Bets off for Britain's bookies after horse flu outbreak

A shutdown in British horse racing due to an outbreak of equine influenza is costing the bookmaking industry tens of millions of pounds, Betfair said on Friday, and could get much worse if the outbreak is prolonged.
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Conclusion: A brief checklist covering symptoms and signs can distinguish anthrax from other conditions with minimal need for diagnostic testing after known or suspected population exposure. Primary Funding Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. PMID: 30884525 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Ann Intern Med Source Type: research
Conclusion: The outbreak started in the late monsoon (January) of 2017 and had two peaks; one in summer months and another in winter months. Influenza B virus was reported from December 2017 to May 2018. Age groups ≤5 years and 6–18 years had higher positivity as compared to other age groups. Regular surveillance programmes are required for assessing the trends of influenza infections due to various subtypes and to plan timely and adequate steps for preventing the spread to larger vulnerable population.
Source: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 March 2019Source: Veterinary MicrobiologyAuthor(s): S. Carnaccini, J.J.S. Santos, A.O. Obadan, M.J. Pantin-Jackwood, D.L. Suarez, D.S. Rajão, D.R. PerezAbstractHighly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is a viral disease with devastating consequences to the poultry industry as it results in high morbidity, mortality and international trade restrictions. In the present study, we characterized age-related differences in terms of pathology in commercial white broad breasted turkeys inoculated with A/turkey/Minnesota/12582/2015 (H5N2) HPAIV clade 2.3.4.4A, a virus from the largest HP...
Source: Veterinary Microbiology - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
We note with interest these previous studies into household and hospital influenza outbreaks.1,2 Such community and hospital-based respiratory virus transmission and outbreak investigations often suffer from the potential confounding arising from possible exposures to undiagnosed index cases outside of the outbreak cohort, leading to an overestimate of virus transmissibility, and potentially unnecessary costly and restrictive infection control interventions.
Source: Journal of Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
This study is the first full genome characterization H5N8 HPAIV in Iran. The data complete the puzzle of molecular epidemiology of H5N8 HPAIV in Iran and the region. Our study provides evidence for fast and continuing reassortment of H5 clade 2.3.4.4 viruses, that might lead to changes in virus structural and functional characteristics such as the route and method of transmission of the virus and virus infective, pathogenic and zoonotic potential.
Source: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
(CNN) — Flu activity remains high across the nation, and there’s a second wave of severe infections striking some states. There were as many as 26.3 million flu illnesses, 12.4 million medical visits and 347,000 flu hospitalizations between October 1 and March 2, according to the weekly flu report released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re still having flu. And we’re still seeing a steady stream of patients who are being admitted to hospital with influenza,” said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health News CNN Flu Source Type: news
The flu season is up and running in the Northern Hemisphere, and early signs in both the United States and Europe are that the effects might not be quite as severe as the brutal 2017/18 season. The United States is predominantly seeing H1N1 circulating, while monitoring in Europe has identified co-circulation of H1N1 and H3N2—both varieties of Influenza A that should be covered by the seasonable vaccine. What if they weren’t though? Influenza A can be found in both human and animal populations, and it evolves rapidly through genetic mutation. Each year many humans rely on their country&a...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: IVD Source Type: news
ConclusionsIn nursing homes, nurse-initiated PCR testing of respiratory specimens is feasible and useful in terms of identifying the cause of many RTIs and outbreaks, and viruses are common in this context. However, the current study suggests the availability of these test results alone does not impact antibiotic prescribing.
Source: American Journal of Infection Control - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Viral respiratory tract infections (VRTIs) are more prevalent in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) than previously thought, with up to 52% of infants having evidence of viral carriage [1, 2]. We and others have previously reported nosocomial VRTIs can cause significant morbidity [3], particularly in preterm infants, including escalation of respiratory support, longer hospital stay, increased requirement for home oxygen and greater healthcare costs [1, 4]. Viral carriage in the airways of children and adults may have few or no symptoms [3, 5], potentially implicating them as an inadvertent source of nosocomial VRTI wh...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Original Articles: Research letters Source Type: research
The influenza virus is a particularly nasty bug, thanks in no small part to how rapidly it mutates. Every time the flu virus changes, it becomes harder for humans to develop an immunity. Even our best external defense against influenza, the flu shot, is based on experts’ best guess as to which flu strain or strains are most likely to be prevalent during a given flu season. Sometimes they’re right — this season’s vaccine has turned out to be a relatively good match for the strains currently in circulation. But sometimes they get it wrong, potentially leading to a more severe flu season. And influenza...
Source: TIME: Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Life Reinvented medicine onetime Source Type: news
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