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Dec 11, 2012

Dec 11, 2012

HHS offers some forecasts on medical countermeasures

(CIDRAP News) – A new report from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers a few predictions on when certain new countermeasures against biological threats will become available, including a forecast for two novel influenza drugs and possibly a next-generation anthrax vaccine within the next 5 years.

Nov 20, 2012

Nov 20, 2012

Sequencing supports novel coronavirus's tie to bat strains

(CIDRAP News) – Complete genetic sequencing of a novel coronavrius isolated from a Saudi Arabian man who died in June supports earlier findings that the virus is most closely related to coronaviruses found in bats, according to a report published today in mBio.

Nov 19, 2012

Nov 19, 2012

FAO sees signs of decline in H5N1 outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – The number of reported H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in poultry and wild birds has decreased since mid 2011 and was down sharply in the second quarter of this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a quarterly update on the ongoing situation.

Nov 09, 2012

Nov 09, 2012

BioCryst may drop quest for US approval of peramivir

(CIDRAP News) – BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. signaled yesterday it will probably give up on seeking a US license for the influenza drug peramivir, a move that would reduce the already limited options for severely ill flu patients in need of an intravenous antiviral drug.

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