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Oct 13, 2006

Oct 13, 2006

Study supports concept of 2-stage H5N1 vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – The human immune system may respond better to a vaccine for a new strain of H5N1 avian influenza if it is prepared in advance with a vaccine based on an existing H5N1 strain, the preliminary results of a government-sponsored study suggest.

Oct 10, 2006

Oct 10, 2006

Carrot juice cited in 2 botulism cases in Canada

(CIDRAP News) – Two botulism cases in Toronto have been linked to carrot juice from a California company, raising the number of people sickened by the juice to six, according to Canadian news reports.

Oct 06, 2006

Oct 06, 2006

Indonesia reports H5N1 in healthy chickens

(CIDRAP News) – In a development that could complicate avian influenza control efforts, an Indonesian official said this week that some apparently healthy chickens showed evidence of H5N1 virus infection, according to the Jakarta Post.

Sep 26, 2006

Sep 26, 2006

H9N2 flu vaccine looks good in clinical trial

(CIDRAP News) – Scientists reported yesterday that an experimental vaccine triggered a good immune response to H9N2 avian influenza virus, a type that has caused a few human infections and is considered capable of evolving into a pandemic strain.

Sep 21, 2006

Sep 21, 2006

Five Koreans had H5N1 virus but no illness

(CIDRAP News) – South Korea said last week that five workers who helped cull poultry nearly 3 years ago showed evidence of past infection with H5N1 avian influenza though they had never been ill.

The Sep 15 report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the five workers had tested positive for antibodies to the H5N1 virus but had never had symptoms.

Sep 19, 2006

Sep 19, 2006

Sanofi tests H7N1 flu vaccine for pandemic readiness

(CIDRAP News) – Sanofi Pasteur today announced the start of the first clinical trial of an H7N1 influenza vaccine, intended to guard against the threat of a pandemic caused by H7 strains of avian influenza.

Current concern about a flu pandemic focuses mainly on the H5N1 avian flu virus, which has infected at least 247 people and killed 144. But H7 avian flu viruses have caused a number of mild illness cases and one death in the past 3 years.

Sep 13, 2006

Sep 13, 2006

Live H5N1 vaccines show potential in animal study

(CIDRAP News) – Live-virus vaccines made from a combination of H5N1 avian influenza virus and another flu strain protected laboratory mice and ferrets from deadly infection with several different H5N1 strains, according to a report published yesterday.

Sep 08, 2006

Sep 08, 2006

WHO confirms three more H5N1 cases in Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization today recognized three more cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia, including one reported by the government yesterday and two dating back to 2005.

Jul 31, 2006

Jul 31, 2006

Hybrid avian-human flu virus didn't spread in lab study

(CIDRAP News) – In an experiment designed to mimic events that could launch an influenza pandemic, a synthetic influenza virus made by combining an H5N1 avian flu virus with a human flu virus turned out to be no more contagious in an animal model than the natural H5N1 virus, US scientists are reporting this week.

Jul 17, 2006

Jul 17, 2006

Indonesia reports 54th avian flu case

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesian health officials are reporting that a 44-year-old man who died last week tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus, according to news services.

If the man's lab results are confirmed by a World Health Organization (WHO) accredited laboratory in Hong Kong, he will be Indonesia’s 42nd avian flu fatality and 54th confirmed case. Also, Indonesia will be tied with Vietnam for the highest avian flu death toll.

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