Could the Next Pandemic Start at the County Fair?
Since 2011, there have been more human swine flu cases reported in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Most have occurred at farm-animal showcases. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 25, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Anthes and Maddie McGarvey Tags: your-feed-science your-feed-health Pigs Agriculture and Farming Swine Influenza State and County Fairs Viruses Livestock Ohio State University Source Type: news

U.S. Animal Industries Pose Disease Risks to People, Report Says
The nation uses an enormous number of animals for commercial purposes, and regulations do not adequately protect against outbreaks, experts concluded. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 6, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Anthes Tags: your-feed-science your-feed-health Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Wildlife Trade and Poaching Animals Breeding of Animals Agriculture and Farming Livestock Swine Influenza Avian Influenza Factory Farming Centers for Disease Control and Prev Source Type: news

From bad to worse: How avian flu must change to trigger a human pandemic
The victims are varied, from thousands of sea lions off the coast of Peru to mink farmed for fur in Spain to grizzly bears in Montana and harbor seals in Maine. For months, the avian influenza virus that has been decimating birds across the world has also sickened and killed a menagerie of mammals, raising fears it might evolve to spread more efficiently between these animals, and ultimately between people. For that nightmare to unfold, however, the virus, a subtype known as H5N1, would have to undergo a major transformation, changing from a pathogen efficient at infecting cells in the guts of birds and spr...
Source: ScienceNOW - April 6, 2023 Category: Science Source Type: news

What you should know about getting a flu vaccine this year, according to an expert
This year's flu strain has already begun spreading across the US, according to new data from the CDC. Not since 2009, during the height of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, have there been this many cases of influenza so early in the season. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

To thwart the next pandemic, ‘swientists’ hunt for flu viruses at U.S. hog shows
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Source: ScienceNOW - October 27, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

H1N1 Fast Facts
Read Fast Facts from CNN about the H1N1 influenza virus, also known as swine flu. There was a global outbreak which lasted from 2009 to 2010. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 3, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A forensic pathologist on the legacy of lockdown: I look at death every day – let’s change the way we talk about it
The language we use to talk about death has become increasingly sanitised. It ’s time for a more healthy approachAs a forensic pathologist, the dead of all ages, shapes and sizes have been the focus of my career. Numerous times a day, for the past 40 years, I have looked closely and directly at death, knowing that, for many – probably most – of the people I examine, the start of their final day had been completely normal. Death had come swiftly and unexpectedly. So, as I dress each morning, I often wonder where I will be at the end of my day. At home? Or in a mortuary, being slid into a fridge on a shiny tray?In medi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 20, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Richard Shepherd Tags: Death and dying Bereavement Coronavirus World news Society Forensic science Books Health Source Type: news

Knowing the Origins of COVID-19 Won ’t Change Much
Over two years since the first cases started appearing in Wuhan, China, there is much we don’t know about the origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. But a quick resolution to that question is possible: scientists could find bats in a cave somewhere in China or in southeast Asia and trace a chain leading from those bats to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. Realistically, however, recent history offers little promise for this to happen quickly. For example, about 14 years elapsed between the identification of HIV as the virus that caused AIDS and a demonstration of its modern transition to humans from a speci...
Source: TIME: Health - February 23, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert C. Gallo and Dean T. Jamison Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

The Hunt for a Pandemic's Origins
Dozens of researchers, including myself, worked for years to uncover that swine flu had leapt to humans from a pig in Mexico in 2009. We learned a lot about influenza evolution, pig farming, and... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - January 4, 2022 Category: Science Tags: Features Magazine Issue Source Type: news

The Long Journey to Resolve the Origins of a Previous Pandemic
Dozens of researchers, including myself, worked for years to uncover that swine flu had leapt to humans from a pig in Mexico in 2009. We learned a lot about influenza evolution, pig farming, and... (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - September 2, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

The FDA ’s New Guillain-Barre Warning For the J & J Vaccine Reflects a Small Increased Risk of the Illness
As millions of people get vaccinated against COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are closely monitoring reports of side effects and adverse events among people getting immunized. On July 12, the FDA added a warning about the risk of Guillain-Barre to the single-dose Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Anyone who receives the shot moving forward will get an updated fact sheet informing them of the small but increased risk. There have not been significant reports of the syndrome linked to the two other vaccines authorized in the U.S., made by Pfize...
Source: TIME: Health - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Time-dependent viral interference between influenza virus and coronavirus in the infection of differ
(Taylor& Francis Group) A new study carried out in pig cells suggests previous infection with swine influenza virus (SIV) can protect against the development of porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCoV) if there is a zero- or three-day interval between infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 1, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

2 Manitobans infected with rare swine flu variants
Two human cases of influenza variants normally found in pigs have been detected in Manitoba. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Combination therapy may provide significant protection against lethal influenza
(Elsevier) A significant proportion of hospitalized patients with influenza develop complications of acute respiratory distress syndrome. Reporting in The American Journal of Pathology investigators have found that treatment with an immune receptor blocker in combination with an antiviral agent markedly improves survival of mice infected with lethal influenza and reduces lung pathology in swine-influenza-infected piglets. Their research also provides insights into the optimal timing of treatment to prevent acute lung injury. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 16, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Vaccine development software shows promise in influenza effort, could help defeat coronavirus
A novel computer algorithm that could create a broadly reactive influenza vaccine for swine flu also offers a path toward a pan-influenza vaccine and possibly a pan-coronavirus vaccine as well, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - March 3, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news