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2005-09-29 16:04:29

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of Senate Democrats on Thursday sought to add nearly $4 billion to the U.S. fight against the deadly avian flu, with most of the money to be used to stock up on an anti-viral drug. But a Senate vote on the measure might be delayed until next week and an influential Republican, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, said he would try to kill the effort. Avian flu among flocks in Asia has been growing for several years and outbreaks have been...

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2005-09-29 16:00:00

WASHINGTON -- A group of Senate Democrats on Thursday sought to add nearly $4 billion to the U.S. fight against the deadly avian flu, with most of the money to be used to stock up on an anti-viral drug. But a Senate vote on the measure might be delayed until next week and an influential Republican, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, said he would try to kill the effort. Avian flu among flocks in Asia has been growing for several years and outbreaks have been spotted in parts of Russia. So far, 65...

2005-09-28 12:30:00

WASHINGTON -- A company that makes an inhaled flu vaccine signed up with the U.S. government on Wednesday to try to make a version of its jabless vaccine for avian flu. Maryland-based biotechnology company MedImmune will work with top U.S. government influenza experts to develop a new vaccine against the H5N1 avian flu, which has killed 65 people in Asia since 2003. "The threat of pandemic flu is an urgent health challenge," Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a...

2005-09-20 00:55:00

NOUMEA, New Caledonia -- The initial outbreak of what could explode into a bird flu pandemic may affect only a few people, but the world will have just weeks to contain the deadly virus before it spreads and kills millions. Chances of containment are limited because the potentially catastrophic infection may not be detected until it has already spread to several countries, like the SARS virus in 2003. Avian flu vaccines developed in advance will have little impact on the pandemic virus. It...

2005-09-19 23:35:00

By Michael Perry NOUMEA, New Caledonia (Reuters) - The initial outbreak of a bird flu pandemic may not be very contagious, affecting only a few people, giving the world just weeks to contain the deadly virus before it spreads and kills millions. But the chance of containment is limited as the pandemic may not be detected until it has already spread to several countries, like the SARS virus in 2003, and avian flu vaccines developed in advance will have little impact on the pandemic virus. It...

2005-09-16 10:40:30

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will host a major international conference on avian flu in October to discuss how ready the world is to combat a likely pandemic, Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh said on Thursday. The head of the U.N. World Health Organization said on Thursday that avian flu will mutate and become transmissible by humans. The flu has already killed more than 60 people in Asia and spread to Russia and Europe. "We believe that it is important for us across the world to prepare...

2005-07-18 19:28:23

Experiments in mice show that an antiviral drug currently used against annual influenza strains also can suppress the deadly influenza virus that has spread from birds to humans, killing dozens of people in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand since early 2004. This study, the first published report conducted on oseltamivir against the H5N1 influenza strain circulating in Vietnam, found that the drug, sold commercially as Tamiflu, dramatically boosted the survival rate of infected mice. The...

2005-07-18 15:45:00

WASHINGTON -- Roche's influenza drug Tamiflu suppresses the often deadly avian flu strain seen in Vietnam, which experts fear will soon cause a human pandemic, U.S. researchers said on Monday. They said tests in mice showed the drug, licensed for use against influenza in general, could suppress the newest strain of H5N1 virus that is sweeping though flocks of poultry in Vietnam, Cambodia, China and elsewhere in Asia. Public health experts say the avian flu virus is mutating and fear it could...


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