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(WHO) Antigenic and genetic characteristics of zoonotic influenza viruses and development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness

20 February — The development of representative candidate influenza vaccine viruses, coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO), remains an essential component of the overall global strategy for pandemic preparedness. Zoonotic influenza viruses continue to be identified and evolve both genetically and antigenically, leading to the need for update of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness purposes.

FAO rules out human-to-animal transmission of influenza A(H7N9)

18 February — After the first case of A(H7N9) outside China, FAO says there is no evidence that infected people could transmit the virus to poultry. FAO says there is no evidence that human patients infected with influenza A(H7N9), a low pathogenic virus in poultry, can transmit the virus to animals, including birds.

CDC Grand Rounds: Discovering New Diseases via Enhanced Partnership Between Public Health and Pathology Experts

14 February — Despite advances in public health, medicine, and technology, infectious diseases remain a major source of illness and death worldwide. In the United States alone, unexplained deaths resulting from infectious disease agents have an estimated annual incidence of 0.5 per 100,000 persons aged 1–49 years (1). Emerging and newly recognized infections, such as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome and West Nile encephalitis, often are associated with life-threatening illnesses and death (Table 1).


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