News & Perspective

Mar 19, 2018

Mar 19, 2018

Flu Scan for Mar 19, 2018

H7N9 avian flu vaccine trials
H9N2 cases in China
US-South Korea AI trade deal

Feb 23, 2018

Feb 23, 2018

News Scan for Feb 23, 2018

Japan clears new flu drug
UK Zika vaccine project
Avian flu epi report
Yellow fever in Brazil
Public health readiness

Dec 08, 2015

Dec 08, 2015

News Scan for Dec 08, 2015

H7N9 vaccine
Microcephaly in Brazil
HUS treatment
Korean respiratory outbreak
Health worker safety

Apr 17, 2014

Apr 17, 2014

News Scan for Apr 17, 2014

H5N1, H5N8 updates
New NBSB advisors
Valley fever in TV film crew
Pakistani army fights polio

Jun 18, 2008

Jun 18, 2008

UN: Pandemic preparedness pays off, but threat remains

(CIDRAP News) – David Nabarro, influenza coordinator for the United Nations (UN), said during a press conference yesterday that the world is better prepared to respond to an influenza pandemic, but he added that continuing outbreaks in some countries are a reminder that a major threat remains.

Aug 18, 2006

Aug 18, 2006

WHO changes H5N1 strains for pandemic vaccines, raising concern over virus evolution

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today changed the H5N1 avian influenza strains recommended for candidate vaccines for the first time since 2004, causing some experts to question how far the virus has evolved.

The WHO's new prototype strains, prepared by reverse genetics, include three new H5N1 subclades.

Jun 09, 2006

Jun 09, 2006

Officials call Asia-Pacific pandemic drill a success

(CIDRAP News) – Australian officials who coordinated an exercise Jun 7 and 8 on pandemic influenza response among Asia-Pacific nations called the drill a success, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story today.

Nov 08, 2005

Nov 08, 2005

US calls for expert panel to plan pandemic response

(CIDRAP News) – The United States proposed today that a small group of experts be appointed immediately to plan a fast response in case an influenza pandemic erupts, as an international conference on avian and pandemic flu continued in Geneva.

Apr 20, 2005

Apr 20, 2005

H2N2 flu virus samples all found, most destroyed

April 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Samples of a potentially lethal influenza virus that were inadvertently mailed to laboratories around the world have all been found, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

A sample of the influenza A(H2N2) virus that had been missing in Beirut was found at the airport, the Associated Press (AP) quoted WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng as saying today. "That will be destroyed soon," she said.

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