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2005-12-08 01:27:52

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday planned an exercise to see just how poorly prepared the country is to cope with a avian flu pandemic, even as lawmakers in Congress debated how much to spend for U.S. preparations. The H5N1 avian influenza virus is spreading steadily among poultry, pushing westward out of Asia into Europe. Health officials fear it will mutate, become easily transmitted among humans and spread rapidly...

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2005-12-08 01:25:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- The White House on Wednesday planned an exercise to see just how poorly prepared the country is to cope with a avian flu pandemic, even as lawmakers in Congress debated how much to spend for U.S. preparations. The H5N1 avian influenza virus is spreading steadily among poultry, pushing westward out of Asia into Europe. Health officials fear it will mutate, become easily transmitted among humans and spread rapidly around the world,...

2005-12-02 12:50:00

CHICAGO -- The lungs of avian flu victims are racked by infections, clogged with pus and surrounded by fluid, and the severity of the symptoms can predict whether the patients will survive, researchers said on Friday. Based on chest X-rays performed on 14 Vietnamese bird flu patients admitted to Ho Chi Minh City Hospital -- nine of whom died -- researchers at the University of Oxford in England found shared abnormalities that were good predictors of whether the disease would be fatal. The...

2005-12-01 12:50:00

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Indian generic drug company Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. said on Thursday that it was prepared to produce large quantities of Tamiflu for the United States to help meet the threat of avian flu and was in talks with the drug's maker, Roche Holding AG. Ranbaxy said within a year it could provide enough oseltamivir phosphate -- the active ingredient in Tamiflu -- to produce 1.3 billion 75 milligram capsules. Within six months of beginning production, Ranbaxy believes it can...

2005-11-28 17:45:00

By Anna Mudeva AMSTERDAM -- Vaccinating chickens against avian flu can prevent a major outbreak of the disease by preventing birds from passing on the virus, Dutch scientists said in a study published on Monday. Vaccination is one of the main weapons in the fight against bird flu. However, scientists did not know if vaccination protected only treated birds or had wider benefits. "Our conclusion is that vaccination of poultry can prevent a major outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu...

2005-11-28 17:45:00

By Anna Mudeva AMSTERDAM -- Vaccinating chickens against avian flu can prevent a major outbreak of the disease by preventing birds from passing on the virus, Dutch scientists said in a study published on Monday. Vaccination is one of the main weapons in the fight against bird flu. However, scientists did not know if vaccination protected only treated birds or had wider benefits. "Our conclusion is that vaccination of poultry can prevent a major outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu...

2005-10-28 13:41:22

Nashville (Tenn.) - Vanderbilt University Medical Center is enrolling volunteers in a study to test a new vaccine that targets avian flu, the first such vaccine against the virus. The Vanderbilt trial, led by Kathryn Edwards, M.D., will test the new vaccine in nearly 100 individuals 65 years of age and over. It is the second phase of a national study led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The first phase of the avian flu vaccine trial, conducted at various other...

2005-10-27 16:20:25

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. plan for tackling a possible pandemic of avian flu will include better disease reporting as well as stockpiles of vaccines and drugs, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said on Thursday. But it will be important for state and local authorities to flesh out strategies to mesh with the long-awaited U.S. plan, which President George W. Bush will announce "soon," Leavitt said. Worried...

2005-10-27 17:52:02

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate, increasingly concerned with the possibility of a deadly influenza pandemic, on Thursday approved nearly $8 billion to help the government stockpile vaccines and other drugs to fight the disease. Avian flu, which is widespread among flocks of poultry in Asia and has spread west into parts of Europe, has only infected about 120 people, killing half of them. The deaths were in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia. But...

2005-09-29 18:20:05

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate passed legislation on Thursday to add $4 billion to the U.S. fight against deadly avian flu by stocking up on anti-viral drugs and increasing global surveillance of the disease. The provision, which was attached to an unrelated fiscal 2006 spending bill for the military, faces an uncertain future in the House of Representatives. The Senate vote came as international organizations urged the United States and other countries to be...


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