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Oct 24, 2007

Oct 24, 2007

Indonesian child is latest H5N1 fatality

(CIDRAP News) – A health ministry official in Indonesia said yesterday that a 4-year-old girl from Banten province died Oct 22 of H5N1 avian influenza.

Lily Sulistyowati, a health ministry spokeswoman, said the girl was hospitalized 2 days before her death, according to a Reuters report yesterday.

Oct 23, 2007

Oct 23, 2007

WHO expects pandemic vaccine capacity to soar

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today estimated that by 2010 the world may be equipped to make enough pandemic influenza vaccine to immunize 4.5 billion people—vastly more than in previous projections, though still well short of the world's population of 6.7 billion.

Oct 18, 2007

Oct 18, 2007

Study says H5N1 has varied effects in small land birds

(CIDRAP News) – A study on the effects of the H5N1 avian influenza virus on small land birds suggests it is often lethal in sparrows but has lesser effects on starlings and pigeons and does not readily spread to other birds of the same species.

However, the researchers say their findings also suggest that sparrows and starlings could potentially spread the virus to poultry and mammals.

Oct 17, 2007

Oct 17, 2007

Report: Pandemic plans need more focus on children

(CIDRAP News) – The US government's pandemic influenza preparedness plans need to pay more attention to children, especially their need for antiviral drugs and the effects of prolonged school closings, according to a report released today by public health and pediatrics experts.

Oct 17, 2007

WHO report explores patent issues concerning flu viruses

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday released a report on patenting issues related to influenza viruses, following up on a resolution adopted by the World Health Assembly in May to address the concerns of Indonesia and other developing countries about access to pandemic flu vaccines and treatments.

Oct 15, 2007

Oct 15, 2007

Indonesian boy succumbs to avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – A 12-year-old Indonesian boy who was identified earlier as having H5N1 avian influenza died Oct 13, raising the country's avian flu death toll to 88, according to news services.

An official at Indonesia's avian flu information center said the boy died suddenly, though he had previously been improving, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published yesterday.

Oct 11, 2007

Oct 11, 2007

Indonesia has another avian flu case

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesian officials have reported an H5N1 avian influenza case in a 12-year-old boy in the Jakarta area, raising the country's human case count to 109, according to news services.

The boy is from the Jakarta suburb of Tangerang and is being treated in a Jakarta hospital, said Muhammad Nadirin, a spokesman for the health ministry's avian flu center, according to a Reuters report published today.

Oct 08, 2007

Oct 08, 2007

Indonesia reports 108th H5N1 case

(CIDRAP News) – A 44-year-old Indonesian woman who died Oct 6 had H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country's 108th human H5N1 case and 87th death, Indonesia and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

The woman, from Sumatra's Riau province, fell ill Sep 27 and was hospitalized Oct 2, said I Nyoman Kandun of the Indonesian Health Ministry, as quoted today by Antara, the national news agency.

Oct 05, 2007

Oct 05, 2007

H5N1 mutation that could help spark pandemic identified

(CIDRAP News) – An international research team led by the University of Wisconsin at Madison (UW-Madison) has identified a key mutation that would arm the H5N1 avian influenza virus with one of the tools it needs to more easily infect and spread among humans.

Oct 02, 2007

Oct 02, 2007

Report: H5N1 virus targets include organs, placenta, fetus

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers from Beijing and New York who conducted pathology studies on tissue samples of a man and a pregnant woman who died of H5N1 avian flu infection found that the virus spread beyond the lungs to other organ systems—even to the fetus.

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