Tuesday 21 October 2014

UN warns of possible bird flu resurgence

The United Nations has warned of a possible major resurgence of bird flu and said a mutant strain of the H5N1 virus was spreading in Asia and elsewhere. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday urged increased surveil


China expert warns of pandemic flu mutation

China must be alert to any mutation or changes in the behaviour of the H1N1 swine flu virus because the far deadlier H5N1 bird flu virus is endemic in the country, a leading Chinese disease expert said. Zhong Nanshan, director of the Guang


Scientists develop basis for bird flu vaccine

Scientists using virus samples from Egypt have developed the basis of a vaccine against H5N1 bird flu, which is more toxic than the H1N1 swine flu strain but spreads less easily, the World Health Organisation has said. "This recombinant va


Two Egyptian children hit by bird flu

Two four-year-old Egyptian children have contracted the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus, raising to 76 the number of cases reported in Egypt, the state news agency Mena has reported. Egypt has been hit harder by bird flu than any oth

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