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Lessons to learn from influenza

There are lessons to be learned from the outbreak of Ebola for the treatment of other diseases. Speaking from the Fifth ESWI Influenza Conference in Riga, pediatrician Abdullah Brooks of Johns Hopkins in the US says how.

Safety of influenza research

Can laboratory research increase the risk of an infectious disease spreading among the public? Take influenza, for instance, as a new flu season starts. Ron Fouchier, professor of molecular virology at the Erasmus Medical Center, has some answers.  

H7N9 Pandemic threat

Human infections with a new avian influenza A (H7N9) virus continue to be reported in China. The virus has been detected in poultry in China as well. While mild illness in human cases has been seen, most patients have had severe respiratory illness and some people have died. The only case identified outside of China […]

What is avian influenza

Avian influenza, or ‘bird flu’, is a disease caused by an avian influenza A virus that normally infects only birds. In fact, all subtypes of the influenza A virus have their origin in wild birds, which means that influenza is a disease which cannot be eradicated. Waterfowl, such as ducks and geese, are natural reservoirs […]

What is pandemic influenza

Influenza viruses are changing continuously and new strains emerge from time to time. If a new influenza virus subtype, that is very different from all previous viruses, emerges and causes disease in the human population, people will have little or no specific immunity to it, and consequently this virus may spread quickly and become a […]