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Postcranial pneumaticity and bone structure in two clades of neognath birds.
This study examined the influence of skeletal pneumatization on bone structural parameters in a sample of two size- and foraging-style diverse (e.g., subsurface diving vs. soaring specialists) clades of neognath birds (charadriiforms and pelecaniforms). Cortical bone thickness and trabecular bone volume fraction were assessed in one cervical and one thoracic vertebra in each of three pelecaniform and four charadriiform species. Results for pelecaniforms indicate that specialized subsurface dive foragers (e.g., the apneumatic anhinga) have thicker cortical bone and a higher trabecular bone volume fraction than their non-div...
Source: Anatomical Record - May 24, 2013 Category: Anatomy Authors: Gutzwiller SC, Su A, O'Connor PM Tags: Anat Rec (Hoboken) Source Type: research
Glycoprotein C plays a role in the adsorption of duck enteritis virus to chicken embryo fibroblasts cells and in infectivity.
In this study, we showed that gC expressed in vitro could bind to chicken embryo fibroblasts (CEF) cells and inhibit the adsorption of duck enteritis virus (DEV) onto CEF cells effectively and antiserum directed against gC inhibited the infection of DEV. Furthermore, it was confirmed that gC protein expressed in baculovirus system did not bind to heparin-Sepharose beads and virus binding to cells were independent of heparin sulfate proteoglycans on the surface of cells. Therefore, gC contributes to adsorption and infection of DEV. PMID: 23454009 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Virus Research)
Source: Virus Research - May 23, 2013 Category: Virology Authors: Hu Y, Liu X, Zou Z, Jin M Tags: Virus Res Source Type: research
Alabama mystery illness determined to be flu, cold or pneumonia
Alabama health department said findings were "good news" because coronavirus, bird flu ruled out (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Researchers Find Bird Flu Is Contagious Among Ferrets
The virus's ability to move between these mammals might not bode well for humans. So far, it appears that H7N9 doesn't pass easily between people, but it could mutate over time and pose more of a threat.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Production of avian influenza virus vaccine using primary cell cultures generated from host organs.
Abstract The global availability of a therapeutically effective influenza virus vaccine during a pandemic remains a major challenge for the biopharmaceutical industry. Long production time, coupled with decreased supply of embryonated chicken eggs (ECE), significantly affects the conventional vaccine production. Transformed cell lines have attained regulatory approvals for vaccine production. Based on the fact that the avian influenza virus would infect the cells derived from its natural host, the viral growth characteristics were studied on chicken embryo-derived primary cell cultures. The viral propagation was de...
Source: Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology - May 23, 2013 Category: Microbiology Authors: Babar MM, Riaz MS, Zaidi NU, Afzal F, Farooq MS Tags: J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol Source Type: research
Evolving H7N9 bird flu could close poultry markets
China is planning to shut live poultry markets in some cities for good, and studies show the H7N9 bird flu virus can spread through the air in ferrets (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research
The effects of body temperature and mass on the postprandial metabolic responses of the African egg-eating snakes Dasypeltis scabra and Dasypeltis inornata.
Abstract African egg-eating snakes (Dasypeltis) feed only on freshly laid bird eggs which they perforate within their esophagus before swallowing the liquid contents and regurgitating the empty shell. Compared to a snake's typical intact meal, the liquid diet of Dasypeltis would expectedly generate a more moderate postprandial metabolic response and specific dynamic action (SDA). Free-ranging Dasypeltis feed over a range of ambient temperatures and thereby experience predicted temperature-dependent shifts in the duration and magnitude of their postprandial metabolic response. Such shifts would undoubtedly be shared...
Source: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular and integrative physiology. - May 23, 2013 Category: Physiology Authors: Greene S, McConnachie S, Secor S, Perrin M Tags: Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol Source Type: research
Adjunctive therapies and immunomodulatory agents in the management of severe influenza.
This article forms part of a symposium in Antiviral Research on "Treatment of influenza: targeting the virus or the host." PMID: 23578727 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Antiviral Research)
Source: Antiviral Research - May 23, 2013 Category: Virology Authors: Hui DS, Lee N, Chan PK Tags: Antiviral Res Source Type: research
Detection of Candida species resistant to azoles in the microbiota of rheas (Rhea americana): possible implications for human and animal health.
Abstract There is growing interest in breeding rheas (Rhea americana) in Brazil. However, there are no data on the yeast microbiota of the gastrointestinal tract of this avian species, and the phenotypic characteristics of these yeasts are not known. Therefore, the aim of this work was to isolate Candida species from the digestive tract of rheas and to evaluate the in vitro antifungal susceptibility and secretion of phospholipases of the recovered isolates. For this purpose, 58 rheas from breeding operations in the cities of Fortaleza and Mossoró, north-eastern Brazil, were used. Samples were gathered from the oro...
Source: Journal of Medical Microbiology - May 23, 2013 Category: Microbiology Authors: Brilhante RS, de Alencar LP, Cordeiro Rde A, Castelo-Branco Dde S, Teixeira CE, Macedo Rde B, Lima DT, Paiva Mde A, Monteiro AJ, Alves ND, Franco de Oliveira M, Sidrim JJ, Rocha MF, Bandeira Tde J, Rodrigues Tde J Tags: J Med Microbiol Source Type: research
Qualitative dynamics of lowly- and highly-pathogenic avian influenza strains.
Abstract A new deterministic model for the transmission dynamics of the lowly- and highly-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI and HPAI) strains is designed and rigorously analyzed. The model exhibits the phenomenon of backward bifurcation, where a stable disease-free equilibrium co-exists with a stable endemic equilibrium whenever the associated reproduction number is less than unity. It is shown that the re-infection of birds infected with the LPAI strain causes the backward bifurcation phenomenon. In the absence of such re-infection, the disease-free equilibrium of the model is globally-asymptotically stable when th...
Source: Mathematical Biosciences - May 23, 2013 Category: Statistics Authors: Agusto FB, Gumel AB Tags: Math Biosci Source Type: research
Computer Model Predicts When Viruses Become Infectious
A new computer model could help scientists predict when a particular strain of avian influenza might become infectious from bird to human, according to a report to be published in the International Journal Data Mining and Bioinformatics. Chuang Ma of the University of Arizona, Tucson, and colleagues at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, explain that since 1997 several strains of avian influenza A virus (AIV), commonly known as "bird flu" have infected people directly from their natural bird hosts leading to numerous deaths... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bird Flu / Avian Flu Source Type: news
Ferrets, pigs susceptible to H7N9 avian influenza virus
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Chinese and US scientists have used a virus isolated from a person who died from H7N9 avian influenza infection to determine whether the virus could infect and be transmitted between ferrets. Ferrets are often used as a mammalian model in influenza research, and efficient transmission of influenza virus between ferrets can provide clues as to how well the same process might occur in people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 23, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Evolution of parental incubation behaviour in dinosaurs cannot be inferred from clutch mass in birds.
Abstract A recent study proposed that incubation behaviour (i.e. type of parental care) in theropod dinosaurs can be inferred from an allometric analysis of clutch volume in extant birds. However, the study in question failed to account for factors known to affect egg and clutch size in living bird species. A new scaling analysis of avian clutch mass demonstrates that type of parental care cannot be distinguished by conventional allometry because of the confounding effects of phylogeny and hatchling maturity. Precociality of young but not paternal care in the theropod ancestors of birds is consistent with the avail...
Source: Biology Letters - May 22, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: Birchard GF, Ruta M, Deeming DC Tags: Biol Lett Source Type: research
Migration confers survival benefits against avian predators for partially migratory freshwater fish.
Abstract The importance of predation risk in shaping patterns of animal migration is not well studied, mostly owing to difficulties in accurately quantifying predation risk for migratory versus resident individuals. Here, we present data from an extensive field study, which shows that migration in a freshwater fish (roach, Rutilus rutilus) that commonly migrates from lakes to streams during winter confers a significant survival benefit with respect to bird (cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo spp.) predation. We tagged over 2000 individual fish in two Scandinavian lakes over 4 years and monitored migratory behaviour usi...
Source: Biology Letters - May 22, 2013 Category: Biology Authors: Skov C, Chapman BB, Baktoft H, Brodersen J, Brönmark C, Hansson LA, Hulthén K, Nilsson PA Tags: Biol Lett Source Type: research
H7N9: Severe Illness, High Death RateH7N9: Severe Illness, High Death Rate
The recently discovered avian-origin H7N9 influenza virus caused severe illness in 77% of patients and death in 27% of patients in China. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news
Species differences in the neuromuscular activity of post-synaptic neurotoxins from two Australian black snakes (Pseudechis porphyriacus and Pseudechis colletti).
Abstract Bites by Australian black snakes (Pseudechis spp.) do not cause neurotoxicity in human envenoming. This is unusual as in vitro neurotoxicity has been reported for all Pseudechis spp. venoms. The present study aimed to identify, isolate and characterise neurotoxins from the venoms of Pseudechis porphyriacus and Pseudechis colletti to elucidate the reason for the lack of neurotoxicity in humans. α-Elapitoxin-Ppr1 and α-elapitoxin-Pc1 were isolated from P. porphyriacus and P. colletti, respectively, using reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography. Each toxin consisted of 62 amino acids with molec...
Source: Toxicology Letters - May 22, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Hart AJ, Isbister GK, O'Donnell P, Williamson NA, Hodgson WC Tags: Toxicol Lett Source Type: research
Bayesian estimation of the effective reproduction number for pandemic influenza A H1N1 in Guangdong Province, China.
CONCLUSIONS: Our proposed models and findings provide a relevant contribution towards establishing a basis for monitoring the evolution of emerging infectious diseases in real time and understanding the characteristics of pandemic influenza A H1N1 in Guangdong Province. PMID: 23683708 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Annals of Epidemiology)
Source: Annals of Epidemiology - May 22, 2013 Category: Epidemiology Authors: Yang F, Yuan L, Tan X, Huang C, Feng J Tags: Ann Epidemiol Source Type: research
Production of Live Offspring from Testicular Tissue Cryopreserved by Vitrification Procedures in Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica).
Abstract Cryopreservation of testicular tissue can be used for ex situ conservation of male germplasm of avian species. The possibility of using vitrification and transplantation of testicular tissue for fertility preservation and recovery was tested in Japanese quail. Testes were removed from 1-wk-old Japanese quail; transfixed on acupuncture needles; equilibrated with dimethyl sulphoxide, ethylene glycol, and sucrose; plunged into liquid nitrogen; and stored in 2-ml straws. Cryopreserved tissue was warmed in sucrose solution at room temperature or at 40°C. Fresh and cryopreserved tissue were transplanted subcuta...
Source: Biology of Reproduction - May 22, 2013 Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Liu J, Cheng KM, Silversides FG Tags: Biol Reprod Source Type: research
Impact of GC content on gene expression pattern in chicken.
CONCLUSIONS: GC content is significantly associated with gene expression pattern and could be one of the important regulation factors in the chicken genome. PMID: 23557030 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Genet Sel Evol)
Source: Genet Sel Evol - May 22, 2013 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Rao YS, Chai XW, Wang ZF, Nie QH, Zhang XQ Tags: Genet Sel Evol Source Type: research
World Briefing | Asia: China: New Bird Flu Virus Is Controlled, Officials Say
The H7N9 virus appears under control in China largely through restrictions at bird markets, but it caused $6.5 billion in losses, United Nations experts said Tuesday. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By REUTERS Tags: Avian Influenza Birds United Nations China Source Type: news
China's bird flu outbreak cost $6.5 billion
GENEVA (Reuters) - The H7N9 virus appears to have been brought under control in China largely due to restrictions at bird markets, but caused some $6.5 billion in losses to the economy, U.N. experts said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
H7N9 bird flu outbreak costs more than $6.5 billion so far -U.N
GENEVA (Reuters) - The H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China has caused economic losses of more than $6.5 billion so far, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's chief veterinary officer said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Bayesian estimation of the effective reproduction number for pandemic influenza A H1N1 in Guangdong Province, China
Conclusions: Our proposed models and findings provide a relevant contribution towards establishing a basis for monitoring the evolution of emerging infectious diseases in real time and understanding the characteristics of pandemic influenza A H1N1 in Guangdong Province. (Source: Annals of Epidemiology)
Source: Annals of Epidemiology - May 21, 2013 Category: Epidemiology Authors: Fen Yang, Lingling Yuan, Xuhui Tan, Cunrui Huang, Jun Feng Source Type: research
Estimates reveal low population immunity to new bird flu virus H7N9 in humans
(Wellcome Trust) The level of immunity to the recently circulating H7N9 influenza virus in an urban and rural population in Vietnam is very low, according to the first population level study to examine human immunity to the virus, which was previously only found in birds. The study, part-funded by the Wellcome Trust, has implications for planning the public health response to this pandemic threat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 21, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
CDC Expert Commentary on Medscape - The New Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus: What Clinicians Should Know
(Source: CDC Flu updates)
Source: CDC Flu updates - May 20, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
Alert for Tennessee Healthcare ProvidersAlert for Tennessee Healthcare Providers
A new strain of avian influenza A is circulating among birds in China. State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News Source Type: news
WHO Director-General addresses the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly
20 May 2013 -- In her address, Dr Margaret Chan expressed a conviction that public health is doing the right things, on the right track. Fear of new diseases, like those caused by the H7N9 avian influenza virus and the novel coronavirus, can unite the world, but so can determination to relieve preventable human misery. She also reminded Member States that today’s health problems, especially noncommunicable diseases, pose especially difficult challenges, including opposition from economically powerful industries. (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - May 20, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Separating the recent from the ancient past | Dr Dave Hone
The ever-changing landscape can cause some confusion when organic remains of different eras come togetherIt is not uncommon to come across claims of fossils being found in layers where we would not expect them to be, with combinations of animals from different geological eras coming together. A foundation of palaeontology is of course that most groups of organisms tend to come and go – they wax and wane and eventually most (or all) members of a group will become extinct. Thus while mammals lived alongside non-avian dinosaurs, it's only when the latter became extinct that they really expanded and dominated. So we would no...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 20, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Dr Dave Hone Tags: Blogposts guardian.co.uk Dinosaurs Fossils Science Source Type: news
Predicting infectious influenza
(Inderscience Publishers) A new computer model could help scientists predict when a particular strain of avian influenza might become infectious from bird to human, according to a report to be published in the International Journal Data Mining and Bioinformatics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 20, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Immunogenicity of pandemic influenza A H1N1/2009 adjuvanted vaccine in pediatric solid organ transplant recipients
Abstract The aim of this study was to assess the immunogenicity of a vaccine against this virus in a prospective cohort of transplanted pediatric patients without previous influenza infection who received one dose of MF59®‐adjuvanted pandemic H1N1/2009 vaccine. Seventeen patients who were being regularly followed up at the Outpatient Clinic of the Children's Transplant Unit (liver and kidney transplantation) in Hospital Universitari Vall d′Hebron (Barcelona) were included. Seroconversion was demonstrated in 15 of 17 (88.2%) vaccinated children. There were no rejection episodes or major adverse events. The MF59®‐adj...
Source: Pediatric Transplantation - May 20, 2013 Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: J. Gavaldà, E. Cabral, P. Perez‐Romero, O. Len, T. Aydillo, M. Campins, J. Quintero, M. Peghin, J. Nieto, R. Charco, A. Pahissa, E. Cordero, Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Ethnobotanic importance of plants used in pigeon-breeding in Eastern Spain
Conclusions: Pigeon breeding is an immensely popular activity in Eastern Spain, and ethnobiological knowledge about breeding pigeons and caring for them is considerable. The names and traditional uses of plants depend on their geographical location, vernacular names serve as an intangible heritage. Feeding, environmental features, and genetic makeup of individuals are relevant aspects in the maintenance of avian health. (Source: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine)
Source: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine - May 20, 2013 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Antonio BeldaCarolina CortésVictoriano Peiró Source Type: research
Death toll from new bird flu in China rises to 36: WHO
LONDON (Reuters) - Four more people in China have died from a new strain of bird flu, bringing the death toll from the H7N9 virus to 36 from 131 confirmed cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Evidence Of Host Adaptation Of Avian-Origin Influenza A Virus
A novel avian-origin reassortant influenza A (H7N9) virus emerged in China in February 2013, and is associated with severe lower respiratory tract diseases. To date, more than 100 human cases of infection, including at least 20 deaths, have been reported in China. Three early cases of infection were described in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. The general clinical features of the three patients were similar to the previously reported cases in China. Two of the three patients had a history of direct contact with live poultry markets... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 17, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bird Flu / Avian Flu Source Type: news
Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – update
Since 8 May 2013, no new laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported to WHO by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, China. However, four additional deaths have been reported from previously laboratory-confirmed cases. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - May 16, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
Dinosaurs on film – fun, fiction and failures
Dr Dave Hone talks the good, the bad and the ugly of dinosaurs on the silver screen and pays tribute to Ray HarryhausenWith the "furore" of the next Jurassic Park film and the vexed question of whether or not some of the non-avian starts should be bedecked with feathers, I had planned on penning a piece about dinosaurs on film. With the sad passing of Ray Harryhausen recently, that more than doubles my motivation, given the superb work he did and the inspiration I know that he was to a number of palaeontologists. I have more than a passing interest in animation techniques, special effects and the like, and celebrate Harryh...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 16, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Dr Dave Hone Tags: United States Blogposts Science fiction and fantasy Culture guardian.co.uk Dinosaurs Ray Harryhausen Film Fossils Source Type: news
Tanzania: State Issues Bird Flu Alert
[Daily News]THE public has been warned against touching dead birds following a new threat of avian fever or bird flu. Bird flu is an illness caused by any of many different strains of influenza viruses. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 16, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news
The prospects and challenges of universal vaccines for influenza.
Abstract Vaccination is the most effective way to reduce the impact of epidemic as well as pandemic influenza. However, the licensed inactivated influenza vaccine induces strain-specific immunity and must be updated annually. When novel viruses appear, matched vaccines are not likely to be available in time for the first wave of a pandemic. Yet, the enormous diversity of influenza A viruses in nature makes it impossible to predict which subtype or strain will cause the next pandemic. Several recent scientific advances have generated renewed enthusiasm and hope for universal vaccines that will induce broad protectio...
Source: Trends in Microbiology - May 16, 2013 Category: Microbiology Authors: Subbarao K, Matsuoka Y Tags: Trends Microbiol Source Type: research
Scarlet macaw genome sequenced | @GrrlScientist
The newly-sequenced scarlet macaw genome will provide many important insights into avian and human biology, behaviours and genetics and will contribute to parrot conservationAfter many years of research into the behaviours, diseases, genetics and life history of scarlet macaws, a team of scientists have taken their studies to the next level. Christopher Seabury, an Assistant Professor of Genetics at Texas A&M University's college of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Ian Tizard, Director of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center and a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at Texas A&M University's college of ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 15, 2013 Category: Science Authors: GrrlScientist Tags: Blogposts Genetics Biology guardian.co.uk Birds Zoology Environment Science Source Type: news
Measures Necessary To Prevent Possible Bird Flu Pandemic
On 31 March 2013, the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission announced human cases of novel H7N9 influenza virus infections. A group of scientists, led by Professor Chen Hualan of the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, has investigated the origins of this novel H7N9 influenza virus and published their results in Springer's open access journal Chinese Science Bulletin (SpringerOpen)... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bird Flu / Avian Flu Source Type: news
Modeling the initial transmission dynamics of influenza A H1N1 in Guangdong Province, China
Conclusions: With the help of the serological survey, useful estimates of key epidemiological parameters for the influenza A H1N1 outbreak in Guangdong Province were obtained. The sensitivity analysis suggests that different latent periods and infectious periods, which specify different mean durations of generation time, have a significant impact on R0. Our proposed model and findings provide a relevant contribution towards understanding the characteristics of influenza A H1N1 in Guangdong Province. (Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases)
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - May 15, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Xuhui Tan, Lingling Yuan, Jingjing Zhou, Yinan Zheng, Fen Yang Tags: Original Reports Source Type: research
Evidence of host adaptation of avian-origin influenza A virus
This study will be published on Science China Life Sciences 2013, No.6. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 15, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Risk factors associated with severe manifestations of 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) infection in China: a case¿control study
Conclusion: We provide evidence on the risk factors associated with severe manifestations of 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza in a study of hospitalized subjects in China. (Source: Virology Journal)
Source: Virology Journal - May 15, 2013 Category: Virology Authors: Yan-yan RenYu-yan YinWen-qing LiYi LinTi LiuShuang WangSheng-yang ZhangZhong LiXian-jun WangZhen-qiang Bi Source Type: research
Use of ex vivo and in vitro cultures of the human respiratory tract to study the tropism and host responses of highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N1) and other influenza viruses.
PMID: 23684848 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Virus Research)
Source: Virus Research - May 15, 2013 Category: Virology Authors: Chan RW, Chan MC, Nicholls JM, Peiris JS Tags: Virus Res Source Type: research
Comparative genome analysis of an avirulent and two virulent strains of avian Pasteurella multocida reveals candidate genes involved in fitness and pathogenicity
Conclusions: Comparative analyses of highly virulent versus avirulent avian P. multocida identified a number of genomic differences that may shed light on the ability of highly virulent strains to cause disease in the avian host, including those that could be associated with enhanced virulence or fitness. (Source: BMC Microbiology - Latest articles)
Source: BMC Microbiology - Latest articles - May 14, 2013 Category: Microbiology Authors: Timothy JohnsonJuan AbrahanteSamuel HunterMelissa HauglundFred TatumSamuel MaheswaranRobert Briggs Source Type: research
Human monoclonal ScFv that bind to different functional domains of M2 and inhibit H5N1 influenza virus replication
Human monoclonal single chain antibodies specific to the M2 protein of H5N1 influenza virus were produced and shown to inhibit viral replication, providing a possible treatment for infection. (Source: Virology Journal)
Source: Virology Journal - May 14, 2013 Category: Virology Authors: Tippawan PissawongSanti ManeewatchKanyarat Thueng-inPotjanee SrimanoteFonthip Dong-din-onJeeraphong ThanongsaksrikulThaweesak SongsermPongsri TongtaweKunan BangphoomiWanpen Chaicumpa Source Type: research
H7N9 Pandemic? Not Yet but Still Worrisome (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The H7N9 avian influenza now circulating in China has two of the three characteristics of a pandemic virus, according to a prominent infectious diseases expert. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 13, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
H7N9: Is This Flu Something to Worry About?
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Related MedlinePlus Page: Bird Flu (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
A New Vaccine To Protect Against Multiple Strains of H7N9 Bird Flu Virus
A vaccine that provides wider protection against multiple strains of the bird flu virus, H7N9, is currently being worked on as the outbreak in China continues to get worse. In a news conference held by the World Health Organization (WHO), they cautioned the public that the H7N9 virus, which is responsible for the present outbreak, is one of the most fatal seen in the latest years... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bird Flu / Avian Flu Source Type: news
Coronavirus and bird flu: Scientists tracking outbreaks of two new infections
International health officials have been monitoring both outbreaks of the new infections (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 13, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news