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Avian Flu

In a World... Without Eggs

Maisie Ganzler | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
Maisie Ganzler

As the vice president of strategy for a $1 billion food service company, it's my job to anticipate any developing scenarios that might affect our business, such as unprecedented egg shortages that would unfold in short order. But what happened next surprised me.

Alexander C. Kaufman

Why Costco Is Keeping Its Chicken Prices Low

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business

Costco is keeping its chicken cheap. The wholesale retailer said last week that, despite rising prices on chicken resulting from shortages linked t...

States Enlist Prisoners To Combat Avian Flu Threat

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO, May 30 (Reuters) - Indiana is training 300 prisoners to kill infected chickens and banning bird shows at ...

U.S. Suffers Egg Shortage In Wake Of Avian Flu Outbreak

Reuters | Posted 05.23.2015 | Taste

(Corrects French industry group name, shows it referred to Dutch interest, not farm ministry spokesman) * Some food companies scout fo...

USDA Reports Virulent Strain Of Avian Flu In Kansas Poultry

Reuters | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO, March 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified the first infection of a virulent strain of avian f...

Avian Flu Confirmed In Washington State Wild Birds

AP | PHUONG LE | Posted 02.16.2015 | Green

SEATTLE (AP) — Agriculture officials said Tuesday they've found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there's no immediate public he...

Anna Almendrala

How America's Health Care System Could Benefit From Ebola

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living

Medical staff put on protective clothes during an exercise to prepare the service in case of an Ebola virus outbreak on Oct. 24 in Paris. (Stephane ...

Lab Scientist Kept Quiet About Major Blunder, Report Says

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 08.18.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — A government scientist kept silent about a potentially dangerous lab blunder and revealed it only after workers in another lab notic...

Q&A With Yvonne Ventresca, Author of the YA Novel 'Pandemic'

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

In her riveting debut young adult novel Pandemic, Yvonne Ventresca tells the story of Lilianna, a traumatized teenager struggling to survive a bird flu pandemic.

The News About Tamiflu: It Doesn't Work

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Forget everything you've heard about the benefits of Tamiflu, the Roche corporation's blockbuster influenza drug. A new analysis that includes previously-unpublished trials offers a fresh, and very unflattering, perspective.

A Most Dangerous Race

Dr. Lynn C. Klotz | Posted 07.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lynn C. Klotz

The United States should take the lead in starting discussions toward an international agreement requiring the strictest oversight and highest biosafety level for research on other potentially highly contagious and lethal pathogens.

Pretense and Defense of Our Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The world is ever smaller. Flu strains incubating in China can be in New York or LA or DC in the span of a day. This is a world in which an incurable bacterial disease, spread by a tiny insect native to Asia, decimates the citrus crop in Florida.

Which Way Will This Bird Flu Fly?

Steve Zack | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Steve Zack

How and where will the new bird flu fly? Will it grow or be contained? History offers different outcomes, yet we do know for certain that zoonotic diseases will continue to emerge.

How to Avoid Avian Flu While Traveling in China

William D. Chalmers | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

This might ruffle a few feathers with the tourism board, but aside from practicing proactive hygiene and other food safety measures, here are my top 10 things to avoid in Shanghai as a traveler during the recent avian flu outbreak

Deadly Outbreak Vindicates Controversial Research

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2013 | Science

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in the Dutch city of Rotterdam know precisely what it t...

Sneaky Flu Strain Worries Scientists

AP | GILLIAN WONG and MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 06.03.2013 | Science

BEIJING — In a worrisome sign, a bird flu in China appears to have mutated so that it can spread to other animals, raising the potential for a b...

Alaskan Scientists Zero In On Avian Flu At Temperatures 40 Below

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 02.18.2013 | Science
Alaska Dispatch News

FAIRBANKS -- Chilly weather isn't enough to keep ducks out of open areas of the Chena River, which means it's not enough to keep scientists out either...

The Spread of Diseases in a Changing World

Ravinder Sehgal | Posted 12.11.2012 | Science
Ravinder Sehgal

A catchy headline will often evoke thoughts of a loss or major disaster, and we are hounded regularly by information overload that seems ever escalating in exigency. There is a lot of coverage of potential environmental disasters associated with global climate change, but are the fears justified?

Bird Flu Kills 9th Indonesian Victim This Year

AP | Posted 08.13.2012 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The Health Ministry says bird flu has killed a 37-year-old man in central Indonesia, marking the country's ninth fatality this y...

Mexico Destroys 1 Million Chickens For Bird Flu

AP | Posted 07.05.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY -- ?An outbreak of the H7N3 bird flu virus in western Mexico has infected about 2.5 million chickens and led authorities to destroy or dis...

Government Green Lights Publication Of Revised Bird Flu Strain That Could Kill Millions

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.01.2012 | Science

The scientist whose research team last year developed a new strain of the H5N1 virus that is easily passed between mammals has been granted an export ...

Is the Media Flunking an Epidemic Readiness Test?

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 04.24.2012 | Media
Leslie Gerwin

In a serious epidemic, people facing decisions that may have life or death consequences will need to trust their information sources. If health officials and the media lose their credibility, it may be impossible to recover.

A New H5N1 Flu Virus? This Research Should Stop Now

Edward J. Sylvester | Posted 04.20.2012 | Science
Edward J. Sylvester

The risks to world health from research to make an extraordinarily lethal avian flu virus contagious in humans have finally caught everyone's attention after months of warnings from us and many other experts.

Sorry, But Bird Flu Bioterrorism Is Much Harder Than It Sounds

Scott Thill | Posted 03.25.2012 | Science
Scott Thill

It may be more of an existential threat than current global pandemics like AIDS or climate change, but it doesn't make it a workable bioweapon.

Bird Flu Deaths Reported In Vietnam, Cambodia

AP | By TRAN VAN MINH | Posted 01.19.2012 | Health and Fitness

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnam on Thursday confirmed its first human death from bird flu in nearly two years, a day after neighboring Cambodia also logged ...