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Avian Influenza

  • Highly Pathogenic A(H7N9) Virus Mutation Does Not Change Risk to Humans
    In February 2017, a new A(H7N9) virus -- indicating high pathogenicity in poultry -- was detected in three patients connected to Guangdong, China, as well as in environmental and poultry samples. This is an important development to be monitored, however, European Centre for ...More
    March 13, 2017 Posted in News
  • CDC Says Outbreak of North American Avian Influenza A in Poultry Poses Low Risk to People
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is working closely with USDA APHIS and the Tennessee Department of Health to minimize any human health risk posed by the avian influenza outbreak in Lincoln County, Tennessee. This includes implementing a protocol ...More
    March 9, 2017 Posted in News
  • Recent Upsurge of A(H7N9) Cases in China
    A steep increase of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) has been reported from China since the beginning of December 2016. During this wave, the number of human cases is already higher than during the last two waves in 2014-15 and 2015-16. The majority of recently ...More
    January 30, 2017 Posted in News
  • Team Uncovers Cellular Responses to Avian Influenza Vaccine
    New research from Vanderbilt eavesdrops on gene expression in human immune system cells before and after vaccination against bird flu. Reported in the journal PLOS One, the study exposes cellular responses associated with a vaccine constituent called AS03, short for ...More
    January 20, 2017 Posted in News
  • NIAID Flu Experts Examine Evolution of Avian Influenza
    Few influenza viruses are as widespread and adaptable as avian influenza viruses, and scientists are not entirely sure why. In a new commentary published online in Emerging Infectious Diseases, two leading influenza experts from the National Institute of Allergy and ...More
    January 18, 2017 Posted in News
  • ECDC Says A(H5N8) Flu Risk to Humans is Very Low
    Eight European countries have reported highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N8) viruses in wild birds, zoo birds and poultry holdings. This is the second time this virus has been introduced into Europe via the autumn migration of wild birds although A(H5N8) has been ...More
    November 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • Vanderbilt Researchers Identify Potential Antibody Treatment for H7 Avian Flu
    Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have isolated human antibodies against a type of bird flu that has killed more than 200 people in China since 2012 and which may pose a worldwide pandemic threat. The antibodies against H7subtype viruses exhibit ...More
    March 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • WHO Provides Disease Outbreak Update on H5N6, MERS
    Human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus – China Between Dec. 30, 2015 and Jan. 2, 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human ...More
    January 5, 2016 Posted in News
  • Some Vaccines Support Evolution of More Virulent Viruses
    Scientific experiments with the herpesvirus such as the one that causes Marek's disease in poultry have confirmed, for the first time, the highly controversial theory that some vaccines could allow more-virulent versions of a virus to survive, putting unvaccinated ...More
    July 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • Adjuvants Improve Immune Response to H7N9 Flu Vaccine
    In a phase 2 trial that included nearly 1,000 adults, the AS03 and MF59 adjuvants (a component that improves immune response of inactivated influenza vaccines) increased the immune responses to two doses of an inactivated H7N9 influenza vaccine, with AS03-adjuvanted ...More
    July 21, 2015 Posted in News
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