- -01-14-06 CDC: Two Flu Drugs Effective, Two Ineffective (BBC News)
"With flu season reaching its peak, two drugs typically prescribed to fight the virus will be ineffective this season and should not be prescribed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Saturday."
"The CDC found in tests that the antiviral drugs amantadine and rimantadine were ineffective 91 percent of the time against H3N2 influenza, the dominant strain this season."
"However, two other antiviral drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza are still effective, said CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding. Amantadine and rimantadine are older, less-expensive and less commonly prescribed drugs." 01-06
- -03-14-06 Scientist: 50-50 Chance of Bird Flu Hitting Humans (ABC News)
"Robert G. Webster is one of the few bird flu experts confident enough to answer the key question: Will the avian flu switch from posing a terrible hazard to birds to becoming a real threat to humans?"
"There are 'about even odds at this time for the virus to learn how to transmit human to human,' he told ABC's 'World News Tonight.' Webster, the Rosemary Thomas Chair at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., is credited with being the first scientist to find the link between human flu and bird flu." 03-06
- -07-26-06 Glaxo Reports Breakthrough on Bird Flu (BBC News)
"UK drugs firm GlaxoSmithKline believes it has developed a vaccine for the H5N1 deadly strain of avian flu that may be capable of being mass produced by 2007." 07-06
- -Bird Flu - Comprehensive News (BBC News)
Provides a map of the world, showing where bird flu has spread. Provides reference articles on bird flu and the latest news. 03-06