Tamiflu side effects come under scrutiny
submitted by kickingbird at Mar, 24, 2007 from Nature (via http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v446/n7134/full/446358a)
Japanese paediatricians are studying whetherTamiflu, the drug widely thought to be ourbest defence against avian flu, might be causingmental instability and suicidal tendencies.An initial study cleared ...
South Korea joins Japan in Tamiflu alert
submitted by kickingbird at Mar, 22, 2007 from AFP (via http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070322/hl_afp/healthfluasiapha)
South Korean officials said Thursday they will issue warnings on the bird flu drug Tamiflu, the second Asian nation to do so after Japan following reports of abnormal behaviour by young users.
The alert ...
Japan warns against bird flu drug for teens
submitted by kickingbird at Mar, 21, 2007 from Reuters (via http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070321/hl_nm/tamiflu_warning_ja)
Japan's Health Ministry said on Wednesday it had ordered the importer of the bird flu drug Tamiflu to warn doctors against giving it to teenagers after two new cases of abnormal behavior were reported. ...
CIDRAP: Indonesia wants legal pact on sharing H5N1 samples
submitted by kickingbird at Mar, 15, 2007 from CIDRAP (via http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/)
Indonesia vowed today not to share H5N1 avian influenza virus samples with the World Health Organization (WHO) until it has a "legally binding" guarantee that the samples won't be used to develop vaccines ...
How prepared is the EU for an influenza pandemic?
submitted by kickingbird at Mar, 4, 2007 from ECDC (via http://www.ecdc.eu.int/)
A new ECDC Technical Report published today reviews the state of preparedness of EU and EEA/EFTA Member States against a possible influenza pandemic. While much has been done since 2005 to improve preparedness, ...
4th INTERNATIONAL BIRD FLU SUMMIT
submitted by kickingbird at Mar, 1, 2007 from FluRadar.com (via http://www.fluradar.com/newsletter/fr/022807/ms01/index.php)
The 4th International Bird Flu Summit will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel Crystal City-National Airport in Washington DC, 14 -15 March 2007. The purpose of the summit is to prepare the ...
Pandemic Influenza Vaccines Workshop
submitted by kickingbird at Feb, 28, 2007 from pacifichealthsummit.org (via http://pacifichealthsummit.org/initiatives/eiplab/pandemic_f)
In January 2007, the China CDC and the NBR Center for Health and Aging brought together 80 executives from policy, public health, science, and industry to discuss how to build a model for global ...
WHO: Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2007-2008 northern hemisphere influenza season
submitted by kickingbird at Feb, 15, 2007 from WHO (via http://www.who.int/csr/disease/influenza/recommendations2007)
It is recommended that vaccines to be used in the 2007-8 season (northern hemisphere winter) contain the following:
— an A/Solomon Islands/3/2006 (H1N1)-like virus;— an A/Wisconsin/67/2005 (H3N2)-like ...
U.K.: Final confirmation of avian flu virus strain
submitted by kickingbird at Feb, 14, 2007 from Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (via http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/latest/2007/animal-0213.htm)
Deputy chief vet Fred Landeg today (13 February) confirmed that the laboratory analysis of the Suffolk and Hungary H5N1 avian influenza viruses is now complete.
The Veterinary Laboratory Agency (VLA) ...
Warm spring could hamper China´s bird flu efforts
submitted by kickingbird at Feb, 13, 2007 from Reuters (via http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PEK17897.htm)
China could face problems trying to control bird flu this spring due to abnormally high seasonal temperatures, the country's vice agriculture minister said.
"First, the spring season is usually prone ...
U.S.: OSHA Unveils New Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for Influenza Pandemic
submitted by kickingbird at Feb, 9, 2007 from OHSA (via http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_tabl)
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today unveiled new workplace safety and health guidance that will help employers prepare for an influenza pandemic.Developed ...
FAO: Cats Should Be Monitored For Avian Flu
submitted by kickingbird at Feb, 9, 2007 from Medical News Today (via http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=62622&)
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that cats should be monitored for signs of bird flu or avian influenza.They said that cats, like humans, can become infected with the ...
The Second International Conference on Avian Influenza in Humans
submitted by kickingbird at Feb, 6, 2007 from Paris Anti-Avian Influenza 2007 (via http://www.isanh.com/avian-influenza)
The Second International Conference on Avian Influenza in Humans :
Recent Developments and Perspectives
Institut Pasteur - Paris – France
May 31- June 1, 2007
Paris Anti-Avian Influenza ...
WHO: Ten years of fighting bird flu
submitted by kickingbird at Jan, 7, 2007 from WHO (via http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/85/1/07-010107/en/print.)
Ten years of fighting bird flu
This year marks a decade since the first human outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in Hong Kong. Since then, US $1.9 billion has been pledged to fight avian influenza and a ...
More needed to prepare for flu pandemic
submitted by kickingbird at Dec, 14, 2006 from Reuters (via http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=globalNe)
Experts urged governments on Thursday to do more to prepare for a possible influenza pandemic and beef up surveillance on the spread of bird flu in all animals and humans.
The H5N1 bird flu virus is ...
Expert says late antiviral treatment may still help H5N1 patients
submitted by kickingbird at Dec, 13, 2006 from CIDRAP (via http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/)
A virologist who has treated H5N1 avian influenza patients in Vietnam said the antiviral drug oseltamivir may help avian flu patients even when started later than 2 days after illness onset—generally considered ...
Donors inject fresh funds into war on bird flu
submitted by kickingbird at Dec, 9, 2006 from Reuters (via http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=globalNe)
Foreign donors on Friday injected fresh funds into the global fight against bird flu, pledging nearly $476 million for surveillance and response strategies to halt its advance, especially in Africa.
New Research Predicts US Entry Of H5N1 Avian Influenza
submitted by kickingbird at Dec, 9, 2006 from Medical News Today (via http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=58202)
Scientists at the Consortium for Conservation Medicine (CCM), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo report that H5N1 avian influenza is most likely ...
UK to press for permanent EU ban on wild bird imports
submitted by sky at Dec, 3, 2006 from Reuters (via http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=globalNe)
LONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Britain will press for a temporary ban on the import of wild birds into the European Union to be made permanent, the government said on Friday.Millions of wild birds are trapped ...
Rumors of Canada bird flu case false-officials
submitted by sky at Nov, 30, 2006 from Reuters (via http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=globalNe)
TORONTO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Internet speculation over a potential human case of bird flu in the Canadian province of Quebec is untrue, health officials said on Wednesday."It´s a false rumor," Dr. Patrick ...
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