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WHO — Bird flu rates in humans alarming but risks are still low

The risks of a sustained human-to-human spread of H7N9 bird flu in China is low, but the recent surge in the number of cases in this fifth wave is alarming and requires constant monitoring, says the World Health Organization.

WHO on 'high alert' over spread of bird flu to humans

The World Health Organization (WHO) is on "high alert" over the number of outbreaks of avian influenza in birds and poultry worldwide. There is real concern the virus could spread to humans, signaling the start of a flu pandemic.

Bird flu forcing many European countries to bring poultry indoors

New outbreaks of a severe strain of bird flu have popped up in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Croatia, prompting many countries to consider a lock-up order for poultry and egg producers.

Bird migration patterns contain clues to bird flu risks

Edinburgh - Avian flu remains an ever-present risk. According to new research, monitoring the migration routes of wild birds should give an early warning of potential bird flu outbreaks.

USDA: Bird flu strain that hit U.S. last year found in wild duck

The same strain of avian flu virus that led to the deaths of 50 million chickens and turkeys in the U.S. last year has been found in the country for the first time in nearly 14 months, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It’s all in the genes: Why some chickens are bird flu resistant

Lincoln - Combating the risks associated with bird flu is of global importance. While some research focuses on treatment, and other parts on addressing transmission, another strand looks at patterns of susceptibility.

Congress raises bipartisan concern over avian flu vaccine stock

Washington - Leading members of a bipartisan House committee are questioning the efficacy of the US Health Department's influenza pandemic preparedness and response plan.

Bird flu risk could match 1918 Spanish Flu

The risk from bird flu to the global human population could be catastrophic, unless preventative measures are taken. This is according to a leading virologist.

Bird flu epidemic exposes our weak biosecurity measures

The worst outbreak of avian flu in the history of the U.S. has now affected 20 states, and health officials are still assuring people the virus poses no threat to humans. More worrisome is the lack of sufficient preparedness seen in this outbreak.

US farms hit by bird flu – but a vaccine might make things worse

Eight million chickens and turkeys have been destroyed at 70 farms in 13 states due to the spreading H5N2 bird flu virus. Health officials are cautiously optimistic the virus will not affect humans, but are offering antiviral drugs to farm workers.

H5N2 bird flu hits Iowa farm, infecting 5.3 million chickens

Almost 5.3 million laying hens at an Iowa farm will have to be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu was identified, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday.

Charting bird flu through the North America

The pathogenic avian influenza H5 viruses are still moving, and perhaps evolving, through North American wild birds. How widespread the rate of infection in chickens will become is the subject of new research.

Bird flu spreads within U.S. and China

An update on avian flu: China has reported new H7N9 bird flu infections in humans and across the globe, other strains have been detected in U.S. commercial turkey farms.

New compound shows success against bird flu

Scientists have developed an antibody shown to be completely protective against the H5N1 bird flu virus. The success has been demonstrated in two species of animal models.

The state of bird flu in North America

Bird flu appears to be on the rise across North America. Farmers detect H5N8 in a commercial turkey flock in California, while Canadian officials document the first known human importation of H7N9 to the country.

H7N9 strain mutated from chicken flu virus

Beijing - Scientists have demonstrated how changes in a flu virus common to Chinese poultry farms triggered the rise of the novel avian H7N9 influenza A virus that has sickened hundreds of people since 2013.

More B.C. poultry farms hit in latest outbreak of Avian Flu

An eight country has joined the list of those restricting Canadian poultry due to the ever-growing Avian flu outbreak on B.C. poultry farms. In total now 9 farms have been affected, but officials say there may be more.

Bird flu case in the U.K.

York - A case of bird flu has been detected at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire, England. It is the U.K.'s first confirmed case of avian influenza since 2008.

What’s killing the seals of western Sweden?

A surge in deaths among harbors seals in the waters of western Sweden has mystified scientists who have thus far been unable to identify a single cause. Officials in neighboring Denmark are also reporting an increase in seal deaths.

CDC bird flu contamination caused by man rushing to a meeting

Atlanta - New evidence suggests that a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist who accidentally leaked H5N1 into a benign strain of avian influenza may have been rushing off to a meeting.

Bird flu map produced

Scientists have mapped regions in Asia with the highest risk for transmission and infection of bird flu (of the type H7N9).

Bird flu found in penguins

Melbourne - Researchers report that they have identified, for the first time, a strain of avian influenza that infects Adélie penguins.

New method to track Avian flu

With various cases of Avian flu appearing in several regions of the world, scientists have honed in a new technique to help track the spread of the diseases across different territories and populations.

New bird flu threat

The Chinese government has reported the first two human cases of H10N8 avian influenza. One case is linked to the death of a 73-year-old woman.

Pollution and Bird Flu crisis may dampen Beijing's Lunar New Year

Beijing - Imagine the Fourth of July without the fireworks display on Washington's Mall, or New Years on Times Square without the ball dropping. In China, where fireworks were invented, the Lunar New Year on Friday may be celebrated without them.

Can H7N9 bird flu spread between people?

The death of a medical worker in China has prompted concern that the avian flu virus can spread between humans. This follows a second presumed case of human-to-human transfer.

Scientists call for caution over 'dangerous' bird flu research

A group of scientists has called on the European Commission to evaluate the risks and benefits of research that could make deadly viruses more transmissible.

Bird flu is poorly adapted at infecting humans

Avian influenza virus H7N9, which killed several dozen people in China earlier in 2013, has not yet acquired the genetic changes necessary to infect people easily.

New 'H6N1' bird flu reported in Taiwan

It has been revealed that a woman who was hospitalized in Taiwan after she developed a high fever, cough and shortness of breath, was the victim of a rare strain of 'bird flu'.

Food additive could block avian flu

An everyday food additive appears to block a deadly new strain of avian influenza virus from infecting healthy cells, according to a new research study.
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Influenza A virus subtype H7N9 - Total reported cases
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Hemorrhaging of the skin and legs is just one of the signs birds might exhibit when infected with th...
Hemorrhaging of the skin and legs is just one of the signs birds might exhibit when infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus.
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Chicken market in Xining  Qinghai province  China.
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Chicken market in Xining, Qinghai province, China. Photo taken on 12 June 2008.
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Men enter the Arlington Convention Center to receive their H1N1 flu vaccinations in Arlington  Texas
Men enter the Arlington Convention Center to receive their H1N1 flu vaccinations in Arlington, Texas
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A chicken market in Xining, China.
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Alaska’s position within migratory bird flyways of the Pacific Basin.  Alaska is an international ...
Alaska’s position within migratory bird flyways of the Pacific Basin. Alaska is an international crossroads for millions of migratory birds that journey each spring from wintering areas in Asia, Russia, South America, and Australasia.
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A male and female ostrich in the Western Cape
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