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Influenza Virus


  • Threat of Novel Swine Flu Viruses in Pigs and Humans
    The wide diversity of flu in pigs across multiple continents, mostly introduced from humans, highlights the significant potential of new swine flu strains emerging, according to a study to be published in eLife. While swine flu viruses have long been considered a risk for ...More
    April 26, 2016 Posted in News
  • Influenza Viruses Can Hide From the Immune System
    Influenza is able to mask itself, so that the virus is not initially detected by our immune system. This is the result of new research from Aarhus University. The researchers behind the study hope that the discovery can be used to develop better treatment against influenza ...More
    February 23, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Find Minor Flu Strains Pack Bigger Punch
    Minor variants of flu strains, which are not typically targeted in vaccines, carry a bigger viral punch than previously realized, a team of scientists has found. Its research, which examined samples from the 2009 flu pandemic in Hong Kong, shows that these minor strains are ...More
    January 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • How Flu Viruses Gain the Ability to Spread
    Flu viruses come in many strains, and some are better equipped than others to spread from person to person. Scientists have now discovered that the soft palate -- the soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth -- plays a key role in viruses' ability to travel through ...More
    September 23, 2015 Posted in News
  • How Flu Viruses Use Transportation Networks in the U.S.
    To predict how a seasonal influenza epidemic will spread across the United States, one should focus more on the mobility of people than on their geographic proximity, a new study suggests. PLOS Pathogens published the analysis of transportation data and flu cases conducted ...More
    June 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Virus Evolution and Human Behavior Shape Global Patterns of Flu Movement
    The global movement patterns of all four seasonal influenza viruses are illustrated in research published today in the journal Nature, providing a detailed account of country-to-country virus spread over the last decade and revealing unexpected differences in circulation ...More
    June 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Targeting Host Rather Than Flu Virus Have Success With New Treatment in Mice
    Influenza kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year, yet there is essentially only one class of drugs to fight the ever-changing virus. Cases of flu resistant to this class of drugs have already been reported and researchers worry a completely new ...More
    June 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • Adding a Second Strain of Influenza B Lessens the Likelihood of a Mismatched Vaccine
    A flu vaccine given just under the surface of the skin that includes four strains of inactivated influenza could be more protective than a similar flu vaccine containing only three strains, Saint Louis University research found. These findings, which appear in Vaccine, ...More
    March 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Two New Flu Strains Do Not Yet Easily Infect Humans
    Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have analyzed a key protein from two influenza strains that recently began causing sporadic infections among people in China and Taiwan. The analyses suggest that the flu viruses, variants of subtypes H10N8 and H6N1, have ...More
    March 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Compound Protects From H5N1 Two Species of Animal Models
    Since 2003, the H5N1 influenza virus, more commonly known as the bird flu, has been responsible for the deaths of millions of chickens and ducks and has infected more than 650 people, leading to a 60 percent mortality rate for the latter. Luckily, this virus has yet to ...More
    March 4, 2015 Posted in News
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