The ancient Greeks were the first to use the word pandemic, but not in the modern sense of a global disease outbreak.
Pandemics are global threat but not everyone prepares for them in the same way.
After the Spanish flu we didn’t see any new flu strains for forty years. Now novel strains are increasingly popping up.
How is it the flu has managed to stay around for so long, and why haven't we beaten it yet?
Women in rural Malawi, outside an AIDS hospital. AIDS was the first of the ‘new’ pandemic threats, after bird flu.
An active outbreak of a type of bird flu in China raises concerns about worldwide pandemics. Ebola and Zika viruses still threaten. Here's why this is not the time to cut funding.
Red-billed Teal and Egyptian Geese were identified as the highest risk species for avian influenza transmission in southern Africa.
Southern Africa is further south than the ends of the migration routes of ducks from Europe to East and West Africa.
The avian influenza strain of bird flu is thought to spread across continents via wild migratory birds.
Functional early warning systems help countries respond to a disease before it spreads.
A Ugandan chicken farmer rides to market in this file photo. In the wake of an outbreak of avian flu farmers have been told to quarantine their poultry.
Since regular monitoring for avian influenza viruses started, several subtypes that have been circulating - but not all pose a threat to humans.
From turkeys to salmon and brussels sprouts, modern living is putting mounting pressure on the festive feast.
They’re coming to get you.
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Livestock and farmers most at risk.
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The UK has just recorded its second outbreak of bird flu in less than three months. At the end of November, the relatively new subtype H5N8 – which was first spotted in late 2009 in China and which has…