News & Perspective

Apr 13, 2005

Apr 13, 2005

Pandemic flu virus from 1957 mistakenly sent to labs

(CIDRAP News) – The revelation that samples of the influenza virus that caused the flu pandemic of 1957-58 were inadvertently sent to thousands of laboratories has raised fears of a new pandemic and triggered an urgent effort to destroy the samples.

Jun 10, 2008

Jun 10, 2008

Tracing air travelers at risk for disease still tough

(CIDRAP News) – Five years after the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic spread around the globe via air travel, significant barriers still stand in the way of tracking down and notifying airline passengers who may have been exposed to an infectious disease.

Jul 21, 2008

Jul 21, 2008

More efforts look outside the box for outbreak signals

(CIDRAP News) – In the history of infectious diseases, coincidence plays an extraordinary role. In 1706, Cotton Mather purchased a slave named Onesimus who happened to come from a tribe that practiced variolation, and so smallpox prevention was introduced to North America.

Jul 08, 2009

Jul 08, 2009

Canada finds another new flu strain in farm workers

(CIDRAP News) – Public health officials in Canada yesterday announced that they have detected a new influenza strain—one that contains human seasonal flu and a swine flu virus—in two workers on a Saskatchewan hog farm.

The workers had mild illness and have recovered, and authorities are investigating a third suspected case, the Public Health Agency of Canada said in statement yesterday.

Oct 07, 2011

Oct 07, 2011

Cuba, Southeast Asia among active spots for flu

(CIDRAP News) – Though influenza activity is low in most nations, some are seeing active transmission, including Cuba, Bolivia, Cameroon, and parts of Southeast Asia, the World Health Organization said today in an update.

Cuba and El Salvador have reported increasing circulation of influenza A (H3N2), a strain that peaked in Honduras in the middle of August.

Jan 08, 2013

Jan 08, 2013

Canada, US brace for potential Tamiflu shortages

(CIDRAP News) – The brisk pace of flu activity in Canada and the United States has triggered concerns about possible oseltamivir (Tamiflu) shortages, with a Canadian announcement today of the drug’s release from the national stockpile and news that some parts of the United States may face low supplies of the liquid suspension for kids.

Oct 25, 2013

Oct 25, 2013
Northern Hemisphere

Flu activity stays low in most Northern Hemisphere regions

Some Northern Hemisphere indicators show slight upticks in influenza activity.

Nov 08, 2013

Nov 08, 2013

Flu Scan for Nov 08, 2013

Flu activity up slightly
H5N1 in Cambodia

Nov 22, 2013

Nov 22, 2013
'Flu season ahead' sign

Flu activity picks up slightly in southern US

US flu activity stays steady overall, but reports of flulike illness in the South grow.

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