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News & features archive, 2007


15/12/2007

December 2007 - HPAI outbreaks in poultry and other avian species were particularly high between January and April 2007, with a peak in March, and outbreaks were concentrated mainly in Asia and Africa. From May onwards, the number of cases gradually declined until the end of September, then started rising again during November and December 2007, when there were 12 countries with outbreaks reported (Bangladesh, Benin, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria, Myanmar, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and Viet Nam).
22/10/2007

22 October 2007 - FAO's activities in Cambodia to control and prevent the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have just been boosted thanks to a US$ 1.9 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The money is part of a new US$ 38 million package for the Rome-based agency's HPAI programme worldwide.
17/10/2007
Country and communication activities to benefit

17 October 2007, Rome/Italy- The United States will support FAO's avian influenza control and prevention programme with an additional US$38 million, FAO announced today. The United States is one of the biggest donors to the agency's programme.
03/09/2007

03 September 2007, Bangkok/Thailand - Samples from 350,000 healthy wild birds in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas have tested negative for bird flu, offering further proof that spread of the virus is mostly contained in domesticated poultry, the United Nations said.
26/07/2007
Villagers are key allies in virus detection and control

26 July 2007, Rome - Involving villagers in the fight against bird flu is important in Indonesia as the disease continues to ravage the archipelago killing millions of poultry and sporadically also humans.
27/06/2007
Situation remains serious in Egypt, Indonesia and Nigeria

27 June 2007, Rome -The response to the deadly H5N1 virus in poultry has significantly improved over the past three years, but the virus remains entrenched in several countries and will continue to spread, FAO's Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech said today
26/06/2007

26 June 2007, Rome - FAO Headquarters - An international meeting in Rome (27-29 June) will give an update on the current situation, trends and new developments of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in poultry and of H5N1 infections in humans
07/06/2007

07 June 2007, Hanoi/Viet Nam - Current HPAI outbreaks in Viet Nam may be due to recent increased numbers of grazing ducks directly associated with the rice harvest - many of which did not receive H5 vaccine, says FAO.
06/06/2007

06 June 2007, Accra/Ghana - The top veterinary officials of four West African countries are to join forces to battle the possible spread of avian influenza in the region.
21/05/2007
Situation remains serious - FAO will increase assistance

21 May 2007, Rome/Dhaka - The bird flu situation in Bangladesh remains serious and the country will have to engage in a long-term strategic campaign against Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in order to get the spreading H5N1 virus under control, FAO said today.
02/04/2007
Avian influenza still threatens people's lives and economies

02 April 2007, Rome - Despite substantial progress in global efforts to bring the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus under control, the disease continues to spread to new countries and to new areas in some countries where containment has not been successful, FAO said today.
22/03/2007
International conference in Verona reviews vaccination methods

22 March 2007, Verona - Vaccinating poultry, combined with several other control instruments, is an important tool in the worldwide battle against the H5N1 virus, according to an international scientific conference that ended in Verona today.
19/03/2007
Faster test results would speed disease containment efforts

19 March 2007, Roma/Vienna - Animal health experts from 15 nations are meeting in Vienna today to discuss new mobile rapid-detection technology that experts say could revolutionize the fight against bird flu and many other livestock diseases.
20/02/2007
Improved hygiene and controls in markets could reduce the H5N1 risk to humans

20 February 2007, Rome - FAO has urged Nigeria to increase control measures on poultry farms and markets to prevent the spread of avian influenza and reduce the risk of further human cases.
08/02/2007
So far no sustained virus transmission in cats or from cats to humans

8 February 2007, Rome - Cats can become infected with the highly lethal H5N1 avian influenza virus, but at present there is no scientific evidence to suggest that there has been sustained transmission of the virus in cats or from cats to humans, FAO said in a statement today.
07/02/2007
Other countries still struggling to control virus need more support

7 February 2007, Rome - FAO today expressed confidence in the capacity of authorities in the United Kingdom to adequately respond to the recent outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a commercial turkey farm there.
23/01/2007

23 January 2007, Bangkok/Rome - FAO today expressed concern about new flare-ups of avian influenza in China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria, South Korea, Thailand and Viet Nam but stressed that the number of outbreaks in the first weeks of 2007 has been significantly lower than the epidemic waves of last year. The UN agency urged countries to remain vigilant and fully cooperate with international organizations. The virus continues to kill people and damage farmers' livelihoods.