Insight - Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

By P.J. Huffstutter and Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.     To date, the virulent H5N2 influenza, which has infected turkeys and chickens on Midwestern poultry farms, has not affected humans. It is already aware of $60 million in indemnity claims that will be made by poultry farmers seeking compensation for culled flocks.     Meanwhile, in Minnesota, state officials say the virus is being discovered on three to four new poultry farms each day.     HUNT FOR ANSWERS     Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, has seen the largest number of affected birds to date: The strain was identified in an egg-laying facility with 3.8 million hens earlier this month.     Wisconsin, which has to cull hundreds of thousands of birds because of the outbreak, declared a state of emergency last week.
The Latest: Air of uneasy calm, uncertainty over Kathmandu

Locals read morning edition of a newspaper as they stand in the middle of a street in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)10.15 a.m (0430 GMT)

Desperate Nepalis flee capital as aftershocks spread fear

A family sits inside their makeshift shelter at an open ground after an earthquake in KathmanduBy Gopal Sharma and Sanjeev Miglani KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hundreds of Nepalis were fleeing the capital Kathmandu for the plains on Monday, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks following a massive earthquake that killed more than 3,200 people and faced with shortages of food and water. Many said they had slept in the open since Saturday's quake, either because their homes were flattened or they were terrified that the aftershocks would bring them crashing down. "We are escaping," said Krishna Muktari, who runs a small grocery store in Kathmandu city. The sick and wounded were lying out in the open in Kathmandu, unable to find beds in the devastated city's hospitals.

Nepal Earthquake: LIVE REPORT

Damaged road on the outskirts of Kathmandu04:41 GMT - "It's very painful" - Nepalese players at the World Table Tennis Championships in China have been worrying about family and friends and mourning those who have died. It's very painful," Elina Maharjan says in a press release from organisers. 04:15 GMT - Dharahara tower - The historic nine-storey Dharahara tower, a major tourist attraction, was among the buildings brought down in Kathmandu and police say around 150 people could have been inside at the time based on ticket sales.

Rescuers struggle to reach many in Nepal quake, fear worst

Family members break down during the cremation of an earthquake victim in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. A strong magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from Nepal's earthquake soared past 3,300 Monday, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster.

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