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2006-02-06 03:05:00

NEW YORK -- French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis has completed production of an additional $50 million worth of bulk-concentrate vaccine against the H5N1 strain of bird flu for the U.S. government, the company said on Monday. Sanofi said the stockpile broadens a $100 million contract it signed in September with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will be used to support U.S. Department of Defense requirements. Sanofi's experimental vaccine is the most advanced among a number in...

2006-02-03 17:23:49

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led efforts to fight bird flu -- so far focused on Southeast Asia -- need to be extended to North Korea and other pariah regimes as well as to vulnerable Africa, U.S. officials said on Friday. Turkey and Iraq last month became the latest countries outside Asia to report human cases of the H5N1 strain of avian flu. While it mostly affects birds, bird flu has infected 161 people and killed 86 of them since 2003, according...

2006-02-03 13:35:00

NEW YORK -- U.S. regulators have approved a new, faster test for diagnosing strains of bird flu in humans suspected of being infected with the virus, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Friday. The test designed to detect strains of Asian H5 flu provides preliminary results on suspected samples within four hours, instead of at least two to three days with current testing technology, the agency said. The H5N1 subtype of H5 flu virus has killed 86 people in Asia and Turkey,...

2006-01-30 13:18:05

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new survey shows that Americans fear car accidents, terror attacks, hurricanes and other natural disasters more than they fear bird flu. The national survey of 1,000 Americans was conducted between January 24 and January 25 by marketing and communications research company HCD Research, based in Flemington, New Jersey, in response to recent reports that bird flu may enter the U.S. "What was really clear from the survey was that with all...

2006-01-30 13:15:00

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new survey shows that Americans fear car accidents, terror attacks, hurricanes and other natural disasters more than they fear bird flu. The national survey of 1,000 Americans was conducted between January 24 and January 25 by marketing and communications research company HCD Research, based in Flemington, New Jersey, in response to recent reports that bird flu may enter the U.S. "What was really clear from the survey was that with all the talk...

2006-01-30 10:50:00

By Twana Osman SULAIMANIYA, Iraq -- A 14-year-old girl who died in northern Iraq this month had bird flu, Iraq's health minister said on Monday, despite the World Health Organization having initially discounted the virus as the cause of death. A WHO official said preliminary results from a U.S. military laboratory in Cairo showed the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, but it was urgently seeking further tests at a British laboratory. If confirmed it would be the first known human case of the avian...

2006-01-30 05:45:36

By Jeremy Smith BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU regulators may allow national governments to vaccinate poultry flocks as a precaution against the spread of dangerous strains of bird flu, officials said on Monday. Until now, vaccination has been allowed only in limited circumstances. But with the lethal H5N1 virus creeping closer -- the latest case is in birds in northern Cyprus -- that may change, especially as the spring migratory season approaches. The European Commission, which monitors...

2006-01-25 02:31:38

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian chicken seller in Jakarta is in hospital after being infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus according to local test results, a senior Health Ministry official said on Wednesday. Hariadi Wibisono, director of control of animal-borne diseases at the ministry, said the 22-year-old man was being treated in a Jakarta hospital designated for bird flu patients. "Local tests show he was positive for bird flu. He is a chicken vendor in a traditional market,"...

2006-01-20 12:24:51

By Selcuk Gokoluk ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey accused its neighbors on Friday of hushing up outbreaks of bird flu, complicating the fight against a virus that has killed four Turkish children. "It is unofficially known that this illness exists in our neighboring countries which are ruled by closed regimes, but these countries do not declare this because of their systems," Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker told a news conference. He did not name the countries he had in mind, but Iran and...

2006-01-20 07:55:00

By Tom Armitage ZURICH -- Tamiflu, the drug which many governments have stockpiled to ward off a deadly bird flu pandemic, appears to be an effective treatment for the disease if administered early enough, its maker Roche Holding AG said. Roche said on Friday tests on animals showed Tamiflu could work against the current virus but that more studies were needed into how much Tamiflu should be given in order to effectively combat the virus in humans. "The results suggest that Tamiflu can...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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