News & Perspective

Aug 29, 2006

Aug 29, 2006

New test may enable more labs to subtype flu viruses

(CIDRAP News) – Government-funded researchers say they have developed a test that may enable more laboratories to fully identify influenza viruses than is possible with existing tests.

Aug 28, 2006

Aug 28, 2006

Experts critique state pandemic plans

(CIDRAP News) – Now that most states have issued preliminary or final plans for dealing with pandemic influenza, a group of experts who looked at the public health strategies in the plans has given them a mixed review.

Aug 24, 2006

Aug 24, 2006

Experts worry that antivirals may mask avian influenza

(CIDRAP News) – Avian flu experts in two of the countries with the most human H5N1 avian influenza cases to date—Vietnam and Thailand—are warning that the antiviral drug oseltamivir may mask the infection and complicate laboratory detection.

Aug 23, 2006

Aug 23, 2006

CDC begins sharing flu virus genetic data

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the genetic blueprints for more than 650 influenza virus genes to launch a new data-sharing program intended to stimulate influenza research.

Aug 14, 2006

Aug 14, 2006

Two Michigan swans have avian flu; experts quell concerns

(CIDRAP News) –The federal government announced today that two swans in Michigan tested positive for both the H5 and N1 avian influenza subtypes, but initial genetic sequencing suggests that it is a low-pathogenic type rather than the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain spreading through birds in Asia, Europe, and Africa and causing deaths in humans.

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