Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Is Kansas’ First Line Of Defense Against Bird Flu

If the highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza ever comes to Kansas, diagnosticians at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will be the first to know. The lab, which is part of K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is the first place samples would be tested if there were a suspected case of avian influenza in […]

The Flu Vaccine In Powder Form The Answer To A Pandemic?

In recent years, the bird flu virus has caught the attention of all of Western Europe. In 2006 in particular, there was a lot of speculation about a wide-scale flu outbreak, in other words a pandemic. The Dutch government was worried about running short of vaccine, mainly because it has a very short shelf-life. All […]

Global Health Experts Propose Stockpiling Of Influenza Vaccine And Control Tools In Hong Kong

In light of the importance of virus monitoring for pandemic influenza preparedness and response, Indonesia’s refusal to share samples of avian flu (H5N1) virus with the WHO for most of 2007 is “distressing and potentially dangerous for global public health,” say two leading global health experts in an essay in this week’s PLoS Medicine. Laurie […]

Sinovac Provides Update In Pandemic Influenza Vaccines (H5N1) Phase II Clinical Trials

Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (Amex: SVA), a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products in China, announced an update on the clinical trials for its pandemic influenza vaccines. Sinovac received approval in April 2007 from the China State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) to commence Phase Ib and II trials of its pandemic influenza (H5N1) whole viron inactivated […]