Avian Influenza


  • Vaccines Developed for H5N1, H7N9 Avian Influenza Strains
    A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial chickens and turkeys as well as the death ...More
    3 days ago Posted in News
  • WHO is Notified of Six Cases of Human Infection With H7N9 Virus in China
    On May 9, 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of six additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, including two deaths. Onset dates ranged ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Update on H5 Viruses in the United States
    Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 infections have been reported in U.S. domestic poultry (backyard and commercial flocks), captive wild birds, and wild birds. HPAI H5 detections began in December 2014 and have continued into April 2015. No human infections with ...More
    April 24, 2015 Posted in News
  • 20 Cases of Human Infection With H7N9 Virus in China are Reported to WHO
    On April 10, 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of 20 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, including four deaths. Onset dates ranged ...More
    April 16, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Create Tool to Predict Avian Flu Outbreaks
    A simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms has been created by University of Guelph researchers. U of G researchers devised a real-time way to analyze chickens and other farm birds for avian flu. The tool uses a small blood sample and ...More
    April 10, 2015 Posted in News
  • Circulation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu in North American Birds and Risk to Humans
    Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 viruses of Eurasian origin continue to circulate and evolve in North American wild birds. The U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Department of Agriculture published the genetic analysis of a mixed-origin HPAI H5N1 avian flu virus in ...More
    April 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO is Notified of 59 Cases of Human Infection with H7N9 Virus in China
    On March 9, 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of 59 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including 17 fatal cases. Onset dates ranged ...More
    March 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Compound Protects From H5N1 Two Species of Animal Models
    Since 2003, the H5N1 influenza virus, more commonly known as the bird flu, has been responsible for the deaths of millions of chickens and ducks and has infected more than 650 people, leading to a 60 percent mortality rate for the latter. Luckily, this virus has yet to ...More
    March 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • One Case of Human Infection with H5N6 Virus in China is Reported to WHO
    On Feb. 23, 2015, the Department of Health, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of one additional laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. A 61-year-old man from Hong Kong ...More
    February 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccine Induces Antibodies That Protect Against H7N9 Avian Flu
    Antibodies that protect against H7N9 avian flu, which emerged in China in 2013 and sparked fears of a global pandemic, have been isolated in individuals who received seasonal flu vaccinations. These antibodies account for a small percentage of the total immune response, but ...More
    February 18, 2015 Posted in News
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