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.

Wistar scientists pinpoint mutations responsible for ineffective 2014-2015 flu vaccine

(The Wistar Institute 25 June 2015) Viruses like influenza have the ability to mutate over time, and given that the flu vaccines administered during the 2014-2015 season were largely ineffective at preventing the spread of the flu, it appears the virus that recently circulated had taken on mutations not accounted for when last year’s vaccine was developed. Now, researchers at The Wistar Institute identified specific mutations that influenza recently acquired to escape the current vaccine design.

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Early detection of highly pathogenic influenza viruses

(Justus Liebig University 23 June 2015) Lack of appropriate drugs and vaccines during the influenza A virus pandemic in 2009, the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa, as well as the ongoing Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus outbreak demonstrates that the world is only insufficiently prepared for global attacks of emerging infectious diseases and that the handling of such threats remains a great challenge.

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Vaccine delay to cause horror flu season, say experts Damon Guppy June 26, 2015

DISEASE experts are warning of a horror flu season ahead with cases at a 15-year high because of the vaccine delay.
More than 9100 Australians have so far fallen sick this year with a strain of the virus but the Influenza Specialist Group (ISG) says the season is yet to peak. About a third of these cases (3100) have been recorded in Queensland, where almost 200 people have been hospitalised.
But experts say the number of flu victims is far greater, with lab-confirmed cases representing as little as 2 per cent of all cases.

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Have you noticed Australia’s flu seasons seem to be getting worse? Here’s why
The Conversation Heath Kelly June 26, 2015

How flu viruses use transportation networks in the US

EurekAlert 18-Jun-2015

To predict how a seasonal influenza epidemic will spread across the United States, one should focus more on the mobility of people than on their geographic proximity, a new study suggests.
PLOS Pathogens published the analysis of transportation data and flu cases conducted by Emory University biologists. Their results mark the first time genetic patterns for the spread of flu have been detected at the scale of the continental United States.

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Virus evolution and human behavior shape global patterns of flu movement

(University of Cambridge 8 June 2015) The global movement patterns of all four seasonal influenza viruses are illustrated in research published today in the journal Nature, providing a detailed account of country-to-country virus spread over the last decade and revealing unexpected differences in circulation patterns between viruses.

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Stealth attack: infection and disease on the battlefield

The Conversation Peter C Doherty 9 June 2015

This article about infectious disease and Spanish influenza during the First World War is based on a talk given on 20 May as part of the University of Melbourne’s public Anzac Centenary Lectures series.

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