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Nigerian doctor claims Ebola virus is 'germ warfare'

Calling the Ebola virus a threat to national security, Dr. Ona Ekhomu, President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AIS­SON), called on the government to appoint a military head to take over Nigeria's response.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

Americans infected with Ebola evacuating to Atlanta for treatment

Atlanta - A letter to the community was sent out from Emory University Hospital yesterday, outlining the plan to admit two patients with the Ebola virus to their main campus in Atlanta.
In the Media by Jacki Viles

Op-Ed: Ebola patients returning to U.S. should spark pandemic planning

Though there is virtually no chance of infection from the two American Ebola patients returning to the U.S., it does raise questions as to how prepared our nation is for a deadly viral pandemic.
In the Media by Calvin Wolf - 5 comments

First U.S. case of deadly MERS virus confirmed - CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working to educate and not alarm the public amid the first confirmed case of MERS in the United States.
In the Media by Eliana Robinson - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Flu pandemic of 1918 came from birds

The strain of influenza that caused the 1918 flu pandemic (Spanish flu) probably came from birds, according to a new study.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Pandemic flu risk returns, reminiscent of 1950s strain

The strain of flu that caused a pandemic during the 1950s remains a risk to human populations today, according to a new research report. The virus is said to be residing in bird populations.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Do we need another black death?

The Black Death – an epidemic of bubonic plague in the 14th century – decimated between one third and one half of Europe’s population, yet it was the best thing to have happened to Mankind in many centuries.
In the Media by Sam Vaknin - 4 comments

MERS-CoV: Mecca Hajj, Umrah pilgrimages could trigger pandemic

With millions of people expected to participate in the annual Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina between July and October, the heightened risk of the global spread of MERS-CoV infection in the period is causing concern among health officials.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 1 comment

Authorities find three lethal viruses circulating simultaneously

In the backdrop of two emerging outbreaks of H7N9 bird flu and the SARS-like novel coronavirus, the H5N1 strain has re-emerged, ushering in a third viral threat to health authorities in several countries.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

New SARS-like coronavirus may be spreading in France

French health officials reported the need to test for additional cases of the SARS-like coronavirus that appears to have emerged from the Middle East, as the novel virus continues to demonstrate its ability to spread among human populations.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

With 31 deaths reported, CDC issues calm on H7N9 bird flu spread

As the death toll from the H7N9 bird flu virus climbed to 31 on Monday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured the public that the current strain does not pose a pandemic threat.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Potential new drug found in the treatment of severe influenza

As the H7N9 bird flu virus continues to spread through China, scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have reported the discovery of a new drug to aid in the treatment of severe influenza infection.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

Chinese scientists begin tackling the H7N9 bird flu challenge

Chinese scientists have taken two directions in studying the H7N9 bird flu virus - from mapping its potential infection routes to blending the virus with human influenza strains.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments

WHO: At 20% mortality, H7N9 bird flu is a 'serious threat'

With 26 deaths attributed to the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China and a known mortality rate of 20 percent, scientists are expressing their concerns on the seriousness of this virus.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

H7N9 bird flu confirmed in Taiwan, first case outside China

Taipei - With 6,000 Chinese travelers arriving in Taiwan every day, the inevitable has happened. After a visit to Shanghai, a Taiwanese business man was found to be infected on his return. Taiwan has upped surveillance of flights from several Chinese provinces.
In the Media by R. C. Camphausen

Hong Kong virologists: Bird flu cases may be double that reported

As the death toll from the H7N9 bird flu strain in China reached 21 and infections continue to increase, Hong Kong authorities now believe the virus may have already infected double the known figure.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments

Bird flu spreads in China, human-to-human transmission suspected

Virologists in China are investigating the possibility of person-to-person transmission of the H7N9 bird flu virus, as infections have increased more broadly.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

H7N9 bird flu strain claims tenth victim, Tamiflu resistance seen

With 10 H7N9 avian influenza deaths now reported in China and evidence of Tamiflu resistance in the strain, concerns are emerging in the US on the resources needed to manage a possible broader pandemic.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments

Eighth H7N9 bird flu death reported in China, virus adapts

China reported its eighth H7N9 avian flu death on Tuesday, and there are now signs that the virus has adapted to 'survive in people.'
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

With seventh bird flu death, Chinese CDC warns on eating habits

As the new 'novel' H7N9 bird flu claimed its seventh victim, and with additional infections blossoming across key provinces in China, Chinese authorities are now cautioning citizens to change their eating habits.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

After sixth bird flu death in China, authorities take action

The new avian influenza, H7N9, has taken the life of a sixth person in China, mobilizing authorities in China and the US to take action.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

After sixth patient dies, analysis of new coronavirus emerge

The new 'novel coronavirus,' NCoV, has claimed another life - bringing the death toll to six globally from a total known infection universe of 12 and setting in motion a greater analysis of the threat this SARS-like virus could pose.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

Pandemic of physical inactivity kills as many as smoking

Lack of exercise is killing just as many people as smoking and obesity according to a new study, claiming an estimated 5.3 million lives a year globally.
In the Media by Darren Weir - 15 comments

Rampant H1N1 flu in African pigs could cause human pandemic

UCLA researchers have found high numbers of pigs in Africa have been exposed to human H1N1 flu, which they say could lead to a pandemic in humans.
In the Media by Kathleen Blanchard

CDC: New influenza strain from H1N1 pandemic found in 2 children

Two young children were reported to have contracted a new 'hybrid' influenza virus, a gene 're-assortment' that appears to have successfully jumped from pigs to humans and again from one human to another.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

Nations work to share virus samples to help avert global pandemic

With the ongoing threat of a global influenza pandemic as a backdrop, the World Health Organization announced that it is working with a large pool of nations to more readily share viral samples to help avert more widespread infection.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Swine flu spreading more rapidly across UK than rest of Europe

The H1N1 swine flu virus - responsible for 36 of the 39 flu deaths across the UK - is spreading more rapidly in Britain than elsewhere in Europe.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

H1N1 swine flu is back: 14 dead, infected numbers doubling in UK

Fears of a more virulent return of last year's H1N1 swine flu pandemic emerged in the United Kingdom this week as nearly 200 patients struggle to stay alive. Fourteen people have already lost their lives.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

Plague originated in China, spread through trade routes: Study

The plague pathogen originated in or near China. Then it evolved and emerged multiple times to cause global pandemics. And it spread far and wide, an international team of scientists has found using DNA fingerprinting analyses.
In the Media by Subir Ghosh - 1 comment
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