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Oct 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017
Ferret

Study details pandemic potential of latest H7N9 flu strains

In a sample from a patient who died, researchers saw signs that the H7N9 virus had started to mutate to a form resistant to Tamiflu.

Mar 08, 2016

Mar 08, 2016
N95 fit testing

Meta-analysis yields no clear verdict on respirators vs masks

Review finds evidence that N95s block infectious particles better, but no significant advantage.

Dec 29, 2015

Dec 29, 2015
Three little pigs

Study: Flu virus in pigs shows worrisome pandemic profile

An avian-like H1N1 virus that showed pandemic potential turned up often in Chinese swine.

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).

Jun 01, 2012

Jun 01, 2012

Hong Kong H5 infection raises alert level

(CIDRAP News) – Hong Kong health officials raised the pandemic influenza response level from alert to serious today after one of the local hospitals confirmed an H5 infection in a boy from China's Guandong province.

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