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  • China halts poultry trading after new H7N9 cases

    01/27/2014 7:21:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2014 9:45 PM EST
    Authorities in eastern China have banned live poultry sales after an increase in the number of people infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu, state media reported Tuesday, with the busy Chinese New Year travel period already under way. So far this year, H7N9 has killed 19 people in China and infected 96, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. …
  • First North American death from bird flu (Canada)

    01/09/2014 8:45:46 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1-9-2014 | (Unclear)
    The first fatal case of bird flu in North America has been reported in Canada. Officials in Canada said the victim, who was from Alberta, had just returned from Beijing. The unnamed victim, who was not identified, died on January 3, having been admitted to hospital on Jan 1. Four days earlier the victim, whose sex was not disclosed, had complained of a headache and fever. Rona Ambrose, the Canadian health minister, insisted this was an isolated case, although officials are trying to contact others on the flight.
  • New Bird Flu Surfaces in Taiwanese Woman

    11/14/2013 7:38:39 AM PST · by null and void · 11 replies
    MedPage Today ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Michael Smith
    New Bird Flu Surfaces in Taiwanese Woman Published: Nov 13, 2013 By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, A novel variant of avian influenza A infected a 20-year-old woman in Taiwan. Note that the woman was treated in May and made a complete recovery, with no indication that she spread the novel virus to anyone else. A novel variant of avian influenza A infected a 20-year-old woman in Taiwan, investigators there are reporting. It is the first reported case of an H6N1 avian virus infecting and causing disease in a human, although very similar viruses are endemic in chickens in the...
  • New bird flu 'has unique traits'

    09/10/2013 1:45:40 PM PDT · by Veggie Todd · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 10, 2013 | James Gallagher
    It is able to infect both the nose, giving it the potential to spread easily, and penetrate deep in the lungs where it causes pneumonia. The authors of the American Journal of Pathology say the twin attack has not been detected in previous bird flus.
  • 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...
  • H7N9 bird flu in likely China spread between people, researchers find

    08/07/2013 12:54:31 AM PDT · by null and void · 9 replies
    NBC ^ | 8/7/13 | Kate Kelland
    LONDON - The first scientific analysis of probable human-to-human transmission of a deadly new strain of bird flu that emerged in China this year gives the strongest evidence yet that the H7N9 virus can pass between people, scientists said on Wednesday. Research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) analyzing a family cluster of cases of H7N9 infection in eastern China found it was very likely the virus "transmitted directly from the index patient (a 60-year-old man) to his daughter." Experts commenting on the research said while it did not necessarily mean H7N9 is any closer to becoming the next...
  • Can Dangerous Bird Flu Virus Fly Between Humans?

    07/19/2013 2:12:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 18 July 2013 | Jon Cohen
    Enlarge Image Air travel. Ferret studies show that H7N9 can move via respiratory droplets from intentionally infected animals in one cage to their neighbors. Credit: Sander Herfst Since a new bird flu virus began sickening and killing people in China in March, one of the most pressing questions has been whether the virus, H7N9, would easily spread from human to human, possibly kicking off a global pandemic. Fortunately, no convincing signs of such transmission surfaced, and the outbreak—which led affected Chinese cities to close poultry markets and cull birds—seems to have ground to a halt. But three new studies...
  • Chinese Scientists Create Killer Hybrid Flu Virus In Lab

    05/04/2013 5:23:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    zen-haven.com ^ | May 4, 2013 by | Soren Dreier
    Senior scientists have criticised the “appalling irresponsibility” of researchers in China who have deliberately created new strains of influenza virus in a veterinary laboratory. They warned there is a danger that the new viral strains created by mixing bird-flu virus with human influenza could escape from the laboratory to cause a global pandemic killing millions of people. Lord May of Oxford, a former government chief scientist and past president of the Royal Society, denounced the study published today in the journal Science as doing nothing to further the understanding and prevention of flu pandemics. “They claim they are doing this...
  • It's Time To Worry About the New Chinese Bird Flu: Op-Ed

    04/29/2013 1:17:39 PM PDT · by LucyT · 17 replies
    Live Science ^ | 26 April 2013 | Jeff Nesbit
    It's time for the world's public health officials to pay very close attention to the new bird flu outbreak in China first detected in March. To put it bluntly, there are now some seriously dangerous developments occurring around the new disease outbreak in China that infectious disease specialists and international public health specialists need to track closely. Let's start with three new developments reported on earlier this week by Jason Koebler, U.S. News & World Report's science and technology correspondent: the first reported case of the new bird flu strain outside China; the fact that any potential vaccine tests in...
  • The Difference Between Bird Flu and Swine Flu

    04/24/2013 5:04:34 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-24-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Bird flu is in the news again. So consider this a public service announcement. :-)
  • WHO says new bird strain is "one of most lethal" flu viruses

    04/24/2013 2:45:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2013 | Sui-Lee Wee and Kate Kelland
    A new bird flu strain that has killed 22 people in China is "one of the most lethal" of its kind and transmits more easily to humans than another strain that has killed hundreds since 2003, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Wednesday. The H7N9 flu has infected 108 people in China since it was first detected in March, according to the Geneva-based WHO. Although it is not clear exactly how people are being infected, experts say they see no evidence so far of the most worrisome scenario - sustained transmission between people. An international team of scientists...
  • Taiwan confirms first H7N9 bird flu case outside China

    04/24/2013 9:28:20 AM PDT · by null and void · 29 replies
    France24 ^ | 4/24/13
    AFP - Taiwan on Wednesday reported the first case of the H7N9 bird flu outside of mainland China. The 53-year-old man, who had been working in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou, showed symptoms three days after returning to Taiwan via Shanghai, the Centers for Disease Control said, adding that he had been hospitalised since April 16 and was in a critical condition. A passenger (right) has her temperature checked by a Centers for Disease Control staff member at the entrance of Sungshan Airport in Taipei on April 4, 2013. Taiwan on Wednesday reported the first case of the H7N9...
  • Officials Fear That H7N9 Bird Flu Is Spreading From Person To Person

    04/19/2013 2:11:38 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies
    TBI ^ | 4-19-2013 | Jennifer Walsh
    Officials Fear That H7N9 Bird Flu Is Spreading From Person To Person Jennifer WelshApril 19,2013 As new cases of the bird flu H7N9 continue to pop up all over China, officals are getting more and more worried that the virus can spread between humans, or that it will soon develop the ability to spread between humans. If it develops the ability to transfer easily from one human to another it could easily become a pandemic. While the virus has been circulating in the bird population, and many types of birds have tested positive for it. According to the World Health...
  • It started with a cough: Deadly China bird flu outbreak raises fears of pandemic

    04/14/2013 4:41:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:47 PM EDT | Li Le and Ian Johnston, NBC News
    Around the world, scientists are now beginning to examine samples of the virus with a significant question in mind: Could this strain of the disease cause a global pandemic? This international network of scientists keeps constant watch for good reason. In 1918 and 1919, a flu pandemic killed between 20 million and 40 million people, more than the total death toll of World War I, more in a year than the Black Death of 1347 to 1351. More recently, an H1N1 swine flu pandemic was blamed for more than 284,500 human deaths worldwide between April 2009 and August 2010. So...
  • New bird flu well-adapted to infect people

    04/12/2013 7:01:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 5:39 PM EDT, Fri April 12, 2013
    A new variation of bird flu that the WHO says has caused at least 11 deaths in China has genetic characteristics that make it well-adapted to infect people. In a report published late Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, samples from three patients -- all of whom died -- had mutations that have previously been shown to increase transmissibility, and to help the virus grow in a mammal's respiratory tract. The analysis comes amid a modest but steady stream of human cases since the end of March. On Friday, China reported five new laboratory-confirmed cases of the H7N9...
  • Nature’s Bioterrorist Agents (H7N9 Bird Flu Virus)

    04/11/2013 2:45:32 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 2 replies
    Slate ^ | 4-10-2013 | Tara C. Smith|
    .... With billions of birds hosting an uncountable number of permutations of influenza strains, it’s inevitable that once in a while, one of these combinations will evolve the ability to replicate in humans. This has happened with an influenza type known as H5N1, the “bird flu” that the world has been watching since it was first isolated from human infections in Hong Kong in 1997. In the past 16 years, H5N1 has caused more than 600 infections in humans and almost 400 deaths—killing approximately 60 percent of those who are known to have been infected with this virus. Luckily, H5N1...
  • 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....
  • Deadly new bird flu vindicates controversial research [?]

    04/07/2013 3:59:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    yahoo ^ | Thu, Apr 4, 2013 | Kate Kelland,
    MAKING A MONSTER? The scientific work that can answer key risk questions is known as "gain of function" or GOF research. Its aim is to identify combinations of genetic changes, or mutations, that allow an animal virus to jump to humans. By finding the mutations needed, researchers and ultimately health authorities are better prepared to assess how likely it is that a new virus could become dangerous and if so how soon they should begin developing drugs, vaccines and other scientific defenses. Yet such work is highly controversial. When two teams of scientists announced in late 2011 they had found...
  • Will the CDC's Bird Flu Vaccine Work if the Virus Mutates?

    04/06/2013 3:07:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    livescience.com ^ | 05 April 2013 Time: 05:10 PM ET | Rachael Rettner
    On Thursday (April 4), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it had begun work on a vaccine against H7N9, a new bird-flu virus causing illness in China. So far, health officials have reported that 16 people have become sick with the virus, six of whom died. Currently, the virus does not appear to spread between people. The CDC plans to "build" the virus to use it in its vaccine, rather than wait for a sample to ship from China, the New York Times reported. Using the H7N9 genetic sequence as a blueprint, CDC researchers will synthesize genes...
  • China Begins Mass Slaughter Of Poultry As Bird Flu Kills Six, On Verge Of Becoming Epidemic

    04/05/2013 5:40:02 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | April 5, 2013
    While everyone is fascinated by the unraveling slow-motion North Korean theatrical trainwreck, which is nothing but a desperate attempt by a broke "leader" to get paid some "nuisance" cash by the west just so he goes away, the real Asian story has been the latest outbreak of birdflu in China which has not only claimed six lives already (and many more coming), but is starting to have major spillover effects on the broader economy, such as mass slaughter of poultry at local markets - a move which will have certain inflationary effects to an economy already on the cusp of...
  • Bird Flu Tanks The Hong Kong Market

    04/05/2013 3:05:46 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    TBI ^ | 4-5-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Bird Flu Tanks The Hong Kong Market Joe WeisenthalApril 5,2013The Hong Kong market fell 2.7% last night.Shanghai was closed, but this picture from Shanghai, via Reuters, says it all. Here's Reuters' picture description: A woman wears a face mask inside a subway station in Shanghai, April 5, 2013. Chinese authorities were slaughtering birds at a poultry market in the financial hub Shanghai as the death toll from a new strain of bird flu mounted to six on Friday, spreading concern overseas and sparking a sell-off on Hong Kong's share market. State news agency Xinhua said the Huhuai market for live...
  • China bird flu mutates, might infect mammals

    04/03/2013 4:12:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    ap ^ | Apr 3, 4:44 PM EDT | GILLIAN WONG and MALCOLM RITTER
    In a worrisome sign, a bird flu in China appears to have mutated so that it can spread to other animals, raising the potential for a bigger threat to people, scientists said Wednesday. So far the flu has sickened nine people in China and killed three. It's not clear how they became infected, but there's no evidence that the virus is spreading easily among people. But the virus can evidently move through poultry without making them sick, experts said, making it difficult to track the germ in flocks. The findings are preliminary and need further testing.
  • New bird flu strand could be linked to dead pigs in Shanghai river

    04/02/2013 11:51:08 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 49 replies
    WantChinaTimes.com ^ | 04/01/13 | Staff
    New bird flu strand could be linked to dead pigs in Shanghai river: expert Staff Reporter2013-04-0115:37 (GMT+8) A worker cleaning up dead pigs out of the river. (Photo/Xinhua) The new strand of the bird flu that has already killed two people and left another critically ill in eastern China could be linked to the thousands of dead pigs found floating in a Shanghai river last month, according to a Hong Kong infectious disease expert. China's Ministry of Health and the National Health and Family Planning Commission announced on Sunday the world's first reported cases of the H7N9 virus, a new...
  • China strengthens checks after new bird flu deaths

    04/01/2013 9:34:32 PM PDT · by Rabin
    Bangkok Post ^ | 1 Apr 2013 | staff
    China's commercial hub Shanghai is stepping up monitoring after a new strain of bird flu killed two people, state media said Monday, as Taiwan announced it would screen travellers from the mainland. More than 16,000 pig carcasses were fished out of the Yangtze River Delta, after they were sickened, there might be a link between the sickened pigs and the bird flu deaths. Virologists also study pigs because they can serve as hosts for bird viruses and human viruses to mix and mutate... Bird flu strain, H5N1, may mutate to spread more easily. It has decimated poultry stocks mostly 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
  • U.S. Plans for New H5N1 Science Reviews Ruffle Researchers

    12/03/2012 6:33:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 30 November 2012 | David Malakoff , With reporting by Martin Enserink
    Enlarge Image Risky science. The U.S. government is proposing special reviews for experiments that might increase the risk posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus (brown). Credit: Wikimedia Researchers are giving mixed reviews to a draft U.S. government plan to subject some grant requests for studies involving the H5N1 avian influenza virus to special reviews—and perhaps even require the work to be kept secret. Elements of the plan have been "very controversial within [the] U.S. government" committee that developed it, Amy Patterson, associate director for science policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, told a...
  • FDA Panel OKs Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpiling

    11/18/2012 8:40:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    KARN News Radio ^ | November 18, 2012 | ABC News Radio
    (WASHINGTON) -- A vaccine for the H5N1 avian flu, or bird flu, has been approved by a panel of experts to be stockpiled for emergency use in case of a pandemic. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 14-0 in favor that the vaccine, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Quebec, was in compliance with licensing standards under accelerated approval regulations, reports MedPage Today. H5N1 currently does not spread as easily among humans as it does among domestic foul, but flu experts have feared it could mutate and potentially lead to a pandemic. In infected humans, the virus is...
  • Bird flu reported at Chinese farms

    04/18/2012 5:51:04 PM PDT · by null and void · 12 replies
    UPI ^ | April 18, 2012 at 10:17 AM
    Chinese bicycle past a few chickens feeding on on a city farm in Beijing April 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)  BEIJING, April 18 (UPI) -- An outbreak of bird flu was reported in northwestern China, resulting in the slaughter of 95,000 chickens, the Ministry of Agriculture said Wednesday. The epidemic H5N1 bird flu virus was discovered Friday at several farms in the village of Touying in Ningxia Hui autonomous region, Xinhua reported. More than 23,000 chickens showed symptoms of bird flu on Friday, which was then confirmed by the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory as H5N1 bird flu after...
  • Alarming: In One Week H1N1 Deaths in Mexico Increase by 67 Percent

    02/18/2012 6:17:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Hispanically Speaking News ^ | February 18, 2012
    The AH1N1 flu virus has left a total of 135 people dead in Mexico so far this year, with the number of fatalities up 67 percent in just one week, according to figures released by the authorities. The total number of deaths from AH1N1 flu reported by Mexico’s Health Secretariat up to Feb. 9 was 81, with another 54 the following week. The secretariat said Friday that deaths from the AH1N1 strain of flu from Jan. 1 to Feb. 16 represents 91 percent of the 149 fatalities from the different types of flu now active in the country. At the...
  • Containing Super-Flus: Controversy Brews Over Scientists' Creation of Killer Viruses

    02/18/2012 12:59:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 02/17/2012 | Veronika Hackenbroch and Gerald Traufetter
    Ron Fouchier, a giant of a man at more than two meters tall (6'6"), has dark circles under his eyes. His life has been stressful lately. "They want to paint me as a homicidal idiot," he says heatedly. He is referring, most of all, to a powerful institution from the United States, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB). … Fouchier is attracting so much attention because he has created a new organism. And although it is tiny, if it escaped from his laboratory it would claim far more human lives than an exploding nuclear power plant. The pathogen...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Bio-Security Officials Sound Warning After Scientists Create Deadly New Strain of Bird Flu

    12/20/2011 7:31:44 AM PST · by FrogMom · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-11-11 | Not listed
    The U.S. government is sounding the alarm after reports that Dutch scientists have created a highly-contagious and deadly airborne strain of bird flu that is potentially capable of killing millions, The Independent reported Tuesday. The U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity is currently analyzing how much of the scientists' information should be allowed to be published—given the inherent risks of having the information fall into the hands of terrorists or rogue states.
  • '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.
  • 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,...
  • Fears of new deadly super-flu which 'could spread to Britain within 24 hours'

    11/03/2011 7:54:57 AM PDT · by Just4Him · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/3/2011 | EMMA REYNOLDS
    Bird flu and human flu could merge into 'one of biggest biological threats of our time', warn scientists A new deadly strain of super-flu could spread to Britain within 24 hours, experts have warned. The potential for bird flu and human flu to combine and form a new virus has been described as 'one of the biggest biological threats of our time'. The alert comes as people have started to fall victim to seasonal flu and the more virulent swine flu at the same time, according to the Daily Express.
  • Bird flu back on the rise, U.N. warns

    08/29/2011 10:47:11 PM PDT · by americanophile · 7 replies · 1+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | August 29, 2011 | Eryn Brown
    Bird flu was in decline -- but health officials warned Monday that it appears to be on the rise again. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) "urged heightened readiness and surveillance against a possible major resurgence" of the virus, which has crossed over from birds to infect 565 people and kill 331 of them since its appearance in 2003. At its peak in 2006, avian fluwas present in 63 countries around the world. Just two years later, it was gone from most, and cases of illness in humans followed suit, dipping to just 302 in 2008. But almost...
  • WTO rules against US ban on China poultry products

    06/17/2010 9:08:41 AM PDT · by day21221 · 29 replies · 762+ views
    ptinews.com/news/ ^ | June 16, 2010 | K J M Varma
    WTO rules against US ban on China poultry products K J M Varma Beijing, June 17 (PTI) China won the dispute with the US over a ban on its poultry imports after the World Trade Organisation ruled the American curbs on Chinese poultry were violating international trade laws, says a media report. State newspaper, China Daily said in a report the US ban violated Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Agreement, that mandates how governments can apply food safety, animal and plant health measures, as well as most-favored-nation treatment and general elimination of quantitative restrictions provided under the WTO framework. As...
  • Compound found to safely counter deadly bird flu

    12/21/2009 2:10:49 PM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 556+ views
    University of Wisconsin-Madison ^ | Dec 21, 2009 | Terry Devitt
    MADISON — The specter of a drug-resistant form of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza is a nightmare to keep public health officials awake at night. Now, however, a study published this week (Dec. 21) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggests that a new compound, one on the threshold of final testing in humans, may be more potent and safer for treating "bird flu" than the antiviral drug best known by the trade name Tamiflu. Known as T-705, the compound even works several days after infection, according to Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a University of Wisconsin-Madison virologist and...
  • 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...
  • Osteoporosis drugs effective in killing flu viruses

    08/14/2009 8:18:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 740+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 14, 2009 | Tan Ee Lyn
    HONG KONG (Reuters) – Two existing drugs used to treat osteoporosis may be effective in killing influenza viruses, including the new H1N1 swine flu and the H5N1 bird flu viruses, researchers in Hong Kong have found. The two drugs are pamidronate and zoledronate, which are marketed by Novartis AG under the brand names Aredia and Reclast, respectively. In their experiment, the researchers exposed human cells that had been infected with the influenza viruses to the two drugs. They observed that the drugs triggered extra production of a type of white blood cell called yd-T cells, which went on to kill...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Vietnam Boy Tests Positive for Bird Flu: Doctors

    03/19/2009 12:00:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 463+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 19 Mar 2009
    A three-year-old boy in Vietnam has tested positive for potentially deadly bird flu, doctors said Thursday. The patient from the Mekong delta province of Dong Thap was admitted to Ho Chi Minh City's Tropical Diseases Institute Monday and on Wednesday a test came back positive for the virus's H5N1 strain, said Nguyen Van Chau, director of the city's health care department. "The situation of the boy is getting worse," Chau said. Another doctor, from the municipal Pasteur Institute, said the boy's sample will be tested again to confirm the infection. Communist Vietnam has the world's second-highest bird flu death toll...