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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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…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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Scientists have been speculating about whether bird flu will mutate into an airborne disease for the last year—one study was almost censored because of fear that it could lead to a biological terrorist attack by indicating how to cause the mutation. Now  the ingredients are set, and the long predicted return of a flu pandemic […]

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