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  1. News - World - HEALTH

    US health authorities brace for confusion over flu and Ebola

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... are bracing for a new battle of the flu season. The end of October marks the start of influenza season, which can extend well into the spring months. But this year is different for two reasons. First ... to help people understand the risks, and to remind people to have flu vaccine. "There may be some public concern or confusion between seasonal influenza and Ebola this season," a CDC ...

  2. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Hundreds more infectious germ samples found at lab near Washington

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 09:12pm by AFP

    ... biological agents such as dengue, influenza, Q fever and rickettsia," said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday. The boxes were discovered in the same cold-storage area ...

  3. News - China

    Taiwan doctors urge vigilance over new bird flu virus

    Posted Nov 14th 2013, 03:17pm by AFP

    ... dangerous, they said. “Our report highlights the continuous need for preparedness for a pandemic of unpredictable and complex avian influenza,” they warned. Writing in The Lancet, a team led ... that the cause was a local strain of H6N1 influenza virus, the team reported. H6N1 is a subtype of flu found among wild birds and domestic poultry on many continents. In Taiwan, though, a unique genetic ...

  4. News - China

    H7N9 bird flu kills about a third hospitalised patients, study finds

    Posted Jun 24th 2013, 10:11am by AFP

    ... flu and the H5N1 avian virus, said researchers on Monday. In a study published on Monday, University of Hong Kong researchers analysed data from most of the 132 H7N9 avian influenza patients since its emergence three months ago. With reference to the H1N1 swine influenza outbreak in 2009, they estimated that the overall death rate of H7N9 to be between 0.16 per cent to 2.8 per cent. ...

  5. News - China

    Taiwan looks to first vaccine against fatal H7N9 avian flu

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 09:26pm by AFP

    ... was eventually discharged, the outbreak prompted Taiwanese authorities to gear up research on a vaccine against the strain of avian influenza, given the ever closer exchanges across the Taiwan Strait. ... Organisation (WHO). As of August, WHO has been informed of a total of 135 laboratory-confirmed human cases with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including 44 deaths. Most of the cases were recorded ...

  6. News - China

    No new H7N9 cases in China for a week

    Posted May 21st 2013, 11:13am by AFP

    ... of the outbreak was still unpredictable. “Influenza viruses constantly reinvent themselves. No one can predict the future course of this outbreak,” Margaret Chan said on Monday at the World Health ... under treatment; red, those infected with H7N9 who have died; yellow, those who have fully recovered; and pink, those infected other types of the Influenza A virus, including H1N1.   ...

  7. News - China - BIRD FLU

    H7N9 bird flu spreads to southern China

    Posted Apr 26th 2013, 07:39pm by AFP

    ... The island of Taiwan has also reported one case. A Chinese expert earlier this week warned of the possibility of more cases in a wider geographical area. “Until the source of H7N9 avian influenza ... lethal” influenza viruses seen so far. Chinese health officials have acknowledged so-called “family clusters”, where members of a single family have become infected, but have declined to call ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    Poultry market closures halt bird flu, says Hong Kong study

    Posted Oct 31st 2013, 02:39pm by AFP

    ... for this necessary intervention will be paramount to protect human health from the... threat of avian influenza A H7N9 virus,” they wrote. Avian flu viruses have been around for a very long time in wild birds but do not generally cause disease in humans, though in rare cases they mutate and jump species. Strains of the H5, H7 and H9 avian influenza subtypes have caused human infections, mainly ...

  9. News - China

    Scientists discover new bird flu virus ‘worse than H7N9’

    Posted Aug 22nd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... population almost has no antibodies against the H7 subtype of influenza virus. Thus, if it causes pandemic outbreak, it will kill many people." Among a sample of 150 chickens tested, 36 carried the H7N7 virus, said Guan. Many birds had both H7N7 and H7N9. Strains of the H5, H7 and H9 avian influenza subtypes have caused human infections, mainly following direct contact with infected ...

  10. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Six die in Philippine epidemic caused by rat urine

    Posted Oct 10th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... they had influenza, instead of seeking professional treatment. One of the dead had ingested the bacteria while swimming through floodwaters, unlike the rest who caught it through skin exposure. ...




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