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Bird Flu Strain Jumped to Humans for First Time: Russia

7 workers at plant feel fine, officials say, and work on a vaccine is beginning

(Newser) - Russia has reported the first instances of a strain of bird flu jumping from poultry to humans to the World Health Organization. The outbreak happened at a plant in southern Russia, officials said. "All seven people... are now feeling well," said Anna Popova, chief of the nation's...

An Unwelcome First for a Strain of Bird Flu

First H7N4 case confirmed in a human

(Newser) - A year after the World Health Organization announced it was on " high alert " over outbreaks of bird flu, China has confirmed the first human case of strain H7N4. Health officials say a 68-year-old woman who fell ill in Jiangsu province on Dec. 25 was infected with the strain,...

WHO on 'High Alert' Over Bird Flu
WHO on 'High Alert'
Over Bird Flu

WHO on 'High Alert' Over Bird Flu

Worrying strains are spreading fast

(Newser) - The World Health Organization says it's on high alert over outbreaks of bird flu that have killed people in China and caused large-scale slaughtering of birds elsewhere. "The rapidly expanding geographical distribution of these outbreaks and the number of virus strains currently co-circulating have put WHO on high...

Want Protection From Bird Flu? Check Your Birth Date

New study says year we were born affects susceptibility to different strains

(Newser) - Good news, people born before 1968! You're a whole lot less likely to die from the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the Telegraph reports. Bad news, people born before 1968! You're a whole lot more likely to die from the H7N9 strain of bird flu. In a study...

For First Time in a Decade, We're Buying Europe's Eggs

Netherlands will help fill void in bakeries, processed foods

(Newser) - With the bird flu outbreak spawning an increasing egg shortage, the United States will soon allow imported egg products from the Netherlands to be used for commercial baking and in processed foods. It's the first time in more than a decade the US has bought eggs from Europe, and...

With 17M Birds Dead or Dying, Iowa Declares Emergency

This could be worst bird flu outbreak ever in US

(Newser) - A state of emergency was declared yesterday by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad with nearly 17 million chickens and turkeys dead, dying, or scheduled to be euthanized due to a widening bird flu outbreak . The proclamation activates disaster response and recovery procedures for the state's homeland security and emergency management...

Iowa Farm's 5.3M Hens Will Be Killed

Biggest outbreak in current bird flu epidemic affects 10% of Iowa's egg-laying hens

(Newser) - The last thing you want at a farm with 5.3 million chickens: avian flu. But the Agriculture Department confirms that's what has hit an egg producer in Osceola County, Iowa; it's the biggest outbreak so far in the current H5N2 bird flu epidemic. CNN reports that all...

CDC Admits Being Sloppy With Deadly Diseases

Agency head 'shocked' by handling of anthrax, bird flu virus

(Newser) - "I was, just frankly, stunned and appalled." That was the reaction Saturday of Dr. Thomas R. Frieden in a New York Times interview after finding out last week that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency he heads, made not one but two potentially deadly lab...

CDC Shuts 2 Labs After Another Dangerous Gaffe

New one involves dangerous strain of bird flu

(Newser) - Another day, another report of a potentially deadly lab mistake by the CDC. The latest one, involving bird flu, has prompted CDC chief Tom Frieden to shut down two research labs temporarily and to halt the shipment of risky germs, reports AP . The bird flu mistake actually happened in May...

Lab Revives History's Deadliest Flu Virus

Scientists blast 'crazy' pandemic experiments

(Newser) - Researchers in a Wisconsin lab have created a mutant, highly infectious version of the "Spanish Flu" that killed around 50 million people in 1918—and if you think that sounds completely insane, there are a lot of scientists who agree with you. The University of Wisconsin researchers argue that...

Virus Experiments in Lab Could Unleash Pandemic

Researchers say there's a small but clear risk such tests could be catastrophic

(Newser) - Scientific testing is great—except when it has the potential to unleash a global pandemic. That's the word from a new study that warns experiments on mutant viruses could do more harm than good. Scientists around the world are creating new viruses or changing existing ones to better understand...

Scientists: Just 5 Mutations and Bird Flu Goes Airborne

But it's not known if those mutations could happen outside a lab

(Newser) - H5N1 has killed 60% of the 650 humans it's known to have infected in nearly two decades, making it an incredibly deadly but difficult to transmit virus. A new study tries to answer the question of how little it would take to make bird flu easily spreadable. The conclusion:...

Here's How Earth Could Really End: Scientists

Global warming, pandemic, fungus ... a not-fun time for everyone

(Newser) - From Planet of the Apes to After Earth, Hollywood has depicted Earth's demise many a time—but scientists' fears of planetary catastrophe are just as scary, LiveScience reports. Here are a few Doomsday scenarios as imagined by scientific minds:
  • Global warming: Scientists call this the biggest threat of all.

Scientists: Time to Make Our Own Bird Flu

Call to study a strain perhaps more dangerous to humans

(Newser) - Concerns about the H7N9 bird flu virus are heating up, with a report this week detailing an apparent transmission of the disease between two people. Typically, humans are only infected by poultry, USA Today notes, but a study suggests a 60-year-old man who died after getting the disease gave it...

Taiwan Confirms 1st Bird Flu Case Outside China

As WHO says H7N9 more easily transmitted from bird to human than H5N1

(Newser) - Taiwan is confirming it has the first case of H7N9 bird flu outside of mainland China, reports the AFP . The 53-year-old male victim recently returned from a trip to China via Shanghai, where H7N9 first broke out . He's been hospitalized since April 16 in critical condition. The spread comes...

40% of Bird Flu Victims Didn't Touch Birds: Report

Finding raises fears that it's passing human-to-human

(Newser) - H7N9 is growing no less mysterious: Roughly 40% of those infected in China's bird flu outbreak have never actually come in contact with poultry, according to a leading Chinese scientist, and the World Health Organization yesterday backed up that claim. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl acknowledged "there are people...

Bird Flu Spreads to Beijing
 Bird Flu Spreads to Beijing 

Bird Flu Spreads to Beijing

It was expected to, says WHO chief; still no human-to-human transmissions

(Newser) - Beijing has reported its first case of the H7N9 bird flu , as two new cases in a neighboring province were confirmed today, marking the official spread of the virus from the country's east. But the development was anticipated, says the head of the WHO office in Beijing. "We'...

Bird Flu Sickening KFC Sales
 Bird Flu Sickening KFC Sales 

Bird Flu Sickening KFC Sales

Yum Brands cites 'significant, negative impact' in China

(Newser) - Colonel Sanders has a bird flu problem. The H7N9 virus, which has killed nine people, has had a "significant, negative impact on KFC sales" in China, Yum Brands revealed in a regulatory filing yesterday. That's no small problem for the company: China is responsible for more than half...

Why This New Bird Flu Is So Scary

...and why it's not

(Newser) - Twenty-four people have now been infected with a new strain of bird flu in China, with seven dead, Reuters reports. The US is gearing up against the disease, with the CDC readying a diagnostic kit for states as well as China, the Wall Street Journal reports. So, how worried should...

Fearing Outbreak, Shanghai Slaughters 20K Birds

CDC researcher says agency 'fairly worried' about H7N9

(Newser) - With China scrambling to keep a lid on a budding H7N9 bird flu outbreak , authorities in Shanghai said they will close all its live poultry markets beginning tomorrow for the indefinite future, reports CNN . Some 20,000 birds have already been slaughtered at a market where traces of the bird...

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