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Kim Da-sol January 6, 2017
A highly pathogenic form of avian flu was detected in South Korea in November, and experts suggest that crowded conditions in industrial poultry farms have accelerated the spread of disease. “While the government has yet to offer clear reason for the worsening situation, casting the blame on migratory birds, experts pointed out that the battery cage-facilities at poultry farms and stockbreeding...
August 9, 2013
The viruses that cause flu can mutate quickly, and researchers have detected a probable human-to-human transmission of an emerging form of bird flu in China. “Until now there had been no evidence of anyone catching the H7N9 virus other than after direct contact with birds,” reports BBC News. “But experts stressed it does not mean the virus has developed the ability to spread easily between humans...
James Gallagher May 3, 2013
Researchers continue to study the outbreak of a new type of bird flu, H7N9, in China for any signs that the virus can spread through person-to-person contact. “As long as it can spread only from a bird to a person through direct contact it poses a relatively small risk globally – particularly in richer countries where such contact is rare,” reports James Gallagher of BBC News. “If it can spread...
Esther Fung April 22, 2013
A World Health Organization team of researchers is in China, trying to determine how a new strain of bird flu, H7N9, spreads. Human-to-human transmission would be dangerous, and researchers are investigating family members who share the flu strain. “So far, investigators have said they can't rule out limited person-to-person transmission, which could include unusually close contact, such as...
Donald G. McNeil Jr, Andrew Jacobs April 8, 2013
US researchers are developing a vaccine to block H7N9 flu that’s killed six in China. China reports that “No cases of human-to-human transmission have been confirmed, even though China’s disease control agency has traced hundreds of people who had contact with the 14 known cases,” report Donald G. McNeil Jr, Andrew Jacobs for the New York Times. Global cooperation to tackle the flu is underway,...
Laurie Garrett April 4, 2013
Epidemiologists are investigating whether the deaths of three unrelated Chinese individuals, showing symptoms of respiratory distress and pneumonia, are connected to thousands of dead pigs, ducks and swans found in three rivers, the Huangpu, the Xiang and the Sichuan. The events may be unrelated or, if connected, could signal the start of a flu virus mutating and crossing species, suggests...
Anshel Pfeffer May 11, 2009
While Mexico’s swine flu patient zero has recovered fully and is back engaged in what holds many five year olds’ attention – watching television – the process of the flu itself can provide a lesson in globalization. According to the author, international air travel was as much a cause, as a potential cure by transporting doctors and medicine, for the disease. Moreover, the media attention that...