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New flu target identified

A protein produced by the flu virus helps it outwit one of our body's natural defense mechanisms. This makes the protein a potentially good target for antiviral drugs directed against the influenza A virus.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Japan culls 112,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak

Tokyo - Japan has finished slaughtering 112,000 chickens after confirming its first bird flu infections for three years, with authorities stepping up efforts to swiftly contain the latest outbreak, officials said Tuesday.
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Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak in south

Tokyo - Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed Sunday bird flu infections at a poultry farm in the south.
In the Media by AFP

Sea otters can ‘get the flu’

Research suggests that Northern sea otters living off the coast of Washington state were infected with the same H1N1 flu virus. Thus the findings suggest that human flu can infect sea otters.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

China 2014 bird flu toll rises to nearly 100, govt data shows

Beijing - Almost 100 people in China died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in the first three months of the year, but the number of both fatalities and infections declined in March, government figures showed.
In the Media by AFP

The failure and cost of Tamiflu

London - Hundreds of millions of dollars may have been wasted in the U.K. on a drug for flu that works no better than paracetamol, according to a new scientific report.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Using social media to track the flu

A report has recommended that social media be harnessed in order to track patterns of flu. The reasons are for speed of information flow, although there could be questions about reliability.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Tamiflu cuts flu death risk by 25 percent, study shows

Paris - The anti-virus drug Tamiflu reduced the risk of death from flu by a quarter among adults who took it during the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic, a study said Wednesday.The findings, published in leading general medical journal The Lancet, should be a...
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Two-year-old Cambodian girl dies of bird flu

Phnom Penh - A two-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, becoming the country's fourth confirmed fatality -- all children -- from the deadly virus this year, health authorities said Monday.The girl from the southern province of Kampot died on Friday a day...
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Macau culls 7,500 chicken over bird flu scare

Hong Kong - Macau culled 7,500 chicken after discovering the H7-type avian influenza in live poultry for the first time in the city, authorities said Thursday, adding the birds had been imported from mainland China.The decision to slaughter the chickens comes afte...
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FDA Advisers Recommend Two Changes to Next Season's Flu Vaccines

Advisers to FDA on Wednesday recommended that two components of the currently licensed trivalent influenza virus...
Mar 6, 2013 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

FDA Approves GSK's Four-Strain Seasonal Influenza Vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline has announced that the FDA has approved FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Virus Vaccine) for the...
Dec 19, 2012 in  Health by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

FDA Approval For Novel Flu Vaccine Flucelvax

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a novel animal cell-based flu vaccine. The approval covers the...
Nov 27, 2012 in  Health by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Computer-Designed Proteins to combat Flu Virus

Computer-designed proteins are under construction to fight the influenza virus. Researchers are demonstrating that...
Aug 3, 2012 in  New Science by Tim Sandle

New ‘flu vaccine for this coming fall

Flu vaccine lots that have been released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will be available for US...
Jul 19, 2012 in  Health by Tim Sandle - 1 comment
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