News & Perspective

Dec 20, 2013

Dec 20, 2013

Flu Scan for Dec 20, 2013

ECDC weighs H7N9 threat
Firm seeks peramivir approval

Oct 30, 2013

Oct 30, 2013

Flu Scan for Oct 30, 2013

Revamped Google Flu Trends
CDC on H7N9 flu
Pandemic flu vaccine contract

Oct 23, 2013

Oct 23, 2013

Flu Scan for Oct 23, 2013

New H7N9 case in China
Flu vaccine capacity building

Sep 18, 2013

Sep 18, 2013

News Scan for Sep 18, 2013

H7N9 surveillance
Test for viral, bacterial infections
Plague cases, deaths
Malaria prevention in pregnancy
MRSA pneumonia

May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

Experts offer dim view of potential vaccine response to H7N9

If the H7N9 influenza virus now circulating in China evolves into a pandemic strain, the world is likely to have great difficulty providing adequate supplies of an effective vaccine in time to blunt its impact, according to a viewpoint article by three experts in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Apr 25, 2013

Apr 25, 2013

Study: Lab-derived H5N1 virus component binds to human receptors

(CIDRAP News) – A new study suggests that a lab-derived hybrid H5N1 influenza virus that is capable of airborne transmission among ferrets may well be capable of doing the same thing in humans.

Apr 12, 2013

Apr 12, 2013

H7N9 genetic analysis raises concern over pandemic potential

(CIDRAP News) – A new analysis of H7N9 genetic sequences from the first Chinese patients infected with the virus and from poultry markets found more signals that the virus can attach and replicate efficiently in the airways of humans and other mammals, raising concerns about the virus's pandemic potential.

Apr 10, 2013

Apr 10, 2013

CDC preparedness funds take hit in proposed 2014 budget

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) takes a hit of about $270 million in the Obama administration's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget, including significant cuts to biodefense and emergency preparedness programs, officials revealed today.

Feb 20, 2013

Feb 20, 2013

Study: Full-time N95 use offers best respiratory protection

(CIDRAP News) – In a new study, Chinese hospital staffers who wore N95 respirators all the time enjoyed significantly lower rates of clinical respiratory illnesses (CRIs) than workers who wore surgical masks or used N95s only for high-risk procedures.

Feb 01, 2013

Feb 01, 2013

CDC: Pandemic vaccine prevented 1 million cases, 300 deaths

(CIDRAP News) – The influenza vaccine that was developed to fight the 2009 pandemic saved roughly 300 lives and prevented about 1 million illnesses and 6,000 hospitalizations, or under 3% of the estimated total burden in each category, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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