Dec 13, 2014

Farm ministry on high alert for bird flu

The farm ministry is on high alert for bird flu amid multiple outbreaks around the world in 2014. Some 245 avian influenza cases have been confirmed in South Korea so far this year, and the same strain of the virus has spread in Europe, ...

| Apr 15, 2014

Farmers acted fast to fight latest outbreak

The avian influenza that struck a chicken farm in Kumamoto Prefecture was the first outbreak in Japan in three years and came as authorities were already on high alert about migrant birds after reports of the disease hitting South Korea since the beginning of ...

Bird flu spikes in China before Lunar New Year

Jan 23, 2014

Bird flu spikes in China before Lunar New Year

A spate of bird flu cases since the beginning of the year in China has experts watching closely while millions of people and poultry are on the move ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, the world’s largest annual human migration. China has reported ...

Hong Kong sees its first human case of H7N9 bird flu

Dec 3, 2013

Hong Kong sees its first human case of H7N9 bird flu

Hong Kong has confirmed its first human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu in the latest sign of the virus spreading beyond mainland China. A 36-year-old Indonesian domestic helper with a history of traveling to the mainland city of Shenzhen and coming into ...

Sep 2, 2013

Japan to attempt H7N9 flu vaccine

A vaccine for the H7N9 strain of avian influenza will be produced in light of the human infections reported in China, a panel at the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry decided Monday. The cooperation of vaccine makers will be sought to produce the vaccine, ...

H7N9 defense measures prepared

Apr 25, 2013

H7N9 defense measures prepared

To prepare for an H7N9 bird flu outbreak, governors will be authorized to "strongly advise" that suspected carriers be hospitalized or banned from work, the health ministry warns.