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France tests dead birds for Bird Flu

France tests dead birds, does not suspect bird flu

Officials are carrying out tests to see what caused the deaths of some 4,000 chickens on a farm in northeastern France, but initial indications did not point to bird flu, the agriculture ministry said on Monday. The ministry said in a statement that the birds died suddenly on Saturday while another 3,500 chickens at the same site appeared completely health. “The clinical aspects (of the case) as well as the results of the autopsies do not especially indicate a diagnostic of bird flu,” the statement said, adding that full results were not expected until Tuesday. The owner of the farm told LCI television that it was “99 percent certain it is not bird flu”.

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    U.S. Warns Africa On Bird Flu

    U.S. Warns Africa On Bird Flu

    The United States government yesterday warned that the avian flu, popularly known as the bird flu or H5N1, may mutate into a deadly pandemic worldwide and could end up claiming millions of lives globally, especially in developing countries. The US leader of Delegation on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, Ambassador John Lange, stated this at a press briefing at the US Embassy, Abuja, yesterday.

    Lange stated that the avian flu requires constant surveillance, which the US is trying to establish through broad-based cooperation to prevent an outbreak of the pandemic in case the avian virus mutates. According to him, there is need for cooperative action to be taken down to the grassroots where many rural dwellers are exposed to the virus without knowledge of its deadly impact when they come in contact with chickens.

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    Bird flu has deadly friends: health experts

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    Bird flu may be the tip of the iceberg experts say. Experts meeting in Mali say the deadly H5N1 virus (bird flu) is just one of a plethora of diseases threatening animals and people around the world as global warming, intensive farming, increased travel and trade help dangerous microbes breed and spread. “Avian flu is just one of many diseases that are impacting the continent (of Africa).

    The experts are telling us that other diseases are going to emerge or re-emerge,” said Francois Le Gall, the World Bank’s lead livestock specialist for Africa. “Almost every year there is a new disease appearing, and 75 percent of these emerging or re-emerging diseases are coming from animals; 80 percent of those have zoonotic potential,” he said in an interview.

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    Moldy grain, not bird flu, caused Idaho duck deaths

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    Moldy grain, not bird flu, caused a large mallard duck die-off in Idaho, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said Friday.

    A big sigh if relief for people in Idaho and Utah as well as others in North America.

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    Indonesian woman dies of bird flu

    A 35-year-old Indonesian woman has died of bird flu, taking the country’s human death toll from the virus to 57, a health ministry official said on Tuesday. The woman from West Java had been undergoing treatment in a Jakarta hospital since early in the month. “The woman had Are you properly prepared for the bird flu?contact with chicken eggs and there had been reports about dead poultry,” the official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. The vast majority of human bird flu cases involving the H5N1 virus have been linked to direct or indirect contact with infected fowl. Indonesia’s death toll of 57 from the disease is the highest in the world. The total number of confirmed human cases in the country is 74.   

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    Get Informed and Prepare for the Bird Flu

    Are you properly prepared for the bird flu?

    A pandemic flu outbreak isn’t getting much media attention anymore, but it remains a serious threat that could quarantine thousands for weeks, if not months. It’s smart to be prepared, and Sedgwick County is trying to do its part. Its Web site has a “tool kit” for potential business disruption, updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, and information for consumers.

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    Of 74 confirmed cases of bird flu in Indonesia this year, 56 have been fatal.
    As of November 29:

    111 cases have been reported worldwide this year, 76 of which were fatal. That compares with 97 cases in 2005, of which 42 were fatal.

    The World Health Organization has confirmed a total of 258 human cases, 154 of which were fatal. That’s a mortality rate of 59 percent.

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