News & Perspective

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 13, 2005

Avian flu widespread in Vietnam flocks; experts push vaccines

April 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Tests on poultry in Vietnam's Mekong Delta region show the H5N1 avian influenza virus is remarkably widespread, a finding that may bolster experts calling for a shift from culling to vaccinating birds.

Apr 12, 2005

Apr 12, 2005

Silent carriers: possible culprits in avian flu transmission?

April 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Although an 8-year-old Cambodian girl's death was caused by the H5N1 virus, it's not clear how she developed avian flu.

She had been in contact with infected chickens in February, "but the exposure period is too long," said Megge Miller, a World Health Organization (WHO) official in Cambodia, in an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story. The girl became sick on Mar 29 and died on Apr 7, news reports said.

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 11, 2005

Apr 11, 2005

WHO reports some progress in Marburg battle

(CIDRAP News) – Intense efforts to improve local people's understanding of the Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Angola have made some headway, though the epidemic has grown to 214 cases with 194 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Apr 11, 2005

Apr 11, 2005

Avian flu claims third victim in Cambodia

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza claimed its third Cambodian victim when an 8-year-old girl died in a Phnom Penh hospital Apr 7, news services reported yesterday.

The girl was from Kampot, the same province as Cambodia's first two victims of H5N1 avian flu, said Ly Sovann, head of the Cambodian health minstry's infectious disease department, as quoted in an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.

Apr 08, 2005

Apr 08, 2005

Marburg outbreak jumps to 200 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The toll in Angola's epidemic of Marburg hemorrhagic fever has continued to climb sharply, reaching 174 deaths out of 200 cases, according to the latest reports.

Apr 08, 2005

Salmonella sources in tomato-linked outbreaks still unclear

(CIDRAP News) – Follow-up investigation has failed to pinpoint how Roma tomatoes were contaminated with Salmonella last summer, sickening more than 500 people in the United States and Canada, according to federal health officials.

Apr 08, 2005

FLU SERIES Lessons learned from this year's vaccine crisis

April 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The only thing more unpredictable than the fickle, fast-changing influenza virus may be the US flu season itself.

Apr 08, 2005

Attacks stall surveillance for Marburg cases

(CIDRAP News) – Local residents attacked the vehicles of disease surveillance teams in Angola yesterday, stalling efforts to find Marburg hemorrhagic fever cases even as the toll in the outbreak climbed further, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

The outbreak has expanded to 205 cases, 180 of them fatal, the WHO reported in its latest update. Earlier today, WHO officials at a briefing in Geneva had put the death toll at 174.

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