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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 13 November

China's first human bird flu victim healthy again
A ten-year old boy who was the first in China to contract bird flu in October 2005 has been discharged from hospital in good health (Source: Xinhua).

Two new cases of bird flu in Indonesia, one fatal
A two-year old boy from Kerawang in West Java province has died of bird flu today, Indonesia's health ministry said; it also confirmed a new case of bird flu in a 35-year old woman from Tanggerang, Jakarta (Source: Xinhua).

Sunday 12 November

Egypt reports fresh bird flu infection among poultry
The Egyptian Health Ministry said a new infection of the bird flu virus has been found in domestic fowl in Luxor, the official news agency MENA reported (Source: Xinhua).

Friday 10 November

China agrees to share bird flu samples
China has agreed to share 20 samples of the bird flu virus with international health authorities and received an apology from the WHO on behalf of foreign research institutions who misused two bird flu samples that China had previously provided (Source: Reuters). 

Wednesday 8 November

New bird flu strain stresses need for greatest surveillance
Vaccination control measures should be accompanied by consistent surveillance and post-vaccination monitoring, said the FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) (Source: UN News).

Stop arguing, WHO tells bird flu scientists
The WHO has urged Chinese and foreign scientists to stop bickering about research on the bird flu virus H5N1 and share information on the details (Source: Reuters).

Bird flu expert becomes WHO director
Chinese national Margaret Chan, a bird flu expert and former Hong Kong health director will be the director of the World Health Organization from January 2007 (Source: Financial Times).

Nigeria tells vets and farmers to stop vaccinating poultry
The Nigerian government has warned poultry farmers and veterinary doctors that vaccinating poultry against bird flu is still against its national policy (Source: Afrol News).

Tuesday 7 November

Jamaica tests its preparedness for bird flu outbreak
Jamaica's tested its ability to respond to animal disease outbreaks, especially bird flu, by hosting a simulation exercise attended by representatives from 11 countries in the region (Source: Jamaica Information Service).

Monday 6 November

Chinese scientists find pathogenic gene in H5N1
Chinese scientists have identified a gene in the H5N1 bird flu virus which they say is responsible for its virulence in poultry, paving the way for new vaccines (Source: Reuters).

Indonesian teenager dies of suspected bird flu
A 17-year old Indonesian boy from Banjarnegara, Indonesia's Central Java province has died after coming into contact with sick poultry, samples have been sent to a Jakarta laboratory to confirm the case (Source: People's Daily).

Chinese experts refute existence of new bird flu strain
China's top veterinary official has rejected as groundless a study that reported the emerging dominance of a new bird flu strain in Asia, saying it had no basis in science (Source: Associated Press).

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