avian influenza

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avian influenza:

see influenzainfluenza
or flu,
acute, highly contagious disease caused by a RNA virus (family Orthomyxoviridae); formerly known as the grippe. There are three types of the virus, designated A, B, and C, but only types A and B cause more serious contagious infections.
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THE first human cases of bird influenza were seen in Hong Kong in 1997.
We will urge the North to take thorough measures to curb the spread of bird influenza through a contact between liaison officials at Panmunjom (truce village),'' a Unification Ministry official was quoted as saying.
NGOs also warn that this trade exposes Europeans to infectious diseases like Asian bird influenza and that "Eliminating imports of wild birds is a simple and effective way to contain the risk of future outbreaks".
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The EMEA also granted marketing authorization to the world's first bird influenza vaccine.