Tag - flu



The World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The organization said on Wednesday that a person in Mexico had died after contracting a strain of bird flu that hasn’t been confirmed in humans before.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 6, 2024
Mexico death linked to bird flu strain that is new to humans
The person died one week after developing a fever, shortness of breath and diarrhea.
A white-tailed eagle is released backed to the wild in Hokkaido in February after having been treated for bird flu with human-use influenza drug.
JAPAN / Science & Health / FOCUS
Jun 6, 2024
White-tailed eagle treated with human drug returns to wild
After having been released in the wild in February, subsequent tracking verified that the bird was successfully living independently in its natural habitat.
Health officials are increasingly on guard for cases of H5N1, a bird virus that’s known to jump between species and can sometimes cause severe cases in people.
WORLD / Science & Health
May 23, 2024
Second U.S. human bird flu infection reported in Michigan
A farmworker in the state experienced mild symptoms in the eye after coming into contact with an infected cow and has since recovered.
A member of the National Animal Health and Production Research Institute takes a swab from a duck during surveillance of the poultry section of the Orussey market, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on May 7.
May 21, 2024
The disease detectives trying to keep the world safe from bird flu
Front-line work in low-income countries is increasingly vital to a global system to detect viruses that jump between animals and humans, the way COVID-19 did.
The H5N1 bird flu virus, which has been found in cattle, is a pathogen that has loomed large in the minds of infectious disease experts for its potential to cause a deadly human pandemic.
May 9, 2024
The bird flu outbreak brings more questions than answers
This is a pathogen that has loomed large in the minds of infectious disease experts for its potential to cause a deadly human pandemic.
Cold medicine packages at a drug store. Japan has faced unseasonal and larger-than-usual outbreaks of infectious diseases over the past year after the COVID-19's downgrade to the same level as flu.
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 7, 2024
Anti-infection measures still needed, one year after COVID-19 downgrade
Despite the drop in COVID-19 cases, childhood infectious diseases and the flu have spread in the country over the past year.
As of April 4, the bird flu virus had been confirmed in more than a dozen herds across six U.S. states, with Kansas, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio and Texas all reporting infected cows.
Apr 17, 2024
Bird flu in cows demands vigilance, not panic
Bird flu had been confirmed in herds across six U.S. states, with Kansas, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio and Texas all reporting infected cows.
A chicken in its coop on Fogline Farm in Pescadero, California, on March 1. Unlike the coronavirus, the H5N1 virus has been studied for years. Vaccines and treatments are available should they ever become necessary.
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 6, 2024
Is bird flu coming to people next? Are we ready?
Outbreaks have been found among dairy cows in multiple states, as well as at least one infection in a farmworker in Texas.
H5N1 has been discovered in dairy cows in the U.S. states of Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Michigan and Idaho.
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 4, 2024
What to know about bird flu in dairy cows and the risk to humans
Health officials and scientists say the risk to humans remains low, but many questions remain.
According to the latest data, new COVID-19 cases reported in the week to Feb. 11 stood at 13.75 per institution.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 24, 2024
Number of COVID-19 and flu cases remain high in Japan
Per-institution new flu cases in Japan came to 23.93 in the week to Feb. 11, up for the fifth straight week.
Blowflies collected by a research team led by Ryosuke Fujita, an associate professor at Kyushu University's Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences, in Izumi, Kagoshima Prefecture, in December 2022
Jan 8, 2024
Blowflies may be bird flu virus carriers, Japan researchers find
With new outbreaks reported late last year, the research team is urging chicken farms to use insect-proof nets to contain the spread of the virus.
The health ministry in Tokyo. A rapid spread of influenza in Japan comes after anti-infection measures implemented against the coronavirus pandemic lowered people's immunity to the disease.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 16, 2023
Japan flu cases surge to warning level at fastest pace in 10 years
Across roughly 5,000 institutions, 166,690 patients had been reported in the week through Dec. 10.
Workers prepare to cull chickens at a farm in Kashima, Saga Prefecture, on Saturday after a case of bird flu was detected there.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 25, 2023
Japan confirms season's first bird flu case in Saga
The Saga Prefectural Government has started to cull around 40,000 chickens raised at a farm in the city of Kashima.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 9, 2023
Drug shortages create challenge for Japan as influenza cases rise
Amid an earlier-than-usual start of the flu season, a type of flu medicine for children is experiencing a supply shortage as cases rise.
The bird flu virus was most likely brought by birds returning from their migration to South America, where there has been a huge number of cases, British experts have said.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 25, 2023
Bird flu detected in Antarctica region for first time
Scientists had been fearing that the worst outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza would reach Antarctica, a key breeding ground for many birds.
Japan is facing a serious shortage of generic drugs.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 22, 2023
Serious generic drug shortage hits Japan amid flu spread
The supply of cough medicines, in particular, has fallen by 15% compared with levels before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the ministry.
According to data released Friday, by prefecture, Okinawa had the highest per-institution number of flu cases, at 25.37, followed by Chiba with 20.86, Saitama with 19.69 and Ehime with 18.45. The per-institution number exceeded 10 in 17 of the country's 47 prefectures.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 21, 2023
Flu cases top warning level in Japan as major outbreak feared
Cases at a number of medical institutions monitored nationwide topped 10 per location, indicating the possibility of a major outbreak within four weeks.
People visit the area near Sensoji Temple, a popular tourist destination, in Tokyo's Asakusa district on Sept. 7.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 25, 2023
Japan's schools face double whammy of the flu and COVID-19
In the period between Sept. 11 and 17, the average national influenza case count rose to over 7.03 per medical institution from just 4.48 the week prior.
Commuters wear masks in Tokyo. The number of new influenza cases reported at designated medical institutions in Japan has surged 57% over the past week, health ministry data has shown.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 23, 2023
Unseasonal flu surges across Japan amid lower immunity post-COVID
The number of new influenza cases reported at designated medical institutions in Japan has surged 57% over the past week.
The unusual timing and resurgence of the flu have been attributed to a decline in immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic and a loosening of disease prevention restrictions.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 15, 2023
Flu season already in full swing in Japan
The season has begun earlier than usual, with a number of schools either suspending individual classes or closing entirely.


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