Bird flu outbreak warning: UK travellers warned over NEW strain - signs and symptoms
BIRD FLU is a deadly infectious virus that can spread to humans, and may cause headaches, sickness, or a high fever. But, a new avian flu strain has been spotted, and UK travellers have been warned to look out for the deadly bird flu symptoms. These are the virus signs you should know about. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Talkin' Birds: The Great Backyard Bird Count
For years, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Great Backyard Bird Count have provided valuable data for avian research. Ray Brown from the Talkin' Birds podcast talks with Scott Simon about it. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morning Break: Where's the Bird Flu? Bugs as Medicine; NYC Nurses Take to Streets
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 14, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Investing in antibiotics critical to saving lives during pandemic influenza outbreaks
(Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics& Policy) In a new study published in the journal Health Economics, researchers at CDDEP, the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands developed a mathematical framework to estimate the value of investing in developing and conserving an antibiotic to mitigate the burden of bacterial infections caused by resistant Staphylococcus aureus during a pandemic influenza outbreak. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 12, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bird flu shuffle probes viral compatibility
(Emory Health Sciences) Emory scientists have been probing the RNA packaging factors that limit reassortment between avian H7N9/H5N8 strains and a well-known strain (H3N2) that has been dominating the last few human flu seasons in the United States. Mix and match still occurred at a low level, particularly with H5N8. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why Asian horses don't get sick with the flu
(PLOS) Avian influenza viruses infect horses in Mongolia but do not cause large outbreaks of disease because they failed to acquire key genetic changes to enable greater cross-species transmissibility, according to a study published Feb. 7 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Pablo Murcia of the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 7, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eb144/conf./10
Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits Draft decision proposed by Secretariat with amendments by Member States (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - January 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Neuromics' Islet-1 Used to Study Avian Heart Morphology
Evolution of High-Performance Hearts OurIslet-1 Antibody showed its versatility a comparative morphology of avian hearts.Figure: Sinuatrial node in Mallard (a –c), chicken HH42 (d–g), Lesser redpoll (h–j), and Jackdaw (k–m). All sections are in the transverse plane. The boxed areas in the left-hand column images indicate the areas of the images of the middle and right-hand columns. (a–c) In the Mallard, a nodal structure at the base of the right leaflet of the sinuatrial valve (black arrowhead in [a]) expressed Isl1 (b, c) and had a large coronary artery (white arrowhead in [b]). Sections 271 ...
Source: Neuromics - January 28, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Tags: Comparative Morphology Avian Hearts Isl-1 islet-1 antibody Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Infectious Diseases (CDC OID). Published: 1/24/2019. This Web page provides information about pandemic influenza, which is a global outbreak of a new influenza A virus. Resources are provided about Pandemic Basics and Past Outbreaks; National Pandemic Strategy; and Monitoring for Influenza Viruses. The page also describes what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does regarding pandemic influenza, provides additional influenza resources and pandemic tools, and provides links to Planning and Preparedness Resources. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resourc...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

EXPOSED: Vaccine deep state plot to seize NaturalNews.com domain and criminalize all speech that questions vaccine propaganda
(Natural News) The World Health Organization, a criminal cartel front for the vaccine industry, has just declared war on the so-called “anti-vax” movement. The W.H.O. is the same group that spiked vaccines given to women in Africa with abortion / infertility drugs. The W.H.O. is also the same fraudulent group that falsely declared H5N1 bird... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Approaches to Seasonal Influenza and Genetic Sequence Data Under the PIP (Pandemic Influenza Preparedness) Framework: Revised Analysis
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 12/14/2018. This 38-page document is the revised analysis by a group of eight independent experts who examined the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework with a view to proposing revisions reflecting developments, as appropriate to the World Health Assembly. It updates the September 2018 Draft Analysis. It notes that there are key issues that must urgently be addressed for the PIP Framework to remain relevant, including the issue of how genetic sequence data should be handled under the PIP Framework, and whether the Framework should expand to include seasonal in...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Progress Report: 1 January – 30 June 2018
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 9/2018. This 20-page report addresses the recommendation from the 2016 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Review that the World Health Organization develop a progress report that presents overall success metrics and infographics to illustrate progress in PIP Framework implementation. This is the first report, which will be updated every six months. It presents technical and financial implementation for the High Level Implementation Plan (HLIP) II 2018-2023, and the PIP Secretariat. Progress against milestones is measured every six months, and indicators are measured y...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mass vaccination for influenza a failed strategy, scientists admit... it simply doesn't reduce influenza-related hospital admissions at all
(Natural News) Mass vaccination against the pandemic influenza A/H1N1 infection fell short on expected results, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Researchers examined a cohort of 388,069 patients younger than 65 years old, who were given the H1N1 vaccination between November 2009 and January 2010 when the transmission of pandemic influenza was... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists discover a chemical that slows the spread of deadly SARS, Zika and bird flu
Experts from the University of Hong Kong hope the chemical - named AM580 - will day be the go-to treatment for viruses - even those that have not evolved yet. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Demystifying Medicine 2019
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH). Published: 1/8/2019. This one-hour, 48-minute presentation discusses the history of pandemics, their challenges, and the next influenza pandemic. Topics include the role of viral, host, and secondary bacterial factors in influenza pathogenesis; contemporary Avian influenza, and why an HIV vaccine Is essential for ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. (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 - January 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Demystifying Medicine 2019: The Next Influenza Pandemic and Ending the HIV/AIDS Pandemic: Follow the Science
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH). Published: 1/8/2019. This one-hour, 48-minute presentation discusses the history of pandemics, their challenges, and the next influenza pandemic. Topics include the role of viral, host, and secondary bacterial factors in influenza pathogenesis; contemporary Avian influenza, and why an HIV vaccine Is essential for ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. (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 - January 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Surveillance Report
Source: European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Published: 2019. This five-page report is based on data on zoonotic influenza for 2017 retrieved from Epidemic Intelligence on May 18, 2018. No human cases of avian influenza were reported in the European Union/European Economic Area. Sporadic cases were reported from Africa and Asia. Influenza viruses A(H1N1)v, A(H1N2)v, and A(H3N2)v of swine origin caused human cases in Switzerland and the United States. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Surveillance Report: Annual Epidemiological Report for 2017; Zoonotic Influenza
Source: European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Published: 2019. This five-page report is based on data on zoonotic influenza for 2017 retrieved from Epidemic Intelligence on May 18, 2018. No human cases of avian influenza were reported in the European Union/European Economic Area. Sporadic cases were reported from Africa and Asia. Influenza viruses A(H1N1)v, A(H1N2)v, and A(H3N2)v of swine origin caused human cases in Switzerland and the United States. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Global Supplier Dispels Fear Over Ai Vaccine
[Daily Trust] Stakeholders in the poultry industry met to discuss whether the use of vaccination should be adopted against the Avian Influenza disease in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 27, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

East Africa: Uganda Cries Foul Over Kenya Ban On Poultry
[Monitor] Kenya retains its January 2017 ban on poultry from Uganda, even though Kampala had contained the avian flu outbreak by March 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 22, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Bulgaria reports new birdflu outbreak
Bulgaria's food safety agency reported an outbreak of the virulent bird flu virus H5N8 on Wednesday on a backyard farm in northwestern Bulgaria. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Uncovering a key mechanism in assembly of Avian Sarcoma Virus, a relative of HIV-1
(University of Alabama at Birmingham) Researchers used NMR to detail how the matrix domain of the Avian Sarcoma Virus Gag protein binds to certain phospholipids. These phospholipids are vital for Gag protein binding to the plasma membrane of a cell, as the virus replicates and takes its first step toward virus formation and budding. ASV is widely used as a model to study mechanisms of HIV infection and replication. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework: Partnership Contribution High Level Implementation Plan I; Final Report 2014-2017
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 11/30/2018. This 140-page report provides information about the work and achievements of the Partnership Contribution High Level Implementation Plan I (HLIPI), strengthening both global and national preparedness capacities from 2014 to 2017. The Plan focused on five areas of work in 72 countries in the six World Health Organization regions: Laboratory and surveillance, burden of disease, regulatory capacity building, risk communications, and planning for pandemic product deployment. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 11/30/2018. This 140-page report provides information about the work and achievements of the Partnership Contribution High Level Implementation Plan I (HLIPI), strengthening both global and national preparedness capacities from 2014 to 2017. The Plan focused on five areas of work in 72 countries in the six World Health Organization regions: Laboratory and surveillance, burden of disease, regulatory capacity building, risk communications, and planning for pandemic product deployment. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hospital Personal Protective Equipment Planning Tool
Source: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS ASPR). Published: 12/2018. This spreadsheet from TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange) provides a planning tool designed to help hospitals determine approximate minimum personal protective equipment (PPE) based on special pathogen category and a number of facility-specific variables. Calculators are included for Ebola virus disease/viral hemorrhagic fever, Middle East respiratory syndrome/severe acute respiratory syndrome, and pandemic influenza. (Text) (Source: Di...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Boehringer Ingelheim vaccinates over 100 billion birds with VAXXITEK since 2006
Boehringer Ingelheim vaccinates over 100 billion birds with VAXXITEK ® HVT + IBD since 2006VAXXITEK ® HVT + IBD provides a life-long immunity against Infectious bursal disease and Marek's diseaseIt is the first vector vaccine to have been launched on the avian marketVAXXITEK ® HVT + IBD is registered in more than 75 countries  (Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News)
Source: Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate News - December 12, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Vaccines: National Deployment and Vaccination Plans
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 12/2018. This course provides a concise and easily accessible overview of planning considerations for countries to develop and update their national deployment and vaccination plans on the use and deployment of pandemic influenza vaccines. It consists of 10 modules with video presentations and quizzes: (1) Vaccination strategies, (2) Management and organization, (3) Legal and regulatory planning, (4) Communication and information management, (5) Human resources and security, (6) Public communication, (7) Supply chain management, (8) Managing waste, (9) Post-deployment su...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Vaccines
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 12/2018. This course provides a concise and easily accessible overview of planning considerations for countries to develop and update their national deployment and vaccination plans on the use and deployment of pandemic influenza vaccines. It consists of 10 modules with video presentations and quizzes: (1) Vaccination strategies, (2) Management and organization, (3) Legal and regulatory planning, (4) Communication and information management, (5) Human resources and security, (6) Public communication, (7) Supply chain management, (8) Managing waste, (9) Post-deployment su...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Iran reports H5N8 bird flu in backyard poultry - OIE
Iran has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus among backyard poultry in the north of the country, the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from Iran's agriculture ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

China reports H5N6 bird flu outbreak in Jiangsu province
China's agriculture ministry said on Friday it had confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu in Yangzhou city in eastern Jiangsu province. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

China confirms two H5N6 bird flu outbreaks in Yunnan province
China has confirmed two cases of H5N6 avian bird flu on poultry farms in southwestern province of Yunnan, the Agriculture Ministry said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Researchers a step closer to understanding how deadly bird flu virus takes hold in humans
(Griffith University) New research has taken a step towards understanding how highly pathogenic influenza viruses such as deadly bird flu infect humans. Researchers at Griffith's Institute for Glycomics and the University of Hong Kong have revealed specific sugar molecules -- Sialylated O-glycans -- that are present in the respiratory tract are key receptors for influenza viruses, particularly the highly pathogenic influenza virus strains. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Establishment of the immortalized cell line derived from Okinawa rail (endangered species)
(National Institute for Environmental Studies) As part of the cellular conservation of endangered species, our group initiated a primary cell culture project aimed at preserving endangered avian species in Japan, such as the Okinawa rail. However, primary cells cannot be cultured indefinitely because of cellular senescence and stresses caused by cell culture. To overcome these cell culture limitations, primary cells must be immortalized. As a result, we succeeded to obtain the immortalized avian cells with cell cycle regulation genes expression. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) Industry Day
Source: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] (HHS ASPR). Published: 10/31/2018. This web page provides presentations from BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) Industry Day, which was held on October 29-30, 2018. Topics focused on medical countermeasures against serious public health threats, and included Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats; Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases; Perspectives in Pandemic Influenza Preparedness; and Emergency Use Authorizations. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Res...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Implementation of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: July 2014-August 2016
Source: World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. Published: 2/2018. This 46-page document reports on the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) activities in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and the seven member countries that are recipients of grants under the 2013 −2016 PIP Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan. During 2014−2016, the countries have shown progress in putting in place both hard and soft infrastructure and in building systems that address local needs and could be sustained over time for influenza surveillance and pandemic preparednes s. (PDF) (Source: Dis...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

100 Years of Pandemic Influenza Preparedness 100 Years of Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
This paper highlights advances in medical care and progress in preparedness and countermeasures since the 1918 influenza pandemic. What remains to be done to improve readiness for the next pandemic?American Journal of Public Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions
(University of California - Berkeley) Today's birds descend from a small number of bird species living before the dinosaur extinction. Some of the birds that went extinct, the enantiornithines, were actually more common than and out-competed modern bird ancestors. Analysis of a newly described fossil, the most complete known from the Americas, demonstrates, too, that the enantiornithines were as agile and strong in flight as the ancestors of modern birds. Why, then, did enantiornithines die out and modern birds flourish? (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 13, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The Critical Role EMS Plays in Fighting the Flu
Influenza has been impacting public health on a global scale since the beginning of recorded history. Influenza, also known as the “flu,” has numerous organizations committed to public health research, developing vaccines, and educating on best practices to prepare for the upcoming flu season. By gaining an understanding of the flu through history, virology, and how it impacts our society, we can have a better appreciation for the commitment that’s involved with combating the flu. What Is Influenza (and What’s Not)? The eyes of an epidemiologist can twitch for a variety of reasons, one of them being...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - November 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Morgan K. Anderson, MPH Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Matter: How to Turbocharge Flu Protection (Llamas Required)
A giant antibody created in the laboratory shielded mice against dozens of flu strains, offering new hope against a winter misery. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CARL ZIMMER Tags: Influenza Mice Vaccination and Immunization Antibodies Avian Influenza Immune System Viruses Epidemics Deaths (Fatalities) Genetic Engineering Science (Journal) Joost Kulkman Llamas Source Type: news

Matter: How to Turbocharge the Flu Shot (It Involves Llamas)
A giant antibody created in the laboratory shielded mice against dozens of flu strains, offering hope for better protection in humans. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CARL ZIMMER Tags: Influenza Mice Vaccination and Immunization Antibodies Avian Influenza Immune System Viruses Epidemics Deaths (Fatalities) Genetic Engineering Science (Journal) Joost Kulkman Llamas Source Type: news

Matter: How to Turbocharge the Flu Shot
A giant antibody created in the laboratory protected mice against dozens of flu strains, offering hope for better protection in humans. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CARL ZIMMER Tags: Influenza Mice Vaccination and Immunization Antibodies Avian Influenza Immune System Viruses Epidemics Deaths (Fatalities) Genetic Engineering Science (Journal) Joost Kulkman Llamas Source Type: news

Bulgaria detects bird flu at two duck farms
Bulgaria's food safety agency reported an outbreak of the virulent bird flu virus on Monday on two duck farms in southern Bulgaria. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Encourage Your Scleroderma Patients to Get Influenza Vaccine Encourage Your Scleroderma Patients to Get Influenza Vaccine
An important new study suggests that the adjuvant-free pandemic influenza A vaccine is safe and effective in patients with scleroderma.Rheumatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Feathered Friends Large And Small Flock On Cornell's 'Wall Of Birds'
Artist Jane Kim was nicknamed "Michaelangela" for her work on Cornell's massive Wall of Birds mural — 40 feet high and 100 feet wide, capturing 375 million years of avian evolution in paint.(Image credit: Courtesy of Ink Dwell) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lulu Garcia-Navarro Source Type: news

Image of the Day: Birds of a Lung
A fossil from the Cretaceous Period shows similarities to modern avian species. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - October 22, 2018 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

French foie gras makers say they are ready if bird flu returns
French foie gras makers, still recovering from two severe bird flu crises that ravaged flocks, said on Thursday they would be able to face any new outbreak thanks to strict security measures but prices will remain high to make up for increased costs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Bulgaria reports bird flu outbreak on two farms in south
Bird flu has broken out on a duck farm and a poultry farm in southern Bulgaria, the country's food safety agency said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Bird flu is evolving in Chinese poultry; the WHO says avian flu has spread to humans for the first time
(Natural News) The first diagnosed human case of H7N4 bird flu has appeared in eastern China, reported a New Scientist article. Chinese authorities have confirmed that a woman from Jiangsu province contracted this particular avian influenza virus. The 68-year-old patient developed symptoms on December 25, 2017. She entered the hospital for treatment on January 1, and was... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Homology, neocortex, and the evolution of developmental mechanisms
The six-layered neocortex of the mammalian pallium has no clear homolog in birds or non-avian reptiles. Recent research indicates that although these extant amniotes possess a variety of divergent and nonhomologous pallial structures, they share a conserved set of neuronal cell types and circuitries. These findings suggest a principle of brain evolution: that natural selection preferentially preserves the integrity of information-processing pathways, whereas other levels of biological organization, such as the three-dimensional architectures of neuronal assemblies, are less constrained. We review the similarities of pallia...
Source: ScienceNOW - October 11, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Briscoe, S. D., Ragsdale, C. W. Tags: Development, Neuroscience special/review Source Type: news

Q & A with Dr Ann Moen: How influenza preparedness helps fight other infectious diseases
Capacity building for influenza is critical because if you can prepare for and respond to flu outbreaks or respiratory events, you learn and practice for responses to other emerging diseases. Flu is not a sporadic outbreak like Ebola or Zika. It is always there, so there is always something to practice with and keep skills sharp. Because flu is a continual threat there is a lot of learning that goes on which also supports work on other emerging diseases. It ’s like the basic architecture for capacity building in all areas. For example, you can practice your communications for responding to outbreaks and better unders...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - October 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: immunization [subject], vaccination, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza Source Type: news