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 Bird Flu – Weekly Press monitoring (April 3, 2006 - April 7 2006)

3 bird flu cases confirmed in Burkina Faso; Indonesia bird flu death confirmed; Cat bird flu risks 'overlooked'; Germany confirms bird flu in fowl; Bird Flu reaches UK; Egypt Says Third Person Dies of Bird Flu

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Bird Flu - Weekly Press monitoring (April 3, 2006 - April 7 2006)


April 3th 2006


North American nations to coordinate bird flu response
TODAYonline - Singapore
... The three leaders "have agreed to develop a comprehensive, science-based and coordinated approach within North America to avian influenza and human pandemic ...
http://www.todayonline.com/articles/110369.asp

Bird Flu Pandemic in UK Could Kill 320,000, Sunday Times Says
Bloomberg - USA
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Avian influenza could kill as many as 320,000 people in the UK and stretch the capacity of the nation's funeral services, the Sunday ...
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000102&sid=a5xCN.Wb6wJ4&refer=uk

Flu expert concerned at lack of national plan
Bangkok Post - Thailand
... The national committee on avian influenza had had only one meeting to prepare for a major flu outbreak since the body was set up about two years ago, she said. ...
http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/03Apr2006_news13.php

MIDDLE EAST: Interview with WHO experts Hassan al-Bushra and John ...
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK
... dangers of an outbreak. QUESTION: How serious is the threat of avian influenza in the Middle East? ANSWER: Hassan Al-Bushra [HAB ...
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/e83d17668fc60eb55518a76c1de858fd.htm

Wild bird smugglers pose avian-flu threat
Manila Standard Today - Philippines
... most from the bird-flu outbreak in Vietnam. ... inform poultry raisers, farmers, local government officials and ... the AIPP, the Department of Environment and Natural ... http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=news05_april03_2006


April 5th 2006


3 bird flu cases confirmed in Burkina Faso
ABC Online - Australia
Burkina Faso has become the fifth African country to confirm an outbreak of bird flu. Kenya is now also testing dead birds for the deadly strain. ...
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200604/s1608714.htm

Centre launches reliefs for avian flu affected farmers
Financial Express - Bombay,India
MUMBAI, APRIL 4 : In a move to provide relief to the farmers affected by the Avian flu (bird flu), the centre has proposed to grant an one-time interest ...
http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=122696

Indonesia bird flu death confirmed
CNN International - USA
(CNN) -- A young girl in Indonesia died of highly pathogenic bird flu last month, bringing the country's total number of confirmed H5N1 human cases to 30, the ...
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/04/04/birdflu.indonesia/

Nigeria: Bird Flu: FG Commences Second Batch Payment
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA
... Nweke said very soon, government would conduct analysis of the socio-economic impact of the bird flu problem in Nigeria, in collaboration with the United ...
http://allafrica.com/stories/200604040316.html

Donald Rumsfeld makes $5m from bird flu drug
Daily Times - Lahore,Pakistan
... that discovered and developed Tamiflu, the drug being bought in massive amounts by governments to treat a possible human pandemic of bird flu, reports British ...http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006%5C04%5C05%5Cstory_5-4-2006_pg7_10

UN Notes Quick Spread of Bird Flu
Guardian Unlimited - UK
BEIJING (AP) - The deadly bird flu virus has spread at lightning speed over the past three months, infecting birds in 30 new countries - double the number ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5733144,00.html

Bird flu crisis management to be discussed on April 16
Financial Express - Bombay,India
... with CLFMA of India (CLFMA) and American Soybean Association (ASA) will discuss ’Crisis Management and Prophylactic Measures’ for the bird flu that gripped ...http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=122704

Dry run for bird flu strategy
The Observer - UK
Britain's ability to cope with an outbreak of bird flu in poultry will be put to the test over the next two days as hundreds of officials take part in a ...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/birdflu/story/0,,1746633,00.html?gusrc=rss

Los Alamos, UW research paints grim picture of bird flu pandemic
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
LOS ALAMOS, NM -- Left unchecked, a global outbreak of bird flu could infect 54 percent of the US population and peak in just over two months, while a less ...
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420AP_NM_Bird_Flu.html

Bird flu-hit farms to get 4% loan relief
Economic Times - India
... According to bankers, a widespread incidence of bird flu is the kind of operational risk that banks are expected to be prepared for under the new Basel II ...
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1478033.cms

No bird flu in UP: CDO
Hindustan Times - India
CHIEF DEVELOPMENT Officer (CDO) Arun Kumar Mishra claimed on Tuesday no case of bird flu was found in any part of UP. However, he ...
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_1666782,0015002500030003.htm

China's Role in Tackling Avian Influenza Discussed With Senior UN ...
News2UNet (プレスリリース) - Japan
... UN System Coordinator for Influenza Dr. David Nabarro visited Beijing to discuss China's role in the international control of avian influenza and preparation ...
http://en.news2u.net/release.php?id=00000222

Avian Influenza Update: Egypt
Community Dispatch (press release) - USA
On April 3, 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that avian influenza A (H5N1) virus infection had been confirmed in four patients in Egypt. ...http://communitydispatch.com/artman/publish/article_4486.shtml

New Laboratory Assay for Diagnostic Testing of Avian Influenza A ...
Journal of American Medical Association (subscription) - Chicago,IL,USA
... to detect highly pathogenic influenza A/H5 viruses from the Asian lineage associated with recent laboratory-confirmed infections of avian influenza in humans ...http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/295/13/1510

National-Scale Avian Influenza Exercise - Exercise Hawthorn, UK
Medical News Today (press release) - UK
The UK Government, in partnership with the Devolved Administrations, will be undertaking a real-time simulation of an outbreak of avian influenza disease in ...http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=41028

New Human Avian Influenza Cases Confirmed in Indonesia, Egypt
Washington File - Washington,DC,USA
Washington – The Indonesian Ministry of Health has confirmed another human death caused by infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus, and the World ...
http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2006&m=April&x=20060404134624lcnirellep0.1648828&t=livefeeds/wf-latest.html

DUCK RAISERS AND COCK BREEDERS RESIST ANTI-BIRD FLU MEASURES
Philippine Headline News - Manila,Philippines
MANILA, APRIL 4, 2006 (STAR) By Prime Sarmiento, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism - The government’s Avian Influenza Protection Program (AIPP ...
http://www.newsflash.org/2004/02/hl/hl103948.htm


April 6th 2006


Cat bird flu risks 'overlooked'
BBC News - UK
It is vital to restrict the spread of bird flu in cats in order to protect human health, scientists warn. Writing in Nature, scientists ...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4878868.stm

Germany confirms bird flu in fowl
Reuters - USA
... in the eastern German state of Saxony said on Wednesday that tests had confirmed for the first time the presence of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in domestic ...
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=newsOne&storyID=2006-04-05T175309Z_01_BAT001300_RTRUKOC_0_US-BIRDFLU-GERMANY.xml

MP poultry bodies ask for bird flu relief
Business Standard - India
... in association with the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), today said the losses to the poultry industry because of the bird flu outbreak, reached Rs ...
http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage.php?storyflag=y&leftnm=lmnu2&leftindx=2&lselect=1&chklogin=N&autono=221332

Merkel says bird flu situation in Germany serious
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed in Berlin concern Wednesday over the bird flu situation in her country after the virus was detected in a commercial ... http://english.people.com.cn/200604/06/eng20060406_256297.html

Gaza Bird Flu Causes Poultry Shortage
Voice of America - USA
... are warning that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip could begin suffering from protein shortages because so much poultry has been culled because of bird flu. ...
http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-04-05-voa40.cfm

Bird flu kills boy, infects baby
Daily Telegraph - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
THE death of a 12-year-old boy in Cambodia and the case of a sick baby girl in Egypt have underlined the threat posed to children by the bird flu virus. ...
http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,20281,18727687-5001028,00.html

Russia develops three vaccines against bird flu
Xinhua - China
MOSCOW, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Russia has developed three special vaccines against bird flu and will test them on human body soon, Health and Social Development ...
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-04/06/content_4389434.htm

Singapore to distribute handbook on flu pandemic to households
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
... Singapore has suspended poultry and egg imports from Malaysia's Selangor and Perak where the H5N1 bird flu virus was detected earlier this year. ...
http://english.people.com.cn/200604/06/eng20060406_256286.html

First case of Bird flu confirmed in Scotland
The Herald - Glasgow,Scotland,UK
Bird flu was found in a dead swan in Scotland last night and further tests were being carried out to discover whether it is the deadly H5N1 strain. ...
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/59616.html

Egypt Reports 9th Human Case of Bird Flu
Washington Post - United States
CAIRO, Egypt -- An Egyptian toddler has been infected with the virulent strain of bird flu, bringing the number of human cases in the country to nine, the ...
http://news.google.com/news?ie=utf8&oe=utf8&persist=1&hl=en&client=google&ncl=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/05/AR2006040502246.html

Cooking chicken thoroughly kills bird flu virus
MSNBC - USA
WASHINGTON - Preparing for the arrival of bird flu, the government on Wednesday gave advice for making chicken safe to eat: Cook it to 165 degrees. ... http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12173519/

Avian influenza

PALAU: Response Team Prepares For Avian Influenza
Pacific Magazine - Honolulu,HI,USA
Palau’s Avian Flu Response Team learned how to take blood samples from chickens to test for avian influenza in a recent training session. ... http://www.pacificislands.cc/pina/pinadefault2.php?urlpinaid=21259

Bird Flu reaches UK
dtt-net - Brussels,Belgium
“The authorities of the United Kingdom have informed the European Commission that preliminary tests have found the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5 ... http://www.dtt-net.com/en/index.php?page=view-article&article=1327&CMSSESSID=0c3f8c5adf445f11ce99f62eea8c3c75

Bird flu scenario
Central Chronicle - Bhopal,India
Speaking on the occasion, the experts said that as per the OIE / WHO guidelines before declaring Bird Flu as highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) only PCR ...
http://www.centralchronicle.com/20060406/0604303.htm

Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza confirmed on poultry farm ...
EUROPA (press release) - Brussels,Belgium
The German authorities have informed the European Commission of a confirmed outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 on a poultry farm in Bernsdorf ...
http://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/06/454&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en


April 7th 2006


Bird Flu: Answers to the key questions
Scotsman - United Kingdom
... Bob McCracken, a former president of the BVA, says seagull droppings can contain bird flu, and faeces are thought to be the main route for transmission of ...
http://news.scotsman.com/health.cfm?id=533132006

Ethiopia says H5N1 strain of bird flu not detected so far
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
Ethiopia said on Thursday, April 6, the H5N1 strain of bird flu virus has not been detected in the country so far. Samples taken ...http://english.people.com.cn/200604/07/eng20060407_256588.html

Bird flu: What it really means
Independent - London,England,UK
... confirmed yesterday it was infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of flu and they ... to identify any further spread of the virus within the wild bird population. ...
http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article356268.ece

We’re fully prepared for bird flu, says Coughlan
Irish Examiner - Cork,Ireland
... Brien. AGRICULTURE Minister Mary Coughlan said her department was fully prepared to deal with an outbreak of bird flu. This follows ...http://www.irishexaminer.com/pport/web/ireland/Full_Story/did-sg-Rax9k0rE1Esgdq-nXlDAyFE.asp

BURKINA FASO: Bird sales plummet but bird flu awareness poor
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK
OUAGADOUGOU, 6 April (IRIN) - Two days after three cases of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain were officially confirmed 12 kilometres from the Burkina Faso ...
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/105c456f6795dfd3d5de62804645af55.htm

PanAfrica: Bird Flu Risk From Cats 'Overlooked', Warn Scientists
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA
Leading flu researchers have warned that cats could be playing an unrecognised role in the spread of the H5N1 bird flu virus, and have criticised international ...
http://allafrica.com/stories/200604060745.html

No sign bird flu becoming more infectious -expert
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK
CAMBRIDGE, England, April 6 (Reuters) - A leading bird flu expert said on Thursday there was no evidence that the virus was showing any signs of mutating into ...
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L0649738.htm

Cameroon: Bird Flu Does Not Easily Attack Human Beings - Experts
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA
In a meeting at the Prime Minister's office last week, members of the National Intervention Brigade on Bird Flu made it clear that the H5N1 Bird Flu virus does ...
http://allafrica.com/stories/200604060765.html

Egypt Says Third Person Dies of Bird Flu
Voice of America - USA
Another victim of bird flu has died in Egypt, becoming the country's third human fatality from the disease since it was first discovered there less than two ...
http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-04-06-voa56.cfm

Roundup: Egypt trying hard to curb bird flu
People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
Egyptian health officials are trying hard to enforce preventive measures amid an increasing number of human infections with bird flu. ...
http://english.people.com.cn/200604/07/eng20060407_256657.html

FACTBOX-Bird flu's rapid march around the globe
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK
April 6 (Reuters) - Britain announced on Thursday its first case of H5N1, making it the 14th country in the European Union to find the bird flu strain. ...
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L24725662.htm

Avian influenza – situation in Cambodia – update
World Health Organization - Geneva,Switzerland
The Ministry of Health in Cambodia has confirmed the country’s sixth case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. ...
http://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_04_06/en/

AfDB Approves Emergency Grant to help Nigeria Fight Avian ...
Harold Doan and Associates (press release) - Rocklin,CA,USA
... in Tunis approved a grant of US$500,000 dollars as emergency assistance in support of the Nigerian Government’s effort to combat Avian Influenza in 2006. ...
http://www.harolddoan.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=731

Avian Influenza: several preventive and control measures agreed by ...
EUROPA (press release) - Brussels,Belgium
Member States have backed a series of Commission proposals to reinforce EU preventive and control measures with regard to avian influenza, at the Standing ...
http://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/06/465&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Avian influenza (bird flu)
Aberdeen City - UK
... Useful information on Avian influenza (bird flu) and news updates from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) can be accessed here.
http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/ACC_Data/news%20item/ppu_news_060406b.asp

Avian influenza – situation in Egypt - update 3
World Health Organization - Geneva,Switzerland
The Ministry of Health in Egypt has announced the country’s 11th case of human infection with the H5N1 avian virus and its third death. ...
http://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_04_06a/en/

Biliran hosts 1st avian influenza conference in Region 8
Philippine Information Agency - Philippines
Naval, Biliran (April 6) -– With the threat on Avian Influenza (AI) still hovering the Philippine archipelago, heads and representatives of national ...
http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060406.htm&no=33

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