» 12/01/2005, 00.00
WHO urges China to share H5N1 virus samples
The Chinese government has agreed to do so, however samples have yet to reach the World Health Organisation.
Hanoi announces three new bird flu cases
Prime Minister admits bird flu contagion peril
WHO will carry out validation checks in Chinese labs, which are under fire after two researchers were infected by Sars in 2004. There is concern about the frequency of outbreaks of infection. The price of poultry is dropping.
Bird flu feared more virulent in Eastern Europe than in Asia
There have been several outbreaks of infection in Russia, Roumania and Turkey. Four Turkish siblings are not infected with the disease. There is a new suspect death in Indonesia.
New bird flu outbreak
The authorities have confirmed a new case in Xinjiang, the 40th outbreak in a country where, according to official sources, 12 people have been killed by the virus.
Pandemic inevitable, say experts from around the world meeting in Canada
Counter-measures are being discussed; a pandemic would cost Asia nearly 300 billion dollars. Another contaminated breeding farm in China and the fourth death in Indonesia. India wants to start producing Tamiflu, even without the green light from Roche.
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