News & Perspective

Nov 15, 2007

Nov 15, 2007

THE PANDEMIC VACCINE PUZZLE Can we vaccinate enough people in time to matter?

Maryn McKennaContributing Writer

(CIDRAP News) – This in-depth article investigates the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. Its seven parts put advances in vaccine technology in perspective by illuminating the formidable barriers to producing an effective and widely usable vaccine in a short time frame.

Aug 31, 2007

Aug 31, 2007

WHO confirms 5 Vietnam H5N1 cases, lists lab test criteria

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today recognized five human H5N1 influenza cases from Vietnam dating back to late May, after publishing formal criteria for accepting positive test results for H5 flu viruses from national laboratories.

The five cases include four fatal ones, which pushes Vietnam's H5N1 toll to 100 cases with 46 deaths. The country has the second highest number of avian flu cases, after Indonesia.

Jul 06, 2007

Jul 06, 2007

Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in recalled snack

(CIDRAP News) – The strain of Salmonella associated with 57 recent illnesses in 18 states has been found in a recalled snack called Veggie Booty, confirming interview-based evidence linking the product to the outbreak.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced this week it had found Salmonella Wandsworth, a strain it said has not been implicated in a US foodborne outbreak before, in a sealed package of the snack.

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.

May 25, 2007

May 25, 2007

China resumes sending human H5N1 samples

(CIDRAP News) – Some of the H5N1 avian flu virus samples from human cases that China has promised to send to a World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory have arrived in the United States, apparently ending an almost year-long lapse in sample sharing.

Mar 28, 2007

Mar 28, 2007

Passengers' flu-like symptoms alarm airline crews

(CIDRAP News) – Concerns about possibly contagious airline passengers prompted two recent interventions by Continental Airlines flight crews, one involving a tour group returning from China and the other a high school student with a cough.

Feb 06, 2007

Feb 06, 2007

2007 SUMMIT COVERAGE: CDC chief calls pandemic preparedness a marathon

(CIDRAP News) – Orlando, FL – Julie Gerberding, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today challenged health and business leaders to stay focused on the "marathon" of preparing for an influenza pandemic.

Gerberding, speaking at a conference on business preparedness, said it's not possible to maintain high public interest in the pandemic threat indefinitely, but leaders must keep preparing anyway.

Feb 06, 2007

Feb 06, 2007

System for global pandemic vaccine development challenged

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia, the country that has seen more human deaths from avian influenza H5N1 than any other, has ceased sharing viruses isolated from its patients with international health authorities, challenging the global system for flu-strain identification and vaccine development.

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