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Sep 13, 2006

Sep 13, 2006

Live H5N1 vaccines show potential in animal study

(CIDRAP News) – Live-virus vaccines made from a combination of H5N1 avian influenza virus and another flu strain protected laboratory mice and ferrets from deadly infection with several different H5N1 strains, according to a report published yesterday.

Sep 11, 2006

Sep 11, 2006

Clinical study points to cytokine storm in H5N1 cases

(CIDRAP News) – A controlled study of H5N1 influenza patients in Vietnam has provided fresh evidence that explosive viral growth and the resulting cytokine storm, or excessive immune response, account for the often lethal nature of H5N1 disease.

Sep 08, 2006

Sep 08, 2006

WHO confirms three more H5N1 cases in Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization today recognized three more cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia, including one reported by the government yesterday and two dating back to 2005.

Sep 07, 2006

Sep 07, 2006

Chinese report results for whole-virus H5N1 vaccine

Sept 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – In a human trial in China, a whole-virus H5N1 avian influenza vaccine generated an immune response with a relatively low dose of antigen, suggesting that it could be used to immunize more people than may be possible with some other vaccines under development.

Sep 01, 2006

Sep 01, 2006

Indonesia launches media blitz about avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia launched a month-long, nationwide media campaign today to warn people to take precautions against H5N1 avian influenza, according to news services.

Aug 30, 2006

Aug 30, 2006

Tests find no H5N1 avian flu in Alaskan birds

(CIDRAP News) – No highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus has turned up in any of the 13,000 wild migratory birds that federal and state officials have tested since Apr 26, the US government announced yesterday.

Aug 29, 2006

Aug 29, 2006

H5N1 virus in Michigan swans was mild form

(CIDRAP News) – Final tests confirmed that two mute swans in Michigan had a mild strain of H5N1 avian influenza virus, not the lethal Asian variety, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday.

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.

Aug 24, 2006

Aug 24, 2006

Experts worry that antivirals may mask avian influenza

(CIDRAP News) – Avian flu experts in two of the countries with the most human H5N1 avian influenza cases to date—Vietnam and Thailand—are warning that the antiviral drug oseltamivir may mask the infection and complicate laboratory detection.

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.

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