Focus on Bird Flu

Focus on Bird Flu


How far "bird flu" virus has traveled down the evolutionary path to becoming a pandemic virus is unknown. Nor is it certain that the much-feared strain will ever acquire all the genetic features necessary for rapid, worldwide spread. Nevertheless, the similarities between the Spanish flu virus of 1918 and the H5N1 strain slowly spreading through Asia provide unusually concrete evidence of how dangerous the newer virus is.
-- Changes Cited in Bird Flu Virus, The Washington Post, October 6, 2005


After a lethal bird flu virus emerged in Asia, U.S. officials launched an intense effort to build new defenses against a pandemic, including replacing an antiquated vaccine system, which depends on millions of chicken eggs.
 
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Novavax Moves Closer to Licensing Bird Flu Vaccine (Post, August 27, 2008)
 
Hong Kong Acts to Curb Avian Virus (Post, June 12, 2008)
 
China Rushes to Halt Bird Flu Among Ducks (Post, September 19, 2007)
 
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Bird Flu Claims Lives, Ways of Life in Asia: Hong Kong Discourages Buddhist Ritual (Post, January 14, 2007)
 
Fairfax Issues Pandemic Flu Response Plan: Nearly 700 Deaths Possible in Outbreak (Post, September 16, 2006)
 
Bird Flu Vaccine Shows Promise (Post, July 27, 2006)
 
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WHO Reports Mutation in Human-to-Human Bird Flu: Investigator Says Virus Did Not Spread Beyond Indonesian Family (Post, June 24, 2006)
 
Bird Flu Fears Ignite Debate on Scientists' Sharing of Data (Post, May 25, 2006)
 
Bird Flu in Indonesian Family May Raise Global Alert Level (Post, May 25, 2006)
 
NBC's 'Apocalypse 10.5': Let's Get Ready to Crumble! (By Tom Shales, May 21, 2006)
 
WHO Probes Bird Flu Cluster: Signs of Human Transmission Sought in Indonesian Deaths (Post, May 19, 2006)
 
TV Preview: ABC Spreads The Germ of A Disturbing 'Bird Flu' (By Tom Shales, May 9, 2006)
 
Indonesians Love Chicken, Bird Flu Scare or Not: As Others Panic, Citizens Accept Life With Virus and Do Not Alter Their Diet (Post, April 30, 2006)
 
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A Pandemic of Fear (By Marc Siegel, March 26, 2006)
 
Researchers Shed More Light on Bird Flu (Post, March 23, 2006)
 
U.S. to Increase Testing Of Wild Birds for Avian Flu (Post, March 21, 2006)
 
Israel Announces First Cases of Deadly Bird Flu Strain, in Turkeys (Post, March 18, 2006)
 
Spooked by Bird Flu, Egyptians Hoard Water: Residents of Cairo Fear Chickens Dumped in the Nile Could Infect Their Drinking Supply (Post, February 26, 2006)
 
India Kills Chickens to Contain Flu (Post, February 20, 2006)
 
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