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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

World Health Organization - Mar 15, 2017
On 24 February 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of 35 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. On 3 March 2017, the NHFPC notified WHO of 22 ...

Japan looks to update flu measures after avian influenza outbreak

The Japan Times - Mar 16, 2017
Government officials and scientists are moving to update countermeasures for a possible influenza pandemic after this winter's global spread of avian flu. Researchers plan to review the government's death toll estimate from a possible flu pandemic that ...

Northey highlights avian influenza preparations following confirmation of the disease in the US

Pilot Tribune - Mar 14, 2017
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has highlighted the continued biosecurity efforts by Iowa turkey, egg and broiler farmers and the preparations undertaken on the state and federal level following the confirmation of highly pathogenic avian ...

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Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Second Edition: Containing and Preventing Biological Threats

by: Jeffrey Ryan PhD

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Second Edition, takes a holistic approach to biosecurity, with coverage of pathogens, prevention, and response methodology. It addresses these hazards in the context of vulnerability assessments and the planning strategies government and industry can use to prepare for and respond to such events.

The book is organized into four thematic sections: Part I provides a conceptual understanding of biowarfare, bioterrorism and the laws we have to counteract this; Part II investigates known bioagents and the threat from emerging diseases; Part III focuses on agricultural terrorism and food security; and Part IV outlines international, US, and local initiatives for biodefense and biosecurity.
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Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching

by: Michael Greger
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From age-old scourges such as smallpox and tuberculosis to emerging threats like AIDS and SARS, our interactions with animals have always played a pivotal role as a source of human disease. Bird flu is the latest such menace coming home to roost. Leading public health authorities now predict as inevitable a pandemic of influenza, triggered by bird flu and expected to lead to millions of deaths around the globe.

The influenza virus has existed for millions of years as an innocuous intestinal virus of wild ducks.
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China Syndrome: The True Story of the 21st Century's First Great Epidemic

by: Karl Taro Greenfeld

When the SARS virus broke out in China in January 2003, Karl Taro Greenfeld was the editor of Time Asia in Hong Kong, just a few miles from the epicenter of the outbreak. After vague, initial reports of terrified Chinese boiling vinegar to “purify” the air, Greenfeld and his staff soon found themselves immersed in the story of a lifetime.

Deftly tracking a mysterious viral killer from the bedside of one of the first victims to China’s overwhelmed hospital wards—from cutting-edge labs where researchers struggle to identify the virus to the war rooms at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva—.
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Animal Influenza

Animal Influenza, Second Edition is a comprehensive text on animal influenza.  Organized by species, coverage includes avian, swine, equine and mammals, with each section including data on influenza viruses, the infection and disease they cause, and strategies used in control.