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May 18, 2007

May 18, 2007

WHO postpones smallpox virus destruction by 4 years

(CIDRAP News) – At the World Health Assembly meeting today in Geneva, global health officials agreed to postpone for 4 years a decision on when to destroy the world's remaining stores of smallpox virus.

Apr 24, 2007

Apr 24, 2007

Autopsy study supports link between flu, heart attacks

(CIDRAP News) – US and Russian researchers report that peak death rates from heart disease seemed to coincide with peak influenza activity in a Russian population over an 8-year period, suggesting that flu contributes to heart attacks.

Apr 18, 2007

Apr 18, 2007

Danish firm expects to sell smallpox vaccine to US

(CIDRAP News) – Bavarian Nordic, a Danish company, announced this week that the US government plans to buy 20 million doses of the company's Imvamune smallpox vaccine, but a US official said no decision has been made yet.

Imvamune is Bavarian's version of modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA), which is considered safer than the conventional smallpox vaccine, particularly for people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and children.

Feb 26, 2007

Feb 26, 2007

Kuwait reports H5N1 outbreaks in birds

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Kuwait have reported finding H5N1 avian influenza in backyard and captive birds at several locations in the past two days, according to news services.

Feb 23, 2007

Feb 23, 2007

Afghanistan confirms new H5N1 outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Afghanistan confirmed yesterday that poultry deaths at two farms in the eastern part of the country were caused by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.

Feb 19, 2007

Feb 19, 2007

H5N1 outbreaks confirmed near Moscow

(CIDRAP News) – Russian officials today confirmed that suspicious bird deaths in three towns on the outskirts of Moscow were caused by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza.

Jan 29, 2007

Jan 29, 2007

Avian flu resurfaces in Russian poultry

(CIDRAP News) – Russia reported its first H5N1 avian influenza outbreak of the season today, as more suspicious bird deaths were reported in Japan and Hungary, where agriculture authorities are battling other recently confirmed outbreaks.

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