Avian flu hits China poultry farm

2014-09-02 08:30

Nearly 18 000 geese have died on a poultry farm in northeast China after being stricken by the H5N6 bird flu virus last month.

Cambodian boy dies of bird flu

2014-03-10 13:44

An 11-year-old Cambodian boy has died of bird flu, a hospital official says, the impoverished kingdom's third confirmed fatality - all children - from the illness this year.

H7N9 prompts Hong Kong chicken slaughter

2014-01-28 08:23

Hong Kong has started a mass cull of 20 000 chickens after the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus was discovered in poultry imported from mainland China, authorities say.

Bird flu kills Canadian on return from China

2014-01-09 06:52

A Canadian has died from H5N1 avian influenza after returning from a trip to China in what is the only current confirmed case of its kind in North America, federal health officials say.

Chinese woman dies from bird flu strain

2013-12-19 09:47

According to the World Health Organisation a woman in China has died of the H10N8 strain of bird flu, the first ever reported human case of the virus.

'Safe' bird flu strain infects human

2013-11-14 11:54

A strain of bird flu that scientists thought could not infect people has shown up in a Taiwanese woman.

Several bird flu viruses may pose threat

2013-08-22 13:37

A deadly new bird flu virus in China evolved from migratory birds via waterfowl to poultry and into people, scientists have found.

Bird flu emergency declared in Kathmandu

2013-08-17 14:09

An avian flu emergency has been declared in parts of Nepal's capital after fresh cases emerged in different areas of the Kathmandu valley, authorities say.

Scientists plan controversial lab-made bird flu

2013-08-08 09:13

Scientists plan to create easier-to-spread bird flu in lab, government promises extra scrutiny.

Cambodian girl dies from bird flu: WHO

2013-07-02 15:59

A 6-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, bringing the country's toll from the deadly virus to nine so far this year, says the World Health Organisation.

Duck genome takes aim at bird flu

2013-06-09 22:37

An international team of scientists say they have sequenced the genome of the duck as part of an investigation into a natural source for avian influenza.

Drug resistance in new China bird flu raises concern

2013-05-29 09:45

The new bird flu strain that has killed 36 people in China has proved resistant to Tamiflu for the first time, a development scientists said was "concerning".

Bird flu strain can go airborne

2013-05-24 10:22

A deadly strain of the bird flu virus can be transmitted between some animals through the air, scientists said.

Bird flu costs China $65bn

2013-05-20 08:39

China's human H7N9 bird flu outbreak has cost the country's poultry industry more than $65bn as consumers shun chicken, government officials say.

'Coronavirus epidemic awaits'

2013-05-14 10:11

The doctor who discovered a new Sars-like virus says it will probably trigger an epidemic at some point, but not necessarily in its current virulent form.

Panic grips Saudis amid fears of Sars-like virus

2013-05-14 10:08

Panic gripped Saudis in the country's east where most cases of the deadly Coronavirus have been detected.

Sars-like virus in Saudi has killed 15

2013-05-13 09:51

Fifteen people in Saudi Arabia have died from a Sars-like virus out of 24 people who contracted it since last August.

No ‘sustained’ transmission of bird flu

2013-04-22 13:00

A World Health Organisation official says there is still no evidence that a new strain of deadly bird flu is passing in a "sustained" fashion from person to person, despite fears some family members may have infected one another.

China probes the deaths of pig, dogs

2013-04-17 21:04

Chinese health officials and police have been probing the mysterious deaths of hundreds of pigs and dogs whose carcasses were discovered in a central Chinese city.

Bird flu vaccine 'many months' away

2013-04-12 18:08

US public health experts say developing a vaccine for the H7N9 strain of bird flu could take "many months", as China seeks to control an outbreak which had killed 11 people.

China bird flu threatens KFC success

2013-04-11 09:34

Yum Brands, the biggest foreign fast-food chain in China, is in danger of breaking its 11-year winning streak as it scrambles to deal with food scares.

New bird flu' no immediate threat'

2013-04-10 09:51

There's been no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission in Chinese outbreak, say experts.

New avian flu in W Cape

2013-04-09 18:09

A new bird flu has been detected on an ostrich farm near Oudtshoorn, Western Cape agriculture says.

Vietnam boy first H5N1 fatality this year

2013-04-09 11:04

A 4-year-old boy has been reported to have died of the bird flu strain H5N1 in the Mekong Delta, authorities say, the country's first fatality from the virus this year.

Scientists race to gauge new bird flu pandemic risk

2013-04-08 12:44

New genetic sequence data shows that the H7N9 flu virus has already acquired some mutations that might make it more likely to cause a human pandemic, scientists say.


Saudi MERS death toll rises to 63

2014-03-15 14:18

Saudi health authorities say a young man had died from the MERS coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the respiratory disease in the worst-hit country to 63.

Three H7N9 cases in same China family

2014-01-29 09:33

Three members of the same Chinese family have contracted H7N9 bird flu in the province worst-affected by the current spike in cases, the official Xinhua news agency reports.

Hong Kong reports first bird flu death

2013-12-26 20:25

A Hong Kong man infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu has died, the first such death in the city since the virus emerged there this month.

Bird flu mutation resistant to medication

2013-12-11 11:47

A mutation in a new strain of bird flu infecting people in China can render it resistant to a key first-line treatment drug without limiting its ability to spread in mammals.

Bird flu kills 11th person in Cambodia this year

2013-09-20 15:08

A 2-year-old girl has become the 11th person to die of bird flu in Cambodia this year, the country's health ministry says.

Cambodian boy dies from bird flu: WHO

2013-08-19 10:02

A nine-year-old boy has died from bird flu in Cambodia, the 10th victim this year, the World Health Organisation says, warning that the kingdom's outbreak of the virus could continue.

New case of deadly H7N9 in China

2013-08-09 17:04

A new case of the deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu has been confirmed in the Chinese province of Guangdong.

Bird flu able to spread among humans

2013-08-07 15:12

Chinese scientists have found strong evidence that a new bird flu strain is able to spread from person to person, but the virus does not transmit easily.

Deadly H7N9 bird flu still a threat

2013-06-25 09:22

A new and deadly strain of bird flu that emerged in China, but seems to have petered out, could reappear. Scientists warn against complacency.

Three more coronavirus deaths in Saudi Arabia -WHO

2013-05-31 14:55

Three more people have died in Saudi Arabia from the new SARS-like coronavirus, bringing the worldwide death toll to 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

First coronavirus sufferer in France dies

2013-05-29 09:43

The first person to fall ill in France with the new Sars-like coronavirus, a 65-year-old man who had been travelling in Dubai, has died in hospital from the illness.

China reports three new bird flu deaths, toll hits 35

2013-05-14 10:09

Three more people have died in China from the new strain of H7N9 bird flu virus, raising the death toll to 35.

2 new diseases may spark global outbreaks

2013-05-14 08:18

One new disease related to Sars and one a possible new bird flu have the potential to spark global outbreaks, experts warn.

New bird flu 'lethal'

2013-04-24 15:18

International experts say the H7N9 bird flu virus is "one of the most lethal influenza viruses" seen so far and conclude the likely source of infection is poultry.

Experts stumped by bird flu infections

2013-04-18 18:26

Almost three weeks after China reported finding a new strain of bird flu in humans, experts are still stumped by how people are becoming infected.

Beijing reports first new bird flu case

2013-04-13 14:14

A 7-year-old girl has become the first confirmed case in Beijing of the latest strain of bird flu virus, which has killed 11 and sickened 32 in eastern China, officials say.

H7N9 vaccine may take months

2013-04-12 08:11

Developing a vaccine for the H7N9 strain of bird flu that has killed 10 people in eastern China could take "many months", US public health experts have said.

Residents in China ordered to cull birds

2013-04-11 07:58

Residents of a Chinese city have been ordered to cull all their poultry as authorities step up attempts to halt the spread of the deadly H7N9 bird flu, state media reports.

Ostrich farm bird flu no link to China

2013-04-09 19:47

An outbreak of bird flu has hit an ostrich farm, but authorities say it was unlikely to pose a threat to humans, though additional tests were being carried out.

China to vaccinate 90 000 pigeons

2013-04-09 14:53

An association of pigeon enthusiasts plans to vaccinate up to 90 000 of the birds in eastern China to help ward off the spread of the latest avian flu.

Bird flu 'devastates' poultry business

2013-04-09 09:28

China's deadly bird flu outbreak has dealt a "devastating" blow to the nation's poultry sector, an industry group says, with sales reportedly plunging amid concerns over food safety.

'No bird flu transmission between people'

2013-04-08 08:05

There has been no proof that the H7N9 bird flu virus is being transmitted between people in China, the World Health Organisation says.

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