Animal health officials in Vietnam detected the bird flu virus in chickens smuggled from neighboring China, highlighting the danger of outbreaks as the Lunar New Year approaches, an official said Tuesday.
China does not have evidence to suggest that the bird flu virus has mutated into a form which can be spread by humans, the Health Ministry said on Monday, after a woman died last week in Beijing.
The sister of Vietnam's first confirmed bird flu patient of the year died with similar symptoms last week and the director of the hospital where she was treated said she probably also had avian flu.
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Angola has increased border restrictions with the Democratic Republic of Congo where an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is believed to have infected 40 people and killed 13.
Veterinary workers culled poultry in India's famous tea-growing hills of Darjeeling on Wednesday after a fresh H5N1 bird flu outbreak, officials said.
Experts from three U.N. agencies have arrived in the Philippines to investigate an outbreak of the Ebola-Reston virus at two pig farms north of Manila, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
China's government has begun disinfecting poultry markets and inspecting farms in the capital and a nearby province after bird flu killed a woman in Beijing earlier this week, the country's first death from the illness in nearly a year.
Bird flu re-emerged as a threat in Asia on Tuesday when China reported the disease killed a woman in Beijing and neighboring Vietnam said a girl had contracted the virus.
Chinese authorities have informed Taiwan of a confirmed human case of H5N1 bird flu in Beijing, an official of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) under the Department of Health said yesterday.