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 […]

First case of bird flu ‘spreading between humans’

Chinese scientists on Wednesday reported the first likely case of direct person-to-person transmission of the H7N9 bird flu virus that has killed over 40 people since March. The development was “worrying” and should be closely watched, the team wrote in the British online journal bmj.com, but stressed that the virus, believed to jump from birds […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Two Mutations Can Transform A Swine Flu Virus

Scientists [authors of a report published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences] detail how a swine flu virus currently circulating in Korea – without apparently making the pigs sick – quickly changed into a deadly flu virus when it was put into ferrets. Once in ferrets, the virus acquired two new […]

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 […]

Iranian nuclear facilities are hit by AC/DC virus

Two of Iran’s uranium-enrichment plants were struck by a cyberattack earlier this week that shut down computers and blared AC/DC songs, according to reports from Bloomberg News and others. The virus closed down the automation network at the Natanz and Fordow facilities, according to an e-mail received by F-Secure, a Finnish cybersecurity Web site, from […]