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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.
  • 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,...
  • BIRD FLU: EU CONFIRMS DEADLY H5N1 STRAIN IN HUNGARIAN GEESE

    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
    NoNAIS.org ^ | 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
    NoNAIS.org ^ | 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
    NoNAIS.org ^ | 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
    NoNAIS.org ^ | 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....