Latest H5N1 Stories

2011-08-30 18:52:49

TAU develops a Facebook application to track the path of infection From SARS to swine flu, virus outbreaks can be unpredictable – and devastating. But now a new application through the ubiquitous social networking site Facebook, developed in a Tel Aviv University lab, is poised to serve as a better indicator of how infections spread among populations. Dr. Gal Almogy and Prof. Nir Ben-Tal of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at TAU's George S. Wise Faculty of...

UN Warns Of Bird Flu Resurgence, Mutant Strain
2011-08-30 04:55:48

  The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday of a possible resurgence of the bird flu virus, and called for heightened preparedness and surveillance amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly H5N1 virus is spreading throughout Asia and beyond. In a statement issued Monday, the FAO said that wild bird migrations had brought the virus back to previously virus-free nations, and that a mutant strain, which can apparently sidestep defenses of existing...

2011-08-15 09:00:00

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NexBio announced top line data from a Phase 2 clinical trial of DAS181, an investigational drug for treatment and prophylaxis of Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) caused by all types and strains of influenza and parainfluenza viruses, including pandemic influenza strains. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, Phase 2 trial of otherwise healthy adults infected with influenza virus, treatment with DAS181 resulted in a significant reduction in patients'...

2011-08-15 09:24:31

TAU researchers work to determine how H1N1 becomes pandemic The last century has seen two major pandemics caused by the H1N1 virus "” the Spanish Flu in 1918 and 2009's Swine Flu scare, which had thousands travelling with surgical masks and clamoring for vaccination. But scientists did not know what distinguished the Swine Flu from ordinary influenza in pigs or seasonal outbreaks in humans, giving it the power to travel extensively and infect large populations. Until now. Prof. Nir...

2011-08-12 16:00:00

QUEBEC CITY, QC, Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Medicago Inc. (TSX: MDG), a biotechnology company focused on developing highly effective and affordable vaccines based on proprietary manufacturing technologies and Virus-Like Particles (VLPs), today announced its operational and financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011. The Company's financial statements and management report are available at www.sedar.com and at www.medicago.com. "During the second quarter, we made...

2011-08-11 07:00:00

BEIJING, Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (Nasdaq: SVA), a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products in China, announced today that it has obtained the GMP certificate for its seasonal flu vaccine and hepatitis A vaccine from the Mexican regulatory authority, the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) of Mexico Ministry of Health. Sinovac is the first Chinese vaccine manufacturer to be granted GMP certificate by COFEPRIS. The GMP...

2011-08-08 14:00:00

Study reveals features of influenza virus and our response to it that could reduce the need for annual vaccinations BOSTON, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An antibody that mimics features of the influenza virus's entry point into human cells could help researchers understand how to fine-tune the flu vaccine to protect against a broad range of virus strains. Such protection could potentially reduce the need to develop, produce, and distribute a new vaccine for each flu season. A...

2011-08-03 21:59:34

Arriving at a rapid and accurate diagnosis is critical during flu outbreaks, but until now, physicians and public health officials have had to choose between a highly accurate yet time-consuming test or a rapid but error-prone test. A new detection method developed at the University of Georgia and detailed in the August edition of the journal Analyst, however, offers the best of both worlds. By coating gold nanoparticles with antibodies that bind to specific strains of the flu virus and then...

2011-07-29 07:45:00

Scientists have found a flu "super antibody" they say may be a turning point in the development of new flu treatments. The researchers say the "super antibody" called FI6 can fight all types of influenza A viruses that cause disease. The team used a new method aimed at beating "needle-in-a-haystack-type-odds" and managed to identify an antibody from a human patient that neutralizes both main groups of influenza A viruses. They said that although it is an early step, it is an important one,...

2011-07-18 05:00:00

GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MedImmune has received confirmation from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that the Agency has filed the Company's supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for a quadrivalent (four-strain) version of FluMist® (Influenza Vaccine Live, Intranasal). The company submitted the sBLA early in the second quarter of this year. Currently licensed seasonal influenza vaccines are trivalent, containing three strains...

Latest H5N1 Reference Libraries

2011-02-17 15:02:05

Influenza A virus causes influenza in birds and some mammals. It is a genus of the Orthomyxoviridae family of viruses. Although the virus is uncommon several strains have been isolated from wild birds. Some can cause severe disease in domestic poultry and sometimes in humans. They are negative sense, single-stranded, segmented RNA viruses. Each subtype has mutated into a variety of strains with different pathogenic profiles. There is a vaccine for humans incase there is an avian influenza, or...

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