Tamiflu, the anti-viral drug used to combat the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, which has already reached Africa and is predicted to reach South Africa in six months to a year, has officially been registered for use in the country.
KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - The deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has spread to Africa for the first time where it has killed poultry in northern Nigeria, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday.
As concern mounts over the potential spread of avian flu to humans, researchers believe they've discovered one reason why the infection can prove so deadly.
As prospects grow of a global flu pandemic, it is important for governments to recognise that responsible science journalism can play a significant role in limiting its impact.
A dangerous strain of the flu virus that caused a worldwide pandemic in 1957 was sent to thousands of laboratories in the United States and around the world, triggering a frantic effort to destroy the samples to prevent an outbreak, health officials revealed yesterday.
The virus is usually passed to humans from infected birds World health officials have issued their strongest warning yet about the global threat posed by bird flu.
With a vaccine production delayed for 8 months, the world only has the neuraminidase inhibitors zanamivir and oseltamivir as potentially effective drugs.