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Texas reports first confirmed case of bird flu in humans; The latest health stories from around the world

Texas officials today issued a “health alert” about the first confirmed case of a human infection with a bird influenza virus that has found its ways into dairy cows in the US. The worker developed conjunctivitis, a mild eye infection that frequently occurs when avian influenza viruses jump into humans. www.science.org/content/article/us-dairy-farm-worker-infected-as-bird-flu-spreads-to-cows-in-five-states?  The case is the latest surprise …

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Bird flu detected among US cattle; The latest health stories from around the world

The flu virus that has wreaked havoc on birds around the world appears to have surfaced among cows in the US. Texas authorities said this week they found the H5N1 strain, and the US Department of Agriculture said testing showed “consistency” with the clade of virus that has killed millions of wild birds and forced …

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Bird flu remains on watch for potential mutations; The latest health stories from around the world

From thousands of sea lions off the coast of Peru to mink farmed for fur in Spain to grizzly bears in Montana and harbour seals in Maine, for months, the avian influenza virus that has been decimating birds across the world has also sickened and killed a menagerie of mammals, raising fears it might evolve …

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New data published regarding origins of COVID-19; The latest health stories from around the world

A couple of weeks ago, journalists rushed to report on previously undisclosed genetic evidence that mammals sold at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China—possibly raccoon dogs—might have sparked the COVID-19 pandemic. But to the chagrin of the researchers who conveyed their findings confidentially to a World Health Organization (WHO) advisory group on 14 …

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WHO reviews risk of bird flu transmission; The latest health stories from around the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern about bird flu on February 24 after the father of an 11-year-old Cambodian girl who died from the disease also tested positive, raising fears of human-to-human transmission. However, officials say the father is asymptomatic. https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/who-concerned-about-bird-flu-cases-in-humans-after-girls-death-in-cambodia/article66551833.ece The WHO said it was in close contact with the Cambodian authorities about …

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Bird flu, what you need to know; The latest health stories from around the world

Amid some of the largest bird flu outbreaks in recorded history, health officials continue to worry about the impact of the diseases and whether it could transmit to humans, USA Today reported. www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/bird-flu-outbreak-news-what-is-bird-flu-amid-largest-bird-flu-outbreaks-in-recorded-history-will-it-be-next-pandemic-101676189709614.html “There’s a tremendous amount of uncertainty about what is currently happening with bird flu and what might happen in the future,” the …

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First bird flu death of the year

India experienced its first confirmed human death due to bird flu this week, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has said.  An eleven-year-old boy, who was also affected by leukaemia and pneumonia, was admitted to AIIMS in Delhi on July 2nd, having contracted a bird flu virus of the H5N1 strain. He tragically …

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What can India’s history of bird flu tell us about the current outbreak?

Detection of the bird flu strains H5N1 and H5N8 amongst several states has resulted in India culling tens of thousands of poultry birds.  The outbreak which officials detected over a week ago is reported to have several epicentres across states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh. At least six Indian states which identified the …

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