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Expert briefing on H7N9 avian influenza

Peter Griffin posted in on May 10th, 2013.

UK SMC: As the number of human cases of avian flu continues to rise, China and its surrounding regions remain on high alert, and the rest of the world watches the developing situation with great interest. There is currently no indication of human to human transmission, but the severity of illness caused in many patients, […]

Experts Respond: Potential avian influenza resurgence

John Kerr posted in on August 30th, 2011.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has today urged heightened readiness and surveillance against a possible major resurgence of the H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly Bird Flu virus is spreading in Asia and beyond.     The full release from the FAO is available here.  Our […]

Bird flu – what it is and preventative measures

Peter Griffin posted in on October 15th, 2008.

The H5N1 virus has been given a lot more attention than previous outbreaks of flu in birds. Scientists and science reporters are interested in it because, although other flu subtypes (H1, H7) have transmitted from birds to people, this is the first time that H5 has done so, and with a high mortality rate. In […]

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