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Mar 31, 2006

Mar 31, 2006

Indonesia confirms H5N1 case; more suspected

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia has confirmed a case of H5N1 avian influenza in a 1-year-old girl who died last week, and the illness is suspected in another Indonesian and in a teenager in Azerbaijan, according to news services.

Mar 30, 2006

Mar 30, 2006

H5N1 vaccine trial shows limited benefit

(CIDRAP News) – The first experimental US vaccine for H5N1 avian influenza yielded only modest results in its first clinical trial, generating an adequate immune response in slightly more than half of participants who received a heavy dose, scientists report.

Mar 29, 2006

Mar 29, 2006

FDA approves using Relenza to prevent flu

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of the antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) to prevent—not just treat—influenza in adults and children aged 5 and older.

Mar 29, 2006

Second Egyptian dies of bird flu; H5 virus found in mink

(CIDRAP News) – A second Egyptian has died of H5N1 avian influenza, and the virus may have infected a mink in Sweden, according to recent reports.

Mar 28, 2006

Mar 28, 2006

New vaccine approach relies on weakened Listeria

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers have announced a new approach to making a vaccine for the foodborne illness listeriosis that may also bode well for fighting certain other infections, including salmonellosis and tuberculosis.

Mar 27, 2006

Mar 27, 2006

Mild H5N1 cases weren't missed in Cambodian outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers who looked for mild or asymptomatic human cases of H5N1 avian influenza following an outbreak in Cambodia last year didn't find any, challenging the view that human cases have gone undetected, according to findings presented last week.

Mar 27, 2006

More human H5N1 cases suspected in 3 countries

(CIDRAP News) – As tests were pending to determine whether a 1-year-old child in Jakarta is Indonesia's 23rd fatality from avian influenza, other suspected human cases were under investigation today in Egypt and Iraq.

Mar 24, 2006

Mar 24, 2006

Two die of avian flu in Cambodia, China

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza has killed a 3-year-old girl in Cambodia and a 29-year-old woman in China, pushing the global toll from the H5N1 virus to 105 deaths out of 186 cases, the World Health Organization announced today.

Mar 24, 2006

Avian flu hits Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan

(CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza spread quickly in the Middle East this week, with news of a poultry outbreak in the Gaza Strip two days ago followed by outbreaks in the occupied West Bank yesterday and in Jordan today. The outbreaks followed the discovery of poultry cases in Israel last week.

Mar 23, 2006

Mar 23, 2006

Global BSE cases declining fast, FAO says

(CIDRAP News) – Worldwide cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, have declined about 50% per year over the last three years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

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