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Vietnam reports second bird flu death in 2014

Vietnam has recorded its second death from bird flu in 2014, a health official said Thursday, as regional concerns over a potential resurgence of the deadly virus grow. A 60-year-old woman from southern Dong Thap province died on January 28 and tested positive for the H5N1 virus the following day, provincial medical department director Nguyen Ngoc An told AFP. It follows the death of a 52-year-old man from the southern Binh Phuoc province on January 18.

New China bird flu a reminder of mutant virus risk

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The death of a woman in China from a strain of bird flu previously unknown in humans is a reminder of the ever-present potential pandemic threat from mutating animal viruses, scientists said on Wednesday. The new strain, called H10N8, has so far infected only two people - a fatal case in a 73-year-old and another in a woman who is critically ill in hospital. But the fact it has jumped from birds to humans is an important warning, they said.

Chinese scientists sound warning over new bird flu

Chinese scientists sounded the alarm Wednesday after a new bird flu virus, H10N8, killed an elderly woman in December and infected another individual last month. The fifth novel influenza strain to emerge in 17 years, the virus has a worrying genetic profile and should be closely monitored, they reported in The Lancet medical journal. It appears to be able to infect tissue deep in the lung and may have features allowing it to spread efficiently among humans, they said.

Canada is watching rapidly mounting H7N9 case count, but still feels risk is low

TORONTO - The number of H7N9 bird flu infections continues to climb rapidly in China. But the Public Health Agency of Canada says it believes the risk the virus poses to Canadians remains low. The agency's director general for immunization and respiratory infectious diseases said Canada is monitoring the situation in China, and continues work on an update of the national pandemic preparedness plan that was begun in the aftermath of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

Mexican gov't says 314 flu deaths have occurred this year

Mexico City, Feb 2 (EFE).- A total of 314 people died from influenza between Jan. 1 and Feb. 1 in Mexico, the Health Secretariat said. Of the total deaths registered during the period, 290 were from the AH1N1 strain, one from the AH3N2 virus, one from type B influenza and the remaining 22 deaths from other strains of the virus. Laboratory tests have confirmed 2,994 influenza cases since Jan. 1, of which 2,544 were of the AH1N1 strain, 144 of the AH3N2 type, 47 of the type B influenza virus and 259 of other strains, the secretariat said.

Mexican gov't says 314 flu deaths have occurred this year

Mexico City, Feb 2 (EFE).- A total of 314 people died from influenza between Jan. 1 and Feb. 1 in Mexico, the Health Secretariat said. Of the total deaths registered during the period, 290 were from the AH1N1 strain, one from the AH3N2 virus, one from type B influenza and the remaining 22 deaths from other strains of the virus. Laboratory tests have confirmed 2,994 influenza cases since Jan. 1, of which 2,544 were of the AH1N1 strain, 144 of the AH3N2 type, 47 of the type B influenza virus and 259 of other strains, the secretariat said.

Death toll from flu rises to 227 in Mexico

Mexico City, Jan 29 (EFE).- A total of 227 people have died from influenza this month in Mexico, the Health Secretariat said. Laboratory tests have confirmed 2,214 influenza cases from Jan. 1 to Jan. 28, of which 1,859 cases were of the AH1N1 strain, 104 cases of the AH3N2 type, 24 of the type B influenza virus and 227 cases of other strains, the secretariat said in a statement. "During the same period, 227 deaths were registered from influenza, of which 209 were from AH1N1, one from type B, one from AH3N2 and 16 from other strains," the secretariat said.

China announces H7N9 bird flu deaths

Twelve people have been killed by H7N9 bird flu in a single Chinese province this month, state media reported on Monday, as infections from the virus see a seasonal spike. The deaths were recorded in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing local health authorities. The report came as China was said to have dropped its previous description of H7N9 bird flu as "infectious" in new guidelines on how to deal with the disease.

China announces H7N9 bird flu deaths

Twelve people have been killed by H7N9 bird flu in a single Chinese province this month, state media reported on Monday, as infections from the virus see a seasonal spike. The deaths occurred in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the state-run Xinhua news agency said, citing local health authorities. The report came as China was said to have dropped its previous description of H7N9 bird flu as "infectious" in new guidelines on how to deal with the disease.

China 'downgrades' H7N9 bird flu description

China has reportedly downgraded H7N9 bird flu in humans, dropping its description as "infectious" in new guidelines on how to deal with the disease, even as new cases spike with the onset of winter. The National Health and Family Planning Commission described it as a "communicable acute respiratory disease" in its 2014 diagnosis and treatment protocols. In the 2013 version it was considered as an "infectious disease".
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