but companies getting ready
Reuters - USA
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The deadly avian influenza, or bird flu, that is quickly spreading overseas has not yet found its way to the United States, but US food ... http://today.reuters.com/summit/summitarticle.aspx?type=summitNews&summit=FoodSummit06&storyid=2006-03-07T184740Z_01_N07370353_RTRUKOC_0_US-FOOD-SUMMIT-BIRDFLU.xml&show=all&src=cms

Western nations prompt FAO to boost bird flu role
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK
ROME, March 7 (Reuters) - The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is to play a greater role in fighting bird flu, becoming a "global ...
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L07131070.htm

Bird Flu Spreads in Europe
Zaman Online - Istanbul,Turkey
Bird flu (Avian Influenza), which that first appeared in Asia has since spread across Europe. ... The bird flu crisis actually began in 2003, he claimed. ...
http://www.zaman.com/?bl=national&alt=&hn=30614

Bird Flu Update
SR International - Radio Sweden - Stockholm,Sweden
Four wild ducks found in southern Sweden have tested positive for an aggressive strain of bird flu. The National Veterinary Institute ...
http://www.sr.se/cgi-bin/International/nyhetssidor/artikel.asp?ProgramID=2054&Nyheter=&artikel=810583

WHO urges more studies on bird flu infections in cats
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK
GENEVA, March 7 (Reuters) - Reports that a cat contracted bird flu and has not fallen ill could mean the virus is adapting to mammals and poses a potentially ...
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L07562908.htm

BIRD FLU: ALEMANNO, DECIDING ON INTERVENTION
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia - Italy
... an conference of CISAL on social security, answering a question by journalists before a debate in the Senate to vote on regulatory measures concerning avian flu ...
http://www.agi.it/english/news.pl?doc=200603071309-1062-RT1-CRO-0-NF82&page=0&id=agionline-eng.italyonline

Stringent bird flu measures enforced
The Standard - Hong Kong
... months, control the importation of live birds and restrict the granting of new licenses for poultry farms, following the death of a man from bird flu last week ...
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=12&art_id=13696&sid=6951177&con_type=1

Health Ministry trying to calm bird flu fears
radiojamaica.com - Jamaica
The Ministry of Health is trying to calm fears of bird flu following the discovery of several decomposing birds at Port Bustamante Monday. ... http://www.radiojamaica.com/news/story.php?category=2&story=23407

Spring breakers warned of bird flu
Indianapolis Star - United States
Purdue University officials warn people traveling abroad during spring break to take precautions and watch the news about the bird flu. ... http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060307/LIVING01/603070311/1083

Ministers of Black Sea countries meet on anti-bird flu measures
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
Agriculture ministers and experts from five Black Sea countries met here Monday to discuss possible joint measures against bird flu, including the ...
http://english.people.com.cn/200603/07/eng20060307_248591.html

Jurong Birdpark's birds vaccinated against avian flu
Channel News Asia - Singapore
... farms under critical conditions. These include cases of bird flu outbreaks hitting areas nearer Singapore. Said Chua Sin Bin, chief ...
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/196645/1/.html

Foie gras endangered due to bird flu fears
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
... The jabs aim to protect the French farmer's flock from the lethal strain of bird flu. But no inoculation can shield Europe's poultry ...
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/health/1500AP_Bird_Flu_Fear_of_Fowl.html

New reports of bird flu
San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA
... Four wild ducks in southern Sweden test positive for a strain of bird flu, but it is not immediately clear whether it was the deadly H5N1 strain. ... http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/health/14037098.htm

Bird flu - county information
West Sussex Observer - Chichester,England,UK
... West Sussex County Council has mounted a major information campaign aimed at poultry keepers and residents worried about a possible bird flu outbreak in the ... http://www.horshamonline.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=507&ArticleID=1376690

Poultry faeces likely cause of bird flu spread, German expert says
Monsters and Critics.com - Glasgow,UK
... scientist said Tuesday the entry of faeces from infected poultry into the food chain via fish was a likely cause of the global spread of bird flu - and not ... http://news.monstersandcritics.com/health/article_1135165.php/Poultry_faeces_likely_cause_of_bird_flu_spread_German_expert_says

WHO urges more studies on bird flu infections in cats
Reuters - USA
GENEVA (Reuters) - Reports that a cat contracted bird flu and has not fallen ill could mean the virus is adapting to mammals and poses a potentially higher ...
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=healthNews&storyID=2006-03-07T205523Z_01_COL775065_RTRUKOC_0_US-WHO-STUDIES.xml&archived=False

Dutch postpone bird flu vaccination to next week
Reuters.uk - UK
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch authorities have postponed a planned vaccination campaign against bird flu until next week to give farmers and vets more time to ...
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-03-07T111535Z_01_L07742184_RTRUKOC_0_UK-BIRDFLU-DUTCH-VACCINATION.xml&archived=False

Israel sends bird flu aid to Nigeria
Ynetnews - Israel
Following the bird flu outbreak in Nigeria and fear of it spreading throughout the most populated country in Africa, the Nigerian government turned to the ...
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3225083,00.html

New vaccines necessary for new bird flu strain: US official
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
Experts are developing new vaccines against the new H5N1 bird flu strain that is spreading in the world, a top US health official said on Monday. ...
http://english.people.com.cn/200603/07/eng20060307_248600.html

Bird Flu Virus in China Still Not Infectious
CRI - Beijing,China
Chinese Vice Health Minister Wang Longde confirmed on Tuesday that the bird flu virus in China has not varied as human virus and would not cause human ...
http://en.chinabroadcast.cn/811/2006/03/07/198@59190.htm

Bird Flu: Court Stops Move to Close Poultry Farm in Kano
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA
... dismissed an application seeking to close a poultry farm in Gaida, Kumbotso local government area of Kano state on account of the outbreak of bird flu in the ...
http://allafrica.com/stories/200603070464.html

Bird flu flies through Indonesia
Mail & Guardian Online - Johannesburg,South Africa
A four-year-old boy who died in Indonesia is the sixth suspected fatal victim of bird flu in the last week, health workers said on Tuesday. ...
http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx?area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__international_news/&articleid=266028

French Consumers Cut Poultry Consumption in Wake of Bird Flu Scare
Voice of America - USA
... Sales of chickens and other fowl began tumbling well before Europe's first bird flu was detected in French turkeys last month. From ...
http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-03-07-voa60.cfm

Another Avian Influenza Case Reported in China - Could the Beijing ...
Blogcritics.org - Aurora,OH,USA
Yesterday the Ministry of Health in China reported an additional laboratory confirmed case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus, a 32-year ... http://blogcritics.org/archives/2006/03/07/205053.php

Hong Kong to Cut Chicken Population on Flu Concern (Update1)
Bloomberg - USA
March 7 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong, concerned about the spread of avian influenza, will force local chicken farms to cut the number of birds they raise by the ...
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aYOOL_x8gQYU&refer=top_world_news

Farmers fear public doen't understand bird flu
CTV.ca - Canada
MONTREAL — For Francois Turcotte, the avian influenza virus making its way around the globe could be a real problem for his poultry and turkey farm if it ...
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060304/poultry_farmers_060304/20060304?hub=Canada

CLA Statement On Avian Influenza
Stackyard - Carlisle,UK
... responsible Government department, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) since the threat of an outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu ... http://www.stackyard.com/news/2006/03/bird_flu/01_cla.html

Ban poultry imports - Professor advises
Mmegi - Gaberones,Botswana
... South African consultant specialising in poultry issues were briefing government officials, business people and stakeholders on the Avian Influenza last week. ... http://www.mmegi.bw/2006/March/Tuesday7/747484242100.html

Avian Flu Researchers Make Strides
Journal of American Medical Association (subscription) - Chicago,IL,USA
As human H5N1 avian influenza virus infections moved beyond Southeast Asia to Turkey and Iraq in early 2006, scientists continued to tackle the disease on many ... http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/295/10/1107

Highly pathogenic Avian influenza
LiveArticles.org - Inglewood,CA,USA
... of human transmission of this virus is extremely low, yet there have been more than 100 confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza viruses since ...
http://www.livearticles.org/article.php?articleID=557

H5N1: cats avian influenza in Austria
Portage emploi - Lyon,France
... authorities announced last Monday that cats, always in life, had been analysed positive holders of the lethal stump H5N1 of the virus of avian influenza. ...
http://www.portage-emploi.com/article-20060307-694.html

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