Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27528/all en Work resumes on bird flu studies that raised bioterrorism fears http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/blank-headline-received-12 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Corrects day to Wednesday throughout)</p> <p>* Scientists halted research voluntarily a year ago</p> <p>* US raised concerns virus could be used by terrorists</p> <p>* Benefits of studies outweigh risks, scientists say</p> <p>By Kate Kelland</p> <p>LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Scientists around the world declared an end on Wednesday to a moratorium on research into mutant forms of the deadly H5N1 bird flu that can be transmitted directly among mammals and had raised international biosecurity concerns.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/blank-headline-received-12" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Influenza Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:15:17 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738417 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Bird flu studies, halted over terrorism fear, to resume http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-1-bird-flu-studies-halted-over-terrorism-fear-resume <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Scientists halted research voluntarily a year ago</p> <p>* US raised concerns virus could be used by terrorists</p> <p>* Benefits of studies outweigh risks, scientists say (Adds details, quotes from Dutch and Japanese researchers)</p> <p>By Kate Kelland</p> <p>LONDON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Scientists around the world declared an end on Wednesday to a moratorium on researching mutant forms of the deadly H5N1 bird flu that had raised international biosecurity concerns.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/update-1-bird-flu-studies-halted-over-terrorism-fear-resume" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Influenza Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:45:14 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738469 at http://www.globalpost.com FAO urges cash-strapped governments to keep up guard against bird flu http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/fao-urges-cash-strapped-governments-keep-guard-against-bird-flu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ROME, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Governments must not allow financial constraints caused by the current global economic crisis to stop them keeping their guard up against avian flu, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Tuesday.</p> <p>The agency, one of three international bodies that lead the global response to bird flu, warned of a repeat of the 2006 outbreaks, when the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus killed 79 people around the world and sparked fears of a pandemic.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/fao-urges-cash-strapped-governments-keep-guard-against-bird-flu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Epidemiology Health Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:45:16 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741007 at http://www.globalpost.com Bird flu claims fifth Cambodian victim this year http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/bird-flu-claims-fifth-cambodian-victim-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A five-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, bringing the country's toll from the deadly virus to five so far this year, the World Health Organization said on Friday.</p> <p>The girl, from the southern province of Takeo, died on Thursday in hospital and tests confirmed that she had contracted the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the WHO said in a joint statement with the Cambodian health ministry.</p> <p>She had come into contact with poultry prior to becoming sick, the statement said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/bird-flu-claims-fifth-cambodian-victim-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Influenza Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 World Health Organization AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 06:00:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749682 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters Health News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/reuters-health-news-summary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following is a summary of current health news briefs.</p> <p>FDA rebuff deals big blow to Novo Nordisk's U.S. hopes</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/reuters-health-news-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Health Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Feb 2013 05:30:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5752325 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodia reports sixth bird flu death this year http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/cambodia-reports-sixth-bird-flu-death-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A three-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, bringing the country's toll from the deadly virus to six so far this year, the World Health Organisation said Wednesday.</p> <p>The girl, from the southern province of Kampot, died in a children's hospital in the capital Phnom Penh, the WHO said in a joint statement with the Cambodian health ministry.</p> <p>Tests confirmed she had contracted the H5N1 strain of avian influenza and "the girl had a history of coming into contact with poultry (in her village) prior to becoming sick", it added.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/cambodia-reports-sixth-bird-flu-death-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Influenza Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:17:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754208 at http://www.globalpost.com Chinese woman dies of bird flu http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/chinese-woman-dies-bird-flu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A woman in southwestern China died of bird flu on Wednesday, state media said, a rare case in the country of a fatality from the H5N1 virus since a major outbreak a decade ago.</p> <p>The 21-year-old patient from Guiyang passed away 13 days after showing symptoms, Xinhua news agency said, citing the health ministry.</p> <p>Another city resident, a 31-year-old man who developed signs of the virus around the same time, was reported over the weekend to be in critical condition.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/chinese-woman-dies-bird-flu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Influenza Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:31:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754256 at http://www.globalpost.com Germany discovers bird flu case on poultry farm http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/germany-discovers-bird-flu-case-poultry-farm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>HAMBURG, Feb 15 (Reuters) - German authorities said a case of H5N1 bird flu had been discovered during initial tests on a poultry farm in the eastern state of Brandenburg.</p> <p>The case was discovered in a duck farm, which was carrying out its own tests, the Brandenburg state agriculture ministry said on Friday.</p> <p>The H5N1 virus mainly affects birds but occasionally jumps to people. Experts fear it may mutate into a form that could spread easily among humans, who have no natural immunity against it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/germany-discovers-bird-flu-case-poultry-farm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Health Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Thomson Reuters Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:30:56 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5756702 at http://www.globalpost.com Germany says suspected bird flu not confirmed in final test http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130216/germany-says-suspected-bird-flu-not-confirmed-final-test <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BERLIN, Feb 16 (Reuters) - A case of suspected H5N1 bird flu that had been discovered during initial tests on a poultry farm in the eastern state of Brandenburg could not be confirmed in final testing, the state agriculture ministry said on Saturday.</p> <p>The H5N1 virus mainly affects birds but occasionally jumps to people. Experts fear it might mutate into a form that could spread easily among humans, who have no natural immunity to it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130216/germany-says-suspected-bird-flu-not-confirmed-final-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Influenza Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Thomson Reuters Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:45:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5757470 at http://www.globalpost.com China reports year's second fatal case of bird flu http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/china-reports-years-second-fatal-case-bird-flu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A man in southwestern China has died of bird flu, health authorities said Saturday, becoming the second fatality from the H5N1 virus this year.</p> <p>The 31-year-old died in hospital in the city of Guiyang on Friday, the Guizhou province health department said in a statement, adding that no other human cases of avian flu had been reported in the province.</p> <p>Another city resident, a 21-year-old woman, died from the virus earlier this month.</p> <p>The Xinhua news agency said both of them had come into close contact with birds but it was not known if the cases were related.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/china-reports-years-second-fatal-case-bird-flu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Influenza Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 04:45:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5764016 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodia reports eighth bird flu death, triggering fears http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/cambodia-reports-eighth-bird-flu-death-triggering-fears <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 35-year-old man has become Cambodia's eighth bird flu fatality this year, prompting concern about the spread of the virus in the country, a health official said Tuesday, </p> <p>The latest victim, from the northeastern province of Kampong Cham, died on Monday night from the H5N1 virus in a Phnom Penh hospital, said Ly Sovann, deputy head of the health ministry's disease surveillance bureau.</p> <p>He said the man had eaten two ducks which had previously died before he became sick earlier this month.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/cambodia-reports-eighth-bird-flu-death-triggering-fears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Health Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Ly Sovann AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:45:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766973 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexico slaughters nearly 500,000 birds infected with avian flu http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/mexico-slaughters-nearly-500000-birds-infected-avian-flu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mexico City, Feb 21 (EFE).- A total of 480,000 birds affected by an outbreak of avian influenza at 12 farms in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato have been destroyed, the National Food Health, Safety and Quality Service, or Senasica, said.</p> <p>Some 189,500 birds have been immunized to contain the outbreak of "avian influenza of highly pathogenic AH7N" in four cities in Guanajuato, the Agriculture Secretariat agency said.</p> <p>Health specialists have taken 2,543 samples at 22 farms and are analyzing them, the Senasica said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/mexico-slaughters-nearly-500000-birds-infected-avian-flu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Animal virology Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Veterinary medicine Agencia EFE Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:19:21 +0000 Agencia EFE 5767121 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexican authorities: More than 1 million chickens exposed to bird flu http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/mexican-authorities-more-1-million-chickens-exposed-bird-flu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mexico City, Feb 18 (EFE).- The outbreak of bird flu detected in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato is confined to 12 farms on which there are more than 1 million chickens, the Senasica national agricultural health service reported on Monday.</p> <p>The agency said in a communique that 10 of the poultry farms are chicken-fattening operations and two produce eggs for human consumption.</p> <p>Senasica, which is an agency under the control of the Agriculture Secretariat, said that all the affected farms are owned by the Bachoco company.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/mexican-authorities-more-1-million-chickens-exposed-bird-flu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Health Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Agencia EFE Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:25:01 +0000 Agencia EFE 5767248 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodia orders action to stop deadly bird flu http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/cambodia-orders-action-stop-deadly-bird-flu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Phnom Penh on Friday ordered urgent action to stem the "worrying" number of bird flu deaths in Cambodia, following a surge in the number of fatalities from the virus.</p> <p>Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a directive for police, agriculture and health departments to join forces to combat the virus, which has killed eight people since the beginning of the year -- the worst recorded outbreak in a nation that has seen a total of 27 bird flu deaths in a decade.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/cambodia-orders-action-stop-deadly-bird-flu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Influenza Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 08:45:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770616 at http://www.globalpost.com New avian flu strain kills two in China, one critical http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130331/new-avian-flu-strain-kills-two-china-one-critical <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two people in China have died after being infected with H7N9 avian influenza -- a sub-type that had not previously been transmitted to humans -- the government said Sunday.</p> <p>An 87-year-old man in Shanghai fell ill on February 19 and died on March 4, while a man aged 27 in the city got sick on February 27 and died on March 10, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said on its website.</p> <p>A 35-year-old woman in the eastern province of Anhui became ill on March 9 and is in critical condition, it said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130331/new-avian-flu-strain-kills-two-china-one-critical" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Epidemiology Influenza Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Technology AFP Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:00:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5797976 at http://www.globalpost.com