United States and France join in flu fight

Feb 06, 2006

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and France's Institute Pasteur agreed Monday to help create world detection programs for flu viruses.

The joint operation, to begin in Southeast Asia, will focus on viruses that might have the potential to trigger a human pandemic.

The agreement establishes a working group to supervise such collaborative projects as creating epidemiological testing, diagnosis and control programs in nations affected by or at-risk for the spread of the H5N1 avian influenza strain. The two nations will also exchanging technical expertise to foster rapid response to such disease threats,

"The looming threat of a global influenza pandemic demands global, regional and national attention, and preparation and response to a pandemic is a shared responsibility," said HHS Deputy Secretary Alex Azar said.

"The avian flu and respiratory diseases have been our constant concern, especially in the Pasteur Institutes in the Asian region," Institute Pasteur President Professor Alice Dautry said. "We ... heartily welcome this new partnership with HHS to fight the potential pandemic. This is a unique opportunity to join efforts to fight infectious diseases upfront."

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Time to get your flu shot, but just one this year

Aug 31, 2010

(AP) -- It's flu-shot season already, and for the first time health authorities are urging nearly everyone to get vaccinated. There is even a new high-dose version for people 65 or older.

Mexico pushing for homegrown swine flu vaccine

Oct 23, 2009

(AP) -- Grappling with low supplies of swine flu vaccines, President Felipe Calderon persuaded drug makers this week to sell him 30 million doses, while 1,000 Mexicans lined up for an experimental vaccine ...

U.S. races to get millions of swine flu doses ready

Sep 08, 2009

In a contest that pits human against virus, the U.S. government is evaluating the safety and effectiveness of swine flu vaccine in hopes of having millions of doses ready for use before the next wave of the pandemic H1N1 ...

Seasonal flu vaccine shipping early, demand up

Aug 06, 2009

(AP) -- The swine flu pandemic is spurring makers of seasonal flu vaccines to ship them to the U.S. market well ahead of schedule, and supplies are tightening as distributors and others snap up vaccine vials.

Recommended for you

Local education politics 'far from dead'

5 hours ago

Teach for America, known for recruiting teachers, is also setting its sights on capturing school board seats across the nation. Surprisingly, however, political candidates from the program aren't just pushing ...

First grade reading suffers in segregated schools

5 hours ago

A groundbreaking study from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) has found that African-American students in first grade experience smaller gains in reading when they attend segregated schools—but the ...

Violent aftermath for the warriors at Alken Enge

5 hours ago

Denmark attracted international attention in 2012 when archaeological excavations revealed the bones of an entire army, whose warriors had been thrown into the bogs near the Alken Enge wetlands in East Jutland ...

Why aren't consumers buying remanufactured products?

7 hours ago

Firms looking to increase market share of remanufactured consumer products will have to overcome a big barrier to do so, according to a recent study from the Penn State Smeal College of Business. Findings from faculty members ...

Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall

7 hours ago

People learn better and recall more when given the impression that they will soon have to teach newly acquired material to someone else, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

User comments : 0