(CIDRAP News) Rift Valley fever (RVF), a mosquito-borne disease that can kill humans and animals, is starting to grab the attention of American scientists because it could cause devastating outbreaks in the United States.
(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.
WASHINGTON, DC (CIDRAP News) Health officials worldwide are becoming increasingly concerned about influenza viruses' resistance to antiviral drugs, which can shut down a flu infection or mitigate symptoms. Flu antivirals are vital for reducing severe illness and death in average flu seasons and could be essential bulwarks against an influenza pandemic if one began.
(CIDRAP News) A package of studies and commentary published this week by the Journal of Infectious Diseases points up the ability of influenza viruses to become drug-resistant and continue to spread, highlighting the need for new antivirals.
(CIDRAP News) – In tough economic conditions, the United States has sharpened its global health goals to more efficiently expand its reach and invest resources in the most promising treatment and diagnostic tools, Rajiv Shah, MD, director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) said in a speech today at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
(CIDRAP News) Most measures of influenza activity in the United States continued their gradual decline last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and similar trends were reported in Europe and other parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
(CIDRAP News) Flu indicators in the United States and other Northern Hemisphere locations continue to plummet, with global surveillance showing only a few active areas in tropical and Southern Hemisphere locations that will soon be approaching their flu season.