A Jordanian police officer with protective gear holds a cage of pet birds to be confiscated in Ajloun city, 40 miles north of Amman, Jordan. The country's first cases of avian flu were discovered in turkeys raised in a backyard near the city north of the capital of Amman. On the same day, the WHO confirms the bird flu death of a 3-year-old girl in Cambodia, rising the global human death toll to 104.
March 18, 2006
A dead turkey falls off the back of a truck as others are taken away to be buried in the southern Israeli Moshav of Sde Moshe, March 17, 2006. About 11,000 turkeys died in recent days and thousands were killed as a precaution. After preliminary tests, the health minister said there was a "very high chance that this is avian flu." If confirmed, the outbreak would be the first case of the virus in Israel.
March 13, 2006
A chicken seller carries his rooster through the main market of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, March 13, 2006. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said five swab samples from backyard poultry farms in Kabul and the eastern city of Jalalabad tested positive for the H5 strain of bird flu, and that tests were under way to discern if it is the deadly H5N1 virus.
March 10, 2006
A chicken sticks its head out of a cage at a slaughter house in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, March 10, 2006. Two Indonesian children died of bird flu, bringing the country's toll to 22, officials said, citing test results from World Health Organization-approved laboratories.
March 9, 2006
A stone marten is seen in the Zoological Garden in Dresden, Germany, Thursday, March 9, 2006. The H5N1 bird flu virus has been found in a stone marten, a German laboratory said, indicating the disease has spread to another species of mammal. The weasel-like animal was found on the island of Ruegen in north Germany on March 2, the same area where birds have died.
March 9, 2006
The spring migration of birds from Asia to Alaska is expected to start in April and this year it will encounter a beefed-up federal effort to look for bird flu. A deadly strain of bird flu could appear in the U.S. in the next few months as wild birds migrate from infected nations, Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said.
March 3, 2006
Ducks are seen in a poultry farm in Horsarrieu, in France's southwestern Landes region, a leading foie gras producer, Friday March 3, 2006. Some 45 countries have suspended all French poultry imports since a turkey farm in the Ain region in southeast France was struck by bird flu less than two weeks ago.
March 1, 2006
A woman and a cat walk in the small town of Schaprode on the northern German island of Ruegen March 1, 2006. A cat found dead there over the weekend tested positive for H5N1, becoming the first infected mammal in continental Europe, as scientists confirmed more new cases of bird flu from Russia to Slovenia. More than 100 wild birds on the German island have tested positive for H5N1.
Feb. 28, 2006
Swans swim in the harbour of Wittower Faehre on the northern German island of Ruegen Feb. 15, 2006. The H5N1 strain of bird flu was confirmed Feb. 28 in a cat in Germany, the first time it has been positively identified in a mammal in Europe, the WHO said. The cat was found on the Baltic Sea island where most of Germany's cases of H5N1-infected wild birds have been found. The sign reads: No Trespassing.
Feb. 26, 2006
Flamingos stand in a pond in Berre near Marseille, southern France, Monday, Feb. 27, 2006. The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed 15 wild swans in southeastern France, near the site where the first commercial poultry stocks in the European Union were decimated by the disease, the Agriculture Ministry said Sunday. The next day, domestic ducks in the African country of Niger also test positive for H5N1.
Feb. 24, 2006
A police officer places a barricade on a road at Navapur, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Friday, Feb. 24, 2006. Workers disinfected farms and chicken coops Friday in Navapur, hit by India's first outbreak of bird flu, a day after the slaughter of all birds in the sprawling poultry farming region was completed.
Feb. 18, 2006
A hen in a poultry farm is vaccinated in Navapur, in the Nandurbar district in the western state of Maharashtra, India, Monday, Feb. 13, 2006. India's first case of bird flu was confirmed Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, in Navapur, where 30,000 birds have died over the past two weeks.
Feb. 18, 2006
Tests confirm a duck found in marshland near the town of Joyeux in France's central-eastern Ain region Feb. 17, 2006, died of the deadly H5N1 avian flu strain. The same day, the strain was found in chickens and turkeys in Egypt.
Feb. 17, 2006
Officials from Indonesia's Department of Agriculture take a blood sample from a pigeon in a Jakarta neighborhood Friday, Feb. 17, 2006. Indonesia has warned that people are dying more quickly from the bird flu virus in the country, and have stepped up checks on poultry.
Feb. 16, 2006
Mike Leavitt, Secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services Dept., speaks at the Florida Pandemic Planning meeting, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, in Tallahassee, Fla. The event is part of a nationwide series of meetings to bring together federal, state, and local health officials to discuss their plans for a pandemic.
Feb. 15, 2006
Dead swans on the ice at the northern German island of Ruegen on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006. Experts from a German medical institute said further tests on samples from two dead swans confirmed the birds were the country's first known cases of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
Feb. 15, 2006
In this photo released by the European Commission, members of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health gather for an emergency meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday Feb. 15, 2006. EU veterinary experts were holding talks to assess what countries could do further to contain the spread of the H5N1 bird flu strain, after several European countries reported outbreaks.
Feb. 14, 2006
Dead birds are being tested in southern Italy after six wild swans found dead in the southern regions of Sicily, Puglia and Calabria, tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu virus.
Feb. 11, 2006
A farm worker ties the legs of dead ostritches -- suspected of having the bird flu virus -- to be buried inside the Sambawa farms where the country's first bird flu case was noticed in Jaji, Nigeria, Feb. 11, 2006. Authorities are investigating whether a deadly bird flu strain discovered in the West African country has spread to humans after several people were reported ill, the health minister said.
Feb. 11, 2006
A swan swims in the lake of Mikri Volvi during the sunset, in northern Greece Feb. 11, 2006. Greek authorities appealed for calm after a British laboratory confirmed samples from three wild swans had tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.