Northern Ireland confirms H5N6 bird flu case
LONDON (Reuters) - A case of H5N6 bird flu has been confirmed in a wild greylag goose in Northern Ireland, the department of agriculture, environment and rural affairs said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Fears raised over the spread of a bird flu that kills 38% of people
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer for England, said it was 'possible' that H7N9, which is currently circulating poultry in China 'could be the cause of the next pandemic'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bulgaria reports another outbreak of virulent bird flu
SOFIA (Reuters) - An outbreak of a virulent bird flu virus has spread to another farm in northeastern Bulgaria, the national food safety agency said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Progress in Vaccine-Preventable and Respiratory Infectious Diseases-First 10 Years of the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, 2006-2015
During its first 10 years (2006-2015), NCIRD worked with partners to improve preparedness and response to pandemic influenza and other emergent respiratory infections, provide an evidence base for addition of 7 newly recommended vaccines, and modernize vaccine distribution. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nepal reports outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu
PARIS (Reuters) - Nepal reported an outbreak of severe H5N1 bird flu among backyard ducks near the capital Kathmandu, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday, citing the Nepalese Ministry of Livestock Development. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Seventy-First World Health Assembly
World Health Organization. 05/10/2018 This Web page provides information and materials for the 71st session of the World Health Assembly, which takes place in Geneva on May 21-26, 2018. The Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). Documents for the Assembly include the Report of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme; WHO's Work in Health Emergencies; Health, Environment and Climate Change; and Progress in Implementing Decision WHA70(10) (2017) on Review of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework. (PDF) (Source: Disa...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Ultrasound finds more pneumonia than x-ray
Lung ultrasound finds more cases of pneumonia in children and young adults...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Can AI diagnose pneumonia better than radiologists? AIUM: Lung US can handle diagnosis of pediatric pneumonia Most pediatric chest x-rays appear unnecessary DR tomo holds promise for fungal pneumonia surveillance H7N9 bird flu pneumonia scans show common imaging findings (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 18, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

100 Years of Influenza Pandemics and Practice: 1918-2018
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. 05/07/2018 This video is Part 1 of a one-day symposium sponsored by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the context of the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, experts from academia and government convened to discuss and debate current pandemic influenza threats, and the future of pandemic preparedness and influenza prevention and control. Topics include 2018 Threats: The Challenge of H3N2, and Impact of Epidemic on Health Systems; and Current Gaps: United States and Local Public Health Pandemi...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Namibia:Poultry Imports From Netherlands Resume After Bird Flu Outbreak
[New Era] Windhoek -The chief veterinary officer in the Directorate of Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Dr Milton Masheke, has announced that Namibia has resumed the importation of live poultry, birds and poultry products, and the in-transit movement of live poultry, birds and poultry products from the Netherlands. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 3, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Irreplaceable avian specimens, ransacked
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - May 3, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Kemp, C. Tags: books Source Type: news

Avian influenza: guidance, data and analysis
This guidance was updated in April 2018. It covers the symptoms, diagnosis, management and epidemiology of avian influenza (bird flu). A link to a new risk assessment under the heading'Epidemiology':'Avian influenza A(H7N4): risk assessment'has been added. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Travellers heading to China are warned to avoid traditional 'wet markets'
Two strains of avian flu, H5N6 and H7N4, are currently circulating the Asian country, according to the Public Health England report. Figures show 600,000 Britons make the journey each year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:North West On Bird Flu Outbreak in Parts of the Province
[Govt of SA] The Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development (READ) would like to confirm that parts of the Bokone Bophirima province has been hit by an outbreak of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) commonly known as Bird Flu. Two of the outbreaks are in Madibeng (in Bojanala Platinum District) and one in Maquassie Hills. One of the outbreaks involving commercial flock involves quails that are hatched, grown and slaughtered on the farm. The second outbreak in Madibeng involved wild ducks that wer (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Avian oxytocin promotes generosity in jays
According to a study, published inBiology Letters, mesotocin, the bird equivalent of oxytocin, also guides social behaviours and promotes food sharing and genorosity among pinyon jays.Independent (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - April 12, 2018 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Investment of 65 million euro in avian vaccines in France
(Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News)
Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News - April 11, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Bulgaria reports H5N8 bird flu outbreak in duck farm
SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's authorities reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus on a duck farm in the southeastern region of Yambol, the food safety agency said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Higher prices help foie gras farmers overcome bird flu crises
PARIS (Reuters) - Higher foie gras prices and large public subsidies have allowed farmers to overcome two consecutive bird flu crises that ravaged duck flocks in southwest France, but output will take time to recover, producers said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

South Africa detects avian flu in seabirds
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has detected an outbreak of avian flu in seabirds, citing the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain that infected the country's poultry industry last year. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Polish firm sued over tricking homeless into flu vaccine test
A company in Poland has been charged for tricking homeless people into taking part in a test of a bird flu vaccine. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

University of Maryland School of Medicine experts lead trial on avian flu vaccine
(University of Maryland School of Medicine) Vaccine experts at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have begun multiple clinical trials of vaccines designed to protect against H7N9, an avian influenza virus that was first reported in humans in 2013 in China. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Polish firm sued over tricking homeless into vaccine test
Prosecutors in Poland are suing a private firm accused of tricking homeless people into unwitting participation in bird flu vaccine tests in 2007 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Germany confirms H5N6 bird flu case on island farm
HAMBURG (Reuters) - German authorities have confirmed outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu type at a farm on an island off the German North Sea coast, the Schleswig-Holstein state agriculture ministry said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

UAB approved to test avian flu vaccines
UAB ’s School of Medicine’s Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic has been selected as a national trial site to test a new avian flu vaccine. The clinic is one of four national trial sites to test a candidate for the H7N9, a strain of the avian influenza.  The trial is sponsored by the National Instit ute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, part of the National Institutes of Health, with the purpose of having an effective vaccine ready for any future H7N9 pandemic. “We are excited for the opportunity… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 19, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

NIH approves clinical trials for vaccine against avian influenza
A federal agency has approved two clinical Phase 2 trials to vaccinate for H7N9, a strain of avian influenza that has not reached humans in the United States. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Southern Africa:SADC Updates Bird Flu Disaster Response Plan
[The Herald] Southern African countries, jolted by a debilitating avian influenza outbreak in 2017, which left an extensive effect on the region including in Zimbabwe, have reviewed and updated the regional preparedness and response plan, which is expected to guide management and control of the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Bhutan reports outbreak of severe H5N1 bird flu: OIE
PARIS (Reuters) - Bhutan has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus among backyard birds, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday, citing a report from the country's agriculture ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Mexico reports two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H7N3 bird flu: OIE
PARIS (Reuters) - Mexico reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H7N3 bird flu virus in the central part of the country, of which one at chicken farm, the World Organisation for Animal Health said on Monday, citing a Mexican agriculture ministry report. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

China reports highly pathogenic H5N6, H7N9 bird flu outbreaks: OIE
PARIS (Reuters) - China reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in the Guangxi province, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the Chinese agriculture ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Bulgaria reports outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu
SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus on a farm in the northeastern district of Dobrich, the national food safety agency said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Guidelines for Avian Influenza Viruses: 2018
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 02/28/2018 This 17-page document from the Agricultural Select Agent Services provides updated guidelines to assist individuals and entities develop policies and implement procedures for working safely with avian influenza viruses in the laboratory. Chapters cover Categorizing Influenza A and Nomenclature; Defining Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus; Understanding Influenza A Reassortant Viruses; Regulating; Introduction to Biocontainment Provisions; and Transfer and Permitting of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Viruses and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza Viruses. (PDF) (Sou...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Here's The Poop On Secret Penguin Society, Population 1.5 Million
Danger Island discovery raises hope for continuing "hotspot of avian abundance." (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 3, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Here's The Poop On Antarctica's Secret Penguin Society, Population 1.5 Million
Scientists learned of the "hotspot for avian abundance" thanks to the birds' prodigious droppings. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 3, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Netherlands confirms highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu outbreak
PARIS (Reuters) - The Netherlands confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a farm in the northern part of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Aussie flu victims may be at risk of Alzheimer's
In the first experiment of its kind, German scientists at the Braunschweig University of Technology.also discovered a form of bird flu caused the same problems to the mice. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC seeks new labs for bioterror pathogens to replace aging facility
ATLANTA — Inside a complex of special government labs, scientists in full-body protective suits work with some of the world’s deadliest pathogens: Ebola, smallpox and certain strains of bird flu. Many of the organisms have no treatment or vaccine, so the labs housed in this facility on the sprawling campus of the Centers for Disease […]Related:Flu cases fall for the first time this awful influenza seasonCDC warns about salmonella infections traced to kratomHere’s what you should know about the flu season this year (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N4) virus – China
On 14 February 2018, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of one case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N4) virus. This is the first human case of avian influenza A(H7N4) infection to be reported worldwide. (Source: WHO Avian Influenza)
Source: WHO Avian Influenza - February 22, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, avian influenza [subject], bird flu, avian flu, fowl plague, influenza in birds, avian bird flu, h5n1, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pan Source Type: news

The new specimen forcing a radical rethink of Archaeopteryx
A new specimen has redefined who ’s in and who’s out of theArchaeopteryxgenus – and poses questions about other theropod dinosaursHave you heard? There is a newArchaeopteryxin town. Number 12, to be exact. Technically, this specimen has been around since 2010, but was only formallydescribed three weeks ago, thereby making up for the tragic loss of the Haarlem specimen (now renamed asOstromia crassipes) last year.Archaeopteryxhas since long formed a central piece in evolutionary debates. At the time of its discovery, it was the first Really Old Bird ever found. Moreover, its discovery in 1861 came just a f...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 21, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Hanneke Meijer Tags: Archaeopteryx Fossils Biology Science Evolution Palaeontology Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA)
Course introduces the concept of influenza severity assessment and covers its required steps, from choosing data to using, reporting and communicating severity estimates. The Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA) tool is a framework for using existing influenza surveillance data to determine a qualitative judgment on the severity of a current influenza epidemic or pandemic in comparison to past epidemics and pandemics. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New VaxArray potency test kit for pandemic flu vaccines
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR has expanded its VaxArray ® product portfolio with a new reagent kit to address the 'need for speed' in combating flu viruses with pandemic potential. The VaxArray Influenza Pandemic Hemagglutinin potency test kit is now available for flu vaccines containing H5, H7, and H9 flu subtypes, which includes new H7 vaccines against the deadly avian H7N9 virus. This new potency assay enables rapid determination of immunogenic hemagglutinin in low-dose and adjuvanted flu vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Severity Assessment (PISA)
World Health Organization. 05/30/2017 This course introduces the concept of pandemic influenza severity assessment and covers its required steps, from choosing data to using, reporting, and communicating severity estimates. It describes why assessing influenza severity is important; when and how to assess influenza severity; how to communicate severity assessment findings; and how to contribute to a global influenza severity assessment. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

World's first human case of H7N4 avian flu reported in China
The first human case of the H7N4 strain of avian influenza has been reported in China, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection announced Wednesday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bird flu H7N4 outbreak: Four symptoms to watch for after first ever human case confirmed
BIRD flu is an infectious type of influenza that spreads among birds, but in very rare cases can affect humans. A woman in China is now the first ever human recorded to have the H7N4 strain of the virus - if a worldwide outbreak begins, what are the symptoms to look out for? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World Health Organization: 142nd Session of the Executive Board
World Health Organization. 02/2018 This Web page provides information, materials, and videos from the 142nd session of the World Health Organization Executive Board, held on January 22-27, 2018. It provides links to the agenda, and to documentation that includes reports on Public Health Preparedness and Response; Health, Environment and Climate Change; and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the Sharing of Influenza Viruses and Access to Vaccines and Other Benefits. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

China reports first human case of H7N4 bird flu
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has reported the first human case of the H7N4 strain of bird flu in a woman in an eastern coastal province, though she has since recovered. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

China confirms first human case of H7N4 avian flu
(Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - February 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Ghana reports severe bird flu on farm: OIE
PARIS (Reuters) - Ghana has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H9N2 bird flu virus on a farm in the southwest of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from Ghana's agriculture ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Saudi Arabia temporarily bans poultry imports from India over bird flu
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned imports of live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from India after a form of bird flu that is highly lethal for poultry was found in the south Asian country, the Saudi agriculture ministry said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

How Effective Is the 2018 Flu Shot? Here ’s What You Should Know
Vaccination has been recommended for decades as the best way to protect yourself against flu, but it’s no silver bullet. The shot’s effectiveness varies from year to year, depending on the closeness of the match between that season’s viruses and the vaccine, which is usually reformulated each year. This winter in North America, its performance has been especially poor, leaving people more vulnerable to a virus that’s caused a spike in hospitalizations and deaths. In Hong Kong, schools are starting their Chinese New Year holiday earlier amid a flu epidemic that has claimed more than 100 lives in the ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jason Gale / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg health onetime Source Type: news

How Effective Is the 2018 Flu Shot? Here ’s What You Should Know
Vaccination has been recommended for decades as the best way to protect yourself against flu, but it’s no silver bullet. The shot’s effectiveness varies from year to year, depending on the closeness of the match between that season’s viruses and the vaccine, which is usually reformulated each year. This winter in North America, its performance has been especially poor, leaving people more vulnerable to a virus that’s caused a spike in hospitalizations and deaths. In Hong Kong, schools are starting their Chinese New Year holiday earlier amid a flu epidemic that has claimed more than 100 lives in the ...
Source: TIME: Science - February 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jason Gale / Bloomberg Tags: Uncategorized Bloomberg health onetime Source Type: news

A checklist for pandemic influenza risk and impact management: building capacity for pandemic response, 2018 update
This checklist is a tool to help national authorities to develop or update national pandemic influenza preparedness plans for managing the risk and impact of an influenza pandemic under the guiding principles of the 2017 WHO pandemic influenza preparedness framework - " Pandemic Influenza Risk Management " . (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news