Animal Diseases

Government failed to act on volcanic ash threat, say MPs

The Government failed to plan for a possible volcanic eruption in Iceland that paralysed air traffic in the UK and caused hundreds of millions of pounds worth of disruption despite being warned of the threat, an official investigation into national emergencies has found.

Flu: How to beat the bugs

Swine flu is back with a vengeance. How can we stay virus-free this winter? Jeremy Laurance explains

Swine flu could lead to universal vaccine

Scientists have found that people infected with H1N1 swine flu have an extraordinary immune response, producing antibodies that are protective against a variety of flu strains.

We'll miss some quangos more than others

Many of the "quangos" are actually committees of unpaid scientists who act as independent specialist advisers on subjects ranging from the safety of pesticides to the use of gene therapy in medicine.

Swine flu outbreak cost UK £1.2bn

The swine flu pandemic cost Britain more than £1.2 billion despite being much less severe than feared, a Government-commissioned review found today.

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Blackburn hit with third swine flu case

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that a third member of his squad has come down with swine flu ahead of tomorrow's fourth round Carling Cup tie against Peterborough.

Obama declares swine flu a 'national emergency'

President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation declaring H1N1 swine flu a national emergency, according to the White House. The proclamation, which Mr Obama signed on Friday night, will make it easier for US medical facilities to handle a surge in patients by allowing the waiver of some requirements of Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health insurance programmes as needed, the White House said in a statement.