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  • 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...
  • Two Egyptian Boys Contract Bird Flu - Agency

    05/20/2009 4:39:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 377+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/20/09
    Two Egyptian boys have contracted the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus, bringing the total number of cases in the most populous Arab country to 74, state news agency MENA said on Wednesday. Egypt, hit harder by bird flu than any other country outside Asia, has seen a surge in cases in recent weeks with 14 new human infections and four deaths reported since April 1 -- more than the country saw in all of 2008. The children -- a 4-year-old boy from Daqahlia in the Nile Delta and a 3-year-old boy from Sohag in the south -- were admitted...
  • Human noses too cold for bird flu

    05/16/2009 5:38:50 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 6 replies · 465+ views
    BBC ^ | May 14, 2009 | BBC
    Human noses too cold for bird flu Bird flu may not have become the threat to humans that some predicted because our noses are too cold for the virus to thrive, UK researchers say. An Imperial College London recreation of the nose's environment found that at 32 degrees Celsius, avian flu viruses lose function and cannot spread. It is likely that the viruses have adapted to suit the warmer 40 degree environments in the guts of birds. A mutation would be needed before bird flu became a human problem, they said. Published in the journal PLoS Pathogens, the study also...
  • 3,000 Chickens Culled In Southeastern Bangladesh

    05/11/2009 6:36:13 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 11 replies · 392+ views
    All Headline News ^ | May 11, 2009 | Siddique Islam
    Dhaka, Bangladesh (AHN) - Some 3,000 chickens were culled after bird flu was detected at a poultry farm in the country's Southeastern Cox's Bazar district town on Sunday night. "On Sunday officials from the center informed us that bird flu virus was found in the samples," District Livestock Officer Dr Zaker Ullah was quoted by The Daily Star, a local newspaper, as saying. He also said they collected samples from the poultry farm on Saturday and sent them for testing to the Regional Livestock Research Centre in Feni. Poultry birds at other farms in the area are being examined to...
  • Towards a sane and rational approach to management of Influenza H1N1 2009

    05/07/2009 5:03:34 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 22 replies · 559+ views
    Virology Journal ^ | 7 May 2009 | William R Gallaher
    Beginning in March 2009, an outbreak of influenza in North America was found to be caused by a new strain of influenza virus, designated Influenza H1N1 2009, which is a reassortant of swine, avian and human influenza viruses. However, there are significant changes in both the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase proteins of the new virus, 27.2% and 18.2% of the amino acid sequence, from prior H1N1 isolates in 2008 and the current vaccine. Such a degree of change qualifies as an "antigenic shift", even while the virus remains in the H1N1 family of influenza viruses, and may give influenza H1N1 2009...
  • Swine Flu in Perspective

    05/02/2009 3:04:11 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 553+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 02, 2009 | Frank S. Rosenbloom, M.D.
    Outbreak! was the title of the movie released in 1995 about an Ebola epidemic, inspired by news reports of outbreaks of the deadly virus in Africa. Some experts opined that "it could happen here" and that it was just a matter of time before Ebola would show up in the US. Never one to play along, I posted a sign in my office in 1996 that if Ebola broke out here I would move to Africa and live with the monkeys. I am still here. In 2003 a horrible new disease was spreading out of Asia. SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory...
  • Swine Flu Outbreak Illuminated By Avian Flu Research...

    04/30/2009 2:17:15 PM PDT · by TaraP · 23 replies · 623+ views
    Science Daily ^ | April 30th, 2009
    A new study by University of Maryland researchers suggests that the potential for an avian influenza virus to cause a human flu pandemic is greater than previously thought. Results also illustrate how the current swine flu outbreak likely came about. As of now, avian flu viruses can infect humans who have contact with birds, but these viruses tend not to transmit easily between humans. However, in research recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Associate Professor Daniel Perez from the University of Maryland showed that after reassortment with a human influenza virus, a process that usually...
  • Is swine flu 'the big one' or a flu that fizzles?

    04/26/2009 11:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 3,378+ views
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | April 26, 2009 | Mike Stobbe
    As reports of a unique form of swine flu erupt around the world, the inevitable question arises: Is this the big one? Is this the next big global flu epidemic that public health experts have long anticipated and worried about? Is this the novel virus that will kill millions around the world, as pandemics did in 1918, 1957 and 1968? The short answer is it's too soon to tell. "What makes this so difficult is we may be somewhere between an important but yet still uneventful public health occurrence here — with something that could literally die out over the...
  • FLASHBACK 2006: CDC Chief: Bird Flu 'Not Media Hype'

    04/25/2009 6:03:28 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 20 replies · 851+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1-25-08 | Daniel J. DeNoon
    The bird flu news isn't encouraging, the head of the CDC said today. The comments by CDC Director Julie M. Gerberding, MD, MPH, came at the opening of the 2006 National Influenza Vaccine Summit meeting of public health officials and vaccine manufacturers. Preparation for a flu pandemic is only a small part of the meeting. But in her opening remarks, Gerberding stressed how seriously the CDC is taking the threat of a bird flu pandemic. "This is not media hype. This is a real situation," Gerberding said. "And at CDC we are very focused on the possibility of pandemic with...
  • Farms placed under quarantine after avian flu suspected in B.C.

    01/24/2009 1:30:09 PM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 13 replies · 392+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | January 23, 2009 at 9:45 PM EST | ROD MICKLEBURGH AND ROBERT MATAS
    VANCOUVER/ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — The Fraser Valley has been hit by what disease-control experts suspect is the third outbreak of avian flu to affect the prime agricultural area's numerous poultry flocks in less than five years. After samples taken from distressed turkeys at a 50,000-bird operation near Abbotsford were found to contain signs of the H5 virus, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency immediately slapped a quarantine on the farm and about two dozen others within a three-kilometre radius. CFIA officials were waiting for the initial diagnosis to be confirmed by its national testing laboratory in Winnipeg before taking further action.
  • Terrorists could strike Britain by infecting country with bird flu[SARS]

    11/27/2008 3:09:15 PM PST · by BGHater · 7 replies · 585+ views
    Telegrah ^ | 27 Nov 2008 | Duncan Gardham
    Terrorists could strike Britain by infecting the country with bird flu or Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a leading group of security experts has warned. A commission led by Lord Ashdown, the former Liberal Democrat leader,identified 27 countries where terror organisations could become a threat to the UK. The report by the Institute of Public Policy Research warns that one of the biggest emerging threats comes from terrorists turning to biological warfare. The assessment comes from the IPPR's Commission on National Security for the 21st century which is chaired by Lord Ashdown and Lord Robertson, the former Secretary General of...
  • Bird Flu: Indonesia's Trial Run

    04/28/2008 8:59:02 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 132+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-29-2008 | Lucy Williamson
    Bird flu: Indonesia's trial run By Lucy Williamson April 29, 2008 BBC News, Bali In the backstreets of a Bali village, all hell has broken loose. The Balinese rural calm has been invaded by men with megaphones and masks, there are sirens wailing down the main street, and at the centre of it all, Putu Arini sits quietly on the porch of her house, waiting for the police. Parts of Bali have looked like the set of a germ-warfare film A few hours ago, her husband was taken to the local health clinic, with bird flu-like symptoms, and now investigators...
  • Study Finds Key Factors Behind Bird Flu Outbreaks

    03/26/2008 11:31:01 AM PDT · by anymouse · 5 replies · 490+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3.26.08 | Will Dunham
    Ducks, people and rice paddies are the primary forces driving outbreaks of avian influenza in Thailand and Vietnam, and the number of chickens is less pivotal, scientists said on Wednesday. U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization experts and others looked at three waves of H5N1 bird flu in Thailand and Vietnam in 2004 and 2005. The virus has killed 236 people in 12 countries since 2003. They used computer modeling to study how various factors were involved in the spread of the virus, including the numbers of ducks, geese and chickens, human population size, rice cultivation and local geography. Even though...
  • W Bengal bird flu 'is spreading'

    01/23/2008 6:29:07 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 70 replies · 19,858+ views
    BBC News ^ | 1-23-2007 | staff
    Officials in the Indian state of West Bengal say that the bird flu epidemic has spread to two more of the state's 19 districts, taking the total to nine. They say that the spread of the H5N1 virus means that even more chicken and duck will have to be killed than was originally estimated. On Monday officials said that around 2m birds would need to be culled - a figure that will now rise. Health experts have warned that the outbreak could get out of control.
  • Egypt: 4 Women Die of Bird Flu

    01/04/2008 10:32:47 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies · 268+ views
    NYT ^ | 01/03/08 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Egypt: 4 Women Die of Bird Flu By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Published: January 3, 2008 Bird flu has killed four Egyptian women in the past week, according to Egyptian health officials and the World Health Organization. The women, ages 25 to 50, were from different provinces, and the cases were not related, officials said. At least one was a chicken seller, and the others were said to have kept poultry at home. The H5N1 strain of avian flu appears endemic in Egyptian poultry; previously the last human case was in June. A total of 43 Egyptians have been infected...
  • New vaccinations give scientists hope of conquering flu

    01/03/2008 11:24:41 PM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 7 replies · 155+ views
    Times online (UK) ^ | January 4, 2008 | Nigel Hawkes
    A vaccine that could help to control a flu pandemic has shown encouraging results in its first human trials. The vaccine, made by Acambis, based in Cambridge, should protect against all strains of influenza A, the type responsible for pandemics. Unlike existing vaccines it does not have to be reformulated each year to match the prevalent strains of flu, so it could be stockpiled and used as soon as a pandemic strain emerges. Nor does it need to be grown on fertilised chicken eggs, as the existing vaccines do, but can be produced by cell culture. The results, announced yesterday...
  • Father causes bird flu scare at airport

    12/18/2007 8:11:14 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 26 replies · 201+ views
    Kuwait Times ^ | Dec. 19 2007 | staff writers
    KUWAIT: Officials reported that an Indian expatriate was just completing his travel procedures at Kuwait International Airport to travel to Hyderabad City in India by Indian Airlines. They said he presented two tickets - one for him and second for his eight-year-old child. Customs personnel however noticed that he approached the counter alone leaving his child in the waiting hall. The customs personnel then asked him about the child to which he answered them that he suspected that his child might be suffering from the bird flu virus, which is why he wanted to complete the travel procedures and only...
  • Father Catches Bird Flu That Killed His Son

    12/07/2007 7:17:16 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 280+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-8-2007 | Roger Highfield
    Father catches bird flu that killed his son By Roger Highfield Last Updated: 3:01am GMT 08/12/2007 Fears that the virus responsible for bird flu has evolved to spread between people have been raised after the father of a man who died from the disease was reported to have developed the infection. Humans can contract the potentially lethal H5N1 bird flu virus from close contact with infected birds but scientists fear that it could mutate into a version that spreads from person to person, raising the risk of wider outbreaks or even a global pandemic. The World Health Organisation said that...
  • Bird Flu Outbreak Detected In Norfolk (UK)

    11/12/2007 1:44:18 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 137+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-12-2007 | Felix Lowe
    Bird flu outbreak detected in Norfolk By Felix Lowe and agencies Last Updated: 7:57pm GMT 12/11/2007 Around 7,500 birds are being slaughtered after a fresh case of avian flu was confirmed on a South Norfolk poultry holding. It is not yet known if the disease is the deadly H5NI strain that was detected nearby in February The H5 subtype of the disease was detected in turkeys on a farm at Redgrave, Norfolk, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said today after a conference with veterinary officials. It is not yet known if the tests had detected the...
  • U.S. self-government is in peril (SPP Alert)

    09/11/2007 5:33:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 98 replies · 3,458+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2007 | Phyllis Schlafly
    It's now leaking out that there was more going on than met the eye at the Security and Prosperity Partnership Summit in Montebello, Canada, in August. The three amigos - President George W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon - finalized and released the "North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza." The "Plan" - that's what they call it, with a capital P - is to use the excuse of a major flu epidemic to shift powers from U.S. legislatures to unelected, unaccountable "North American" bureaucrats. This idea was launched on Sept. 14, 2005,...
  • Vietnam Finds Bird Flu in Poultry Near China

    08/16/2007 8:00:25 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 2 replies · 279+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 15, 2007 | Reuters
    (HANOI) - Vietnam has detected a bird flu outbreak in the northern province of Cao Bang bordering China, the country's second infection among poultry so far this month, the Agriculture Ministry said on Wednesday. Eighty-nine chickens and ducks died at a farm last Saturday and tests in Hanoi have confirmed they were infected by the H5N1 virus, the ministry's Animal Health Department said in a report. The infected farm is in Thach An district, about 70 km south of the border with China's province of Guangxi. The previous poultry outbreak was detected on Aug. 2 in the northwestern province of...
  • Scientist Doubts Efforts To Detect Avian Flu In US

    07/30/2007 3:57:40 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 321+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 7-30-3007 | Kevin Miller
    Scientist doubts efforts to detect avian flu in U.S. By Kevin Miller Monday, July 30, 2007 - Bangor Daily News ORONO, Maine - A potential avian flu pandemic may have slipped from the headlines, but the threat is still very real. And one leading expert worries that U.S. efforts to detect the deadly avian flu strain may be subpar. Peter Marra, a research scientist with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Zoo in Washington, told fellow ornithologists gathered at the University of Maine on Saturday that health and wildlife officials may be focusing too heavily on migratory birds when looking...
  • Outbreak of H5N1 bird flu detected in India's northeast

    07/26/2007 5:08:18 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies · 318+ views
    Japan Today ^ | Friday, July 27, 2007 at 08:15 EDT | staff
    NEW DELHI — India's government on Thursday confirmed an outbreak of H5N1-strain bird flu at a poultry farm in the northeastern state of Manipur, marking the country's first reported outbreak since February last year. Health officials said the highly virulent H5NI strain, which can infect humans, was detected in samples taken from birds that had died suddenly at the farm in Chingmeirong village on the outskirts of Imphal, capital of the insurgency-hit state that borders Myanmar.
  • DOD helps prepare U.S. for pandemic flu outbreak

    05/09/2007 5:22:39 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 504+ views
    AFNEWS ^ | 5/9/2007 | Gerry J. Gilmore
    WASHINGTON (AFNEWS) -- The Defense Department is teaming with other federal agencies to prepare the nation to deal with a potential pandemic outbreak of influenza, a senior official said May 8 here. "Right now, we're as ready as we can be at this point," said Richard Chavez, director of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear preparedness and response at the department. The Defense Department is rolling out its Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan to the public today, part of the president's initiative to prepare the nation for a potential mass outbreak of deadly influenza virus or other threats. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon...
  • Flu pandemic scenarios grim for schools

    05/01/2007 8:12:32 AM PDT · by Gritty · 19 replies · 820+ views
    TimesDaily.com ^ | April 29. 2007 | SARAH BRUYN JONES
    A doomsday scenario of a flu pandemic that might never happen is driving a sweeping review of what states should do to minimize the potential impact. Closing schools has been determined to be one of the best defenses to slow the spread of a flu outbreak, but the implications of long-term school closings are staggering. A flu outbreak of huge proportions would force school doors shut for weeks, if not months. School administrators, health officials, law enforcement officers and business executives gathered recently to discuss how to handle closing schools for such an extended time. They also received a lesson...
  • Tamiflu Key To Treat Bird Flu, Avoid Steroids

    04/23/2007 3:09:54 AM PDT · by Lurker · 8 replies · 684+ views
    Alertnet.org ^ | 20 April 2007 | unknown
    April 20, Reuters — Tamiflu key to treat bird flu, avoid steroids. Bird flu patients who get early treatment with the antiviral drug Tamiflu have the best chances of surviving while using steroids can do more harm than good, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, April 20. The WHO was reporting on the preliminary conclusions of international experts who met last month in Turkey to compare notes on treatments, including the attempt by doctors in some countries to use steroids as well. "Corticosteroid therapy has failed so far to show effectiveness," the WHO warned. "Prolonged or high dose...
  • Third Egyptian child tests positive for bird flu

    03/31/2007 6:10:58 PM PDT · by NRA2BFree · 15 replies · 596+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | Mar 31, 2007 | staff
    CAIRO - A third Egyptian child has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, bringing the number of human cases in Egypt to 32, state news agency MENA said on Saturday. An official with the health ministry said the 4-year-old girl came from Qalyoubia province, north of Cairo, MENA said. Earlier, the health ministry said a 4-year-old boy from Qena province, around 670 kilometers (416 miles) south of Cairo, and a 7-year-old boy from Sohag province, around 470 kilometers south of Cairo, had been infected with bird flu. The 4-year-old girl was admitted to hospital on Friday, MENA...
  • Bird Flu Found On British Farm

    02/03/2007 10:59:47 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 590+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-3-2007 | Bonnie Malkin
    Bird flu found on British farm By Bonnie Malkin and agencies Last Updated: 5:35pm GMT 03/02/2007 Government vets are investigating an outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm after thousands of turkeys died. Police have cordoned off the farm Experts were called to a Bernard Matthews site at Holton near Halesworth, Suffolk, late on Thursday following the outbreak of an "unexplained" illness. Around 2,600 turkeys are thought to have died from the virus. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said preliminary tests had confirmed a bird flu outbreak. Later, the EU Commission confirmed the potentially deadly...
  • GSK's bird flu vaccine protects against drifted strain of H5N1 virus

    03/06/2007 10:09:06 AM PST · by FYREDEUS · 1 replies · 299+ views
    Canadian Press via sympatico.msn.ca ^ | March 05, 2007 | Helen Branswell
    (CP) - Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has shown its H5N1 vaccine may protect against genetically different versions of the avian flu strain, offering hope that stockpiled vaccine might be useful against a mutated H5N1 virus, should the strain go on to trigger a pandemic. While the results presented Monday were preliminary, the GSK data are the first made public that boast both a low-dose regime and cross-protection against a distant cousin of the virus contained in the vaccine. A vaccine that could protect against varied strains of the virus in low doses would be a significant coup for the company and...
  • Kuwait confirms 20 cases of bird flu in falcons, chickens and turkeys

    02/26/2007 6:01:55 AM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 12 replies · 415+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | February 25, 2007 | The Associated Press
    KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has confirmed 20 cases of the deadly bird flu in falcons, chickens and turkeys, a spokesman for the Health Ministry said Sunday. Ahmed al-Shatti said there were no human cases and an emergency plan has been launched. He said the cases were found at the Kuwait Zoo, farms and a clinic for falcons. The zoo and bird markets will be closed temporarily, and exports and imports of birds are being halted, he said. Kuwait has established a control room that operates around the clock to monitor and coordinate efforts to combat the disease, said al-Shatti, who is...
  • (Vanity) As the World Turns, Part III, or, The Year of Lipstick on a Pig

    02/18/2007 10:14:56 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 23 replies · 1,396+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-18-2007 | grey_whiskers
    This is part of a continuing series on possible changes in geopolitical power, concerning the decline of the West and the rise of other powers. In (Vanity) As the World Turns, or The Wild, Wild, East , I raised the idea of the West’s decline and considered three heirs-apparent: the Muslim World, China, and India. In (Vanity) As the World Turns, Part II, or Back to the Future, I looked at the Muslim world and some of the flaws within its culture which might keep it from rising to a true World Power. In this piece, I reconsider China more...
  • Britons strive to contain bird flu

    02/04/2007 1:50:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 642+ views
    Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2007 | from combined dispatches
    HOLTON, England -- Britain scrambled to contain its first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu in domestic poultry yesterday after the virus was found at a farm run by Europe's biggest turkey producer. About 2,500 turkeys have died since Thursday at the Bernard Matthews farm near Lowestoft in eastern England. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said all 159,000 turkeys on the farm would be culled. "We're in new territory," National Farmers' Union Poultry Board Chairman Charles Bourns said. "We've every confidence in DEFRA, but until we know how this disease arrived,...
  • In Day Long Drill, US Agency Prepares For Avian Flu (CDC)

    02/01/2007 8:29:27 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 315+ views
    International Herald tribune ^ | 2-1-2007 | Donald G. Mcneil
    In daylong drill, U.S. agency prepares for avian flu By Donald G. Mcneil Jr. Published: February 1, 2007Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, director of the disease centers in Atlanta. (Erik S. Lesser for The New York Times) ATLANTA: This is not a real article. This is an exercise. Patient Zero in the 2007 avian flu pandemic died at 9:25 this morning. It caused little fuss in the war room of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it was announced. In part, the death was expected — there had been hints of what was coming in this first avian flu...
  • Bird influenza feared at farm in Okayama

    01/28/2007 7:18:42 AM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 6 replies · 341+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007 | The Japan Times
    OKAYAMA (Kyodo) The agriculture ministry announced Saturday that bird flu is suspected in the deaths of 22 chickens at a poultry farm in Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture. Workers bury bags of slaughtered chickens from the Sato Broiler farm at a mountain near the farm in Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture, on Saturday. KYODO PHOTO The word came just hours after the ministry confirmed that the deadly H5N1 strain was detected in the second outbreak of bird flu this month in Miyazaki Prefecture. The farm in Takahashi raises around 12,000 chickens. Two died Friday and 20 died Saturday, according to the ministry. It is...
  • Concern as revived 1918 flu virus kills monkeys

    01/20/2007 8:06:06 PM PST · by streetpreacher · 53 replies · 1,330+ views
    Nature ^ | January 17, 2006 | Kerri Smith
    Questions raised over safety of revived microbe.Kerri Smith   Natural Museum of Health and Medicine The 1918 influenza virus, which killed some 50 million people worldwide, has proved fatal to macaques infected in a laboratory. The study follows Nature's controversial publication1 of the virus's sequence in 2005, alongside a paper in Science that described the recreation of the virus from a corpse and its potency in mice2. Some scientists question the wisdom of reconstructing such a deadly virus. Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Those who carried out the macaque study say yes, as a better understanding of how it...
  • Risk of Bird-Flu Pandemic Seen as 'Permanent Threat'

    01/16/2007 9:42:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 467+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 16, 2007 | Nicholas Zamiska
    HONG KONG -- Although fears of an avian-flu pandemic among humans have subsided, experts warn that the risk hasn't vanished. Less than a year ago, flocks of poultry, swans and wild birds were contracting the disease in Europe and Africa. The spread into the U.S. bird population seemed just a matter of time, and some people rushed to stockpile antiviral drugs. It has been relatively quiet since then, and some of the fears now seem overblown. Still, evidence continues to trickle in that the virus hasn't gone away. Birds continue to die from the disease in countries such as Vietnam...