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2008-11-12 09:00:00

BOSTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- WHO and CDC have stated that the predictive accuracy of their annual formulations for human influenza vaccines is "suboptimal" -- often correct less than 50% of the time, especially for seniors. Perhaps in part because we are not yet accurate in our predictions of upcoming influenza strains, approximately 36,000 people die each year of flu in the United States alone. As in the case of hurricanes, early warning of the location and intensity of virus outbreaks...

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2008-08-12 15:30:26

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Monday the discovery of a new strain of the N5N1 avian influenza among birds in Africa. The new strain is genetically different from those that circulated during the 2006 and 2007 Nigerian outbreaks.   "It is more similar to strains previously identified in Europe (Italy), Asia (Afghanistan) and the Middle East (Iran) in 2007," said the FAO in a statement. "The detection of a new avian influenza virus strain in...

2008-06-25 00:02:50

VGX Pharmaceuticals Inc. (VGX) announced today the publication in PLoS ONE - an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication - of preclinical data for the Company's preventative DNA vaccine candidate for avian influenza, VGX-3400. The article, titled "Heterosubtypic Protection against Pathogenic Human and Avian Influenza Viruses via In Vivo Electroporation of Synthetic Consensus DNA Antigens", is available at www.plosone.org/doi/pone.0002517. The highly pathogenic Avian...

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2008-04-18 12:30:00

Scientists are working to develop a next-generation bird flu vaccine that could potentially protect against mutations of the virus.One experimental vaccine already seems to be returning positive results. The vaccine fuses a common cold virus and parts of DNA from the H5N1 virus. U.S. researchers reported that the vaccine appears to stimulate an immune response in mice."We want to have a vaccine that can be stored in advance and have the potential to provide protection for a period of time...

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2008-04-16 01:45:00

Findings may lead to improved flu vaccinesOutbreaks of the most common type of influenza virus, A (H3N2), are seeded by viruses that originate in East and Southeast Asia and migrate around the world, new research has found. This discovery may help to further improve flu vaccines and make the evolution of the virus more predictable.Scientists at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Influenza Surveillance Network, found...

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2006-12-04 17:15:00

WASHINGTON -- Birds from Latin America - not from the north - are most likely to bring deadly bird flu to the main U.S., researchers said Monday, suggesting the government might miss the H5N1 virus because biologists have been looking in the wrong direction. The United States' $29 million bird flu surveillance program has focused heavily on migratory birds flying from Asia to Alaska, where researchers this year collected tens of thousands of samples from wild birds nesting on frozen tundra...

2006-08-14 11:22:56

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials believe that wild swans in Michigan may have been infected with a strain of the bird flu virus, but it is not thought to be a highly pathogenic strain and is one that has been seen previously in North America, the White House said on Monday. White House spokesman Tony Snow said that officials from the Agriculture and Interior Departments would be announcing the findings at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT). The officials will "be announcing that routine...

2006-08-14 10:33:27

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior said on Monday routine surveillance found the presence of H5 and N1 avian influenza subtypes in samples from two wild mute swans in Michigan. But testing ruled out the possibility of it being the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that has spread through birds in Asia, Europe and Africa. Test results so far indicate this is low pathogenicity avian influenza, which poses no threat to human health. More extensive test...

2006-08-04 07:15:00

By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG -- A leading virologist has urged countries battling new H5N1 bird flu outbreaks in animals to analyze the genetic makeup of the virus to trace its origins and better arm themselves to combat the disease. Malik Peiris of the University of Hong Kong, who has studied the virus for nearly 10 years, said genetic sequencing of H5N1 strains found in animals would help scientists get their hands on vital information, and governments could in turn do more to control the spread...

2006-08-04 02:25:00

By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG (Reuters) - A leading virologist has urged countries battling new H5N1 bird flu outbreaks in animals to analyze the genetic makeup of the virus to trace its origins and better arm themselves to combat the disease. Malik Peiris of the University of Hong Kong, who has studied the virus for nearly 10 years, said genetic sequencing of H5N1 strains found in animals would help scientists get their hands on vital information, and governments could in turn do more to control...