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  • H7N9 avian influenza: WHO analysis

    02/11/2017 9:17:31 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 17 replies
    Outbreak News Today ^ | 11FEB2017 | NEWS DESK
    Since Oct. 2016, China has seen an increase in human infections with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus and the World Health Organization (WHO) looked at some of the recent scientific information in several categories. Sudden increases in the number of human A(H7N9) cases reported during December and January have been observed in previous years. Compared to earlier waves of infection, further geographic spread of the virus was observed in this fifth wave. Of the cases where information on exposure history was known, as previous waves, most reported prior exposure to live poultry or potentially contaminated environments, including in LPMs. (live poultry...
  • Brace Yourself for a Thanksgiving Turkey Shortage

    06/18/2015 3:56:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 18, 2015 | Clint Rainey
    Bird flu has made the three-egg omelette a luxury item in parts of America, but the other fowl bearing the brunt of the highly pathogenic virus's outbreak is the poor turkey, whose flocks have been culled by 7.8 million so far. The USDA is now recognizing that this could have bad consequences in, say, five months, when a certain holiday occurs on the third Thursday of November. The federal agency's latest monthly hatchery report is a bit ominous: Reuters notes that it reports a "significant decline" in the May count for baby turkeys, or poults. That number (22.3 million) is...
  • Texas supermarket asks customers to curb egg buys due to U.S. shortage

    06/05/2015 6:50:18 AM PDT · by bgill · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 4, 2015 | Jim Forsyth
    H-E-B has put up signs on our egg shelves throughout all of our stores, asking our customers to limit their purchases to three cartons of eggs per purchase... the company does not want restaurants and commercial institutions coming in and stripping its shelves of eggs... [Whataburger] is cutting back on the hours it offers breakfast... Some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps that include importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives.
  • USDA reports virulent strain of avian flu in Kansas poultry

    03/15/2015 5:28:07 PM PDT · by EBH · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/15/2015 | Tom Polansek
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified the first infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in poultry in Kansas, confirming the virus has spread into a migratory bird route that runs through the center of the country. The discovery of the H5N2 flu strain in a backyard chicken and duck flock in a county just outside Kansas City, Kan., is certain to lead to expanded restrictions on U.S. poultry exports from top trading partners like Mexico and Canada. The infection, confirmed on Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was the first case in an...
  • New avian flu outbreak along Mississippi flyway challenges fowl farmers

    03/15/2015 5:02:20 AM PDT · by EBH · 3 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/15/2015 | Patrik Jonsson
    An outbreak of an avian bird flu that has attacked flocks of turkeys continues to spread throughout the Mississippi River Valley, as biosecurity detectives scramble to pin down the mode of transmission and contain the epidemic. Three states reporting an outbreak – Minnesota, Arkansas and Missouri – share the potential culprit. That would be the Mississippi River, which serves as a major flyway for migratory waterfowl. The particular strain of avian influenza usually doesn’t harm wild fowl, but does cause problems for domesticated flocks. The outbreak along the Mississippi flyway involves the same virus that has infected the Pacific flyway,...
  • Deadly Bird Flu In Seals Could Threaten Humans

    10/02/2014 1:13:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    natureworldnews.com ^ | Sep 04, 2014 | Brian Stallard
    Researchers have found a deadly strain of the avian influenza virus that has been sweeping through harbor seals may be able to spread to humans. That's according to a study recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications. The study, led by investigators from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, details how an avian H3N8 virus strain that had killed more than 160 seals along the New England coast back in 2011 boasted specific characteristics that allowed it to be easily spread through respiratory droplets and made it a potential threat for human infection.
  • Chinese army colonel says avian flu is an American plot against China

    04/10/2013 1:41:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/10/2013 | Max Fisher
    Colonel Dai Xu of the People’s Liberation Army wrote online that the new strain of bird flu hitting China, known as H7N9, is an American “bio-psychological weapon” meant to destabilize China. The rant, posted to Dai’s account on the Twitter-like service Weibo, had already been shared by more than 30,000 fellow users by the time that the South China Morning Post reported it on Monday. Dai now has a quarter million followers on Weibo, which is quite a platform. In general, Chinese Web users appear to have rejected Dai’s argument. In response to the criticism, though, he’s only dug in....
  • Mexican government says bird flu outbreak hits 582,000 chickens in central Mexico

    02/16/2013 2:27:55 PM PST · by null and void · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2013
  • Work resumes on lethal flu strains - Study of lab-made viruses a ‘public-health responsibility’.

    01/23/2013 12:18:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Nature News ^ | 23 January 2013 | Declan Butler
    An international group of scientists this week ended a year-long moratorium on controversial work to engineer potentially deadly strains of the H5N1 avian flu virus in the lab. Researchers agreed to temporarily halt the work in January 2012, after a fierce row erupted over whether it was safe to publish two papers reporting that the introduction of a handful of mutations enabled the H5N1 virus to spread efficiently between ferrets, a model of flu in mammals (see Nature http://doi.org/fxv55r; 2012). Both papers were eventually published, one in Nature1 and one in Science2. Now, in a letter simultaneously published on 23...
  • Egypt's Real Crisis: The Dual Epidemics Quietly Ravaging Public Health

    05/14/2012 3:54:13 PM PDT · by LucyT · 15 replies
    PandamicInformationNews ^ | May 14 2012, 7:01 AM ET | Laurie Garrett & Steven A. Cook
    A combination of avian flu and foot and mouth disease risk destroying the protein supply, eroding public trust, and further destabilizing the Arab world's most populous country. Lost in the recent political jockeying and protest violence leading up to Egypt's May 23 presidential elections is the unfolding public health disaster there. Avian flu and foot and mouth disease are running rampant, killing people and livestock as well as inflating the price of food. It's a serious health and economic issue, but it has potentially much larger implications for Egypt, and this little-discussed crisis is beginning to resemble those that occur...
  • Can Scientific Censorship Stop Bioterrorism?

    02/03/2012 12:15:43 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | January 31, 2012 | Ronald Bailey
    The best defense against a deadly attack with avian flu is the open scientific enterprise. Today the U.S. National Scientific Advisory Board for Biosecurity recommended that the journals Nature and Science restrict publication about controversial new research relevant to the transmission of avian flu between humans. The fear: Would-be bioterrorists are combing the pages of the journals for tips on how to wreak havoc. The H5N1 avian flu virus has killed 60 percent of the 600 or so people known to have come down with it since it was first identified in 1997. For comparison, seasonal flu in the United...
  • Indonesia Health Minister Suspected Bird Flu Immune Drug

    01/20/2012 11:59:29 AM PST · by little jeremiah · 4 replies
    Media Indonesia ^ | 20 Januari 2012 22:47 | Cornelius Eko Susanto
    The Pandemic Flu Information Forum posted a machine translation of the Indonesian article, excerpt below: Indonesia Health Minister Suspected Bird Flu Immune Drug JAKARTA - MICOM: Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih suspect in Indonesia has occurred the possibility of resistance (drug resistance) to the drug oseltamivir. The hypothesis was made based on the presence of some positive victims of bird flu in Indonesia are still died despite oseltamivir have been given early. < snip > If there is resistance to oseltamivir, Indonesia no longer has a drug to counteract the spread of the H5N1 virus. Because, oseltamivir is the only...
  • Expert unease over deadly flu virus 'created' in Dutch laboratory(biological WMD?)

    11/26/2011 4:57:11 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 76 replies · 1+ views
    Dutch News ^ | 11/25/11
    Expert unease over deadly flu virus 'created' in Dutch laboratory Friday 25 November 2011 Dutch scientists have created a flu virus which is so deadly there is doubt about whether the research should be published, the Volkskrant reports on Friday. The paper says American experts are worried detailed information could fall into the wrong hands and that terrorists could recreate the virus as a weapon. The fears are notable because the work was carried out on behalf of the National Institutes of Health in the US. The research team, led by Ron Fouchier, professor of virology at Erasmus teaching hospital,...
  • 'Anthrax isn't scary at all compared to this': Man-made flu virus with potential to wipe out...

    11/28/2011 8:39:53 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 51 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 28 | Staff
    A group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilisation. The deadly virus is a genetically tweaked version of the H5N1 bird flu strain, but is far more infectious and could pass easily between millions of people at a time. The research has caused a storm of controversy and divided scientists, with some saying it should never have been carried out.
  • Hong Kong Confirms Human Bird Flu Case

    11/18/2010 7:46:44 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/18/1020 | Associated Press
    HONG KONG, CHINA (AP) — Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of human bird flu in seven years. Health Secretary York Chow said late Wednesday that a 59-year-old woman had tested positive for H5N1 bird flu after returning to Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland, and is in serious condition in a local hospital.
  • Swine flu may protect against bird flu

    10/23/2009 9:53:20 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 575+ views
    Exposure to the H1N1 pandemic flu virus could protect people from H5N1 bird flu, the Emerging Health Threats Forum has reported. Research suggests that previous infection with the pandemic influenza virus strain could provide some immunity against the H5N1 virus. Experts speculate that this could protect against severe illness from bird flu. The H5N1 strain, kept under watch for its pandemic potential, has so far proved lethal in 60% of people infected with it. Kristien Van Reeth and colleagues at Ghent University infected pigs with a closely related “predecessor” to the current pandemic strain of the flu virus. Four weeks...
  • How Many People Could Bird Flu Kill?(FLASHBACK)

    10/19/2009 12:29:13 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies · 593+ views
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 30, 2005 | MICHAEL S. JAMES
    World health experts have tossed out death estimates from a potential bird flu pandemic ranging from 2 million and 150 million. While the estimates vary wildly, observers say the wide range may not be entirely surprising. After all,there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the bird flu, including what the virus even will look like if and when it becomes capable of spreading directly between humans. "We can't predict what a virus we've never seen will do," Marc Lipsitch, epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, told the ABC News Internet streaming channel ABC News Now. Current human...
  • Excreted Tamiflu found in rivers: If birds hosting flu virus are exposed to the waterborne...

    10/01/2009 1:01:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,429+ views
    Science News ^ | September 30th, 2009 | Janet Raloff
    If birds hosting flu virus are exposed to the waterborne pollutant, they might develop drug-resistant strains, chemists worry The premier flu-fighting drug is contaminating rivers downstream of sewage-treatment facilities, researchers in Japan confirm. The source: urinary excretion by people taking oseltamivir phosphate, best known as Tamiflu. Concerns are now building that birds, which are natural influenza carriers, are being exposed to waterborne residues of Tamiflu’s active form and might develop and spread drug-resistant strains of seasonal and avian flu. For their new study, Gopal Ghosh and his colleagues at Kyoto University sampled water discharged from three local sewage treatment plants...
  • Chile finds Swine Flu in turkeys..... (First Time)

    08/21/2009 10:21:49 AM PDT · by TaraP · 12 replies · 657+ views
    Irish Times ^ | August 21st, 2009
    Chile detected the H1N1 swine flu virus in turkeys, authorities said, the first time the virus has been found outside humans and pigs, but said there was no indication the disease had spread to other parts of Chile. The country's farming and livestock agency SAG said yesterday the flu outbreak had been controlled at the two farms 120 km west of the capital Santiago and notified the World Organization for Animal Health. "We call on the public to consume turkey products with confidence," a SAG statement said. It added that laboratory results ruled out the presence of H5N1 or bird...
  • Bird Flu Virus a Possible Trigger for Parkinson's

    08/13/2009 12:56:27 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,211+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | Greg Miller | 10 August 2009
    Enlarge ImageTrouble spots. In mice infected with the H5N1 virus, deposits of phosphorylated alpha-synuclein (arrows) in dopamine neurons may be a sign of neurodegeneration. Credit: H. Jang et al., PNAS Early Edition (2009) Decades after the 1918 influenza pandemic, epidemiologists noted an uptick in the number of people with diminished mobility and other neurological symptoms reminiscent of Parkinson's disease. But despite this and other hints, the idea that viruses can trigger neurodegenerative disease has remained controversial. Now researchers report new evidence for such a link: Mice infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus lose the same dopamine-releasing neurons that...