Hong Kong suspends imports of chicken, eggs from Malaysian state after bird flu outbreak
Hong Kong has ordered traders to suspend imports of poultry meat and poultry products like eggs from the Tuaran District of Sabah State in Malaysia, said the city's Centre for Food Safety on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Image of the Day: Nose Dive
Numbers of avian species in the Mojave Desert have fallen. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 7, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

Malaysia reports H5N1 bird flu outbreak on farm: OIE
Malaysia has reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus on a farm in the eastern region of Sabah, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from Malaysia's veterinary authorities. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Vietnam reports three outbreaks of highly pathogenic bird flu: IE
Vietnam has reported three outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu among backyard birds, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday, citing a report from the Vietnamese farm ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Quantifying Contact Rates and Mixing Patterns in Workers in Non-healthcare Work Settings in the United States to Support the Development of Prevention and Control Strategies for Reducing or Slowing the Transmission of Pandemic Influenza
The purpose of this project is to conduct research that describes individual social contact and mixing patterns in workers in non-healthcare work settings in the United States. The goal is to have a better estimate of social contacts in work places to support the development of prevention and control strategies for reducing or slowing the transmission of pandemic influenza. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - July 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Westward Spread of Avian Influenza A Virus Among Humans Westward Spread of Avian Influenza A Virus Among Humans
This report provides insight into the origination and spread of human infection with H7N9 virus in China.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

NIAID dcientists create 3D structure of 1918 influenza virus-like particles
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Virus-like particles (VLPs) are protein-based structures that mimic viruses and bind to antibodies. Because VLPs aren't infectious, they show promise as vaccine platforms for many viral diseases, including influenza. Since details about influenza VLPs are scant, a team of researchers developed a 3D model based on the 1918 H1 pandemic influenza virus. The research, conducted by NIAID scientists, could benefit VLP vaccine projects, targeting a range of viruses from HIV to Ebola and SARS coronavirus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New & Resurgent Infectious Diseases Can Have Far-reaching Economic Repercussions
DAVID E. BLOOM is the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, DANIEL CADARETTE is a research assistant, and JP SEVILLA is a research associate, all at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.By David E. Bloom, Daniel Cadarette and JP SevillaWASHINGTON DC, Jul 3 2018 (IPS)Infectious diseases and associated mortality have abated, but they remain a significant threat throughout the world.We continue to fight both old pathogens, such as the plague, that have troubled humanity for millennia and new pathogens, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), that have mutated or spilled over ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David E. Bloom and JP Sevilla Tags: Active Citizens Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Ghana reports outbreaks of H5 bird flu on farms
PARIS (Reuters) - Ghana has reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 bird flu on farms, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday, citing a report from Ghana's agriculture ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

China reports highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu at chicken farm: OIE
PARIS (Reuters) - China reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu at a farm in Qinghai province, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday, citing a report from the Chinese agriculture ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

New research on avian response to wildfires
(Point Blue Conservation Science) New research explores the effects fire has on ecosystems and the wildlife species that inhabit them. Scientists examined the impacts of fires of different severity levels on birds and how that changes as the time since fire increases. Scientists looked across 10 fires after they burned through forests in the Sierra Nevada. A key finding was that wildfire had strong, but varied, effects on the density of many of the bird species that were studied. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 22, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Russia's Cherkizovo says Bird flu detected at its poultry farm -
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian meat producer Cherkizovo said on Thursday bird flu was detected at its poultry farm in Penza region. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

DEPOPULATION blueprint: Scientists engineer human-infecting form of deadly new bird flu, claiming they need to "know how it works"
(Natural News) When you have someone as influential as Bill Gates openly declaring that one of the best ways to save the planet from climate change is to reduce the human population, then you start to look around with distrust, wondering how that goal will be accomplished. In a TED presentation, Bill Gates talked about... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No, these pterosaurs were not Jurassic puffins | Elsa Panciroli
New research into pterosaur diets is overturning assumptions based on qualitative assertions made decades agoWhat did it eat? This is one of the first questions the general public – and especially kids – ask about extinct animals. It may surprise you to know that palaeontologists sometimes struggle to work out the answer. They may look at living relatives for clues, but for long-gone animals with no living descendants, like pterosaurs, the job is much trickier. What can y ou sensibly compare them to? Even if you make a hypothesis on their diet, how can you test it?Pterosaurs are a group of extinct flying reptil...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Elsa Panciroli Tags: Science Evolution Biology Palaeontology Source Type: news

UAE imposes ban on birds from Russia after flu outbreak: WAM
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned the import of domestic and wild live birds, as well as their meat and meat products from Russia after a bird flu outbreak, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Fears raised over the spread of a bird flu that kills in China
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

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