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Dec 05, 2006

Dec 05, 2006

Saudi man has third vCJD case found in US

(CIDRAP News) – A third case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) has been reported in a US resident, but health officials believe he contracted the disease in Saudi Arabia when he was a child.

Oct 25, 2006

Oct 25, 2006

Study shows flu shots safe for 6- to 23-month-olds

(CIDRAP News) – A study involving tens of thousands of children has strengthened the evidence that influenza vaccination is safe for those 6 to 23 months old, an age-group for whom the government began recommending flu immunization 2 years ago.

Sep 29, 2006

Sep 29, 2006

Indonesia reports 69th H5N1 case

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesia reported its 69th H5N1 avian influenza case today, in the 21-year-old sister of an 11-year-old boy who died of the same disease on Sep 18.

The woman from the Tulungagung district of East Java tested positive for H5N1 today, 4 days after she was hospitalized, according to a Bloomberg News report. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed her 11-year-old brother's case on Sep 25.

Sep 12, 2006

Sep 12, 2006

In 2001-02, reduced air travel delayed flu season

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers reported today that reduced air travel in the wake of the Sep 11, 2001, terrorist attacks delayed and prolonged that year's influenza season.

Sep 11, 2006

Sep 11, 2006

Way cleared for China to share H5N1 samples

(CIDRAP News) – US officials have resolved what they're calling a lapse in communication that has contributed to China's delay in sending promised poultry samples of H5N1 avian influenza virus to the United States.

Jun 23, 2006

Jun 23, 2006

H5N1 mutation showed human transmission in Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – The recent family cluster of H5N1 avian influenza cases in Indonesia marks the first time laboratory tests confirmed human-to-human transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) told reporters today.

Jun 20, 2006

Jun 20, 2006

WHO confirms Indonesia's 39th avian flu death

(CIDRAP News) – A 13-year-old boy from south Jakarta who died Jun 14 represented Indonesia's 51st avian influenza case and was the 39th Indonesian to succumb, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) statement today.

His death leaves Indonesia only three fatalities behind Vietnam, which has reported the most H5N1 deaths in the world but hasn't had a human case since late last year, according to WHO information.

May 22, 2006

May 22, 2006

Three new avian flu cases reported in Indonesia, 2 in Iran

(CIDRAP news) – Local tests indicate that two more Indonesians have died of H5N1 avian influenza—one of them from the extended family case cluster still being investigated in northern Sumatra, according to news reports.

May 12, 2006

May 12, 2006

Sanofi reports results for H5N1 vaccine with adjuvant

(CIDRAP news) – In a human trial in France, an experimental H5N1 avian influenza vaccine with an adjuvant showed modestly better performance at a lower dose compared with a similar H5N1 vaccine that was tested earlier in the United States.

Mar 16, 2006

Mar 16, 2006

Roche boosts Tamiflu production; CDC cites signs of hoarding

(CIDRAP News) – Drug manufacturer Roche said today it is increasing its production capacity for the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) by a third this year and is keeping ahead of the demand from governments stockpiling the drug in preparation for a possible influenza pandemic.

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