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Avian influenza: How it infects humans, treatment and more!

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), H5N1 first infected humans in 1997, leading to a number of deaths. 

Bird flu now a thing of the past; India declares itself free from H5N1!

Now, India has declared itself free from the highly contagious bird flu even as it stressed the need for continued surveillance.

Red emergency alert against 'dangerous 7'- Part II

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Influenza: Over 8,500 birds culled in govt farm in Tripura

Influenza: Over 8,500 birds culled in govt farm in Tripura

More than 8,500 chickens and ducks were culled and 10,500 eggs destroyed.

Chicken resistant to avian flu will emerge: WHO expert

 Viruses in birds will live for many years but when they move to hosts, there will be deadly reaction, says expert.

Vaccines developed against new avian Influenza strains

The US researchers have developed vaccines that can protect chickens from two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans.

Two-minute test can predict avian flu outbreaks

An Indian-origin researcher along with colleagues from University of Guelph in Canada has developed a simple and effective tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on chicken and other bird farms in barely two minutes.

Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake to re-open Jan 19

Chandigarh's famous tourist attraction Sukhna Lake will be re-opened for the public Jan 19, the Chandigarh Administration announced Wednesday.

45 birds found dead in Sultanpur National Park; sanctuary shut

As many as 45 birds have been found dead in the Sultanpur National Park, around 15 kms from the city, following which the sanctuary has been closed, a forest official said on Monday.

Bird flu measure: Sultanpur National Park shut after birds found dead

More than 40 birds, which are migratory birds, were reportedly found dead inside the Sultanpur National Park, Gurgaon, on Saturday, triggering fears of bird flu in the region.

Culling of poultry birds going on in Kerala

The Kerala government has deployed 75 teams to cull poultry birds in villages hit by outbreak of H5N1 or bird flu virus, a minister said Friday.

Culling of birds to be completed in 3 days, says Kerala govt

Kerala government on Friday decided to complete within three days culling of birds hit by H5N1, the strain of avian influenza that has killed thousands of ducks in three districts and stepped up preventive measures to check its spread to human beings.

Kerala bird flu: Virus identified as H5N1, vigilance stepped up

The strain of avian influenza that caused deaths of thousands of duck in the three districts of Kerala has been identified as H5N1, which could also spread to human beings though the infection caused by it can be cured, officials said Thursday.

Bird flu found in UK, Netherlands but authorities say little risk to humans

Bird flu was found on a duck farm in England on Monday days after it was discovered in Dutch chickens, forcing authorities to destroy poultry and restrict exports, although it was not a strain known to be deadly to humans.

Deadly bird flu H7N9 at risk of spreading from China to India, Bangladesh

A new research suggests that a dangerous strain of avian influenza, H7N9, that`s causing severe illness and deaths in China may be inhabiting a small fraction of its potential range and appears at risk of spreading to other suitable areas of India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

South Korea on alert after bird flu confirmed

South Korea stepped up the culling of poultry and enforced strict quarantine measures Saturday to stop the country`s first outbreak of bird flu in three years from spreading, officials said.

H5N1 outbreak: Union Health Ministry team goes to Chhattisgarh

Following reports about the outbreak of Avian flu in poultry farms in Durg and Bastar districts of Chhattisgarh, a team of Union Health Ministry has gone there to take stock of the situation.

How bird flu viruses adapt to humans

Two new studies have identified mutations that increase the infectivity of H5N1 and H7N9 viruses through improved binding to receptors in the human respiratory tract.

How bird flu viruses adapt to humans

Two new studies have identified mutations that increase the infectivity of H5N1 and H7N9 viruses through improved binding to receptors in the human respiratory tract.

Drug target to boost body`s natural flu killer identified

A known difficulty in fighting influenza (flu) is the ability of the flu viruses to mutate and thus evade various medications that were previously found to be effective.