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H5N1: UK: Threat of pandemic flu at the Olympics?

H5N1: UK: Threat of pandemic flu at the Olympics? | Virology News | Scoop.it
Via The Independent: New research warns of Olympics flu pandemic risk.

The millions of tourists coming to London for the Olympics will dramatically increase the risk that a flu pandemic in Britain might spread, according to new research to be published this week.

For Britain is ranked second in the world, after Singapore, in terms of the risk of an avian or swine flu outbreak spreading, according to a new study of more than 200 countries by the risk analysts Maplecroft.

Experts warn that the scale of the threat is vast. “There is little pre-existing natural immunity to H5N1 infection in the human population. Should the virus improve its transmissibility, the entire human population could be vulnerable to infection,” states the research - citing previous warnings from the World Health Organization.

 

As we would say here in SA: ja, boet....  Look at it this way: if we could have a Soccer World Cup in South Africa IN A PANDEMIC YEAR, in the absence of any vaccine, without a national or international disaster - then I think this is just scare-mongering.

 

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The Vaccine Makers Project

The Vaccine Makers Project | Virology News | Scoop.it
Materials are updated as needed. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy. You should not consider the information in this site to be specific, professional medical advice for your personal health or for your family's personal health.
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The Return of the Flu

The Return of the Flu | Virology News | Scoop.it
The flu has returned to some countries with high rates of natural immunity against SARS-CoV-2. In contrast, countries with high vaccination rates but low natural immunity rates are seeing record new covid waves, although at lower hospitalization and death rates than before.
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As Omicron Variant Throws World Into Chaos, One Pharmaceutical Company Says It Already Has a 'Vaccine' in Testing for It

As Omicron Variant Throws World Into Chaos, One Pharmaceutical Company Says It Already Has a 'Vaccine' in Testing for It | Virology News | Scoop.it
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Obesity Impairs the Adaptive Immune Response to Influenza Virus

Influenza, a highly contagious respiratory tract infection, affects millions of adults and children each year. Several high-risk populations include children, the elderly, the immunocompromised, an...
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Millions of sick and healthy animals killed after bird flu outbreaks

Millions of sick and healthy animals killed after bird flu outbreaks | Virology News | Scoop.it
Almost 43 million birds, sick and healthy, have been killed this year due to avian influenza outbreaks, according to OIE.
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A little caffeine linked to lower gestational diabetes risk

A little caffeine linked to lower gestational diabetes risk | Virology News | Scoop.it
Drinking up to 100 mg of caffeine a day during the second trimester of pregnancy was associated with a 47% reduction in gestational diabetes risk.
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Does the HPV vaccine protect men against cancer?

Does the HPV vaccine protect men against cancer? | Virology News | Scoop.it
Does the HPV vaccine protect men against cancer?
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The elusive definition of pandemic influenza

The elusive definition of pandemic influenza | Virology News | Scoop.it
There has been considerable controversy over the past year, particularly in Europe, over whether the World Health Organization (WHO) changed its definition of pandemic influenza in 2009, after novel H1N1 influenza was identified.
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Starfish larva inspires drug delivery microrobot

Starfish larva inspires drug delivery microrobot | Virology News | Scoop.it
A microrobot that mimics the movement of a starfish larva may one day lead to microswimmers that can deliver drugs to diseased cells with pinpoint accuracy.
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Cinnamic acid inhibits Zika virus by inhibiting RdRp activity

In recent years, Zika virus (ZIKV), which causes severe diseases such as congenital microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, bringing serious harm to…...
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Novel circular DNA virus identified in Opuntia discolor (Cactaceae) that codes for proteins with similarity to those of geminiviruses

Novel circular DNA virus identified in Opuntia discolor (Cactaceae) that codes for proteins with similarity to those of geminiviruses | Virology News | Scoop.it
Viral metagenomic studies have enabled the discovery of many unknown viruses and revealed that viral communities are much more diverse and ubiquitous than previously thought. Some viruses have multiple genome components that are encapsidated either in separate virions (multipartite viruses) or in...
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Dysregulated Inflammation During Obesity: Driving Disease Severity in Influenza Virus and SARS-CoV-2 Infections

Dysregulated Inflammation During Obesity: Driving Disease Severity in Influenza Virus and SARS-CoV-2 Infections | Virology News | Scoop.it
Acute inflammation is a critical host defense response during viral infection. When dysregulated, inflammation drives immunopathology and tissue damage. Excessive, damaging inflammation is a hallmark of both pandemic influenza A virus (IAV) infections and Severe Acute Respiratory...
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Antidepressant prevents most serious COVID-19 complications

Antidepressant prevents most serious COVID-19 complications | Virology News | Scoop.it
New research confirms an earlier study that the antidepressant fluvoxamine prevents some of the most serious complications of COVID-19.
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Functional implications of residues of the B′ motif of geminivirus replication initiator protein in its helicase activity

Functional implications of residues of the B′ motif of geminivirus replication initiator protein in its helicase activity | Virology News | Scoop.it
Geminivirus replication initiator protein (Rep) is a multifunctional viral protein required for replication. During the process of viral replication, Rep acts as a site- and strand-specific endonuc...
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Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes of Influenza-Associated Neurologic Complications in Children

Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes of Influenza-Associated Neurologic Complications in Children | Virology News | Scoop.it
To determine the frequency of neurologic complications associated with influenza in
hospitalized children.
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Omicron Can Boost Equities If Symptoms Are Mild

Omicron Can Boost Equities If Symptoms Are Mild | Virology News | Scoop.it
Pershing Square Capital Management founder Bill Ackman says that it will be bullish for equity markets if symptoms caused by the omicron coronavirus variant turn out to be mild to moderate, even if it’s more transmissible.
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Japan culls 143,000 chickens to contain bird flu, as more European countries record cases

Japan culls 143,000 chickens to contain bird flu, as more European countries record cases | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Japanese Agriculture Ministry says it does "not believe there is any possibility of avian influenza being transmitted to humans through the consumption of chicken meat or eggs".
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Preston declared disease control area along with Wyre, Fylde and South Ribble after bird flu outbreak

Preston declared disease control area along with Wyre, Fylde and South Ribble after bird flu outbreak | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Chief Veterinary Officer suspects the presence of Avian Influenza in the area...
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Deep biosphere holds secrets to evolutionary history

Deep biosphere holds secrets to evolutionary history | Virology News | Scoop.it
"Understanding the history of the deep biosphere can provide insight into the evolution of life on Earth."...
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Safety and immunogenicity of concomitant administration of COVID-19 vaccines (ChAdOx1 or BNT162b2) with seasonal influenza vaccines

Safety and immunogenicity of concomitant administration of COVID-19 vaccines (ChAdOx1 or BNT162b2) with seasonal influenza vaccines | Virology News | Scoop.it
Concomitant vaccination with ChAdOx1 or BNT162b2 plus an age-appropriate influenza
vaccine raises no safety concerns and preserves antibody responses to both vaccines. Concomitant vaccination with both COVID-19 and influenza vaccines over the next immunisation season should reduce the burden on...
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covaxin: Ideal time for booster dose for Covid vaccine is 6 months after 2nd dose

covaxin: Ideal time for booster dose for Covid vaccine is 6 months after 2nd dose | Virology News | Scoop.it
India News: NEW DELHI: Bharat Biotech CMD Krishna Ella on Wednesday blamed the negative campaign against Covaxin in India, particularly in the media, for the dela.
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Watch: Solar fuel refinery is 'no science fiction'

Watch: Solar fuel refinery is 'no science fiction' | Virology News | Scoop.it
A solar "mini-refinery" that can turn sunlight and air into carbon-neutral fuels has proven its effectiveness over the course of years, researchers say.
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Establishment of TaqMan-based real-time PCR assay for rapid detection of duck circovirus

Establishment of TaqMan-based real-time PCR assay for rapid detection of duck circovirus | Virology News | Scoop.it
Duck circovirus (DuCV) is widespread across the world and causes feather disorders in young ducks. It was identified as the causative pathogen of duck beak atrophy and dwarfism syndrome and primary sclerosing cholangitis.
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Japan reports first bird flu outbreak of season, culling 143,000 chickens

Japan reports first bird flu outbreak of season, culling 143,000 chickens | Virology News | Scoop.it
Japan has detected its first outbreak of bird flu for the 2021 winter season, with confirmation of a case of "highly pathogenic avian influenza" at a poultry farm in the northeast of the country, the agriculture ministry said on Wednesday.
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