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Avian Flu

Bird Flu Hits Another Tyson Chicken Farm In Tennessee

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.17.2017 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bird flu that is highly lethal to poultry has infected a second commercial chicken farm in Tennessee that supplies Tyson Foods Inc...

Tennessee Bird Flu Shares Name, Not Genetics, Of Feared China Strain

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 03.09.2017 | Healthy Living

The strain of bird flu that infected a chicken farm in Tennessee in recent days shares the same name as a form of the virus that has killed humans in ...

Bird Flu Found In Tyson Chicken Farm, Over 70,000 Birds To Be Euthanized

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.06.2017 | Healthy Living

(Reuters) - A strain of bird flu has been detected in a chicken breeder flock on a Tennessee farm contracted to U.S. food giant Tyson Foods Inc, and t...

Bird flu: learning lessons from traditional human-animal relations

The Conversation Global | Posted 12.17.2016 | Home
The Conversation Global

The H5N8 virus is especially dangerous for migratory birds. Meinzer Wyman/Flickr, CC BY-ND Fréderic Keck, Collège de France - PSL Bird flu is back...

People power: how communities and cities can help save the environment

The Conversation Global | Posted 12.15.2016 | Green
The Conversation Global

The uncovering of Seoul's Cheonggye stream, which was once covered by a highway, shows the kind of initiatives cities can take. Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters M...

Highly Contagious Bird Flu Outbreak Prompts JapanTo Kill 300,000 Chickens And Ducks

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.29.2016 | Healthy Living

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has started culling more than 300,000 chickens and ducks after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on farms ...

The Zika Virus Lesson? A New Approach Is Needed to Combat Pandemics

Ron Babecoff | Posted 04.12.2016 | Science
Ron Babecoff

What can be done to improve the hurry-up-and-wait reality of vaccination approval when it comes to more dangerous pandemics?

Ebola and Zika Epidemics Are Driven by Pathologies of Society, Not Just a Virus

The Conversation Africa | Posted 03.31.2016 | Home
The Conversation Africa

The global health threats posed by recent viral epidemics, such as avian flu, H1N1, Ebola and Zika, have been happening too frequently to be dismissed as coincidental.

The race is on for a 'universal' flu vaccine

Ron Babecoff | Posted 01.30.2017 | Science
Ron Babecoff

For much of the United States, winter means cold weather, snow, sleet and friendly reminders to get flu shots. Indeed, vaccinations remain an importan...

Why Are We Seeing an Explosion of New Viruses Like Zika?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.31.2017 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

I think we need to change the phrase "breed like rabbits" to "breed like humans," as no other species on this planet even comes close to the human reproduction rate. As our population grows, available land shrinks and more and more people are forced to live in crowded, urbanized environments, a situation ripe for the easy spread and emergence of infectious agents.

In a World... Without Eggs

Maisie Ganzler | Posted 08.25.2016 | 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 | 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 06.01.2016 | 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 05.23.2016 | 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...

Anna Almendrala

How America's Health Care System Could Benefit From Ebola | 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 de...

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

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 08.12.2014 | Home
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...

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?