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News & features archive, 2009


November 11, 2009 – In late 2003, highly pathogenic avian influenza (A) subtype H5N1 (H5N1 HPAI) emerged in Southeast Asia causing poultry and economic losses on a large scale. Since 2004, the disease has spread to the rest of Asia, Europe and Africa.

September 08, 2009 – FAO, in collaboration with international researchers, continues to conduct research on the ecology and epidemiology of avian influenza in wild birds in Mongolia. These studies are expected to reveal interesting information on disease transmission capabilities.

February 24, 2009 – With three new human cases of avian influenza (H5N1) reported in the country in as many months and poultry outbreaks identified in a number of provinces, two UN agencies in Viet Nam today warned that renewed vigilance was needed to protect against the disease.
International Team Conducts Research

February 13, 2009 – The largest waterbird congregation site in the Indian subcontinent is the site of a new international study of migratory birds and their role in the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1.

January 30, 2009 – In an effort to better understand the role of migratory birds in the ecology and epidemiology of avian influenza, FAO and a number of major international partners are tracking the movement of wild ducks via satellite to reveal more information about the linkages between the migration of wild birds and their involvement, if any, in the spread of avian influenza viruses