Of the 98 influenza isolates made this year, 44 have been identified as influenza A H3N2, which is linked to increased morbidity and mortality. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is being recommended worldwide as one of the most effective drugs for both the treatment and prevention of all strains of influenza types A and B.
JAKARTA, Indonesia, May 18 -- An international team of health investigators arrived on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Thursday to determine whether an unusually large cluster of human bird flu cases indicates that the highly lethal virus has mutated into a form easily spread among people.
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.
Avian Influenza (Update of INFOSAN Information Note No. 2/04 - Avian Influenza, 17 Dec. 2004) Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in poultry and in humans: Food safety implications
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.
BRAZZAVILLE - with Africa stretched fighting AIDS and tuberculosis, a bird flu pandemic could ravage communities which live side by side with poultry but lack the means to detect the virus, experts said on Thursday.
GENEVA, Nov. 8 -- Data presented on Tuesday at an international conference on bird flu indicate that drug manufacturers could produce enough influenza vaccine starting sometime in 2008 to protect between a quarter and half the world's population over the course of a year, should a new and dangerous strain of flu virus emerge.
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.
Experts are warning that avian flu is almost certainly on its way to East Africa, arriving on the backs of some of the millions of birds making their annual winter migration from Europe, where the outbreak has been confirmed in several countries.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The west coast nation of Senegal became the latest African country Friday to ban poultry imports as the continent begins to take precautions against a feared arrival of bird flu.