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
A new strain of bird flu in China called H7N9 has killed 38 percent of people infected it. It has already been linked to Disease X, the unknown pathogen named by the World Health Organization.
Public Health June 15, 2018
A few genetic tweaks to the H7N9 bird flu virus can pave the way for another human pandemic, researchers have warned. Learn more about these genetic tweaks to a property of the bird flu virus and how likely human transmission is.
Public Health June 16, 2017
A Tennessee poultry farm under contract with Tyson Foods Inc. is now placed under quarantine by the U.S. Department of Agriculture officials afrer it was found infected with H7 strain of pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
Public Health March 6, 2017
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 outbreak of the bird flu among cats was recorded in a New York City animal shelter. Pet owners are reminded to take extra caution since they can catch the bird flu from house cats.
Public Health January 22, 2017
A veterinarian working at an animal shelter in New York has contracted a rare form of bird flu. Officials said the vet may have gotten the infection from the respiratory secretions of sick cats being treated at the shelter.
Public Health December 26, 2016
There might not be any chicken supply for this week's Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong due to bird flu concerns. After droppings tested positive for the H7N9 bird flu strain, Hong Kong has halted the sale of live chicken.
Public Health June 6, 2016
More than 11,000 ducks were slaughtered in Incheon, South Korea, following a confirmed case of bird flu at a Seoul poultry farm. The country, declared avian flu-free just a month ago, has employed preventive measures to contain the H5N8 strain.
Life March 29, 2016
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
Macrophages or specialized white blood cells in birds can destroy the potentially deadly infection brought by the Cryptococci fungus. This explains why birds don't fall ill from the fungi even if they can spread related diseases to humans.
Life February 18, 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
A teenager may have the solution to make the air in planes cleaner and prevent the spread of germs. It costs only $1,000. This will shed light on various diseases that are thought to have been passed through passengers of aircrafts.
Life January 13, 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
The USDA has awarded contracts to drug companies Ceva Corp and Harrisvaccines to manufacture bird flu vaccines. This is in preparation for possible avian influenza outbreaks in the future.
Life October 15, 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
After the recent crippling avian flu outbreak, the USDA is planning to use heat and suffocation to euthanize infected birds in the future unless better control methods are found.
Life September 21, 2015
A breakthrough in bird flu management may have been discovered by a group of UK researchers. Genetically modified glow-in-the-dark chickens are said to help detect possible cases so spread of the virus may be halted.
Life September 8, 2015
Iowa is in the process of lifting quarantines in 69 local sites previously reported to be infected with bird flu. This leaves only eight remaining sites that have to complete cleaning and disinfection before being taken off of the list of control areas.
Life August 6, 2015
John Clifford, chief veterinary officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced that the agency plans to review its bird-flu response after drawing criticism for its slow and confusing management of the latest outbreak of the avian disease.
Life July 8, 2015
Scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found that the bird flu that has plagued farms in Midwest states could likely have been spread because of several lapses in biosecurity, along with other environmental factors.
Life June 16, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that it will begin importing eggs from The Netherlands in order to ensure enough supplies for American markets. The ongoing avian influenza outbreak has caused a shortage of poultry stocks in the country and the wholesale price of eggs to spike in previous months.
Life June 10, 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. has its worst bird flu outbreak on record. The virus has so far affected millions of poultry and prompted governors in four states to declare an emergency.
Life May 16, 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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture said an outbreak of bird flu has been detected on an egg farm in Dixon County, Nebraska, making it the 16th state stricken by the disease.
Life May 13, 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 H5N2 bird flu virus origin has not been discovered yet by scientists and experts. Experts are puzzled how are they continuously spreading despite biosecurity measures. The chicken and turkey population have greatly been affected by this virus.
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
Bird flu is spreading through chicken and turkey stocks throughout the United States, prompting federal officials to develop a vaccine for the illness. How serious is the problem, and how could ducks ruin the whole plan?
Life April 22, 2015
Bird flu found at an Iowa facility means millions of egg-laying chickens must be destroyed, the USDA says. Avian influenza has hit chicken and turkey farms in several U.S. states since early March.
Life April 21, 2015
The USDA warns of increased risk of the H5N2 virus in birds and poultry in Texas and surrounding states.
Life April 6, 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
Video cameras in CDC facilities could help the agency reduce mishaps and potentially polish a tarnished image.
Life January 30, 2015
Officials say first case of bird flu in Hong Kong this winter was "imported" in woman returning from mainland China. Woman remains in intensive care in Hong Kong hospital.
Life December 29, 2014
The CDC has conducted an internal investigation following the possibility that two types of bird flu were cross-contaminated. This comes after a series of other mistakes by the CDC.
Life August 15, 2014
In a bid to improve the safety practices in federal laboratories, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will have an independent safety advisory panel composed of bio-security experts.
Life July 25, 2014
After a "sloppy" and "inexcusable" incident of mishandling, CDC admits the agency's safety lapses pattern and vows to improve its protocol and safety culture.
Life July 20, 2014
A congressional panel seeks to understand the CDC's past failures. The CDC's director says his center has learned its lesson after a series of miscues in its handling of smallpox, anthrax and bird flu.
Earth/Environment July 16, 2014
Health officials have long feared that the H5N1 bird flu virus will jump to human population. Now, a team of researchers published a study detailing how this could be possible. It's scary.
Life April 13, 2014
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