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Below is a roundup of the key developments on the spread of the bird flu virus (H5N1) and the threat it poses to human health. Each title is a link to the full article.

Click here to see the latest World Health Organization (WHO) figures of confirmed human cases.

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Monday 6 February 2006
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Indonesia plans door-to-door bird flu inspections
The Indonesian government plans door-to-door inspections to prevent the spread of the H5N1 virus, says a cabinet minister (Source: Jakarta Post).

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Sunday 5 February 2006
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WHO teams arrive in Iraq to fight bird flu
Two teams from the WHO have arrived in Iraq's Kurdistan region, where bird flu killed a girl last month (Source: Aljazeera).

Bird flu death toll rises to 16 in Indonesia
The WHO has confirmed that the H5N1 bird flu virus caused two more deaths in Indonesia (Source: Bloomberg).

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Saturday 4 February 2006
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Bulgaria testing dead swans for bird flu
Tests for the H5N1 virus have begun on dozens of dead swans and other wildfowl, a day after Bulgaria detected the virus for the first time in a sick swan (Source: Reuters AlertNet).

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Friday 3 February 2006
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WHO sends Tamiflu to Iraq
The WHO says it is sending several thousand courses of influenza drug Tamiflu to Iraq to help treat any further cases of bird flu in humans (Source: Reuters AlertNet).

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Thursday 2 February 2006
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GM bird flu vaccine 'protects mice'
Scientists have used genetic modification in an early step towards creating a pandemic flu vaccine (Source: BBC Online).

No evidence of bird flu in Syria, says WHO
A WHO team says there is no evidence of bird flu in Syrian people or poultry (Source: Reuters AlertNet).

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Wednesday 1 February 2006
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Iraqi bird flu death confirmed by WHO lab
Iraq has become latest battleground in the fight against bird flu, with a WHO lab confirming that the H5N1 virus killed a girl there (Source: SciDev.Net).

Bird flu 'overstated' in Turkey, says WHO
The WHO says the number of bird flu cases in Turkey could actually be 12, not 21 (Source: Zaman.com).

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Monday 30 January 2006
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WHO says eastern Africa must do more to stop bird flu
Countries in eastern Africa must establish more effective measures against the deadly H5N1 virus, warns a WHO official (Source: IRIN).

Algeria says bird flu did not kill poultry breeder
Tests show that bird flu did not kill an Algerian poultry farmer, say officials (Source: Reuters AlertNet).

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