Tagged: bird flu

Infectious diseases in New Zealand - Guest Work

InfectedNZ Nov 21, 2016

By Associate Professor Lance Jennings, as part of the #InfectedNZ online campaign to raise awareness about infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. In the context of World Antibiotic Awareness week (November 14-20) and efforts to raise the awareness of infectious diseases in New Zealand, it is useful to include a discussion on viruses.  Although few treatments and vaccines … Read More

Monday Micro – Influ-Venn-Za! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 15, 2013

A new strain of bird flu (H7N9*) has appeared in China. Since the first report two weeks ago, 51 people are known to have been infected of which 11 have died. Transmission seems to be from close contact with poultry and many birds are being culled as a precaution. Cases started in Shanghai and the eastern provinces of … Read More

Nature publishes first of the ‘weaponised’ flu papers - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 04, 2012

And it’s Open Access! Late last year it was revealed that 2 papers submitted to the journals Science and Nature had been sent to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), an American committee charged with providing guidance on the potential of research to be misused to pose a biological threat to public health or national security. Read More

Suppressing superflu recipe: NSABB say sort of…. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 21, 2011

As the first molecular evidence emerges that the H5N1 ‘bird flu’ virus from human patients matches that of environmental samples taken from live bird markets in China, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosafety has given its advice on publication of recipe for making a ‘weaponised’ (ferretised?) H5N1 strain. And the recommendation is? That the … Read More