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Feb 14, 2007

Feb 14, 2007

Egypt reports 3rd H5N1 case of 2007

(CIDRAP News) – Egypt’s health ministry today announced that a 37-year-old woman has tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country’s third case of 2007.

Feb 09, 2007

Feb 09, 2007

Turkey has avian flu; UK, Hungary outbreaks may be linked

(CIDRAP News) – Turkey announced today an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a farm in the southeastern part of the country, as English authorities explored the possibility of a connection between recent outbreaks in Suffolk and Hungary.

A report submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) by Turkey's agriculture ministry said the outbreak began Feb 5 and affected poultry in a village in Batman province, about 460 miles from Ankara.

Jan 24, 2007

Jan 24, 2007

Avian flu crops up in Europe again

(CIDRAP News) – Hungary today announced an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a goose farm, signaling the first appearance of the disease in Europe this winter.

Jan 22, 2007

Jan 22, 2007

Fourth vCJD case linked with blood transfusion in UK

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials in the United Kingdom have found a probable fourth case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) associated with a blood transfusion from someone who unknowingly had the disease.

The case was diagnosed in a patient who received blood 9 years ago from a person who later was found to have vCJD, the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) said in a Jan 18 statement.

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.

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