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A new strain of avian flu that jumped from birds to mammals is responsible for the death of more than 160 seals off the New England coast last year, scientists announced Tuesday.

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Bird flu tests seen as terror threatupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 10:11:00

The U.S. government wants medical journals to withhold bird flu test information over fear of bio-terror threats.

Report: Chinese man dies of bird fluupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 07:00:00

A 39-year-old man in southern China died Saturday from what appears to be a contagious strain of avian flu, state media reported Saturday.

Report: Chinese man likely infected with bird fluupdated: Fri Dec 30 2011 18:27:00

A 39-year-old man in a southern Chinese hospital is suffering from what appears to be a contagious strain of avian flu, state media reported Friday.

U.N. warns on mutant strain of bird flu virusupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 05:43:00

The United Nations warned Monday of a possible resurgence of the deadly avian flu virus, saying there are indications a mutant strain may be spreading in Asia.

2009: Bird flu deaths in Chinaupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 05:43:00

In 2009, CNN's John Vause reported on concerns in mainland China over bird flu.

Avian flu suspected at Missouri facilityupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 07:24:00

A poultry facility in southwest Missouri was quarantined after the discovery of a suspected case of bird flu, officials said.

Hong Kong diagnoses first human bird flu case in 7 yearsupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 06:13:00

The first human case of bird flu in seven years has been diagnosed in Hong Kong, health officials said Thursday, urging the public to take precautions.

Report: Next flu could strain health care systemupdated: Thu Jun 04 2009 20:31:00

A report released Thursday commended the government for developing plans and stockpiling antivirals after the avian flu scare but warned that gaps still exist and that the health system may not be prepared in a more severe outbreak.

Treatment for bird flu succeeds in miceupdated: Sun Feb 22 2009 13:07:00

Antibodies taken from humans could provide protection from lethal strains of influenza, including the bird flu and the 1918 Spanish flu strain, according to research published this week.

China kills 13,000 birds to control 'epidemic'updated: Wed Feb 11 2009 02:18:00

China has killed 13,000 birds in the country's far northwest to control what it called an epidemic of bird flu, state media reported Tuesday.

Key discovery made in fight against bird fluupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 12:50:00

Two teams of scientists say they have found a key area of the H5N1 bird flu virus which seems to be vital to its ability to copy itself, and hope the discovery could lead to new drugs to fight the infection.

India culls thousands of birds after flu outbreakupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 08:26:00

India has culled more than 4,000 birds in Sikkim since the outbreak of avian influenza in the remote northeastern state last week, federal authorities said Thursday.

China confirms sixth bird flu case this monthupdated: Sun Jan 25 2009 06:51:00

A 29-year-old man in southwest China is in critical condition after testing positive for bird flu, making him the country's sixth confirmed case of the virus this month, state media said Sunday.

China records its fourth bird flu death this yearupdated: Sat Jan 24 2009 05:16:00

A woman from China's far northwest has died from bird flu, health authorities said Saturday, making her the country's fourth fatality from the deadly avian influenza so far this year.

China confirms third bird flu death this yearupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 10:52:00

China has recorded its third bird flu death this year after a 16-year-old boy died in central China on Tuesday morning.

China confirms second bird flu death this yearupdated: Sun Jan 18 2009 23:08:00

A 27-year-old woman from eastern China has died of bird flu, Chinese authorities said, making her the second person to die this year from the deadly virus.

Woman dies of bird flu in Chinaupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 00:29:00

A 19-year-old woman who handled ducks in northern China has died in Beijing from bird flu, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Time.com: US Health Official: Flu Threat Highupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 16:00:00

A top U.S. health official says the threat of a flu pandemic remains high. And while the world has made great strides to prepare, it's not enough

Time.com: Experts: New Bird Flu Shot Promisingupdated: Wed Jun 11 2008 19:00:00

The first experimental bird flu vaccine made from lab-grown cells instead of chicken eggs shows promise in blocking the highly lethal virus, scientists report

Time.com: Officials Kill All Seoul Poultryupdated: Mon May 12 2008 11:00:00

South Korean officials said Monday they have killed all poultry in Seoul, the capital, to curb the spread of bird flu following a new outbreak of the disease in the city

Time.com: The Hong Kong Flu Scare of '08updated: Fri Mar 14 2008 16:00:00

The common flu has hit Hong Kong hard this year, leading to a massive school shutdown, overcrowding in hospitals -- and memories of SARS

Time.com: Drug-Resistant Flu Virus on the Riseupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 17:00:00

New research finds Tamiflu-resistant strains of the most common flu virus popping up all over the world

First human bird flu cases in Pakistanupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 16:41:00

Eight cases of bird flu among people have been confirmed in Pakistan, the first such cases in the country, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

What will flu season bring?updated: Wed Nov 28 2007 09:08:00

CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding talks to CNN's Kiran Chetry on what to expect this flu season.

FDA looks at Tamiflu concernsupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 14:55:00

The FDA is looking into reports of abnormal behavior in kids who took Tamiflu. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

CNNMoney: Kids' drugs under FDA spotlightupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 14:55:00

FDA panelists this week will scrutinize the safety of certain drugs approved for children - including anti-viral and anti-asthma drugs from Glaxo, Roche and Novartis - in meetings that could have wider implications for the industry.

Time.com: UK Bird Flu Outbreak Is Deadly Strainupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 13:00:00

The virulent H5N1 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed as the source of a bird flu outbreak on an English farm

New case of deadly bird flu in UKupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 12:44:00

An outbreak of bird flu detected on a poultry farm in eastern England is the highly virulent H5N1 strain of the virus, British officials said Tuesday.

New case of bird flu found in UKupdated: Mon Nov 12 2007 14:15:00

An outbreak of bird flu has been detected on a poultry farm in eastern England, British officials said Monday.

Handheld labs, DNA chips could speed flu response one dayupdated: Thu Nov 01 2007 12:40:00

Researchers are working on new, faster ways to diagnosis bird flu and other dangerous influenza strains before they can erupt into a full-fledged pandemic.

Time.com: Bird Flu Lands on Baliupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 17:00:00

Two people on the Indonesian tourist mecca have died of bird flu in a month, sparking new fears that it could spread

U.N.: Diseases spreading faster than everupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 07:07:00

Infectious diseases are emerging more quickly around the globe, spreading faster and becoming increasingly difficult to treat, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Mystery ailment kills hundreds of Saudi camelsupdated: Sat Aug 18 2007 06:52:00

Hundreds of camels have died in Saudi Arabia this week from a mystery ailment.

Time.com: Mild Strain of Human Bird Flu in Britainupdated: Tue May 29 2007 17:40:00

Four people have tested positive for a mild strain of bird flu, British authorities said Friday

CNNMoney: Gilead earnings, revenue beat expectationsupdated: Wed Apr 18 2007 15:38:00

Biotech developer Gilead Sciences Inc. reported first-quarter earnings and revenue Wednesday that beat analysts' expectations.

Interview with Dr. Margaret Chanupdated: Fri Apr 13 2007 04:08:00

CNN's TALK ASIA is granted special access to Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), at her first public appearance in Singapore. She joins CNN's Anjali Rao for an in-depth discussion on avian flu, HIV AIDS and other global public-health emergencies.

Study: Flu outbreak in U.S. could spark recessionupdated: Thu Mar 22 2007 08:56:00

A severe flu pandemic "would almost certainly lead to a major economic recession," according to a new report from a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.

CNNMoney: BioCryst in Japanese bird flu dealupdated: Tue Mar 06 2007 10:09:00

BioCryst signed a licensing agreement with the Japanese biotech Shionogi for the development of peramivir, one of the most advanced experimental treatments for bird flu.

CNNMoney: FDA advisers OK Sanofi bird flu vaccineupdated: Tue Feb 27 2007 12:06:00

A panel of FDA advisers voted to recommend approval of an experimental bird flu vaccine from the French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis determining that it was safe and effective for the U.S. population, the company and the FDA said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: FDA experts to vote on first bird flu vaccineupdated: Thu Feb 22 2007 15:10:00

Worried about bird flu? If Sanofi has its way, America could soon be getting its first FDA-approved vaccine.

CNNMoney: Kleiner Perkins' risky bet on bird fluupdated: Wed Feb 14 2007 10:07:00

This time last year, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers gambled big. Amid all the headlines and hand-wringing over fears of a looming flu outbreak that could kill millions of people, the prominent venture capital firm formed a $200 million fund to invest in new pandemic drugs and vaccines.

CNNMoney: Iomai CEO: Patch could boost bird flu vaccineupdated: Mon Feb 12 2007 13:13:00

Iomai Corp. is developing a skin patch meant to give a broad boost to what is expected to be a national stockpile of bird flu vaccines, the biotech company's CEO said Monday.

Second UK vet tested for bird flu updated: Wed Feb 07 2007 13:10:00

Britain's Health Protection Agency Wednesday is testing a second veterinarian service worker who responded to a recent avian flu outbreak on a English poultry farm for the deadly strain of the bird flu virus.

Bird-flu worker in the clearupdated: Tue Feb 06 2007 20:52:00

A British veterinary employee hospitalized for a "mild respiratory illness" after working on a weekend outbreak of avian flu does not have the deadly strain of the virus, authorities said Wednesday.

U.N. sees Europe-wide bird flu threatupdated: Sun Feb 04 2007 10:28:00

An outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus strain detected on a British turkey farm is likely a precursor to other outbreaks in Europe, a U.N. bird flu expert said Sunday.

Britain probes bird flu outbreakupdated: Sat Feb 03 2007 04:32:00

Britain was Saturday investigating a outbreak of bird flu at a poultry that has killed more than 2,000 turkeys.

CNNMoney: Feds award bird flu vaccine contracts to Novartis, Glaxoupdated: Wed Jan 17 2007 12:28:00

The U.S. government awarded Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline contracts worth more than $100 million to develop vaccines to protect against the possibility of a bird flu pandemic, the drug companies said.

Bird flu kills Indonesian womanupdated: Fri Jan 12 2007 01:10:00

A 37-year-old woman has died of avian influenza at Jakarta Hospital, Indonesia's Bird Flu Information Center said Friday.

Bird flu virus 'still smoldering,' U.S. expert saysupdated: Wed Dec 06 2006 11:13:00

A year ago, headlines were screaming about a looming disaster: the rapid spread of bird flu across two-thirds of the globe. The H5N1 strain of the virus was killing more than half its human victims. Experts were urging the government to stockpile medicine and experimental vaccines.

Indonesia: Bird flu kills 2-year-oldupdated: Mon Nov 13 2006 02:03:00

A 2-year-old Indonesian boy became the country's latest fatality from bird flu, dying Monday morning, an official with the Bird Flu Information Center said.

CNNMoney: Drugs and fear: A new bird flu flurryupdated: Thu Nov 02 2006 12:17:00

Scientists have discovered a new strain of bird flu that has infected humans in China, which could arouse fresh fears of a possible pandemic and spur further interest in experimental drugs and vaccines.

Indonesian bird flu toll hits 54updated: Mon Oct 16 2006 01:22:00

The latest bird flu victim in Indonesia, a 67-year-old woman, died Sunday in Bandung, West Java, the Indonesian Bird Flu Information Center reported Monday.

Indonesia now worst for bird fluupdated: Wed Aug 09 2006 21:43:00

Two more people in Indonesia have died from avian influenza, the World Health Organization confirmed Thursday.

Ferrets help understand bird fluupdated: Mon Jul 31 2006 19:19:00

Initial results from tests using ferrets suggest the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has to undergo complex genetic changes before it could develop into a pandemic flu virus.

Bird flu-human flu virus mix doesn't transmit easily in animal testupdated: Mon Jul 31 2006 18:57:00

Tests using ferrets suggest that the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has to undergo complex genetic changes before it could develop into a pandemic flu virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

First success reported with small-dose bird flu vaccineupdated: Fri Jul 28 2006 10:57:00

A British company announced this week that it has developed the first effective small-dose bird flu vaccine.

Glaxo claims bird flu breakthroughupdated: Fri Jul 28 2006 01:35:00

A British company has announced that it has developed the first effective small-dose bird flu vaccine.

Bird flu 'high risk' in South Asiaupdated: Wed Jun 07 2006 01:26:00

South Asia is a high-risk region for bird flu and a consequent economic recession because of the large role that poultry plays in the lives of many people there, the World Bank has warned.

6 more bird flu cases in Indonesiaupdated: Mon May 29 2006 17:54:00

Six more human cases of the H5N1 strain of avian flu have occurred in Indonesia, the World Health Organization has said, citing Indonesia's Ministry of Health.

CNNMoney: Biotech stocks surge on bird flu scareupdated: Wed May 24 2006 11:21:00

Stock prices for biotechs developing bird flu drugs and vaccines surged, following news that six members of an Indonesian family died from the dreaded bird flu, sparking fears of human-to-human spreading despite official denials of a mutated strain.

CNNMoney: Stocks off to mixed startupdated: Wed May 24 2006 09:11:00

Stocks fell for the third straight session Wednesday after a leading indicator on manufacturing activity came in weaker than expected and bird flu worries rattled investors.

CNNMoney: Futures in a funkupdated: Wed May 24 2006 05:48:00

The recent woes for stocks could continue as investors await the latest readings on real estate strength and U.S. fuel supplies, and weigh the implications of an inverted yield curve, along with reports of weaker than expected demand for big ticket items and a new bird flu threat.

Bird flu scare: Human spread?updated: Wed May 24 2006 04:34:00

The World Health Organization says a cluster of bird flu cases in Indonesia may have been caused by human-to-human transmission.

FDA: Bird flu 'remedies' not so helpfulupdated: Tue May 23 2006 17:28:00

Type "avian flu" or "bird flu" into an Internet browser, and you will find Web sites selling "generic Tamiflu," herbal cures, and many other ways to fight the illness.

Indonesia probes possible bird fluupdated: Sat May 13 2006 00:53:00

Indonesian and World Health Organization officials on Saturday were investigating eight suspected bird flu cases, four of them fatal.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu May 11 2006 14:53:00

Once again the thorny issue of replacement estrogen grabbed attention in the major medical journals -- the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of studies that document the pluses and risks of this hormone.

CNNMoney: Drugmakers get $1 billion for bird flu vaccineupdated: Thu May 04 2006 10:40:00

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $1 billion to drugmakers, including nearly $700 million to GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis and MedImmune, to help them develop a faster method of producing an influenza vaccine to better protect the nation against the possibility of a pandemic.

U.S.: Flu pandemic could be worse than terrorist attackupdated: Wed May 03 2006 06:15:00

A disease pandemic could have more impact than a terrorist attack or a hurricane and might be comparable in scope to a war, a new White House report says.

UK tests more birds for deadly fluupdated: Fri Apr 07 2006 04:26:00

Tests were being carried out on 14 birds after Britain's first case of the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza was confirmed in a dead swan found in Scotland.

Deadly bird flu confirmed in UKupdated: Thu Apr 06 2006 10:15:00

British authorities have begun deploying emergency measures to control the spread of bird flu after the country's first case of the deadly H5N1 virus was confirmed in a dead swan found in a Scottish village.

Indonesia bird flu death confirmedupdated: Tue Apr 04 2006 11:52:00

A young girl in Indonesia died of highly pathogenic bird flu last month, bringing the country's total number of confirmed H5N1 human cases to 30, the World Health Organization announced Tuesday.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Mar 30 2006 23:22:00

Focused on bird flu

Second flu drug approvedupdated: Wed Mar 29 2006 22:18:00

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a second antiviral drug in the battle to prevent a possible flu pandemic.

Study: Bird-flu vaccine safe, but only partly effectiveupdated: Wed Mar 29 2006 18:19:00

An experimental bird-flu vaccine for humans has been deemed safe, but it provides only partial protection from the H5N1 strain of the virus, according to a study published this week.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Mar 23 2006 16:01:00

The "lower is better" cholesterol story has been around for decades, but this week researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that a lifetime of low cholesterol looks like a superior way to avoid heart disease.

U.S. expands bird flu screeningupdated: Mon Mar 20 2006 23:12:00

Detection of the highly pathogenic avian flu virus H5N1 inside the United States could come as early as this year, as government officials unveiled plans to increase monitoring and expand screening of migratory birds that could bring it.

Egypt death is bird flu, test saysupdated: Sat Mar 18 2006 07:37:00

Initial testing indicated that an Egyptian woman who died Thursday near Cairo was a victim of bird flu, a World Health Organization spokesman said.

CNNMoney: Sanofi to help make Tamifluupdated: Thu Mar 16 2006 09:00:00

Sanofi-Aventis, the French pharmaceutical giant, said on Thursday it has signed an agreement with Swiss drug maker Roche to produce the key component for Tamiflu, the leading treatment for bird flu.

Chertoff: Bird flu possible in U.S. within monthsupdated: Thu Mar 09 2006 15:33:00

Migratory birds could carry the avian flu virus to U.S. shores in the next few months, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warned Thursday.

U.S. developing new bird flu vaccineupdated: Mon Mar 06 2006 15:32:00

A second vaccine against the deadly H5N1 virus is under development, Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said Monday.

France reports 11 new H5N1 casesupdated: Thu Mar 02 2006 11:34:00

France reported 11 new cases of H5N1 bird flu in wild birds on Thursday in an area already hit by the lethal virus.

Dead German cat had bird fluupdated: Tue Feb 28 2006 16:55:00

A cat in Germany has been infected with bird flu, health authorities said Tuesday.

India awaits bird flu test resultsupdated: Thu Feb 23 2006 00:11:00

India on Thursday braced for the results of lab tests on whether bird flu had infected humans as traffic restrictions were imposed in a western town.

Bird flu tests for Indonesia deathupdated: Wed Feb 22 2006 13:27:00

Indonesia says a woman has died of bird flu, raising the number of human bird flu deaths in that country to nine this year alone.

EU approves poultry vaccine planupdated: Wed Feb 22 2006 13:06:00

A European Union panel Wednesday approved a plan to vaccinate poultry in France and the Netherlands against bird flu, in an effort to stop the spread of the disease in Europe.

India expands chicken slaughterupdated: Tue Feb 21 2006 13:46:00

Mass culling of chickens continued Tuesday in India, with officials widening to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) the radius of the zone in which all poultry is being killed to stop the spread of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

Tower of London cages its ravensupdated: Tue Feb 21 2006 08:50:00

The Tower of London, home to Britain's Crown Jewels, has decided to keep its ravens indoors to protect them from the threat of bird flu.

More bird flu detected in Germanyupdated: Tue Feb 21 2006 03:51:00

A lab has confirmed the detection of more bird flu in Germany with the discovery of 22 new cases on the island of Ruegen, according to The Associated Press.

India bird flu cull continuesupdated: Mon Feb 20 2006 10:18:00

The mass culling of poultry continued Monday in India's western state of Maharashtra, two days after three cases of bird flu were found among chickens there.

EU and India fight bird flu spreadupdated: Mon Feb 20 2006 03:21:00

Europe is stepping up efforts to fight bird flu as Indian officials and farm workers cull hundreds of thousands of chickens in a bid to stave off the spread of the deadly H5N1 virus.

India begins bird flu cullupdated: Sun Feb 19 2006 00:19:00

Indian health officials and farm workers have begun culling hundreds of thousands of chickens in a bid to stave off the spread of the H5N1 bird flu virus.

Lethal bird flu strain spreadsupdated: Sat Feb 18 2006 21:21:00

France says a dead duck has the lethal strain of H5N1 bird flu that is spreading around the world, as India says it is testing eight people for the illness and culling poultry.

Iraqi ministry launches death squad probeupdated: Fri Feb 17 2006 08:24:00

Iraq's Interior Ministry is launching an investigation into reports of a death squad operating within the ministry, an official said Friday.

CNNMoney: Venture capital to battle diseaseupdated: Thu Feb 16 2006 06:59:00

A venture capital firm known for being an early investor in such companies as Amazon.com, Google and Genetech is creating a $200 million pandemic and bio defense fund to invest in new firms in that field.

Europe scrambles to stop bird fluupdated: Wed Feb 15 2006 01:17:00

European Union veterinary experts have backed plans to boost surveillance of migratory birds and impose stricter bans on imports as officials desperately tried to find ways to curb the spread of deadly bird flu on the continent.

Bird flu 'could take 142m lives' updated: Wed Feb 15 2006 00:03:00

As many as 142 million people around the world could die if bird flu turns into a "worst case" influenza pandemic, according to a sobering new study of its possible consequences.

Bird flu reports spread in Europeupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 20:32:00

Three new countries on Tuesday reported they had detected the deadly strain of bird flu as public health officials battled the H5N1 strain of avian influenza on various fronts across the globe.

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