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The race is on for a 'universal' flu vaccine

Ron Babecoff | Posted 02.01.2016 | 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...

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...

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.

First Death From H5N1 Bird Flu In North America Reported

AP | By ROB GILLIES | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian health officials said Wednesday a fatal case of H5N1 bird flu has been reported in Canada, the first such case in North Amer...

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.

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.

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...

We Are Not Safe From Bird Flu as Long as Factory Farms Exist

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

In spite of our current low risk, it is just a matter of time before H5N1, H7N3 or another influenza strain evolves into a dangerous form that results in a pandemic. And the events in Mexico and Cambodia beg the question: Are we ever going to be safe from bird flu?

Scientists To Resume Work With Deadly Virus

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 01.23.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON -- International scientists who last year halted controversial research with the deadly bird flu say they are resuming their work as countr...

Will Deadly Bird Flu Studies Go Public?

Reuters | Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland | Posted 04.18.2012 | Science

By Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - Two studies showing how scientists mutated the H5N1 bird flu virus into...

H5N1 Bird Flu May Be Less Deadly to Humans Than Previously Thought -- Or Not

| Posted 02.14.2012 | Healthy Living

By Helen Branswell (Click here for the original article) A simple math problem lies at the heart of a heated debate over whether scientists should...

Lynne Peeples

Bioterror Death Germs Thrive In Labs, Nature, As U.S. Funding Withers | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.10.2012 | Green

Part of a series investigating the complex links between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop. In early October 2001, just da...

Bird Flu Mutation Studies Must Go On, Scientist Says

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2012 | Healthy Living

Bird Flu Mutation Studies Must Go On, Scientist Says

Bio-Terror Fears Halt Bird Flu Research

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 03.21.2012 | Science

WASHINGTON — Scientists who created easier-to-spread versions of the deadly bird flu said Friday they're temporarily halting more research, as i...

Lynne Peeples

Flu Pandemics May Be Linked To Weather Patterns, Researchers Say | 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.

Bird Flu Blues

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Some of the hardest questions in the process of scientific discovery aren't about science, but philosophy. A good illustration of this is the unanimous recommendation by the NSABB that two leading journals not publish certain details about "bird flu."

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...

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...

2 Children Die Of Bird Flu

AP | Posted 12.10.2011 | World

BALI, Indonesia -- Two Indonesian children have died of bird flu on the popular tourist island of Bali, the first local deaths from the illness in sev...

IT'S BACK: First Case Of Bird Flu In 7 Years Confirmed In Hong Kong

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HONG KONG — Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of human bird flu in seven years. Health Secretary York Chow said late Wednesday that a 59-y...

Bird Flu Reappears In Hong Kong. Is a Pandemic On Its Way?

TIME Healthland | Bryan Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Hong Kong residents experienced an unwelcome blast from the past on Nov. 18. A 59-year-old woman in the city contracted H5N1 avian influenza -- the fi...