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Questions Remain About H7N9 Bird Flu Strain As 4 More Die Of Virus In China

“Four more people in China have died from a new strain of bird flu, bringing to 31 the number of deaths from the mysterious H7N9 virus, with the number of infections rising by two to 129, according to Chinese health authorities,” Reuters reports. “Among the deaths, two occurred in the…

Opinion Piece, Editorial Address Outbreak Of H7N9 In China

The following is a summary of an opinion piece and an editorial addressing the outbreak of a new strain of bird flu — H7N9 — in China. Tyler Cowen, New York Times: “The outbreak raises renewed questions about how to prepare for possible risks, should the strain become more easily…

H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Continues To Spread Throughout China

“China on Saturday reported its first case of H7N9 bird flu in the southern province of Hunan, the latest sign the virus that has killed 23 people in the country is continuing to spread,” Reuters reports (Ruwitch, 4/29). “A 64-year-old woman surnamed Guan, a resident in Shaoyang City, started suffering…

FAO, USAID Urge Continued Surveillance, Action To Prevent Spread Of Avian Flu Viruses

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “has issued a new warning to the international community that the H7N9 and H5N1 avian influenza viruses continue to pose serious threats to human and animal health, especially in view of the upcoming flu season,” an FAO news article reports. Noting “USAID support…

Researchers Making Progress In Developing Universal, H7N9 Influenza Vaccines

Researchers this week reported in the journal Nature Medicine that they are closer to producing a universal vaccine for influenza, “a constantly shifting target” necessitating new seasonal flu vaccines each year, BBC News reports. Ajit Lalvani of Imperial College London, “who led the study, told the BBC: ‘It’s a blueprint…

Saudi Arabia Reports Additional MERS Cases, Deaths; Study Examines Possible Treatment

Saudi Arabia’s health ministry on Friday “announced five new cases of infection of the [Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)] coronavirus,” Agence France-Presse reports. Saudi Arabia, which also reported three deaths from the virus, “is the country worst hit by MERS,” the news agency writes (9/7). On Saturday, the WHO said…

CDC Director Warns Of U.S. Complacency On Global Health Issues As Agency Faces Budget Cuts

“America is facing a ‘perfect storm of vulnerability’ for exposure to infectious diseases, making public health efforts more important than ever, [CDC Director Tom Frieden] warned Tuesday” during a luncheon at the National Press Club, the Washington Times reports. “The successful fight against many infectious diseases can lead to a…

WSJ Blog Examines Saudi Arabia’s Response To MERS In Lead Up To Hajj

“Saudi Arabia continues to report sporadic new cases and deaths from a lethal new coronavirus, as hajj season in October — when the kingdom expects more than three million pilgrims from 187 countries — approaches,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Middle East Real Time” blog reports. “As of Friday, the Saudi…

Qatar Reports First MERS-Related Fatality

Qatar on Wednesday reported its first fatality from the SARS-like virus that “has killed 50 people out of 108 confirmed cases of infections, the [WHO] said on its website on August 30,” Agence France-Presse reports. The virus, called MERS-CoV — Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus — “is considered a cousin…

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