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Novel Bird Flu H10N8 Has Potential To Become Pandemic
2014-02-05 07:13:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While China has already been dealing with one avian influenza outbreak – H7N9 – a novel strain has emerged, killing its first victim in December. The new strain, H10N8, infected another person last month and experts are now concerned of the potential for another pandemic. H10N8 is the fifth novel influenza strain to emerge in the last 17 years. Scientists, led by Dr Yuelong Shu, of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and...

2014-01-14 08:28:02

New Analysis Finds 32 States Fail to Vaccinate at least 40 Percent of Adults 18-64 Years Old WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An analysis released today by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) found that only 35.7 percent of adults ages 18 to 64 years old got the flu shot last season (the most recent period data with available data). By comparison, 56.6 percent of children (ages 6 months to 17 years old) and 66.2 percent of seniors (ages 65 and older) were vaccinated....

First Human Case Of Infection From H10N8 Bird Flu Detected In China
2013-12-18 06:53:04

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A bird flu strain not previously seen in humans has been reported by Chinese health authorities to have infected a 73-year-old woman in east China’s Jiangxi Provincial capital of Nanchang. China’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement on Wednesday confirming the strain H10N8 in a sample taken from the woman, who died of respiratory failure on Dec. 6.  The statement did not mention if the woman’s death...

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...

2009 H1N1 Virus Death Toll Ten Times Higher Than Official Worldwide Estimates
2013-11-27 08:15:39

George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services A research team consisting of more than 60 collaborators in 26 countries has estimated the global death toll from the 2009 outbreak of the H1N1 virus to be 10 times higher than the World Health Organization's count, which was based on laboratory-confirmed cases of this flu. The study, which appears online in PLOS Medicine, suggests that the pandemic virus caused up to 203,000 respiratory deaths around the world....

2013-11-19 12:53:20

U-M researchers find state’s immunization registry can be used to spur parents of children with chronic illness to get vaccinated during pandemic A new University of Michigan study found that the state immunization registry – the public health database that tracks vaccinations– can be an effective tool to encourage influenza vaccinations during a pandemic. U-M researchers collaborated with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to evaluate a statewide influenza...

2013-10-08 23:34:49

The winning entry in this year's Google Science Fair promises to combat the flu virus by novel means. UV Technologies, LLC, makers of UV-Aid natural flu and cold prevention, voice caution in light of increased occurances of super bugs. Fort Myers, FL (PRWEB) October 08, 2013 Eric Chen's winning entry in the 2013 Google Science Fair states, "The emergence of new highly lethal influenza viruses such as H5N1 and H7N9 poses a grave threat to the world. My project is to discover...

Additional MERS Cases Raise Concerns Over Saudi Arabian Pilgrimage
2013-10-06 07:35:44

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the hajj season in Saudi Arabia quickly approaches, the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) is ramping up efforts to keep millions of pilgrims safe from falling ill to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The annual pilgrimage occurs from October 13-18 with millions expected to be flocking to Mecca and Medina for prayer and worship. While the MOH had not reported any known cases of MERS-CoV stemming...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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