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Death Toll in Ebola Outbreak Rises to 121

April 15, 2014 11:09 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count. There is no vaccine and no cure for the deadly virus, and its appearance in West Africa, far from its usual sites in Central and East Africa, has caused some panic.

U.S. Health Secretary: Nations Cannot Ignore Disease

April 8, 2014 10:49 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kathleen Sebelius, who became secretary in the midst of the 2009 swine flu pandemic,...

Ebola Outbreak 'Unprecedented'

April 1, 2014 10:13 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Doctors Without Borders' Anja Wolz talks to CNN about the effort to contain a deadly Ebola...

64 Deaths From Virus Related To SARS

March 25, 2014 9:58 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia says a man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the...

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Saudi Arabia Reports One More Death From New Virus

March 7, 2014 10:44 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The new virus is related to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003. It belongs to a family of viruses that most often causes the common cold.                              

One More Death From New Virus

February 18, 2014 10:26 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia says a Saudi man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 60 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak. The Health Ministry said that the man died in a Riyadh hospital on Sunday.    

City Closes Poultry Markets To Stop Bird Flu

February 18, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

The major city of Guangzhou in southern China closed its live poultry markets on Saturday for two weeks to halt the spread of the H7N9 strain of bird flu. The closure lasts through Feb. 28 "to strengthen work to control the spread of the H7N9 flu." 

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U.S., 26 Countries Launch Effort To Fight Outbreaks

February 13, 2014 3:27 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Germs "do not recognize or stop at national borders," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said as representatives from participating countries, the World Health Organization and other groups met to discuss plans. "A threat anywhere is indeed a threat everywhere."

SIFMA Statement On Pandemic Accord Tabletop Exercise

February 4, 2014 10:11 am | by SIFMA | News | Comments

SIFMA issued the following statement in response to the Summary of Key Findings of the 2013 Pandemic Accord tabletop exercise that was sponsored by FEMA Region II, DHHS Region II, Federal Executive Board New York City, Federal Executive Board Northern New Jersey, Clearing House Association and SIFMA. Read the Pandemic Accord 2013: Continuity of Operations Pandemic Tabletop Exercise — Summary of Findings: 

Want To Get The Flu? Volunteers Sneeze For Science

January 27, 2014 9:06 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Forget being sneezed on: Government scientists are deliberately giving dozens of volunteers the flu by squirting the live virus straight up their noses. It may sound bizarre, but the rare type of research is a step in the quest for better flu vaccines. 

Bird Flu Spikes In China Ahead Of Lunar New Year

January 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by MARGIE MASON, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

China has reported more than 50 H7N9 infections in 2014 after the strain jumped from birds to people for the first time last year. The virus remains hard to catch and most cases have been linked to contact with poultry, but scientists worry that could change if it mutates into a form that allows it to spread easily among people.

Fatal Case Of H5N1 Bird Flu Reported In Canada

January 9, 2014 1:36 pm | by ROB GILLIES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian health officials said Wednesday a fatal case of H5N1 bird flu has been reported in Canada, the first such case in North America. The victim was travelling from China when symptoms first appeared. Officials said the person began to feel ill on a flight to Canada from Beijing on Dec. 27.

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Woman Dies From Bird Flu New To Humans

December 18, 2013 10:36 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 73-year-old woman died after being infected with a bird flu strain that had sickened a human for the first time, a development that the World Health Organization called "worrisome."                                                                           

Hong Kong Reports 2nd H7N9 Bird Flu Case

December 10, 2013 10:18 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Hong Kong reported its second human case of H7N9 bird flu just days after the first, raising fears that the virus is spreading beyond mainland China. The Health Department said that an 80-year-old man being treated for a chronic illness in the hospital was found to have the bird flu strain.

Hong Kong Reports First Case Of H7N9 Bird Flu

December 3, 2013 9:49 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A 36-year-old Indonesian maid is in the hospital in critical condition, the southern Chinese financial hub's Health Secretary Ko Wing-man said. Ko said the semiautonomous Chinese city's government would step up its flu pandemic preparedness plan. 

FDA Approves Quebec-Made Bird Flu Vaccine For Stockpile Use

December 2, 2013 12:48 pm | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has for the first time approved an adjuvanted vaccine to protect against H5N1 bird flu. The vaccine was made by Quebec City-based ID Biomedical, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. The vaccine will be placed in the U.S. government's emergency stockpile.

Saudi Arabia Reports One More Death From New Virus

November 26, 2013 9:58 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia says one more person has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 55 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak. The Health Ministry said Sunday that the 37-year-old man died in Riyadh.

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Bird Flu Strain Infects Human For First Time

November 18, 2013 1:10 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A strain of bird flu that scientists thought could not infect people has shown up in a Taiwanese woman, a nasty surprise that shows scientists must do more to spot worrisome flu strains before they ignite a global outbreak, doctors say.

MERS Virus Match Found In Saudi Arabian Camel

November 12, 2013 7:36 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The ministry said a sample from the camel was tested near the home of a patient infected with the virus. An international research team in August found the mysterious virus that is related to SARS in a bat in Saudi Arabia. They suspected it was perhaps another animal that was spreading the virus directly to humans.

Vietnam Releases Dengue-Blocking Mosquito

November 5, 2013 10:21 am | by MARGIE MASON, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

New research suggests some 390 million people are infected with the virus each year, most of them in Asia. That's about one in every 18 people on Earth, and more than three times higher than the World Health Organization's previous estimates. Known as "breakbone fever" because of the excruciating joint pain and hammer-pounding headaches it causes, the disease has no vaccine, cure or specific treatment.

Bird Flu Kills 12th Person In Cambodia This Year

November 5, 2013 8:55 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A 2-year-old girl has become the 12th person to die of bird flu in Cambodia this year, authorities said Monday. The girl died from the H5N1 bird flu virus on Oct. 26 after suffering from fever, difficulty in breathing and lethargy, the country's Health Ministry and the World Health Organization said in a joint statement.

Muslim Hajj Crowds Thinned By Virus Concerns

October 15, 2013 12:35 am | by NABIL HARIDI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Muslims from across the world poured Sunday into a sprawling tent city in the Saudi desert before the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage, but the number of the pilgrims this year has been reduced in part by concerns over a respiratory virus centered in the Arabian peninsula.

Business Pulse: CDC Helps Businesses Ensure Continuity

September 25, 2013 4:54 pm | by CDC | News | Comments

Business Pulse is a new series of quarterly business briefs aimed at increasing awareness about the important public health work the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does to protect the well-being of our nation’s citizens, businesses and economy.  The first in the series focuses on helping business ensure continuity in times of crisis, and helping businesses prepare for public health emergencies.

Bird Flu Kills 11th Person In Cambodia This Year

September 20, 2013 12:39 pm | News | Comments

A 2-year-old girl has become the 11th person to die of bird flu in Cambodia this year, the country's health ministry said Friday. The girl from the southern province of Kampot died from the H5N1 bird flu virus on Tuesday after suffering from fever, breathing difficulties, diarrhea and other symptoms, the ministry said.

Animals May Get A MERS Vaccine Before Humans

September 11, 2013 12:02 pm | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Scientists from Italy are reporting having engineered a MERS virus that could be used in a vaccine. The developments will likely generate hopeful headlines and may create impressions that if MERS starts to spread globally a vaccine might be quickly available to help combat the new virus. Don't bet on it.

MERS Virus Match Seen In Saudi Arabian Bat

August 21, 2013 2:55 pm | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have found the mysterious MERS virus in a bat in Saudi Arabia. An international research team said the bat virus is an exact match to the first known human case of Middle East respiratory syndrome. The sample was collected from within a few miles of that patient's home.

Can A Usable H7N9 Vaccine Be Made?

August 20, 2013 9:50 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Can a usable vaccine against the H7N9 bird flu virus be made? Studies that are about to start should offer clues soon, says the director of the U.S. government program spearheading the work. Four flu vaccine manufacturers have started or will soon start clinical trials on H7N9 vaccines, with four more expected to conduct trials in the late fall or early winter. 

Evidence Suggests New Bird Flu Spread Among People

August 9, 2013 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Chinese scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a new bird flu strain is sometimes able to spread from person to person, but they are emphasizing that the virus still does not transmit easily. "The threat posed by H7N9 has by no means passed," they said.

Scientists Plan Controversial Lab-Made Bird Flu

August 9, 2013 12:34 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists who sparked an outcry by creating easier-to-spread versions of the bird flu for research purposes want to try such experiments again using a worrisome new strain. This time around, the U.S. government is promising extra scrutiny of such high-stakes research up front.

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