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Avian Flu News Tracker
posted by admin on 06/07/06

Wednesday, July 5

5:50 p.m.: Baxter International Inc. has started a Phase I/II clinical trial of its H5N1 vaccine. The Deerfield, Ill., pharmaceutical company said the vaccine will be tested in four different antigen concentrations, and on several hundred healthy adults in Austria and Singapore. Baxter developed the drug with its vero-cell technology, which it says "significantly" reduces production time.

3:30 p.m.: The H5N1 virus entered Nigeria -- the first African nation to report an outbreak of bird flu -- at least three times, scientists reported in the journal Nature. The scientists concluded that the virus entered multiple times after they found distinct differences in samples taken from several outbreaks. The report doesn't reveal how the virus entered, but the scientists said the most likely source was migratory birds.

11:35 a.m.: Researchers have predicted that millions of people could die in the event of a global H5N1 pandemic. Where do these large numbers come from? When H5N1 emerged a few years ago, scientists turned to the 1918 flu pandemic for insight that might be helpful in the current pandemic, Bernardo Lopez reported in his Upshot column in BusinessWorld. What they found was surprising: The 1918 virus was also avian in origin. That flu had about a 2% mortality rate, Lopez pointed out, and according to estimates, at least 50 million died. The current H5N1 virus, by contrast, has a mortality rate of about 50%.

9:45 a.m.: Russia is working on an oral H5N1 vaccine for birds that could be ready by the end of the year, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported. Most vaccines are currently issued intravenously using a needle. This vaccine would be given with food and water, which would greatly speed up the amount of time it takes to immunize birds.

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