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  • Avian Flu Prevention Should Focus on Farms and Markets, Group Says
    Wildlife health experts from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) warn that efforts to control the spread of avian flu across Asia and beyond must focus on better management practices on farms and in markets. WCS is currently working with Mongolian ...More
    August 15, 2005 Posted in News
  • Nurses Win Decision Against Virginia Mason's Mandatory Flu Vaccination Policy
    SEATTLE -- Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA), representing more than 600 registered nurses at Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC), won an arbitration decision against VMMC which stops the hospital from forcing RNs to receive flu shots.  This matter was moved ...More
    August 11, 2005 Posted in News
  • Genotyper Could Diagnose Patients, Identify New Flu Strains Quickly
    With the threat of a flu pandemic looming, researchers are racing to develop tools to help diagnose and identify new flu strains quickly. A portable lab-on-a-chip called the Genotyper, developed by a multidisciplinary team at the University of Michigan, could eventually ...More
    August 4, 2005 Posted in News
  • Researchers Model Avian Flu Outbreak, Impact of Interventions
    A carefully chosen combination of public health measures, if implemented early, could stop the spread of an avian flu outbreak at its source, suggest two international teams of researchers in Nature and Science. The researchers used computer modeling to simulate what might ...More
    August 4, 2005 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today: Clinical Update
    The Elusive Enemy: Airborne Pathogens in Healthcare Facilities By Kathy Dix Airborne pathogens in healthcare facilities remain elusive — they can exist in ventilation systems, within the walls, even in the plumbing. Certain pathogens are more common than others, and some ...More
    August 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • APIC and CIDRAP Launch New Information Service
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- An innovative new service that provides timely infectious disease information from around the world is being offered by the foremost experts in infection prevention and control. The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology ...More
    July 27, 2005 Posted in News
  • A Key to Slowing the Flu Bug: Making Sure Kids Get Their Vaccinations
    Flu immunizations are not only important for elders and the chronically ill but also for children, who are frequently responsible for spreading the virus, says Dr. Octavio Ramilo, associate professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "By focusing on ...More
    July 26, 2005 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Summer May End, but Not the Menace of West Nile Virus
    The end of summer heat doesn't mean the end of the mosquito menace, which carries with it the potential for the West Nile virus. This year, the disease has crept across most of the West Coast. "Children seem to be at decreased risk for contracting the virus as compared to ...More
    July 26, 2005 Posted in News
  • Mouse Studies of Oseltamivir Show Promise Against H5N1 Influenza Virus
    Experiments in mice show that an antiviral drug currently used against annual influenza strains also can suppress the deadly influenza virus that has spread from birds to humans, killing dozens of people in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand since early 2004. This study, the ...More
    July 18, 2005 Posted in News
  • Vietnam to Begin Testing VIRA 38 Against Avian Influenza
    HANOI, Vietnam -- PRB Pharmaceuticals and Lee's Pharmaceuticals announced today that Vietnam's Department of Animal Health will begin testing an animal version of VIRA 38 on their poultry flocks as part of a multi-national, avian influenza research collaboration.  ...More
    July 8, 2005 Posted in News