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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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2005-12-04 11:35:00

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two years ago, as fears of a SARS pandemic spread, a San Diego biotech company aided by federal dollars speeded a promising vaccine out of the lab and into human testing. But when Vical Inc. (VICL) and the government wrap up the 15-person test next year, the drug is expected to end up on the shelf because the dreaded global epidemic never panned out. Bird flu has now overtaken SARS as the No. 1 feared global death threat. As biotechnology companies suddenly refocus their...

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...

2005-11-25 11:28:02

By Marie Frail BEIJING (Reuters) - China's home-grown human bird flu vaccine is at least a year away from hitting the market but clinical tests on people have been approved by the government, head of the research drug company said on Friday. Development of the vaccine -- called Panflu -- started last year after bird flu outbreaks in Thailand and Vietnam and animal trials have already been completed, said Yin Weidong, managing director of Sinovac Biotech. Underscoring the urgency of...

2005-11-25 09:19:32

By Marie Frail BEIJING (Reuters) - China's home-grown human bird flu vaccine is at least a year away from hitting the market but clinical tests on people have been approved by the government, head of the research drug company said on Friday. Development of the vaccine -- called Panflu -- started last year after bird flu outbreaks in Thailand and Vietnam and animal trials have already been completed, said Yin Weidong, managing director of Sinovac Biotech. Underscoring the urgency of...

2005-11-25 07:25:10

By Marie Frail BEIJING (Reuters) - China's home-grown human bird flu vaccine is at least a year away from hitting the market but clinical tests on people have been approved by the government, head of the research drug company said on Friday. Development of the vaccine -- called Panflu -- started last year after bird flu outbreaks in Thailand and Vietnam and animal trials have already been completed, said Yin Weidong, managing director of Sinovac Biotech. Underscoring the urgency of...

2005-11-22 19:17:08

By Paul Simao ATLANTA (Reuters) - Citing a need to protect Americans from bird flu and other diseases, U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed regulatory changes requiring airlines and shipping firms to hand over passenger and crew lists on demand and expand how they report serious illnesses. The changes would apply to planes and ships arriving from outside the United States as well as some domestic flights, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which...

2005-11-22 06:47:12

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - Britain ordered doctors on Tuesday to restrict influenza vaccinations to people aged over 65 and other vulnerable groups as fears over bird flu sparked a run on its emergency reserve. The Department of Health told family doctors it had ordered extra supplies and was negotiating for more but might not get them because of increased international demand for flu vaccine. "People are obviously anxious about pandemic flu and avian flu," a Department of...

2005-11-22 06:34:57

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - Britain ordered doctors on Tuesday to restrict influenza vaccinations to people aged over 65 and other vulnerable groups as fears over bird flu sparked a run on its emergency reserve. The Department of Health told family doctors it had ordered extra supplies and was negotiating for more but might not get them because of increased international demand for flu vaccine. "People are obviously anxious about pandemic flu and avian flu," a Department of...