Influenza Virus Infection of Avian or Other Animal Origin

Beyond Ebola, keeping patients and health workers safe

Dr Doussou Touré arrives for work at Coléah Medical Centre. She washes her hands from a bucket set up in front of the building, proceeds to a screening area where her temperature is checked and recorded and only then enters the bustling facility that she supervises.
“Ebola is under control now, but we try to keep up the infection prevention and control systems that were put in place during the outbreak,” Dr Touré says, pointing to several sturdy, brightly-coloured bins, each one designated for the disposal of varying waste matter.

Grippe aviaire : le Lot, septième département à être touché

Un septième département vient d’être touché par la grippe aviaire. Il s’agit du Lot, a annoncé, mardi 5 janvier, le ministère de l’agriculture sur son site Internet. Le nombre de foyers d’influenza aviaire hautement pathogène pour les volailles se chiffre désormais à 65 dans le Sud-Ouest de la France.

MERS, Ebola, bird flu: Science's big missed opportunities

Anyone who goes down with flu in Europe this winter could be asked to enroll in a randomized clinical trial in which they will either be given a drug, which may or may not work, or standard advice to take bed rest and paracetamol.
Those who agree could be helping the world prepare for the next potentially deadly disease pandemic as well as helping scientists who are now desperate to plug gaps in knowledge left by previous missed opportunities.

WHO chief Margaret Chan vows to boost preparedness for disease outbreaks

In July, an independent panel charged with assessing the World Health Organization's response to the Ebola crisis released a scathing report blasting the organization for delaying emergency procedures to control the outbreak, which ultimately killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa. Now WHO's director-general, Margaret Chan, is speaking out, vowing to revamp the organization's procedures for responding to emerging diseases--an effort that includes improving its coordination with animal health agencies around the world.

Roche's influenza A and B tests get federal permission to be used at the point-of-care

Roche's real-time polymerase chain reaction tests for the detection of influenza A and B can now be used in settings such as the emergency room, pharmacies and physicians' offices, thanks to a CLIA waiver exempting it from a set of regulations on large diagnostic laboratories carried out by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


USDA speeds development of bird flu vaccine as fears of revived virus mount

The H5N2 virus that has wiped out 48 million chickens and turkeys has waned of late, thanks to warm temperatures, but scientists are worried that the virus will return in the fall, as migrating wild birds fly south for the winter. So the USDA is working hard to test a vaccine, license it for mass production, and stockpile it around the country.

Discovery points to a new path toward a universal flu vaccine

Flu vaccines can be something of a shot in the dark. Not only must they be given yearly, there's no guarantee the strains against which they protect will be the ones circulating once the season arrives.


RPT-Bird flu vaccine, under development, divides U.S. poultry industry

CHICAGO, June 8 (Reuters) - The death of more than 46 million chickens and turkeys in a bird flu outbreak is opening a rare fissure within the usually tight-knit U.S. poultry industry, pitting farmers with infected flocks against those who so far largely have sidestepped the worst outbreak in U.S. history.
At issue: whether to vaccinate poultry against the highly pathogenic bird flu virus.

The most predictable disaster in the history of the human race

Bill Gates is an optimist.

Ask him, and he'll tell you himself. "I'm very optimistic," he says. See?