China Joins Ban on Arkansas Poultry After Bird Flu

China has joined other countries and a U.S. state in a ban on imports of poultry and poultry products from Arkansas after a strain of avian influenza was found at a Scott County farm in June, a state official said. Russia, Japan, Turkey, Hong Kong and in the U.S., Mississippi and Georgia, already placed a […]

New flu virus can pass from pigs to people

A new influenza strain sickened at least 12 people last week. All cases involved recent contact with pigs at agricultural fairs. Hawaii and Indiana each has one case, and 10 were linked to last week’s Butler County Fair in Ohio. Four other cases have been linked to a county fair in Indiana that ran July […]

DARPA’s Blue Angel – Pentagon prepares millions of vaccines against future global flu

ShareThis DARPA’s Blue Angel – Pentagon prepares millions of vaccines against future global flu 28 Jul 2012 The Pentagon’s DARPA lab has announced a milestone, but it doesn’t involve drones or death missiles. Scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency say they’ve produced 10 million doses of an influenza vaccine in only one month’s […]

Mystery Illness Kills Three in Maryland Family

We have to wonder if it may be a mutant strain of flu virus.’ 06 Mar 2012 Three members of a Maryland family died after contracting severe respiratory illnesses and a third family member is hospitalized in critical condition, the Calvert County Health Department announced Tuesday. Officials are trying to identify the illness that killed […]

Scientists report first evidence of flu in bats

For the first time, scientists have found evidence of flu in bats, reporting a never-before-seen virus whose risk to humans is unclear. 29 Feb 2012 The surprising discovery of genetic fragments of a flu virus is the first well-documented report of it in the winged mammals. About five years ago, Russian virologists claimed finding flu […]