» 10/14/2005, 00.00
China: an incubator of bird flu
Preventing poultry from contact with wild birds is critical. However it is no easy task to monitor small farms in southern China. There is the danger that the virus hits the Indian subcontinent.
Bird flu: scientists fear the virus has become "more contagious"
A viral form which attacks mammals with more ease has been identified in Vietnam. New cases of human infection have been in Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. There were another two deaths in Indonesia and one in Vietnam.
Bird flu suspected in new death in Indonesia
Virus is spreading in China despite government measures. New outbreaks reported in Liaoning province and Vietnam.
Alarm bells sound in the West but the frontline against the bird flu is in Asia
Increasingly, voices are raised arguing that the fight against the bird flu must be carried out where it started, in South-East Asia. Countries in the region should be provided with the necessary aid. New cases of infected birds are being reported.
Suspected new cases of bird flu in humans in China and Thailand
No official confirmation has been forthcoming. International discussions over countermeasures and antiviral drugs continue. Concern is mounting over the danger that the virus might spread to Africa.
WHO: Greater transparency about bird flu
The director of the World Health Organisation's Pacific section appeals to Asian governments for greater transparency and vigilance to prevent further contagion.
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