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WHO | Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2017-2018 northern hemisphere influenza season
Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2017-2018 northern hemisphere influenza season. 2 March 2017. It is recommended that ...
H5N8 strikes more birds in 3 European countriesCIDRAP, 2 March
Three European countries—Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Poland—reported more highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza outbreaks in wild birds and poultry, according to the latest reports to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
As bird flu spreads, US concludes its vaccine doesn’t provide adequate protectionStat, 1 March
With human infections from a bird flu virus surging in China, US officials charged with preparing the country for influenza pandemics have been assessing the state of an emergency stockpile of vaccines against that strain. The conclusion: The stored H7N9 vaccine doesn’t adequately protect against a new branch of this virus family, and a new vaccine is needed.
UN sees bird flu changes but calls risk of people spread low
Washington Post, 1 March
The World Health Organization says it has noticed changes in the bird flu virus now spreading in China, but says the risk of the disease spreading easily between people remains low. The genetic mutations have been seen from birds and infected people, but because flu viruses change constantly, experts aren’t exactly sure how significant the differences may be.
Medical experts urge action after H7N9 virus shows resistance to Tamiflu
South China Morning Post, 1 March
Medical experts have called for a swift investigation into the possibility that a mutation of the H7N9 bird flu virus in China was becoming resistant to a drug commonly used to treat infected people. Two patients in Guangdong province with the new and more virulent strain of the virus have shown signs of failing to respond to Tamiflu, the Nanfang Daily reported this week, citing Zhong Nanshan, an expert in respiratory diseases.