Influenza Virus

  • 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
  • Kansas State University Researchers Monitor for Next Novel Influenza Strain
    As seasonal influenza cases decrease across the United States, Kansas State University researchers are preparing for the next potential virulent strain of flu. The work is starting with swine in the field. Juergen Richt, Regents distinguished professor of veterinary ...More
    March 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Warning Signals from the Volatile World of Influenza Viruses
    The current global influenza situation is characterized by a number of trends that must be closely monitored. These include: an increase in the variety of animal influenza viruses co-circulating and exchanging genetic material, giving rise to novel strains; continuing cases ...More
    February 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Key to Blocking Influenza Virus May Lie in a Cell's Own Machinery
    Viruses are masters of outsourcing, entrusting their fundamental function – reproduction – to the host cells they infect. But it turns out this highly economical approach also creates vulnerability. Researchers at Rockefeller University and their collaborators ...More
    February 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccines Boost Immunity to Many Types of Flu Viruses
    Seasonal flu vaccines may protect individuals not only against the strains of flu they contain but also against many additional types, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The work, ...More
    December 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • X-rays Show How Flu Antibody Binds to Viruses
    An important study conducted in part at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory may lead to new, more effective vaccines and medicines by revealing detailed information about how a flu antibody binds to a wide variety of flu viruses. The flu ...More
    December 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Alert on Potential for Circulation of Drifted Influenza A (H3N2) Viruses
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding clinicians of the benefits of influenza antiviral medications and urging continued influenza vaccination of unvaccinated patients this influenza season. Influenza activity is currently low in the United ...More
    December 4, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Cellular Targets to Thwart Influenza Virus Infection
    The influenza virus, like all viruses, is a hijacker. It quietly slips its way inside cells, steals the machinery inside to make more copies of itself, and then -- having multiplied -- bursts out of the cell to find others to infect. Most drugs currently used to treat ...More
    November 24, 2014 Posted in News
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