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Influenza estimated to kill about 400 New Zealanders each year

New Zealand has an average of 401 influenza-associated deaths each year according to estimates published for the first time. This is an ...

Halting the hijacker: Cellular targets to thwart influenza virus infection

Infectious particles of an avian influenza virus emerge from a cell. A team of researchers led by UW-Madison's Yoshihiro Kawaoka has revealed methods for thwarting flu viruses by shutting down the cellular machinery they need. ... Full story

After 40 years, the first complete picture of a key flu virus machine

If you planned to sabotage a factory, a recon trip through the premises would probably be much more useful than just peeping in at the windows. Scientists looking to understand – and potentially thwart – the influenza virus have now gone from a similar window-based view to the full factory tour, thanks to the first complete structure of one of the flu virus’ key machines. ... Full story

New i-sense collaboration to improve monitoring of UK flu hotspots

An exciting new project to help monitor the spread of flu in the UK more accurately and earlier than ever before has been funded by i-sense, an £11m EPSRC-funded collaboration led by UCL. ... Full story

Influenza can be deadly, too, so get vaccinated

The spotlight may be on the deadly Ebola virus, but UC Irvine Health experts want to remind people to protect themselves against a far more common and dangerous agent: seasonal influenza. ... Full story

New step towards eradication of H5N1 bird flu

A University of Adelaide-led project has developed a new test that can distinguish between birds that have been vaccinated against the H5N1 strain of avian influenza virus or "bird flu" with those that have been naturally infected. ... Full story

University researchers find bat influenza viruses unlikely to pose a threat to human health

MANHATTAN — Bats seen at Halloween this year may not be quite as scary as they appear – at least when it comes to the spread of specific viruses. A research project conducted in part by a team of researchers in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University suggests that influenza viruses carried by bats pose a low risk to humans. ... Full story

UB researchers synthetize active molecules against drug-resistant mutants of influenza A virus

The study is based on a new chemical compound synthetized by researchers from the University of Barcelona. ... Full story

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