H7N9 bird flu virus capable of airborne transmission

One strain of the H7N9 bird flu virus appears to spread easily through the air between ferrets, which are a good model for how the virus may spread in humans, a new study from China says. Researchers tested transmission of five strains of H7N9, all taken from people who got sick with the virus. …One […]

New case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in China

A Chinese poultry worker was confirmed as having contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, health officials said, the first case in the southern Guangdong province. The 51-year-old woman is in a critical condition after she was admitted to hospital on August 3 following signs of a fever, the Guangdong Provincial Health Department said on […]

China bird flu analysis finds more virus threats lurking

A deadly new bird flu virus in China evolved from migratory birds via waterfowl to poultry and into people, and there are other bird flu viruses circulating that could follow the same path, scientists have found. The study – an analysis of the evolutionary history of the H7N9 bird flu that has so far killed […]

Bird Flu Paper Is Published After Debate

ShareThis Bird Flu Paper Is Published After Debate 22 Jun 2012 The more controversial of two papers describing how the lethal H5N1 bird flu could be made easier to spread was published Thursday, six months after a scientific advisory board suggested that the papers’ most potentially dangerous data be censored. The paper, by scientists at […]

China calls for calm after man dies from bird flu

ShareThis China calls for calm after man dies from bird flu –Shenzhen Disease Control Centre still trying to find out where man acquired virus 01 Jan 2012 Health authorities in southern China are urging residents not to panic after a man who contracted the bird flu virus died at the weekend, the official Xinhua news […]

Scientists defend ‘Armageddon virus’ secrecy

ShareThis Scientists defend ‘Armageddon virus’ secrecy 22 Dec 2011 Top US scientists have defended their bid to stop details of a mutant bird flu virus from being published and called for global co-operation to ward off an uncontrollable pandemic. Meanwhile, scientists involved in the experiments said they were co-operating with government officials and the editors […]

Hong Kong school closed in bird flu scare

ShareThis Hong Kong school closed in bird flu scare 16 Dec 2011 A Hong Kong school was closed on Friday after a dead bird found in the southern Chinese city was tested positive for the deadly H5 strain of the bird flu virus, health officials said. The closure came after the school clerk, a 48-year-old […]