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Feb 16, 2011

Feb 16, 2011

Anthrax expert says NRC report supports FBI

(CIDRAP News) – The National Research Council's (NRC's) report on the FBI's anthrax investigation amounts to a general endorsement of the agency's scientific approach, even though the NRC found that the purely scientific evidence on the source of the anthrax used in the 2001 attacks was not conclusive, a leading anthrax expert said today.

Feb 17, 2011

Feb 17, 2011

WHO sticks with current strains for next flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Signaling that the current flu strains are likely to persist over the next several months, the World Health Organization (WHO) today recommended sticking with the current trio of vaccine strains for the Northern Hemisphere's next influenza season.

The WHO's vaccine strain advisory committee met on Feb 15 and 16 and released its recommendation on the WHO's Web site. The group recommends the following for next season's vaccine:

Feb 17, 2011

Study: Cell-based flu vaccine protection matches egg-based

(CIDRAP News) – A cell-culture-derived influenza vaccine made by Baxter Bioscience provided about 71% protection against confirmed flu cases in young adults who participated in a large US clinical trial, a level similar to what has been seen with traditional egg-based vaccines, according to a report in The Lancet.

Feb 18, 2011

Feb 18, 2011

US flu activity remains high

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity in the United States remains at high levels, with all areas of the country now reporting that doctor's visits for flu-like illnesses are above regional baselines, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Thirty-seven states reported widespread flu activity last week, the same as the previous week's total. Ten states reported regional activity, up one from the previous week.

Feb 21, 2011

Feb 21, 2011

Flu activity shows signs of receding in Europe

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity persists at medium to high levels in most European Union countries but is showing signs of decreasing, according to the latest report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).


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