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Dry winters linked to seasonal outbreaks of influenza

For immediate release: Monday, February 22, 2010 Boston, MA -- The seasonal increase of influenza has long baffled scientists, but a new study published this week in PLoS Biology has found that seasonal changes of absolute humidity are the apparent underlying cause…

Rethinking Research Biosafety for Potential Pandemic Pathogens

October 2012 -- Laboratory-modified, highly virulent strains of the H5N1 virus were recently developed in such a way that they can be passed from one mammal to another (ferrets), suggesting that the new and potentially dangerous strain might easily be transferrable between…

2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza: Perspectives on severity and response

December 2010 -- Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology, gives a presentation earlier this year about the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, discussing the challenges faced by public health professionals and the lessons learned to more effectively handle a similar outbreak in the future. (49:13)