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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 7 May 2007

Indonesian woman dies of bird flu
A 29-year-old woman from Sumatra has died from H5N1 bird flu, the Indonesian health ministry has announced (Source: Reuters).

Sunday 6 May 2007

Bird flu re-emerges in Vietnam
A duck farm in central Vietnam has recorded the country's first case of bird flu in over a month (Source: Reuters).

Thursday 3 May 2007

Australia supports Cambodia's bird flu fight
The Australian Agency for International Development has donated US$1.2 million to a UNICEF-led bird flu communication project in Cambodia (Source: Xinhua).

Face masks offer comfort but not protection, says CDC
Face masks may not stop the transmission of bird flu in the event of a pandemic, but wearing them might comfort people in crowds, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Source: Reuters).

Wednesday 2 May 2007

Ghana confirms first poultry bird flu case
Ghana has recorded its first case of H5N1 bird flu in poultry on a farm in Tema, east of Accra, the WHO has announced (Source: Reuters).

Tuesday 1 May 2007

World Bank plans project for Cambodia
The World Bank has plans for a US$11 million project to manage bird flu in Cambodia, according to local media reports (Source: Xinhua).

Researchers use Google to create avian flu map
US researchers have made an interactive map using Google Earth's digital mapping technology to track the spread of avian flu around the globe (Source: Science Daily).

Friday 27 April 2007

Roche criticises government commitment to Tamiflu
Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche has criticised the world's governments for failing to stockpile enough of the Tamiflu antiviral drug, after the company boosted production capacity but saw a drop in orders. Earlier in the week, Roche announced that it would cut back on Tamiflu production (Source: Xinhua).

Thailand ponders bird flu plan
The Thai government is considering a US$275 million three-year plan to contain bird flu, as well as a US$45 million vaccine plant (Source: The Nation).

Thursday 26 April 2007

World Bank to help China with bird flu fight
The World Bank will provide US$2.65 million to a Chinese program to combat bird flu. The two-year project will provide training for local agriculture in the Anhiu and Liaoning provinces (Source: Xinhua)

WHO may set up bird flu vaccine stockpile for the poor
The WHO is considering a stockpile of up to 60 million doses of bird flu vaccine to be used by developing nations in the event of a pandemic (Source: Reuters).

Indonesia delays sharing of bird flu samples
Despite an agreement with the WHO, Indonesia is still delaying sharing of its bird flu virus samples while the final details of the deal are worked out (Source: Reuters).

Wednesday 25 April 2007

Developing countries receive help for bird flu vaccine
Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam will receive up to US$2.5 million from the United States and Japan to make bird flu vaccines (Source: Reuters).

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