Strains of flu virus mutate each season, making it difficult for the immune system to detect and fight off infection. A new study showed renewed hope for a universal flu vaccine that could attach all three strains of influenza virus.
Public Health February 21, 2019
An avian cholera outbreak has been declared in California and Indiana. Thousands of dead birds tested positive with the highly contagious viral disease have been found and collected by the authorities.
Public Health January 23, 2019
Medical experts around the globe share viral samples with one another to develop treatments and vaccines that will prevent outbreaks of pandemics. However, China has refused to share bird flu samples with the United States for over a year.
Public Health August 29, 2018
Analysis revealed mutations of the bird flu virus H7N9 make it more infectious in poultry and resistant to a class of antiviral drugs. Does this mean the virus could spread more easily between humans?
Public Health February 21, 2017
The H5N8 bird flu virus that hit France and other countries in Europe and the Middle East is set to hit the French foie gras industry. Authorities are planning to cull thousands of ducks, a preventative measure that is estimated to cost foie gras producers 270 million euros.
Public Health February 21, 2017
An H5N8 strain of bird flu was reported in South Korea after four months of being bird-flu free. Although not as pathogenic as H1N1, infected ducks were slaughtered.
Life March 28, 2016
The USDA reported on Friday that a new strain of bird flu virus hit its commercial flock of turkeys and shut down a poultry farm in Dubois County in Indiana. This is the latest outbreak following the spate of multi-state bird flu cases last year.
Life January 16, 2016
About 40,000 birds are set to be culled in Scotland after experts confirmed the presence of an Avian flu strain in a farm there. People are concerned about their health, but can humans really get bird flu from chickens?
Life January 13, 2016
Although turkey prices in 2015 will vary in stores and regions, consumers may see price hikes of up to 20 percent compared to 2014 costs due to the avian flu. The good news is that the rest of the Thanksgiving meal will generally have stable prices.
Society November 13, 2015
The Minnesota DNR announced that field testing stations will be set up across the state, encouraging duck hunters to bring in captured waterfowl for testing for avian flu.
September 29, 2015
Farmers in Iowa are displeased with the manner the government agencies have reacted to the bird flu outbreak and their failure to dispose the dead bodies of the birds.
Earth/Environment May 26, 2015
U.S. consumers will have to shell out nearly 75 percent more for eggs when compared to 2014 per Goldman Sachs' analysts. Consumers will spend an additional $7.5 billion to $8 billion for eggs.
Life May 22, 2015
Iowa has its hands full with millions of birds affected by the bird flu outbreak. Getting two landfills approved for use should ease the disposal process.
Life May 22, 2015
The U.S. egg farming industry hit hard with avian flu. The latest bird flu outbreak has resulted in millions of birds being culled and disposed.
Life May 15, 2015
Officials from Wisconsin's Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection have detected another case of H5 avian influenza at a local turkey farm in Barron County. This marks the eighth confirmed incident of bird flu infection in the state since last month.
Life May 4, 2015
The government calls for farmers, who came in close contact with infected birds, to take Tamiflu as a precautionary measure for bird flu infection. Many farmers have declined to take the drug.
Life April 28, 2015
Avian flu is spreading through turkey farms in Minnesota. Should you be worried?
Life April 7, 2015
Bird flu is threatening commercial and backyard poultry in the United States. As a precaution, the USDA has been tasked with developing a vaccine for birds.
Life March 25, 2015
Two cases of H5N2 have been confirmed in Missouri, prompting the state’s Department of Agriculture to launch a thorough inspection of properties harboring birds around the affected turkey-growing facilities
Life March 11, 2015
Bird flu is back in Myanmar, prompting officials to turn to culling chickens to prevent the H5N1 virus from spreading in the poultry industry. Controlling the outbreak in the industry also helps in protecting people.
Life February 26, 2015
After series of accidents involving handling of dangerous pathogens, Centers for Disease Control closes two labs. CDC head says incidents "should never have happened."
Life July 14, 2014
Researchers have discovered a new strain of avian flu by conducting tests on Adélie penguins in Antarctica. They also provided possible explanation as to how the bird flu virus reached the icy region.
Life May 8, 2014
A new review questions the efficacy of Tamiflu and another flu drug Relenza as they do not just have very few beneficial effects. They also have adverse side effects including nausea and mood changes.
Life April 10, 2014
A new study that analyzed about 80,000 gene sequences from flu viruses has revealed that birds may have had some help from horses in spreading the virus that eventually killed 50 million to 100 million people in the influenza pandemic in 1918. Two viral genes may have circulated for years before the pandemic, and may have combined to create the lethal virus.
Life February 20, 2014
South Korea has confirmed outbreak of H5N8, a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu, prompting the government to send out a red alert and order culling of nearly 100,000 poultry in the southwestern part of the country.
Life January 20, 2014