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  • US govt lab mixed up potent flu strain

    08/04/2014 4:02:43 PM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    Medical Press ^ | 7/11/2014 | Kerry Sheridan
    A US government laboratory mistakenly mixed a common flu strain with a dangerous and deadly type of bird flu and shipped it to another lab, authorities said Friday. The latest news followed admissions of mishandled anthrax and forgotten smallpox vials at separate US government labs, and raised new concerns about the safety of dangerous agents which could be used as bioterror weapons. No one was endangered by the mixed flu strain, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden, who nevertheless said he was "astonished" that protocols could have been violated in that way. "Everything we have looked...
  • 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...
  • Gene Therapy ... Against the Flu?

    06/10/2013 9:20:22 PM PDT · by neverdem
    ScienceNOW ^ | 29 May 2013 | Jon Cohen
    Enlarge Image Power tool. An antibody called F16, seen here attached to an influenza virus protein, protected animals against a range of flu viruses. Credit: D. Corti and A. Lanzavecchia, Annu. Rev. Immunol. 31 (2013) In 2009, a global collaboration of scientists, public health agencies, and companies raced to make a vaccine against a pandemic influenza virus, but most of it wasn't ready until the pandemic had peaked. Now, researchers have come up with an alternative, faster strategy for when a pandemic influenza virus surfaces: Just squirt genes for the protective antibodies into people's noses. The method—which borrows ideas...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • One of Two Hotly Debated H5N1 Papers Finally Published

    05/03/2012 4:31:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 2 May 2012 | Martin Enserink and Jon Cohen
    Enlarge Image Hot spots. Three mutations in or near hemagglutinin's binding site (yellow) and one on its stalk increased transmissibility. Credit: H.-L. Yen and J. S. M. Peiros, Nature, Adavanced Online Edition, (2012) One of two influenza papers at the center of an intense, 6-month international debate has finally seen the light of day. Today, Nature published a controversial study in ferrets that shows how scientists can engineer an avian influenza strain to transmit between mammals through respiratory droplets such as those created by coughing or sneezing. The 11-page study, led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin,...
  • 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...
  • Decision time for researchers of deadly bird

    02/14/2012 7:12:59 PM PST · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    reuters ^ | 2/14/12 | Kate Kelland and Stephanie Nebehay
    (Reuters) - When 22 bird flu experts meet at the World Health Organization this week, they will be tasked with deciding just how far scientists should go in creating lethal mutant viruses in the name of research. The hurriedly assembled meeting is designed to try to settle an unprecedented row over a call to ban publication of two scientific studies which detail how to mutate H5N1 bird flu viruses into a form that could cause a deadly human pandemic. But experts say whatever the outcome, no amount of censorship, global regulation or shutting down of research projects could stop rogue...
  • 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...
  • Seeing Terror Risk, U.S. Asks Journals to Cut Flu Study Facts (Bird Flu)

    12/20/2011 10:52:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 20, 2011 | DENISE GRADY and WILLIAM J. BROAD
    For the first time ever, a government advisory board is asking scientific journals not to publish details of certain biomedical experiments, for fear that the information could be used by terrorists to create deadly viruses and touch off epidemics. In the experiments, conducted in the United States and the Netherlands, scientists created a highly transmissible form of a deadly flu virus that does not normally spread from person to person. It was an ominous step, because easy transmission can lead the virus to spread all over the world. The work was done in ferrets, which are considered a good model...
  • '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,...
  • Cambodia's deadly virus: 85% mortality rate

    03/15/2011 11:05:20 AM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Pravda.Ru ^ | 27.02.2011 | Konstantin Karpov
    Ladies and Gentlemen, the next Black Death, a global pandemic of catastrophic proportions, has reared its ugly head in the Far East, home to many pandemic viruses. This time it is not a 30 per cent death rate, it is an 85 per cent death rate. It is called the Cambodian Avian Flu virus. Avian Flu has been around for centuries. So have other pandemics. But an 85 per cent mortality rate? Let us not invent, let us use the World Health Organization's communications: Avian influenza - situation in Cambodia 9 February 2011 - The Ministry of Health of Cambodia...
  • UW study indicates pandemic bird flu possible [H5N1]

    02/22/2010 4:11:57 PM PST · by SJackson · 26 replies · 473+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 2-22-10
    A new study authored by UW-Madison virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka warns there is the potential for avian H5N1 influenza and human seasonal flu viruses to interact and form a new flu strain which could be both highly contagious and deadly. Since the H5N1 influenza outbreak in Asian poultry in 2003, forms of this virus have spread to wild birds and poultry on several continents. However, since the H5N1 virus lacks the ability to transmit efficiently among humans, there have been only 442 confirmed human cases -- although 59 percent (262) of those infected have died. The new findings -- which appear...
  • 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...
  • Concerns Grow Over Possible H1N1-H5N1 'Reassortment,' Other Mutations

    12/06/2009 6:39:27 AM PST · by opentalk · 23 replies · 833+ views
    Homeland Security Insight and Analysis ^ | 01 December 2009 | Anthony L. Kimery
    'The obvious risk is of H5N1 combining with the pandemic [H1N1] virus' Virologists and influenza authorities are becoming increasingly concerned that the 2009 A-H1N1 flu virus could “reassort” with the highly virulent H5N1 avian flu that’s still prevalent in parts of the world like China, and that a mutation could occur resulting in a new strain that has the lethality of H5N1 and the human transmissibility of A-H1N1. The concerns have grown in the wake of revelations that mutations of the H1N1 flu virus had been found in Norway and elsewhere, leading experts to fear that it might just be...
  • Journalist Files Charges against WHO and UN for Bioterrorism and Intent to Commit Mass Murder

    06/28/2009 7:06:56 PM PDT · by Scythian · 50 replies · 1,555+ views
    (NaturalNews) As the anticipated July release date for Baxter's A/H1N1 flu pandemic vaccine approaches, an Austrian investigative journalist is warning the world that the greatest crime in the history of humanity is underway. Jane Burgermeister has recently filed criminal charges with the FBI against the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN), and several of the highest ranking government and corporate officials concerning bioterrorism and attempts to commit mass murder. She has also prepared an injunction against forced vaccination which is being filed in America. These actions follow her charges filed in April against Baxter AG and Avir Green...
  • 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...
  • FDA Approves Military Flu Testing on Portable Lab

    08/29/2009 4:43:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 347+ views
    MedPage Today ^ | August 26, 2009 | John Gever
    By John Gever, Senior Editor Military doctors can use a portable polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing device to diagnose novel H1N1 flu infections in troops overseas, the FDA announced. The emergency authorization was approved "to better protect our troops," said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, in a statement. The device, called JBAIDS (Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System), is a rugged, suitcase-sized instrument that can run PCR-based molecular diagnostic tests. It has been under development for several years by a consortium of military health research centers, the CDC, and academic medical laboratories. The development program began in the...
  • Biota’s new flu drug ‘as effective as 10 doses of tamiflu’

    08/15/2009 7:57:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 701+ views
    The Commercial Chemist ^ | 14 Aug 2009 | Matt Wilkinson
    Australian pharmaceutical firm, Biota, has said that Phase III trials of its new influenza drug laninamivir (CS-8958) have shown that a single inhaled dose of the drug was as effective as 10 doses of Roche’s Tamiflu administered orally over a 5 day period. The drug is a second generation neuraminidase inhibitor and is based on zanamivir, the active ingredient in Relenza, which Biota sold to GlaxoSmithKline. The study was conducted by Japanese pharma firm Daiichi Sankyo, which co-owns the drug, and included 1000 patients that had confirmed, naturally acquired influenza A or B. Preclinical studies have shown laninamivir to be...
  • 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...
  • SWINE FLU VICTIM'S FAMILY PLAN TO SUE NYC FOR $40 MILLION

    08/13/2009 8:17:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 688+ views
    NY Posr ^ | August 11, 2009 | By ANDY SOLTIS
    <p>Relatives of the city's first swine flu fatality say they are ready to sue the city for $40 million.</p> <p>Mitchell Wiener's widow Bonnie and his three sons, Adam, Jordan and Farrell, filed a notice of claim alleging the city was negligent in dealing with the outbreak that swept through the city three months ago.</p>
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • DRC Province May Have More Than 40 Ebola Cases (And other bad bugs on the loose)

    01/07/2009 3:42:14 PM PST · by Mother Abigail · 24 replies · 801+ views
    VOA ^ | 1-07-09 | By Joe De Capua
    OTHER BUGS ACTING BADLY _______________________________________________________ International experts to study ebola reston INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC and animal health experts arrived on Tuesday to start a joint risk assessment on the ebola reston contamination of local hogs, officials of the Agriculture department said yesterday. Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III (R), flanked by international experts, addresses a press conference in Manila for an update on the outbreak of ebola reston at two pig farms north of the capital. The experts are (L to R) Kate Glynn of World Organization for Animal Health, Juan Lubroth and Kazuyuki Tsurumi of the Food and Agriculture Organization,...
  • Breakthrough discovery may lead to new drugs to fight bird flu, other epidemics

    08/26/2008 12:13:59 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 5 replies · 206+ views
    News-Medical.net ^ | Monday, 25-Aug-2008 | staff/unattributed
    Researchers at Rutgers University and The University of Texas at Austin have reported a discovery that could help scientists develop drugs to fight the much-feared bird flu and other virulent strains of influenza. The researchers have determined the three-dimensional structure of a site on an influenza A virus protein that binds to one of its human protein targets, thereby suppressing a person's natural defenses to the infection and paving the way for the virus to replicate efficiently. This so-called NS1 virus protein is shared by all influenza A viruses isolated from humans - including avian influenza, or bird flu, and...
  • Pandemic mutations in bird flu revealed

    07/13/2008 12:20:28 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 201+ views
    Scientists have discovered how bird flu adapts in patients, offering a new way to monitor the disease and prevent a pandemic, according to research published in the August issue of the Journal of General Virology. Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus has spread through at least 45 countries in 3 continents. Despite its ability to spread, it cannot be transmitted efficiently from human to human. This indicates it is not fully adapted to its new host species, the human. However, this new research reveals mutations in the virus that may result in a pandemic. "The mutations needed for the emergence...
  • Vietnam to produce H5N1 vaccine in 2009

    04/06/2008 3:11:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 123+ views
    VietNamNet Bridge ^ | 24/03/2008 | Le Ha
    16:36' 24/03/2008 (GMT+7) After four years of research, scientists at the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology have announced they will test type A/H5N1 vaccine on humans this April and the vaccine will be available on the market in 2009. Last stage of H5N1 vaccine There was good news for scientists at the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology: the Ministry of Health agreed to let them test H5N1 vaccine on humans. The over-four year process of researching H5N1 virus carried out by the scientists is at last in the final stage. In early March 2008, a group of scientists...
  • Ten people take second H5N1 dose (Socialist Republic of Vietnam)

    04/06/2008 2:25:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 151+ views
    VietNamNet Bridge ^ | 04/04/2008 | NA
    17:46' 04/04/2008 (GMT+7) Scientists inject the vaccine in monkeys on Reu Island, Quang Ninh province in 2004. Vaccine and Biomedical Product Company 1 on April 3 injected a second dose of H5N1 vaccine in ten volunteers. Vietnam to produce H5N1 vaccine in 2009This test aims to verify the safety of H5N1 vaccine in humans. After the injection, all volunteers were in normal condition. These people will be monitored for seven days more to ensure the safety of the vaccine. On March 6, these people took the first dose of type A/H5N1 vaccine and no abnormal symptoms were recorded before they...
  • 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...
  • China confirms outbreak of bird flu

    03/16/2008 6:14:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 661+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Mar. 16, 2008 | NA
    Associated Press Chinese officials have confirmed that bird flu was to blame for killing chickens in poultry markets in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, Hong Kong's health bureau Sunday. China's Ministry of Agriculture notified the administration that the birds tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus, marking the country's fifth outbreak among poultry this year, Hong Kong's Food and Health Bureau said in a statement. The Ministry of Agriculture also said on its Web site that last week's outbreak in Guangzhou killed 114 birds and resulted in the slaughter of 518 others. But it has been contained, the...
  • Flu panic rises as goats drop dead

    01/24/2008 9:22:31 PM PST · by Smokin' Joe · 24 replies · 237+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 25 Jan 2008 | Caesar Mandal
    MARGRAM (BIRBHUM): Hundreds of goats have died of an unknown disease over the past four days in Birbhum's Rampurhat block II. Some experts warned that if the H5N1 virus — which causes bird flu — has jumped from birds to mammals, it could be the turn of humans next. TOI met jittery villagers in Dakhalbati, one of the affected villages in Birbhum's Margram. Abdul Mohid, a farmer, said his goat was shivering and sneezing and saliva was oozing from its mouth. Mohid had called in a local vet, who could only say the animal was suffering from high fever but...
  • 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.
  • Bird flu may be spread indirectly, WHO says

    01/18/2008 12:01:06 AM PST · by NRA2BFree · 13 replies · 96+ views
    Reuters on Alertnet.org ^ | 1/17/08 | Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
    WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The H5N1 bird flu virus may sometimes stick to surfaces or get kicked up in fertilizer dust to infect people, according to a World Health Organization report published on Wednesday. The WHO team reviewed all known human cases of avian influenza, which has infected 350 people in 14 countries and killed 217 of them since 2003, and found that 25 percent of cases have no explanation. Most are passed directly from bird to people, they noted in their report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. And very rarely one person can infect another...
  • 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...
  • WHO investigates bird flu in Pakistan

    12/23/2007 11:46:51 AM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 181+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Dec. 22, 2007 | MARGIE MASON
    AP Medical Writer HANOI, Vietnam --Limited human-to-human bird flu transmission may have occurred in Pakistan, but no new infections have been reported for two weeks and there appears to be no threat of further spread, a top World Health Organization official said. A WHO team has finished its initial investigation in Pakistan after up to nine patients, including several family members, were suspected of being infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus in areas north of Islamabad. They were the country's first reported human cases. The experts were expected back in Geneva to begin piecing together how the virus may...
  • Pakistan urges safer culling after bird flu outbreak

    12/20/2007 3:22:38 PM PST · by G8 Diplomat · 1 replies · 126+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/2007 | Alistair Scrutton
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan is urging provincial authorities to obey health guidelines to stop any bird flu outbreaks after fears lapses in poultry culling methods led to eight people being infected with the H5N1 virus. The Health Ministry is sending out messages via radio and pamphlets to villages and farms in North West Frontier Province, where the eight people, including a veterinarian involved in culling, were infected in South Asia's first human cases. The vet's brother died of bird flu. A third brother also died but it is unclear if he was also infected with the virus. "These winter months...
  • 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...
  • 6 Pakistanis infected, one fatally, with H5N1 bird flu, government says

    12/15/2007 9:55:26 AM PST · by G8 Diplomat · 2 replies · 111+ views
    AP ^ | 12/15/2007 | Zarar Khan
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Six people caught H5N1 bird flu in northern Pakistan last month and at least one person with the disease has died, the government said Saturday. The World Health Organization confirmed all six cases were positive for the H5N1 strain of bird flu in preliminary testing, but said a second round of analysis was being conducted to make sure. If confirmed, the infections would be the first in humans in South Asia. The Health Ministry said it had tested several patients and others whom they had come into contact with in late October. The results for six people from...
  • Pakistan H5N1 cases may involve human transmission

    12/15/2007 9:49:36 AM PST · by G8 Diplomat · 6 replies · 128+ views
    CTV.ca ^ | 12/15/2007 | Helen Branswell
    Authorities in Pakistan have announced that country's first reported cases of H5N1 avian flu in a cluster of family members which may have involved human-to-human transmission. There was some confusion Saturday about how many people had tested positive for the virus, with Pakistan announcing six cases but an official of the World Health Organization suggesting as many as nine people may have tested positive for the virus in that country. The WHO spokesperson said investigations are still underway to try to determine how the various people became infected, but some human-to-human spread is possible. "We can't rule it out,'' WHO...
  • 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...
  • Suffolk bird flu is H5N1 strain

    11/13/2007 7:39:21 AM PST · by Nextrush · 18 replies · 134+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/13/07 | BBC
    The type of bird flu found in turkeys on a Suffolk farm is the virulent H5N1 strain, according to government vets. The virus was discovered at Redgrave Park Farm near Diss, where all 6,500 birds are being slaughtered. A 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone have been set up and the farm is co-operating with vets.......
  • 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,...
  • Bird flu at German poultry farm

    08/26/2007 6:45:41 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies · 401+ views
    AFP ^ | Aug 26, 7:18 AM EDT
    ERLANGEN, Germany (AFP) - German authorities will destroy 160,000 poultry at a Bavarian farm following the discovery there of the highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 bird flu, local authorities said Saturday. Tests on a number of ducks from the farm at Wachenroth near the southern city of Erlangen, 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of Munich, confirmed the strain, local authority spokeswoman Annika Fritzsche told AFP. Investigations will continue to determine how the virus -- which in its highly pathogenic strain can also infect humans, sometimes fatally -- entered the farm, Fritzsche said. It was detected in three young ducks from...