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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.

Monday 10 April 2006

Myanmar fighting over 100 bird flu outbreaks - UN

Bird flu is spreading fast in Myanmar, which is now battling more than 100 outbreaks in poultry since the virus was first reported a month ago, UN agriculture officials said (Source: Reuters).

Sunday 9 April 2006

Niger begins cull weeks after finding bird flu

Niger began culling poultry, more than a month after it first discovered an outbreak of avian flu near its southern border with Nigeria (Source: Reuters).

Saturday 8 April 2006

Indian farmer hospitalised for bird flu checks

A 30-year-old male poultry farmer in India's bird flu hit western region was hospitalised with flu-like symptoms, the state's health minister said (Source: Reuters).

Vietnam reports bird flu outbreaks near China
Vietnam has detected bird flu on three farms near the Chinese border; tests showed the virus subtype was H5, which the Vietnamese authorities say is sufficient to carry out preventive measures (Source: Reuters).

Friday 7 April 2006

Two Egyptian children recover from bird flu
Two Egyptians, sisters aged 18 months and six years have recovered from H5N1 bird flu infection, a Health Ministry official said (Source: Reuters).

Brazil to spend US$46 million to fight bird flu
Brazil, the world's biggest poultry exporter, plans to spend about US$46.4 million this year to avert outbreaks of bird flu; the funds will be used for labs, vaccines, equipment and to train officials to monitor migratory birds and prepare to combat potential outbreaks (Source: Bloomberg).

Thursday 6 April 2006

Bird flu risk from cats 'overlooked', warn scientists
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 organisations for ignoring this piece of the puzzle (Source: SciDev.Net).

No avian flu reported in Congo Republic
Various samples taken from dead poultry and wild birds in the Congo Republic and tested by a WHO reference laboratory in Paris, France, have proven negative, a senior official said (Source: Angola Press).

H5N1 bird flu confirmed in UK swan
Tests have shown that a wild swan found dead in Scotland had the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the government said (Source: Reuters).

Nigeria: villagers arrested for eating carcasses of bird flu chickens
Starving villagers in Nigeria, who exhumed and ate the carcasses of bird-flu infected chickens were arrested by the police, government officials said yesterday (Source: Daily Trust).

Egypt human bird flu infection toll rises to 11
Egypt has reported its tenth and eleventh cases of human bird flu: a 16-year-old girl and an eight-year-old boy from two provinces north of Cairo, the government said (Source: Reuters).

Wednesday 5 April 2006

Egypt reports ninth human case of bird flu
Local tests have shown that a girl aged 16 months from a province in southern Egypt is the country's ninth case of human bird flu (Source: Reuters).

Bird flu kills 12-year-old in Cambodia
Bird flu has killed a 12-year-old boy in Cambodia, the nation's sixth victim, said a representative from the WHO (Source: Reuters).

Germany confirms bird flu in fowl
Tests have confirmed for the first time the presence of H5N1 in domestic fowl in Germany (Source: Reuters).

Azerbaijan tests 43 for bird flu in British lab
Azerbaijan has sent blood samples from 43 people to a British laboratory to test for the H5N1 strain of bird flu, they had cold-like symptoms and not all were hospitalised, the Health Ministry said (Source: Reuters).

'Pandemic among humans unlikely'
The avian influenza virus is unlikely to cause a pandemic among humans, experts said in Beijing yesterday (Source:

Tuesday 4 April 2006

Africa now a frontline in war on bird flu - UN
African countries must receive increased funds and support to cope with the spreading H5N1 virus, David Nabarro, the UN bird flu coordinator, has said (Source: Reuters).

Indonesia girl died last year from bird flu
A delayed international test has confirmed that an 8-year-old Indonesian girl who died in July 2005 had bird flu, a health ministry official said (Source: Reuters).

Monday 3 April 2006

Three cases of H5N1 strain of bird flu detected in Burkina Faso
Three cases of H5N1 bird flu virus have been detected on a farm near Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso; tests results were confirmed by the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) (Source: Xinhua).

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