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Where will the next major infectious disease outbreak occur?

Copenhage - Macroecologists are altering the health and medical community over a serious lack of data on the worldwide distribution of disease-causing organisms. This paucity of information will happen responses to the next global epidemic.

Where is the next global health threat going to come from?

New York - So long Ebola; sans Chagas disease; goodbye Zika... where will the next major heath threat come from? South America is a hotbed of potential viruses, according to a new study.

China to vaccinate poultry against H7N9 bird flu virus next month

With researchers warning that mutations in the H7N9 bird flu virus could lead to a "pandemic," authorities in China have decided to begin vaccinating poultry flocks for the deadly virus, beginning next month.

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.

Damascus water shortage risks pandemic

Damascus - The lack of water and price gouging of commercially available water is forcing a large proportion of the Syrian population to drink substandard water, according to a leading aid organization.

Italian graveyard's 1000 year perspective on human health

Altopascio - The cemetery of an ancient church in Tuscany, Italy may provide key information concerning the deadly bacterium that causes cholera.

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.

Op-Ed: Have we learned anything about global disease epidemics?

The headlines read the disease is taking a toll on health care workers. People are avoiding travel and crowded shopping centers. Lawmakers are calling for a ban on foreigners from infected countries entering the U.S. Everyone is afraid of catching it.

Op-Ed: U.S. must create quarantine procedures to avoid confusion, chaos

ABC News reports that a Nigerian diplomat fled from Ebola quarantine in Lagos to Port Harcourt. Does the U.S. have a plan in place for putting its citizens in mandatory quarantine in the event of exposure to a lethal virus? It needs to!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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.
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Spanish flu victims being buried. North River  Labrador  Canada  1918
Spanish flu victims being buried. North River, Labrador, Canada, 1918

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