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2012-08-30 17:23:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online You may have contracted the flu, and already passed it on to your neighbors, before you ever started showing symptoms, according to a new study. Researchers found while examining influenza transmission in ferrets that the virus can actually be passed on to someone else before the symptoms occur. Knowing whether someone is infectious before symptoms occur is important to try and help authorities stop an epidemic. Previous...

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2012-07-31 21:04:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new strain of avian influenza has be blamed in the deaths of over 160 seals off the New England coast last year, sparking fears that the virus, or one like it, could spread to other animals, including humans. The majority of the dead harbor seals were less than six months old and an anatomical and microbiological analysis showed that these animals suffered from lesions and severe pneumonia, according to a report published in mBio,...

2012-07-02 22:15:42

A major collaboration between US research centers has highlighted three factors that could ultimately determine whether an outbreak of influenza becomes a serious epidemic that threatens national health. The research suggests that the numbers in current response plans could be out by a factor of two or more depending on the characteristics of the particular pandemic influenza. Researchers from Argonne, Los Alamos, and Sandia National Laboratories, and the National Renewable Energy...

2009 Swine Flu Pandemic Death Toll Much Worse Than Originally Believed
2012-06-26 12:02:29

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com Shortly after the 2009 H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic, health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) had reported that roughly 18,500 people died from the virus, a finding that is being called into question as researchers now believe the death toll reached more than quarter of a million people, 15 times more than the original estimate. Publishing their findings in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, an international group of...

Second Controversial Bird Flu Study Released
2012-06-22 10:42:49

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com On June 21, the second of two bird flu studies was released. It put fears to rest regarding terrorism and the global epidemic. Specifically, five genetic mutations were mentioned in the report. The papers explained how the virus strains created by researchers could be transmitted from person to person through the air. Scientists believed that the results could help them find dangerous strains of the virus. However, last December, federal officials requested...

Rapid Virus Detection With New H5N1 Test Kit
2012-05-30 04:34:55

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com There´s that old adage, better to be prepared than to be sorry. Researchers have made it possible to be prepared in the case of a pandemic outburst of the H5N1 virus, otherwise known as the avian flu. An effective and quick H5N1 bird flu test kit has been made available after a collaborative effort among the Experimental Therapeutics Centre (ETC), the Agency for Science and Technology Research (A*STAR), as well as clinicians from Tan Tock Seng Hospital...

Virus-tracking Software Taken Worldwide
2012-05-22 12:07:23

Project allows new forms of client software to join genetic surveillance (Columbus, Ohio, May 22, 2012) — A biomedical informatics researcher who tracks dangerous viruses as they spread around the globe has restructured his innovative tracking software to promote even wider use of the program around the world. Associate Professor Daniel Janies, Ph.D., an expert in computational genomics at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (OSU), is working with software...

2012-05-16 22:49:36

Response efforts to outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Africa can benefit from a standardized sampling strategy that focuses on the carcasses of gorillas, chimpanzees and other species known to succumb to the virus, according to a consortium of wildlife health experts. In a recently published study of 14 previous human Ebola outbreaks and the responses of wildlife teams collecting animal samples, the authors of the new study conclude that most efforts to collect samples from live...


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