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Researchers Report First Person-To-Person Transmission Of H7N9

“Researchers have reported the first case of human-to-human transmission of the new bird flu that has emerged in China,” BBC News reports (Thomas, 8/6). “A father, who became sick in March, passed the H7N9 virus to his daughter, epidemiologists report Tuesday in BMJ,” NPR’s “Shots” blog writes (Doucleff, 8/6). “The…

Researchers Plan To Genetically Modify H7N9 Virus To Better Understand Mutations

“Scientists have unveiled plans to genetically engineer a lethal strain of bird flu to understand how it could mutate in nature and trigger a catastrophic pandemic,” The Guardian reports (Sample, 8/7). “Some of the world’s leading flu researchers argue that genetically altering [the H7N9] virus in high-security labs is key…

GlobalPost Interviews WHO Technical Lead On MERS

“To put [the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus] in perspective and to understand what’s happening and what could happen next, GlobalPost spoke with Dr. Anthony Mounts, WHO’s technical lead on the coronavirus,” the news service reports. Mounts discusses why the agency established an emergency committee to examine MERS, how…

GlobalPost Blog Examines Efforts To Prevent, Treat Pneumonia In Zambia

Writing in GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog, correspondent Marissa Miley examines efforts to prevent and treat pneumonia in Zambia, where she traveled recently. “Data cited in a 2012 report by Countdown to 2015, a coalition organization tracking progress towards the Millennium Development Goals around child and maternal health, show pneumonia to be…

Outbreak Of H5N1 Avian Flu In Cambodia Continues To Spread

“Cambodia’s outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza continues apace as the summer wears on, with a three-year-old boy becoming the 14th victim this year and the 35th case confirmed in the Southeast Asian nation since records began to be kept,” GlobalPost reports. “Avian influenza has been an issue in Cambodia for…

Researchers Trace Evolution Of H7N9, Find Other Similar Viral Strains

“Researchers have traced the evolution of the [H7N9] avian flu currently spreading in China, and have found evidence that it developed in parallel with a similar bird flu, H7N7, which can infect mammals,” Nature reports. “Although there is no evidence that this H7N7 strain will infect humans, the authors of…

Fourteen H7N9 Patients Remain Hospitalized In China; 132 Cases Confirmed

“A total of 131 H7N9 avian flu cases have been reported on the Chinese mainland, including 39 that have ended in death, according to an update released Sunday by health authorities,” Xinhua reports (6/9). “Only 14 patients from China’s H7N9 bird flu outbreak are still in hospital, national health authorities…

WHO Publishes New Plan On How To Alert The World About Possible Flu Pandemics

“The [WHO] on Monday published a new plan on how to alert the world to possible flu pandemics, following harsh criticism of its handling of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic in 2009,” Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports (6/10). “Following recommendations by a review committee on Pandemic (H1N1) 2009, the new influenza guidance…