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Jan 23, 2012

Jan 23, 2012

Experts debate aspects of H5N1 transmission studies

(CIDRAP News) – More experts weighed in recently on various aspects of yet-unpublished H5N1 avian influenza transmissibility studies that have raised concerns about the risk of an intentional or accidental release of the mutant pathogens, as well as worries about scientific censorship.

Jan 20, 2012

Jan 20, 2012

Researchers announce pause in controversial H5N1 studies

(CIDRAP News) – Leading influenza researchers from around the world, faced with a relentless controversy over experiments dealing with potentially dangerous H5N1 viruses, today announced a 60-day pause in such research to allow time to discuss its risks, benefits, and oversight.

Jan 17, 2012

Jan 17, 2012

WHO to lead talks on controversial H5N1 studies

(CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official said the agency will play a role in leading discussions on issues related to controversial H5N1 avian influenza transmission studies, as more experts called for a further global discussion of the issues.

Dec 20, 2011

Dec 20, 2011

US government urges journals to omit details of two H5N1 studies

(CIDRAP News) – In an unprecedented move, the US government, following an advisory panel's advice, has asked the journals Science and Nature to omit key details of two studies on the transmissibility of dangerous mutant strains of H5N1 influenza viruses in ferrets on grounds that the information could be misused by bioterrorists.

Oct 25, 2011

Oct 25, 2011

Strict meta-analysis raises questions about flu vaccine efficacy

Editor’s Note: This article covers research conducted in part by CIDRAP researchers. Please note that CIDRAP News operates independently in relation to CIDRAP's research and policy programs.

See also: Public health groups say flu vaccine is best tool, despite limitations

Oct 25, 2011

Public health groups say flu vaccine is best tool, despite limitations

Editor’s Note: This article covers research conducted in part by CIDRAP researchers. Please note that CIDRAP News operates independently in relation to CIDRAP's research and policy programs.

See also: Strict meta-analysis raises questions about flu vaccine efficacy

Sep 09, 2011

Sep 09, 2011

'Contagion' portrays extreme but not impossible scenario

(CIDRAP News) – In the film "Contagion," opening in theaters today, a respiratory virus from Malaysia makes its way from bats to humans, spreading quickly around the world and killing a high proportion of those infected. It's clearly an extreme scenario, but not an impossible one, say experts who have seen the movie.

Aug 29, 2011

Aug 29, 2011

FAO warns of possible H5N1 resurgence in birds

(CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expressed renewed concern today about H5N1 avian influenza, warning of a "possible major resurgence" of bird outbreaks and saying that a vaccine-evading strain has emerged in Vietnam and China.

Jul 13, 2011

Jul 13, 2011

Asymptomatic E coli infections raise new EU worries

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials investigating a cluster of Escherichia coli O104:H4 infections at a German school found a large number of asymptomatic infections in students and staff, a development that could pose new threats, the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) said yesterday.

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