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Mar 11, 2011

Mar 11, 2011

Study: Some trials overestimated flu vaccine efficacy

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers from the University of Michigan say one measure of flu vaccine efficacy that has been used in a number of past controlled trials is not very accurate, and that this may have led to a degree of overselling of the protection the vaccines provide.

Mar 14, 2011

Mar 14, 2011

H5N1 cases reported in Indonesia, Bangladesh

(CIDRAP News) – Two people died of H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia in the past few weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, while news reports from Bangladesh cited that country's first human H5N1 case this year.

The Indonesian victims were a 2-year-old boy and a 31-year-old woman, who both had exposure to poultry, the WHO said, citing the Indonesian Ministry of Health as its information source.

Mar 16, 2011

Mar 16, 2011

Bangladesh reports another H5N1 infection

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Bangladesh have confirmed another H5N1 avian influenza infection, the second one in a week, bdnews24.com, a news service based in Dhaka, reported today.

Mar 16, 2011

HHS: 386 injury claims filed over H1N1 countermeasures

Editor's note: This story was revised Mar 17 to include additional information about the number of claims filed and processing steps.

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has so far received 386 claims of injuries related to the 2009 pandemic H1N1 vaccine and related pandemic countermeasures, HHS officials reported today.

Mar 16, 2011

Chinese researchers link febrile disease to new virus

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese researchers who have been investigating puzzling outbreaks of a febrile illness in rural areas that they thought might be anaplasmosis reported today that they identified a new bunyavirus, one that may be transmitted by ticks.

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