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January 10, 2006 | Karen Kaplan, Times Staff Writer
Beneath a dim morning sky, Jonathan Runstadler trudged across the ice with a long fiberglass tube, some gardening tools and a smattering of plastic lab bottles. Months earlier, summer breezes had carried wild birds from Asia to this little pond. Now, with the temperature hovering at 9 degrees, Runstadler bored through the frozen surface in search of the seeds of a pandemic.
April 20, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - On a subway car in Shanghai, commotion breaks out when someone spots a live chicken poking its head out of a bag tucked under one of the seats. On a highway in Zhejiang province, a motorist is so panicked by bird droppings landing on her windshield that she stops the car and calls traffic police for help. Internet photos of dead sparrows on a Nanjing sidewalk are ordered removed by police, fearing they might go viral. The fowl phobia gripping China is the result of a new strain of avian flu that has led to 18 deaths and 95 diagnosed illnesses over the last month.
January 4, 2009 | Mary Engel
Just when you thought you could scratch bird flu off your list of things to worry about in 2009, the deadly H5N1 virus has resurfaced in poultry in Hong Kong for the first time in six years, reinforcing warnings that the threat of a human pandemic isn't over. India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and mainland China also experienced new outbreaks in December. During the same period, four new human cases -- in Egypt, Cambodia and Indonesia -- were reported to the World Health Organization.
April 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Canadian officials ordered the slaughter of about 19 million chickens and turkeys in British Columbia to try to stop the spread of bird flu. The cull would affect about 80% of the province's poultry producers. Two workers have caught mild forms of the H7 avian flu but have recovered.
May 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
About 24,000 chickens were destroyed after avian flu was found on a farm in northeast Texas that supplies chickens to the poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride Corp., state officials said. Routine blood tests at the farm discovered the infection, but no symptoms were found in chickens.
October 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The British government said the strain of bird flu that killed a parrot in quarantine was the deadly H5N1. Scientists determined that the parrot, imported from South America, died of the strain of avian flu that has devastated poultry stocks and killed more than 60 people in Asia over the last two years. The virus is spread by migrating wild fowl and has recently been found in birds in Russia, Turkey and Romania.
November 3, 2005
Re "Bush's Flu Plan Stresses Vaccine," Nov. 2 I could drain the English language dry in describing the colossal foolishness of President Bush's plan to vaccinate 20 million Americans against the current strain of avian flu. Why so? Because the current strain of avian flu, due to its lack of human-to-human transmissibility, poses no significant threat. The virus must mutate to achieve the feared scenario of rapid human-to-human transmission while retaining its lethal potential. Vaccination against the current strain will most likely provide little to no protection whatsoever against the new, deadly, mutated strain.
August 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian veterinary officials said an outbreak of an avian flu strain that can infect humans had spread to another region in Siberia. The outbreak began in the Novosibirsk region in early July and has killed thousands of domestic fowl. Last week, the veterinary service identified the virus as the H5N1 strain, which can kill people, but no human cases have been reported in Russia. The same strain has been reported in a village in the adjacent Altai territory and in the Tyumen region farther west.
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