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Scientists have been looming it over us for years: the next great flu pandemic. How likely is it, and when will it happen? First, let’s lay out some good news: there’s a lot of people watching what’s happening, and working toward solutions from different angles (including a universal vaccine). The bad news? Both viruses like […]

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Millions of dollars are now regularly being donated to the African ebola outbreak to try and stop the disease from spreading. Despite best efforts, it’s growing at an increased pace. In just two days the number of people infected jumped by about 10%. And experts are still warning that things will get worse before they […]

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The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is growing. While it’s not yet worth quarantining the infected countries, we aren’t even taking steps to screen airline passengers for symptoms of the disease—the only international steps taken are to send aid, and to recommend no one fly to the region unless absolutely necessary. But we live […]

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Scientists think they’ve found the missing piece of the 1918 flu pandemic, which didn’t just kill many people, but killed otherwise young and healthy people: those most affected had not been exposed to similar strains in childhood. H1N1, H5N7, H10N8… these all denote different flu shapes (more or less). The antibodies you make will overlap […]

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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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