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Story of a Pandemic

First official Infectious Reads blog post! I thought I’d start by introducing you to a beautifully constructed little novel by William Maxwell. ‘They Came Like Swallows… 829 more words


Researchers identify potentially dangerous avian flu mutations

An international team of scientists has identified several genetic mutations that, should they arise, could potentially allow the avian influenza strain H7N9 to spread between humans. 364 more words

Everyday Science

New flu test predicts rapid patient deterioration 

Australian researchers have developed a world first test to identify which influenza patients will need urgent, life-saving, medical treatment.

The High-risk Influenza Screen Test (HIST) measures ‘an early warning signal’ released by the patient’s body into their blood to ‘kick start’ their immune system’s fight against the infection. 298 more words

Everyday Science

How will many of us end - in the eyes of Bill Gates

Bill Gates is mainly worried about one thing. It’s not nuclear, nor war or a natural disaster.

Bill Gates believes that the most likely thing to kill the excess of 10 million people in the 21st century. 292 more words

POETRY: Affluenza, a Pauper's Lament


Being poor is like having the flu.

You’re alive, most likely you will survive,

but your quality of zing will never thrive. 105 more words


Influenza is New Zealand biggest infectious disease killer

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, shows that influenza kills about 500 New Zealanders each year, and the risk of premature death is much higher for Māori, Pasifika, men and those living in relative poverty. 558 more words

Everyday Science

Day 162 in 2017

A bowl of hot erwtensoep,

And a pot of hot local tea,

Are great lovers to you,

In the days of influenza!

They infuse warmth – like a much needed love, … 28 more words