Public health officials monitor bird and swine populations for the influenza virus that can't be predicted and has no available vaccine to use against it.
Public health officials fear the emergence of a new flu virus that could be more lethal than seasonal influenza, and become a pandemic by spreading across the world.
Among the key lessons learned from the 2009 influenza pandemic was that it was not enough to tell countries a pandemic had started. Countries need real-time guidance on how severe it seemed to be.
The 1918 influenza pandemic, may have emerged up to two years earlier than previously believed, and may have been dismissed as a "minor infection".
Researchers comprehensively mapped the alterations in an influenza protein that allows bird flu to grow better in people. This map may help researchers better understand which changes enable influenza to jump species and may presage a new pandemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) developed the Global Influenza Strategy for 2019–2030 to enhance global and national pandemic preparedness, to combat the ongoing threat of zoonotic influenza, and to improve seasonal influenza prevention and control in all countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a Global Influenza Strategy for 2019-2030 aimed at protecting people in all countries from the threat of influenza.
Researchers have developed a mathematical framework to estimate the value of investing in developing and conserving an antibiotic to mitigate the burden of bacterial infections caused by resistant Staphylococcus aureus during a pandemic influenza outbreak.
It’s not just H5N1 that has dissipated. The virus’s nearly-as-scary cousin, H7N9, emerged in China in 2013 and sickened more than 1,500 people in China over five years, killing roughly 40 percent of them.
The idea is to generate poultry that cannot get flu and would form a "buffer” between wild birds and humans.