Posted by
Adjuvants improve immune response to H7N9 flu vaccine

Adjuvants improve immune response to H7N9 flu vaccine

In a phase 2 trial that included nearly 1,000 adults, the AS03 and MF59 adjuvants (a component that improves immune response of inactivated influenza vaccines) increased the immune responses to two doses of an inactivated H7N9 influenza vaccine, with AS03-adjuvanted formulations inducing the highest amount of antibody response, according to a study in JAMA. In […]

Posted by
Virus-like particle vaccine protects mice from many flu strains

Virus-like particle vaccine protects mice from many flu strains

NIAID research could aid development of universal flu vaccine A vaccine that protects against a wide variety of influenza viruses (a so-called universal flu vaccine) is a critical public health goal given the significant rates of illness and death caused by seasonal influenza and the potentially devastating effects of a pandemic influenza strain. Now, researchers […]

Posted by
Avian flu confirmed in UK

Avian flu confirmed in UK

A case of H7N7 avian flu has now been confirmed in Lancashire. A temporary control zone imposed on Friday at the affected farm has now been replaced by a 10 kilometre surveillance zone and an inner 3 kilometre protection zone. Restrictions remain in place and the humane culling of all birds at the farm is […]

Posted by
Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains

Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains

A recent study with Kansas State University researchers details vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial chickens and turkeys as well as the death of hundreds of people. The new vaccine development method is […]

Posted by
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) – Arizona taking steps to protect poultry

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) – Arizona taking steps to protect poultry

The Arizona Department of Agriculture is working with large and small poultry farmers in the state concerning the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Since the first discovery in North America in December, the department has published information on the State Veterinarian’s blog as well as the agriculture.az.gov website. With this week’s announcement of the USDA […]

Posted by
Researchers create tool to predict avian flu outbreaks

Researchers create tool to predict avian flu outbreaks

A simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms has been created by University of Guelph researchers. U of G researchers devised a real-time way to analyze chickens and other farm birds for avian flu. The tool uses a small blood sample and relies on a simple chemical colour change to […]

Posted by
Circulation of highly pathogenic avian flu in North American birds

Circulation of highly pathogenic avian flu in North American birds

Viral changes make current situation more complex Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 viruses of Eurasian origin continue to circulate and evolve in North American wild birds. The U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Department of Agriculture published the genetic analysis of a mixed-origin HPAI H5N1 avian flu virus in the journal Genome Announcements. This novel […]

Posted by
Scripps Research Institute study shows 2 new flu strains do not yet easily infect humans

Scripps Research Institute study shows 2 new flu strains do not yet easily infect humans

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have analyzed a key protein from two influenza strains that recently began causing sporadic infections among people in China and Taiwan. A new analysis suggest that two deadly flu viruses, variants of subtypes H10N8 and H6N1, have not acquired changes that would allow them to infect people easily.Credit: […]