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Avian Flu

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?

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.

Lynne Peeples

Flu Pandemics May Be Linked To Weather Patterns, Researchers Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.17.2012 | Green

A shifting global climate pattern could portend a flu pandemic, and possibly an opportunity to stop the virus early, a study suggests. The link, a...

The Viral Storm

Nathan Wolfe | Posted 03.11.2012 | Science
Nathan Wolfe

Everyone recognizes the raw power that pandemics have to sweep through human populations and seemingly kill indiscriminately. Yet, given the importance of these events, large questions remain remarkably opaque.

Thousands Of Chickens Slaughtered After Bird Flu Is Found In Hong Kong

The New York Times | KEVIN DREW | Posted 12.21.2011 | World

Hong Kong health workers began slaughtering more than 17,000 chickens on Wednesday after a carcass infected with bird flu was found at a poultry marke...

Lynne Peeples

Exotic Dangers: Could The Global Pet Trade Import The Next Pandemic?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green

Part of a series investigating the complex links between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop. Dr. Anthony Pilny had just fin...

Lynne Peeples

Dangerously Unaware: Americans Lack Knowledge About Source Of Global Pandemics

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.14.2011 | Green

Two out of every three Americans worry about the potential for a global disease outbreak. (Thank you, "Contagion.") Yet, alongside this result fr...

Scientists Create Virus That Could Kill Millions

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green

It sounds like the setup for a Hollywood thriller: scientists in a lab create a virus as contagious as the flu that kills half of those infected. We'r...

Contagion Grips 'Flublogia'

Peter Christian Hall | Posted 12.06.2011 | New York
Peter Christian Hall

What, I've been wondering, do the real flu bloggers -- who don't even accept advertising on their sites, lest an ad for Tamiflu sap pop up next to a story on antivirals -- think of Contagion's greedy Alan Krumwiede?

In South Korea: Blood Runs From Taps

Laura Beck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Laura Beck

To date, four million animals have been buried alive in South Korea because humans are too lazy and too cheap to properly vaccinate them.

Flu Season: Factory Farming Could Cause A Catastrophic Pandemic

Kathy Freston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kathy Freston

So far, only thousands of people have died from swine flu. Unless we radically change the way chickens and pigs are raised for food, though, it may only be a matter of time before a catastrophic pandemic arises.

H1N1 Found in First US Commercial Swine Herd - Keep Your Eye on Factory Farms, China, and the Birds

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

Though it would appear that people can infect pigs with H1N1, it is not clear whether live pigs can infect people. For now, officials are far more worried about the former than the latter.

This Flu Season Mind Your Cold

Karen Leland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Leland

I'm so mad I could sneeze (or cough), but at least it would be in the privacy of my own home, not sitting next to you at a dinner party because "I've ...

Germs Don't Care If You Are Legal Or Not

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Do you really want to limit vaccinations only to people who have legal documents, or would you rather everyone get inoculated? Remember, those you exclude will likely have some sort of contact with either you, your kids, or the food you eat at some point.

Reaping What We Sow: How Industrial Animal Farming is Contributing to the Risk of a Swine Flu Pandemic

Nicolette Hahn Niman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nicolette Hahn Niman

Intensive farming systems -- with crowded animals, ventilation systems, and huge collections of manure -- make industrial poultry and swine operations into breeding grounds for a host of perilous diseases.

A Pandemic Worse than the Swine Flu

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Takahashi

Swine flu, though, conjures dark images of your mortality. The communications industry, like CNN, saturates air time on such issues because they know people will watch.

Swine Flu 1999: We Were Warned

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

It now appears that six of the eight genetic components in the currently circulating virus are direct descendants of a swine flu virus that first emerged in North Carolina a decade ago.

Preparing for the Swine Flu Apocalypse

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

It is important to boycott bacon and pulled pork sandwiches. It shows that we are serious and committed to overreacting.

Keeping the Flu in Perspective

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kate Kelly

My objection to the story has to do with the unending focus of the television news headlines on the swine flu.

When a Superbug Strikes Close to Home, How Can You Deal With it?

Matthew Stein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew Stein

Imagine a Hurricane Katrina-sized catastrophe occurring in 50 major U.S. cities at the same time, and you have some idea of the worst-case scenario for a crippling global pandemic.

Swine Flu: Science Races To Parse New Virus

Wall Street Journal | GAUTAM NAIK and BETSY MCKAY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Avian flu and SARS rudely awoke the world to the possibility of a new pandemic. Could a seemingly more mundane bug now put the world to the test? The...

Swine Flu Outbreak -- Nature Biting Back at Industrial Animal Production?

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Kirby

A deadly new influenza virus has managed to jump from pigs to people in a previously unseen mutated form that can readily spread among humans. How could this happen? There are several plausible explanations.