Ngo Van Dong in My Duc district’s Huong Son commune started to raise chickens instead of pigs, which had been culled due to the effects of African swine fever (ASF) in the middle of last year. Due to poor experience on poultry farming and small quantities, he has yet to vaccinate his poultry. However, he did not imagine that if a chicken in his ownership or nearby is infected, his whole flock would be at risk, and potentially risk the rest of the country. … [Read more...] about Country shoring up defences amid bird flu concerns
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"The risk of a person accidentally becoming infected and starting an outbreak with this new strain is low. But it is not zero," write biosecurity experts in an editorial published Dec. 15, 2011, in the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science. … [Read more...] about Mutant Bird Flu Researchers Offer to Suspend Work
Bird flu has killed more than a dozen people in Indonesia in the past year. This has had a crippling effect on industries dealing with chicken. But not everyone is paying attention to the warnings from health officials about bird flu. VOA's Suzy Tekunan and Ahadian Utama produced this report, which is narrated by George Dwyer. … [Read more...] about Indonesia Coping with Threat of Avian Flu
The H and N in the name H1N1 stand for hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, two kinds of proteins. Your vaccination in years past against something similar — perhaps H5N1 — far from breeding mutations, could provide marginal protection. While scientists debate the degree of protection, the consensus is that yearly flu shots, particularly when started as a child, leaves the body better equipped to flight the flu in general. … [Read more...] about Will Vaccines Fuel Killer Flu Mutation?
2006: H5N1 "Avian Flu" Spreads In early January, two human cases of H5N1 infection, both fatal, are reported in rural areas of Eastern Turkey. Also in January, China reports new cases of H5N1 infection. As of Jan. 25, China reports a total of 10 cases, with seven deaths. On Jan. 30, Iraq reports its first case of human H5N1 infection, which was fatal, to the WHO. In March, the WHO confirmed seven cases of human H5N1 infection, and five deaths, in Azerbaijan. In April, WHO confirmed four cases of human H5N1 infection, and two fatalities, in Egypt. In May, the WHO confirmed a case of human H5N1 infection in the African nation of Djibouti. This was the first confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa. … [Read more...] about Lessons Found in History of Flu Pandemics