• CIDRAP News) Hungary today announced an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a goose farm, signaling the first appearance of the disease in Europe this winter. (umn.edu)
  • CIDRAP News) France's agriculture ministry said today that three swans found dead in Moselle department in the eastern part of the country tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, making France the third European country in recent weeks to report new outbreaks in wild birds. (umn.edu)
  • CIDRAP News) German agriculture officials confirmed an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in Bavaria Aug 25, as officials in Vietnam reported fresh outbreaks at farms in three more provinces. (umn.edu)
  • CIDRAP News) A government official in Bavaria said today there was a chance that some frozen duck meat contaminated with the H5N1 avian influenza virus made its way to consumers' tables, according to a German news agency. (umn.edu)
  • CIDRAP News) Apparently healthy domestic geese and ducks in Europe may be harboring the H5N1 avian influenza virus, posing a risk to other poultry and to humans who have contact with them, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned in a statement yesterday. (umn.edu)
  • CIDRAP News) This in-depth article investigates the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. (umn.edu)
  • CIDRAP News) Veterinary officials in England today said they suspected H5N1 avian influenza at another poultry farm, as authorities in Saudi Arabia stamped out a large poultry flock following confirmation of the virus at a farm near the nation's capital. (umn.edu)
  • CIDRAP News) Veterinary officials in Poland today said H5N1 avian influenza has struck two turkey farms, the country's first reported outbreak in domestic birds, amid reports that meat contaminated with the virus was sold to consumers. (umn.edu)
  • Tests in Italy have confirmed the first poultry outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in the West African country of Benin, according to news services. (umn.edu)
  • Up until four years ago, if you mentioned ` bird flu ', it was pretty much assumed you were talking about HPAI H5N1 , which emerged in China ( for the second time ) in 2003, and began spreading beyond Southeast Asia in 2005. (blogspot.co.uk)
  • There were other (mostly LPAI ) avian viruses out there, but none had the kind of impact on poultry - or the pandemic potential - of H5N1. (blogspot.co.uk)
  • The O G ( original gangster ) of avian flu, H5N1 emerged in 2003 and made it to Western Europe, West Africa, India, and the Middle East by 2006 - but began a slow pullback in 2008 - leaving only a few pockets of activity outside of Asia (primarily Indonesia and Egypt). (blogspot.co.uk)
  • While seemingly taking a back seat to some of the newer entries in our bird flu field, H5N1 - after appearing to be on the decline for a few years - has been on the ascendant since around 2014 and remains a pandemic threat. (blogspot.co.uk)
  • The deadliest strain of flu virus ever known, the H5N1 avian influenza, is now spreading into southeastern Europe and Turkey, carried by infected populations of migratory birds which began their journeys in China last spring. (larouchepub.com)
  • Italian health authorities found that A(H5N1) strain of avian flu was the cause of death in at least some of 17 wild swans found dead in the southern regions of Calabria, Puglia, and Sicily. (medpagetoday.com)
  • The confirmation of H5N1 avian influenza in poultry in Africa is a cause for great concern and demands immediate action," said Lee Jong-wook, M.D., M.P.H., director-general of the World Health Organization. (medpagetoday.com)
  • For example, Asian lineage highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)* A(H5N1) or Asian lineage A(H7N9) viruses are zoonotic flu viruses of public health concern because they have infected people and caused serious illness. (cdc.gov)
  • Asian lineage avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1 ) and Asian lineage A(H7N9) viruses . (cdc.gov)
  • Hong Kong reported the first human cases of bird flu in 1997, when the H5N1 virus killed six people. (health.news)
  • The recent emergence and rapid spread of several new HPAI H5 viruses ( H5N8, H5N2, H5N3, and a `new' H5N1 ), and the infection of a woman in Taiwan in 2013 with H6N1 , has elevated concerns that one of these avian viruses could someday adapt well enough to humans to pose a public health threat. (blogspot.com)
  • CIDRAP News) Avian influenza has flared again in the poultry populations of two Asian countries that had enjoyed prolonged quiet periods Japan and Thailand as authorities battled spreading bird outbreaks in Vietnam. (umn.edu)
  • Avian Flu outbreaks in Niger and Burkina Faso have plunged the poultry industry into a crisis, curtailing a basic source of income for poor households. (who.int)
  • While the Jiangsu case is the first time the H7N4 strain has infected a human, earlier outbreaks attributed to different bird flu viruses have led to significant loss of life. (health.news)
  • So, with the caveat that things are moving so quickly that this blog post may be obsolete before the pixels on your screen completely dry, I've put together a short primer on each of the ` big four' avian flu viruses we are currently tracking. (blogspot.co.uk)
  • Virological studies over the past three decades have established that all influenza A viruses (the sort that hit every flu season) originate in the wild bird population. (larouchepub.com)
  • What are zoonotic flu viruses of public health concern? (cdc.gov)
  • Novel (i.e., non-human) flu viruses of zoonotic (animal origin) that have caused past human infections. (cdc.gov)
  • Zoonotic origin flu viruses that have not caused past human infection(s) but that may have the potential to cause human infections. (cdc.gov)
  • A common characteristic of all zoonotic flu viruses of public health concern is that most people do not have pre-existing antibodies or immune protection against them. (cdc.gov)
  • Why does CDC conduct research on zoonotic flu viruses of public health concern? (cdc.gov)
  • Flu viruses constantly change (see antigenic drift and shift , and sometimes these changes result in the emergence of a novel flu virus that can easily infect and spread between people. (cdc.gov)
  • In this role, CDC conducts surveillance of seasonal flu viruses circulating in people to make informed decisions on the selection of viruses for use in creating seasonal flu vaccines. (cdc.gov)
  • CDC also conducts research on zoonotic flu viruses of public health concern to learn more about these viruses. (cdc.gov)
  • to track globally where novel flu viruses are causing illness in people so that appropriate public health precautions and actions can be taken to minimize risks to the public's health in those areas. (cdc.gov)
  • Dr. Fries explained that flu viruses could recombine their genes to form new strains that can bypass immune systems and resist standard medical treatments. (health.news)
  • The viruses recombine/mix their genomes and you have a new flu virus half human, half bird flu virus. (health.news)
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) identified the H5, H7, and H9 viruses as the most common sub-types of avian influenza that infect human beings . (health.news)
  • In time we'll undoubtedly see studies testing for avian strain specific antibodies - that would be suggestive of asymptomatic infection - but for now these viruses appear to present only a minor human health threat. (blogspot.com)
  • Among the most urgent needs to combat the pandemic are crash programs for production of vaccines and of anti-viral drugs, which have shown some effectiveness in reducing flu symptoms, if administered early enough. (larouchepub.com)
  • Recombination of virus (human and bird flu) could change that and we could find ourselves in a pandemic with a rapidly spreading virus and no preexisting herd immunity, no vaccine. (health.news)
  • ROME, Feb 11 2017 (IPS) - It may sound like an endless tale of modern seven plagues: mad cows, avian flu, led-poisoned fish, swine fever, desert locusts being the most dangerous of migratory pests, let alone new, aggressive rust threatening entire wheat crops in three continents, just to mention a few. (ipsnews.net)
  • The team includes scientists from Cornell University, the University of Illinois, Boyce Thompson Institute, DuPont Crop Genetics Research, the University of North Carolina, the City University of New York, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (bio-medicine.org)
  • For example, cereal crops like wheat don't need to be pollinated but at the other end of the scale, unpollinated almond trees produce no nuts. (bio-medicine.org)
  • The total U.S. wheat crop is projected at 58 million acres, an increase of eight percent from last year. (agweb.com)
  • Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Philadelphia Children's Hospital, said of the situation: 'You have this thing boiling, the virus is mutating and mutating, and we don't have an infrastructure to make a flu vaccine. (larouchepub.com)
  • To date, this strain of bird flu has not been shown to cause any illness in humans," said Dr. Dirk Haselow, State Epidemiologist at the Arkansas Department of Health. (uaex.edu)
  • The flu virus got out of hand in poultry flocks, and reinfected wild bird populations which are now spreading it around the world. (larouchepub.com)
  • A veterinarian at the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome told the New York Times that the bird flu may have been present in family-owned poultry flocks in Nigeria for weeks or months before cropping up - and being reported - in a commercial operation. (medpagetoday.com)
  • Most recently, a commentary from the U.S. Grains Council pointed to the way in which Argentina's farmers have switched their crop plantings from maize (corn) to soybeans. (wattagnet.com)
  • Two successive years of unusually poor rainfall and the 2004 locusts' invasion, combined with these structural causes have slashed farmers' crops, pushed market prices up and forced many families into debt. (who.int)
  • If USDA forecasters are correct, U.S. farmers will plant the second largest corn crop on record this spring. (agweb.com)
  • Maize is the dominant subsistence crop in much of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas, the researchers write, where between 17 and 30 percent of children under the age of 5 are vitamin A deficient. (bio-medicine.org)
  • This gives it potential to be reclassified as a single species, provide high quality food production and offer a sustainable cropping system that has been needed in Africa. (bio-medicine.org)
  • For some crops, this increasingly intensive management may have, for now, overcome any losses in pollinator service, but it also increases production costs. (bio-medicine.org)
  • In Burkina Faso, estimates in late 2005 indicated 500 000 people affected by crop losses. (who.int)
  • Then there is the spread of avian flu in the US West Coast. (thepoultrysite.com)
  • Here again, the rampant spread of the anti-American ideology of Adam Smith economics, has hampered the fight against avian flu, in a region already beset by poverty and backwardness. (larouchepub.com)
  • Moreover, FAO says that a third of global crop production is lost annually due to insects and plant diseases that can spread to multiple countries and through continents. (ipsnews.net)
  • A team of plant geneticists and crop scientists has pioneered an economical approach to the selective breeding of maize that can boost levels of provitamin A, the precursors that are converted to vitamin A upon consumption. (bio-medicine.org)
  • The team found that between 1961 and 2006 the yields of most crops hav. (bio-medicine.org)
  • The well-documented worldwide decline in the number of bees and other pollinators is not, at this stage, limiting global crop yields, according to the results of an international study published in the latest edition of the respected science journal, Current Biology . (bio-medicine.org)
  • The team found that between 1961 and 2006 the yields of most crops have consistently grown at about 1.5 per cent a year because of improvements in agriculture. (bio-medicine.org)
  • Some city and state governments have begun to run emergency preparedness simulations around the flu, testing their communications and probing their capabilities for dispensing of medications and vaccines. (larouchepub.com)
  • The crop has extremely high seed production, but its seeds contain high concentrations of rotenone. (bio-medicine.org)
  • This and the easy spreading of its seeds, make the crops very desirable to breeders. (bio-medicine.org)
  • Co-author, CSIRO Entomology's Dr Saul Cunningham, says however that the study detected warning signs that demand for pollinators is still growing and some highly pollinator-dependant crops are suffering. (bio-medicine.org)
  • There is also evidence that one response to lower yield growth for highly pollinator dependent crops is a growing demand for land. (bio-medicine.org)
  • But it remains to be seen how other countries respond now that a second case of bird flu is found in a California, especially since this time it was found in a commercial operation. (thepoultrysite.com)
  • Mexico in the past has blocked US poultry shipments due to bird flu concerns and Mexico today is a much more important market than it was 10 years ago. (thepoultrysite.com)
  • and having looked at this bird flu business, I reckon we are in danger of stampeding over exactly the same cliff. (boris-johnson.com)
  • The first diagnosed human case of H7N4 bird flu has appeared in eastern China, reported a New Scientist article . (health.news)
  • She had contact with live poultry before the onset of symptoms," reported a spokesperson for Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) regarding the now-recovered bird flu patient. (health.news)
  • According to Dr. Bettina Fries of Stony Brook Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases, any instance of a human contracting a bird flu virus is cause for serious concern. (health.news)
  • Human cases of H7 bird flu are relatively uncommon but not unknown. (health.news)
  • When the group looked at pollinated crops in more detail, they found that pollinator shortages might be beginning to affect crops that rely heavily on pollination because their yield growth was lower than for crops that were less dependent. (bio-medicine.org)
  • Planting decisions by crop farms in the U.S. Midwest are heavily influenced by the projected ratio between soybeans and corn for expected price. (wattagnet.com)
  • Avian flu has also been pinpointed as the cause of death in wild swans found in Greece and Bulgaria, and in domesticated fowl in Turkey, Iraq, and Nigeria. (medpagetoday.com)
  • The turkey flock is located within the Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified. (uaex.edu)
  • Yet, the beans are favored as a freely traded cash crop, whereas corn trading is subject to some government intervention on exports, potentially affecting the market price received by the grower. (wattagnet.com)
  • Two years ago, in An Avian Flu Primer , I counted down the top avian flu threats around the world. (blogspot.co.uk)
  • If we had a killer flu or something like that the world would be just fine. (avianflutalk.com)
  • The researchers were surprised to discover that there has been a global increase in the growing of pollinator-dependent crops, particularly in the developing world. (bio-medicine.org)
  • enetically modified (GM) crops and high yielding trans-gene crops are gaining ground all over the world. (iipmthinktank.com)
  • Chinese authorities have confirmed that a woman from Jiangsu province contracted this particular avian influenza virus. (health.news)
  • To evaluate the potential of avian-to-human transmission due to occupational exposure, an exploratory analysis of AIV antibody status in poultry workers was conducted. (blogspot.com)
  • About 160 people in Asia and the Middle East have become infected with the avian flu, and at least 88 have died. (medpagetoday.com)
  • He continued, "We simply do not know what the impact of exposure to avian influenza will be on the many people who may be already immunocompromised and in a fragile state of health. (medpagetoday.com)
  • Held at the Afghan Embassy in Washington, D.C., event marked the launch of the Oil Crops Growers Association of Afghanistan to promote oil crops for both food and feed in Afghanistan. (wattagnet.com)
  • The state's department of agriculture says its investigating the case of avian flu. (agweb.com)
  • The research team scored crops on how much they depend on pollinators for maximum production," Dr Cunningham says. (bio-medicine.org)
  • It explains why another 2.5 million hectares went into soybean production for the summer crop harvested in Brazil at the start of 2013, a 10 percent increase compared with 2011-12. (wattagnet.com)
  • Animal feed ingredient price rises since 2008 have made all parts of animal agribusiness much more aware than before about the comparative economics of growing the different crops in the main supply countries. (wattagnet.com)
  • The research team scored crops on how much they depend on pollinators. (bio-medicine.org)
  • The research is ongoing at the International Potato Center, which has a mandate for the bean in the frame of Andean Root and Tuber Crops. (bio-medicine.org)
  • According to a report from the Chinese center for disease control and prevention, upon analysis, the genes of the virus were determined to be of avian origin. (health.news)
  • Results from the study will be published in the July-August 2007 issue of Crop Science. (bio-medicine.org)