H7N9 bird flu virus capable of airborne transmission

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TweetYumOne 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 […]

China Joins Ban on Arkansas Poultry After Bird Flu

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TweetYumChina 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 […]

Scientists Plan to Create New Bird Flu Strain in Lab

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TweetYumScientists 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 […]

New flu virus can pass from pigs to people

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TweetYumA 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 […]

9 Ohio swine flu cases confirmed

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TweetYumShareThis 9 Ohio swine flu cases confirmed 02 Aug 2012 Health officials investigating illnesses linked to a southwest Ohio county fair confirmed a strain of swine flu in nine cases Thursday and said it matches the virus that infected several people recently at an Indiana fair. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed an […]