New bird flu detection tests fly from Queensland

By Paul Hemsley The Queensland government has developed Australia’s first test to detect the new avian influenza H7N9 in humans in an effort to prepare for a potential pandemic of the recently discovered mutation of the virus. Influenza is a virus that frequently mutates and its variations in the avian variety have proven no different […]

Preparing for a pandemic

By Jane Garcia and Kim Powell As anyone who works in an office or catches public transport would testify, influenza is a highly contagious virus. New strains regularly emerge and make the prospect of wide-scale vaccination rather difficult. The regular garden-variety flu usually strikes infants and the elderly the hardest, however this is not always […]


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