Tag Archives: h5n1

Ferreting out pandemic H1N1 pathogenicity; Building a better mousetrap and H5N1 virus. 1

Thus far, H1N1 has exhibited moderate pathogenicity while proving efficient at transmission and replication. H5N1 by contrast is highly pathogenic, but has not evidenced capacity for sustained human-to-human transmission. This has been the human experience. It stands to reason, we would expect to see similar results when H1N1 is tested (in vivo) in other mammals. […]

H1N1 in Transition: WHO to Decide Post-Peak Phase in H1N1 Pandemic; 2009 H1N1 Replaces Seasonal A H1N1 in Next Trivalent Influenza Vaccine 2

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Committee will advise on transition to a “post-peak” phase for the H1N1 pandemic. The current pandemic alert level is at Level 6. The committee ruled out a “post-pandemic” phase because, in its view, H1N1 is not yet behaving like normal seasonal infuenza, and that future waves of […]

World Notes: Avian Influenza (H5N1) in Egypt – Situation Critical 2

Cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) are surging in Egypt. Last year Egypt recorded 39 human cases of H5N1, a vast jump over eight cases in 2008. Four new cases were reported this month, bringing the country’s case count to 94. Of these, 27 have been fatal. These numbers position Egypt just behind Indonesia […]

Op-Ed: Internet Mashups and H1N1 Experience – Google Analytics Potential to Augment Traditional Influenza Surveillance 2

In the comparatively short lifespans of Influenza Monitor and counterpart blog Market@Flu-Monitor, one of the more striking outcomes as revealed through Google Analytics has been relatively high visitation rankings from countries as diverse as Ukraine, Egypt and India. All of these countries have experienced public health pressures coping with either H1N1 or H5N1. Google researchers […]

Medical Research: German Scientists Identify Human Host Factors Crucial for H1N1/H5N1 Influenza Virus Replication 1

Despite substantial development efforts that go into antiviral drugs and vaccines for influenza, viruses are able to develop resistance due to their high mutation rates. In a recent issue of Nature, a team of German moleclar biologists make the case that by targeting host rather than viral factors, it may be possible to develop flu […]

World Notes: Avian Influenza – Situation in Vietnam – Update 7 Comments Off on World Notes: Avian Influenza – Situation in Vietnam – Update 7

According to the World Health Organization, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a new case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case involved a man from Dien Bien Phu city who died on 28 November, 10 days after developing flu symptoms. The source of the exposure is under investigation. The man’s family […]