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Bird Flu

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

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 02.01.2016 | 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.

France Detects First Bird Flu Outbreak In Years

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living

France, the European Union's biggest agriculture producer, reported an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens on Wednesday, its first ...

Scientists Hope Tracking Winter Flu Will Help Close Pandemic Knowledge Gap

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living

Anyone who goes down with flu in Europe this winter could be asked to enroll in a randomized clinical trial in which they will either be given a drug,...

Urban Fringes Are Hot Spots for Emergence of Infectious Disease, Vietnam Bird Flu Study Confirms

East-West Center | Posted 10.16.2015 | Science
East-West Center

A new study led by East-West Center researchers and funded by the National Science Foundation has confirmed suspicions that "peri-urban" areas at the outer fringes of cities are particular hot spots for the emergence of animal-to-human infectious diseases.

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 06.01.2016 | Politics

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

7 Good Reasons to Shun Eggs During National Egg Month and All Other Times of the Year

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 05.13.2016 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

You can help chickens everywhere by refusing to buy any eggs and instead using egg-free options for your baking and cooking.

Iowa Reports Worst Case Of Bird Flu So Far In National Outbreak

Reuters | Tom Polansek | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO, April 20 (Reuters) - Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in a flock of millions of h...

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...

CDC To Hire Lab Safety Chief After Ebola, Bird Flu Mishaps

Reuters | Julie Steenhuysen | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO, Dec 31 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to hire a chief of laboratory safety, a new post that has take...

Dutch Heath Authorities To Kill 8,000 Ducks To Prevent Bird Flu

Reuters | Posted 01.22.2015 | Green

AMSTERDAM, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Dutch health authorities on Saturday were destroying 8,000 ducks to prevent the possible spread of bird flu, which ha...

Dutch Authorities Identify Highly Contagious Bird Flu Strain

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living

By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Dutch authorities said on Sunday they had found a highly contagious strain of bird flu at a poultry...

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

That headline, of course, quotes the cover to the fictional Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: "Don't Panic." This week, it seems like timely advice, as the news media and American politicians go into full-blown panic mode over one death and two illnesses within the United States.

Another 23 In China Infected With Bird Flu

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Another 23 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu in recent da...

Wave Of H7N9 Cases Shows Bird Flu Demands Constant Vigilance

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A wave of H7N9 bird flu cases and deaths in China since t...

Hong Kong Confirms First Case Of Bird Flu

Reuters | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living

HONG KONG, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Hong Kong confirmed its first case of deadly H7N9 bird flu on Monday in a further sign that the virus is continuing to ...

First Test Of Experimental Bird Flu Vaccine Shows Promise

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK, Nov 13 (Reuters) - The first human test of an experimental vaccine against a deadly strain of avian flu, us...

Poultry Market Closures Dramatically Cut Cases Of China Bird Flu, Study Shows

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - China should close live poultry markets in big cities to disrupt the spread of a new strain...

Could New China Bird Flu Cases Signal A Winter Epidemic?

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2013 | Healthy Living

* Human cases of new bird flu strain dwindled during summer * Experts were on alert for fresh outbreak in flu season * N...

Scientists Creating Mutant Flu Viruses In The Name Of Research

Reuters | Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent | Posted 12.23.2013 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) - Dutch scientists hidden away in a top-security lab...

As Experts Track Path Of China Bird Flu, Virus Threats Unveiled

Reuters | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) - A deadly new bird flu virus in China evolved from migratory birds via waterfowl to poultry ...

Why H7N9 Bird Flu Cases Arose So Quickly

Posted 09.02.2013 | Healthy Living

By: Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 07/03/2013 01:05 PM EDT on LiveScience The H7N9 bird flu virus appears to be particularly well ada...

Arms Race -- Getting Ahead of Killer Microbes

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 07.30.2013 | Science
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

The basic tools of disease tracking and data analysis -- which CDC's disease detectives and others relied on to eradicate smallpox, identify Legionnaires' disease, and stop SARS -- remain essential. But they are no longer enough.

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.

New Study Sheds Light On How Bird Flu May Spread Between People

Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living

By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Senior Writer Published: 05/23/2013 02:06 PM EDT on LiveScience It's likely that the new H7N9 bird flu vi...