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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 ^ | 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.
  • Critics Skeptical as Flu Scientists Argue for Controversial H7N9 Studies

    08/08/2013 2:28:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Science ^ | August 8 2013 | David Malakoff
    Flu scientists are hoping to vaccinate themselves against another outbreak of a crippling controversy. In a letter published this week by Nature and Science (see p. 612), 22 researchers make their case for launching potentially risky experiments with the H7N9 avian influenza virus, which emerged earlier this year in China and which some scientists fear could spark a deadly human pandemic. The scientists, who mostly work in U.S.-funded labs, also detail the safety and security precautions that they would take to prevent the possibly dangerous viruses they create from escaping from the lab—or falling into the hands of terrorists. In...
  • 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...
  • WHO ready with antivirals to combat swine flu

    04/24/2009 5:21:03 PM PDT · by Lady GOP · 27 replies · 802+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4.24.09 | By Stephanie Nebehay
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it was prepared with rapid containment measures including antivirals if needed to combat the swine flu outbreaks in Mexico and the United States. The Geneva-based agency has been stockpiling doses of Roche Holding's Tamiflu, known generically as oseltamivir, a pill that can both treat flu and prevent infection. The new virus, not previously detected in pigs or humans, has proved sensitive to the drug, the WHO said in a statement. The WHO and its regional office in Washington, D.C., are also sending experts to Mexico to help health...
  • Baxter: Product contained live bird flu virus

    03/05/2009 12:23:03 PM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 15 replies · 893+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 27th February 2009 | By Helen Branswell
    The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses. And an official of the World Health Organization’s European operation said the body is closely monitoring the investigation into the events that took place at Baxter International’s research facility in Orth-Donau, Austria. “At this juncture we are confident in saying that public health and occupational risk is minimal at present,” medical officer Roberta Andraghetti said from Copenhagen, Denmark. “But what remains unanswered are the circumstances surrounding the incident in the Baxter facility in Orth-Donau.” The...
  • US Navy research lab under microscope in Indonesia

    05/02/2008 1:29:11 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 21 replies · 185+ views
    AFP ^ | May 2, 2008 | unknown
    JAKARTA (AFP) — The future of a major US Navy research laboratory in Indonesia is in doubt amid allegations, dismissed as "crazy" by US diplomats, of espionage and secret experiments. Negotiations between Washington and Jakarta over the renewal of the operating contract of US Naval Medical Research Unit-2, or Namru-2, have stalled over a range of issues including diplomatic immunity for its US staff. Established in Indonesia in 1970 and charged with researching infectious diseases of military importance, the facility employs 19 Americans and more than 100 Indonesians and is based in Indonesian health ministry grounds. Its operations have attracted...
  • Indonesian House calls for inquiry into US lab

    05/02/2008 1:06:34 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 8 replies · 168+ views
    China View (Xinhuanet) ^ | 2008-04-29 | Editor: Song Shutao
    JAKARTA, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Members of the Indonesian House of Representatives have moved to establish a special task force to investigate U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 (Namru-2), local press said Tuesday. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the second largest faction in the House, proposed the fact-finding team because of allegations the U.S. laboratory is engaging in espionage and the lack of apparent benefits to Indonesia from their research. "We propose the House form a task force to investigate the lab to reassure the public that it isn't spying on us and that it really benefits...
  • First Vaccine Against Avian Flu Is Approved as Interim Measure

    04/18/2007 12:08:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 481+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2007 | ANDREW POLLACK
    The first vaccine against avian flu won government approval yesterday, even as federal officials conceded its usefulness in a flu pandemic might be limited. The vaccine, made by Sanofi Pasteur, is directed against the H5N1 strain of influenza virus, which some public health experts say could possibly spark a deadly epidemic of flu in humans. The federal government has already stockpiled enough of the vaccine to treat 6.5 million people. But yesterday’s approval by the Food and Drug Administration means the vaccine is no longer considered experimental and therefore could be dispensed during a pandemic without requiring each recipient to...
  • EU To Assemble Bird Flu, Animal Disease "SWAT" Team

    02/27/2007 3:07:21 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 319+ views
    Alert Net ^ | 2-27-2007 | Reuters
    EU to assemble bird flu, animal disease "swat" team 27 Feb 2007 16:42:49 GMT More BRUSSELS, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A "swat" team of experts to tackle bird flu and other animal diseases is being assembled to fight outbreaks within the European Union and other countries. "When there is a serious animal disease outbreak ... very quick reaction is essential and efficient expert support can be crucial in bringing the situation under control," the European Commission said in a statement on Tuesday. While the EU has often dispatched teams of veterinary experts to help deal with disease crises -- to...
  • 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,...

    01/29/2007 5:16:07 PM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 14 replies · 504+ views
    ADN/Kronos International ^ | Jan-29-07 | Staff
    Weybridge, UK, 29 Jan. (AKI) - The European Union has confirmed that the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been found on a farm in Hungary - the first infection in Europe since the disease was reported last August. Tests at the EU's approved laboratory in Weybridge, south of London, backed up the results announced by Hungary's authorities last week. A flock of 3,000 geese where the outbreak of the highly virulent H5N1 was reported last Thursday on a farm near Szentes in the southeastern Hungarian county of Csongrad has been destroyed. Authorities found the H5N1 bird flu strain...
  • New Test Speeds Diagnosis of Lethal Avian Flu Strain

    08/29/2006 8:58:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 350+ views
    The Perfidious NY Times ^ | August 29, 2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    In an advance that speeds up diagnosis of the most dangerous avian flu, scientists have developed a detailed influenza test that takes less than 12 hours, federal health officials said yesterday. The new technology, a microchip covered with bits of genetic material from many different flu strains, cuts the typical time needed for diagnosis of the A(H5N1) flu to less than a day from a week or more. In addition, rather than giving just a yes-or-no result, it usually reveals which flu a human or an animal has. That means that public health officials investigating, for example, a flu outbreak...
  • As Other Asian Nations Have Moved to Control Bird Flu, It Is Rapidly Spiraling in Indonesia

    07/22/2006 10:11:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 522+ views
    NY Terrorist Tip Shi'ite ^ | July 21, 2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Indonesia is about to surpass Vietnam as the country hardest hit by avian flu. And while Vietnam has not had a single human case or poultry outbreak this year, public health officials and experts say the situation in Indonesia is likely to get worse. The flu is ubiquitous in thousands of backyard flocks, and it appears to be killing more birds every month, increasing the likelihood of human cases. Forty-two people have in Indonesia died since the first human case was confirmed a year ago. “It’s like trying to fix the roof while there’s a storm going on,” said Dick...
  • Factory Farms Ferment Bird Flu

    06/26/2006 2:48:01 PM PDT · by pubwvj · 3 replies · 486+ views ^ | 2006-05-19 | Walter Jeffries
    New research suggests that the source of bird flu may be factory farm chicken feces that are then used as commercial fish food and fertilizer in fields thus exposing humans and other birds to the H5N1 Avian Influenza virus (AI or bird flu).[1] This is thought to explain some of the outbreaks in China as well as the recent cluster of human deaths in Sumatra. Some feel that this may explain the reservoirs of avian flu in the wild - factory farms are infecting wild fish and birds. Government officials have been warning about the threat of migratory wild birds...
  • USDA Still Blocks Mad Cow Tests

    06/26/2006 2:46:03 PM PDT · by pubwvj · 2 replies · 356+ views ^ | 2006-05-13 | Walter Jeffries
    The USDA is still blocking US companies from testing their own beef to prove it is BSE free. This is hurting US beef exports to Japan. The USDA claims we need the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) which they developed to help with beef exports to Japan. With one hand the USDA forces heavy handed, expensive regulations on all livestock owners in the form of NAIS. With the other hand the USDA blocks a simple, foolproof test, that they developed, which would open up foreign markets to US beef. What gives? Is this all just an excuse for the government...
  • Migratory Wild Birds Not Carriers of Avian Influenza

    06/26/2006 2:43:52 PM PDT · by pubwvj · 2 replies · 340+ views ^ | 2006-05-11 | Walter Jeffries
    The big current excuse for Premises ID and the USDA's proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is that wild birds were going to migrate over the poles, bring Avian Influenza (H5N1) to Alaska and then down the west coast of the United States. The scenerio presented by experts was that then it would come eastward to all the other state and infect our backyard flocks who would then kill off millions of people in the United States. There are a few problems with this. Chickens are terminal hosts to bird flu. It isn't normally transmissible to humans. Sure, if you...
  • Be Prepared

    06/26/2006 2:01:44 PM PDT · by pubwvj · 1 replies · 482+ views ^ | April 19, 2006 | Walter Jeffries
    Before it was terrorism. Then it was mad cow disease. Now the government is using fears of Avian Influenza (H5N1 or bird flu) to scare people into accepting reductions in their freedoms and more government control over our lives. The latest trampling of our constitutional rights is in the form of Premise ID and the USDA's proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Maryland has bill HB709 to register all domestic birds including pet birds. Vermont is pushing Premise ID for bird flu prevention. ABC plans to do a TV movie about Avian Flu. Everyone wants in on the fear mongering....
  • Human-to-Human Infection by Bird Flu Virus Is Confirmed

    06/24/2006 2:15:05 AM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies · 1,359+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 24, 2006 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    ROME, June 23 — An Indonesian who died after catching the A(H5N1) bird flu virus from his 10-year-old son represents the first confirmed case of human-to-human transmission of the disease, a World Health Organization investigation of an unusual family cluster has concluded, the agency said Friday. The W.H.O. investigators also discovered that the virus had mutated slightly when the son had the disease, although not in any way that would allow the virus to pass more readily among people. "Yes, it is slightly altered, but in a way that viruses commonly mutate," said Dick Thompson, a spokesman for the agency...
  • Migrating Birds Didn't Carry Flu

    05/11/2006 1:59:19 PM PDT · by woofie · 14 replies · 387+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 11, 2006 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    ROME, May 10 — Defying the dire predictions of health officials, the flocks of migratory birds that flew south to Africa last fall, then back over Europe in recent weeks did not carry the deadly bird flu virus or spread it during their annual journey, scientists have concluded. International health officials had feared that the disease was likely to spread to Africa during the southward migration and return to Europe with a vengeance during the reverse migration this spring. That has not happened — a significant finding for Europe, because it is far easier to monitor a virus that exists...
  • Bird Flu Virus May Be Spread by Smuggling

    04/14/2006 11:42:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 293+ views
    International Herald Tribune via NY Times ^ | April 15, 2006 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    MILAN — Two vans of undercover police inspectors pulled up at a storefront in Milan in March, their target neither terrorists nor drugs. Picking their way through a refrigerator at the back of a Chinese grocery store off a piazza, the agents found their quarry: bags of duck feet. This followed a similar raid at a Milan warehouse a few months ago that yielded three million packages of chicken meat smuggled from China. There is increasing evidence that a thriving international trade in smuggled poultry — including live birds, chicks and meat — is helping spread bird flu, experts say....
  • Interview with Dr Mike Osterholm in the Minneapolis City Pages about H5N1 (Bird Flu)

    03/23/2006 1:14:35 PM PST · by Trident/Delta · 9 replies · 557+ views
    Minneapolis City Pages ^ | Mar 22, 2006 | Minneapolis CityPages
    Scare headlines about the possibility of a deadly flu pandemic have been with us for a few years now, ever since the H5N1 bird-flu virus that first appeared in Hong Kong in 1997 resurfaced in the region in 2003. But in the past month the drumbeat of such stories has grown faster and louder: Avian Flu Arrives in Poland. Turkey. Azerbajian. Germany. Denmark. And, just last Friday, Israel. The good news, according to Dr. Michael Osterholm, the director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, is that the arrival of infected birds in North America—sometime...
  • Bird Flu's Human-Attack Pathway Revealed

    03/22/2006 11:31:22 AM PST · by blam · 49 replies · 1,318+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-22-2006 | Debora MacKenzie
    Bird flu's human-attack pathway revealed 18:00 22 March 2006 news service Debora MacKenzie Two separate research groups have independently discovered why the H5N1 bird flu virus causes lethal pneumonia in people, but is – so far – hard for people to catch. In the process, they have found a way to predict which mutations might make the virus more contagious, and potentially become a pandemic strain. To date, confirmed human deaths from the disease stand at 103 worldwide The H5N1 virus binds to sugars on the surface of cells deep in human lungs, but not to cells lining the...
  • Two bird flu strains snarl vaccine search-US study

    03/21/2006 5:50:59 AM PST · by RightGeek · 6 replies · 467+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 20, 2006 | Jim Loney
    The H5N1 bird flu in humans has evolved into two separate strains, a development that will complicate the search for a vaccine and the prevention of a pandemic, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. The genetic diversification of the pool of H5N1 avian influenza viruses with the potential to cause a human influenza pandemic heightens the need for careful surveillance, researchers said at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta. "Back in 2003 we only had one genetically distinct population of H5N1 with the potential to cause a human pandemic. Now we have two," said Rebecca Garten of the...
  • U.S. study defines two clear bird flu strains (2 people dead 14 infected- Azerbaijan)

    03/20/2006 7:52:03 AM PST · by Mother Abigail · 39 replies · 754+ views
    Alertnet ^ | 3-10-06
    U.S. study defines two clear bird flu strains ATLANTA, March 20 (Reuters) - The H5N1 strain of bird flu in humans has evolved into two separate strains, U.S. researchers reported on Monday, which could complicate developing a vaccine and preventing a pandemic. One strain, or clade, made people sick in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in 2003 and 2004 and a second, a cousin of the first, caused the disease in people in Indonesia in 2004. Two clades may share the same ancestor but are distinct -- as are different clades, or strains, of the AIDS virus, the team from the...
  • Culling over, govt monitors doctor for bird flu

    03/19/2006 8:25:18 AM PST · by Termite_Commander · 230+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 19th, 2006 | Unknown
    MUMBAI (Reuters) - A doctor with fever and respiratory problems was under observation in Maharashtra where tens of thousands of birds were culled to contain a second outbreak of avian flu, officials said on Sunday. The latest outbreak -- in backyard poultry in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra -- was the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu, but it has not infected people so far. However, late on Saturday, a doctor walked into a local hospital and asked to be put under observation, joining a 11-year-old boy with high fever and a history of exposure to dead birds. "The doctor...
  • Egypt reports first human bird flu death

    03/18/2006 10:33:06 AM PST · by Termite_Commander · 35 replies · 658+ views
    Reuters AlertNet ^ | March 18th, 2006 | Mohammed Abbas
    CAIRO, March 18 (Reuters) - An Egyptian woman has died of bird flu, the country's first human victim of the virus, Egypt's health ministry said on Saturday. It said a 30-year-old woman from Qaloubiyah province, about 40 kms (25 miles) north of Cairo, was taken ill on Wednesday. "They (doctors) took samples for analysis at the ministry of health laboratories ... They confirmed she was infected with bird flu. She died on Friday morning," a health ministry statement said, adding the woman had been given Tamiflu, a drug used to treat suspected cases of bird flu. The World Health Organisation...
  • Three People Hospitalized For Possible Avian Flu (ISRAEL!)

    03/17/2006 9:05:52 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 8 replies · 684+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 3/17/06
    Three workers at two Negev kibbutzim where more than 1,000 turkeys were found dead Thursday were taken to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva on Friday for treatment of possible bird flu. Meanwhile, the bird flu was suspected of spreading to two additional sites Friday - Moshav Sde Moshe, near the southern town of Kiryat Gat, and Kibbutz Nachshon, 25 kilometers from Jerusalem. One of the patients, a Thai laborer who works at Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, is being held in isolation. The other two, Bedouin from the Tel Arad region who work at Kibbutz Holit, said they had been feeling...
  • Lethal Bird Flu Confirmed In kibbutzim; Flocks To Be Killed (11,000 turkeys killed by virus)

    03/17/2006 4:14:05 AM PST · by Hannah Senesh · 8 replies · 526+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | March 16, 2006 | Judy Siegel-Itzkovitch, Amir Mizroch, AP and JPost
    The Health Ministry confirmed on Friday that the virus responsible for the recent deaths of approximately 11,000 turkeys at the southern kibbutzim of Holit and Ein Hashlosha was indeed the H5 strain. The same strain was identified at Kibbutz Nachshon near Beit Shemesh, following an unusual amount of poultry deaths. Three people from Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, who worked at the chicken coops, were sent to Soroka Hospital under suspicion that they contracted the deadly bird flu strain. One of them, a Thai worker was held in isolation. The Health Ministry ordered the flocks of turkeys on all three kibbutzim be...
  • Renowned Bird Flu Expert Warns: Be Prepared (ABC Starts Global Death Watch)

    03/14/2006 3:33:26 PM PST · by Rutles4Ever · 73 replies · 2,214+ views ^ | 3/14/2006 | Jim Avila and Meredith Ramsey
    March 14, 2006 — Robert G. Webster is one of the few bird flu experts confident enough to answer the key question: Will the avian flu switch from posing a terrible hazard to birds to becoming a real threat to humans? There are "about even odds at this time for the virus to learn how to transmit human to human," he told ABC's "World News Tonight." Webster, the Rosemary Thomas Chair at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., is credited with being the first scientist to find the link between human flu and bird flu. Webster and his...
  • Bird Flu Could Reach Americas in 6 Months

    03/09/2006 4:57:11 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 488+ views
    AP ^ | 03/09/06 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    Bird Flu Could Reach Americas in 6 Months By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 27 minutes ago The virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu could reach the Americas in six to 12 months or even sooner as infected wild birds migrate toward the Arctic and Alaska, the U.N. bird flu chief said. Migratory patterns will probably take birds carrying the virus from West Africa to the Arctic and Alaska this spring, Dr. David Nabarro said Wednesday. Some infected birds will then likely move south in the fall on a migratory route to the Americas. "I think it's...
  • Did Factory Farms create Avian Flu?

    03/08/2006 2:14:41 PM PST · by pubwvj · 19 replies · 519+ views ^ | 03/08/2006 | Walter Jeffries
    One of the big excuses used by the USDA and states to argue for NAIS is bird flu, also known as Avian Influenza (H5N1) or Avian Flu and Exotic New Castle Disease. I have been receiving a lot of email from people about several new reports that Factory Farming is what is behind bird flu. "The report says the deadly H5N1 virus developed inside intensive poultry units in Asia and has proliferated through exports of live birds and the use of chicken droppings as fertilizer. Its publication by Grain, an agricultural pressure group, follows an announcement that the virus has...
  • Government working on new bird flu vaccine

    03/06/2006 9:37:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 264+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | March 6, 2006 | MIKE STOBBE
    AP MEDICAL WRITER ATLANTA -- With new versions of bird flu emerging, U.S. health officials announced Monday that scientists must stir up a different vaccine recipe to try to protect people. That's not unexpected because flu viruses - whether in birds or people - are constantly changing. Federal health officials are merely trying "to keep right on the virus's tail and keep our vaccines as up to date as much as we can," said Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University vaccine expert. But despite its mutations, the continent-hopping bird flu virus seems content slaying wild birds and farm chickens, causing...
  • Bird Flu Fears and New Rules Rattle German Pet Lovers

    03/06/2006 5:51:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 342+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 5, 2006 | CARTER DOUGHERTY
    SINGEN, Germany, March 2 — Hannelore Kirchenmaier burst into the animal shelter here on Thursday, desperate for advice after a chain of events turned the town's household pets into objects of angst. First, a stray cat died of bird flu on the German island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea. Before long German authorities decreed that all cats had to be kept indoors throughout areas where infected wild birds had been found, including Singen. They also said dogs should stay on leashes when outside. So there are now millions of pet owners in Germany trying to contend with their beloved...
  • Recent Spread of Bird Flu Confounds Experts

    03/06/2006 5:20:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 494+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 6, 2006 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    OZZANO EMILIA, Italy — As new outbreaks of bird flu have peppered Europe and Africa in recent weeks, experts are realizing that they still have much to learn about how migrating birds spread the A(H5N1) virus, leaving the continents vulnerable to unexpected outbreaks. After new scientific research published in February clarified the role of wild birds in spreading the disease from its original territory in southern China, the virus promptly moved into dozens of locations in Europe and Africa, following no apparent pattern and upsetting many scientific assumptions about the virus and its course around the world. In fact, knowledge...
  • For First Time, Flu Spreads From Birds

    03/06/2006 1:13:31 PM PST · by Kjobs · 72 replies · 1,248+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Melissa Eddy
    VIENNA, Austria - Three cats have tested positive for the deadly strain of bird flu in Austria's first reported case of the disease spreading to an animal other than a bird, state authorities said Monday. The sick cats were among 170 living at an animal shelter where the disease was detected in chickens last month, authorities said. The World Health Organization called bird flu a greater global challenge than any previous infectious disease, costing global agriculture more than $10 billion and affecting the livelihoods of 300 million farmers. [snip] Dr. Margaret Chan, who is spearheading WHO's efforts against bird flu,...
  • US prepares for likely bird flu outbreak

    03/04/2006 2:03:42 PM PST · by xcamel · 70 replies · 1,174+ views
    The Age (AU) ^ | March 5, 2006 - 7:04AM |
    US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says the United States is preparing for a likely outbreak of avian flu and assured consumers that poultry remains safe to eat. "There is no way to put a big cage around the United States. I think it is fair to assume we'll deal with ... avian influenza," said Johanns, who was attending a pork producers' meeting in Kansas City. "We could see it in domestic flocks as well as (wild) birds." The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed birds in more than 30 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa. It has...
  • Bird flu may spread to pigeons and sparrows

    03/04/2006 8:16:08 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 10 replies · 287+ views
    London Telegraph ^ | Roger Highfield, Science Editor
    Pigeons, sparrows and other British birds could become infected with bird flu, veterinary experts said yesterday. Most attention has focused on the threat to domestic poultry and migrating waterfowl. However, other species can be killed by the H5N1 strain. An expert said yesterday that if bird flu was confirmed in British wild birds, all species should be considered at risk. Dr Bob McCracken, a former president of the British Veterinary Association, said the virus was "very likely" to reach Britain and could be present for "a protracted period" - even several years. "There is a danger to all avian species,...
  • Suspected bird flu cases on rise across the country (Indonesia)

    03/03/2006 10:33:02 AM PST · by Termite_Commander · 5 replies · 297+ views
    The Jakarta Post ^ | March 4th, 2006 | Wahyoe Wardhana, et al
    Suspected bird flu cases are being detected in the country at an alarming rate, with more people falling sick in Surakarta in Central Java, Madiun and Malang in East Java and Batam in Riau Islands province. An as-yet unnamed 12-year-old girl suspected of contracting bird flu died Wednesday night after being treated at the Moewardi Hospital in Surakarta. Her body has been sent to her hometown in Boyolali, Central Java, for burial, hospital director Mardiatmo told Antara. Blood tests for the victim have been sent to a Jakarta laboratory for confirmation. Another seriously ill suspected bird flu patient is being...
  • 43 countries ban French poultry

    03/01/2006 6:37:25 PM PST · by quantim · 8 replies · 413+ views ^ | Wed 1 Mar 2006
    A total of 43 countries, representing more than 12% of French exports, have partially or totally banned poultry products from France, the EU's biggest producer now battling lethal bird flu, its government has said.Trade Minister Christine Lagarde suggested that the situation was worrying and, in a statement, said the ministry has decided to work with the French Poultry Confederation to "manage this crisis".The US was among the latest countries to restrict French products, banning poultry and live bird shipments from the Ain region of south-east France where H5N1 bird flu has been found on a turkey farm, the first H5N1...
  • DoD Officials Prepare for Possible Pandemic

    03/01/2006 3:41:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 353+ views
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, March 1, 2006 – Defense Department officials are working to create a pandemic influenza plan in time for the Department of Homeland Defense's end-of-March deadline, a DoD medical official said Feb. 27. The plan will lay out the department's roles and responsibilities in varying stages of an avian influenza -- or "bird flu" -- outbreak, both at home and overseas, said Ellen Embrey, deputy assistant secretary of defense for force health protection and readiness, during a Joint Operations Medical Managers Course in San Antonio. DoD's work is a coordinated, integrated effort to ensure the department is...
  • Cat's Bird Flu Death Raises Human Fears

    02/28/2006 8:28:21 PM PST · by ex-Texan · 20 replies · 594+ views
    A DOMESTIC cat found dead in Germany tested positive for bird flu yesterday, the first time the virus has been found in a mammal in Europe, the World Health Organisation said.The find increases concern that the virus could spread to other species in Europe as it has in other parts of the world. Maria Cheng, of the World Health Organisation, said: "We know that mammals can become infected with H5N1. But we don't know what this means for humans. "We don't know if they would play a role in transmitting the disease. We don't know how much virus the cats...
  • Cat dies of bird flu in Germany

    02/28/2006 9:49:15 AM PST · by laney · 75 replies · 1,121+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 28 February 2006 | Debora MacKenzie
    A dead cat on the German Baltic island of Rügen has been found carrying the H5N1 bird flu virus. The finding confirms the results of a Dutch study in 2005 showing cats can catch the virus, and suggests they may need to be included in efforts to control the spread of the virus in animals. No other flu virus has ever been observed to affect cats, but the "Z genotype" H5N1 that has been killing people in east Asia can kill cats of several species. Thijs Kuiken and colleagues at Erasmus University in the Netherlands found cats could catch it...
  • Deadly bird flu strain confirmed in German cat

    02/28/2006 7:28:20 AM PST · by Termite_Commander · 30 replies · 648+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | February 28th, 2006 | Unknown
    The H5N1 strain of bird flu has been confirmed in a cat in Germany, the first time it has been positively identified in the country in an animal other than a bird, a national laboratory said today. The cat was found on the northern island of Ruegen, where most of Germany’s more-than 100 cases of H5N1-infected wild birds have been found, the Friedrich Loeffler institute said. No other details were immediately available.
  • Don't Eat Raw Eggs (Bird Flu - UK)

    02/27/2006 5:56:27 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 1,231+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-28-2006 | Charles Clover
    Don't eat raw eggs By Charles Clover Environment Editor (Filed: 28/02/2006) Raw eggs should not be eaten by themselves or used in dishes, even though avian flu is not present in Britain, the chairman of the Food Standards Agency has said. Speaking at the National Farmers' Union annual conference, Dame Deirdre Hutton expressed a similar view to that of Prof Sir David King, the Government's chief scientific adviser - that avian flu did not pose a risk to consumers of poultry. Eggs should be cooked until the whites are solid - not the yolks But she warned that experts recommended...
  • France urges calm as H5N1 bird flu hits turkey farm (H5N1 also hits Germany)

    02/25/2006 7:02:00 AM PST · by Mother Abigail · 29 replies · 725+ views
    Alert Net ^ | 2-25-06
    France urges calm as H5N1 bird flu hits turkey farm By Sophie Louet PARIS, Feb 25 (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac urged French people on Saturday not to panic after the presence of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was confirmed at a farm in the east of the country where thousands of turkeys had died. It was the first case of the virus in domestic farm birds in the European Union and threatened to deal a severe blow to France's struggling poultry industry, worth 6 billion euros ($7 billion) a year and the biggest in the bloc. Poultry...
  • Failed Indonesian bird flu response concerns experts (Radio Transcript)

    02/25/2006 10:25:07 AM PST · by Termite_Commander · 1 replies · 170+ views
    ABC Online (Australia) ^ | February 25th, 2006 | Peter Cave
    ELIZABETH JACKSON: An Australian epidemiologist working at the forefront of the fight against bird flu in Indonesia says that country's failure to effectively deal with the disease it putting not only neighbouring Australia but the whole world at risk of a pandemic. Dr Andrew Jeremijenko has worked in Indonesia for eight years, most recently as the Project Leader of the Influenza Surveillance Studies for a US Naval Medical Research Group, helping the Indonesian Government. He says countries like Turkey, Vietnam and Thailand have implemented effective control programs and have since had no human deaths, but in Indonesia the deaths keep...
  • France confirms H5N1 bird flu found at turkey farm (Turkeys deny everything as anti-Turk lies)

    02/24/2006 6:25:18 PM PST · by Cornpone · 14 replies · 433+ views
    Reuters (via Swissinfo) ^ | 25 February 2006 | David Evans
    PARIS (Reuters) - France on Saturday confirmed the presence of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu at a farm in the east of the country where thousands of turkeys had died. It was the first case of the virus in domestic farm birds in the European Union and threatened to deal a severe blow to France's struggling poultry industry, worth 6 billion euros ($7 billion) a year and the biggest in the bloc. The outbreak was discovered on Thursday at the farm with 11,000 turkeys in the Ain department, where two cases of H5N1 had already been confirmed in...
  • 'Europe Has No Hope Of Eradicating Bird Flu'

    02/22/2006 6:40:19 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies · 726+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-23-2006 | David Rennie - David Derbyshire
    'Europe has no hope of eradicating bird flu' By David Rennie and David Derbyshire (Filed: 23/02/2006) Europe has "no hope of eradicating" the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in the foreseeable future, now that there are infected wild birds across the European Union, a senior bird flu expert said yesterday. Although the virulent strain of avian influenza arrived inside the EU less than two weeks ago, it is now a fact of life, European Commission officials said. The warning came as EU officials approved plans by France and the Netherlands to vaccinate millions of birds against the disease. The British...
  • All About Bird Flu

    02/20/2006 8:16:56 AM PST · by Grendel9 · 23 replies · 643+ views
    Avian influenza (also known as bird flu, avian flu, influenzavirus A flu, type A flu, or genus A flu) is a flu due to a type of influenza virus that is hosted by birds, but may infect several species of mammals. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s and is now known to exist worldwide. A strain of the H5N1-type of avian influenzavirus that emerged in 1997 has been identified as the most likely source of a future influenza pandemic and is known to have infected 146 people in Asia since 2003, killing 76. *** In humans...
  • Bird flu suspect dies in Bulgaria

    02/20/2006 8:20:32 AM PST · by Termite_Commander · 1 replies · 177+ views
    China View ^ | February 20th, 2006
    SOFIA, Feb. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- A young woman hospitalized last Friday in Bulgaria's second largest city of Plovdiv has died after showing symptoms of bird flu, Bulgarian state news agency BTA reported on early Monday. The patient, 27, was sent to hospital with severe bilateral pneumonia and breathing difficulties, BTA cited the chief doctor Mariana Stoicheva as saying. Stoicheva revealed the woman had worked in a local minced chicken factory, prompting the hospital to treat her as a suspicious avian flu-infected patient. Initial tests to detect the fatal H5N1 strain of bird flu virus were immediately carried out and the...