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Flu News

New bird flu case in Netherlands

Den Haag - Dutch authorities reported a new outbreak of bird flu Sunday on a western poultry farm, but could not say if it was the worrying new strain detected elsewhere in the country.

Why are some flu viruses more dangerous than others?

Certain types of avian influenza viruses have the potential to cause more severe disease in humans compared with others. This has come from new research which warns such viruses must be monitored carefully.

New bird flu case in Germany

Berlin - A worrying new strain of bird flu has been observed for the first time in a wild bird in northern Germany, the agriculture ministry said Saturday.

WHO braces for bird flu spread in European poultry

Geneva - The World Health Organization cautioned Tuesday that a new kind of bird flu hitting European poultry farms would spread among birds, after Britain confirmed its outbreak was of the same strain as in the Netherlands and Germany.

'Contagious' bird flu outbreaks on Dutch, British farms

Hekendorp - Dutch officials were on Monday checking poultry farms for a highly infectious strain of bird flu following outbreaks of similar strains of the virus in Britain and Germany.

New flu threat for cattle and pigs

Pierre - A new influenza virus threat has emerged for pigs and cows. The new virus is distinct and it is called Type D Influenza.

How likely is a flu pandemic?

London - A leading scientist argues that because our ability to detect flu pandemics has increased, society should not become complacent to the risks that flu pandemics pose.

Flu can make bacterial infections worse

New research suggests that influenza infection can result in the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae becoming more infectious, leading to a greater risk to ear and throat infections.

Gut microbes affect flu vaccine effectiveness

Atlanta - Researchers have discovered that the composition of the microorganisms in the gut affect effectivity of the seasonal flu vaccine. This potentially means that your gut bacteria affect how effective the vaccine will be within your own body.

Avian influenza virus carried by seals poses a risk to people

The avian influenza A H3N8 virus found in harbor seals can potentially spread through respiratory droplets and therefore it poses a threat to humans. This is according to a new study.

Pandemrix H1N1 vaccine and narcolepsy

A study linking GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix H1N1 vaccine to the sleep disorder has been pulled from the literature. Researchers argued that the sleep disorder might result from an immune reaction against the wakefulness-regulating hormone hypocretin.

Thousands of patients misprescribed antibiotics

During the 2013 flu season a new report highlights that antibiotics were inappropriately given to a large proportion of patients with influenza (a viral disease that is not helped by taking antibiotics).

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).

Second MERS case in the U.S.

Atlanta - The U.S. CDC has announced the second confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection: a health-care worker who lived in Saudi Arabia and traveled through five international airports before arriving in Orlando earlier this month.

WHO says that MERS is not currently a global threat

Geneva - A World Health Organization committee finds no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of the deadly MERS coronavirus. However, WHO recommends immediate action to prevent further spread.

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.

China reports first death from H5N6 bird flu strain

Beijing - A Chinese man has died from the H5N6 strain of bird flu, in what is believed to be the world's first case of human infection from the virus subtype, state media and experts said.

MERS virus has 'reached the U.S.'

Washington - The U.S. CDC has reported that a patient in an Indiana hospital has tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS). With this, the U.S. joins 11 other countries in which MERS-CoV has been detected.

New MERS-Camel link

Scientists have affirmed that MERS-CoV is common in camels living near areas where most of the documented human infections have occurred.

The fight to halt MERS

Different research teams have cultured the Middle East respiratory system coronavirus and have identified human antibodies that could inform therapies.

History’s most virulent flu pandemics analyzed

A research team has studied the 1918, 1957 and 1968 flu pandemics, as well as more recent 2009 novel H1N1 pandemic, to look for similar trends.

Tamiflu research questioned

Scientists claim that analysis of the antiviral medication Tamiflu, which claims that the medication didn't work, was statistically weak and based on unreliable randomized clinical trial data.

How to deal with the most common allergy problems Special

A leading doctor has said that around 55 percent of people suffer from allergies. Most people are allergic to something, such as pollen, dander, dairy products, gluten, and mold. Digital Journal caught up with the medic to find out more.

Ginseng can treat the flu

Atlanta - Ginseng can help treat and prevent the flu and other respiratory viruses that infect the lungs and breathing passages, according to new research findings.

New flu target identified

A protein produced by the flu virus helps it outwit one of our body's natural defense mechanisms. This makes the protein a potentially good target for antiviral drugs directed against the influenza A virus.

Japan culls 112,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak

Tokyo - Japan has finished slaughtering 112,000 chickens after confirming its first bird flu infections for three years, with authorities stepping up efforts to swiftly contain the latest outbreak, officials said Tuesday.

Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak in south

Tokyo - Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed Sunday bird flu infections at a poultry farm in the south.

Sea otters can ‘get the flu’

Research suggests that Northern sea otters living off the coast of Washington state were infected with the same H1N1 flu virus. Thus the findings suggest that human flu can infect sea otters.

China 2014 bird flu toll rises to nearly 100, govt data shows

Beijing - Almost 100 people in China died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in the first three months of the year, but the number of both fatalities and infections declined in March, government figures showed.

The failure and cost of Tamiflu

London - Hundreds of millions of dollars may have been wasted in the U.K. on a drug for flu that works no better than paracetamol, according to a new scientific report.
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The CDC is recommending that pregnant women get the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their unborn children.
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