News & Perspective

Apr 01, 2013

Apr 01, 2013

China reports three H7N9 infections, two fatal

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese health officials yesterday announced three severe respiratory infections, two of them fatal, from H7N9 influenza, a subtype that has not been known to infect humans before.

Jan 06, 2012

Jan 06, 2012

Flu activity starting to rise in Europe, parts of US

(CIDRAP News) – Though flu activity is still below epidemic thresholds in most of the Northern Hemisphere, increases in areas such as Spain, northern Africa, and part of Canada suggest that the season is starting, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Dec 16, 2011

Dec 16, 2011

Flu watchdogs report few hot spots

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity remained low in the Northern Hemisphere last week, with only a few countries, such as Costa Rica and Cameroon, reporting spikes in the number of cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Costa Rica is the only tropical country in the Americas to report increasing numbers of cases, which are primarily influenza A/H3N2, the WHO said.

Nov 30, 2009

Feb 13, 2009

Feb 13, 2009

WHO picks new B strain for 2009-10 flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Because of a suboptimal match between this year's flu vaccine and circulating influenza B viruses, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended changing one of the three strains used in flu vaccines for the Northern Hemisphere next fall and winter.

Jan 20, 2006

Jan 20, 2006

Report discourages use of antivirals for seasonal flu

Jan 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who analyzed numerous clinical trials concluded that the two newest antiviral drugs for influenza, oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), should not routinely be used against seasonal flu—a recommendation flatly rejected by the manufacturer of oseltamivir.

Jan 19, 2005

Jan 19, 2005

Smallpox exercise shows shortages of vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – A recent exercise that confronted international leaders with a hypothetical smallpox attack showed the potential for tensions between countries that have enough smallpox vaccine and those that don't, according to news reports.

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