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Feb 17, 2005

Feb 17, 2005

Report: WHO to suggest stockpiling H5N1 flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to recommend that governments consider stockpiling vaccines against the H5N1 avian influenza virus now, rather than waiting until a human flu pandemic emerges, according to a story published online today by New Scientist magazine.

Apr 12, 2005

Apr 12, 2005

WHO issues new plan for pandemic flu preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization has published a new pandemic influenza preparedness plan that puts increased emphasis on the possibility of delaying a flu pandemic to buy time for improving the world's defenses against it.

Apr 13, 2005

Apr 13, 2005

Pandemic flu virus from 1957 mistakenly sent to labs

(CIDRAP News) – The revelation that samples of the influenza virus that caused the flu pandemic of 1957-58 were inadvertently sent to thousands of laboratories has raised fears of a new pandemic and triggered an urgent effort to destroy the samples.

Apr 19, 2005

Apr 19, 2005

Some H2N2 virus samples lost in transit

April 19, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – What began as a routine attempt to measure laboratories' testing proficiency has become a mission to track missing shipments of potentially lethal influenza viruses in Mexico, South Korea, and Lebanon.

Apr 20, 2005

Apr 20, 2005

H2N2 flu virus samples all found, most destroyed

April 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Samples of a potentially lethal influenza virus that were inadvertently mailed to laboratories around the world have all been found, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

A sample of the influenza A(H2N2) virus that had been missing in Beirut was found at the airport, the Associated Press (AP) quoted WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng as saying today. "That will be destroyed soon," she said.

Jun 17, 2005

Jun 17, 2005

IDSA says US antiviral supply for flu falls far short

(CIDRAP News) – The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is calling the US government's stockpile of antiviral drugs "totally inadequate" in the face of a potential influenza pandemic.

Jun 27, 2005

Jun 27, 2005

Momentum builds for cell-culture flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – You've got to gather a lot of eggs to supply the world with influenza vaccine, but that might change before long.

Jun 28, 2005

Jun 28, 2005

US must improve pandemic preparedness, group warns

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic influenza could kill 540,000 Americans and sicken up to 66.9 million, according to a recent report by the nonprofit organization Trust for America's Health (TFAH).

Aug 03, 2005

Aug 03, 2005

Two studies model containment strategies for pandemic flu

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers relying on mathematical modeling claim that early containment of pandemic influenza, an eventuality widely accepted as not an "if" but a "when," may well be attainable through targeted public health strategies. A leading public health expert, however, cautions against viewing these study results as fodder for relaxed planning efforts, stressing the myriad variables that would come into play.

Sep 16, 2005

Sep 16, 2005

US pushes international efforts to thwart flu pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – US officials this week promoted international efforts to prepare for a potential influenza pandemic, announcing an international flu surveillance partnership and promising aid to Vietnam for avian and human flu surveillance.

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