MERS outbreaks grow; Malaysian case had camel link
CIDRAP NEWS, Thursday 17 April 2014

Outbreaks of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections expanded further today with reports of seven more cases in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and three in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that Malaysia's first MERS patient had drunk camel milk when he visited Saudi Arabia.

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Kumamoto bird flu strain ID’d as H5N8, new to Japan
TheJapanTimes, Thursday 17 April 2014

The avian influenza found in chickens in Kumamoto Prefecture has been identified as the H5N8 virus, the agriculture ministry said Thursday.

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MERS cases reach Far East; Saudi Arabia reports 6 more
CIDRAP NEWS, Wednesday 16 April 2014

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has made a long-feared leap to the Far East with cases in Malaysia and the Philippines, while the current outbreak in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has grown by six cases, according to reports today.

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Study notes H5N1 tweaks that boost airborne spread
CIDRAP NEWS, Monday 14 April 2014

In a controversial study published 2 years ago Dutch scientists described a lab-modified strain of H5N1 influenza virus that was capable of airborne transmission among ferrets. Now the same researchers say they have identified five specific mutations that gave the virus this ability, a claim that is renewing debate about the risks of conducting and publishing such experiments.

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Mass culling begins in Japanese bird flu outbreak
WorldPoultry, Monday 14 April 2014

Japan is to cull 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed the presence of bird flu on a poultry farm in the south of the country. This is the first confirmed incidence bird flu in Japan in three years.

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Japan orders chicken cull to contain bird flu
AlJazeera, Sunday 13 April 2014

Japan slaughters 112,000 chickens after first confirmed case of bird flu in three years.

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