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May 31, 2005

May 31, 2005

Chemical in grapes inhibits flu virus

(CIDRAP News) – Resveratrol, a chemical found in grapes and other fruits, inhibits the reproduction of influenza viruses in cell culture and mice, according to a recent report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

May 27, 2005

May 27, 2005

Marburg cases in Angola rise to 399

Editor's note: As originally published, the story below incorrectly listed the number of deaths in the Marburg epidemic as 337. The correct number, 335, was substituted on Jun 8, 2005.

(CIDRAP News) – Angola's epidemic of Marburg hemorrhagic fever reached 399 cases with 335 deaths yesterday, an increase of 62 cases and 24 deaths in the preceding 8 days, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) statement.

May 27, 2005

Plague outbreak highlighted ongoing problem in Africa

(CIDRAP News) – The plot of the world's latest pneumonic plague outbreak echoes with history.

Like a 19th-century American gold rush, news of the discovery of diamonds in a remote northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in November 2004 sparked an influx of adventurers hoping to strike it rich.

May 27, 2005

May 27, 2005

Indonesian pigs have avian flu virus; bird cases double in China

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza could be infecting up to half of the pig population in some areas of Indonesia, but without causing symptoms, Nature magazine reported in this week's edition.

Meanwhile, Chinese officials said a flu outbreak among wild birds is twice as large as previously reported, but they denied reports of human cases.

May 26, 2005

May 26, 2005

Nature urges world to take pandemic threat seriously

(CIDRAP News) – The British magazine Nature trained a floodlight on the threat of an influenza pandemic today with a collection of 10 articles that explore the danger and possible remedies and demand a more serious global response.

"The level of current efforts is not commensurate with the threat we face," the editors write. "The time for diplomacy and denial is over. It is time for advocacy and action."

May 25, 2005

May 25, 2005

DoD appeals judge's ban on mandatory anthrax shots

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking a federal appeals court's permission to revive its mandatory anthrax vaccination program, which was stopped by a lower court's ruling in October 2004.

May 25, 2005

May 25, 2005

Several bird species died in China's avian flu outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Some 519 birds of at least five migratory species have died in the H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in China's Qinghai province, according to data the Chinese government provided the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

May 24, 2005

May 24, 2005

WHO updates rules to prevent spread of disease

(CIDRAP News) – Member countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday approved the first major revision of the WHO's rules to prevent the international spread of diseases in decades.

May 23, 2005

May 23, 2005

New federal bioterrorism funds tied to specific goals

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that $1.33 billion will be available in this year's round of funding to states to improve preparedness for terrorism and other public health emergencies.

May 23, 2005

Vietnamese dies of avian flu; China has cases in wild geese

(CIDRAP News) – As Vietnam reported another fatal human case of avian influenza today, Chinese authorities began mobilizing for a massive poultry vaccination campaign following news that a wild goose die-off was due to the H5N1 virus.

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