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Avian Flu

Tamiflu, one of the only treatments for Avian Flu, may trigger H7N9 to become drug resistant (meaning a sample in the patient became resistant after Tamiflu was administered). Early analysis had predicted the possibility, but we now have actual cases of it happening. Not everyone with H7N9 develop drug resistance, some get a lower viral […]

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Chinese officials have been killing chickens in areas affected by H7N9 avian flu, and have finally succeeded in stemming the flow of people hospitalized with bird flu symptoms. But scientists says it’s likely only a temporary success, and that H7N9 avian flu will likely return next flu season. (And chickens don’t show H7N9 bird flu […]

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New-SARS Virus In US?

May 23, 2013

The World Health Organization has given out a very general warning about the new Coronavirus (similar to SARS but with nasty effects on the kidneys): health care professionals need to watch for strange clusters of flu-like symptoms. Guess what’s shown up in Alabama? If you guessed “a strange cluster of flu-like symptoms”, you’re spot on. […]

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…And So It Begins

April 25, 2013

Only two days ago I wrote that there were two steps to watch out for for a possible avian flu pandemic. That is the bird flu outbreak would spread beyond China, and that it becomes confirmed it can spread between humans. Two days. And here it is in the news: bird flu symptoms of the […]

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Flu experts are warning that in the next few years avian flu, commonly known as bird flu, may become transmissible between humans, allowing for a fairly deadly pandemic. There have been a couple possible scenarios proposed. The first came up this summer: avian flu and a variant of swine flu could share genes on the […]

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