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Feb 27, 2009

Feb 27, 2009

CDC reports 8 more pediatric flu deaths

(CIDRAP News) – The number of pediatric influenza deaths outstripped last week's spike, and three more states reported widespread activity, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its weekly surveillance update.

Feb 27, 2009

Feb 27, 2009

Another antibody against diverse flu strains found

(CIDRAP News) – For the second time this week, scientists have reported the discovery of a human antibody that, at least in theory, could lead to development of a vaccine or drug effective against most types of influenza A, including the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus.

Feb 24, 2009

Feb 24, 2009

NEWS SCAN: Avian flu, quicker prepandemic vaccine trials, Baxter's H5N1-tainted samples, vitamin D and flu, ACIP to meet

WHO confirms Vietnam's recent H5N1 deathThe World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the death of a 23-year-old woman from H5N1 avian influenza. Her Feb 21 death raises the country's death toll to 53 among 109 cases, second only to Indonesia, which has 141 WHO-confirmed cases.[Feb 24 WHO statement]

Feb 23, 2009

Feb 23, 2009

Researchers find antibody that fights H5N1, seasonal flu strains

(CIDRAP News) – In a development that could create new tools to prevent and treat seasonal and pandemic influenza, researchers have identified and tested human monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that can neutralize influenza A viruses, including lethal H5N1 avian influenza.

Feb 20, 2009

Feb 20, 2009

Pediatric deaths parallel rise in US flu cases

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported a spike in the number of pediatric influenza deaths, an increase that mirrors a continuing rise in flu activity across the nation.

Feb 11, 2009

Feb 11, 2009

NEWS SCAN: Avian flu outbreaks, China's H5N1 vaccine, WHO confirms H5N1 case, key pandemic flu protein ID'd, more biolab details

Indonesia reports H5N1 outbreak on BaliAn animal health official on Indonesia's Bali island reported an H5N1 outbreak in chickens in Badung district, which led to the recent culling of 133 birds, the Jakarta Globe reported today. A man who experienced flu-like symptoms after he was exposed to sick birds was treated with oseltamivir and appears to be improving, the report said.

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