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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N4) virus – China

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:00:00 +0100

On 14 February 2018, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of one case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N4) virus. This is the first human case of avian influenza A(H7N4) infection to be reported worldwide. (Source: WHO Avian Influenza)

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The new specimen forcing a radical rethink of Archaeopteryx

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:14 +0100

A new specimen has redefined who ’s in and who’s out of theArchaeopteryxgenus – and poses questions about other theropod dinosaursHave you heard? There is a newArchaeopteryxin town. Number 12, to be exact. Technically, this specimen has been around since 2010, but was only formallydescribed three weeks ago, thereby making up for the tragic loss of the Haarlem specimen (now renamed asOstromia crassipes) last year.Archaeopteryxhas since long formed a central piece in evolutionary debates. At the time of its discovery, it was the first Really Old Bird ever found. Moreover, its discovery in 1861 came just a few years after Darwin ’s magnum opus On the Origin of Species, in which Darwin argued that one species could evolve into another.Archaeopteryxwith its dapper mix of both reptilian ...



Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:07:50 +0100

Course introduces the concept of influenza severity assessment and covers its required steps, from choosing data to using, reporting and communicating severity estimates. The Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA) tool is a framework for using existing influenza surveillance data to determine a qualitative judgment on the severity of a current influenza epidemic or pandemic in comparison to past epidemics and pandemics. (Source: PHPartners.org)



New VaxArray potency test kit for pandemic flu vaccines

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR has expanded its VaxArray ® product portfolio with a new reagent kit to address the 'need for speed' in combating flu viruses with pandemic potential. The VaxArray Influenza Pandemic Hemagglutinin potency test kit is now available for flu vaccines containing H5, H7, and H9 flu subtypes, which includes new H7 vaccines against the deadly avian H7N9 virus. This new potency assay enables rapid determination of immunogenic hemagglutinin in low-dose and adjuvanted flu vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA)

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:10:13 +0100

World Health Organization. 05/30/2017 This course introduces the concept of pandemic influenza severity assessment and covers its required steps, from choosing data to using, reporting, and communicating severity estimates. It describes why assessing influenza severity is important; when and how to assess influenza severity; how to communicate severity assessment findings; and how to contribute to a global influenza severity assessment. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



World's first human case of H7N4 avian flu reported in China

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:21:06 +0100

The first human case of the H7N4 strain of avian influenza has been reported in China, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection announced Wednesday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)

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Bird flu H7N4 outbreak: Four symptoms to watch for after first ever human case confirmed

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:01:46 +0100

BIRD flu is an infectious type of influenza that spreads among birds, but in very rare cases can affect humans. A woman in China is now the first ever human recorded to have the H7N4 strain of the virus - if a worldwide outbreak begins, what are the symptoms to look out for? (Source: Daily Express - Health)



World Health Organization: 142nd Session of the Executive Board

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:47:52 +0100

World Health Organization. 02/2018 This Web page provides information, materials, and videos from the 142nd session of the World Health Organization Executive Board, held on January 22-27, 2018. It provides links to the agenda, and to documentation that includes reports on Public Health Preparedness and Response; Health, Environment and Climate Change; and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the Sharing of Influenza Viruses and Access to Vaccines and Other Benefits. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



China reports first human case of H7N4 bird flu

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:21:53 +0100

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has reported the first human case of the H7N4 strain of bird flu in a woman in an eastern coastal province, though she has since recovered. (Source: Reuters: Health)



China confirms first human case of H7N4 avian flu

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:39:50 +0100

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Ghana reports severe bird flu on farm: OIE

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:24:24 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - Ghana has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H9N2 bird flu virus on a farm in the southwest of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from Ghana's agriculture ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Saudi Arabia temporarily bans poultry imports from India over bird flu

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:04:50 +0100

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned imports of live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from India after a form of bird flu that is highly lethal for poultry was found in the south Asian country, the Saudi agriculture ministry said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



How Effective Is the 2018 Flu Shot? Here ’s What You Should Know

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:11:58 +0100

Vaccination has been recommended for decades as the best way to protect yourself against flu, but it’s no silver bullet. The shot’s effectiveness varies from year to year, depending on the closeness of the match between that season’s viruses and the vaccine, which is usually reformulated each year. This winter in North America, its performance has been especially poor, leaving people more vulnerable to a virus that’s caused a spike in hospitalizations and deaths. In Hong Kong, schools are starting their Chinese New Year holiday earlier amid a flu epidemic that has claimed more than 100 lives in the city. 1. How effective is the 2018 flu shot? Early findings from Canada indicate a 17 percent effectiveness against the viral strain, known as H3N2, that’s been th...



A checklist for pandemic influenza risk and impact management: building capacity for pandemic response, 2018 update

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:48:17 +0100

This checklist is a tool to help national authorities to develop or update national pandemic influenza preparedness plans for managing the risk and impact of an influenza pandemic under the guiding principles of the 2017 WHO pandemic influenza preparedness framework - " Pandemic Influenza Risk Management " . (Source: PHPartners.org)



Checklist for Pandemic Influenza Risk and Impact Management: Building Capacity for Pandemic Response (2018)

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:27:30 +0100

World Health Organization. 01/2018 This 59-page checklist, updated in 2018, is a tool to help national authorities to develop or update national pandemic influenza preparedness plans for managing the risk and impact of an influenza pandemic under the guiding principles of the 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) framework for Pandemic Influenza Risk Management. It updates and replaces the 2005 WHO Checklist for Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Planning. It includes lessons learned from the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic; and updated WHO guidance on topics related to pandemic influenza and public health emergency planning. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)

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Operational Guidance on Sharing Influenza Viruses with Human Pandemic Potential (IVPP) Under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:27:30 +0100

World Health Organization. 06/30/2017 This 20-page guidance is intended to help National Influenza Centres (NICs) and H5 Reference Laboratories of the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) and other Nationally Authorized Laboratories to select and ship influenza viruses with human pandemic potential to World Health Organization Collaborating Centres of GISRS under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA): A WHO (World Health Organization) Guide to Assess the Severity of Influenza in Seasonal Epidemics and Pandemics

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:27:30 +0100

World Health Organization. 05/2017 This guidance has been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be used by Member States and WHO as part of the pandemic influenza risk management guidance to assess the severity of influenza in seasonal epidemics and pandemics, when sustained human-to-human transmission occurs. It is intended for use primarily by public health professionals at the national level, who perform or plan to perform national influenza severity assessments, and who can contribute to global influenza severity assessments. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



The bird flu is killing the Queen's swans

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:28:04 +0100

Bird flu has killed at least 30 swans from Queen Elizabeth's flock, with more expected to succumb to the disease, UK officials say. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Zimbabwe:Country Now Free From Avian Flu

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:32:51 +0100

[The Herald] Zimbabwe is now free from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) that hit the country between May and August last year. The disease killed one million chickens in South Africa and Zimbabwe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Iran reports H5N6 bird flu among wild ducks in north - OIE

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:21:10 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - Iran has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu virus among wild ducks in the north of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from Iran's agriculture ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Bird flu: WARNING as deadly outbreak spreads - how to avoid infection

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:10:00 +0100

BIRD flu is a deadly viral flu infection that can cause vomiting, stomach pain and bleeding from the nose. This is what you need to know as the NHS warns of outbreak. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Bird flu: NHS issues WARNING as deadly outbreak spreads - how to avoid infection

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:01:49 +0100

BIRD flu is a deadly viral flu infection that can cause vomiting, stomach pain and bleeding from the nose. This is what you need to know as the NHS warns of outbreak. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



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Sat, 27 Jan 2018 07:00:00 +0100

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)



Southern Research takes steps to prevent future flu outbreaks

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:11:27 +0100

A Birmingham organization is taking a lead in flu research. Southern Research has been conducting tests on emerging pandemic strains and is participating in strategic government vaccine programs that are focusing on highly pathogenic avian influence, or HPAI, strains that pose serious public health risks.  Southern Research has performed toxicology studi es for flu vaccine platforms and provided preclinical studies on vaccines candidates, along with clinical trial support for vaccine makers. The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)



Mitigation techniques fall short of preventing electrocution of golden eagles on power poles

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Wiley) Despite efforts to retrofit power poles and to build new poles to avian-friendly standards, electrocution remains a substantial cause of death for the golden eagle. The global conservation problem results in an estimated 504 eagles electrocuted annually in North America alone. A new Journal of Wildlife Management article examines the risk factors and mitigation techniques from literature published from 1940-2016 and provides new strategies by region to target high-risk poles that could substantially reduce the mortalities. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

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Afghanistan reports two bird flu outbreaks - OIE

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:37:38 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - Afghanistan has reported two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday, citing a report from the Afghan agriculture ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Avian Influenza A(H7N2) Virus in Human Exposed to Sick Cats Avian Influenza A(H7N2) Virus in Human Exposed to Sick Cats

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:15:33 +0100

A veterinarian was diagnosed with influenza A(H7N2) virus after exposure to an infected cat at an animal shelter.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



The flu vaccine could get a much-needed boost

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:02:47 +0100

More than 700,000 Americans were hospitalized due to illnesses associated with the seasonal flu during the 2014 –15 flu season, according to federal estimates. A radical new approach to vaccine development at UCLA may help lower that figure for future flu seasons.The scientists used leading-edge genomics to identify and eliminate the virus ’s defense mechanisms, enabling them to develop a vaccine “candidate” — meaning that it must still undergo evaluation and approval by the FDA — that in animals has been proven to be safe and highly effective against influenza.In the study, which was published  in the journal Science, the engineered influenza virus induced strong immune responses in animals. While further research will be needed, the UCLA scientists are hopeful that their app...



Bird flu found in wild birds in UK's Dorset but risk to humans, poultry low

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:34:19 +0100

(Reuters) - Britain's Agriculture Ministry said on Friday it had found the H5N6 strain of bird flu in 17 wild birds in South Dorset for the first time in the country this winter. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Japan starts culling chicken after confirming bird flu outbreak

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:50:33 +0100

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's western Kagawa prefecture has begun a cull of 91,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm, the local government said. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Japan starts chicken cull after confirming bird flu outbreak

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:20:27 +0100

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's western Kagawa prefecture has begun a cull of 91,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm, the local government said. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Namibia resumes poultry imports from Belgium

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:50:24 +0100

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia has lifted a ban on poultry from Belgium after outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu in the Western European country caused trade to be suspended in June, the government said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Japan reports first suspected bird flu case in poultry this winter

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:34:13 +0100

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's agriculture ministry on Wednesday reported a suspected case of bird flu in Kagawa prefecture, western Japan, potentially marking the country's first bird flu outbreak in poultry this winter. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Iraq reports outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu: OIE

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:49:47 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - Iraq has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu in Diyala in the center of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Russia reports virulent H5N2 bird flu at 660,000-bird farm: OIE

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 17:42:50 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - Russia has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu on a farm in the central region of Kostromskaya Oblast that led to the death of more than 660,000 birds, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Russia reports outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu: OIE

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 15:27:24 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - Russia has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu on a farm in the Kostromskaya Oblast region, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Saudi Arabia confirms H5N8 bird flu outbreak: OIE

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:00:24 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has confirmed an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu in Riyadh that led to the culling of nearly 16,000 ducks, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Influenza (Avian and Other Zoonotic)

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:20:20 +0100

World Health Organization. 12/2017 This Web page provides key facts and information about avian and other zoonotic influenza. Topics include the four types of pathogens, signs and symptoms in humans, epidemiology of human infections, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and pandemic potential. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:00:13 +0100

The N.I.H. will create expert panels to assess controversial research into creating pathogens that easily infect humans. (Source: NYT Health)



Eb141/24

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:12:01 +0100

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefit (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)

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Influenza (Avian and other zoonotic)

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0100

WHO fact sheet on avian influenza: includes key facts, definition, clinical features, antiviral treatment, risk factors for human infection, human pandemic potential, WHO response. (Source: WHO Avian Influenza)



Flu Symptoms Worse for Men than Women Due to Hormones

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:05:05 +0100

Don't laugh; it may be worse for men. by Candy Sagon, AARP, December 12, 2017|Comments: 0. 'Man Flu' Is Real. Getty Images. Research has found that men appear to suffer more than women when they have the flu. There's swine flu and bird flu, but man flu? Don't worry, it's (probably) not contagious. It's more a  ... (Source: AARP.org News)



Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Response Plan: The Red Book

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:08:20 +0100

U.S. Department of Agriculture. 05/2017 This 224-page version of the Red Book, updated in May 2017, provides guidance about responding to avian influenza and reflects the knowledge and lessons learned during several recent outbreaks: 2014-2015, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI); 2016, HPAI/low pathogenicity avian influenza (LPAI) in Indiana; and 2017, HPAI/LPAI in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and Georgia. It also incorporates changes made in related Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan (FAD PReP) materials. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Up to 650 000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:15:00 +0100

Up to 650 000 deaths annually are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, according to new estimates by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), WHO and global health partners. This marks an increase on the previous global estimate of 250 000-500 000, which dates from over ten years ago and covered all influenza-related deaths, including cardiovascular disease or diabetes. The new figures of 290 000-650 000 deaths are based on more recent data from a larger, more diverse group of countries, including lower middle-income countries, and exclude deaths from non-respiratory diseases. (Source: WHO news)



South African egg prices seen rising 20 percent after avian flu outbreak

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:23:14 +0100

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Egg prices in South Africa are expected to increase by as much as 20 percent after an outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian flu in June forced farmers to cull egg laying birds, industry experts said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Finches, Dogs, Lions and Zika: An Ecologist Looks at Emerging Disease

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 03:23:38 +0100

University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. 01/24/2017 This one-hour, 32-minute webinar provides quantitative estimates of levels of pathogen diversity in natural communities, illustrating the relative insignificance of discovering new viruses, and describing the factors that determine successful emergence and subsequent evolution in a well-studied avian pathogen. The speaker also provides an analysis of the current and future dynamics of Zika virus and its response to potential control methods. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Rooftop wiretap aims to learn what crows gossip about at dusk

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Washington) An interdisciplinary team is using a covert sound-based approach, worthy of an avian CSI, to study the link between crows' calls and their behavior. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



Chick embryos provide valuable genetic data for understanding human development

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(Kumamoto University) An international collaboration of researchers from Japan, Russia, Spain, and Australia has created the first genome-wide set of avian transcription start sites. Their data have been made available through the web-based, open-access, interactive DNA visualization system, ZENBU. ('Zenbu' means 'all' in Japanese.) The database and their CAGE-based TSS mapping method are expected to greatly facilitate research on the early development of amniotes, a group of vertebrate animals including the mammals, birds and reptiles. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Gene discovery may reveal how scaly dinosaurs became feathery birds

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:19:16 +0100

A study shows that tweaking the genes of alligators can produce feather-like structures – we could be on our way to understanding how birds became birdsIt is finally becoming common knowledge to the general public thatbirds really are dinosaurs. What ’s more, an ever-increasing number of discoveries gives us incredible insight into the form and diversity of feathers in variousnon-avian dinosaurs andearly birds. We have a growing understanding of how feathers spread and changed in various lineages, their functions, andwhy they might have evolved in the first place but a fundamental gap remains in our understanding – how did they evolve?Feathers are composed of keratin, which also makes up scales (and for that matter claws and parts of skin – and, indeed, our own hair) and they are b...



Germany reports outbreak of mild bird flu on farm: OIE

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:45:03 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - Germany has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic H5N2 bird flu on a farm in the Lower Saxony region in the north of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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No time for "fowl" play: 5 Strategies to protect your chickens from avian flu

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:12:33 +0100

(Natural News) The most severe outbreak of the avian influenza – commonly known as bird flu – in the U.S. happened in 2015. The occurrence triggered a wave of alarm for both consumers and poultry farmers. Since then, the price of eggs alone has increased by 58 percent, and grocery stores and restaurants have increased the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Horse-eating birds and Demon Ducks of Doom: untangling the fowl family tree

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:14 +0100

Chickens and ducks may not fill you with awe. But their early cousins were the largest birds on Earth – and a new study reveals how the bird groups are linkedWe don ’t generally think of chickens and ducks as particularly awe-inspiring birds. Kept across the world as pets or as a food source, chickens (Galliformes) and ducks and geese (Anseriformes) are ubiquitous and seen as docile and unintimidating. The comparative anatomist Thomas Huxley noted in1867 that Galliformes and Anseriformes shared a number of anatomical features, suggesting that the two groups of birds must be related. Later morphological and molecular studies confirmed their close relationship, and all fowl are now grouped inGalloanserae. Galloanserae are considered one of the most primitive groups of modern birds, and t...



AAAS announces animal and avian sciences professor Iqbal Hamza as a 2017 Fellow

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0100

(University of Maryland) Dr. Iqbal Hamza of the University of Maryland has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Dr. Hamza was elected for groundbreaking discoveries and distinguished contributions on the biochemical and cell biology mechanisms underlying heme and iron trafficking and their regulation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Concomitant Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Influenza B Virus Pneumonia in a Child without Evidence of Influenza A (H5N1) Virus Infection

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:21:52 +0100

We describe an 8-year-old boy who was admitted to our hospital with pneumonia caused by M. pneumoniae and influenza B virus without evidence of influenza A (H5N1) virus infection, during a concurrent H5N1 virus outbreak among domestic chickens in Kelantan, a state in Malaysia. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)



Guide to revision of national pandemic influenza preparedness plans: Lessons learned from the 2009 A(H1N1) pandemic

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:51:12 +0100

This guide is intended for use by those involved in pandemic preparedness planning, generic preparedness and implementation of IHR core capacities in European countries. The document describes good practice for pandemic preparedness planning based on lessons learned from the 2009 pandemic. (Source: PHPartners.org)

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South Korea confirms H5N6 bird flu at duck farm, raises bird flu alert level

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:52:33 +0100

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Sunday said it had confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in the south west of the country and raised its bird flu alert level to the highest ranking. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Global Health: Bird Flu Is Spreading in Asia, Experts (Quietly) Warn

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:41:07 +0100

Dire predictions of a flu pandemic proved overblown in 2005 and 2009. Still, health officials are warning that the H7N9 virus, which can be lethal, is on the rise. (Source: NYT Health)



Could Your Cat Give You'Bird Flu? '

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:11:06 +0100

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 -- U.S. scientists are reporting a case of a veterinarian who apparently caught " bird flu " from an infected cat at a New York City animal shelter. The case occurred in December 2016. The unnamed veterinarian got through the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Pandemic Influenza Electronic Exercise Tool

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:41:47 +0100

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 09/2017 This 188-page tool is designed to help exercise planners from communities with limited resources to develop and conduct a pandemic influenza exercise. It provides community planners with an easy-to-use format for developing and conducting an exercise using email or other electronic format. It also is designed to provide a method for increasing exercise participation through a platform that can be more favorable to participants than a traditional, in-person exercise. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Rapid Risk Assessment: Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N8) in Europe

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:41:47 +0100

European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 11/18/2016 This nine-page report summarizes the epidemiological, virological, and environmental information relating to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A virus subtype A(H5N8) in Europe up to November 15, 2016, and assesses the risk to public health in European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries associated with the outbreak. It concludes that the risk of zoonotic transmission to the general public in EU/EEA countries is considered to be very low. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)

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Yes, the dinosaurs were incredibly ‘unlucky’. Just as well for us | Brian Switek

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:41:54 +0100

If the Yucat án asteroid hadn’t struck, dinosaurs would have continued ruling Earth – and our primate forebears taken a very different evolutionary routeSixty-six million years ago, dinosaurs had an exceptionally bad day. A chunk of space rock nine kilometres across smacked into what ’s now Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, instantaneously triggering an extinction event that for ever changed the nature of life on Earth. This is one of the rare moments when we can look back at a pivotal point, where history veered off on an unexpected path. Maybe that’s why we’ve been so obses sed with what would have happened if Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and other Cretaceous celebrities hadn’t gone extinct.The urge to hit rewind on deep time and wonder about the fate of the non-avian dinosaurs i...



Country diary: millions of birds arrive on their autumn migration

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:30:10 +0100

Many birds migrate at night, using the stars to orient themselves. For some, Britain is the last stop – for others, a staging postWaking in the small hours, I find my bedroom bisected by a ribbon of light. The waxing gibbous moon hangs like a beaten silver pendant, backlighting wisps of cloud that cling to the inky sky like cobwebs. As I raise my binoculars to view the moon ’s craters, I notice a tiny silhouette flutter across the lunar disc.Nocturnal migration allows birds to spend the daylight hours fuelling up in preparation for the long distances they must travel. It is believed that birds use the stars to help orient themselves, and it is advantageous for them to fly at night when the air is cooler and the atmosphere less turbulent. The cover of darkness also helps them to avoid a...



South Africa:MEC Alan Winde On Avian Influenza Infections in Western Cape

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:58:03 +0100

[Govt of SA] There have been no new confirmed avian influenza infections. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Bulgaria reports two more outbreaks of virulent bird flu

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 19:14:30 +0100

SOFIA (Reuters) - A virulent bird flu virus has spread to two more regions in Bulgaria prompting veterinary authorities to announce a cull of nearly 8,000 ducks, the Balkan country's food safety agency said on Sunday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:08:00 +0100

On 8 and 15 September 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)

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Pandemic bird flu virus just three mutations away, warn scientists

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:32:48 +0100

(Natural News) As the general population lines up and pumps itself full of cytotoxins (vaccine ingredients), another viral mutation is being predicted. This time scientists are warning about a new kind of bird flu virus, one that is only three mutations away from attaching to human host cells and becoming a global pandemic. It doesn’t... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



Potent peptidic fusion inhibitors of influenza virus

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

We report here on the design and structural characterization of potent peptidic inhibitors of influenza hemagglutinin. The peptide design was based on complementarity-determining region loops of human broadly neutralizing antibodies against the hemagglutinin (FI6v3 and CR9114). The optimized peptides exhibit nanomolar affinity and neutralization against influenza A group 1 viruses, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and avian H5N1 strains. The peptide inhibitors bind to the highly conserved stem epitope and block the low pH–induced conformational rearrangements associated with membrane fusion. These peptidic compounds and their advantageous biological properties should accelerate the development of new small molecule– and peptide-based therapeutics against influenza virus. (Sourc...



South Africa:Department Working to Control Avian Flu Outbreak

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:15:20 +0100

[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has been working closely with several role players to control the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Bulgaria reports two outbreaks of H5 bird flu: OIE

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:32:27 +0100

PARIS (Reuters) - Bulgaria has reported two outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu virus, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



New H7N9 Bird Flu Strain in China Has Pandemic Potential New H7N9 Bird Flu Strain in China Has Pandemic Potential

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:01:14 +0100

Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu circulating in China suggest the virus can transmit easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising alarms that the virus has the potential for triggering a global human pandemic, researchers reported online October 19 in Cell Host& Microbe.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Is a dangerous bird flu on the horizon?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:20:49 +0100

Scientists have found new evidence that the H7N9 bird flu, currently confined to China, has the potential for a widespread outbreak. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)



Is a Dangerous Bird Flu on the Horizon?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:35:06 +0100

H7N9 is still confined to China, but new research suggests potential for wider transmission (Source: WebMD Health)



New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential: study

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:04:15 +0100

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu circulating in China suggest the virus can transmit easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising alarms that the virus has the potential for triggering a global human pandemic, researchers reported on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Is a Dangerous Bird Flu on the Horizon?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:00:50 +0100

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 -- Scientists have found new evidence that the H7N9 bird flu, currently confined to China, has the potential for a widespread outbreak. Public health experts have long been tracking the bird flu strain, which emerged in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)

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H7N9 influenza is both lethal and transmissible in animal model for flu

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) In 2013, an influenza virus began circulating among poultry in China. It caused several waves of human infection and as of late July 2017, nearly 1,600 people had tested positive for avian H7N9. Nearly 40 percent of those infected had died. In 2017, Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison received a sample of H7N9 virus isolated from a patient in China who had died of the flu. He and his research team subsequently began work to characterize and understand it. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Researchers are tracking pandemic potential of H7N9 bird flu in China

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Cell Press) As of Oct. 5, a total of 1,562 laboratory-confirmed cases of H7N9 avian flu virus have been reported to the World Health Organization, with more people getting infected each year. In a study published in the journal Cell Host& Microbe, researchers found that H7N9 viruses replicated efficiently in human airway cells and the lungs of animal models, spread among ferrets via respiratory droplets, and were minimally responsive to commonly used antiviral drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Recent natural selection causes adaptive evolution of an avian polygenic trait

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100

We used extensive data from a long-term study of great tits (Parus major) in the United Kingdom and Netherlands to better understand how genetic signatures of selection translate into variation in fitness and phenotypes. We found that genomic regions under differential selection contained candidate genes for bill morphology and used genetic architecture analyses to confirm that these genes, especially the collagen gene COL4A5, explained variation in bill length. COL4A5 variation was associated with reproductive success, which, combined with spatiotemporal patterns of bill length, suggested ongoing selection for longer bills in the United Kingdom. Last, bill length and COL4A5 variation were associated with usage of feeders, suggesting that longer bills may have evolved in the United Kingdom...



South Africa:Government Exploring Solutions to Avian Influenza Outbreak

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:23:18 +0100

[SAnews.gov.za] Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana says the department is engaging the poultry industry to find ways to tackle the avian influenza outbreak. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



China confirms bird flu outbreak at poultry farms in central province

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:58:12 +0100

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Tuesday confirmed an outbreak of bird flu at broiler chicken farms in a central province, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Topic Collection: Epidemic/Pandemic Flu

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:25:26 +0100

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 10/12/2017 This Topic Collection from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) provides resources that can help healthcare professionals and emergency medical planners prepare for the next influenza epidemic or pandemic. It discusses how important strong healthcare coalitions with tiered response strategies and coordinated incident management are to an effective pandemic influenza response. Resource topics include Antiviral Treatment; Epidemiology and Surveillance; Guidelines; Lessons Learned; Non-Pharmaceutical Strategies; Pediatric Issues; Personal Protective Equipment and Worker Safety; and Plans, Tools, and Templates. (Text) (Source: Disaster L...



US not prepared for this year's flu pandemic

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:31:40 +0100

An aggressive strain of avian flu called H7N9 has killed about 40 percent of the people it has infected in China. The CDC is warning that it could cause widespread destruction in the US. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Fossil discovery in Tanzania reveals ancient bobcat-sized carnivore

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:00:00 +0100

Paleontologists working in Tanzania have identified a new species of hyaenodont, a type of extinct meat-eating mammal. The study is published today, National Fossil Day, in the journal PLOS ONE and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). After the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago, hyaenodonts were the main predators on the African continent. The newly discovered animal is called Pakakali rukwaensis, the name derived from the ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=243369&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. (Source: NSF News)



Italy culls birds after five H5N8 avian flu outbreaks in October

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:45:54 +0100

ROME (Reuters) - Italy has had five outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu in farms the central and northern parts of the country since the start of the month and about 880,000 chickens, ducks and turkeys will be culled, officials said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



South Africa: Bird Flu - Slow Response From Government Places Thousands of Job On the Line

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:28:19 +0100

[DA] The failure by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, to produce a clear and effective plan to address the bird flu crisis is likely to cost the agricultural sector thousands of jobs (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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South Africa: MEC Alan Winde On Western Cape Plan to Respond to Avian Influenza Outbreak

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:31:17 +0100

[Govt of SA] Today (2 October 2017), Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities, and the Western Cape Government team driving the avian influenza recovery plan, briefed the media on the regional outbreak of avian influenza in the province. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Federal Employees: Human Resources Management Flexibilities for Emergency Situations

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 03:40:13 +0100

Congressional Research Service [Library of Congress]. 09/14/2017 This nine-page report provides information about how federal executive branch departments and agencies have available to them various human resources management flexibilities for emergency situations involving severe weather, natural disaster, and other circumstances. It includes a table that details Flexibility and Authority, and a Brief Description of how each authority works. Some examples of when issuances have occurred include following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; in response to pandemic influenza in 2006; and in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)



Botswana: Botswana Ready to Tackle Avian Influenza

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:49:49 +0100

[Botswana Daily News] Maun -Botswana has come up with some strategic measures in an effort to prepare for the outbreak of Avian Influenza. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



UNIST to track the spread of deadly Avian influenza

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology(UNIST)) South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has embarked on a research project to develop a new type of tracking device, capable of monitoring the migration routes of wild birds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for September 13, 2017

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:00:30 +0100

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. How squid ink could make going to the dentist painless Squid ink could be used as a new imaging method at the dentist to check for gum disease, according to new research from the University of California at San Diego. Combining squid ink with light and ultrasound, engineers at UCSD have created a new dental imaging method that can painlessly and non-invasively examine a patient’s gums. The me...

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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:51:00 +0100

On 18, 25 August and 4 September 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of four additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. (Source: WHO Avian Influenza)



Why You Should Think Twice About Playing With Puppies in a Pet Store

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:33:43 +0100

This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)



Aethlon Medical wins FDA EAP designation for Hemopurifier

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:22:11 +0100

Aethlon Medical (NSDQ:AEMD) said today it received an Expedited Access Pathway designation for its Aethlon Hemopurifier designed for treating life-threatening viruses. The San Diego-based company said its Hemopurifier has been validated to capture a “broad spectrum of viruses that are highly glycosylated”, which includes lethal strains of pandemic influenza, mosquito-borne viruses and hemorrhagic viruses with no currently approved treatment. “We are honored to have our Hemopurifier designated to the Expedited Access Pathway and additionally are pleased that FDA has also allowed our proposed “indication for use,” which provides the possibility of treating a wide-range of life-threatening viruses versus a single disease condition,” CEO & chair Jim Jo...



Namibia: Country to Continue Importing Poultry From South Africa

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:51:40 +0100

[Namibian] NAMIBIA will continue to import poultry products from South Africa despite reports of further spread of the H5N8 avian bird flu to the Western Cape over recent weeks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



H7N9 Avian Flu Continues to Spread, Worsen in China H7N9 Avian Flu Continues to Spread, Worsen in China

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:03:10 +0100

Asian avian influenza A has spread widely in China, and the latest outbreak gave rise to more resistant and pathogenic strains, increasing the risk for a pandemic, experts said.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Avian Flu Continues to Spread, Worsen in China

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:00:00 +0100

(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)






South Africa: MEC to Give Update On Avian Flu Control Measures

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 09:11:08 +0100

[News24Wire] Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde will on Thursday afternoon update members of the media about the status of avian flu in the province as well as control measures currently in place, his spokesperson said on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:13:00 +0100

On 4 August 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of one additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. (Source: WHO Avian Influenza)



Malawi: Govt Geared Up Amid Fears of Bird Flu

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:18:57 +0100

[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -Government has assured the general public that all strategies are in place to ensure that the country stays free from Avian Influenza, popularly known as bird flu. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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H7N9 Avian Influenza May Be Capable of Pandemic

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 21:00:00 +0100

Virus spread via respiratory droplets in animal study; neuraminidase inhibitors showed limited efficacy (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)