Study: latest H7N9 strains edge closer to efficient transmission
submitted by kickingbird at 17 hours ago from CIDRAP (via http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2017/10/study-lat)
During China's unprecedented fifth wave of H7N9 avian influenza activity, worrisome changes to the virus emerged, including a shift to a highly pathogenic form with some infections able to resist neuraminidase ...
Journal review: Analysis of Swan H5N8 Avian Influenza in Holy Lake of Shanxi Province and the Current Virus Lingeage of H5 Subtype Avian Influenza
submitted by kickingbird at Jul, 1, 2017 from F.I.C
During the December 2016, a HPAIV H5N8 outbreak in wild whooper swans was reported in Shanxi province. A recent publication by Chinese researchers revealed the high homology between the isolated viral ...
Journal Review: H9N2 and H7N9 cases
submitted by kickingbird at Apr, 13, 2017 from F.I.C
Publications revealed A)a 57-year-old female H9N2 case(fatal) in Chengdu, Sichuan province and B)a 9-month-old boy in Mengzi,Yunnan province; D/E) a 4-year-old girl in Pingxiang,Jiangxi province can ...
HKU Research Team Identifies Mutation in H7N9 Avian Influenza Virus which Enhances Human Infection and Provides New Biomarker for Surveillance and Drug Target
submitted by kickingbird at Mar, 23, 2017 from HKU (via http://www.hku.hk/press/news_detail_16082.html)
The outbreak of H7N9 avian influenza virus was first reported in mainland China in 2013. Human cases of H7N9 have surged in several Provinces since the autumn of 2016, causing over 500 cases of human ...
2 new flu strains in China still difficult to infect humans: study
submitted by kickingbird at Mar, 13, 2015 from Xinhua News Agency (via http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-03/12/c_134059268.htm)
WASHINGTON, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Two flu strains that recently began causing sporadic infections among people in Chinese mainland and Taiwan, known as H10N8 and H6N1, are still not able to infect humans ...
Genes Found In Nature Yield 1918-like Virus With Pandemic Potential
submitted by kickingbird at Jun, 14, 2014 from Scientific Blogging (via http://www.science20.com/news_articles/genes_found_in_nature)
An international team of researchers has shown that circulating avian influenza viruses contain all the genetic ingredients necessary to underpin the emergence of a virus similar to the deadly 1918 influenza ...
CIDRAP: Peruvian bats found to harbor novel influenza virus
submitted by kickingbird at Oct, 12, 2013 from CIDRAP (via http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2013/10/news-scan)
Discovery of a novel influenza virus, H18N11, in several species of Peruvian bats lends credence to New World bats being an important reservoir for a diversity of influenza viruses, says a study yesterday ...
Scientists take big step towards universal flu vaccine
submitted by kickingbird at Sep, 23, 2013 from BBC News (via http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24175030)
Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards creating a vaccine that would protect against every form of flu.
The influenza virus is a constantly shifting target so seasonal flu vaccines ...
How lethal bird flu viruses evolved
submitted by kickingbird at Sep, 21, 2013 from Science Codex (via http://www.sciencecodex.com/how_lethal_bird_flu_viruses_evol)
Deadly H7N9 avian flu viruses infected people for the first time earlier this year in China, but little is known about how they evolved to become harmful to humans. In a study published by Cell Press on ...
H7N9 could efficiently spread from human to human someday: study
submitted by kickingbird at Jul, 20, 2013 from Xinhua News Agency (via http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/health/2013-07/19/c_125031)
The H7N9 bird flu virus may be highly transmissible among ferrets, a common animal model for studying how flu might spread in humans, Chinese researchers reported Thursday.
Though H7N9 appears to have ...
CDC Study Analyzes H7N9 Viruses´ Disease Characteristics and Transmissibility
submitted by kickingbird at Jul, 12, 2013 from US CDC (via http://www.cdc.gov/flu/spotlights/h7n9-disease-characteristi)
A study published today in Nature by CDC researchers presents findings from animal studies conducted by CDC to better understand the transmissibility and disease characteristics of influenza A (H7N9) ...
CDC: Variant Influenza Virus (H3N2v) Infections
submitted by kickingbird at Jul, 8, 2013 from US CDC (via http://www.bt.cdc.gov/HAN/han00351.asp)
Summary: This Health Alert Network Health Advisory provides an update on H3N2 variant virus (or “H3N2v”) activity and summarizes CDC’s updated H3N2v case definitions and recommendations for H3N2v surveillance ...
CIDRAP: H7N9-H3N2 coinfection reported in Chinese teen
submitted by kickingbird at Jun, 16, 2013 from CIDRAP (via http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/h7n9/news)
Chinese researchers today reported a case of coinfection with H3N2 and H7N9 influenza in a 15-year-old boy from Jiangsu province who was sick in late April and quickly recovered. The team published a case ...
H7N9 more likely to transmit among humans than other bird flu
submitted by kickingbird at May, 19, 2013 from Xinhua News Agency (via http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/health/2013-05/18/c_132391)
A China, World Health Organization (WHO) joint report said the H7N9 bird flu virus has a higher potential for human-to-human transmission than any other known bird flu virus.
The report, compiled after ...
OIE expert mission finds live bird markets play a key role in poultry and human infections with influenza A(H7N9)
submitted by kickingbird at May, 1, 2013 from OIE (via http://www.oie.int/for-the-media/press-releases/detail/artic)
Paris, 30 April 2013 – The Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China asked the Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to send OIE experts to assess the situation ...
CIDRAP: Chinese doctors publish first H7N9 case report
submitted by kickingbird at Apr, 11, 2013 from CIDRAP (via http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/)
Doctors from China today published the first case report of a patient infected with the H7N9 avian influenza virus, a 52-year-old woman from Shanghai who was admitted to the hospital late in her illness ...
OIE: Highly pathogenic avian influenza ,India
submitted by kickingbird at Mar, 11, 2013 from OIE (via http://www.oie.int)
Information received on 09/03/2013 from Mr Gokul Chandra Pati, Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi, India
CIDRAP: Flu likes weather cold and dry or humid and rainy
submitted by kickingbird at Mar, 10, 2013 from CIDRAP (via http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/general/n)
If peak influenza activity is an accurate measure, flu viruses prefer the weather either cold and dry or humid and rainy, according to an analysis of climate variables and flu patterns around the ...
CIDRAP: Getting flu shot 2 years in a row may lower protection
submitted by kickingbird at Mar, 7, 2013 from CIDRAP News (via http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/general/n)
Experts are puzzled by a new study in which influenza vaccination seemed to provide little or no protection against flu in the 2010-11 season—and in which the only participants who seemed to benefit from ...
Study finds influenza C in kids hospitalized with pneumonia
submitted by kickingbird at Feb, 11, 2013 from CIDRAP (via http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/general/n)
Influenza C generally isn't thought to be a cause clinically significant disease, but a study in Italian children who were seen in the emergency department for pneumonia found the virus in five children, ...
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