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  • Bird Flu Virus Found in Benton County

    01/03/2015 5:59:26 PM PST · by TWhiteBear · 21 replies
    KAPP TV ^ | January 2nd, 2015 | Dan Thesman.
    Bird flu has been discovered in domestic birds in Benton County. The flu was found in a flock of about 150 birds, including domestic waterfowl with access to the outdoors. The virus has not been found in commercial poultry anywhere in Washington State or the United States. The Washington State Department of Agriculture says there is no immediate public health concern as the avian flu does not affect poultry meat or egg products, which remain safe to eat. However, as always, both wild and domestic poultry should be propertly cooked.
  • Avian Artistry, With Smuggled Cigars

    10/16/2013 5:23:11 PM PDT · by Dysart · 2 replies
    NYT ^ | 10-16-13 | Melena Ryzik
    Pablo Escobar was loose. He darted across a noisy warehouse, searching for a corner to loom in. He’s “kind of a bully,” said Duke Riley, the Brooklyn artist who trained him, watching Pablo flit around before landing on a ledge near the ceiling. Pablo Escobar is a homing pigeon, and an accessory — or an accomplice — to the latest exhibition by Mr. Riley, whose work often flouts both laws and common sense. “Generally, I do things that don’t really seem that feasible,” Mr. Riley explained, “and then they tend to work out.” But even by his standards, the pigeon...
  • New bird-flu strain detected in Nigeria

    08/13/2008 7:48:27 PM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 261+ views
    Mail & Guardian ^ | 12 Aug 2008 | Mail & Guardian
    Scientists have detected for the first time in Nigeria a new strain of the virus that causes avian influenza -- also known as bird flu -- a United Nations agency announced on Tuesday. The find comes in the wake of Nigeria recently reporting two new highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks in the states of Katsina and Kano, the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said. "The detection of a new avian influenza virus strain in Africa raises serious concerns as it remains unknown how this strain has been introduced to the continent," said Scott Newsman, an international wildlife coordinator...
  • Bird Flu Strikes UK Wildlife

    01/10/2008 12:57:00 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 81+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-10-2008 | Debora MacKenzie
    Bird flu strikes UK wildlife 17:28 10 January 2008 news service Debora MacKenzie The H5N1 bird flu virus has been confirmed in three dead swans on a nature reserve in Dorset, on the south coast of England. The outbreak, coming barely two months after H5N1 killed domestic turkeys on a farm 500 kilometres away, raises the possibility that the virus could be lurking in the UK’s wild bird population. "While this is obviously unwelcome news, we have always said that Britain is at a constant low level of risk of introduction of avian influenza," said acting chief veterinary officer...
  • Key To Avian Flu In Humans Discovered

    01/06/2008 6:19:08 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 163+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-7-2008 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    Key To Avian Flu In Humans Discovered ScienceDaily (Jan. 7, 2008) — MIT researchers have uncovered a critical difference between flu viruses that infect birds and humans, a discovery that could help scientists monitor the evolution of avian flu strains and aid in the development of vaccines against a deadly flu pandemic.This transmission electron micrograph (TEM), taken at a magnification of 150,000x, revealed the ultrastructural details of an avian influenza A (H5N1) virion, a type of bird flu virus which is a subtype of avian influenza A. At this magnification, one may note the stippled appearance of the roughened surface...
  • Bird Flu Finds Children's Lungs Faster

    10/26/2007 6:43:06 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 148+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 10-27-2007 | BioMed Central
    Bird Flu Finds Children's Lungs Faster ScienceDaily (Oct. 27, 2007) — New findings, reported in the journal Respiratory Research, about how the virus binds to the respiratory tract and lung suggest children may be particularly susceptible to avian influenza,. The results also mean that previous receptor distribution studies may have to be re-evaluated.Pediatric tissue sample. The researchers found that a particular form of MAA (MAA1) displayed widespread binding throughout the respiratory tract, but was particularly good at binding to children's cells in the lower respiratory tract. (Credit: Image courtesy of BioMed Central)" John Nicholls and colleagues at the University of...
  • Virginia Bans Poultry Sales After Discovering Bird Flu Antibodies In Turkeys

    07/10/2007 2:39:51 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 615+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7-10-2007
    <p>ROANOKE, Virginia — Virginia banned all live poultry sales and shows for the rest of July following the discovery of avian flu antibodies in a flock of 54,000 turkeys on a poultry farm.</p> <p>State veterinarian Richard Wilkes issued an order Monday canceling all sales and exhibitions, Elaine Lidholm, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said Tuesday. The ban remains in effect until July 30.</p>
  • Indonesia Worries Over Latest Bird Flu Virus Samples

    06/06/2007 10:37:20 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 391+ views
    Sign On San Diego ^ | 6-6-2007 | Adhityani Arga - Tan Ee Lyn
    Indonesia worries over latest bird flu virus samples By Adhityani Arga REUTERS 4:49 a.m. June 6, 2007 JAKARTA – The H5N1 bird flu virus in Indonesia may have undergone a mutation that allows it to jump more easily from poultry to humans, the head of the country's commission on bird flu control said on Wednesday. Indonesia has recorded 79 human deaths from bird flu, the highest in the world, and the country has been struggling to contain the disease because millions of backyard chickens live in close proximity to humans across the archipelago. 'In the past it took exposure of...
  • Report details bird flu effects

    03/23/2007 9:08:03 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 561+ views
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 3-23-2007 | David Goldstein
    Posted on Fri, Mar. 23, Report details bird flu effectsA study by the Trust for America's Health says a pandemic would have serious economic, as well as health, consequences. BY DAVID GOLDSTEIN Eagle Washington bureau WASHINGTON -A major pandemic flu outbreak could kill more than 2 million Americans, leaving 90 million others ill and causing a serious economic recession, a new study says. The Kansas economy is projected to take a $6 billion hit; Missouri's twice that much. "Everywhere will be ground zero," said Merideth Parrish, a public health outreach coordinator for the Kansas City (Mo.) Health Department, which is...
  • Are Some People Immune To Avian Flu?

    02/28/2007 10:55:06 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 440+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2028-2007 | Richard Webby
    Source: Public Library of Science Date: February 28, 2007 Are Some People Immune To Avian Flu? Science Daily — New results from Richard Webby at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and colleagues published in the international open-access medical journal PLoS Medicine suggest that the answer might be yes. Neuraminidase ribbon diagram. (Image courtesy of PLoS Medicine)The H5N1 avian flu virus is quite different from the seasonal H1N1 and H3N2 flu viruses most humans have been exposed to, which is why many scientists believe that H5N1 could start a new pandemic. (The H and N refer to two virus components, the...
  • Bird Flu: Girl, 9, dies; suspected infections soar to 164

    08/03/2006 4:31:17 PM PDT · by Lady GOP · 12 replies · 801+ views ^ | 8/3/06 | Post Reporters
    BIRD FLU MOUNTING CONCERN OVER OUTBREAK There is mounting concern over the fourth round of bird flu to hit the country. A nine-year-old girl from Lop Buri province died from bird-flu like symptoms yesterday as the number of suspected human cases surged to 164 in 21 provinces. The girl was Lop Buri's first suspected bird flu case since the current outbreak was confirmed in Phichit on July 24, said Pranom Khamtiang, Lop Buri's chief public health officer. Results of laboratory tests on the girl's tissue to determine if she was infected with the H5N1 avian flu virus were due out...
  • Bird Flu: Suspected 7 Person Cluster in Indo

    08/02/2006 7:18:55 AM PDT · by Lady GOP · 3 replies · 234+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 8/2/06 | By VOA News
    Bird-Flu Outbreak Suspected in Northern Sumatra Indonesian health officials say seven people from a village in northern Sumatra are being treated for what doctors suspect may be bird flu. The villagers come from the same district where bird flu killed seven members of an extended family in May. Officials say the suspected new cases include two young siblings and a neighbor's baby. They have been admitted to a hospital in the city of Medan. Local authorities are carrying out tests on the seven villagers to determine whether they have the dangerous H5N1 strain of the virus. The previous cluster of...
  • WHO failing to report human-to-human transmission of H5N1 bird flu virus

    07/25/2006 4:25:28 PM PDT · by Lady GOP · 19 replies · 459+ views printable article Originally published July 25 2006 WHO failing to report human-to-human transmission of H5N1 bird flu virus (NewsTarget) Statements published by the U.N.'s World Health Organization (WHO) concerning bird flu outbreaks have not been candid, say critics who accuse the organization of being less than truthful to the public for fear of causing panic. Although cluster outbreaks have occurred in Asia, Turkey, and Iraq this year, WHO refused to admit that they could be caused by human-to-human transmission, even though it was aware such transmissions were possible years earlier. Following an Indonesian outbreak that was difficult to conceal,...
  • Planning for Avian Influenza

    06/28/2006 2:52:44 PM PDT · by Judith Anne · 20 replies · 584+ views
    Annals of Internal Medicine ^ | July 18, 2006 | John G. Bartlett, MD
    Avian influenza, or influenza A (H5N1), has 3 of the 4 properties necessary to cause a serious pandemic: It can infect people, nearly all people are immunologically naive, and it is highly lethal. The Achilles heel of the virus is the lack of sustained human–human transmission. Fortunately, among the 124 cases reported through 30 May 2006, nearly all were acquired by direct contact with poultry. Unfortunately, the capability for efficient human–human transmission requires only a single mutation by a virus that is notoriously genetically unstable, hence the need for a new vaccine each year for seasonal influenza. Influenza A (H5N1)...
  • U.S. weighs shootdown of N. Korea missile

    06/20/2006 3:45:35 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 104 replies · 3,967+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Tuesday, June 20, 2006 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is weighing responses to a possible North Korean missile test that include attempting to shoot it down in flight over the Pacific, defense officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Because North Korea has made it a practice not to announce its missile tests in advance, U.S. officials say they cannot be sure of the government's intentions. Under that circumstance, the Pentagon is considering the possibility that it might need to attempt an interception, two defense officials said. The officials agreed to discuss the matter only on condition of anonymity because of its political sensitivity....
  • Bush administration considering shooting down NKorean missile, officials say

    06/20/2006 4:39:31 PM PDT · by familyop · 62 replies · 3,363+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration is weighing responses to a possible North Korean missile test that include attempting to shoot it down in flight over the Pacific, defence officials said Tuesday. Because North Korea has made it a practice not to announce its missile tests in advance, U.S. officials say they cannot be sure of the government's intentions. Under that circumstance, the Pentagon is considering the possibility that it might need to attempt an interception, two defence officials told the Associated Press. The officials agreed to discuss the matter only on condition of anonymity because of its political sensitivity....
  • Cats Could Hold Key To Spread Of Avian Virus (H5N1)

    06/12/2006 5:55:47 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 541+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-13-2006 | Roger Highfield
    Cats could hold key to spread of avian flu virus By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 13/06/2006) Cats should become a new focus of efforts to understand and prevent the spread of avian flu, according to government advisers. In a review of the science underpinning the contingency plans drawn up by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra), Prof Jeffrey Waage, a member of Defra's Science Advisory Group's Epidemic Diseases sub-group, said: "The ability of mammals to contract and transmit the avian influenza virus has important human health implications. "We know about cats as a potential host for...
  • Human Flu Transfers May Exceed Reports

    06/03/2006 4:49:37 PM PDT · by Lady GOP · 43 replies · 554+ views
    NY Times ^ | 06/04/06 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    In the wake of a cluster of avian flu cases that killed seven members of a rural Indonesian family, it appears likely that there have been many more human-to-human infections than the authorities have previously acknowledged. The numbers are still relatively small, and they do not mean that the virus has mutated to pass easily between people — a change that could touch off a worldwide epidemic. All the clusters of cases have been among relatives or in nurses who were in long, close contact with patients. But the clusters — in Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iraq and Vietnam —...
  • U.N. agency proposes plan to track birds (to help combat the spread of the deadly H5N1 bird flu)

    06/01/2006 9:59:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 311+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/06 | AP
    ROME - The U.N. food agency said Thursday it is considering a plan to fit wild birds with tiny backpacks and monitor their annual migrations to help combat the spread of the deadly H5N1 bird flu. The project would rely on communications satellites and a network of computers to track the birds' movements, and would cost $6.8 million, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization said in a statement. "All we have now is a snapshot. We need to see the whole film," said Joseph Domenech, the organization's chief veterinary officer. Evidence on the role of wild birds is not always...
  • WHO confirms avian flu case cluster in Indonesia

    05/18/2006 1:41:16 AM PDT · by familyop · 206+ views
    CIDRAP News ^ | 17MAY06 | CIDRAP News
    May 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – World Health Organization officials have confirmed five cases of H5N1 avian influenza in an Indonesian family in North Sumatra, plus a fatal case in a woman from East Java, news services reported today. Additionally, Indonesia's health ministry said local tests revealed the H5N1 strain in a 12-year-old Jakarta boy who died 4 days ago, according to a Reuters report. This case, however, has yet to be confirmed by the WHO. The North Sumatra case cluster was first reported by Indonesian officials several days ago, sparking concern about the possibility of person-to-person transmission. In today's...
  • Bird-flu pandemic threat seen waning

    05/17/2006 11:40:13 AM PDT · by JZelle · 9 replies · 296+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5-17-06 | Joyce Howard Price
    Bird-flu cases have dropped sharply in Europe and have not caused the human calamity expected in Africa, health officials report. Meanwhile, Vietnam, which has the world's largest death toll from avian influenza at 42, has been free of the disease in both people and poultry all this year. Thailand, which has had 14 deaths from avian flu, has not had a human case since mid-2005, nor one in poultry in six months, according to the United Nations.
  • WHO Investigating Possible H5N1 Human Cluster

    05/12/2006 11:38:19 PM PDT · by callmejoe · 11 replies · 954+ views
    CNN ^ | 5-13-06 | CNN Indonesia probes possible bird flu Four of eight cases investigated were fatal (snipped) Saturday, May 13, 2006; Posted: 1:24 a.m. EDT (05:24 GMT) All eight cases were from the same family. Four members of the family have died from what health officials suspect could be bird flu, said WHO spokeswoman Sari Setiogi. . . Health officials closely study such groups of cases, know as "clusters," to see whether the virus, which currently is almost always transmitted from birds to humans, has mutated into one that can easily pass between humans -- a scenario that many fear could turn into...
  • Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America [LIVE THREAD]

    05/09/2006 4:51:12 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 83 replies · 1,818+ views ^ | Tuesday, May 9, 2006 |
    Tuesday, May 9 at 8/7c To date, there have been no cases of the H5N1 virus in the United States nor has there been a human transmission of the disease in a form that could fuel a pandemic. However, experts around the world are monitoring the Avian Flu situation closely and are preparing for the possibility that the virus could begin to spread from person to person. For information on the virus log onto There are times that test humanity and challenge the soul of a community or a nation. News images and headlines tell stories of rising waters,...
  • Outbreak: Could it happen here?

    04/24/2006 7:33:33 AM PDT · by Lady GOP · 78 replies · 1,155+ views ^ | 4/23/06 | By Ann Curry
    Pick up a newspaper, turn on the TV and it’s there: the news about avian flu. It can be alarming sometimes, often confusing. And nearly everyone has the same question: Could it happen here? In 1996, a new and particularly deadly strain of avian flu was found in a goose in China. It was found a year later in Hong Kong and six people died from the virus. They were the first known human cases.
  • Avian Flu: Wild Birds, Pets And Poultry Now At Risk

    04/06/2006 6:14:39 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 389+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-7-2006 | Sandra Laville
    Avian flu: wild birds, pets and poultry now at risk More swans tested amid fears deadly virus will spread across UK Sandra Laville and Ian Sample Friday April 7, 2006 The Guardian (UK) The lethal avian flu virus found in a swan in Scotland is almost certain to spread to wild birds across the UK before threatening Britain's poultry industry, experts warned yesterday. Their prediction came as a further 14 swans were being tested for the deadly H5N1 virus that scientists yesterday confirmed had killed the mute swan found in the village of Cellardyke in Fife. The investigation has now...
  • Avian Flu Kills Swan In Scotland

    04/05/2006 6:05:06 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 439+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-4-2006 | Anil Dawar
    Avian flu kills swan in Scotland By Anil Dawar (Filed: 06/04/2006) A wild swan has been found dead from avian flu in Scotland. Preliminary tests found "highly pathogenic H5 avian flu" in a sample from the bird, the Scottish Executive said. The bird was found near the coast in an emaciated condition, about nine miles from St Andrews, in Fife. A two-mile exclusion zone was set up around Cellardyke while scientists continued to examine the bird to discover if it was carrying the H5N1 strain of the virus, which can be fatal to humans. Poultry farmers and bird owners in...
  • Bird flu threat down in Israel, up in Jordan and Gaza

    03/26/2006 7:24:18 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 4 replies · 442+ views
    Israeli Insider ^ | March 26th, 2006 | Associated Press
    Palestinian officials confirmed an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu at a second farm in the Gaza Strip on Friday, and Israel's foreign minister appealed to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for international assistance to the Palestinians to contain the disease. In all, bird flu has been detected at two farms in the Gaza Strip, one near Gaza City and one near the southern town of Rafah on the border with Egypt, said Deputy Agriculture Minister Azzam Tubaili. Gaza chicken farmers planned a protest later Friday, after government officials told them they would not be compensated for...
  • H5N1 Avian Flu Forum

    03/13/2006 8:45:09 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 645+ views
    H5N1 Avian Flu Forum ^ | 3-13-2006 | (found by grey_whiskers)
    This is a website with a number of ongoing live threads on H5N1. Some have higher signal-to-noise than others. H5N1 Avian Flu Forum
  • Avian Flu Transmission To Humans May Be Higher Than Thought

    01/19/2006 3:00:20 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 339+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-19-2006 | JAMA
    Source: JAMA and Archives Journals Date: 2006-01-19 Avian Flu Transmission To Humans May Be Higher Than Thought A new study suggests that there is an association between direct contact with dead or sick poultry and flu-like illness in humans and that the transmission is probably more common than expected, according to a new study in the January 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Anna Thorson, M.D., Ph.D., from the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, and colleagues analyzed data from household interviews conducted in FilaBavi, a Vietnamese demographic surveillance site in Bavi district, northwest Vietnam, with...
  • 1,300-1,500 Geese Die at Bald Knob NWR, Arkansas -- Avian Cholera is Suspected Cause

    01/12/2006 5:16:15 PM PST · by girlangler · 39 replies · 695+ views
    1,300-1,500 Geese Die at Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas -- Avian Cholera is Suspected Cause FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2006 Contacts: Tom MacKenzie, 404-679-7291 Dennis Widner, 870-347-2614 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced today that 1,300-1,500 snow geese and Ross’ geese have died in a suspected avian cholera outbreak at Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge biologists discovered sick and dead birds on Monday, Jan 9, 2006 at the remote refuge 60 miles northeast of Little Rock, Ark. Dennis Widner, Project Leader for the refuge complex that includes Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge, immediately contacted the U.S....
  • Banks and insurers prepare for avian flu outbreak

    01/10/2006 5:44:01 AM PST · by Brilliant · 2 replies · 288+ views ^ | January 9, 2006 | Peter Thal Larsen
    For the past few months, teams of people in the world's banks and insurance companies have been working hard to make sure they are prepared for the possibility of a widespread outbreak of avian flu. These institutions hope they will never have to activate their plans, which are detailed and extensive. Even so, urged on by regulators and organisations such as the World Health Organisation, they are trying to make sure they are prepared to deal with an outbreak that could affect a significant proportion of their employees and will test their ability to manage their business when staff are...
  • Bird Migration Tracker To Help Fight Avian Flu

    11/20/2005 8:23:42 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 441+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-21-2005 | Mike Pfanz
    Bird migration tracker to help fight avian flu By Mike Pflanz (Filed: 21/11/2005) A bird flu early warning system which will track migration routes of potentially infected birds and alert countries where they are heading was announced yesterday. The system will gather data currently scattered across the world's universities, conservation bodies and wildlife groups into one central computer. The alert system will give a crucial warning of impending danger The data base, which is expected to take two years to become operational, will be constantly monitored and updated by global experts studying migratory species. Special maps will be drawn up...
  • Canada - H5N1 avian flu viruses found in Manitoba, but not Asian form of virus: source

    11/19/2005 12:06:54 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 438+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | November 19, 2005
    TORONTO (CP) - The Canadian Press has learned wild ducks in Manitoba have tested positive for H5-N1 avian flu viruses, but not the dangerous form of the virus circulating in Southeast Asia. The findings will be reported by federal officials at a news conference Saturday afternoon. A source confirmed that H5-N1 viruses were isolated from two ducks as part of a cross-country surveillance program to find what avian flu viruses are being carried by wild ducks in this country. The viruses are not considered a threat to human health. The source says the there is no "new threat to...
  • Bird flu vaccine could be mass produced by February

    11/14/2005 8:22:59 PM PST · by jb6 · 1 replies · 277+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | November 14 | Olga Vtorova
    ST PETERSBURG, November 14 (RIA Novosti, Olga Vtorova) - Current tests suggest that a vaccine to prevent bird flu could be industrially produced by February or March of next year, the director of the Russian Flu Research Center said Monday. Oleg Kiselyov said the strain of the virus obtained by reverse genetics (the process of introducing mutations into a cloned DNA segment to investigate gene function) using a Vietnamese avian flu isolate and the vaccine testing program developed by the Flu Research Center, have been passed on to the Tarasevich State Monitoring Institute. "To conclude this work effectively and obtain...

    11/14/2005 11:19:53 AM PST · by Brilliant · 25 replies · 1,268+ views
    ABA Journal ^ | November, 2005 | KRISTIN CHOO
    In 1918, the manmade carnage of the final year of World War I was dwarfed by the lethal impact of a microscopic virus. Estimates put the combat death toll from the war at some 10 million after four years of fighting. But the worldwide outbreak of Spanish flu in 1918-19 killed some 40 million people, according to the World Health Organization. The next great flu outbreak is likely to be a lot worse than that, scientists fear. And they say it could be right around the corner. The flu strain giving health experts nightmares has the scientific designation H5N1, but...
  • Fuss and Feathers

    11/14/2005 9:11:07 AM PST · by Semper Paratus · 9 replies · 430+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/21/2005 | Michael Fumento
    "THE INDICATION IS THAT we will see a return of the 1918 flu virus that is the most virulent form of flu," warns America's top health official. "In 1918, half a million people died. The projections are that this virus will kill one million Americans . . . " A quotation ripped from today's papers about an impending "bird flu" pandemic? No, the year was 1976 and the prediction of a deadly "swine flu" overshot the mark by 999,999 deaths (although dozens did die from the vaccine campaign). That's something to remember amid the current alarms. Another is that we've...

    11/13/2005 10:24:36 PM PST · by Mia T · 58 replies · 6,622+ views
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  • Pigs in China's Hunan Province Test Positive for Bird Flu

    11/12/2005 4:36:24 AM PST · by EBH · 40 replies · 893+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | Nov. 11, 2005
    XINZHAO, CHINA: Farmers buried pigs that died of a mysterious disease in a big pit on March 10, 2004. A large number of pigs in Xinzhao, Hunan Province, died all of a sudden in March 2004, after being infected with an unknown illness. (AFP/Getty Images) High-resolution image (2500 x 1760 px, 300 dpi) Chinese officials revealed that pigs have tested positive for bird flu in Xiangtan County, Hunan Province, where a bird epidemic is raging and one human death, possibly from bird flu, has already occurred, reported Phoenix TV on November 10. Hunan Province Bureau of Agriculture officials tested samples...
  • Bush's Fowl Play (Avian Influenza)

    11/09/2005 7:49:37 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 4 replies · 367+ views ^ | Wednesday, November 09, 2005 | Jeffrey Tucker
    Bush's Fowl Play by Jeffrey Tucker [Posted on Wednesday, November 09, 2005] In a classic case of News of the Weird, President Bush gave a press conference the other day to announce yet another central plan to deal with yet another disaster — this time an impending disaster, or so he claimed. It seems that some birds are catching a flu called Avian Influenza or, more commonly, the bird flu. It causes ruffled feathers and a drop in egg production. It can kill a chicken in two days flat. Scary. The Chicken Littles at the White House got wind of...
  • Deer Decreasing Forest Bird Population

    11/01/2005 12:39:02 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 52 replies · 1,094+ views
    Scientific American ^ | October 31, 2005 | Tracy Staedter
    Large populations of deer are edging out forest birds in North America, report scientists in this month's issue of the journal Biological Conservation. The study is the first to evaluate the impact deer grazing can have on nest quality and food resources in areas unaffected by human activities such as forestry or hunting. It also offers general rules for predicting the influence these animals could have on bird ecosystems in the future. The decline of forest birds has been blamed mostly on such factors as disease, loss of habitat and an increase in the number of animals that prey on...
  • Bush Outlines $7.1B Flu-Fighting Strategy

    11/01/2005 8:58:42 AM PST · by Solson · 90 replies · 1,938+ views
    AP ^ | 11/1/05 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    Bush Outlines $7.1B Flu-Fighting Strategy By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer 32 minutes ago President Bush outlined a $7.1 billion strategy Tuesday to prepare for the danger of a pandemic influenza outbreak, saying he wanted to stockpile enough vaccine to protect 20 million Americans against the current strain of bird flu.The president also said the United States must approve liability protection for the makers of lifesaving vaccines. He said the number of American vaccine manufacturers has plummeted because the industry has been hit with a flood of lawsuits. Bush said no one knows when or where a deadly strain...
  • Russia - Quarantine imposed in Omsk Reg village where bird flu confirmed

    10/29/2005 3:45:27 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 356+ views
    ITAR-TASS ^ | October 29, 2005
    OMSK, October 29 (Itar-Tass) - A quarantine was imposed in the village of Rozovka in the Omsk Region on Saturday in connection with the bird flu. The Novosibirsk inter-regional veterinary laboratory confirmed the diagnosis, a source at the regional veterinary and farm produce control department told Itar-Tass. More than 100 poultry birds died in Rozovka located not far from the Russian-Kazakh border. Deaths of wild and domestic birds from infection were reported in six districts of the Omsk Region last August and September. The tough preventive measures taken by local authorities at that time stopped the bird flu from...
  • Parrot had deadly bird flu strain (in England)

    10/24/2005 9:34:14 AM PDT · by add925 · 33 replies · 630+ views ^ | 10/24/05 |
    LONDON, England -- Britain has confirmed that the bird flu virus that killed a parrot in quarantine was the same deadly strain that has devastated poultry stocks and killed more than 60 people in Asia. It is the first confirmed case of bird flu in Britain since 1992, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said. The parrot, from Suriname in South America, was almost certainly infected with the deadly H5N1 avian flu by a bird from Taiwan, Britain's chief veterinary officer, Dr. Debby Reynolds, said. The two separate bird consignments were kept in the same quarantine compound in...
  • Germany - 25 migratory birds found dead

    10/25/2005 1:27:18 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 454+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | October 25, 2005
    25 found migratory birds died in Germany BERLIN - Twenty-five migratory birds were found died Monday at the edge of a Lake Neuwied (western of Germany), one learned Tuesday near the local police force. The duck mallards and greylag goose corpses were transported to Coblentz where the veterinary surgeons must establish Tuesday the causes of dead and the possible presence of the aviary flu virus, the police force specified. According to firemen's, who discovered the corpses, certain birds suffered from strong convulsions before dying. The lake is a usual zone of rest for the migratory birds coming from the...
  • Britain: Bird Flu Is Deadly H5N1 Strain

    10/23/2005 8:06:23 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 374+ views
    ap ^ | 10/23/50 | MICHAEL McDONOUGH
    LONDON - The British government said Sunday that a strain of bird flu that killed a parrot in quarantine is the deadly H5N1 strain that has plagued Asia and recently spread to Europe. ADVERTISEMENT Scientists determined that the parrot, imported from South America, died of the strain of avian flu that has devastated poultry stocks and killed 61 people in Asia the past two years, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The virus is spread by migrating wild birds and has recently been found in birds in Russia, Turkey and Romania, spurring efforts around the globe...
  • Sweden - Dead duck had bird flu

    10/22/2005 2:19:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 596+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | October 22, 2005
    ALARM - a duck died in Sweden carrier of the aviary influenza STOCKHOLM - tests carried out on a died duck with Eskilstuna, in the west of Stockholm, revealed that it was carrying the aviary flu virus, but one is unaware of if it acts of mortal virus H5N1, according to the national veterinary Institute (SVA), brought back Saturday the news service TT.
  • Political Virus (WSJ Editorial)

    10/21/2005 10:06:44 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 3 replies · 513+ views
    Political Virus October 22, 2005; Page A6 Our political leaders keep telling us to fear the avian flu, and in one sense they're right: We should all be scared to death about how much damage our political leaders will do responding to the avian flu. Consider Secretary General Kofi Annan, who declared this month that he hoped concern for "intellectual property" wouldn't "get into the way" of procuring widespread vaccines for a potential avian-flu outbreak. In other words, companies that make vaccines should abandon their patents at Mr. Annan's whim. This kind of hostility to property rights is precisely the...
  • London - Bird flu found in parrot in UK quarantine-ministry

    10/21/2005 3:02:28 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 57 replies · 912+ views
    Reuters | October 21, 2005
    LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A parrot that died in quarantine in Britain has been diagnosed with bird flu, the country's agriculture ministry said on Friday. "A highly pathogenic H5 avian flu virus has been isolated in the parrot imported from Suriname, South America," the ministry said in a statement.
  • Avian Flu Surveillance Project

    05/09/2005 10:18:08 AM PDT · by Dog Gone · 2,295 replies · 48,794+ views
    Various ^ | May 9, 2005 | Vanity
    Some folks suggested that we begin a thread similar to the Marsburg Surveillance Project for monitoring developments regarding Avian Flu.The purpose is to have an extended thread where those interested can post articles and comments as this story unfolds.If we're lucky, the story and this thread will fade away.
  • The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 (History of Bird Flu's Grampa)

    10/19/2005 8:42:53 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 17 replies · 1,760+ views ^ | 1997, updated 2005 | Molly Billings
    The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI), at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. More people died of influenza in a single year than in four-years of the Black Death Bubonic Plague from 1347 to 1351. Known as "Spanish Flu" or "La Grippe" the influenza of 1918-1919 was a global disaster. In the fall of 1918 the Great War in Europe was winding down and peace was on the...