Welcome to BioMed Central's Influenza Gateway, highlighting the latest research from BioMed Central journals on influenza-related topics.
In a simulation model, accidental laboratory escape of a genetically engineered influenza virus may not be detected, and containment of disease is not guaranteed, suggesting that adequate preparedness plans for virus escape are needed.
Influenza A virus was shown to cut through mucus to infect the underlying cells, by cleaving sialic acid with its neuraminidase protein, identifying a new way flu has evolved to disarm our defences.
The high satisfaction with the training undergone by members of the mobile medical unit for the 2010 winter Olympic games suggests the four stage process used could be replicated when assembling other ad-hoc medical teams.
Females and older asthmatics are more likely to get the flu jab. Advice from doctors and severity of asthma also influence take-up. A fear of side-effects is the biggest deterrent, however, a quarter of asthmatics who experience side-effects still vaccinate the following year.
Human rhinovirus and enterovirus were found in 16% and 3% of >3000 cases of influenza-like illness from eight Latin American countries, providing an important resource for this region.
Development of an H7 avian influenza virus (AIV) dual function ELISA, using monoclonal antibodies raised against influenza hemagglutinin, allows sensitive and specific diagnosis of these viruses.
Mathematical models suggest the novel influenza A/H7N9 virus has low transmission potential in China, but continued monitoring is warranted as changing seasonal factors and relaxed interventional measures might promote its spread.
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