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Feb 28, 2006

Feb 28, 2006

Avian flu suspected in ducks in Sweden, cat in Germany

(CIDRAP News) – Europe braced for further spread of the H5N1 avian influenza virus today in the wake of reports that the virus was suspected in the deaths of two wild ducks on Sweden's Baltic coast and a domestic cat in Germany.

The cat was discovered last weekend on Ruegen, the island off Germany's north coast where H5N1 was first discovered on German soil, according to a Reuters report.

Mar 07, 2006

Mar 07, 2006

HHS using Indonesian strain for second H5N1 flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – A second vaccine against human H5N1 influenza is being developed, US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt announced yesterday.

In a speech at an immunization conference, Leavitt announced that he has authorized the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to start work on a second vaccine, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published yesterday.

Mar 30, 2006

Mar 30, 2006

H5N1 vaccine trial shows limited benefit

(CIDRAP News) – The first experimental US vaccine for H5N1 avian influenza yielded only modest results in its first clinical trial, generating an adequate immune response in slightly more than half of participants who received a heavy dose, scientists report.

Apr 12, 2006

Apr 12, 2006

Top official predicts reduced bird flu impact in US

(CIDRAP News) – The spread of avian flu to the United States probably would not have the same impact it has had in less developed countries, according to the US government's top infectious-disease official.

May 02, 2006

May 02, 2006

Postexposure Marburg vaccination protects monkeys

(CIDRAP News) – An experimental vaccine protected monkeys from the deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever virus even though they weren't vaccinated until after exposure, according to a report published in the April 29 issue of The Lancet.

May 09, 2006

May 09, 2006

Vaccine may permit shorter antibiotic course for anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – Combining vaccination with 14 days of antibiotic therapy after exposure to airborne anthrax may be an alternative to the current recommendation of 60 days of antibiotics alone, according to an animal study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jun 07, 2006

Jun 07, 2006

Firm gets funds for work on avian flu DNA vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Vical Inc., San Diego, announced today it would receive early access to $2.6 million in government funds to help it complete preclinical development of a DNA vaccine for avian influenza.

Aug 29, 2006

Aug 29, 2006

New test may enable more labs to subtype flu viruses

(CIDRAP News) – Government-funded researchers say they have developed a test that may enable more laboratories to fully identify influenza viruses than is possible with existing tests.

Sep 13, 2006

Sep 13, 2006

Live H5N1 vaccines show potential in animal study

(CIDRAP News) – Live-virus vaccines made from a combination of H5N1 avian influenza virus and another flu strain protected laboratory mice and ferrets from deadly infection with several different H5N1 strains, according to a report published yesterday.

Sep 26, 2006

Sep 26, 2006

H9N2 flu vaccine looks good in clinical trial

(CIDRAP News) – Scientists reported yesterday that an experimental vaccine triggered a good immune response to H9N2 avian influenza virus, a type that has caused a few human infections and is considered capable of evolving into a pandemic strain.

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