China's Health Ministry said Wednesday there was no evidence of a large-scale outbreak of bird flu even though the country has reported four cases this month, three of which were fatal.
A 16-year-old boy infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus has died in central China, the official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday, the country's third fatality from the disease this month.
Taiwan's Center for Disease Control (CDC) advised travelers heading for China yesterday to take precautions after reports of an outbreak of avian influenza in humans in China's Shandong and Shanxi provinces over the past two days.
A woman in eastern China has died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the Health Ministry said, the second death from the virus this year as the country's biggest festive season approaches and contact with poultry increases.
Nepal's government has detected bird flu in chickens near the border with India and ordered thousands of poultry slaughtered, an official said Friday, marking the first known instance of the virus in this Himalayan nation.
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.