NEW CANAAN, CT — A global flu outbreak—flu pandemic—strikes three or four times in a century, with a new strain of flu met by weak immune resistance around the globe. The pandemic flu of 1918 killed 40 million people; at least two lesser pandemics occurred in the last half of the 20th century.
NEW CANAAN, CT, August 19, 2004—An article published today in The New England Journal of Medicine calls attention to the enormous impact of parasitic hookworm infection on the developing world poor. The authors of “Current Concepts: Hookworm Infection” have studied the parasite over many years and describe the disturbing effects of mild infection as well as the disease state that results from heavy hookworm infection.
Mexico City, July 7, 2004 (PAHO)—Rotavirus "is a major, major public health priority" for Mexico and for the Americas, Mexican Health Minister Dr. Julio Frenk said today at the opening of a global symposium on rotavirus, where health experts will spend three days discussing the latest information about the deadly disease.
NEW CANAAN, CT—The Sabin Vaccine Institute will celebrate a Salute to Life-Saving Discoveries during its benefit dinner at The Pierre Hotel in New York City May 12. The evening will feature the presentation of awards to Nobel laureate James D. Watson, PhD, and to Howard Pien, president and CEO of Chiron Corporation.
NEW CANAAN, Conn., April 27 — Fifty years ago, six-year-old Randy Kerr from McLean, Virginia, was officially designated the nation's first child to be vaccinated with an experimental polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk in his University of Pittsburgh laboratory. Over the next several months thousands of children who became known as "Polio Pioneers" stepped up to receive their polio injections as part of an enormous vaccine field trial.