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Why is the section on Neuraminidase inhibitors so bad?[edit]

It didn't tell me what they are. I would have liked to see, "neuraminidase inhibitors act on the protein X-and-so that buds the newly-formed virus off the host cell...." The sort of thing that would tell me what a neura inhibitor actually is.

Instead it's all about why the author thinks they are bad. It sounds biased to me, and I'm a random user with no prior knowledge. The same sentence "the benefits of neuraminidase inhibitors in those who are otherwise healthy..." appears twice in this article, a third time on the page for neuraminidase inhibitors. I think someone is spouting their personal belief.

H7N8 Avian Influenza[edit]

There is a new avian influenza confirmed in the United States. USDA information below..... it should be addressed in this article, but I do not have permissions to edit (its semi-protected). Information below:

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USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic H7N8 Avian Influenza in a Commercial Turkey Flock in Dubois County, Indiana Last Modified: Jan 15, 2016 Print Contacts: Andrea McNally (202)799-7033 Lyndsay Cole (970)494-7410

WASHINGTON, January 15, 2016 -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana. This is a different strain of HPAI than the strains that caused the 2015 outbreak. There are no known cases of H7N8 infections in humans. As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F kills bacteria and viruses, including HPAI.

Samples from the turkey flock, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University, which is a part of USDA’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network, and confirmed by USDA this morning. APHIS is working closely with the Indiana State Board of Animal Health on a joint incident response. State officials quarantined the affected premises and depopulation of birds on the premises has already begun. Depopulation prevents the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system.

As part of existing avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and testing in the nearby area. The rapid testing and response in this incident is the result of months of planning with local, state, federal and industry partners to ensure the most efficient and effective coordination. Since the previous HPAI detections in 2015, APHIS and its state and industry partners have learned valuable lessons to help implement stronger preparedness and response capabilities. In September, APHIS published a HPAI Fall Preparedness and Response Plan that captures the results of this planning effort, organizing information on preparatory activities, policy decisions and updated strategy documents. The United States has the strongest AI surveillance program in the world, and USDA is working with its partners to actively look for the disease in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets and in migratory wild bird populations.

Anyone involved with poultry production, from the small backyard to the large commercial producer, should review their biosecurity activities to assure the health of their birds. To facilitate such a review, a biosecurity self-assessment and educational materials can be found at

In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at

Additional background Avian influenza (AI) is caused by an influenza type A virus which can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese and guinea fowl) and is carried by free flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese and shorebirds. AI viruses are classified by a combination of two groups of proteins: hemagglutinin or “H” proteins, of which there are 16 (H1–H16), and neuraminidase or “N” proteins, of which there are 9 (N1–N9). Many different combinations of “H” and “N” proteins are possible. Each combination is considered a different subtype, and can be further broken down into different strains. AI viruses are further classified by their pathogenicity (low or high)— the ability of a particular virus strain to produce disease in domestic chickens. RGRicklefs (talk) 00:36, 19 January 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 20 January 2016[edit]

Please change this statement: According to the CDC, rapid diagnostic tests have a sensitivity of 70–75% and specificity of 90–95% when compared with viral culture. To According to the CDC, rapid diagnostic tests have a sensitivity of 50-70% and specificity of 90–95% when compared with viral culture but their performance is highly variable depending on a number of factors associated with prevalence of the infection at the time of testing.

[1] (talk) 09:06, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Note: Due to FA, I would like a second editors input here --allthefoxes (Talk) 16:39, 20 January 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done The original sentence in the article was unsourced. The edit requester provided a WP:MEDRS compliant source to support the request. Having verified the info in the source matches the requested wording by the requester, I have made the requested changes. EvergreenFir (talk) Please {{re}} 23:44, 2 February 2016 (UTC)


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