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Jun 17, 2011

Jun 17, 2011

WHO: South Africa battling flu; few other global hot spots

(CIDRAP News) – With the Southern Hemisphere entering its flu season, the only country to see a dramatic activity spike so far is South Africa, where the 2009 H1N1 virus is dominating and has been linked to an increase in severe infections, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

May 18, 2011

May 18, 2011

Experts: Regulatory issues are main reason for keeping smallpox virus

(CIDRAP News) – When the World Health Assembly (WHA) considers the fate of the remaining stocks of smallpox virus this week, the debate is likely to be framed in part by a report from a group of independent experts that says the only strong reason for keeping the virus is to satisfy strict regulatory requirements for new vaccines and antivirals.

Feb 08, 2011

Feb 08, 2011

Study: Dengue costs Americas $2.1 billion per year

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers estimate that more than 5.6 million dengue virus infections occur in the Americas annually, costing an average of $2.1 billion, according to a study published yesterday in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Oct 05, 2010

Oct 05, 2010

Study explores Southern Hemisphere pandemic patterns

(CIDRAP News) – A review of how the first wave of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic affected Southern Hemisphere countries found many similarities with Northern Hemisphere countries, though many patients had no underlying risk factors for flu complications and pregnant women didn't seem to have severe outcomes.

Aug 09, 2010

Aug 09, 2010

NIAID launches clinical trial of dengue vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has launched a clinical trial of a dengue virus vaccine, a product that eventually may help prevent a disease to which 2.5 billion people are exposed.

The launching of a trial at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public in Baltimore and the University of Vermont in Burlington follows more than a decade of development, the NIAID said in a press release.

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