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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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In a statement, the European Commission spokesman said these measures were aimed at "quickly bringing the disease under control" and "preventing highly pathogenic avian flu from spreading into more parts of Britain and The Netherlands as well as to other European countries.
Quarantine authorities conducted thorough examinations after six of 10 chickens at the farm tested positive for avian flu.
There are no known other cases of avian flu in the region nevertheless the authorities have ordered preventive measures.
Immediately on receipt of this information, Government of India took up the matter with Omani Authorities through diplomatic channel and impressed that Avian Flu is limited to selected pockets of North Eastern Region of the country and also blanket ban on import of live bird products from entire India is unjustified.
Xinhua News Agency said farms were being disinfected and poultry culled in Gonghe County after 121 migratory birds that were found dead near Genggahai Lake two weeks ago tested positive for H5N1 avian flu on Sunday.
The Department of Agriculture has confirmed avian flu has been ruled out but tests are continuing.
Not according to the travel advice issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which said that, although there have been more than 40 deaths due to bird flu in Vietnam, "the risk of avian flu to British nationals visiting countries affected by avian flu is very low.
In a press release on the survey, Ipsos said the apparent drop in Americans' concern over avian flu coincides with reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the number of human H5N1 flu cases appears to have stabilized over the past year.
The scientists at the university found that while 73% of avian flu outbreaks in the UK would not spread beyond the initial infected farm, larger outbreaks are much more likely to involve the duck meat industry.
At the same time that concerns regarding avian flu are ebbing in the United States, other statistics suggest the numbers of human cases of avian flu may be stabilizing.
The growth of factory farms, their proximity to congested cities in the developing world, and the globalized poultry trade all are culprits behind the spread of avian flu, while livestock wastes damage the climate at a rate that surpasses emissions from cars and SUVs, according to the findings on avian flu and meat production from a report released by the Worldwatch Institute, Washington, D.
Dr John Woodhouse, North East regional director of the Health Protection Agency, gives health reporter Jane Picken the facts on the dangers of avian flu to humans

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