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Kenneth Hill and colleagues of Harvard School of Public Health in Massachusetts are reporting in The Lancet that if a global pandemic were to strike, up to 62 million people could die, with 96% of those deaths coming from the developing world. The research was based on a study of the 1918 Spanish […]

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Hache Cinco Ene Uno

The first case of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus recorded in Spain has been found in a wild bird in the northern Basque country.
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When Pigs Flu

In an Indonesian village on Sumatra Island, five people have been infected with avian flu, H5N1, but in an unusual twist, pigs have tested positive for the bird flu virus. The case involves up to seven family members, six of whom have died, renewing fears over human transmission.
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Governor Baldacci unveiled a first of its kind website today: www.maineflu.gov, or, to be more precise, “www.maineflu.gov.”
News media and government websites are famous for peppering their websites with un-linked links. Because a hypertext link may take people away from the precious mothership. They’ll click that link and be gone in a wink - never to […]

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The Bush administration forecasts massive disruptions if bird flu or some other super-strain of influenza arises in the United States. “The collective response of 300 million Americans will significantly influence the shape of the pandemic and its medical, social and economic outcomes,” says an undated 228-page draft version of the report that had not been […]

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According to Government health adviser and panic-prone Liam Donaldson, a bird flu pandemic among humans could kill 100,000 children in Britain. But Sir David King, the government’s chief scientific adviser, has said suggestions of an inevitable global human pandemic were “totally misleading” and since he has a “Sir” in his title? We’ll go with […]

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H5N1: Pandemic Unlikely

You see, the H5N1 virus attaches to and enters cells too deep down in human lungs to spread easily by coughing and sneezing, unlike typical influenza strains which hang around in the nose and throat where they are easily coughed from person to person.
Thank Dutch researcher Thijs Kuiken of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam […]

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Avian Flu Hits Israel

Israel has recorded its first cases of H5N1 bird flu. The virus has killed thousands of turkeys and chicken on two farms, and resulted in three people being hospitalized. See Reuters
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95 Dead from Avian Flu

The latest deaths in China bring to 95 the number of people who have died from bird flu since 2003. The majority of deaths are in Asia, with four in Turkey and two in Iraq. The World Health Organization is meeting in Geneva to agree upon a global system for detecting mutations in H5N1. […]

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Avian Flu As the Bird Flies

Avian flu continues to migrate with latest reports from Africa and, most recently, Nigeria where poultry farm workers used their bare hands to throw dead chickens onto a fire, unaware of the virus.  PBS offers a series of maps documenting human/animal cases, bird migration patterns, and trade routes that may be influencing the spread of […]

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unfortunately, it still died thanks to avian flu. Like things aren’t bad enough in Iraq already. Rampant violence, political instability, religious factionalization and now officials confirmed today the first case of avian flu in Iraq. See USA Today
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Analysis of H5N1 bird flu virus samples from two victims in Turkey has detected a change in one gene in one of two samples tested. The mutation allows the virus to bind more easily to a human cell than a bird cell, but it’s too early to tell just how important this finding is according […]

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That bird flu is popping up in Turkey? Turkey is the sixth country where H5N1 has made the jump from poultry to people. Turkey is the site of the first human infections outside eastern Asia and Russians are advising citizens to avoid visiting for awhile.
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Two people being treated with Tamiflu to combat Avian flu (H5N1) have died. Why? Because the virus is mutating and becoming more aggressive. See The Guardian
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Federal authorities have intercepted more than 50 packages of fake bird flu vaccine shipped to the US from China as the result of online sales.
Scientists are analyzing the ingredients in the ‘generic Tamiflu’ to see if the capsules are just crap (crushed Pez) or something more dangerous. Dave Elder, director of the Food and […]

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H5N1 Helper

Early tests on a prototype pandemic flu vaccine based on the H5N1 strain of avian flu are showing positive results. It seems that adding another ingredient to the “cocktail” seems to boost the potency of lower doses, which would allow the antigen to be stretched further, in the event that more people needed emergency […]

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Global Pandemic: Expensive.

Never mind the fact that an avian flu pandemic could wipe out millions of people, a new government report has discovered that a severe avian flu outbreak would cost the U.S. economy $625 billion (and three times that amount if FEMA’s in charge) - about 5 percent of the gross domestic product - as […]

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A Bird Flu in the Hand

First, more confirmed cases of avian bird flu in China… now Tamiflu, the first line of defense against avian flu, is being examined as the possible cause of death of 12 Japanese children and another 32 cases of mental and emotional disorders in Japan. Tamiflu maker, Roche, is denying that Tamiflu caused the […]

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Maine’s top public health honcha, Dr. Dora Anne Mills of the Bureau of Health, offered a few fun safeguards should we be overcome by a global pandemic, which, according to her, could happen at any time. They include:
Cover coughs and wash your hands.
Draw up lists of phone and e-mail contacts so you can stay […]

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The Bush administration has unveiled a $7.1 billion avian flu plan to combat H5N1, the highly lethal and constantly evolving avian flu virus against which mortal man has virtually no immunity. This sounds like a lot of money but it’s less than the Halliburton no-bid government contract budget for 2004, which […]

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H5N1 - A Lethal Game of Chicken

For those keeping track, tests confirm H5N1 in Turkey, H5 in Romania.
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