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WHO Report: Influenza at the human-animal interface

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H6 influenza viruses pose a potential threat to human health

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CDC Issues Recommendations for Avian Influenza A (H7N9)

CDC Issues Recommendations for Avian Influenza A (H7N9) | Influenza | Scoop.it
The Centers for Disease Control recently issued updated guidance for patients who should be tested for avian influenza A (H7N9) virus infection by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay using H7-specific primers and probes.
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Fever-reducing medications may contribute to spread of influenza

Fever-reducing medications may contribute to spread of influenza | Influenza | Scoop.it
TweetResearchers from McMaster University recently discovered a correlation between fever-reducing over-the-counter medications and the spread of influenza, and claimed the medications may be responsible for more than 1,000 flu-associated deaths in...
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Entry of influenza A virus: host factors and antiviral targets


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Avian Flu Diary: FluView Week 2: The Shifting Demographics Of Seasonal Flu

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Avian Flu Diary: Referral: Dr. Mackay On The Shifting Demographics Of H7N9

Avian Flu Diary: Referral: Dr. Mackay On The Shifting Demographics Of H7N9 | Influenza | Scoop.it
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Avian Flu Diary: VDU: Update H7N9 Maps, Charts (And A MERS-CoV Bonus)

Avian Flu Diary: VDU: Update H7N9 Maps, Charts (And A MERS-CoV Bonus) | Influenza | Scoop.it
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Which Flu Virus? - Information Is Beautiful

Which Flu Virus? - Information Is Beautiful | Influenza | Scoop.it
H1N1? H7N9? Bird flu? Swine flu? Seasonal flu? Feverish with incomprehension? Let our Influ-Venn-Za diagram sooth your poor swollen brain.
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Optimized Strategy for the Control and Prevention of Newly Emerging Influenza Revealed by the Spread Dynamics Model

Optimized Strategy for the Control and Prevention of Newly Emerging Influenza Revealed by the Spread Dynamics Model | Influenza | Scoop.it

No matching vaccine is immediately available when a novel influenza strain breaks out. Several nonvaccine-related strategies must be employed to control an influenza epidemic, including antiviral treatment, patient isolation, and immigration detection. This paper presents the development and application of two regional dynamic models of influenza with Pontryagin’s Maximum Principle to determine the optimal control strategies for an epidemic and the corresponding minimum antiviral stockpiles. Antiviral treatment was found to be the most effective measure to control new influenza outbreaks. In the case of inadequate antiviral resources, the preferred approach was the centralized use of antiviral resources in the early stage of the epidemic. Immigration detection was the least cost-effective; however, when used in combination with the other measures, it may play a larger role. The reasonable mix of the three control measures could reduce the number of clinical cases substantially, to achieve the optimal control of new influenza.

 


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Imagining a post-pandemic world : The Lancet

Imagining a post-pandemic world. By - Jonathan Barnes

The end of the world has been and gone, and the characters in Margaret Atwood's novel Maddaddam are standing in the ruins. It is the near future and civilisation has been all but eradicated by the ravages of a man-made plague. The human survivors are few and badly damaged—Zeb, a former bouncer; Ren, a one-time stripper; Jimmy, a prophetic loner who knows many of the secrets of the old world. Gradually, the biosphere is being reclaimed, not by nature as we would understand it but by creatures that were genetically engineered in the last days of human dominance. They stalk the wilderness, this laboratory-born menagerie, these “pigoons” and “Mo'Hairs”, these “rakunks” and “liobams”, the creation of all of which, the author assures us, is “possible in theory”. Stranger still are the Children of Crake, “quasi-humans” designed by a Moreau-like scientist, to be our successors, “free from sexual jealousy, greed, clothing, and the need for insect repellent and animal protein”, factors which, in his opinion, “had caused not only the misery of the human race but also the degradation of the planet”. 


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Ed Rybicki's curator insight, January 11, 3:25 AM

Interesting place to find a science fiction book review!

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PLOS Genetics: Intrasubtype Reassortments Cause Adaptive Amino Acid Replacements in H3N2 Influenza Genes

PLOS Genetics: Intrasubtype Reassortments Cause Adaptive Amino Acid Replacements in H3N2 Influenza Genes | Influenza | Scoop.it
PLOS Genetics is an open-access (The genetic shift that causes pandemic flu: read recent paper by Neverov et al. to find out more!
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Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease: A Systematic Meta-Analysis

Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 and Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease: A Systematic Meta-Analysis | Influenza | Scoop.it
by Hanna Renk, Nicolas Regamey, Dominik Hartl
Background To systematically assess the literature published on the clinical impact of Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 on cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Methods An online search in PUBMED database was conducted.
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Seroprevalence Survey of Avian influenza A (H5) in wild migratory birds in Yunnan Province, Southwestern China

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Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) is a highly contagious disease which is a zoonotic pathogen of significant economic and public health concern.
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Korea: Holidays Loom Large As H5N8 Battle Intensifies

Korea: Holidays Loom Large As H5N8 Battle Intensifies | Influenza | Scoop.it
AI Affected Provinces – Credit Japan’s MAFF   # 8225     Just as in China, the Lunar New Year in Korea is a major holiday - one that inspires tens of millions of people to return to their hometowns to celebrate with family and friends.  And...
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Determinants of individuals' risks to 2009 pandemic influenza virus infection at household level amongst Djibouti city residents - A CoPanFlu cross-sectional study

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Following the 2009 swine flu pandemic, a cohort for pandemic influenza (CoPanFlu) study was established in Djibouti, the Horn of Africa, to investigate its case prevalence and risk predictors' at household level.
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Sinovac submits CTA for H7N9 flu vaccine trials in China

Sinovac submits CTA for H7N9 flu vaccine trials in China | Influenza | Scoop.it
TweetSinovac Biotech, Ltd., a China-based biopharmaceutical company, announced on Wednesday that it submitted an application to commence human clinical trials for its H7N9 influenza vaccine.
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Avian Flu Diary: CIDRAP: NEJM H7N9 Epidemiology Study & Yesterday’s Case Summary

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Avian Flu Diary: Lancet: Clinical & Epidemiological Characteristics Of A Fatal H10N8 Case

Avian Flu Diary: Lancet: Clinical & Epidemiological Characteristics Of A Fatal H10N8 Case | Influenza | Scoop.it
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Avian Flu Diary: Korea: Migratory Birds Likely Source Of H5N8 Outbreak

Avian Flu Diary: Korea: Migratory Birds Likely Source Of H5N8 Outbreak | Influenza | Scoop.it
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Avian Flu Diary: WHO Background & Summary Of H7N9 Virus – January 31st

Avian Flu Diary: WHO Background & Summary Of H7N9 Virus – January 31st | Influenza | Scoop.it
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H1N-What? Wading Through the Alphabet Soup of Flu Virus Names

H1N-What? Wading Through the Alphabet Soup of Flu Virus Names | Influenza | Scoop.it
Muddled about all the new flu viruses?

It’s hard to keep up with the changing names in the news. H1Nwhat? Bird flu. Pig flu. MERS. SARS. Here ...

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Ed Rybicki's curator insight, February 4, 10:22 AM

Great post on flu.

Chris Upton + helpers's curator insight, February 4, 2:09 PM

Bloody bats just would have to be different!!!

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Avian Flu Diary: Atypical Influenza (H5N1,H7N9, pH1N1) Presentations

Avian Flu Diary: Atypical Influenza (H5N1,H7N9, pH1N1) Presentations | Influenza | Scoop.it
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Even in 2014, influenza kills « Science-Based Medicine

Even in 2014, influenza kills « Science-Based Medicine | Influenza | Scoop.it
I don't think it can be repeated too many times during flu season: People can die of the flu. The flu vaccine is one of the two vaccines most easily demonized...
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Zhejiang Province Announces Two More H7N9 Cases

Zhejiang Province Announces Two More H7N9 Cases | Influenza | Scoop.it
Zhejiang Province – Credit Wikipedia   # 8152   On the heels of announced cases both yesterday (see Zhejiang Province Announces New H7N9 Case) and last Sunday (see Zhejiang Province Reports A New H7N9 Case), Zhejiang’s Ministry of Health has...
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