China Claims Initial Victory over Bird Flu
The Ministry of Agriculture declared Tuesday that all 49 confirmed cases of bird flu on the mainland have been eradicated. No new cases in birds have been reported in the past 29 days, and there have been no human infections. Full Story

Epidemic Reports for China
Chickens, Ducks Back as Bird Flu Suppressed
HK Lifts Ban on Mainland Chilled Poultry Imports
Isolation of Bird-flu Affected Area in Jilin Lifted
Mainland Resumes Poultry Exports to Macao
China Lifts Isolation of 2 Bird-flu-affected Areas
China Lifts Isolation in 5 Bird Flu-affected Areas
Beijing Steps Up Migratory Birds Surveillance
China Urges Enhanced Cooperation in Bird Flu Control
Quarantine of Four Bird Flu-affected Areas Lifted
Macao to Resume Chicken Imports

Epidemic Reports for Other Countries
Thailand Reports One More Suspected Human Bird Flu Infection
Japan Confirms Fresh Bird Flu Outbreak
Lab Test Confirms 10th Human Bird Flu Case in Thailand
Fourth Suspected Bird Flu Found in Japan
China Aids Vietnam's Battle Against Bird Flu
China Bans Imports of Poultry Products From Canada
Thai Scientists Sequence 95 Pct of Genome of H5N1 Virus
Bird Flu Emerges in US State of Texas
Two Cats Die from Bird Flu Virus in Thailand
Thai Veterinarian: Cat Found Infected with Bird Flu

International Organizations' Response
Animal Health Experts Hold Discussions over Strategies to Fight Bird Flu
China, ASEAN to Hold Special Meeting on Bird Flu
FAO Experts Say China Able to Contain Bird Flu
WHO Experts: No Need to Panic over Cat Suspected of Dying Bird Flu
FAO Experts Say China's Bird Flu Prevention 'Appropriate, Professional'
FAO Expert Praises China's Bird Flu Prevention, Control
Bird Flu Not Going Away Soon, WHO Says
UN Agency Says Bird Flu Still Threatening Asia
FAO: Bird Flu Not Under Control Yet
FAO Provides Technical Assistance to China

Delegates attend a China-Asean special session on the prevention and treatment of bird flu opened in Beijing on March 2, 2004. Vice Premier Hui Liangyu, also director of China's anti-bird flu headquarters, was present at the meeting. The epidemic has been plaguing many east and southeast Asian countries and has led to the deaths of more than 20 people in Viet Nam and Thailand. [China Daily]

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-- Outbreak Situation Updates

1. What is avian influenza? And what is highly pathogenic avian influenza?
2. How long is the incubation period for HPAI? And is it contagious during this period?
3. What are the channels of transmission for bird flu?
4. What are principal clinical manifestations of HPAI? And how do they differ from those of Newcastle disease?
5. What are the epidemiological characteristics of HPAI?
6. Does an outbreak of HPAI correlate with the age, gender and species of poultry?

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