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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.

Monday 9 January 2006

Iran acts on bird flu
Iran has closed a border with Turkey and advised against tourism in the neighbouring country in an effort to stop bird flu arriving (Source: Financial Times).

Indonesian bird flu death could be 12th so far
Indonesia says bird flu has killed a 39-year-old man, the country's 12th death from the virus if confirmed by the World Health Organization (Source: BBC Online).

21 in hospital with suspected bird flu in Istanbul
In Istanbul, 21 people have been hospitalised with suspected bird flu; test results are due today (Monday) (Source: Reuters).

Indonesia needs US$784 million to fight bird flu
A minister says Indonesia needs at least US$784 million over the next three years to stop the spread of bird flu (Source: The Jakarta Post).

Five more bird flu cases in Turkey
Five more people, including three in Ankara, have tested positive for the deadly H5N1 virus, bringing the number of those suffering from the virus in Turkey to 14 (Source: World News Australia).

Sunday 8 January 2006

Chinese merge poker and bird flu awareness
A hospital in China's northern Shanxi province has developed a set of poker cards that helps inform players of the risks and prevention measures for bird flu (Source: Xinhua).

Saturday 7 January 2006

Indonesia set to form national commission for bird flu control
The Indonesian government is to set up a national commission for bird flu control that will involve all ministries, as well as non-governmental agencies (Source: Viet Nam News).

Mexico controls bird flu outbreak — not H5N1
Mexican authorities say they have successfully controlled an outbreak of a bird flu virus related to, but not the same as, the deadly Asian strain (Source: Xinhua).

Friday 6 January 2006

Turkey: third child dies of bird flu
At least two of the three teenage siblings who died of bird flu in Turkey had the deadly H5N1 strain; a fourth sibling is still being treated (Source: BBC Online).

Bird flu found in wild ducks in west Turkey
Bird flu has been detected in two wild ducks near the Turkish capital, according to the country's farm minister (Source: Reuters).

Thursday 5 January 2006

UN plans bird flu alert system for North Africa
The FAO has approved plans and will provide initial funding for an early warning system to inform North African countries of bird flu outbreaks (Source: SciDev.Net).

About 200 poultry culled in eastern Turkey
In the Van province, around 200 poultry have been culled following the deaths of two children who died from bird flu (Source: Xinhua).

WHO team goes to Turkey to probe bird flu deaths
Following requests by Turkey, the World Health Organization has sent a team there to help investigate the deaths of two children from suspected bird flu (Source: Reuters).

Saudi Arabia 'ready to handle hajj bird flu'
Saudi Arabia says it is ready to handle an outbreak of bird flu during the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca next week, and has stocked up on medicines (Source: Reuters).

Turkey reports first bird flu deaths outside Asia
A 14-year-old Turkish boy has died of bird flu, say local authorities; his sister died last week and a third sibling is in hospital (Source: BBC Online).

Vietnam finishes mass bird flu vaccination
The government says it has finished vaccinating all poultry against bird flu (Source: Thanhnien News).

China officials probing bird flu outbreak
1,800 birds were found dead at a farm in the southwest Sichuan province (Source: Times of India).

Wednesday 4 January 2006

Russia-led G8 to focus on bird flu in 2006
The threat posed by bird flu will be high on the agenda during Russia's presidency of the G8 which began on 1 January (Source: Japan Economic Newswire).

Tuesday 3 January 2006

Warning over lack of bird flu autopsies
A flu expert warns that failing to do autopsies on bird flu victims will limit efforts to face the threat (Source: The Guardian).

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