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In the Pacific Northwest, “backyard” bird rearing (chickens, ducks, and geese) is popular, just like recycling and organic gardening. It’s part DIY, part eating healthier and more humanely. But wild ducks have brought in a virulent strain of Bird Flu: H5N2. Most people don’t have to worry—commercial chicken farms haven’t been infected (yet, but we’ll […]

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H7N9 has been growing in China. But this is about another strain of bird flu, one that was identified years ago but has since evolved to be well suited for humans. H10N8 is highly virulent. Several strains of bird flu contributed to its make-up, creating something that has evolved over the last seven years to […]

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It’s good news and bad news for the world’s scariest strain of flu. Want the bad news first? H7N9 bird flu is affecting far more people in its sophomore year, and for more than a quarter of those infected, the result is death. The good news here (for most of our readers, anyway) is that […]

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Avian Flu Pandemic?

April 23, 2013

Despite the Chinese government claiming it was contained, avian flu (strain H7N9) has continued to spread, with over 20 dead and over a hundred infected. And some are estimating that the number infected could actually be double, as those with mild bird flu symptoms may not be seeing doctors or having doctors find their illness […]

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China’s outbreak of H7N9 bird flu is “contained“, according to officials, but locals are choosing to avoid chicken anyway. The outbreak has continued to grow since it first made headlines last week, and with ⅓ of those affected dead, caution is winning the day, sort of. Live bird markets are being shut down, although no […]

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