Wrestling with bird flu, Europe considers once-taboo vaccines | Science

In March, Christian Drouin, a French farmer in the Vendée, discovered that his chickens were dying of avian influenza. He had to take drastic action to cull his flock and prevent the infection from spreading. Normally, veterinarians would arrive to gas the birds with carbon dioxide. But the veterinary teams were overwhelmed with calls to … Read more

US Bird Flu Outbreak Is Killing Millions of Chickens and Turkeys

Avian flu spreads quickly through domestic poultry flocks. Credit: Lance Cheung, USDA / Flickr An outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in chicken and turkey flocks has spread across 24 US states since it was first detected in Indiana on February 8, 2022. Better known as bird flu, avian influenza is a family of highly … Read more

New Type of UV Light Makes Indoor Air As Safe as Outdoors – Variant Proof & Effective Against COVID, Flu

Using far-UVC light in places where people gather indoors could help prevent the next pandemic. A new type of ultraviolet light that is safe for people took less than five minutes to reduce the level of indoor airborne microbes by more than 98%, a joint study by scientists at[{” attribute=””>Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians … Read more

Biological timeline of COVID-19 immune recovery described in new research

As of March 21st, 2022, the causative virus of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has infected over 470 million people worldwide and claimed the lives of over 6 million. Most persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 are asymptomatic or show mild flu-like symptoms. In a prospective study of adults with SARS-CoV-2 … Read more

Mysterious ‘Russian Flu’ 130 Years Ago May Have Been a Coronavirus, Scientists Say

In 1889, a mysterious respiratory illness emerged in Russia and then spread across the globe, triggering at least three waves of infection over the course of several years. Now, some scientists suspect that this illness, dubbed the “Russian flu,” actually may have been caused by a pandemic coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes … Read more

Repeated Flu Vaccines Provide Kids Better Protection Against Future Flu Pandemics

Two for one: Repeated seasonal influenza vaccines also provide kids better protection against future flu pandemics, researchers find. Researchers at McMaster University have found that children who receive years of season-specific flu vaccines develop antibodies that also provide broader protection against new strains, including those capable of causing pandemics. The same ability does not exist … Read more