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A dead northern gannet (Morus bassanus) on a beach
Unprecedented Avian Flu Epidemic Could Presage Year-Round Outbreaks
Nearly 50 million birds have been culled amid efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, which continues to ravage the Northern Hemisphere.
Unprecedented Avian Flu Epidemic Could Presage Year-Round Outbreaks
Unprecedented Avian Flu Epidemic Could Presage Year-Round Outbreaks

Nearly 50 million birds have been culled amid efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, which continues to ravage the Northern Hemisphere.

Nearly 50 million birds have been culled amid efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, which continues to ravage the Northern Hemisphere.

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Chickens in front of brown mesh coops
Bird Flu Hits US Hard
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Apr 8, 2022 | 3 min read
So far this season, tens of millions of birds have died of disease or been culled, driving up prices of eggs, chicken, and turkey meat.
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Avian Flu Case Numbers Soar in Europe
Chloe Tenn | Jan 7, 2022 | 6 min read
The Scientist spoke with the UK’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, about this winter’s high bird flu prevalence, the effects of the disease, and efforts to combat it.
Bird Flu Viruses Can Remain Infectious for Months in US Wetlands
Catherine Offord | Sep 10, 2020 | 4 min read
Lab and field experiments indicate that aquatic environments could act as reservoirs for the pathogens, which typically do not represent a direct risk to humans.
First Human Case of H7N4 Bird Flu Confirmed
Shawna Williams | Feb 15, 2018 | 1 min read
The woman, a resident of southeast China, has since recovered.
Genome Digest
Jenny Rood | Apr 16, 2015 | 6 min read
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Bird Flu Spreads in China and the U.S.
Jenny Rood | Mar 12, 2015 | 2 min read
China reports new H7N9 bird flu infections in humans while other strains are detected in US commercial turkey farms.
Bird Flu in North America
Tracy Vence | Jan 27, 2015 | 1 min read
Farmers detect H5N8 in a commercial turkey flock in California, while Canadian officials document the first known human importation of H7N9 to the country.
Unraveling H7N9’s History
Kate Yandell | Dec 30, 2014 | 3 min read
An analysis of stored samples shows that H7N9 precursor H9N2, a virus widespread in chickens, has shown increased fitness in recent years.
Haste Caused CDC Bird Flu Contamination?
Jef Akst | Aug 19, 2014 | 1 min read
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientist who accidentally leaked H5N1 into a benign strain of avian influenza may have been rushing off to a meeting.
The Scientist on The Pulse, May 9
Kerry Grens | May 9, 2014 | 1 min read
The rejuvenating effects of young blood, white nose syndrome spread, and penguin flu
New Bird Flu Found in Penguins
Kerry Grens | May 6, 2014 | 1 min read
Scientists have identified for the first time an avian influenza that infects penguins.
New Bird Flu Threat?
Abby Olena, PhD | Feb 4, 2014 | 2 min read
Chinese officials report the first two human cases of H10N8 avian influenza, one of which is linked to the death of a 73-year-old woman.
European Researchers Urge H5N1 Caution
Bob Grant | Jan 2, 2014 | 2 min read
A group of scientists has called on the European Commission to evaluate the risks and benefits of research that could make deadly viruses more transmissible.
H5N1 Vaccine Approved
Jef Akst | Nov 25, 2013 | 2 min read
The US Food and Drug Administration OKs a vaccine against the virus that last year had the scientific community debating the regulation of deadly pathogen research.
H6N1 Can Affect Humans
Tracy Vence | Nov 14, 2013 | 2 min read
Taiwanese scientists confirm the first person to have been infected by the H6N1 strain of avian flu.
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2013 | 2 min read
September 2013's selection of notable quotes
Multiple Bird Flu Threats Lurk
Kate Yandell | Aug 23, 2013 | 2 min read
The avian influenza virus H7N7, a cousin to H7N9, has been found in Chinese live poultry markets.
Safe Flu Research Strategy
Chris Palmer | Aug 12, 2013 | 1 min read
Researchers develop a new “molecular biocontainment” strategy for safely studying deadly flu viruses.
Week in Review: August 5–9
Jef Akst | Aug 9, 2013 | 5 min read
Flu researchers propose H7N9 studies; NIH makes deal to share HeLa genome; herbal “remedies” can cause cancer; scientists record grid cell activity in humans
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