Source and full article It’s time to consider re-instituting a research moratorium on any live influenza virus that has pandemic potential. While research on weakened viruses or individual genes that don’t pose a public health risk should continue, stocks of live, infectious lethal influenza should be transported to the CDC for safekeeping, or destroyed.

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Source and full article Although the outbreak appeared to have been stamped out by May, last month (see Korea: Fears Of H5N8 Resurgence) a new outbreak was reported on a poultry farm in Daegu.

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Source and full article Many fear these hubristic microbiologists might trigger a man-made plague if the synthetic bugs ever escape from their laboratories.

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Source and full article As Myanmar and China has trade between livestock breeding animals, prevention measures have been taken for H7N9 according to Dr Wah Wah Han of “Prevent Myanmar Project” media workshop for the awareness of the virus. “H5N1 has been broke out in …

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Source and full article This study provides a specific and sensitive step-by-step procedure for efficient avian influenza identification of 16 hemagglutinin and 9 neuraminidase avian influenza subtypes

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Source and full article The results indicate that pdm 09 viruses are distributed widely in the Japanese swine population and that several reassortments with Japanese SIVs have occurred.

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Source and full article With the widespread use of a recently developed canine influenza virus (CIV) H3N8 vaccine, continual molecular evaluation of circulating CIVs is necessary for monitoring antigenic drift

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Source and full article All the above observations could be well explained by reconstitution of the influenza epidemic based on the two-population model.

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Source and full article Phylogenetic analysis of both isolates revealed that the two viruses belong to clade 2.2 sublineage II and cluster with the HPAIV H5N1 isolated from falcons and turkeys during 2007 in KSA.

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An analysis of influenza prevention measures from air travellers’ perspective.

July 26, 2014

Source and full article Air travellers could benefit greatly if the government and airlines were to implement a health policy that includes education on the importance of influenza prevention measures,

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Global and Local Persistence of Influenza A(H5N1) Virus.

July 26, 2014

Source and full article We found evidence of local persistence of the virus in Southeast Asia and Africa, which is rare for human influenza A viruses.

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Infection with Possible Precursor of Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus in a Child, China, 2013.

July 26, 2014

Source and full article Phylogenetic analysis indicated that this strain, which has similarity to avian subtype H9N2 viruses, may represent a precursor of more-evolved H7N9 subtypes co-circulating among humans.

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Development and Pre-Clinical Evaluation of Two LAIV Strains against Potentially Pandemic H2N2 Influenza Virus.

July 26, 2014

Source and full article Moreover, both vaccines clearly reduced the infection-induced rhinitis observed in placebo-vaccinated ferrets. The results favor the vaccine based on the A/California/1/66 isolate, which will be evaluated in a clinical study.

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The Eurasian genes of the 2009 pandemic influenza virus: an integrative perspective on their conveyance to and assimilation in America.

July 26, 2014

Source and full article The latter conjunctively involves, foremost, a native Asian duck-swine-man interface, a Holarctic chain of certain migratory Anas ducks, a native American turkey-swine-man interface, and two specific clades of American influenza A viruses.

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The roles of influenza virus antigens and the AS03 adjuvant in the 2009 pandemic vaccine associated with narcolepsy needs further investigation.

July 26, 2014

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Avian Flu Diary: Study: Reassortants of H1N1pdm & Swine H1 & H3 Viruses in Japan

July 25, 2014

Source and full article While we watch avian H5, H7, and H10 viruses with suspicion, over the past 120 years or so only H1, H2, and H3 influenza viruses  – the type commonly circulating in pigs – are known to have sparked pandemics.

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H17N10 bat flu poor spreader – thankfully!

July 25, 2014

Source and full article Although our data do not exclude the possibility of zoonotic transmission of bat influenza viruses into the human population, they indicate that multiple barriers exist that makes this an unlikely event.

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