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Government Silences Researchers' Work On Bird Flu Strains
2011-12-21 13:13:52

The U.S. government paid scientists to find out how the bird flu virus might mutate to become a bigger threat to people, but federal officials decided this information should be kept from the public. Federal officials asked the scientists on Tuesday to keep their findings away from being publicized in fear of the wrong people finding out the formula. The two labs in the study found that it appears easier than scientists believed for the H5N1 bird flu to evolve in a way that allows it to...

2011-12-20 09:59:00

Animal/Human Connection Means That Veterinarians Monitor Emerging Diseases, Work To Keep People Healthy, Too WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's not a matter of if a worldwide pandemic will strike but when, say experts like veterinarian and epidemiologist Jonna Mazet, a professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology in the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. That's why Mazet, who leads an early warning pandemic...

2011-12-14 09:00:00

Survey Respondents Lack Knowledge of How and Why Outbreaks Occur NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S. science-based nonprofit organization, announced the results of a just released survey that polled Americans' knowledge surrounding global disease outbreaks. Results showed that more than two in three Americans (68%) worry about global disease outbreaks. When polled about how and why the next big outbreak will happen and what causes them,...

2011-11-14 23:36:44

A commonly held theory says that flu virus originates every year in Southeast and Eastern Asia, making this region the source of seasonal flu epidemics in other parts of the world. However, researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore have found that influenza virus in tropical areas isn't the only global source of flu epidemics. The international team of scientists involved in the work found that any one of the urban centers they studied could act as a source for a flu...

2011-09-29 07:31:00

CHICAGO, Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fifty years ago this October, MRSA emerged into the world and is now a major global epidemic and the most common cause of antimicrobial resistant pathogen healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in most U.S. healthcare facilities. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090825/DC65136LOGO) "The MRSA pandemic continues to be a major public health threat and crisis along with other antimicrobial- resistant pathogens and must become a...

2011-09-23 11:47:48

UCLA life scientists and their colleagues have discovered the first evidence of the H1N1 virus in animals in Africa. In one village in northern Cameroon, a staggering 89 percent of the pigs studied had been exposed to the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu. "I was amazed that virtually every pig in this village was exposed," said Thomas B. Smith, director of UCLA's Center for Tropical Research and the senior author of the research. "Africa is ground zero for a new pandemic. Many...

CDC: Two US Kids Infected By Swine Flu Variant
2011-09-03 05:32:53

  Two U.S. children who had fallen ill with a previously unidentified influenza virus contracted a new strain that formed when one type of swine flu somehow picked up genetic material from the strain that was responsible for 2009's swine flu pandemic, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Friday. According to AP Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione, the children - one of whom was from Pennsylvania and the other from Indiana - were infected in...

2011-08-25 21:28:14

Rutgers, University of Texas at Austin researchers determine three-dimensional structure of site on influenza B virus protein that suppresses human defenses to infection Researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Texas at Austin have reported a discovery that could help scientists develop drugs to fight seasonal influenza epidemics caused by the common influenza B strain. Their discovery also helps explain how influenza B is limited to humans, and why it cannot be as...

2011-08-16 07:31:00

World MRSA Day, October 2 and World MRSA Awareness Month, October to fight against global inaction and to raise awareness to the global MRSA crisis. CHICAGO, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 3rd Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event and Global MRSA Summit will be held October 1, 2011 at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. The 2011 Global theme is: 'The MRSA Epidemic - A Call to Action.' (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20091005/MRSALOGO)...

2011-06-14 00:37:24

Scientists using new mathematical and computational techniques have identified six influenza A viruses that have particularly close genetic relationships to the H1N1 "swine" flu virus that swept through the United States beginning in the spring of 2009. That virus eventually killed almost 18,000 people worldwide. Biological studies focused on these strains of influenza virus could shed light on how the 2009 pandemic strain of influenza emerged, aiding in efforts to forestall another pandemic,...