Health Officials Keep Close Watch on Bird Flu
February 9, 2007 Agricultural workers in the United Kingdom kill thousands of turkeys, seeking to block the spread of bird flu. Meanwhile, investigators try to trace the source of the infection. How should the United State react if faced by an outbreak of influenza on the scale of the 1918 epidemic?
August 29, 2006 When the next pandemic strikes, Navy researchers suggest reviving a treatment used during the deadly pandemic of 1918. Back then, military doctors injected severely afflicted patients with blood or blood plasma from people who had recovered from the flu. Studies show the treatment reduced mortality rates by as much as 50 percent.
June 2, 2006 The federal government is posting what it pays for certain medical procedures on the Internet in an attempt to help consumers.
April 5, 2006 In the next few weeks, millions of songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl will begin arriving in Alaska to breed. These migratory birds — some of which wintered in Southeast Asia — could bring with them the deadly strain of bird flu known as avian influenza A, or H5N1.
April 2, 2006 It's only a matter of time before the H5N1 bird flu virus reaches the United States, say health officials. Alaska's northwest coast is considered a primary point of entry, and the town of Brevig Mission, which relies on wild birds for subsistence, is worried.
April 6, 2006 The H5N1 bird flu virus is the main candidate for triggering a human influenza pandemic. The virus continues to stretch around the globe, with outbreaks as widespread as China, Nigeria and Scotland. NPR's editors Joe Neel and David Malakoff answer questions about the potential for a flu pandemic and the status of influenza treatments and vaccines.
March 30, 2006 An experimental bird flu vaccine has potential to offer protection from a pandemic, according to a study in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. But the research also suggests the effective dose is much greater than originally thought, and it works in only half of all patients.
March 24, 2006 New studies show that the avian flu virus doesn't pass easily between humans. Two different teams of scientists think they know why. Their studies appeared this week in Nature and Science and detail what makes this disease different from human flu viruses.