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WHO Emergency Committee On MERS Says Situation Not An Emergency

“After discussing the latest developments, the [WHO's] emergency committee on the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) decided today that the MERS situation still does not amount to an international public health emergency,” CIDRAP News reports. However, “the panel felt that the situation is still of concern in view of…

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H7N9 Bird Flu Not Yet Well-Adapted For Human Transmission, Study Says

“The H7N9 bird flu virus has not yet acquired the changes needed to infect humans easily but it would not be wise to dismiss its potential risk, according to a U.S. study published in the journal Science Thursday,” Xinhua reports. “In contrast to some initial studies that had suggested that…

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Hong Kong Reports 2nd Case Of H7N9, Quarantines 19

“Hong Kong’s Center of Health Protection said Saturday authorities have quarantined 19 people that had come in contact with a H7N9 bird flu victim,” Forbes reports (Flannery, 12/8). Most of those quarantined have tested negative for the virus, “with the results of one patient pending,” Deutsche Welle writes, noting “Hong…

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H7N9 Bird Flu Might Easily Develop Resistance To Common Treatments, Research Shows

“Scientists have found that a mutation in a new strain of bird flu infecting people in China can render it resistant to a key first-line treatment drug without limiting its ability to spread in mammals,” Reuters reports. Researchers “found [H7N9] was highly resistant to Tamiflu, but also that it still…

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FAO Report Warns Zoonosis Becoming More Common; MERS Can Infect Camels, Research Shows

“About 70 percent of new diseases infecting humans in recent decades have come from animals, the United Nations food agency … reported [Monday], warning that it is getting easier for diseases to jump species and spread as the population, agriculture and food-supply chains grow,” the U.N. News Centre reports. According…

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China Reports First Human Case Of H10N8 Bird Flu

“Chinese authorities said Wednesday that a 73-year-old Chinese woman died after being infected with a bird flu strain that had sickened a human for the first time, a development that the [WHO] called ‘worrisome,’” the Associated Press reports (Wong, 12/17). “The [H10N8] virus has been detected in birds since 1965…

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WHO Reports New MERS Cases In Saudi Arabia, UAE

News outlets report on new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases identified in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Reuters: Six new cases of MERS virus hit Saudi Arabia, UAE “Another five people in Saudi Arabia and one in the United Arab Emirates have become infected with the potentially deadly…

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H7N9 Bird Flu Spreads Outside Mainland China To Hong Kong, Taiwan

News outlets report on the emergence of H7N9 bird flu in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Wall Street Journal: Taiwan Confirms Second Human Bird-Flu Case “Taiwan confirmed its second human case of the H7N9 bird flu Tuesday, a sign that the deadly virus is spreading further beyond mainland China…” (Poon, 12/31).…

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Two New Cases Of H7N9 Cases Confirmed In China

WHO reports two new cases of H7N9 bird flu in China, while the Chinese government continues to take surveillance and control measures.RTT News: Two New Cases Of Human H7N9 Infections Reported In China “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) revealed Monday that China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission…

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Taiwan’s CDC Reports New H7N9 Case

News outlets report on the most recent case of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus reported in Taiwan in an elderly Chinese man. RTT News: WHO: One Confirmed Case Of Human H7N9 Infection Reported In Taiwan “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that Taipei Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…

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