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As news reaches the public about the spread of H5N1 ‘avian’ influenza virus from Asia to Europe and Africa, it raises some questions. What is the difference between seasonal, avian and pandemic influenza? Are we prepared for a pandemic? What are scientists and, especially, EU-funded projects doing to help?

This website presents current EU-funded flu and virus research – both human and pandemic strains and animal strains – and future initiatives. It also features profiles of some key personnel engaged in the battle against this deadly opponent.

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‘Bird flu’ brief – getting the facts straight

Europe’s press corp. were invited to Belgium for a full-day briefing on scientific efforts to combat the growing avian and pandemic flu threat.

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