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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 23 October 2006

Mongolian vet has bird flu symptoms
A researcher in a veterinary clinic in Mongolia, is reported to have become infected with bird flu, although the country's emergency ministry has refused release further information  (Source: Regnum).

Sunday 22 October 2006

Inner Mongolia inoculates all domestic poultry
All 42.6 million domestic poultry in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region have been vaccinated against bird flu following an outbreak of the disease in the region last month, according to local authorities (Source: Xinhua).

Indonesia to separate poultry in bird flu fight
Indonesia will start clearing chickens and ducks from residential areas as part of its fight against bird flu, according to government officials (Source: Associated Press).

Saturday 21 October 2006

Indonesia says bird flu declining in provinces
The number of Indonesian provinces in which bird flu is endemic are reported to have almost halved in the last six months, although all areas on heavily populated island of Java remain affected (Source: Reuters).

Friday 20 October 2006

Bird flu suspected in nine more Indonesians
Tests for bird flu are being carried out on nine people on Indonesia's eastern island of Sulawesi, where a one-year-old boy is thought to have died of the virus last week (Source: Bloomberg).

Nigeria culls 700,000 birds
About 700,000 birds have been culled in Nigeria since the outbreak of bird flu in February this year, according to an official from the WHO (Source: Vanguard).

US publishes guidance on use of surgical masks and respirators during pandemics
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a document intended to help planning for surgical mask and respirator use in health care settings during an influenza pandemic (Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Thursday 19 October 2006

UN praises Cambodia for tackling bird flu
The United Nations has praised community groups in Cambodia for taking rapid action to prevent the spread of bird flu (Source: Associated Foreign Press).

Wednesday 18 October 2006

'Chicken guards' deployed in Malaysia
Malaysia has placed a "sentinel flock" of poultry in a shed designed with openings that allow wild birds to mingle and share food with the fowl. The birds will be monitored to see if they become infected, and if infection is discovered, steps will be taken to stop the virus from spreading to domestic flocks (Source: Associated Foreign Press).

Southern Africa warned about poultry smuggling
Poultry experts in the Southern African Development Community region have warned that bird flu could be spread through poultry smuggling, prompting member states to agree that only products guaranteed free of bird flu should be exported by countries in the community (Source: Xinhua).

Tuesday 17 October 2006

Warning over global bird flu plan
A third of countries which have drawn up plans to tackle flu pandemic plans have failed to describe how they would distribute medical treatment in such situations, according to a report (Source: BBC Online).

Kenya on high bird flu alert
Kenya is on high alert against bird flu, and has banned poultry and poultry products imports from Sudan and other affected countries (Source: The Nation).

Monday 16 October 2006

WHO confirms three H5N1 cases in Indonesia
The WHO has confirmed three fatal cases of H5N1 in Indonesia, involving two women from Java and a boy from South Jakarta, bringing the country's toll to 72 cases, including 55 deaths (Source: CIDRAP).

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