You of course remember Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that erupted in 2003 changing how many of us viewed the mobility of diseases and the global economy??? Something interesting (and mysterious) is happening in Saudi Arabia… a new threat has emerged known as novel coronavirus or nCoV-EMC. The virus was first detected in mid-2012 and is a cousin of SARS, which triggered a scare 10 years ago when it erupted in East Asia, leaping to [...]
#nCoV – Mystery novel coronavirus in Saudi Arabia. 24 cases, 16 dead. Strain shrouded in mystery. Source & mode of transmission unknown.
NPR has a great story today on H7N9. Click on the link below to listen to the program. Underscoring the urgency that public health agencies feel about the emergence of a new kind of bird flu, the team is headed by Dr. , the World Health Organization’s top influenza scientist. “The biggest question is just what’s going to happen,” he told Shots. “We’ve had a lot of experience in the last decade with new animal [...]
Lots going on this morning in the world of H7N9! Today, two more human cases of H7N9 bird flu were reported in the Shanghai Municipality, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 33. A Hong Kong professor who was among the first to crack the DNA code of the H7N9 virus suspects poultry farms are the direct transmission route of the current outbreak and it has little to do with wild [...]
WHO reported via Twitter today that the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of H7N9 is now at 24, with 7 deaths, 14 severe and 3 mild cases. Bloomberg reported that China has ordered local governments to collect tissue samples from birds at poultry markets nationwide in the hunt for the cause of an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu. Markets selling live poultry have until the end of the month to collect blood samples and swabs from [...]