Source and full article An H9N2 virus lethal to chickens was isolated from an acutely ill chicken flock in 2012. Phylogenetic analyses indicated that this virus was phylogenetically related to the Y280 lineage. Sequence analysis showed 1 amino acid deletion in HA1 and 3 amino acid deletions in the NA stalk region.

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Source and full article DEFRA has published biosecurity guidance for the keepers of poultry and other birds to help them protect against the risk of avian influenza being introduced to their flocks by wild birds.

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Source and full article Human infection with avian influenza virus A(H10N8) was initially reported in China in December 2013. We characterized H10N8 strains from a human patient and from poultry in live markets that infected persons had visited. Results of genome sequencing and virus characterization suggest that the virus strains that infected humans originated from these markets.

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Source and full article The data presented in the current report confirm the immunogenicity of the H7 HA antigen and provide useful guidance to prepare for an optimized H7 HA DNA vaccine to help to control the emerging H7N9 virus if and when it is needed.

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Source and full article By Jonas Waldenström As most of you know by now, we have a new highly pathogenic avian flu virus in our midst. This virus, of the H5N8 subtype, has been detected in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK in the last two weeks. The epidemiology of highly pathogenic viruses is quite different from that of…

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Source and full article Japan – H5N8 detected in wild bird droppings Japan

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Source and full article The use of an automated surveillance algorithm could more accurately determine the beginning of influenza season, according to recent data.

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Source and full article data may increase the accuracy of predictive models for real-time influenza monitoring, according to recently published data.

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Source and full article influenza forecasting model that includes Twitter data could reduce errors in models that rely solely on historical records, according to recent data.

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Avian Flu Diary: Meanwhile, Back In Egypt . . . .

November 26, 2014

Source and full article Although there are no new confirmed human infections with the H5N1 virus after last week’s mini surge (see Egypt: 2nd H5N1 Fatality In Two Days) the Arabic press this morning is filled with reports of `suspected H5N1 cases’ being hospitalized and tested in several governorates (Qena, Sohag, Gharbia).

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Avian Flu Diary: The North Atlantic Flyway Revisited

November 26, 2014

Source and full article In view of the recent emergence of a new, highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N8) now turning up in Europe – and the fact this study probably didn’t get the attention it deserved last spring – it seems appropriate to revisit that study (funded by the USGS and NIAID) that confirms […]

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Ministers considering cuts to farm checks for avian flu and other diseases | World news | The Guardian

November 26, 2014

Source and full article Leaked papers reveal options include using ‘non-vets’ to look for TB in cattle and getting farmers to check for salmonella

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U.S. urged to clarify extent of funding moratorium on risky virus research | Science/AAAS | News

November 26, 2014

Source and full article Government moving to reduce confusion

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Equine Influenza A(H3N8) Virus Infection in Cats.

November 26, 2014

Source and full article Interspecies transmission of equine influenza A(H3N8) virus has resulted in establishment of a canine influenza virus. To determine if something similar could happen with cats, we experimentally infected 14 cats with the equine influenza A(H3N8) virus. All showed clinical signs, shed virus, and transmitted the virus to a contact cohort.

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Equine Influenza A(H3N8) Virus Isolated from Bactrian Camel, Mongolia.

November 26, 2014

Source and full article One specimen was positive for influenza A virus (A/camel/Mongolia/335/2012[H3N8]), which is phylogenetically related to equine influenza A(H3N8) viruses and probably represents natural horse-to-camel transmission

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Subclinical Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus Infection among Vaccinated Chickens, China.

November 26, 2014

Source and full article Subclinical infection of vaccinated chickens with a highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N2) virus was identified through routine surveillance in China. Investigation suggested that the virus has evolved into multiple genotypes. To better control transmission of the virus, we recommend a strengthened program of education, biosecurity, rapid diagnostics, surveillance, and elimination of […]

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Traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of influenza: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

November 26, 2014

Source and full article OBJECTIVE: To justify the clinical use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the treatment of influenza.

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Greater virulence of highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza virus in cats than in dogs.

November 26, 2014

Source and full article Our results suggest that the intensive monitoring of dogs is necessary to prevent human infection by H5N1 influenza virus, since infected dogs may not show clear clinical signs, in contrast to infected cats.

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Influenza Pneumonia Surveillance among Hospitalized Adults May Underestimate the Burden of Severe Influenza Disease.

November 26, 2014

Source and full article Surveillance studies which only consider hospitalizations that include a diagnosis of pneumonia may underestimate the total burden of influenza hospitalizations.

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