Gene-edited chickens may help limit bird flu

When avian influenza, or bird flu, strikes, it can be hazardous to human health and potentially devastating for the poultry industry.

Unlike some animal diseases, some strains of bird flu can affect humans, and over the years numerous high-profile outbreaks have garnered attention to these viruses. And every time there’s a reported case, poultry producers […]

Are we really on the brink of a dog flu pandemic?

If you’re a dog owner (or even if you’re not), you may have been alarmed by some recent headlines going around: Dogs have been identified as a potential cause for the spread of the flu — on a pandemic level.

What does this mean, though? Is there a new type of dog flu we should […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Chicken productivity sensitive to light and sound – World Poultry Studies show that just as in humans, major abrupt changes to the day/night cycle of the chickens, such as waking up […]

Avian flu confirmed in multiple states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of avian flu in Arkansas – the heart of America’s poultry region – which comes after confirmed cases have already been announced in states ranging from Minnesota and Missouri to California.

A recent article states that the case in Minnesota was the first in the Mississippi […]

Officials monitoring new strain of avian influenza

A new strain of avian influenza has sickened several people in China and led to the stoppage of Chinese chicken imports into Vietnam.

Three people in the Jiangsu province are “critically ill” with the H7N9 strain of the virus. Prior to the confirmation of the virus in Jiangsu, three people were diagnosed with the virus […]

Report: How do swine flu viruses mutate?

It only takes a few mutations for a relatively harmless swine flu virus to change into something more dangerous, according to an NPR article highlighting a recent study.

The study, originally published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed how a Korean swine flu virus transformed into a deadly virus when given […]

CDC: Number of H3N2v confirmed cases hits more than 220

The number of confirmed H3N2v infections, commonly known as swine flu, has jumped to more than 220 since July, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released last week.

The confirmed cases still are believed to be associated with exposure to sick pigs, many through fair exhibitions. Symptoms are similar to […]

Reports: Officials watching for H3N2v mutations

With more than 160 confirmed cases of H3N2v nationwide, health officials are watching to see if the virus mutates to be transmissible from person-to-person, according to news reports.

So far, the H3N2v virus, commonly known as swine flu, only has been transmitted between sick pigs and humans, with most of the infected being people that […]