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New Bird Flu Crosses Strait to Taiwan

New Bird Flu Crosses Strait to Taiwan

STR/AFP/Getty Images(TAIPEI, Taiwan) — A Taiwanese man has contracted a deadly strain of bird flu once confined to mainland China, health officials said Wednesday.
The man, 53, is thought to have imported the H7N9 virus to his native Taiwan after trav…

Bird Flu Widens Geographic Reach in China

Bird Flu Widens Geographic Reach in China

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — Officials in Beijing confirmed Saturday that a 7-year-old girl is infected with H7N9 avian influenza, widening the geographic spread of the virus that has already killed 11 people.The girl, whose parents sell live pou…

Experts Wary of Recent Bird Flu Outbreak in China

Experts Wary of Recent Bird Flu Outbreak in China

iStockphoto(BEIJING) — The bird flu outbreak that has claimed six lives in China has experts on notice, but they say that while the public should be aware of the developments with the virus, there’s no reason to worry at this stage.
“To da…

FDA Panel OKs Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpiling

FDA Panel OKs Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpiling

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A vaccine for the H5N1 avian flu, or bird flu, has been approved by a panel of experts to be stockpiled for emergency use in case of a pandemic.A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 14-0 in favor…

Controversial Deadly Bird Flu Research Finally Published

Controversial Deadly Bird Flu Research Finally Published

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After months of controversial government assessment, the journal Nature published research Wednesday that discloses methodology behind creating a deadly strain of bird flu that could kill millions.By conducting researc…

U.S. Gives the Go Ahead to Publish Controversial Bird Flu Research

U.S. Gives the Go Ahead to Publish Controversial Bird Flu Research

Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A top U.S. health official said Friday the U.S. government is giving the green light to publish two controversial studies on H5N1 avian (bird) flu research, Health Day reports.The researchers manipulated the…

Researchers Pause Work on Bird Flu That Could Kill Hundreds of Millions

Researchers Pause Work on Bird Flu That Could Kill Hundreds of Millions

Comstock/Thinkstock(ROTTERDAM, Holland) — It is the stuff of science fiction: scientists tamper with a killer bird flu virus and create something much worse. But what has been created in a Rotterdam laboratory is not fiction. It is deadly real.So dead…

Bird Flu Strain That Killed Man Won’t Spread, China Officials Say

Bird Flu Strain That Killed Man Won’t Spread, China Officials Say

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — A Chinese bus driver died after complications from the bird flu virus Saturday, but after genetic analysis, the strain contracted by the man can’t spread from person-to-person, the country’s health officia…

WHO ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Lab-Created Bird Flu Mutation

WHO ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Lab-Created Bird Flu Mutation

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is “deeply concerned” about researchers creating a more contagious and fatal form of the H5N1 bird flu.Researchers in the Netherlands have manipulated the…

Hong Kong Slaughters Birds After Avian Flu Scare

Hong Kong Slaughters Birds After Avian Flu Scare

AFP/Getty Images(HONG KONG) — Hong Kong health officials slaughtered nearly 20,000 birds after they discovered a dead bird in a poultry market was infected with the virus that causes bird flu, according to Bloomberg News.The culling is one of a series…

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