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Biohazard suits used to handle dangerous microbes hang in a laboratory at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Md.
September 24, 2014 Scientists are deeply divided on whether lab-made flu viruses are legitimate medical research or national security threats. A new federal policy asks institutions to evaluate those risks early on.
An outbreak of bird flu in India in 2008 prompted authorities to temporarily ban the sale of poultry.
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August 13, 2014 The debate about whether it's OK to engineer and study microbes that could prompt a human pandemic has reignited. Each side now has a website and its own list of Nobelists and superstar supporters.
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Just the sniffles? Could be the flu.
March 17, 2014 Roughly 1 in 5 unvaccinated people had the flu between 2006 and 2011, but only a quarter of them had symptoms, a study found. That could affect how the virus spreads.
November 26, 2013 A fresh analysis finds that the death toll from the H1N1 swine flu in 2009-10 was severely underestimated. The Americas were hit much harder than Europe or Australia. And the deaths occurred in a much younger population than normally affected by the flu.
How much would a scientist have to pay you to get sick with the flu?
September 26, 2013 Even though influenza is one of the most common illnesses, researchers say they still have a lot to learn about it. In a recent study, dozens of volunteers agreed to be infected with the swine flu so doctors could see what happened.
The number of states experiencing widespread flu doubled in the past week.
December 7, 2012 The flu is back early this season. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cases
People wait in line at the Durham County Health Department for the H1N1 flu vaccination in Durham, N.C., in November 2009.
August 29, 2012 A high proportion of deaths in children during the swine flu pandemic occurred in kids who had neurologic diseases, such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy, or developmental disorders. Those conditions can affect breathing, swallowing and coughing.
Cambodian women wear masks as they walk in a market in Phnom Penh in Oct. 2009. That month a second Cambodian died from swine flu, health officials said.
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June 26, 2012 The global death toll from the swine flu pandemic may have been 15 times larger than previous estimates. Researchers tried to fill in gaps in places around the world where statistics on the illness were harder to come by.
October 30, 2009 As the parent of a newborn, I've been somewhat frantically searching for a place I can get the H1N1 vaccine. As someone who has spent a lot of time in, well, less upstanding countries, my first instinct was to figure out who to bribe.
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