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Old 03-27-2010, 04:09 PM   #401
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...remember to sneeze like you mean it this fall
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Swine flu kept the world in suspense for almost a year. A massive vaccination campaign was mounted to put a stop to the anticipated pandemic. But, as it turned out, it was a relatively harmless strain of the flu virus. How, and why, did the world overreact? A reconstruction. By SPIEGEL staff.
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Old 04-06-2010, 07:21 PM   #402
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Seasonal Flu Shots Seeded New Swine Flu Infections
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TUESDAY, April 6 (HealthDay News) The traditional seasonal flu vaccine may have increased the risk of infection with pandemic H1N1 swine flu, according to the results of four new studies by Canadian researchers.

In one study, the researchers used an ongoing sentinel monitoring system to assess the frequency of prior vaccination with the seasonal flu vaccine in people diagnosed with H1N1 swine flu in 2009 compared to people without swine flu. The researchers found that seasonal flu vaccination was associated with a 68 percent increased risk of getting swine flu.....
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Frozen Pathogens
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Viable pathogens were initially discovered in the polar icecaps in the 1999 by a group of American scientists lead by Tom Starmer from Syracuse University in New York. The 13 viable virus strains discovered in 4 glacier sites in Greenland belong to a family of tomato mosaic tobamovirus (ToMV). The glacier sites range from 500 to 400,000 years old carrying various mixtures of ToMV strains. This finding presents a compelling theory that during the thawing of polar ice, ancient viral strains would be released from their frozen enclave, and into virus carriers worldwide (cloud, fog, rain) where they would mix with contemporary viral strains to produce novel viral strains. The mixed viral strains would be carried back to the glaciers via precipitation (snow) where they would be once again frozen into the glacier. This process is known as “Genome Recycling”, and is thought to be a key mechanism to preserve the genetic heterogeneity of pathogens during the course of evolution.

To date, it is predicted that there are an estimate of 1018 of viable microbes in polar icecaps globally. Among these microbes include human pathogens, such as influenza A, calciviruses and polioviruses. Many of these human pathogens have been “absent” or frozen for decades, centuries or longer, and have re-emerged as pandemics worldwide. It is very likely that the constant melting of polar icecaps due to global warming could accelerate the release of these frozen pathogens. As these pathogens have been absent for such a long time, our present generation could be considered a naïve human population that do not have resistance to these pathogens, and so could be vulnerable to future “cold plague” pandemics.....
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Old 04-10-2010, 04:23 PM   #404
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Bird Flu Travels on Atmospheric Cold Fronts


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(Reuters) - Outbreaks of H5N1 flu among birds in Europe came at the edges of cold fronts that caused wild birds to change migration patterns, scientists said on Thursday, suggesting cold snaps may signal future outbreaks....

"This has important implications for surveillance, which should target areas where temperatures are close to freezing in winter, especially in poultry-dense regions close to areas where waterfowl aggregate," the researchers wrote in a study in the Public Library of Science journal PloS Pathogens.

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Hi ,

a couple of remarks.
1) The quotes are too long for the new posting rules (certainly the science blog quote & the last barn fire on the other thread.

2) The last two items are interesting in their own right & could easily be posted as separate threads (one in Science, the other in the FC).
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Hi ,

a couple of remarks.
1) The quotes are too long for the new posting rules (certainly the science blog quote & the last barn fire on the other thread.

2) The last two items are interesting in their own right & could easily be posted as separate threads (one in Science, the other in the FC).
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:56 PM   #407
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CDC predicts 3 wave of Swine Flu on its way. Will h5n1 become the 5th element to produce in a quintuple assortment killer strain?

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Commonly referred to as “swine flu”, H1N1 was originally believed to be a mutant strain of a swine influenza bug. CDC laboratory tests later revealed the contagion to be a “quadruple reassortment” virus containing genes from European, Asian, bird and swine flu viruses.

“Past pandemics show that flu activity occurs in waves, and it’s possible that the United States could experience another wave either during the 2010 winter or later,” the CDC stated in its report. “In fact, a 2009 H1N1 virus has been selected as the H1N1 vaccine component for the Southern Hemisphere’s upcoming seasonal flu vaccine.”
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:16 AM   #408
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She had a Tamiflu fit, sort of:

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....spread_viru s

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Was this a French woman?
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She then began spitting around the waiting room, the court was told.
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Old 05-16-2010, 12:22 AM   #410
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One wonders if the frigid volcanic ash pouring over Europe is also a vector for H5N1.

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Influenza viruses, including the avian H5N1 subtype, may be carried in the air for long distances and across continents by dust storms, according to new research in Taiwan. The concentration of influenza viruses in the air was found to be 20 to 30 times higher during dust storms than at other times.
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Probabably not since there's no H5N1 to be carried from Iceland.
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Probabably not since there's no H5N1 to be carried from Iceland.
Yea, but that ash probably makes it as far as the Middle East
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I don't know. There's a much bigger chance it gets washed out or very mixed down on higher latitudes. Even if it makes it to the Middle East it doesn't matter as it'll land there.

The dust storms from China where a problem because they originated in a place where there was a lot of H5N1 around.

What i find intriguing is the fact that there must be a lot around in the environment. It's a pity they don't give a baseline.

They should continue to monitor this.
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I don't know. There's a much bigger chance it gets washed out or very mixed down on higher latitudes. Even if it makes it to the Middle East it doesn't matter as it'll land there.

The dust storms from China where a problem because they originated in a place where there was a lot of H5N1 around.

What i find intriguing is the fact that there must be a lot around in the environment. It's a pity they don't give a baseline.

They should continue to monitor this.
Katla may have been a factor in the spread of killer flu in 1918; maybe it will play a part in the spread of H5n1.

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Katla's last eruption was in 1918. It lasted for three weeks and up to a cubic kilometre of material exploded through its vent.

The combination of ice and magma makes for an explosive eruption
"At first glance people would say it's now long overdue. But the larger the eruption, the longer the pause (in) time that follows it, and that 1918 eruption was large."
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four and twenty blackbirds fell from the sky

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good catch, itow....

I've been thinking of reviving canocl's dead pig thread.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:24 AM   #417
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Isn't that one of the areas that got some severe weather?
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Severe weather - yeah I think so.
Earthquake swarm nearby too.

Now the number is 5,000ish.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/02/ark...ex.html?hpt=C1

The comments at the cnn site are as "catcher in the rye" as they come.
Some days I wonder how many comments I read on the web are really just AI feeds.

Would make a good sociology/computer science term paper.

The only problem would be trying to make sure there is a control thread in there somewhere.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:41 PM   #419
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