February 1, 2011


Experts point to migratory birds as culprits behind Japan's bird flu outbreak

Bird flu has been spreading across Japan, with cases showing up from Hokkaido in the far north, to Kyushu in the south.

Confirmed infections in both wild and domesticated birds have jumped suddenly in late January, with five new cases identified on just the 25th and 26th of the month.

While calls for measures to prevent the further spread of the disease are increasing in tandem with the rising number of cases, there are also significant worries about how the influenza crisis will affect Japan's food supply. Why is the virus now spreading so quickly?

Mainichi Daily Times - mdn.mainichi.jp
01 Feb 2011

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Officials: Birds hit wires

At least some of the mystery and intrigue concerning the 500 birds that fell from the sky over Pointe Coupee Parish and died earlier this month can be laid to rest.

Experts in Louisiana and Wisconsin, who have studied the bird carcasses, have ruled out mass poisonings and disease as the causes of death.

State Wildlife Veterinarian Jim LaCour said the bird carcasses tested negative for toxins, viruses and bacterial infections.

29 Jan 2011
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New patterns in the dynamics of disease

The study in mice concluded that infection with a particular pathogen has a large influence on the risk of another infection.

The work, developed by a researcher at the UNL together with experts from the University of Liverpool, was published in Science.

What a body becomes more susceptible to getting an infection? Age, sex, season, physiological status are the factors that are traditionally considered most important in the distribution of disease.

El Litoral.com - www.ellitoral.com
27 Jan 2011

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