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Below is a round-up 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.

Monday 14 May 2007

Bird flu project to focus on world's poor farmers
A US$3.9 million project will research strategies to control bird flu and compensate farmers in Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, and Nigeria (Source: International Food Policy Research Institute).

Indonesian woman dies from bird flu
An 26-year-old Indonesian woman from Medan, Sumatra has died from H5N1 bird flu, government health officials have announced. The case marks Indonesia's 76th human death from the disease (Source: Reuters).

Sunday 13 May 2007

Bird flu high on World Health Assembly agenda
Fighting the potential bird flu pandemic will be high on the agenda at this year's World Health Assembly — attended annually by government representatives from 193 countries — in Geneva this week (14 May) (Source: Voice of America).

Saturday 12 May 2007

New H5N1 hosts found
Dutch researchers have identified seven previously unknown hosts of the H5N1 virus (Source: PLoS Pathogens).

Friday 11 May 2007

Chinese bird flu vaccine approved for second-phase trials
A Chinese bird flu vaccine has been approved for phase II clinical trials by China's State Food and Drug Administration (Source: Xinhua).

Wednesday 9 May 2007

Indonesia and Singapore sign memorandum of understanding
Indonesia and Singapore have signed a memorandum of understanding on a US$4.5 million project to control bird flu (Source: Channel News Asia).

Egyptians 'think bird flu is a conspiracy'
Egyptians who hide their poultry from the government's execution squads think bird flu is a government conspiracy (Source: Bloomberg).

Tuesday 8 May 2007

Indonesia demands new protocols for bird flu samples
Indonesia will call for the existing bird flu sample sharing policy to be scrapped at the annual WHO meeting in Geneva next month (June), says an official from the country's ministry of health (Source: Agence France-Press).

Vietnam builds third biosafety centre
Vietnam has begun construction on a third biosafety research laboratory in Hanoi. The US$8 million project ― funded largely by Japan ― will study a range of viruses, including H5N1 (Source: Vietnam Events Online).

Nigeria planning bird flu research centre
Nigeria has plans to establish an avian influenza research centre, according to health minister Eyitayo Lambo (Source: Daily Champion).

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