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Bird Flu Mutations Remain A Threat, Researchers Say

Writing in a New England Journal of Medicine perspective piece published on Wednesday, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and colleagues “look at the genetic sequences of past flu pandemics to learn how a virus goes from infecting only chickens or pigeons to sickening…

Fourteen H7N9 Patients Remain Hospitalized In China; 132 Cases Confirmed

“A total of 131 H7N9 avian flu cases have been reported on the Chinese mainland, including 39 that have ended in death, according to an update released Sunday by health authorities,” Xinhua reports (6/9). “Only 14 patients from China’s H7N9 bird flu outbreak are still in hospital, national health authorities…

WHO Publishes New Plan On How To Alert The World About Possible Flu Pandemics

“The [WHO] on Monday published a new plan on how to alert the world to possible flu pandemics, following harsh criticism of its handling of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic in 2009,” Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports (6/10). “Following recommendations by a review committee on Pandemic (H1N1) 2009, the new influenza guidance…

Blog Examines ‘Advanced Market Commitment’ Funding Mechanism

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a senior fellow at the CGD, and Kate McQueston, a program coordinator to the global health policy team, examine the Advanced Market Commitment (AMC), an “innovative financing mechanism [that] aims…

China Feels Economic Impact Of H7N9; Government Readies Vaccine

News outlets report on the economic impacts of H7N9 avian flu in China and the prospect of mass vaccination against the disease if human-to-human transmission occurs. Agence France-Presse: H7N9 bird flu comes home to roost in China “The handful of poultry dealers lingering at Chengbei Market have had little to…

New Room-Temperature Vaccine Can Be ‘Game-Changer’ In Developing Countries

VOA News: Room-Temperature Vaccine Could Be Boon to Developing Countries “Scientists have developed a revolutionary vaccine that does not require refrigeration or booster shots, making the so-called nanovaccine a potential ‘game-changer’ in curbing disease in the developing world…” (Berman, 3/19).

Antiviral Drug ‘Tamiflu’ Found To Be Effective Against H1N1, Study Reports

News outlets report on a new study that finds the antiviral drug Tamiflu to be effective against H1N1 flu. Reuters: Roche-backed study finds Tamiflu saved lives in flu pandemic “Using Roche’s medicine Tamiflu saved lives during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic four years ago, according to a new scientific study…

New Virus In China May Be Cause Of Death Of 3 Mine Workers

Science News: A New Killer Virus in China? “In June 2012, three men removing slag from a derelict copper mine in southwestern China fell ill with severe pneumonia and died. Six months later, researchers went spelunking in the mine—an artificial cave hewn from a hillside—in search of pathogens. After taking…

WHO Announces 5 New MERS Cases Reported In 3 Countries

CIDRAP: Five new MERS cases reported in 3 countries “Five new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections, two fatal, were reported today in three countries, including the first one in Kuwait since November and another illness with links to camels…” (3/20).

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