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A Re-Engineered Chicken and the War On Bird Flu

Got a fever, headache, sore throat and all the other lovely symptoms of influenza? You can blame it on the birds. The main reservoir for influenza viruses is...

The Deadly Side Effects of Avian Flu

International donors at a conference in Beijing last month pledged $1.9 billion for global efforts to control bird flu. The latest news on the spread of the...

Can We Fend Off Bird Flu?

A study being published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine provides disappointing news on the avian flu front. The good news is that the study of 451...

Health: Is Bird Flu Overhyped?

Anxiety about avian flu is spreading far faster than the disease. Watch enough reports on television about the outbreaks in Turkey, and you could worry yourself...

Trouble for the Flu Fighters

Last month at the U.N., George W. Bush told "as many leaders as I could find" about the need to track the avian-flu virus so that "the world scientific community...

New Year's Worries

With its natural disasters, disease outbreaks, war and terrorism, 2005 was a frightening year—and 2006 holds many of the same concerns, according to a TIME/CNN...

The Avian Flu: How Scared Should We Be?

For the past two years, scientists, public-health officials and even a high-ranking government official or two have warned about the potential danger of a deadly...

Feeding Birds, Not Fears

Another week, another spate of avian-flu outbreaks. In Asia, where the virus has jumped to humans and killed at least 60 people, China reported its third major...

Avian Flu Hatches Again

Earlier this year, a massive epidemic of avian flu hit eight Asian countries, killed at least 23 people and led to the death or culling of more than 100 million...

Sick of Avian Flu

Has avian flu's deadly H5N1 strain claimed its 20th victim in Vietnam? The Vietnamese government doesn't appear particularly eager to know. Officially, the...

Emergency Measures

Nguyen Huu Viet must have thought the worst was over when he buried his two-year-old son on Dec. 25. The boy had drowned two days before in a fishpond near their...

Market Jitters

Before news about avian flu hit, 2004 was shaping up as a great year for Asia's economies. Last year, while the U.S. rebounded and fast-growing China greedily...

A Long, Slow Journey

You might think this would be an opportune moment to throw every available resource into developing a human vaccine capable of stopping avian flu. After all,...

Just The Facts

What is it? Avian flu is a form of influenza that often kills domesticated poultry such as chickens and turkeys. Some strains of bird flu can make humans sick,...

Playing Chicken

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has carefully cultivated the impression that Thailand is somehow immune to the ills that have afflicted much of the region:...

On High Alert

When World Health Organization (WHO) parasitologist Carlo Urbani was treating the first cases of an unknown respiratory disease in the Hanoi-French Hospital in...