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2009-03-18 09:06:42

New method could improve vaccines for both seasonal flu and bird flu A new computerized method of testing could help world health officials better identify flu vaccines that are effective against multiple strains of the disease. Rice University scientists who created the method say tests of data from bird flu and seasonal flu outbreaks suggest their method can better gauge the efficacy of proposed vaccines than can tests used today. Rice's Michael Deem, the lead scientist on the project, will...

2009-03-03 13:44:05

A vaccine to protect humans from a bird flu pandemic is within reach after a new discovery by researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia The discovery, published today in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals how boosting T cell immunity could better protect humans from a bird flu pandemic. The continued spread of the highly virulent "bird flu" virus has experts worried that we are facing a new potential influenza pandemic which could transfer...

2009-03-01 20:03:27

A modified vaccine once used to treat smallpox has proven effective in treating mice infected with the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain, Hong Kong researchers say. While human trials are at least two years off, the University of Hong Kong scientists, who worked with U.S. researchers, say the vaccine holds the potential to become a ''safe and effective vaccine that can be rapidly deployed for pre-exposure vaccination of millions of people," Kyodo news service reported Sunday. The World Health...

2009-02-11 10:12:09

The government of Vietnam has announced emergency measures to prevent the spread of a bird flu epidemic from poultry to humans. Thousands of infected birds have been culled since Type A bird flu was discovered in seven provinces, the Vietnam news service VNS reported Wednesday. The latest province to suffer an outbreak is Bach Ninh where more than 100 ducks found dead on two farms tested positive for the H5N1 virus. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered all government offices and...

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2009-02-10 13:23:41

A spokesman for China's Health Ministry said on Tuesday the country is puzzled by eight human cases of bird flu in January, which appeared independent of any known case in birds, Reuters reported. Five Chinese died in January from H5N1 in far-out regions without any reported presence of the virus in birds on the mainland, reports indicated. Experts have questioned whether bird flu is widely present but undetected in China, after several dead birds that washed up in Hong Kong tested positive...

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2009-02-02 13:30:00

Experts say flu season has made a slow start this winter, with widespread illness only being reported in Virginia and New Jersey, the Associated Press reported.Dr. Nancy Cox, influenza chief at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a meeting of flu specialists on Monday it has been kind of a "ho-hum year."However, doctors say influenza usually ramps up in February, long after many people have forgotten the fall's campaigns to get vaccinated. Last year, there was even a spike in...

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2009-01-25 12:00:00

China's Health Ministry reported on Saturday the country's fourth death from the H5N1 virus.  The 31-year-old victim, a woman from Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region in western China, died Friday. The country's official Xinhua News Agency cited China's deputy director of health, Wang Xiaoyan, as saying that the woman had been to a live poultry market before she fell ill on Jan. 10.  A teenage boy in southwest China, a woman in eastern China and a woman in Beijing also died...

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2009-01-19 13:50:00

A 16-year-old boy in central Hunan province is badly ill after contracting the H5N1 birdflu virus, the third case reported by Chinese health authorities. The teenage student entered a hospital in Hunan on January 16 and the province disease control center confirmed he was infected with the H5N1 virus, according to the Ministry of Health's website. The official statement said the boy's condition is critical and that he previously had "contact with dead poultry," but it did not say where that...

2009-01-04 11:00:19

Two years after a big decline in the number of confirmed human deaths from H5N1 bird flu, cases are still turning up in poultry, U.N. health officials say. The virus has resurfaced in poultry in Hong Kong for the first time in six years and has also turned up in four human patients in Egypt, Cambodia and Indonesia, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. New poultry outbreaks were also observed in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and mainland China. Fewer countries overall, however, are reporting...

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2008-12-03 14:30:00

In a broad series of tests on thousands of ducks migrating through Sweden, researchers found that avian flu makes mallard ducks thinner than other duck breeds. Reporting in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Jonas Waldenstrom of Sweden's Kalmar University, Albert Osterhaus of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam and colleagues found that the viruses do affect the birds. Their findings contradict previous notions among experts that mallards were immune to avian flu....