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Dec 05, 2006

Dec 05, 2006

Study: Poultry most likely to bring H5N1 to Americas

(CIDRAP News) – Poultry infected with H5N1 avian influenza pose the greatest risk of bringing the disease to the Americas, according to a new study by British and US researchers that challenges US efforts to detect flu in migratory birds.

Dec 20, 2006

Dec 20, 2006

Vietnam reports new H5N1 outbreaks in poultry

(CIDRAP News) – Vietnam's first major outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza since last year struck two poultry farms in the southern Mekong Delta recently, government officials reported yesterday.

Jan 29, 2007

Jan 29, 2007

Avian flu resurfaces in Russian poultry

(CIDRAP News) – Russia reported its first H5N1 avian influenza outbreak of the season today, as more suspicious bird deaths were reported in Japan and Hungary, where agriculture authorities are battling other recently confirmed outbreaks.

Feb 19, 2007

Feb 19, 2007

H5N1 outbreaks confirmed near Moscow

(CIDRAP News) – Russian officials today confirmed that suspicious bird deaths in three towns on the outskirts of Moscow were caused by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.

Feb 23, 2007

Feb 23, 2007

Afghanistan confirms new H5N1 outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Afghanistan confirmed yesterday that poultry deaths at two farms in the eastern part of the country were caused by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.

Feb 26, 2007

Feb 26, 2007

Kuwait reports H5N1 outbreaks in birds

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Kuwait have reported finding H5N1 avian influenza in backyard and captive birds at several locations in the past two days, according to news services.

Apr 18, 2007

Apr 18, 2007

Danish firm expects to sell smallpox vaccine to US

(CIDRAP News) – Bavarian Nordic, a Danish company, announced this week that the US government plans to buy 20 million doses of the company's Imvamune smallpox vaccine, but a US official said no decision has been made yet.

Imvamune is Bavarian's version of modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA), which is considered safer than the conventional smallpox vaccine, particularly for people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and children.

Apr 24, 2007

Apr 24, 2007

Autopsy study supports link between flu, heart attacks

(CIDRAP News) – US and Russian researchers report that peak death rates from heart disease seemed to coincide with peak influenza activity in a Russian population over an 8-year period, suggesting that flu contributes to heart attacks.

May 18, 2007

May 18, 2007

WHO postpones smallpox virus destruction by 4 years

(CIDRAP News) – At the World Health Assembly meeting today in Geneva, global health officials agreed to postpone for 4 years a decision on when to destroy the world's remaining stores of smallpox virus.

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.

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