Influenza A virus subtype H5N1
Tamiflu, the anti-viral drug used to combat the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, which has already reached Africa and is predicted to reach South Africa in six months to a year, has officially been registered for use in the country.
BOMBAY, Feb. 18 -- India reported its first case of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu Saturday after chickens were found to have died from the virus. A man in Indonesia also died from the disease, that country's 19th death, officials said.
Avian Influenza (Update of INFOSAN Information Note No. 2/04 - Avian Influenza, 17 Dec. 2004) Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in poultry and in humans: Food safety implications
KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - The deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has spread to Africa for the first time where it has killed poultry in northern Nigeria, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday.
BRAZZAVILLE - with Africa stretched fighting AIDS and tuberculosis, a bird flu pandemic could ravage communities which live side by side with poultry but lack the means to detect the virus, experts said on Thursday.
Despite growing concerns for the next pandemic, the world currently remains in phase 3 of the pandemic alert period according to WHO criteria.
The bird flu crisis in China is severe and set to get worse as winter deepens, the government has said as it revealed there had been 21 outbreaks in the world's most populous country this year.
As concern mounts over the potential spread of avian flu to humans, researchers believe they've discovered one reason why the infection can prove so deadly.
GENEVA, Nov. 8 -- Data presented on Tuesday at an international conference on bird flu indicate that drug manufacturers could produce enough influenza vaccine starting sometime in 2008 to protect between a quarter and half the world's population over the course of a year, should a new and dangerous strain of flu virus emerge.
Government vets have been criticised for advising private bird importers to mix consignments of birds from different parts of the world in the same quarantine facility. Experts in European law said the regulations do not permit mixing of bird consignments from different countries because of the risks of spreading avian flu.