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Dec 29, 2006

Dec 29, 2006

Feds detail progress on pandemic preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – In a recent update on pandemic influenza preparedness planning, the US government reported meeting more than 90% of a long list of objectives it set for itself about 6 months ago.

The report charts progress on a wide range of preparedness measures, from shoring up laboratory capabilities to planning for distribution of critical medical supplies and preparing checklists for various sectors of the economy.

Dec 27, 2006

Dec 27, 2006

Three H5N1 deaths push Egypt's case count to 18

(CIDRAP News) – A 26-year-old Egyptian man died of H5N1 avian influenza today, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported, bringing to 3 the number of deaths from the disease since Christmas Eve.

A 30-year-old woman died Dec 24, and a 15-year-old girl died Dec 25, several media outlets reported. The three patients become Egypt's 16th, 17th, and 18th cases and the country's 8th, 9th, and 10th deaths.

Dec 14, 2006

Dec 14, 2006

Studies support flu vaccination in children, adults

(CIDRAP News) – Two studies reported in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine provide additional support for seasonal influenza immunization while shedding some light on questions about vaccination strategies and the efficacy of the vaccines.

Dec 12, 2006

Dec 12, 2006

Expert says late antiviral treatment may still help H5N1 patients

(CIDRAP News) – A virologist who has treated H5N1 avian influenza patients in Vietnam said the antiviral drug oseltamivir may help avian flu patients even when started later than 2 days after illness onset—generally considered too late, according to a Reuters report today.

Dec 11, 2006

Dec 11, 2006

Agencies to seek accord on naming of H5N1 strains

(CIDRAP News) – International health officials who met with Chinese health experts last week said the dispute over the "Fujian-like" strain of H5N1 avian influenza reflects confusion over names and vowed to seek an agreement on terminology for the various H5N1 subgroups.

Dec 07, 2006

Dec 07, 2006

Gene chip test can identify wide range of pathogens

(CIDRAP News) – A new diagnostic tool that involves thousands of fragments of genetic material on a glass slide can identify a vast range of different pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, according to a report from an international team of researchers.

Dec 04, 2006

Dec 04, 2006

CDC funds work on rapid tests for avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded four contracts worth $11.4 million in an effort to develop a 30-minute test for H5N1 avian influenza.

Nov 29, 2006

Nov 29, 2006

Rumors of H5N1 case in Canada dismissed

(CIDRAP News) – Internet rumors of a case of H5N1 avian influenza in a little boy in Rimouski, Quebec, were just that, Canadian Press reported today.

Several Web sites on pandemic flu reported rumors that a boy was seriously ill with avian flu at a hospital in the city, but hospital officials dismissed them as entirely false, according to the CP story.

Nov 29, 2006

WHO urges careful investigation of H5N1 cases

Editor's Note: Shortly after publication of this article, the guidelines referred to were removed from the WHO Web site pending further peer review. A revised version was published in January 2007, with changes in the sections on considerations for launching an investigation, contact tracing, monitoring of healthcare workers, and technical references. A link to the revision appears at the end of this article.

Nov 28, 2006

Nov 28, 2006

Indonesia reports 57th avian flu death

(CIDRAP News) – A 35-year-old Indonesian woman died of H5N1 avian influenza today, marking the country's 57th death from the virus, according to news services.

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