Pandemic influenza: lessons learned from 2009-10

Pandemics appear to have occurred throughout history, the first being recognized in 1580. Reviewing previous pandemics can give an indication of what might be expected, however nothing is certain - it is impossible to predict the next pandemic virus or its impact, as demonstrated by the 2009 A(H1N1) pandemic.
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Universal influenza vaccine is now a possibility..

Across my desk today at CABI, came the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and tucked away at the back in a section called ‚ÄúClinical Implications of Basic Research‚ÄĚ was ‚ÄúStalking influenza diversity with a universal antibody‚ÄĚ by Charles R. Russell (St Jude Children‚Äôs Hospital, Memphis). Here I learnt that an antibody has been isolated…
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Man Flu Really Exists, New Study Shows

Man flu is considered by large segments of society to be the psychological condition of men with colds. It is often said that when men have a cold they think it is a flu and as a consequence they moan more than women and stay longer in bed until they feel better. Man flu is…
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H1N1 Flu Panic Hits Pigs and Producers Hard

More than a month since the first reports of influenza in humans in Mexico, the first case of the H1N1 influenza in pigs has been reported. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on 2 May that a H1N1 influenza virus was found in a pig herd in Alberta. Since then, the CFIA has assured…
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