China reported a 10th person diagnosed with bird flu virus. WHO says there is a serious threat and that a pandemic could arise with little or no warning from the animal side.
A donors' conference has opened in Beijing for prevention and care above all in poor Asian countries. There are new deaths in Indonesia and Turkey and a suspected case in Jerusalem.
If confirmed, the latest cases would take total known deaths in Indonesia from avian flu to 13. Girl's two brothers have tested positive for the H5N1 virus.
The number of deaths and sick people is on the rise across Turkey.
There has been a new outbreak of the epidemic in Sichuan on 22 December, made public only yesterday. The Hong Kong government reacted immediately despite official assurances that the situation was "under control". FAO fears "more numerous epidemic outbreaks" in China.
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.
This view was expressed after the death of a 41-year-old woman was declared in an area free of bird flu outbreaks. There is a new suspect death in Indonesia. Meanwhile the situation has improved n Vietnam.
Government fears an enormous epidemic in the Lunar New Year.
The Chinese government has agreed to do so, however samples have yet to reach the World Health Organisation.
Two other suspected deaths are reported. New outbreaks every week occur in China.
The Hong Kong University says each sick person will infect another 1,024 within one month. It is predicted that there will be one million victims in Hong Kong alone. Meanwhile, China has acknowledged a second death.
This is what experts say. 70% of poultry is raised outside. Meanwhile, there are new outbreaks of infection in northern Xinjiang and southern Yunnan.
The victim is a boy from Hunan, the brother of a girl who died a month ago from "pneumonia". New outbreaks of infection have been reported in Xinjiang. The infection is spreading in Vietnam despite widespread slaughter of birds, and the production of a vaccine has been announced.
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.
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.
These would be a 12-year-old girl who died on 17 October and another two people from Hunan. More than one million birds have been culled in Liaoning. In Geneva, debate is under way about a world strategy to counter the virus.
Two other cases of human infection have been confirmed. A global meeting will be held in Geneva on 7 November to coordinate and strengthen interventions, especially in Asia.
The Asian Development Bank predicts possible global recession. More outbreaks in China and in Vietnam, and four new infections in Indonesia and Vietnam.
Migrating birds can carry the infection anywhere. The death of a girl in Hunan is still the subject of debate. Beijing stands accused of "excessive use" of an antiviral drug which has led to resistance of the virus. New cases are reported in Japan and South-east Asia.
After three lab tests showed positive results, official confirms infection. Vietnamese Vice Minister of Agriculture "Borders and airports could of course be shut down in the last phase of a pandemic".
The deaths, which occurred in recent days, were revealed only today. Confirmation tests are under way. The World Health Organisation has asked China to clarify the circumstances surrounding a girl's death in Hunan.
There is concern about a human pandemic but little attention was paid by the Ottawa meeting to the key problem. Experts say intervening in Asia where the virus is endemic is a must.
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.
Two people are feared to be infected in Indonesia. There are new epidemics among birds in China, Vietnam and Russia west of the Urals. Experts say rapid confirmation of the presence of infection is difficult because of a lack of specialised testing centres in Asia.
Bird flu has arrived in Europe. No specific vaccine exists as yet. Measures are under way to isolate the infection.
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.
The US Health Secretary is on a tour of Southeast Asia, warning of an "inevitable" pandemic; Siberia will cull half a million birds and Israel is considering what steps to take.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian government wants to test vaccine stocks after a scandal involving local production of substandard doses.
In recent days our news staff have received numerous phone calls by persons traveling to Asia and wanted to know more about the status of the bird flu in various countries, the risks of infections and how to protect themselves. Below we have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions. The answers were taken from World Health Organization members and medical experts residing in Asia.