Bits & Pieces


Popular Science Communication:

Avian influenza (H5N1): why are experts concerned about the virus reaching Antarctica? Infection and Immunity Podcast

Avian influenza has killed millions of seabirds around the world: Antarctica could be next. The Conversation

Bird flu, human cases, and risk to Australia. University of Melbourne Pursuit

When should we worry about bird flu making us sick? When we see human-to-human transmission – and there’s no evidence of that yet. The Conversation

Tracking avian influenza to safeguard Australia. University of Melbourne Pursuit

High burden of avian influenza in the Northern Hemisphere, and what is means for us here in Australia. Doherty Institute News

Cosmos Q&A: Predicting the next pandemic. Cosmos Magazine.

Nearly half a million poultry deaths: there are 3 avian influenza outbreaks in Victoria. Should we be worried? The Conversation

Wild birds are neglected hosts for coronaviruses. Doherty Website

Penguin viruses on the frozen continentUniversity of Melbourne Pursuit

How our avian athletes could spread influenza. University of Melbourne Pursuit

A duck is not a duck is not a duck. Nature Community Behind the Paper

The canary in a superbug mine. BMC On Biology.

Seabirds and flu, a review. Zoonotic Ecology and Epidemiology blog.

Is the Labrador Duck a Common Eider x Steller’s Eider hybrid? No. The Lab and Field blog

In the news:

Australia urged to be ‘vigilant’ as deadly bird flu reaches mainland Antarctica for the first time
https://www.9news.com.au/national/australia-to-be-vigilant-as-bird-flu-reaches-mainland-antarctica/1843fca0-c2c5-4435-a72c-d1f138d187cc

Deadly H5N1 avian influenza strain detected on mainland Antarctica for the first time.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2024-02-27/deadly-h5n1-avian-influenza-strain-detected-on-antarctica/103473276

Antarctica’s Penguins Could Be Devastated by Avian Influenza
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/antarcticas-penguins-could-be-devastated-by-avian-influenza/ 

Avian influenza or ‘bird flu’ has devastated wildlife across South America. Antarctica could be next https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-08/antarctic-bird-flu-h5n1-threat-scientists-fear-worst/103287708

A bird flu outbreak is sweeping the globe. Its long-term effects are unclear https://www.sciencenews.org/article/bird-flu-outbreak-influenza-panzootic-galapagos

Five species positive for avian influenza in South Georgia https://polarjournal.ch/en/2024/01/17/five-species-positive-for-avian-influenza-in-south-georgia/

Avian influenza reaches South Georgia https://polarjournal.ch/en/2023/10/24/avian-influenza-reaches-south-georgia/ 

Mass deaths of elephant seals recorded as bird flu sweeps across the Antarctic https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/08/mass-deaths-elephant-seals-penguins-bird-flu-antarctic-ecological-disaster-aoe?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco&fbclid=PAAaY86N1rHlDV4TlFpIt7h0sQGYa9isZDXOeQglWNPese38nDpozQdslYHAQ

Drowning coastal ecosystems https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct4scr?fbclid=PAAaZxRbTjY_-duliXJkCTW2D9p8wdqYgM-u3qECE1cFrMgFD3_SwSi9wYACM

What role do we all play in our biosecurity? https://www.abc.net.au/listen/programs/theconversationhour/the-conversation-hour/102780986?fbclid=PAAablnzdhb0NhMPnJsYGyqH0RfN2Sy-PsHKjK9P3ixHH6oe7yofswO5NGEH4 

Bird Flu Has Never Done This Before https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2023/08/avian-flu-vaccine-wild-bird-transmission-endemic/674903/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share&fbclid=PAAaYqSJw5ZEtS4YpNlVHMIVtrTLDEVPAOnTbXowFJHMB84uhJ0BotlGcQKjk 

Avian flu may have killed millions of birds globally as outbreak ravages South America https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jul/22/avian-flu-may-have-killed-millions-of-bird-as-outbreak-hits-south-america-aoe?CMP=share_btn_tw&fbclid=PAAaaFjYmkKYysdMrrB-aCDigE0XeZL_bFr1wWujUX3gUOBCg1kn2gRN_M56E 

Bird flu can jump to mammals. Should we worry? https://www.sciencenews.org/article/bird-flu-mammals-influenza-pandemic?fbclid=PAAabxVDPFD9AW8VJFzrDDbQ8AVmCpVNZ__jafVyHw7zAJKK3bvpVQdleYKH8 

Analysis-Why public health officials are not panicked about bird flu https://www.todayonline.com/world/analysis-why-public-health-officials-are-not-panicked-about-bird-flu-2115421?fbclid=PAAabEGClHjgs588HQXh1qMRb9LrdtWU8GAOhuIYX-xL0wPOKDm1PZzkYGFeE 

Global H5N1 bird flu outbreak so bad many countries are now considering vaccination https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2023-02-17/bird-flu-h5n1-global-pandemic-poultry-vaccination-wild-animals/101972756?fbclid=PAAaYUYut5CPiG_ZQ2gX_D_ekWhxfzR92eaNZOVD5rE-MMVA9xgEDXWH8iKjk 

Bird flu is spreading among mammals. How worried should we be? https://www.smh.com.au/national/bird-flu-is-spreading-among-mammals-how-worried-should-we-be-20230207-p5cig3.html?fbclid=PAAaZwi1n2AJk_CKr1VGlp0381ZyZLxGqmsUJRdYvXxrJ3J0j0KHIWwrgr8rA 

Bird flu keeps spreading beyond birds. Scientists worry it signals a growing threat to humans, too
https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/bird-flu-keeps-spreading-beyond-birds-scientists-worry-it-signals-a-growing-threat-to-humans-too-1.6732287

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Photography in science:

Great Black-backed Gulls photographed in St. Johns, NL. Banner image for an article on HPAI in “Canadian Poultry”

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A Mallard photographed in the city park in Kalmar, Sweden, Autumn 2013. Also the cover of my PhD thesis.

Michelle Wille

A juvenile black headed gull photographed in the city park in Kalmar, Sweden, summer 2012. Cover image for Josanne Verhagen’s Journal of Virology article

Michelle Wille

An adult Herring Gull, sampled for our study, on Gull Island, Newfoundland. Summer 2009. Cover for Yanyn Huang’s Virology article.

Michelle Wille

My photos are also featured on the banner of the Zoonotic Ecology and Epidemiology blog

Bird Art

I design bird graphics, which you can now purchase on tshirts 🙂

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