H7N9 Bird Flu May Be Developing Drug Resistance

Some strains of the H7N9 bird flu in China are becoming resistant to the only antiviral drugs doctors have left to treat the infection, a new study suggests. The study, which examined the viruses in a single person infected with H7N9, found that a portion of the H7N9 viruses lurking inside the person were resistant […]

Scientists Plan to Create New Bird Flu Strain in Lab

Scientists who sparked an outcry when they created easier-to-spread versions of the bird flu want to try such experiments again, this time using a worrisome new strain known as H7N9. Since it broke out in March in China, the bird flu strain has infected more than 130 people and killed 43. Such research is allowed […]

Bird Flu Researchers Push to Make Virus More Deadly

In a letter published today in the nation’s two most prestigious scientific journals — Science and Nature — bird flu researchers say they need to perform research on the H7N9 virus that would make it more dangerous. The researchers say that’s necessary in order to prepare for its possible spread between humans [because they’re obviously […]

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 […]

Illinois zoos, agencies conducting bird flu disaster drills

The exercise involves an imaginary employee leaking sensitive information on a personal Facebook page –Research included watching the virus outbreak movie ‘Contagion’ as ‘field research.’ As a zoo CEO drives to work, a radio news segment announces that dead birds were reported in a park near the zoo. In this hypothetical scenario involving the Lincoln […]

Millions of Birds Dead, Killed in Mexico Flu Outbreak

ShareThis Millions of Birds Dead, Killed in Mexico Flu Outbreak –H7N3 virus detected at 34 farms, 199 farms still under evaluation 25 Jul 2012 Some 4.9 million birds have died since the outbreak of bird flu started five weeks ago at farms in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, officials said. All of the birds […]

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 […]

Decision time for researchers of deadly bird flu

When 22 bird flu experts meet at the World Health Organization this week, they will be tasked with deciding just how far scientists should go in creating lethal mutant viruses ‘in the name of research.’ 14 Feb 2012 The hurriedly assembled meeting is designed to try to settle an unprecedented row over a call to […]

Decision time for researchers of deadly bird flu

When 22 bird flu experts meet at the World Health Organization this week, they will be tasked with deciding just how far scientists should go in creating lethal mutant viruses ‘in the name of research.’ 14 Feb 2012 The hurriedly assembled meeting is designed to try to settle an unprecedented row over a call to […]

Bird flu mutation sparks fears of deadly pandemic

A group of US scientists warns that current research runs the risk of releasing a virus that could kill half the world’s population. 04 Feb 2012 At a public meeting at the New York Academy of Sciences on Thursday night, some of the country’s leading virus experts debated the censorship of research into bird flu. […]