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Aug 21, 2007

Aug 21, 2007

H5N1 strikes Pakistan poultry again

(CIDRAP News) – Government officials in Pakistan today announced a recent outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in the country's northwest, as Indonesia worked to stamp out the disease on farms on Sulawesi and Italian officials reported low-pathogenic avian flu outbreaks.

Sep 10, 2007

Sep 10, 2007

Chikungunya fever gains foothold in Europe

(CIDRAP News) – A recent outbreak of the debilitating tropical disease known as chikungunya fever in northern Italy apparently marks the mosquito-borne infection's first foothold in Europe, according to European health authorities.

Oct 09, 2007

Oct 09, 2007

Fresh doubts, new support for flu shots for seniors

(CIDRAP News) – In quick succession, the view that influenza shots yield life-saving benefits for elderly people has come under serious attack and received fresh support in recent weeks.

Oct 26, 2007

Oct 26, 2007

THE PANDEMIC VACCINE PUZZLE Part 2: Vaccine production capacity falls far short

Editor's note: This is the second in a seven-part series investigating the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The series puts promising advances in vaccine technology in perspective by illuminating the formidable barriers to producing large amounts of an effective and widely usable vaccine in a short time frame.

Nov 06, 2007

Nov 06, 2007

Report says chikungunya could return in Europe next spring

(CIDRAP News) – Health experts who investigated Europe's first chikungunya outbreak involving transmission by local mosquitoes recently reported that cases could occur again next spring unless vigorous mosquito surveillance and eradication measures are used to control the disease in Italyand prevent its spread to other parts of Europe.

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.

Nov 28, 2007

Nov 28, 2007

No TB found among those who flew with Atlanta patient

(CIDRAP News) – Tests have detected no tuberculosis in hundreds of people who shared airline flights with an Atlanta man who flew to Europe and back in May despite having a drug-resistant form of TB, health officials from the United States and Canada have told news services.

Dec 17, 2007

Dec 17, 2007

Benin confirms its first H5N1 outbreaks

Tests in Italy have confirmed the first poultry outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in the West African country of Benin, according to news services.

Jan 17, 2008

Jan 17, 2008

Avian flu resurfaces in Iran, sparks worries in India

(CIDRAP News) – Officials in Iran have confirmed their country's first H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in domestic birds, while authorities in eastern India are working on a massive poultry cull amid worries about possible new H5N1 outbreaks.

Aug 06, 2008

Aug 06, 2008

FDA approvals clear way for flu vaccine marketing

Editor's note: This story was updated Aug 7 to include information about the start of influenza vaccine shipments by Novartis.

(CIDRAP News) – The six companies that make influenza vaccine for the US market have won federal approval for their version of this year's vaccine, in which all three flu strains used in last year's product have been replaced, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday.

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