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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 […]

Dr Richard Webby on following the ‘flu

John Kerr posted in on February 15th, 2012.

Dr Richard Webby, a New Zealand virus researcher based in the US, this week gave a public lecture on influenza at the University of Otago Public Health Summer School in Wellington, explaining the research behind the major flu outbreaks in recent years. Dr Webby is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for […]

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 […]

Outbreak of bird flu in Japan – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on February 2nd, 2011.

SMCJ/AusSMC: On January 22 2011, a highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak was confirmed from a bird farm in Miyazaki prefecture, southern Japan. Currently, outbreaks have been reported in neighbouring Kagoshima prefecture as well. The outbreak has led to the culling of thousands of chickens in southern Japan. The SMCJ has compiled some comments from experts […]

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