Category Archives: Influenza

Pandemic influenza | Avian flu | bird flu | Spanish flu | SARS
Include any kind of influenza where there may be a possibility of transmission to humans.

New single-dose influenza drug appears safe and effective

(American Society for Microbiology 6 September 2014) An analysis of phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials shows that a single injected dose of the neuraminidase inhibitor peramivir is safe and effective at alleviating influenza symptoms, including fever and viral shedding, when administered within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

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Avian influenza virus isolated in harbor seals poses a threat to humans

EurekAlert 4-Sep-2014

A study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists found the avian influenza A H3N8 virus that killed harbor seals along the New England coast can spread through respiratory droplets and poses a threat to humans. The research appears in the current issue of the scientific journal Nature Communications.

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Key to universal flu vaccine: Embrace the unfamiliar

(Emory Health Sciences 25 August 2014) Human volunteers immunized against the avian flu virus H5N1 readily developed antibodies against the stem region of the viral hemagglutinin protein. In contrast, those immunized with standard seasonal trivalent vaccines did not, instead developing most of their antibodies against the more variable head region.

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Sloppy practices by CDC scientist cited in lab mishap

USA Today Alison Young 15 August 2014

Sloppy lab practices by an experienced but overworked scientist rushing to get to a noon meeting is likely how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cross-contaminated a specimen of a benign bird flu virus with a dangerous strain that can kill people, according to an internal agency investigation released Friday.

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Gold Coasters down with vomiting, diarrhoea and flu as GPs struggle with virus triple whammy

Gold Coast Bulletin Lucy Kinbacher  August 15, 2014

GOLD Coasters are being hit by a triple whammy of viruses for which doctors have no ­answers.
Local GPs, being inundated by patients suffering a combination of vomiting, diarrhoea and flu are trying not to prescribe antibiotics to avoid building up resistance to the drugs.
As a result, many patients are being sent home with just electrolyte supplements and being told to go to bed to rest.

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CSIRO Staff Association says animal health job cuts pose risk to future research

ABC Rural News Lucy Barbour 14 August 2014

Veterinary scientists say they’re disappointed that the CSIRO will cut eight jobs from its Australian Animal Health Laboratory at Geelong in Victoria, as part of more than $110 million of Budget cuts to the science organisation.
The lab, which employs 250 people, is equipped to handle deadly pathogens that enter the country.

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Pork industry says pig meat is safe to eat despite significant rise in swine flu cases this year

ABC Rural News Lucy Barbour 12 August 2014

The pork industry says it will closely monitor the public perception of pig meat products in response to a significant rise in swine flu cases this year.
There have been more than 18,000 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, and that figure is expected to grow.

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