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Editorial: No room for complacency

Published in The Hindu on December 10, 2014

Though India is one of the six countries where the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) is considered endemic in poultry and several places in Kerala are favourite destinations for migratory birds, the State remained outbreak-free until recently. 409 more words


Viruses and Parkinson's - a hit and run story?

I was recently presenting a talk at a Parkinson’s support group meeting. Afterwards I sat with some of the attendees and we chatted over tea and cookies. 1,925 more words

Editorial: No immediate threat

Published in The Hindu on August 13, 2013

The influenza A(H7N9) virus may not have the characteristics required to quickly and easily spread among humans but the first confirmed case of human-to-human transmission recently reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) indicates that it is not completely devoid of such ability either. 387 more words


New way to develop influenza A vaccine

Published in The Hindu on May 30, 2013

Precious time lost in developing an effective vaccine against influenza A viruses that jump from animals to humans and spread across the world causing a pandemic is quite close to becoming history. 711 more words

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Editorial: Silent spread of H7N9

Published in The Hindu on May 3, 2013

With the continued spread of influenza A(H7N9) virus to 127 people in China and a concomitant increase in the number of deaths (26), the outbreak has confirmed what the World Health Organisation had earlier noted — H7N9 is “definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses we have seen so far.” Nineteen people infected with the virus in a short span of a week is proof that the virus is gaining momentum in jumping from its animal host to humans. 357 more words


H7N9 silently spreads in humans and birds

Published in The Hindu on April 18, 2013

The novel H7N9 avian flu virus that is currently circulating in certain regions in China has bewildered public health officials within and outside the country. 694 more words

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Editorial: The next contagion

Published in The Hindu on April 5, 2013

The influenza A(H7N9) virus, a novel bird flu strain that emerged in China, has infected nine people and already killed three. 424 more words