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New Bird Flu Reported in Taiwanese Woman

Sources in Taiwan say that a previously unseen variant of avian influenza infected a 20-year-old woman in that country in the first recorded case of an H6N1 virus infecting and causing disease in a human.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Deadly Antiviral Resistant Flu Appears in China

Chinese researchers reported the first ever clinically documented case of resistance to the antiviral medication Tamiflu in patients infected with the H7N9 bird flu.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



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New Bird Flu Jumps to Humans, Kills 6 in China

Chinese officials have closed poultry markets and ordered a mass slaughter of birds in Shanghai amid an outbreak of a type of avian flu that has not been seen in humans.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Scientist: Make Bird Flu Mutation Research Available Now

University of Tokyo scientist Yoshihiro Kawaoka is making the case for unfettered access to studies in which researchers made a lethal bird flu virus even deadlier by taking it airborne. To those determined to find it, the recipe is already available, he warns, and the mutation could occur outside the laboratory at any moment. All hands to the urgent task of developing a vaccine, then.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Scientists Make Killer Flu Virus Even Deadlier

More than half of the people infected with H5N1—the bird flu virus—are dead, so it’s a damned good thing the virus isn’t airborne. That is, until now. U.S.-funded researchers in the Netherlands have successfully engineered a viral H5N1 strain that can spread through the air, realizing fears of a potentially weaponized germ that infects easily and kills half its victims.

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Dutch Scientists Monkey With the Bird Flu Virus

In what may turn out to be a really bad idea, Dutch scientists have created a strain of the bird flu virus that maintains its 60 percent kill rate and is easily transferred between mammals, and they’re looking to tell the world how they did it.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE


Japan Killing 410,000 Chickens Over Bird Flu Fears

Japanese authorities aren’t waiting for test results, although it will take days to cull the animals. A strain of flu was identified at a poultry farm, prompting a series of safety precautions.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


FEMA’s Got a Handle on Bird Flu ... if There’s a Stiff Breeze

Satirist Andy Borowitz reports that our emergency preparedness experts have the bird flu situation under control. Mostly, they’re counting on a natural disaster to wipe out the bird population.

Posted on Apr 8, 2006 READ MORE


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