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Bird flu or avian flu, is an infectious viral illness that spreads among birds. There have been some rare occasions where the illness has also affected humans. Bird flus do not infect humans easily and are rarely transmitted from human to human. However,



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It's all in the genes: New research reveals why some chickens are resistant to bird flu

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:00:00 PDT

The genes of some chickens make them almost completely resistant to a serious strain of bird flu, new research has revealed.



Scientists identify protein that allows flu virus to replicate in cells

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Like any other virus, the flu virus invades host cells and hijacks cell machinery to replicate and spread. Now, scientists have found a host protein that is key to this process.



Prime-boost H7N9 influenza vaccine concept promising in clinical trial

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:00:00 PDT

In clinical trials, several candidate H7N9 pandemic influenza vaccines made from inactivated viruses have been shown to be safe and to generate an immune response.



Avian influenza expert raises concerns as USDA stockpiles vaccines

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:00:00 PDT

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is creating a stockpile of avian influenza vaccines, but an expert suggests careful consideration of the strategy and cautions that the strain of the next...



Rapidly assessing the next influenza pandemic

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 04:00:00 PDT

Influenza pandemics are potentially the most serious natural catastrophes that affect the human population.



'Immune Camouflage' may explain H7N9 influenza vaccine failure

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:00:00 PDT

The avian influenza A (H7N9) virus has been a major concern since the first outbreak in China in 2013.



Hepatitis A-like virus identified in seals

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:00:00 PDT

Scientists in the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have discovered a new virus in seals that is the closest known relative of the human...



Flexible future of point-of-care disease diagnostic

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:00:00 PDT

The world-wide deployment of biomedical devices for health monitoring, point-of-care diagnostics and environmental sensing is hampered by their high cost that is not readily affordable for e.g.



Adjuvants improve immune response to H7N9 flu vaccine

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PDT

In a phase 2 trial that included nearly 1,000 adults, the AS03 and MF59 adjuvants (a component that improves immune response of inactivated influenza vaccines) increased the immune responses to two...



Virus-like particle vaccine protects mice from many flu strains

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:00:00 PDT

NIAID research could aid development of universal flu vaccineA vaccine that protects against a wide variety of influenza viruses (a so-called universal flu vaccine) is a critical public health...



Avian flu confirmed in UK

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:00:00 PDT

A case of H7N7 avian flu has now been confirmed in Lancashire.A temporary control zone imposed on Friday at the affected farm has now been replaced by a 10 kilometre surveillance zone and an...



Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains

Mon, 25 May 2015 00:00:00 PDT

A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans.



Lifelong flu jab steps closer as researchers reveal importance of immune cell memory

Wed, 20 May 2015 03:00:00 PDT

After discovering how flu-killing T cells remember different strains of virus, researchers believe we are closer to developing a single flu jab that protects for life.



Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) - Arizona taking steps to protect poultry

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 PDT

The Arizona Department of Agriculture is working with large and small poultry farmers in the state concerning the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).



Researchers create tool to predict avian flu outbreaks

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 PDT

A simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms has been created by University of Guelph researchers.



Circulation of highly pathogenic avian flu in North American birds

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 01:00:00 PDT

Viral changes make current situation more complexHighly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 viruses of Eurasian origin continue to circulate and evolve in North American wild birds.The U.S.



Scripps Research Institute study shows 2 new flu strains do not yet easily infect humans

Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have analyzed a key protein from two influenza strains that recently began causing sporadic infections among people in China and Taiwan.



New compound protects 100 percent of ferrets, mice, from H5N1

Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Since 2003, the H5N1 influenza virus, more commonly known as the bird flu, has been responsible for the deaths of millions of chickens and ducks and has infected more than 650 people, leading to a 60...



'Bird flu protection' given by seasonal flu vaccine

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:00:00 PDT

The annual preventive flu injection yields protection against the more dangerous avian strain H7N9 - a discovery that has led the researchers to call for universal vaccination.



Practical guide to improve communication during disease outbreaks launched

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 02:00:00 PDT

A practical guide for healthcare professionals to help improve communication during major disease outbreaks was launched Monday 2 February 2015.



Study maps travel of H7 influenza genes

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:00:00 PDT

Influenza has a long history of being one of the most deadly diseases to afflict humanity, but what exactly makes it so dangerous?



Avian flu in Hong Kong hospital controlled by infection control preparedness measures

Wed, 07 Jan 2015 01:00:00 PDT

A proactive infection prevention plan implemented widely in a Hong Kong healthcare system was a significant factor preventing the spread of influenza strain A H7N9, otherwise known as Avian flu.



Mapping chicken flu virus offers clues about deadly H7N9 bird flu

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 03:00:00 PDT

By sequencing the viral genome of the H9N2 chicken virus, scientists have mapped its evolution since 1994 and found clues as to how it helped H7N9 emerge as a threat to humans.



Immunity to many types of flu viruses boosted by seasonal flu vaccines

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Seasonal flu vaccines may protect individuals not only against the strains of flu they contain but also against many additional types, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the...



Advice for backyard poultry keepers to protect birds from avian flu, UK

Sat, 06 Dec 2014 00:00:00 PDT

Following the recent case of avian flu discovered in The Netherlands, the British Veterinary Association (BVA), British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and British Veterinary Poultry...