ASIA: Asia continues to fight bird flu as death toll rises
Thailand has reported another human fatality from bird flu, bringing the total number of human deaths in the latest outbreaks of bird flu in Asia to 23.
Thailand also announced that chickens in four provinces has tested positive for bird flu, forcing the country to admit that it was not free of the virus as it announced last week. An agriculture ministry official said all poultry within a 1km-radius of each new outbreak is to be culled, reported Dow Jones News.
So far eight people have died from the disease in Thailand and 15 have died in Vietnam. More than 100 million birds have been culled across Asia in a bid to stop the spread of the disease.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned countries not to restock poultry flocks or resume poultry trade until they are completely clear from the virus.
China has said it has had no new reports of bird flu among poultry for 29 days, but warned further outbreaks could occur once migratory birds begin their journey north, reported Reuters.
Japan meanwhile has introduced new tougher penalties for farmers who fail to report evidence of bird flu among their flocks. The decision follows accusations that a farmer in western Japan covered up the deaths of thousands of infected chickens at his farm.
Russia's agriculture ministry said that the deadly bird flu virus had been found in a third Siberian province as officials began a mass cull to contain its spread and three ex-Soviet countries imposed...
Indonesia is to slaughter all chickens on farms hit by bird flu in an effort to halt the spread of the virus, the country's agriculture minister said today (Thursday), according to the Guardian newspa...
The key international organisations fighting bird flu have agreed a global strategy preventing the disease spreading worldwide and jumping species to humans....
The Philippines has discovered its first cases of bird flu with infected ducks being found in a town north of the capital, Manila, according to the BBC....
China denied it encouraged farmers to use a drug meant for humans to stop the spread of bird flu in poultry which could render the medicine useless, but said it would investigate, the AFP news agency ...
The first human case of bird flu was identified in Indonesia after a poultry worker tested positive this month, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said todau (Thursday), reports the Reuters ne...
China's ministry of agriculture today (Thursday) confirmed a bird flu outbreak in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, saying the situation was under control, the Xinhua news agency reported....
Chinese food processing firm People's Food has issued the Singapore stock exchange with a denial that there is any disease in its plants, after market talk triggered a sharp fall in its shares....
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