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Sep 12, 2014

Sep 12, 2014
Nairobi, Kenya

Experts raise specter of more-contagious Ebola virus

Amid fears of out-of-control spread, experts raise the specter of virus mutations that could aid transmission.

Aug 11, 2014

Aug 11, 2014

News Scan for Aug 11, 2014

Another chikungunya spike
MERS case in Saudi Arabia
Salmonella from baby poultry
Polio vaccination in Iraq

Oct 09, 2013

Oct 09, 2013
artist rendering of salmonella

CDC details chicken-linked Salmonella outbreak probe

More on the current outbreak, including that DNA footprints match those of Salmonella outbreak earlier this year.

Aug 14, 2013

Aug 14, 2013
H5N1 color electron micro

Study: Technique adds 'kill switch' to modified flu viruses

A new molecular strategy could diffuse some of the controversy over lab-modified flu viruses.

May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

Experts offer dim view of potential vaccine response to H7N9

If the H7N9 influenza virus now circulating in China evolves into a pandemic strain, the world is likely to have great difficulty providing adequate supplies of an effective vaccine in time to blunt its impact, according to a viewpoint article by three experts in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

May 08, 2013

May 08, 2013

Another death in China raises H7N9 fatalities to 32

(CIDRAP News) – Another patient in China has died from an H7N9 influenza infection, raising the number of fatal illnesses to 32, though no new cases were reported today, holding the overall case total to 131.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported the death today in an update based on information from China's National Health and Family Planning Commission.

May 06, 2013

May 06, 2013

Saudis cite health facility as coronavirus cluster grows

(CIDRAP News) – Three new cases yesterday, with two deaths, increased a cluster of novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases in eastern Saudi Arabia to 13, and authorities confirmed that the illnesses are associated with a healthcare facility.

May 03, 2013

May 03, 2013

Three more Saudi coronavirus cases raise worries

Saudi Arabian officials and the World Health Organization (WHO) reported three more novel coronavirus (nCoV) cases today in the same area of Saudi Arabia as seven cases reported yesterday, raising worries about possible person-to-person transmission.

Apr 19, 2013

Apr 19, 2013

H7N9 mystery: Why does age profile tilt older?

Editor's note: This story was revised on Apr 20, 2013, to correct the number of H5N1 cases that occurred in the same province as H7N9 cases and to correct the time from onset of illness to death in H7N9 cases.

Apr 13, 2013

Apr 13, 2013

Beijing reports first H7N9 infection

(CIDRAP News) – Beijing health authorities today confirmed an H7N9 infection in a 7-year-old girl who lives in the city, the first case to be detected outside of eastern China, according to Chinese media sources.

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