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Australia quarantines farm to contain H7 bird flu outbreak

Australia quarantines farm to contain H7 bird flu outbreak | Virology News | Scoop.it

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's first outbreak of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus in 15 years should be contained by a cull of 50,000 chickens, authorities said on Friday, although they do not know what caused the case at an egg farm.

 

Poor damn chickens...B-(

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Bird flu could be as deadly as the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic

Bird flu could be as deadly as the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic | Virology News | Scoop.it
Scientists must be allowed to work on deadly viruses in labs to ward off future outbreaks, Professor Derek Smith argues
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Ebola: Skip Randomized Trials, Experts Urge

Ebola: Skip Randomized Trials, Experts Urge | Virology News | Scoop.it
Other forms of study could get drugs to Ebola patients more quickly, they say.
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The most predictable disaster in the history of the human race. And it's not zombies.

...there's something out there that's as bad as war, something that kills as many people as war, and Gates doesn't think we're ready for it.

"Look at the death chart of the 20th century," he says, because he's the kind of guy that looks at death charts. "I think everybody would say there must be a spike for World War I. Sure enough, there it is, like 25 million. And there must be a big spike for World War II, and there it is, it's like 65 million. But then you'll see this other spike that is as large as World War II right after World War I, and most people, would say, 'What was that?'"

"Well, that was the Spanish flu."

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Yeah, yeah, yeah: there's a lot of people being saying similar things for a long time.  But now it's Bill Gates, so governments MAY pay attention!

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Shingles: a Slideshow

Shingles: a Slideshow | Virology News | Scoop.it
Caused by the same virus behind chickenpox, shingles is a painful nerve root infection resulting in a skin rash. What does the shingles rash looks like? Who’s at risk? And who needs the shingles vaccine?
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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China | Virology News | Scoop.it
Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China Newsroom America On 9 May 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 6 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian...
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South Korea Confirms Third Case of MERS Virus

Newsweek South Korea Confirms Third Case of MERS Virus Newsweek The two most recent cases in South Korea are people who became infected after being in contact with the first case, who tested positive for the virus following a trip to the Middle...
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New study reveals highly contagious stomach virus may spread through air

New study reveals highly contagious stomach virus may spread through air | Virology News | Scoop.it
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KARE) - Every year, noroviruses sicken people on cruise ships, in nursing  homes and in schools. Norovirus, which is also called the stomach flu, is a highly contagious virus that ...
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Nothing to do with the stomach - intestinal!!

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Biotechnology will 'increase Uganda’s GDP'

Biotechnology will 'increase Uganda’s GDP' | Virology News | Scoop.it
State minister Fred Omach believes that Uganda''s GDP can add 2% on the average annual 7% if biotechnology is embraced.
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New Avian influenza strains now have vaccines: H5N1 and H7N9

New Avian influenza strains now have vaccines: H5N1 and H7N9 | Virology News | Scoop.it
United States researchers have now developed vaccines which are capable of protecting chickens from a couple of brand new strains of avian influenza that have the ability of being transmitted to hu...
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H3N2 canine influenza reported in more than a dozen US states

H3N2 canine influenza reported in more than a dozen US states | Virology News | Scoop.it
H3N2 canine influenza reported in more than a dozen states http://t.co/JpPRwR8zUs
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CRISPR “Kill Switches” for GMOs

CRISPR “Kill Switches” for GMOs | Virology News | Scoop.it
Researchers create an inducible method to remove specific genes and even kill escaped genetically modified organisms.
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Right: that SHOULD take care of all but the most rabid anti-GMO campaigners - because there's no pleasing them!

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The only person ever cured of AIDS?

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Timothy Ray Brown, commonly referred to as the “Berlin patient,” does not want to be the only person cured of AIDS.
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World health body wants vaccination drive to avert 1.5 million child deaths yearly

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One fifth of the world's children still do not receive routine vaccinations that could prevent 1.5 million deaths a year from preventable diseases, the World Health...
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Cold sore virus 'can target skin cancer'

A research team involving the Institute of Cancer Research in London and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust say it is the first time that a large, randomised trial of viral immunotherapy has been shown to be a viable treatment for patients with...
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Herpes virus hijackers

Herpes virus hijackers | Virology News | Scoop.it
The virus responsible for the common cold sore hijacks the machinery within our cells, causing them to break down and help shield the virus from our immune system, researchers from the University of Cambridge and colleagues in Germany have discovered.
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Bird Flu Spreading [in the US] as Scientists Look Everywhere for Clues

Bird Flu Spreading [in the US] as Scientists Look Everywhere for Clues | Virology News | Scoop.it
Could it be blowing from farm to farm in the dirt? Could determined starlings and pigeons be carrying it into poultry houses on their feet? Is it spreading i...
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Farm workers. Just saying.

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GroundUp: Hout Bay’s scrapyard sculptors

GroundUp: Hout Bay’s scrapyard sculptors | Virology News | Scoop.it
Chenjerai Mutasa and Isaac Mukonde are Zimbabwean artists who bring to life the junk that we toss out. Using old car parts, wire, drift wood, metal and stone — mostly accrued from the scrapyard — they build beautiful and imaginative sculptures.
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I have a weakness for Zimbabwean sculpture....

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Celiac Disease Lowers Hepatitis B Vaccine Response

Medscape Celiac Disease Lowers Hepatitis B Vaccine Response Medscape LEIPZIG, Germany — In children with celiac disease, immunologic response to the hepatitis B vaccine is impaired, and neither a gluten-free diet nor boosters appear to improve...
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A Message for the Anti Vaccine Movement

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I would add: it's not you that'll get sick BECAUSE YOUR PARENTS VACCINATED YOU, MORONS! - but your kids. And that's a crime.

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U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures

U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures | Virology News | Scoop.it
CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps - importing eggs...
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Flu cases double in South Australia as the elderly face an early spike

Flu cases double in South Australia as the elderly face an early spike | Virology News | Scoop.it
Influenza cases in SA have doubled this year with elderly people among the worst affected.
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And I'll bet you the same thing happens here in the REAL SA....

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3 Reasons Why Cannabis is Used to Help Treat HIV/AIDS

3 Reasons Why Cannabis is Used to Help Treat HIV/AIDS | Virology News | Scoop.it
Today cannabis helps these AIDS patients in multiple ways as described below.
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Gavi HPV Programs: Application to Implementation

Gavi HPV Programs: Application to Implementation | Virology News | Scoop.it
Developing countries disproportionately suffer from the burden of cervical cancer yet lack the resources to establish systematic screening programs that have resulted in significant reductions in morbidity and mortality in developed countries.
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ProMED-mail and avian flu

ProMED-mail and avian flu | Virology News | Scoop.it

Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses have been reported thus far this year in flocks in Nigeria, Indonesia, Iraq, and Burkina Faso (all H5N1), Hungary, USA, and China (H5N8), Mexico (H7N3), and Taiwan (H5N2). In Viet Nam, H5N6 is epizootic. The disease has affected humans in Egypt (H5N1) and China (H5N6 and H7N9). In March, U.S. researchers reported that two flu strains (H10N8 and H6N1), had begun causing sporadic infections among people on the Chinese mainland and in Taiwan, but were still not able to infect humans easily.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease reported recently that the HPAI H5N2 virus detected in poultry in British Columbia was sequenced and found to contain gene segments from the HPAI Eurasian H5N8 virus, terming this the first time a "Eurasian lineage highly pathogenic H5 virus has caused an outbreak of avian influenza in poultry in North America." In the US, every day brings news of new sites in the current outbreak of H5N2. Since March, the virus has led to the loss of well over 30 million birds in 13 states. The pattern and speed of this outbreak's spread is causing scientists to re-think the assumption that avian influenza spreads solely through the intermingling of wild birds with domestic flocks.

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