US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu

...chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday...and is paying to research and stockpile a bird flu vaccine in case the virus returns.The bird flu killed 48 million birds, mostly turkeys and...
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Avian flu hasn't reached Alaska birds yet, but it could

...according to Gerlach. Pullets are hens bred to lay eggs but not yet old enough to do so.Wild birds that have contracted the avian flu in Canada or the lower 48 could spread the disease to Alaska. To prevent a local outbreak, Gerlach says poultry farmers should...
Health officials say flu season arrived early

...through Thursday had identified 405 November flu cases confirmed by a doctor's visit far the highest number of confirmed flu cases we've seen in November in the past...Alaska documented fewer than 100 cases of flu in November. The exception was 2012, when...
Alaska Science Forum: Villager's remains led to 1918 flu breakthrough

...the virus responsible for the 1918 Spanish flu, the killer of millions of people, was...retrieved samples of the virus from the lungs of flu victims preserved by permafrost in an understanding the long-gone Spanish flu of 1918 may be frozen in the bodies of flu...
Free flu shots offered at Public Health

Fight the flu before it hits. Influenza vaccines are available...are more likely to be hospitalized with the flu."Experts aren't sure exactly why, but...that these populations are at high risk of flu complications could include social and economic...
Alaska flu cases spike; season hasn't peaked

ANCHORAGE - Cases of the flu spiked in Alaska at the end of December...Alaskans have been reported to have the flu since the infection popped up, like clockwork...of at least 35 states where widespread flu activity is reported, according to the...
2 flu deaths reported in Alaska

...ANCHORAGE - Two adult Alaskans died from the flu in the past week, according to state health...requiring health care facilities to report adult flu deaths to the state took effect in late...notified of any child deaths so far this flu season."People think, 'Oh it's just...
Native Medical Center patient death not from flu

...Alaska Native Medical Center did not have the flu although an earlier hospital test had indicated...determined, he said.Patients with the flu have been admitted to the Alaska Native...seriously ill, the spokesman said.No flu deaths have been confirmed this season in...
Doctors: Not enough Alaskans getting flu vaccines

...ANCHORAGE - Too few Alaskans are getting an annual flu shot, doctors say, with some patients claiming...officials began tracking adults who die from the flu, KTUU-TV reported.There have been no reported flu deaths in the state, but McLaughlin said doctors...
Swine flu possible cause of Alaska patient death

ANCHORAGE - An influenza strain known as swine flu is the possible cause of a patient's death at the hospital for type A influenza. The swine flu strain, or H1N1, is a type A flu.Jay Butler, the hospital's director of community...


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