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Mar 14, 2007

Mar 14, 2007

Indonesia wants legal pact on sharing H5N1 samples

(CIDRAP News) –Indonesia vowed today not to share H5N1 avian influenza virus samples with the World Health Organization (WHO) until it has a "legally binding" guarantee that the samples won't be used to develop vaccines that the country can't afford, according to news services.

Mar 01, 2007

Mar 01, 2007

WHO confirms H5N1 cases, still seeks virus-sharing pact

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed two cases of H5N1 avian influenza, one in Egypt and one in China, while stating that a disagreement with Indonesia about sharing H5N1 virus samples has not yet been fully resolved.

Feb 16, 2007

Feb 16, 2007

Indonesia to resume sharing H5N1 samples with WHO

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia and the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed today that Indonesia will resume sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples while the WHO will work to ensure that developing countries have access to pandemic vaccines based on viruses they supply.

Feb 07, 2007

Feb 07, 2007

Proposed US budget boosts pandemic readiness, stalls biodefense capacity

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration's new budget proposes adding funds for pandemic preparedness while cutting some support for bioterrorism and local preparedness, drawing mixed reviews from national public health groups.

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 02, 2007

Feb 02, 2007

Experts give qualified praise to new pandemic guidance

(CIDRAP News) – New federal recommendations on nonpharmaceutical measures communities can use to fight an influenza pandemic are drawing generally high marks from public health officials and others, but they say the plan spells a massive workload for local planners.

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.

Jan 19, 2007

Jan 19, 2007

Asian countries struggle to contain avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian influenza situation in Asia remained active today as Indonesia began clearing Jakarta of backyard fowl to curb the spread of the disease, Vietnam fought a poultry outbreak in an eighth province, and Thailand tested several people for suspected infections.

Jan 18, 2007

Jan 18, 2007

Tamiflu-resistant H5N1 strain surfaces in Egypt

(CIDRAP News) – Two patients who recently died of H5N1 avian influenza in Egypt had a strain of the virus that was moderately resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today, but the finding has not prompted new health advisories.

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