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Scientist: Poultry trade may be spreading deadly bird flu

Scientist: Poultry trade may be spreading deadly bird flu | Virology News | Scoop.it
Poultry workers moving to and from wet markets and farms may be responsible for the spread of the deadly H7N9 virus in China, says a virologist who's working with the World Health Organisation to investigate the outbreak.
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As ever...if people make money from animals, they will trade them even when there is the danger of spreading disease.

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Characterizing the killer H7N9

Characterizing the killer H7N9 | Virology News | Scoop.it

What scientists are learning about the zoonotic flu virus that has infected more than 100 people in China since February.

The virus appears to be more virulent than past H7 avian flu viruses in past outbreaks, which have caused conjunctivitis but have only been blamed for one death. Furthermore, this virus appears to be spreading from its hosts to humans unusually readily

Ed Rybicki's insight:

March 31 to April to publish several papers on the virus: new technology has enabled SUCH rapid progress these days, it is almost unbelievable.

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H7N9 Bird Flu Cases In China Rise By Four To 91; Half Have Had No Contact With Poultry

H7N9 Bird Flu Cases In China Rise By Four To 91; Half Have Had No Contact With Poultry | Virology News | Scoop.it
The number of confirmed H7N9 bird flu cases in China increased by four to 91 on Friday.  Jiangsu province reported one new case, and Zhejiang province reported three, the state-run Shanghai Daily reported today.  The number of dead was unchanged at...
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WHO: New flu passes more easily from bird to human

WHO: New flu passes more easily from bird to human | Virology News | Scoop.it
A new strain of bird flu that emerged in China over the past month is one of the "most lethal" flu viruses so far, worrying health officials because it can jump more easily from birds to humans than the one that started killing people a decade ago,...
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Frightening...!  Which is the adult way of saying "scary".

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CDC tells US doctors to watch for H7N9 bird flu from China

CDC tells US doctors to watch for H7N9 bird flu from China | Virology News | Scoop.it
A recent outbreak of a new strain of avian influenza (bird flu) has killed at least 17 people in China since the first cases in humans were reported in late March. No cases of the H7N9 virus have...
Ed Rybicki's insight:

Not to panic anyome.  Oh, no, never that....

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