News & Perspective

Jan 31, 2008

Jan 31, 2008

Study: School-based flu immunizations save money

(CIDRAP News) – School-based vaccination could be a cost-effective option for preventing influenza in school-age children and their families, according to a recent multistate trial.

Jan 30, 2008

Jan 30, 2008

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Kentucky's grassroots network helps at-risk populations prepare

Editor's Note: CIDRAP's Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools (www.pandemicpractices.org) online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a biweekly series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.

Jan 30, 2008

Saudi Arabia, Tibet report H5N1 outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Saudi Arabia and Tibet reported new H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks yesterday, as India struggled to keep the virus out of Calcutta and Bangladesh officials said outbreaks have spread to yet another district.

Jan 30, 2008

Jan 30, 2008

Ethanol byproduct in feed may boost E coli in cattle

(CIDRAP News) – Recent studies suggest that an ethanol production byproduct that is widely fed to cattle may make cattle more likely to shed deadly Escherichia coli O157, possibly contributing to the surge in beef contamination cases in 2007.

Jan 29, 2008

Jan 29, 2008

Europeans find Tamiflu resistance in seasonal flu virus

(CIDRAP News) – An early report on the seasonal influenza strains circulating in Europe reveals that some H1N1 viruses show signs of resistance to the antiviral drug oseltamivir, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported this week.

Jan 28, 2008

Jan 28, 2008

Indonesia logs 4 H5N1 cases; death toll reaches 100

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesian authorities have reported four new human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, two of them fatal, raising the country's death toll from the virus to 100.

A 23-year-old woman from East Jakarta died of avian flu yesterday, and a 9-year-old boy from Jakarta's outskirts succumbed to the disease today, according to a Reuters report.

Jan 28, 2008

H5N1 spreads to more districts in India, Bangladesh

(CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in India reported yesterday that H5N1 avian influenza had spread to 13 of 19 districts in West Bengal state, as authorities in neighboring Bangladesh said poultry outbreaks have occurred in close to half of the country's districts.

Jan 25, 2008

Jan 25, 2008

Authors defend study of nondrug measures in 1918 pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – The authors of a 2007 study of nonpharmaceutical measures used in the 1918 influenza pandemic, responding to a critique from historian John M. Barry, argued last week that there is strong evidence that New York City used isolation and quarantine to battle the Spanish flu.

Jan 25, 2008

Cambodian study hints at subclinical H5N1 cases

(CIDRAP News) – A recent study in Cambodia suggests that some human cases of infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus escape detection because symptoms are mild or absent, according to a report from an international avian flu conference this week in Bangkok.

Jan 24, 2008

Jan 24, 2008

FAO: Spate of H5N1 outbreaks warrants stronger controls

(CIDRAP News) – Outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in 15 countries since December 2007 are a potent reminder that the virus is still a global threat, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, as officials in Thailand announced they found the disease in poultry again after a 6-month lapse.

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