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Dec 21, 2004

Dec 21, 2004

Asian countries teaming up to thwart avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Overcoming the threat of avian influenza is the single most pressing agricultural and public health issue facing Southeast Asia, Singapore's minister of state for national development, Cedric Foo, said yesterday in opening a regional meeting on the disease, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

Dec 10, 2004

Dec 10, 2004

Asian nations work on pandemic planning, halting avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Southeast Asian nations are mounting a two-tiered attack on the avian influenza virus that has devastated poultry flocks and raised the specter of a potential human flu pandemic.

On the pandemic front, scientific advances and policy efforts are laying the groundwork for preparedness in Hong Kong and mainland China.

Dec 02, 2004

Dec 02, 2004

Asian nations vow cooperation on avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – As public health ministers and officials from 13 Asian countries conferred in Bangkok last week on how to prevent the spread of H5N1 avian influenza, experts offered troubling predictions.

Nov 30, 2004

Nov 30, 2004

WHO says large SARS outbreak unlikely this winter

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization's (WHO's) top official in the western Pacific said yesterday that SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) cases may return this winter but probably not in large numbers.

"I don't think a large outbreak is likely," Dr. Shigeru Omi, director of the WHO's Western Pacific Regional Office, said in a speech in Hong Kong. Omi was quoted in a WHO news release.

Nov 17, 2004

Nov 17, 2004

Clinical trials of human H5N1 flu vaccine to start soon

(CIDRAP News) – Clinical trials of a vaccine designed to keep the H5N1 avian influenza virus from sparking a human flu pandemic will begin early in 2005, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said this week.

Nov 03, 2004

Nov 03, 2004

Heron in Hong Kong had avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – A dead gray heron found in Hong Kong had H5N1 avian influenza, according to news reports.

A railway worker in the restricted area of Lok Ma Chau found the heron and turned it over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for testing Nov 1, according to Xinhua, the Chinese government news agency, and Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Oct 09, 2004

Oct 09, 2004

Avian flu task force formed, disease returns to Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – Southeast Asian nations have agreed to band together to coordinate response to the deadly avian influenza outbreak that has caused 31 human deaths and widespread poultry losses.

Sep 21, 2004

Sep 21, 2004

HHS awards contract for H5N1 avian flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – In a bid to limit the threat of an influenza pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding a contract to Aventis Pasteur Inc. to make 2 million doses of a vaccine for humans to protect against H5N1 avian influenza.

Aug 31, 2004

Aug 31, 2004

Flu virus shows surprising resistance to oseltamivir

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza viruses in 18% of a group of Japanese children who were treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) developed resistance to the antiviral drug, which is viewed as one of the key defenses against pandemic influenza, according to a new report in The Lancet.

Aug 26, 2004

Aug 26, 2004

HHS releases plan for coping with pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today released a lengthy plan for dealing with the potentially overwhelming threat of an influenza pandemic like those that occurred three times in the last century.

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