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2014-04-10 16:22:38

The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected and killed hundreds of people, despite the fact that, at the moment, the virus can't spread easily between people. The death toll could become much worse if the virus became airborne. A study published by Cell Press April 10th in the journal Cell has revealed a minimal set of mutations allowing H5N1 to be transmitted through the air from one ferret to another. The findings will be invaluable for future surveillance programs and may provide early warning...

Human H1N1 Pandemic Virus Infected Washington State Sea Otters
2014-04-09 10:55:14

USGS Northern sea otters living off the coast of Washington state were infected with the same H1N1 flu virus that caused the world-wide pandemic in 2009, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. During an August 2011 health monitoring project, USGS and CDC scientists found evidence that the Washington sea otters were infected with the pandemic 2009 H1N1 virus, although the exact date and source of exposure could not be determined....

2014-03-11 23:04:38

New studies from Bioradar UK Ltd. and Replikins Ltd show that Pancreatic Cancer Joins Brain and Lung Cancer with the Highest Human Mortality Rates and Gene Replikin Counts; Thirty Times Greater Than the Gene Replikin Counts in H1N1 Influenza. LONDON, UK (PRWEB) March 11, 2014 Bioradar UK Ltd. and Replikins Ltd, the companies whose software analysis of virus gene Replikin Counts predicted the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009 one year in advance, announced today that their new studies show...

Flu Evolution Study May Change Textbooks, History Books
2014-02-17 10:55:14

Daniel Stolte - University of Arizona A new study reconstructing the evolutionary tree of flu viruses challenges conventional wisdom and solves some of the mysteries surrounding flu outbreaks of historical significance. The study, published in the journal Nature, provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the evolutionary relationships of influenza virus across different host species over time. In addition to dissecting how the virus evolves at different rates in different...

2014-02-07 13:13:27

Since its first identification in Asia, highly pathogenic avian influenza—H5N1—has caused significant alarm in the scientific community.  While the virus’ primary target is birds—tens of millions have already died from it—it is capable of infecting mammals, including humans, causing serious illness and a frightening rate of mortality. In a new study, Matthew Scotch, a researcher at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, tracks the spread of an H5N1 variant in...

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...


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