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K-State researcher, collaborators study virulence of pandemic H1N1 virus

... are making headway in the effort to control the pandemic H1N1 virus. Juergen Richt is a Regents ... is revealing the characteristics of the pandemic H1N1 virus. Richt is among the K-State ... is very critical now that an agent causing a pandemic flu in humans most likely originated in animal ...

1 in 6 health workers won't report in flu pandemic -- study by Ben-Gurion U. researchers

... health care workers will not report for work in a pandemic flu emergency, regardless of the severity. The ... joint editor of the Israeli Ministry of Health pandemic Preparedness Plan. "Our results could help ... on public health workers' response willingness to pandemic influenza. Willingness of health responders to ...

Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology

... cross-reactive immunity against the potentially pandemic H5N1 influenza virus. The researchers from the ... subtypes continue to emerge and the threat of a pandemic is at its highest in decades, researchers are ... suggest a strategy of VLP vaccination against a pandemic virus and one that stimulates heterotypic ...

Targeting children effective use of limited supplies of flu vaccine and could help control flu spread

... As the World Health Organization declares a pandemic global H1N1 swine flu, countries are looking at ... used computer modelling to predict the spread of pandemic influenza and to look at ways of controlling it ... a simplification of the complex reality of pandemic flu transmission, the researchers believe their ...

Government of Canada announces funding for research on the H1N1 flu virus

... a national influenza research network focused on pandemic vaccine evaluation. The network will strengthen ... to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a pandemic influenza vaccine and vaccination programs. ... assess the safety and immunogenicity of a novel pandemic influenza vaccine provide population-based ...

K-State researcher finds 1918 flu resulted in current lineage of H1N1 swine influenza viruses

... researcher has found that the virus causing the pandemic was able to infect and replicate in pigs, but did ... Veterinary Medicine, studied the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic with colleagues from the Canadian Food Inspection ... research supports the hypothesis that the 1918 pandemic influenza virus and the virus causing the swine ...

Avian flu research sheds light on swine flu outbreak

... for an avian influenza virus to cause a human flu pandemic is greater than previously thought. Results also ... one that is on the list of candidates for human pandemic potential. Using reverse genetics, a technique ... hybrid influenza virus forms in nature, a human pandemic of this virus is potentially just a few mutations ...

Shades of 1918? New study compares avian flu with a notorious killer from the past

... convulsive waves. The year was 1918. The ensuing pandemic claimed up to 100 million victims, most of whom ... the 1918 virussource of the most severe influenza pandemic in recorded history. The results, which appear ... 1918 virus. The threat of an avian flu pandemic hasn't gone away and emergency preparedness ...

Avian flu threat: New approach needed

... International Ministerial Conference on Avian and pandemic Influenza in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt (October ... drugs and vaccines. In many countries pandemic contingency and preparedness plans have been ... an effective and equitable global responses to a pandemic remain weak. The themes addressed in this ...

Rethinking who should be considered 'essential' during a pandemic flu outbreak

... and firefighters essential during a severe pandemic influenza outbreak. So, too, are truck drivers, ... of Bioethics, provides ethical guidance for pandemic planning that ensures a skeletal infrastructure ... Dr. Kass says, "when preparing for a severe pandemic flu it is crucial for leaders to recognize that ...

Survivors of 1918 flu pandemic protected with a lifetime immunity to virus

... derived from the B cells of 1918 influenza pandemic survivors," was released for advanced online ... 50 million people were killed by the 1918 flu pandemic worldwide. "Ninety years after survivors encountered the 1918 pandemic influenza virus, we collected antibody-producing ...

New vaccine may give long-term defense against deadly bird flu and its variant forms

... and stored for long periods in preparation for a pandemic of dangerous disease-causing avian influenza - ... some cross-protection against new viruses with pandemic potential caused by mutations in currently ... with a high dose. "Adenoviral vector-based pandemic vaccines are an attractive option for developing ...

Tamiflu effective for treatment and prevention of influenza in children 1 year and older

... they also offer an improved option for government pandemic stockpiling. About Tamiflu Tamiflu, an ... adults. Roches efforts to support government pandemic stockpiling The World Health Organization (WHO) ... of stockpiling antivirals in the event of a pandemic situation. Roche has received and ...

St. Jude influenza survey uncovers key differences between bird flu and human flu

... on the viruses isolated from humans early in each pandemic in order to determine which markers the viruses ... suggests that these 13 sites are required for pandemic influenza to fully function, Finkelstein said. ... that caused the 1918 pandemicthe most deadly pandemic knownalready contained 13 of the 32 markers early ...

Scientists decoding genomic sequences of H1N1 using isolates from outbreak in Argentina

... 454 Life Sciences to decode the complete genomic sequences of influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus from patients with severe respiratory disease. The ... vaccines or drugs used to fight the pandemic. "No one knows how this pandemic will evolve. Continuous surveillance will be essential to focusing both ...

The challenges of avian influenza virus: Mechanism, epidemiology and control

... were reported in China. This again made the world alert on a possible pandemic worldwide, probably caused by avian-origin influenza virus. Again H5N1 is ... Where will this virus go and where did it come? Can we avoid a possible pandemic of influenza? Will the human beings conquer this devastating agent? ...

Masks, hand washing, prevent spread of flu-like symptoms by up to 50 percent

... interventions such as hand washing and masks---especially in a pandemic flu outbreak---are critical to study because pharmaceutical interventions ... may not be available in sufficient quantity for preventing and controlling pandemic influenza outbreaks. In February 2007, the Centers for Disease Control ...

Bird flu vaccine protects people and pets

... against different influenza viruses. "The world is experiencing a pandemic of influenza in birds caused by an H5N1 virus. Although it has been ... we could protect wild bird species as well as domestic chickens against pandemic flu strains, limiting the spread of disease to humans. "If an emerging ...

1918 flu antibodies resurrected from elderly survivors

... School, is published online in the journal Nature . The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed nearly 50 million people worldwide, many of whom were young, healthy adults. With fears of another looming flu pandemic stoked by the emergence of "bird flu" in Asia, researchers have wanted to ...

UC Davis bird-flu expert calls for changes in early-warning system

... Global surveillance is critical for identifying and tracking potential pandemic viruses such as highly pathogenic H5N1. But the current surveillance ... share hampers health officials' ability to track and respond to potential pandemic viruses. Boyce recommends that the scientific community set a standard of ...

Influenza vaccine causes weaker immune response for children of rural Gabon than in semi-urban areas

... to nutrition and concomitant infections may profoundly affect responses to pandemic influenza and influenza vaccines in developing countries. With the current attention to the pandemic threat of avian influenza viruses, its global spread, and the preparation ...

The tiny difference in the genes of bacteria

... environment. "Hereby, this high resolution method makes an important contribution towards a fast and precise recognition of microbial pathogens with pandemic potential." ...

The tiny difference in the genes of bacteria

... environment. "Hereby, this high resolution method makes an important contribution towards a fast and precise recognition of microbial pathogens with pandemic potential." ...

American Chemical Society's weekly PressPac -- May 27, 2009

... RELEASE Bird flu virus remains infectious up to 600 days in municipal landfills Environmental Science & Technology Amid concerns about a pandemic of swine flu, researchers from Nebraska report for the first time that poultry carcasses infected with another threat the "bird flu" virus can ...

Swine flu genes dissimilar to past pandemics

... and Tom Slezak from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, America, published their analysis identifying 34 conserved amino acid markers from past pandemic flu strains two weeks ago. They have since studied sequences from the new virus and found that only about half of their 34 markers are present. ...

A London effort to develop point-of-care nanosensors for HIV diagnosis and monitoring

... three years, with the promise of additional funding. In the UK, there are an estimated 70,000 carriers of HIV. Worldwide, HIV/AIDS has grown to pandemic proportions and today there are 35 million people living with the virus, two-thirds of them in sub-Saharan Africa. This development is expected to ...

Is it really only our kidneys that control blood pressure?

... The problem of high blood pressure has reached pandemic proportions, causing premature death through heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease in a third of the UK population. For decades, scientists have ...

Scientists identify human monoclonal antibodies effective against bird and seasonal flu viruses

... human monoclonal antibodies (mAb) that neutralize an unprecedented range of influenza A viruses, including avian influenza A (H5N1) virus, previous pandemic influenza viruses, and some seasonal influenza viruses. These antibodies have the potential for use in combination with other treatments to prevent ...

Scientists identify human monoclonal antibodies effective against bird, seasonal flu viruses

... human monoclonal antibodies (mAb) that neutralize an unprecedented range of influenza A viruses, including avian influenza A (H5N1) virus, previous pandemic influenza viruses, and some seasonal influenza viruses. These antibodies have the potential for use in combination with other treatments to prevent ...

Study: Fluid buildup in lungs is part of the damage done by the flu

... of the flu, even if some of the sicker patients require ventilation to help them clear fluid and get oxygen to the blood. "But if we get into a pandemic situation and there are 200 people with low levels of oxygen in their blood and five ventilators, 195 people are out of luck. We hope to develop ...

Researchers identify potential new weapon in battle against HIV infection

... "The conclusions of this study pave the way for novel therapeutic approaches to induce HIV resistance and promote further understanding of the pandemic as a whole," says Dr. Lingwood. ...

Study: Excessive use of antiviral drugs could aid deadly flu

... say. Stockpiling Tamiflu has become a standard part of many government, business and health organization plans to prepare for a long-feared pandemic flu outbreak, especially in the event that avian flu mutates enough to infect and be easily transmitted among humans. "We can't necessarily say ...

Synthetic virus supports a bat origin for SARS

... SARS severe acute respiratory syndrome alarmed the world five years ago as the first global pandemic of the 21st century. The coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that sickened more than 8,000 people and killed nearly 800 of them may have originated in bats, but ...

Polarized light guides cholera-carrying midges that contaminate water supplies

... Cholera is a major killer and since the first pandemic in the early 19th century it has claimed millions of lives. According to Amit Lerner from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, the lethal ...

NSF, NIH award Ecology of Infectious Disease grants

... of human influenza in households, towns and cities of southern China (Derek Cummings, Johns Hopkins University); Ecology, emergence and pandemic potential of Nipah virus, a virus harbored in fruit bats, in Bangladesh (Peter Daszak, Center for Conservation Medicine); Ecology of ...

Newly described 'dragon' protein could be key to bird flu cure

... -- Scientists and researchers have taken a big step closer to a cure for the most common strain of avian influenza, or "bird flu," the potential pandemic that has claimed more than 200 lives and infected nearly 400 people in 14 countries since it was identified in 2003. Researchers at the U.S. ...

VaxInnate to discuss seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines during BIO 2008 this week

... DIEGO, CA, June 16, 2008 -- VaxInnate Corporation announced today that it will discuss its novel proprietary technology for producing seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines during BIO 2008 here this week. VaxInnate will participate in the following three BIO 2008 panel discussions: On ...

A step forward in virology

... of particularly dangerous viruses, namely the pox viruses. The most infamous member, Variola, the casitive agent of smallpox constituted a global pandemic disease in the Middle Ages, causing the deaths of millions of people, especially among the indigenous population of North America who became infected ...

Cummings School receives Rockefeller Foundation grant

... The $200,000 grant was made through the Foundations Pandemics Initiative, which aims to promote resilience of poor and vulnerable people to emerging pandemic threats to health and livelihoods by supporting integration of fragmented systems of surveillance and response. Animals are the likely source of ...

Great apes endangered by human viruses

... world, namely human respiratory syncytial virus and human metapneumovirus. Viral strains sampled from the chimpanzees were closely related to pandemic strains concurrently circulating in human populations as far away as China and Argentina, suggesting recent introduction from humans into the ...
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