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Jun 30, 2005

Jun 30, 2005

Second BSE case occurred in Texas, USDA says

(CIDRAP News) – The United States' second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was in a 12-year-old cow that came from a Texas herd and would have been made into pet food if it hadn't been flagged for BSE testing, federal officials announced yesterday evening.

Jun 30, 2005

Jun 30, 2005

WHO says pandemic risk unchanged; fatal H5N1 case reported in Vietnam

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the threat of an influenza pandemic remains the same, despite recent findings that the H5N1 virus has not grown more infectious for humans.

Jun 29, 2005

Jun 29, 2005

H5N1 virus has not grown more dangerous, experts say

(CIDRAP News) – An international team of experts has concluded that the H5N1 avian influenza virus in Vietnam has not recently improved its ability to spread to or among humans, according to news reports published today.

The finding suggests that the immediate risk of a flu pandemic is lower than previously believed, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.

Jun 28, 2005

Jun 28, 2005

Flu kills more migratory birds in China

(CIDRAP News) – About 5,000 migratory birds have died of avian influenza at a wildlife sanctuary in northwestern China, close to five times as many as reported previously, United Nations officials who visited the site said today.

Jun 28, 2005

Second US BSE case prompts change in testing policy

(CIDRAP News) – The United States' second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed last week after a series of additional tests were run on samples from a beef cow that had originally tested negative last November.

Jun 28, 2005

US must improve pandemic preparedness, group warns

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic influenza could kill 540,000 Americans and sicken up to 66.9 million, according to a recent report by the nonprofit organization Trust for America's Health (TFAH).

Jun 27, 2005

Jun 27, 2005

Momentum builds for cell-culture flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – You've got to gather a lot of eggs to supply the world with influenza vaccine, but that might change before long.

Jun 27, 2005

Japan has H5N2 avian flu outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A Japanese farm is expected to cull most of its 25,000 chickens to prevent the spread of a highly pathogenic avian influenza, identified as A H5N2, that has killed about 800 chickens, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.

Jun 24, 2005

Jun 24, 2005

West Nile transmission may involve wide range of animals

(CIDRAP News) – The range of animal species that can contribute to the spread of West Nile virus (WNV) may be much broader than experts have believed, according to a study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jun 24, 2005

Jun 24, 2005

Experts study behavior of H5N1 virus in Vietnam, China

(CIDRAP News) – As poultry were being culled in China and Vietnam to prevent further spread of avian influenza outbreaks this week, international experts were visiting both countries to better understand how the H5N1 virus is behaving.

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