News & Perspective

Jun 01, 2007

Jun 01, 2007

Indonesian teen is latest H5N1 victim; Chinese samples reach WHO

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesian officials announced today that a 15-year-old girl from Central Java died of H5N1 avian influenza this week, as the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that it received two human H5N1 samples from China, ending a nearly year-long delay in sharing promised samples.

Jun 04, 2007

Jun 04, 2007

FDA issues guidance on flu vaccine development

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration recently released separate documents outlining the kinds of clinical data required for licensing of new seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines.

In a May 31 news release, the agency said the guidance documents were designed to facilitate the rapid development and approval of new vaccines by outlining the regulatory pathways for companies.

Jun 04, 2007

Vietnam reports H5N1 case; Chinese patient dies

(CIDRAP News) – Vietnam's health ministry announced over the weekend that a poultry slaughterhouse worker was being treated for H5N1 avian influenza, and the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today that China's most recent H5N1 patient has died.

Jun 05, 2007

Jun 05, 2007

Danish firm wins US contract for new smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – US officials have announced the award of a $500 million contract to Bavarian Nordic A/S, a Danish firm, for 20 million doses of a smallpox vaccine that's expected to be safe for people with weakened immune systems.

Jun 06, 2007

Jun 06, 2007

Indonesia suspects ominous H5N1 mutations

(CIDRAP News) – Officials from Indonesia's avian flu commission said today that the H5N1 avian influenza virus may have mutated in a way that makes it more transmissible from birds to humans, but a World Health Organization (WHO) official said the WHO had seen no evidence of such a change, according to news services.

Jun 06, 2007

Jun 06, 2007

Physician survey shows mixed views on pandemic risk

(CIDRAP News) – Fewer than half of physicians who responded to a survey at a recent conference in Europe said they thought an influenza pandemic was very likely in the next few years, according to a report in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Jun 07, 2007

Jun 07, 2007

A preparedness trifecta: Why are we missing such teachable moments?

Three very different events in the past 2 weeks underscore that pandemic preparedness fatigue may have evolved into pandemic lethargy—and important lessons are being lost in the process.

Jun 07, 2007

Why talk now? The case for communicating with employees before the pandemic arrives

Your company is preparing for a pandemic, but your employees aren't. Can that possibly make sense?

Companies have their reasons for hesitating to communicate with employees about a possible future pandemic. The four reasons I hear most often:

Jun 07, 2007

Jun 07, 2007

West Nile cases rose sharply in 2006

(CIDRAP News) – The number of illnesses related to West Nile virus (WNV) in the United States rose in 2006 for the second year in a row, after a dramatic decline in 2004, suggesting that the virus will remain endemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jun 08, 2007

Jun 08, 2007

Human antibodies protect mice from H5N1 avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Antibodies gleaned from four Vietnamese patients who survived H5N1 avian influenza were used successfully to prevent and treat H5N1 infection in mice, suggesting that the same approach might be useful in humans, according to a recent report by an international team of researchers.

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