Cracking the code: A look at bird flu strains

H5N1, H7N3, H7N9, H5N2, H7N8.

What do these mysterious series of letters and numbers mean, and why should we pay attention to them?

Some of these numbers might ring a bell if you pay close attention to the news. All of the above are strains of avian influenza, otherwise known as bird flu. H5N1 is […]

Time for the Monday links

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Food safety

The surprisingly high cost of childhood allergies – The Week

Food allergies can be expensive, and not only for the person who has them.

Emerging pathogens: Vibrio cases […]

Egg shortage in Mexico follows avian flu outbreak

High prices and a shortage of eggs have hit Mexico following an outbreak of avian flu that claimed millions of chickens.

Prices have jumped from about $1.50 for 18 eggs to about $3. The jump in price is tough for the millions who already are struggling to make ends meet. Eggs are a staple of […]