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Avian Influenza Viruses Identified In Antarctic Penguins
2014-05-06 03:11:05

American Society for Microbiology An international team of researchers has, for the first time, identified an avian influenza virus in a group of Adélie penguins from Antarctica. The virus, found to be unlike any other circulating avian flu, is described in a study published this week in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. While other research groups have taken blood samples from penguins before and detected influenza antibodies, no one had...

First Global Inventory Of Flu Strains In Birds Completed
2014-03-07 11:33:54

Wildlife Conservation Society A group of international scientists have completed the first global inventory of flu strains in birds by reviewing more than 50 published studies and genetic data, providing new insight into the drivers of viral diversity and the emergence of disease that can ultimately impact human health and livelihoods. The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE and performed as part of the USAID PREDICT project, identified over 116 avian flu strains in wild birds....

2014-03-05 23:04:56

A new quantitative analysis of more than 123,000 influenza specimens from 1918-2013 shows the Replikin Counts (number of Replikins per 100 amino acids) of the genes of H1N1 and H5N1 have increased beyond the levels of the 2009 pandemic year. London, UK (PRWEB) March 05, 2014 Replikins Ltd., which in April 2008 predicted the last H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009, announced today that from the quantitative analysis of all of the 123,112 influenza specimens of H1N1, H2N2, H3N2, and H5N1 in...

US Seasonal Flu Widespread With H1N1 As The Dominant Strain
2014-01-05 06:51:39

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The 2013-2014 influenza season is underway in the United States, with more than half the country reporting widespread cases of flu activity, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While last year’s flu season was one of the worst in recent years in the US, one of this year’s strains – H1N1 – is making up more than half of the cases so far reported. It was during the 2009-2010 flu season that...

First H7N9 Bird Flu Death Reported From Hong Kong
2013-12-27 06:32:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Health officials from Hong Kong have reported that an 80-year-old man is the first person to die from H7N9 bird flu in the island region. The news comes less than a month after the first case of the bird flu was detected there in a 36-year-old domestic helper who had traveled to Shenzhen for live poultry. The 80-year-old man, who lived in Shenzhen, traveled to Tuen Mun Hospital on Dec. 3 in search of diabetes and heart treatment....

2013-12-09 10:06:30

The avian H7N9 influenza virus that emerged earlier this year in China is poorly adapted for sustained transmission between humans, suggesting that the current form of the virus is unlikely to cause a pandemic, according to a new study led by Ian A. Wilson, Ph.D., and James C. Paulson, Ph.D., of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). The study, published yesterday in Science, was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of...

Emerging Bird Flu Strain Still Poorly Adapted For Infecting Humans
2013-12-05 19:41:56

Scripps Research Institute Avian influenza virus H7N9, which killed several dozen people in China earlier this year, has not yet acquired the changes needed to infect humans easily, according to a new study by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). In contrast to some initial studies that had suggested that H7N9 poses an imminent risk of a global pandemic, the new research found, based on analyses of virus samples from the Chinese outbreak, that H7N9 is still mainly adapted...

2013-11-21 15:43:44

Study shows that seasonal flu escapes immunity with single amino acid substitutions Scientists have identified a potential way to improve future flu vaccines after discovering that seasonal flu typically escapes immunity from vaccines with as little as a single amino acid substitution. Additionally, they found these single amino acid changes occur at only seven places on its surface – not the 130 places previously believed. The research was published today, 21 November, in the journal...

2013-11-12 10:40:36

Competing interests should be declared -- and reported -- to maintain credibility of public health, say researchers Academics with links to the pharmaceutical industry were more likely to talk up the risks of the 2009-10 swine flu pandemic in the media and promote the use of drugs than those without these ties, finds research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. During the 2009-2010 swine flu pandemic, the UK spent an estimated £1 billion on...

Two New Cases Of Bird Flu In China
2013-11-08 13:05:35

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Earlier this week, Chinese health officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of two new infections of H7N9 – a strain of the virus responsible for causing the bird flu. The Asian nation's Xinhua news agency reported on one of the cases Tuesday - that of a three-year-old boy living in south China's Guangdong Province. The boy tested positive for the virus by the provincial disease prevention and control center and is in...


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