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Feb 29, 2012

Feb 29, 2012

With new data, NSABB may revisit H5N1 studies

(CIDRAP News) – The mutant H5N1 virus generated in one of two controversial studies was less lethal and contagious than has been generally understood, and the US government's biosecurity advisory committee will be asked to examine new and clarified data from the study, scientists and government officials revealed today.

Feb 28, 2012

Feb 28, 2012

FDA picks two new vaccine strains for 2012-13 flu season

(CIDRAP News) – An advisory group to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today selected two new strains for the 2012-13 seasonal flu vaccine, based on a recent recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Feb 27, 2012

Feb 27, 2012

Reports detail risk of seizures in kids after flu vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – A recent set of articles in Vaccine has confirmed previous preliminary reports that young children who received influenza shots in the 2010-11 flu season had a slightly increased risk of a febrile seizure after vaccination, especially if they received a new pneumococcal vaccine at the same time.

Feb 27, 2012

New influenza A virus found in bats

(CIDRAP News) – A research team today announced the discovery of a new influenza A virus in Guatemalan fruit bats, but in its current form the virus doesn't pose a threat to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The researchers, who included scientists from the CDC, reported their findings today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Feb 27, 2012

Vietnamese man hospitalized with H5N1 infection

(CIDRAP News) – A 22-year-old man in Vietnam is in critical condition with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, according to media reports.

Nguyen Van Vin Chau, Ho Chi Minh City's director of tropical diseases, said the man is from Binh Duong province, located in the southeastern part of the country, Asia News Network (ANN) reported today. He was hospitalized on Feb 23 after experiencing a high fever and respiratory symptoms.

Feb 24, 2012

Feb 24, 2012

Debate on H5N1 death rate and missed cases continues

(CIDRAP News) – Two leading voices on the potential threat of lab-modified H5N1 viruses laid out their arguments about the human H5N1 fatality rate and undetected cases today and yesterday, with one group claiming "millions" likely have been infected and the other group saying current World Health Organization (WHO) fatality-rate estimates are about right.

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