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Are Flu Vaccines Worth the Effort?
Each year enormous effort goes into producing influenza vaccines and delivering them to appropriate sections of the population. But a review of the evidence in this week’s BMJ suggests that they may not be as effective as we think.
Oct 29, 2006, 21:21
Lessons from SARS may help prepare for bird flu
Lessons learnt from SARS epidemics in China may help us prepare for new epidemics, such as human avian flu, say experts in this week’s BMJ. Mainland China experienced three outbreaks of SARS between November 2002 and May 2004. The first outbreak resulted in a pandemic and caused huge financial loss and social panic, but rigorous control policies prevented further pandemics.
Aug 19, 2006, 21:52
Incomplete vaccination could worsen the spread of avian flu
Incomplete vaccination of poultry flocks could make the spread of deadly strains of avian flu such as H5N1 worse, scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Warwick have found. The research shows that even though the available vaccines are effective on individual birds, the disease is likely to spread unless almost all of a flock has been protected. The study, published in Nature journal, is the first to quantify how incomplete vaccination of flocks can contribute to the undetected spread of the disease.
Aug 18, 2006, 18:40
Scientists aim to thwart use of flu as bioweapon
Flu is already a big killer, responsible for more than 35,000 deaths in the United States alone each year. And wild birds infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu are gradually broadening the scope of that disease. This week in Rochester, scientists are discussing ways to better understand the flu and also how to prevent the possibility that terrorists could somehow modify flu as a bioweapon to make it even more lethal than it is already.
Jun 22, 2006, 05:15
Pakistani poultry industry demands 10-year tax holiday
Pakistani poultry farmers have sought a 10-year tax exemption to support their dwindling business after the detection of the H5N1 strain of bird flu triggered a fall in demand and prices, a poultry trader said.
May 7, 2006, 18:27
Pandemic prevention plan approved for Asia Pacific
Government officials from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries Friday approved a regional plan to stave off a new influenza pandemic - or at least to keep the global economy running if millions of people die or fall ill with the disease.
May 7, 2006, 18:16
H5N1 threat puts human flu back in spotlight
The emergence of the avian influenza virus H5N1 that is currently devastating chicken flocks in many countries and threatening to unleash a worldwide epidemic among humans has triggered a renewed interest among scientists in studying influenza A viruses, according to investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This renewed interest could lead to new discoveries of immune system response to viruses that could lead to better drugs and vaccines, the researchers write in a review article that appears in the May issue of Nature Immunology.
May 7, 2006, 15:21
Bird flu hits ninth poultry farm in Pakistan
The H5N1 strain of avian influenza has struck the ninth poultry farm in Pakistan as authorities struggled to contain the spread of the deadly virus at poorly maintained facilities, officials said Monday.
May 3, 2006, 01:07
Conjunctivitis caused by H7 avian influenza in a UK poultry worker
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed that a poultry worker is suffering from conjunctivitis caused by H7 avian influenza. The individual works on the Norfolk poultry farm confirmed as having an outbreak of (low pathogenic) H7N3 avian influenza.
Apr 30, 2006, 23:43
Bird flu strain makes Britain slaughter chicken
The British government has ordered the slaughter of some 35,000 chickens at a farm in the south-eastern county of Norfolk after dead birds tested positive for a strain of bird flu, it was reported Thursday.
Apr 28, 2006, 01:16
China confirms new human case of bird flu
An eight-year pupil in southwest China's Sichuan province was confirmed to be infected with H5N1 bird flu, the health ministry said Thursday.
Apr 28, 2006, 01:11
Chhattisgarh chicken samples test negative for flu
Chhattisgarh said Thursday that 5,500 chicken samples collected from poultry farms across the state have tested negative for bird flu.
Apr 28, 2006, 00:57
EU for support to bird flu-hit poultry market
European Union farm ministers Tuesday gave their backing to a plan under which European producers of eggs and poultry, hit by a slump in demand and prices over bird flu fears, will be eligible for partial compensation from the bloc's joint budget.
Apr 26, 2006, 14:47
Pakistan culls 40,000 chickens to control the outbreak of H5 strain
Pakistan has culled around 40,000 chickens at six farms near the national capital, where confirmed cases of bird flu have come to fore, officials said Sunday.
Apr 25, 2006, 20:15
Pakistan suspects first human case of bird flu
A man suspected to be Pakistan's first human case of bird flu was hospitalised near here Saturday.
Apr 23, 2006, 19:32
Pakistan confirms fourth bird flu outbreak
Pakistan Friday confirmed an outbreak of bird flu at a chicken farm near the capital and announced the culling of 10,000 chickens there.
Apr 22, 2006, 17:56
Madhya Pradesh relaxes ban on transporting poultry
With no fresh cases of bird flu being reported, Madhya Pradesh Friday relaxed a ban on transportation of poultry products except in one district in view of the losses suffered by poultry owners, officials said.
Apr 22, 2006, 17:50
Fresh bird flu scare in Pakistan
Pakistan Thursday ordered the culling of over 16,000 chickens in the vicinity of a poultry farm near Islamabad following reports of a poultry death due to suspected avian flu. The food and agriculture ministry ordered the culling around Tarlai after reports that a bird had died at a poultry farm there Wednesday night.
Apr 20, 2006, 22:54
Thousand birds die in Orissa poultry farm
Over a thousand chickens have died in a poultry farm in Orissa, a media report said Tuesday, though officials confirmed the deaths of only five birds and said it had nothing to do with avian flu.
Apr 18, 2006, 14:13
Pakistan confirms bird flu outbreak near Islamabad
Pakistan Sunday confirmed a second outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain at a poultry farm near its capital Islamabad.
Apr 18, 2006, 08:16
WHO confirms Indonesia's 33rd bird flu victim
UN health officials confirmed that a poultry worker in West Sumatra is infected with the bird flu virus, bringing the number of human cases in Indonesia to 33, a health ministry official said Tuesday.
Apr 12, 2006, 13:34
Bird flu small dark cloud on world economy: IMF
Despite an upbeat report card on the workings of the world's financial systems, the International Monetary Fund Tuesday saw a few dark clouds on the horizon - including worries about the impact of a potential bird-flu pandemic. A global avian flu outbreak in humans could cause high absenteeism in the financial industry, interfering with payments, clearing, settlements, trading and communications, the IMF warned in its periodic evaluation of the international finance systems, the Global Financial Stability Report.
Apr 12, 2006, 13:29
More donor money needed for bird flu: UN official
Donor nations should be prepared to pledge hundreds of millions more dollars to combat bird flu as the H5N1 virus affects more developing nations, a senior UN official said Monday.
Apr 10, 2006, 23:54
First case of H5N1 virus confirmed in Britain
The first case of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was confirmed in Britain Thursday following tests on a decomposed swan floating in the harbour of a Scottish town.
Apr 7, 2006, 03:45
Bird flu scare: Bangladesh burns Indian chicks
Bangladesh's paramilitary border police seized nearly 16,000 one-day-old smuggled Indian chickens and set them ablaze out of fear of bird flu epidemic spreading from across the border, officials said Saturday.
Apr 3, 2006, 07:05
Avian flu lab likely in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Rajasthan, home to the sprawling Bharatpur bird sanctuary, plans to open a laboratory to test for the avian flu virus.
Mar 27, 2006, 16:12
U.S. Unlikely To Have Enough Vaccines To Stop Avian Flu Pandemic
A group of medical experts who attended a national avian flu conference last fall believe there is little chance the United States will be able to manufacture and stockpile enough vaccine or antiviral medication to stop a bird flu pandemic should the virus mutate into a form that can be spread easily from human to human, according to a survey led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The results of the survey will be published in the June 2006 issue of the journal Global Public Health.
Mar 22, 2006, 08:10
Third bird flu case among humans confirmed in Egypt
Egyptian officials confirmed on Tuesday a third case of bird flu among humans three days after announcing the death of a woman by the deadly virus.
Mar 22, 2006, 01:44
Pakistan confirms presence of bird flu
Pakistan's authorities confirmed Tuesday the presence of deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in the country, an official statement said.
Mar 22, 2006, 01:35
Attractive birds more immune against bird flu
A research team at Uppsala University, Sweden has shown in a new study, published in the journal Acta Zoologica, that the size of the spot on a male collared flycatcher's forehead reflects how well the immune defence system combats viruses such as avian influenza. The white spot is also attractive to female birds searching for a mate.
Mar 21, 2006, 02:37