October 2, 2007 / 4:04 PM / 10 years ago

CHRONOLOGY-Bird flu developments

Oct 2 (Reuters) - An Indonesian man died of bird flu in Jakarta, the World Health Organisation confirmed on its Web site on Tuesday. At least 201 people have died of H5N1 since 2003.

Here is a chronology of major recent bird flu developments:



Feb. 8, 2006 - First African cases of the deadly H5N1 strain are detected in poultry in northern Nigeria.

Feb. 18 - India announces its first cases of H5N1, finding the virus in poultry in a western state.

Feb. 25 - France confirms H5N1 at a farm where thousands of turkeys died, the first case of the virus in domestic farm birds in the EU.

Sept. 28 - China shares long-sought-after samples of H5N1 in what many scientists view as a breakthrough in cooperation.

Feb. 3, 2007 - WHO confirms bird flu killed a 22-year-old Nigerian woman, its first known human fatality in sub-Saharan Africa.

Feb. 27 - Laos confirms its first human case of bird flu. The patient dies on March 7.

April 17 - The first bird flu vaccine for people wins U.S. approval.

May 22 - WHO agrees to demands from developing countries to revamp its system for sharing flu virus samples. It also says it will work to ensure fair distribution of affordable vaccines.

June 16 - Vietnam says bird flu killed a 20-year-old man, the first death in the country from H5N1 since late 2005.

July 26 - India confirms latest outbreak of bird flu in poultry in Manipur state in the remote northeast, is the H5N1 strain. It is the first case reported in India in a year. Oct 2 - WHO says a 21-year old man from Jakarta died from bird flu. Indonesia has had 107 confirmed cases, of which 86 have been fatal, the highest for any country.



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