avian flu


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avian flu

n.
A potentially fatal infection in birds caused by any of various subtypes of the influenza virus, especially the H5N1 virus, which is highly contagious among birds and can be transmitted to humans who have been in direct contact with infected birds. Also called bird flu.

flu

(floo) [ (in)flu(enza)]
1. Influenza.
2. An imprecise term for any respiratory or gastrointestinal illness, but esp. influenza.

avian flu

Avian influenza.

bird flu

Avian influenza.

swine flu

Swine influenza.
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As a result of the avian flu outbreak, the Agriculture Ministry has issued permits for the import of 20,000 tons of eggs at a tariff of 5 percent, down from the usual 55 percent.
Angelita Barcelona, NMIS Northern Mindanao regional director, said one meat inspector has been assigned to every NMIS-accredited poultry processing facility in Northern Mindanao to ensure slaughtered chickens do not have avian flu.
A research team has worked to develop cutting edge technological advances to be able to test the samples gathered from the pilot project for the presence of avian flu strains.
government leaders were giving enough attention to avian flu, up from 45 percent 2006.
The findings have now been used to produce a strategy to combat avian flu and has reduced the chance of a large outbreak in the UK to almost zero.
At least 15 nations have restricted or banned free-range and backyard production of birds in an attempt to deal with avian flu on the ground, a move that ultimately may do more harm than good.
Despite the hundreds of thousands of birds which have been infected with H5N1 avian flu, there have only been 271 human cases worldwide, of which 165 were fatal, since it was first identified in 2003.
Nevertheless, countless magazine covers, newspaper articles and cable news "threat alerts" have been devoted to the imminent threat of an avian flu pandemic in 2006.
A survey from Roswell, GA-based Kimberly-Clark Professional found that worries about an Avian flu outbreak are strong, while preparation in the workplace remains spotty.
Global Relief Technologies of Portsmouth has been retained by the Department of Defense to help track the occurrence of avian flu in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim.
As the cold and flu season approaches and as concerns about avian flu rise, workplace preparedness is lagging behind, according to a survey from Kimberly-Clark Professional.
When offered a 7-point scale that ranged from "not at all important" to "very important" to describe the priority that local television news should assign to addressing the "direct impact" of avian flu on one's own life and the lives of others, [approximately equal to] 80 % chose [greater than or equal to] 5.

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