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2006-03-29 08:22:30

By Jonathan Spicer TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto's deadly brush with the SARS virus three years ago has uniquely prepared the city for the possibility of a bird flu pandemic, health officials say. Drawing on lessons from the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, city and provincial experts promise new screening measures, emergency plans to treat patients from home and tough laws detailing what health workers must do. Rules still under government debate could ban travel,...

2006-03-29 08:20:00

By Jonathan Spicer TORONTO -- Toronto's deadly brush with the SARS virus three years ago has uniquely prepared the city for the possibility of a bird flu pandemic, health officials say. Drawing on lessons from the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, city and provincial experts promise new screening measures, emergency plans to treat patients from home and tough laws detailing what health workers must do. Rules still under government debate could ban travel, fix prices and...

2006-03-27 08:15:00

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Three Cambodians suffering from fever and coughs tested negative for bird flu after a 3-year-old girl died of the virus last week, the head of the hospital treating them said on Monday. "All three tested for bird flu showed negative," said Heng Taykry, director of Phnom Penh's Calmette Hospital, where the trio have been staying since being admitted with bird flu-like symptoms on Saturday. A joint Cambodian-World Health Organization (WHO) statement said the adult and two...

2006-03-22 00:30:00

By Jim Loney ATLANTA - Closing schools may not help contain the spread of bird flu or other potentially pandemic illnesses, according to U.S. research released on Tuesday. Public health officials are considering school closings, cancellation of big gatherings such as sports events and concerts and other methods to limit contact among people and control the spread of avian influenza. Urging people to stay at home if they or someone in their household is sick is likely to work better, according...

2006-03-21 14:43:44

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - From Hawaii to New Hampshire, states are beginning to struggle with the prospect of bird flu arriving in the United States by considering measures ranging from mandatory quarantines to extra cash for hospitals. Pandemic-related legislation has been introduced, though generally not yet enacted, in at least 13 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, with money a key ingredient in some of the measures. The efforts tend to...

2006-03-21 14:44:14

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - From Hawaii to New Hampshire, states are beginning to struggle with the prospect of bird flu arriving in the United States by considering measures ranging from mandatory quarantines to extra cash for hospitals. Pandemic-related legislation has been introduced, though generally not yet enacted, in at least 13 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, with money a key ingredient in some of the measures. The efforts tend to...

2006-03-20 13:51:19

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The H5N1 strain of bird flu in humans has evolved into two separate strains, U.S. researchers reported on Monday, which could complicate developing a vaccine and preventing a pandemic. One strain, or clade, made people sick in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in 2003 and 2004 and a second, a cousin of the first, caused the disease in people in Indonesia in 2004. Two clades may share the same ancestor but are distinct -- as are different clades, or strains, of the...

2006-03-20 13:35:00

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The H5N1 strain of bird flu in humans has evolved into two separate strains, U.S. researchers reported on Monday, which could complicate developing a vaccine and preventing a pandemic. One strain, or clade, made people sick in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in 2003 and 2004 and a second, a cousin of the first, caused the disease in people in Indonesia in 2004. Two clades may share the same ancestor but are distinct -- as are different clades, or strains, of the AIDS virus,...

2006-03-20 01:05:00

CHICAGO -- Five people can be protected with just one dose of seasonal flu vaccine, researchers said on Monday, but the development was unlikely to have an effect on the expected coming battle with bird flu. The researchers were able to stretch the supply of vaccine by administering doses one-fifth the normal strength with injections under the skin instead of into muscle, the way full-strength doses are normally delivered. "Although these results are preliminary, we found that the reduced...

2006-03-17 09:36:02

In ZURICH item of March 16 headlined "Roche aims for 400 mln Tamiflu doses by end 2006" please read in paragraph 13 ... another Chinese company, HEC Group ... instead of ... another Chinese company, Hangzhou Electrochemical Group Ltd. ... A corrected version follows. By Tom Armitage ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drug maker Roche is boosting output of its flu drug, Tamiflu, by a third to meet increased demand from governments building stockpiles for a potential pandemic triggered by...


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