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Bird flu is threatening to throw KFC's owner Yum Brands, the biggest foreign fast-food chain operator in China, off its 11-year course of double-digit profit growth.

Chinese bus driver dies of bird flu

A Chinese bus driver who tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus died in a city bordering Hong Kong today, health officials said.

Mutated bird flu: the virus could be extremely infectious and deadly to humans

Too late to contain killer flu science, say experts

US government's hopes of suppressing details of controversial research may be doomed, say scientists

Hong Kong slaughters 17,000 chickens in new bird flu scare

Hong Kong health authorities are slaughtering more than 17,000 chickens at a market after a chicken carcass there was found to be infected with bird flu.

US tells scientists to censor flu research

The United States Government has taken the unprecedented step of asking scientists to censor key parts of their work describing how they managed to mutate the H5N1 bird flu virus into a strain that could be highly infectious and deadly to humans.

Steve Connor: The quest for knowledge can be a dangerous thing

Knowledge may be pure, but its application can be misused for for the detriment of humanity

Have you smelled any good films lately?

Giles Brody braces his nostrils for the next generation of scratch'n'sniff movies, starting with Spy Kids 4D

Swine flu mother dies after coma

A young woman with swine flu who was put in a coma to save her unborn child has died.

Foot-and-mouth: 10th anniversary

The outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom in the spring and summer of 2001 led to around seven million sheep and cattle being culled in an attempt to halt the disease.

Government failed to act on volcanic ash threat, say MPs

The Government failed to plan for a possible volcanic eruption in Iceland that paralysed air traffic in the UK and caused hundreds of millions of pounds worth of disruption despite being warned of the threat, an official investigation into national emergencies has found.

First reliable blood test for vCJD

British scientists have developed the world's first reliable blood test for the human version of mad cow disease.

GM lab creates chicken that cannot spread bird flu

Scientists have developed a way of curbing the spread of avian flu with the help of genetically modified chickens that do not spread the virus.

Swine flu could lead to universal vaccine

Scientists have found that people infected with H1N1 swine flu have an extraordinary immune response, producing antibodies that are protective against a variety of flu strains.

Flu: How to beat the bugs

Swine flu is back with a vengeance. How can we stay virus-free this winter? Jeremy Laurance explains

'Avoidable errors' killed flu women

A number of “avoidable” medical errors contributed to the deaths of eight pregnant women during Britain’s first swine flu outbreak, a report has found.

Woman is 25th swine flu victim

At least 25 people are now known to have died from swine flu this winter, with a woman in her 70s being the latest confirmed victim of the outbreak. She died at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton on Monday and had an underlying respiratory condition.

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