News & Perspective

May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

Global health groups weigh in on H7N9 threat

(CIDRAP News) – China's H7N9 influenza outbreak was one of the high-profile disease topics in the opening address today for the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), as two global health groups issued new assessments of the risk to humans and the poultry trade.

May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013

Medical conferences spotlight H7N9 threat

(CIDRAP News) – Science and preparedness discussions in the wake of China's H7N9 avian flu outbreak took the stage at two medical meetings today, with experts uneasy about how the virus has behaved so far and questioning its source and if the threat to humans can be contained.

May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

Study of H7N9 cases shows extent of severe disease

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers from China today published a detailed clinical analysis of 111 patients sickened in the country's H7N9 influenza outbreak that showed how severe patients' illnesses have been, with 77% admitted to intensive care units (ICUs).

May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013

Study: H7N9 shows limited aerosol transmission in ferrets

(CIDRAP News) – The first study in animals to test-drive transmission of the new H7N9 virus found that it can spread by the airborne route in ferrets, but not very efficiently, an international team reported today in Science.

May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013

Experts mull H7N9 bird market findings, assess rapid tests

Chinese officials are wrapping up the bird sampling part of the investigation into the novel H7N9 avian flu virus, as international experts weigh the effect of live-bird market closures assess diagnostic tests, and explore candidate vaccine viruses.

May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013

Researchers find easy development of H7N9 Tamiflu resistance

(CIDRAP News) – Antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) are useful for treating H7N9 influenza infections, but there are worrisome signs that resistance can easily develop when patients take the drug, which can lead to a poor prognosis, researchers from China and Hong Kong reported today.

May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013

China ends local emergency responses to H7N9

(CIDRAP News) – Local emergency responses to H7N9 influenza outbreaks in China have all ended, a Chinese media report said today, as the World Health Organization (WHO) released an overview of what has been learned about the virus and the disease since it emerged 2 months ago.

Jun 03, 2013

Jun 03, 2013

Flu Scan for Jun 03, 2013

H7N9 death in Shanghai
Low-path avian flu in Denmark, Netherlands

Jun 05, 2013

Jun 05, 2013

News Scan for Jun 05, 2013

Severe H7N9 cases
Salmonella from baby poultry
MDR-TB cases
US school TB outbreak

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