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Bird Flu

Preventing Animal Flu

August 31, 2017

There are many strains of flu circulating, but not all of them are circulating in humans. Animals, specifically birds and mammals, are a reservoir of flu, too, and when those strains pass to humans they’re quite virulent! Watching these strains for signs of evolution or cross-breeding (like pairing a strain with qualities that make it […]

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Watch Out for Salmonella

July 11, 2017

It’s already exceeding last year’s numbers: people all over the country are getting salmonella from ducks, geese, chicken, and other birds. Several outbreaks have occurred, but so far no one has died (although people with weakened immune systems are at high risk for hospitalization from complications). What are the symptoms of salmonella poisoning? It usually […]

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The Tennessee bird flu outbreak was close enough to Alabama to spark a follow-up by Alabama regulators, and they found bird flu at three of three tested sites (both commercial and backyard flocks). While they think they found both the mild strain and the super virulent one, the USDA has to confirm. In the meantime, […]

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Stay Flu Alert

January 24, 2017

Flu season is still going and spreading. It’s estimated that it’s peaking right now (which would be good, since then the end is in sight). So we all need to keep up good flu precautions, like washing hands frequently (before eating, after the bathroom, after going out, and frequently while preparing food), resting if we […]

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Bird Flu is Mutating Quickly

November 30, 2016

For whatever reasons you want to blame, bird flu is back, and it’s getting worse quickly. Although bird flu has been around (or at least documented) for two decades, the newest incarnation—H5N8—can infect more types of birds, including wild birds with long migration patterns, which has allowed it to quickly spread the world over. The […]

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