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Dec 05, 2006

Dec 05, 2006

Saudi man has third vCJD case found in US

(CIDRAP News) – A third case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) has been reported in a US resident, but health officials believe he contracted the disease in Saudi Arabia when he was a child.

Nov 21, 2006

Nov 21, 2006

Study finds 2 mutations that help H5N1 infect humans

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers recently reported identifying two mutations in the H5N1 avian influenza virus that seem to improve its ability to attach to human cells, a finding that may help scientists spot H5N1 strains capable of infecting humans.

Oct 31, 2006

Oct 31, 2006

WHO: H5N1 cases in Turkey targeted children, youth

(CIDRAP News) – A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report on 10 of the 12 confirmed H5N1 avian influenza cases that occurred in Turkey last winter adds to evidence that children and youth may be particularly susceptible to the infection.

Oct 27, 2006

Oct 27, 2006

WHO to report on ethical issues in pandemic planning

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to issue a report in January on ethical issues raised by pandemic influenza planning, such as how to provide fair access to available drugs and vaccines, WHO officials said today after 2 days of meetings in Geneva.

More than 30 leading experts on pandemic flu, ethics, and public health attended the meetings Oct 24 and 25, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said at a news teleconference today.

Sep 19, 2006

Sep 19, 2006

Sanofi tests H7N1 flu vaccine for pandemic readiness

(CIDRAP News) – Sanofi Pasteur today announced the start of the first clinical trial of an H7N1 influenza vaccine, intended to guard against the threat of a pandemic caused by H7 strains of avian influenza.

Current concern about a flu pandemic focuses mainly on the H5N1 avian flu virus, which has infected at least 247 people and killed 144. But H7 avian flu viruses have caused a number of mild illness cases and one death in the past 3 years.

Aug 25, 2006

Aug 25, 2006

Scientists launch effort to share avian flu data

(CIDRAP News) – Leading medical researchers yesterday announced the formation of a consortium to unlock genetic and other data on avian influenza in the hope of improving the understanding of how viruses such as H5N1 spread and evolve.

Jul 14, 2006

Jul 14, 2006

USDA, FAO to launch animal disease crisis center

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that a new animal disease crisis management center will begin operating in late July at FAO headquarters in Rome, with an initial focus on H5N1 avian influenza.

Jul 11, 2006

Jul 11, 2006

Blood test for silent phase of prion disease reported

(CIDRAP News) – A blood test detected prions in animals during the asymptomatic phase of infection with scrapie, a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), according to a study in the Jul 7 issue of Science.

Jun 29, 2006

Jun 29, 2006

Kuru study implies risk of waves of vCJD cases

(CIDRAP News) – Current estimates of how many people could die of variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (vCJD) may be too low, because the disorder may have a prolonged incubation time in some people, according to a study of a related disease published in the Jun 24 issue of The Lancet.

Jun 12, 2006

Jun 12, 2006

Study implies broader risk for vCJD in UK

June 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – More people in Britain may be at risk for contracting variant Creutzfeld-Jacob disease (vCJD) than previously thought, according to a study published in the May 20 issue of the British Medical Journal.

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