News & Perspective

Jan 08, 2008

Jan 08, 2008

Study finds live operators are key to disease hotline success

(CIDRAP News) – A RAND Corporation study of how well local health departments handle telephone reports of urgent disease cases found that the best performers had a live person answering calls at all hours.

Jan 07, 2008

Jan 07, 2008

FDA clears single test for 12 respiratory viruses

Editor's note: This story was revised Jan 8 to correct information about the location of the test's manufacturer.

(CIDRAP News) – A single test that can identify up to 12 different respiratory viruses, including three kinds of influenza, from one sample has won the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) approval.

Jan 04, 2008

Jan 04, 2008

Acambis reports promising results for 'universal' flu vaccine

Editor’s Note: This article was modified Jan 8 to include more information about the Acambis preclinical study.

(CIDRAP News) – British technology company Acambis yesterday announced positive results for a phase 1 clinical trial of an influenza vaccine that it hopes could guard against seasonal and pandemic flu strains and end the need to reformulate the flu vaccine each year.

Jan 03, 2008

Jan 03, 2008

WHO: initial analysis of Pakistani H5N1 suggests no dangerous mutations

(CIDRAP News) – An official from the World Health Organization (WHO) today shared results of initial genetic sequencing tests on H5N1 avian influenza samples from a man who died of the disease in Pakistan that suggest the strain doesn't have the capacity for widespread transmission.

Jan 03, 2008

Israel among countries reporting new H5N1 outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Israel today notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of an H5 avian influenza outbreak at a site near Haifa, and media outlets are reporting that final tests have confirmed the virus is the lethal H5N1subtype.

Jan 02, 2008

Jan 02, 2008

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Toolkit provides guidance on home care for the sick

Editor's Note: CIDRAP's Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a biweekly series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.

Jan 02, 2008

Jan 02, 2008

Air trip by drug-resistant TB patient prompts passenger testing

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials recently issued an alert about a woman with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) who flew from India to the United States in mid December, and efforts are under way to locate and test several of her fellow passengers for the disease.

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