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News & features archive, 2004

11 November 2004 -- Domestic ducks may be acting as a silent reservoir for the H5N1 Avian Influenza virus, FAO/OIE/WHO warned today.
27 September 2004 - The avian influenza epidemic in Asia is a "crisis of global importance" and will continue to demand the attention of the international community for some time to come, FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health said today.
30 July, Bangkok -- A veterinary network for Southeast Asia has been launched today to bolster the campaign against avian influenza, FAO announced.
16 July 2004 -- FAO has urged countries in Asia not to cull wild birds in response to recent outbreaks of avian influenza.
9 July 2004 --áNew outbreaks of the avian influenza virus H5N1 in China, Thailand and Viet Nam confirm that the virus is still endemic in the region, FAO said today.
19 March 2004 -- Countries that declare victory over bird flu should base such statements on in-depth investigations, FAO and OIE urged today. The avian flu crisis is still not over, the two organizations warned.
11 March 2004 -- Countries affected by bird flu should not restock their flocks too quickly to avoid the disease flaring up again.
25 February 2004 -- Outbreaks of bird flu are still occuring in some Asian countries. An international emergency meeting in Bangkok will discuss about control strategies.
18 February 2004 -- Killing wild birds will not help to prevent future bird flu outbreaks, FAO said today.
13 February 2003 -- The spread of bird flu in Asia is still not under control.
6 February 2004 - There is currently no evidence that swine were involved in transmission of the H5N1 influenza virus and the spread of the avian influenza epidemic, FAO said today.
5 February 2004 - A targeted vaccination campaign for poultry at risk of being infected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus may be required in heavily affected countries to control the further spread of the epidemic, according to experts gathered for emergency talks at FAO.
4 February 2004 -- Despite massive efforts to stamp out the virulent avian influenza virus, the disease continues to spread in poultry producing areas in some Asian countries.
3 February 2004 - Cambodia, Laos, Pakistan and Viet Nam will receive $1.6 million in emergency assistance from FAO in support of their battle against the virulent avian flu virus.
2 February 2004 -- Bird flu remains a serious public and animal health threat and continues to spread, FAO said in a statement issued today. The eruption of new infection cases in Thailand, China and Viet Nam shows that the disease is far from being under control.
30 January 2004 - The success of eradication of bird flu in affected countries in Asia heavily depends on mass cullings, FAO said today.
28 January 2004 - The spread of avian influenza from Pakistan to China may have been facilitated by the dramatic scaling up of pig and poultry production and a massive geographic concentration of livestock in China, Thailand and Viet Nam.
27 January 2004 -- The spread of avian influenza in Asia is a threat to human health and a disaster for agricultural production, the FAO/WHO/OIE said in a joint statement today.
15 January 2004 -- With outbreaks in three countries, Avian flu seems to have a regional dimension, FAO said. Possible links between outbreaks must be clarified.