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Jan 08, 2007

Jan 08, 2007

H5N1-infected bird found in Hong Kong

(CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong government officials recently announced that a wild bird found dead near a busy shopping district on Dec 31 tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza.

Jan 10, 2007

Jan 10, 2007

China has first avian flu case in months

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today that a 37-year-old man from China's Anhui province is recovering from H5N1 avian influenza, the country's first case in nearly 5 months, while hospital officials in Indonesia said one of two avian flu patients there died today.

Jan 23, 2007

Jan 23, 2007

CDC offers pandemic communication guidance

(CIDRAP News) – There's no standard playbook on communicating with the public during an influenza pandemic, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to educate public health officials and businesses about how to tailor successful messages.

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 28, 2007

Feb 28, 2007

Questions raised about study on masks as aerosol barrier

(CIDRAP News) – A recent study has raised expectations that simple surgical masks might offer a reasonably good substitute for N-95 respirators for healthcare workers seeking protection from airborne viruses, but others say the study is seriously flawed.

Feb 28, 2007

Human H5N1 cases reported in Laos, Egypt, China

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday confirmed Laos' first human case of H5N1 avian influenza, involving a 15-year-old girl from Vientiane, and Egypt and China also have reported new cases.

Mar 06, 2007

Mar 06, 2007

Glaxo H5N1 vaccine may work against multiple strains

Editor's note: This story was revised Mar 7 to clarify information about global influenza vaccine production capacity.

Mar 07, 2007

Mar 07, 2007

Iowa group bets on market to predict pandemics

(CIDRAP News) – Some professors at the University of Iowa think that a kind of betting system may help predict the timing and extent of the next influenza pandemic, and a large health foundation is betting they are right.

Mar 20, 2007

Mar 20, 2007

Baby in Hong Kong infected with H9N2 avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong officials have reported that a 9-month-old girl is infected with the strain of avian influenza known as A/H9N2, which has caused mild human illness in the city three times before and is considered capable of evolving into a pandemic strain.

Mar 28, 2007

Mar 28, 2007

Child's H9N2 flu case probably from birds

(CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong officials concluded that a baby girl who was recently infected with H9N2 avian influenza—a strain believed to have pandemic potential—probably contracted it from birds, according to recent reports.

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