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UPDATED: Bird flu detected in UK, Netherlands – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 18th, 2014.

The discovery of avian flu-infected birds in UK and Dutch poultry farms has authorities scrambling to contain the disease. This week, separate detections of avian influenza in Yorkshire, UK and Hekendorp in the Netherlands have lead to large culls of all poultry within set protection zones around the farms affected. The strain detected in the Netherlands, […]

Human to human transmission of H7N9 bird flu – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 7th, 2013.

The first report of probable person to person transmission of the new avian influenza A (H7N9) virus in Eastern China has been published, detailing how the virus is suspected to have been passed from a father to his daughter. The findings, published today in BMJ,  provide the strongest evidence yet of H7N9 transmission between humans, […]

Bird flu in China – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on April 4th, 2013.

Updated: The WHO in China has recorded a total of 11 confirmed cases of human infection with influenza A(H7N9),  including five deaths. The World Health Organisation notes that thus far the new H7N9 virus doesn’t appear to be passed from human to human. A FAQ on the virus is available here and the WHO updates […]

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