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Survival News: Alarming Rates of Bird Flu Around the Globe

Survival News: Alarming Rates of Bird Flu Around the Globe

The last year has seen a troubling rise of the bird flu around the globe, and it doesn’t seem to be subsiding. Since the first human cases of bird flu were detected in 2013, over 1,200 cases worldwide have been recorded. But one-third of those cases have been in the last year. While the H7N9 flu seemed to have been decreasing as a major threat in recent years, it seems to have now overtaken the H5N1 virus, and the American CDC is concerned with recent changes in the virus strain. The incoming Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price has been briefed by […]

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Tuberculosis on the Rise

Tuberculosis on the Rise

  Living in a modern, relatively clean environment with access to medical treatment that is available in the West can lead to complacency about disease.  In the over vaccinated, hand sanitized, “health conscious” world we live in, many think of disease like Tuberculosis as a thing of the past.  But the reality is that even though it has been “under control” in the West for decades, in other parts of the world it has remained a public health threat and is a growing concern in some of areas that currently have high rates of emigrants and “refugees” heading into Western […]

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Increased Threat of Cross Species Bird Flu in America

Increased Threat of Cross Species Bird Flu in America

I recently wrote an article about protecting your birds from infections of the avian flu from wild birds, and to a lesser extent yourself.  At the time there wasn’t much need for concern about human infections in North America since none had been reported and even cases of infected birds were not widespread.  However;  I just finished reading an article online about how that has changed as of late. It is now being reported that a veterinarian in New York has just been infected with a strain of the avian flu known as H7N2, and the transmission wasn’t even from […]

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Bird Flu Precautions

Bird Flu Precautions

The bird flu is back in the news again, spreading and mutating.  Most of the cases are in Asia which might make those outside the region feel that there is no need to be concerned.  But there are also cases in Africa and Europe, and if wild birds are infected it could be spread virtually anywhere.  Some birds winter in Europe, but fly to Canada to breed, 26 different species cross the Bering Sea seasonally, some of which travel to the West coast of America.  So, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for the avian flu to spread […]

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