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Dec 22, 2005

Dec 22, 2005

Tamiflu resistance in avian flu victims sparks concern

(CIDRAP News) – A new report says oseltamivir-resistant forms of H5N1 avian influenza virus were found in two Vietnamese girls who died of the infection, raising doubts about the antiviral drug that many countries are counting on to help protect them from a potential flu pandemic.

Dec 22, 2005

Indonesia says 2 more avian flu cases confirmed

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia's human death toll from H5N1 avian influenza rose to 11 today with the report that tests have confirmed that a man and a boy who died last week had the virus.

Dec 19, 2005

Dec 19, 2005

House approves pandemic funding far below Bush request

(CIDRAP News) – The US House of Representatives early today approved $3.8 billion in funds for pandemic influenza preparedness, well below the $7.1 billion requested by President George W. Bush in November.

Dec 14, 2005

Dec 14, 2005

Pandemic preparedness road show begins in Minnesota

(CIDRAP News) – National health officials came to Minnesota today to launch what was billed as the first of 50 state pandemic influenza planning meetings around the nation, emphasizing the key roles of state and local governments as partners with the federal government.

The general theme of the half-day conference was that much, if not most, of the real work of preparing for a pandemic must be done at the local and state levels.

Dec 06, 2005

Dec 06, 2005

HHS hopes pandemic preparations will ease flu vaccine supply kinks

(CIDRAP News) – State health officials at a Washington, DC, meeting yesterday expressed frustration over problems with supplies of seasonal flu vaccine, while federal officials promised that the government's pandemic influenza preparedness plan will help clear up those problems.

Dec 05, 2005

Dec 05, 2005

States support HHS plan for flu preparedness summits

(CIDRAP News) – State and local health officials from around the nation today voiced qualified support for a federal government plan to hold a "summit" meeting on pandemic influenza preparedness in every state over the next few months.

Nov 28, 2005

Nov 28, 2005

Many H5N1 cases bunched in families, report says

(CIDRAP News) – More than a third of the human cases of H5N1 avian influenza that occurred over a 19-month period were clustered within families, suggesting the possibility that some family members caught the virus from others, according to a recent report.

Nov 10, 2005

Nov 10, 2005

CDC predicts flu vaccine shortages will ease

(CIDRAP News) – Scattered shortages of influenza vaccine have occurred this fall in the face of increased demand, but everyone who wants a shot should be able to get one before long, the nation's top disease-control official said today.

Oct 24, 2005

Oct 24, 2005

Flu shots now open to all; officials fear fake Tamiflu

(CIDRAP News) – Seasonal influenza shots are not just for high-risk groups anymore, and everyone interested in a shot should go ahead and seek one out, federal health officials said today.

Oct 21, 2005

Oct 21, 2005

CDC sets rules for handling 1918 flu virus

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recently reconstructed the 1918 pandemic influenza virus for research purposes, has classified the virus as a "select agent," imposing special rules on groups that handle it.

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