Wisconsin’s Scientific Role in H5N1 Flu Research Remains Contentious

A University of Wisconsin-Madison laboratory is set to resume experiments that could build the foundation of an early warning system for flu pandemics. The research is based on altering a deadly type of the influenza virus in a way that could make it more dangerous, though, and critics say its approval lacked transparency and creates unnecessary risks.

Wicomico bird flu scare shows gap in poultry response plan

The poultry sample from a sick flock in Willards, MD, was moments away from passing cleanly through a routine bird flu test in December.Then the data showed the presence of avian influenza. The result was in a category termed "non-negative" or "inconclusive." The case demonstrated a gap in bird flu response plans when it came to results that weren't conclusively positive or negative.