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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 NewScientist.com 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
    BangkokPost.com ^ | 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
    NewsTarget.com 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...