Bird flu has broken out in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Huge numbers of poultry have been culled. The EU requires culling instead of vaccination.
The first case of bird flu in Germany this winter has been discovered near the Polish border, with an outbreak already causing havoc throughout Eastern Europe. Half a million birds had to be culled in Germany in 2017.
Aside from a Covid-19 vaccine, antibodies from recovered patients could provide a short-term "passive immunization" to the disease. A German immunologist saved thousands of lives with the method 100 years ago.
A potential breakthrough discovery of new antibodies could lead to a universal vaccine. If successful, it could protect against all types of deadly influenza viruses and even prevent pandemics, a study shows.
Many coronavirus patients have died of sepsis — when the body's immune system goes into overdrive. How does sepsis occur, what are the warning signs and how is it treated?
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