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Effectiveness of Tamiflu reviewed again

The somewhat controversial antiviral drug Tamiflu has performed better in a recent study compared to previous inquiries.

Mom was right, it is best to wrap up warm in the winter

Wrap up warm or you’ll catch a cold is a common saying. There may be an element of truth to this for the cold causing virus is more virulent in cold temperatures when compared with warmer ones.

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.

Bay Area county urges unvaccinated residents to get flu shots

Fairfield - Increasing flu activity in the San Francisco Bay Area has prompted health officials in Solano County to remind residents that there's still time to get vaccinated against current strains of the virus.

Flu cases at highest level for three years

Throughout the U.K., flu is circulating at its highest level for three years. The predominant type of flu virus - H3N2 - is a significantly different variant from the viral strain seen in high numbers last winter.

Ferrets provide flu clues

It has been discovered that ferrets share a mutation that was once considered unique to humans. The mutation explains why ferrets have the same susceptibility as people to the influenza A virus.

China bird flu death reported as 2014 toll rises

Bejing - A man has died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in eastern China, state media reported Monday, at the end of a year in which cases of the virus have accelerated.The deceased man was one of two recent cases reported in the city of Yongkang in Zhejiang.

Japan culls 42,000 chickens after second bird flu outbreak

Toukyo - Japan on Monday ordered the slaughter of some 42,000 chickens after officials confirmed the country's second bird flu outbreak in less than a month.

Hong Kong raises bird flu alert level as woman critical

Hong Kong - Hong Kong hospitals raised alert levels Sunday as a woman diagnosed with the deadly H7N9 avian flu virus was in a critical condition.

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.
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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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