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Chinese woman dies from bird flu strain new to humans – World – CBC News

Chinese woman dies from bird flu strain new to humans – World – CBC News.

The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed 384 people worldwide since 2003.The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed 384 people worldwide since 2003.

Chinese authorities said Wednesday that a 73-year-old Chinese woman died after being infected with a bird flu strain that had sickened a human for the first time, a development that the World Health Organization called “worrisome.”

China’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the woman in the city of Nanchang had been infected by the H10N8 bird flu virus, a strain that had not previously been found in people, the Jiangxi province health department said on its website.

This is the second new bird flu strain to emerge in humans this year in China. In late March, the H7N9 bird flu virus broke out, infecting 140 people and killing 45, almost all of them on the mainland. The outbreak was controlled after the country closed many of its live animal markets — scientists had assumed the virus was infecting people through exposure to live birds.

Timothy O’Leary, spokesman for the World Health Organization’s regional office in Manila, said WHO officials were working closely with Chinese authorities to better understand the new virus. He said though its source remains unknown, birds are known to carry it and it would not be surprising if another human case was detected.

“It’s worrisome any time a disease jumps the species barrier from animals to humans. That said, the case is under investigation (by Chinese authorities) and there’s no evidence of human-to-human transmission yet,” O’Leary said by phone.

In the new case, the Jiangxi health department said the woman had severe pneumonia before dying Dec. 6 in a hospital in Nanchang.

She had suffered high blood pressure, heart disease and other underlying health problems that lowered her immunity, the health department said. Her medical history showed that she had been in contact with live poultry.

The health department said “no abnormalities” have been found in people who had close contact with her. It did not say if they had been tested or quarantined, though China has in previous outbreaks taken those measures.

Experts are cautious when it comes to bird flu viruses infecting humans. They have been closely watching the H5N1 bird flu virus, which has killed 384 people worldwide since 2003. The virus remains hard to catch with most human infections linked to contact with infected poultry, but scientists fear it could mutate and spread rapidly among people, potentially sparking a pandemic.

 

Interventionist Government Policies Cause Of, Not Cure For, Busts – Investors.com

Interventionist Government Policies Cause Of, Not Cure For, Busts – Investors.com. (FULL ARTICLE)

Time is nearly up for Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve who supposedly applied his scholarly knowledge of the Great Depression to steer the U.S. to safety after the financial crisis.

In truth, Bernanke navigated a monetarist course that favored intensive intervention, following in the footsteps of many mainstream economists who grossly misunderstood the lessons of the Crash of 1929 and the ensuing malaise.

That lesson is that when corrective crashes occur, intervention is far from the cure — it is the cause.

Until we learn from the past, we will continue to expose ourselves to devastating booms and busts. The Bernanke-led Fed has only exacerbated the problem, leading us to the brink of an even worse correction.

To capture the lessons learned, we turn to a scholar of the Great Depression: Murray Rothbard of the Austrian School of Economics, who refutes the common misconception that “laissez-faire capitalism was to blame.”

His contrarian and far less popular — yet more accurate — view is that the booms and busts of the business cycle result from shocks to the system caused by monetary intervention….

 

Environmental groups sue Ottawa over use of pesticides linked to cancer and water contamination | News

Environmental groups sue Ottawa over use of pesticides linked to cancer and water contamination | News.

Bird flu virus’s pandemic potential assessed in lab animals – Health – CBC News

Bird flu virus’s pandemic potential assessed in lab animals – Health – CBC News.

Asian Avian Flu…how to avoid and fight it.

Asian Avian Flu.

 

Climate changes could bring malaria to the UK | Science | The Observer

Climate changes could bring malaria to the UK | Science | The Observer.

 

WHO says new bird flu ‘more lethal’ to humans – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English

WHO says new bird flu ‘more lethal’ to humans – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English.

 

H7N9 Flu Virus: Canada National Lab To Work On Virus; Sample Likely Arrives Next Week

H7N9 Flu Virus: Canada National Lab To Work On Virus; Sample Likely Arrives Next Week.

 

Newest bird flu strain found in Beijing – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English

Newest bird flu strain found in Beijing – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English.

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