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Oct 30, 2006

Oct 30, 2006

Egypt reports 7th avian flu death

(CIDRAP News) – A 39-year-old woman who was previously listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as Egypt's 15th H5N1 avian influenza case-patient died today, the country’s state news agency reported.

She is the seventh Egyptian to die of the illness and the first fatality since May. The woman was from the Nile Delta town of Samanoud, which is about 60 miles northwest of Cairo, Reuters reported today.

Oct 27, 2006

Oct 27, 2006

Wild boar, water cited in E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Six more samples of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 strain that killed 3 people and sickened more than 200 who ate raw spinach have been found on a ranch in California's Salinas Valley area, state and federal officials announced yesterday.

Oct 27, 2006

Oct 27, 2006

WHO to report on ethical issues in pandemic planning

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to issue a report in January on ethical issues raised by pandemic influenza planning, such as how to provide fair access to available drugs and vaccines, WHO officials said today after 2 days of meetings in Geneva.

More than 30 leading experts on pandemic flu, ethics, and public health attended the meetings Oct 24 and 25, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said at a news teleconference today.

Oct 26, 2006

Oct 26, 2006

Most Americans willing to lie low in pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – Americans are overwhelmingly willing to cut back their activities to help cope with an influenza pandemic, but many worry that they would have money problems if they had to miss as few as 7 days of work, according to a survey from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

Oct 26, 2006

Oct 26, 2006

SPECIAL REPORT: When avian flu control meets cultural resistance

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part special report on bird flu in Vietnam. Part one, "Vietnam's success against avian flu may offer blueprint for others," appeared Oct 25.

(CIDRAP News) – HANOI, Vietnam – Nguyen Van Tich's farm lies at the end of a narrow dirt road that runs under the tall edges of rice paddies and snakes between old bomb craters turned into fish ponds.

Oct 25, 2006

Oct 25, 2006

SPECIAL REPORT: Vietnam's success against avian flu may offer blueprint for others

Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part Special Report on bird flu in Vietnam. Part two, "When avian flu control meets cultural resistance," appeared Oct 26.

(CIDRAP News) – HANOI, Vietnam – Among countries affected by avian influenza H5N1, Vietnam stands out twice over.

Oct 25, 2006

Study shows flu shots safe for 6- to 23-month-olds

(CIDRAP News) – A study involving tens of thousands of children has strengthened the evidence that influenza vaccination is safe for those 6 to 23 months old, an age-group for whom the government began recommending flu immunization 2 years ago.

Oct 25, 2006

Study: Wood ducks could be sentinel for H5N1

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers from the University of Georgia report that wood ducks and laughing gulls are highly susceptible to H5N1 avian influenza, which suggests those two species could be sensitive indicators of the virus's presence in wild birds.

Oct 24, 2006

Oct 24, 2006

Novartis claims success in trial of cell-based flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis claimed success last week in a phase 3 clinical trial of a seasonal influenza vaccine produced in cell culture rather than in eggs, the conventional production method.

In a news release, the company said volunteers who received the vaccine had at least as strong an immune response as did volunteers immunized with an egg-based vaccine containing the same flu virus strains.

Oct 23, 2006

Oct 23, 2006

WHO seeks urgent push for pandemic flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) –Warning that the world is billions of doses short of the amount of vaccine needed to prepare for an influenza pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) today called for an urgent and coordinated international effort to make up the deficit.

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