Fighting infectious diseases
This page includes an archive of selected UC Davis feature stories and press releases from the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic.
The U.S. Public Health Emergency for 2009 H1N1 influenza expired in June 2010, and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic globally in August 2010. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control believes it is likely that the 2009 H1N1 virus will continue to spread for years to come, like a regular seasonal influenza virus.
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Fast, accurate urine test or pneumonia possible, study finds
Doctors may soon be able to quickly and accurately diagnose the cause of pneumonialike symptoms by examining the chemicals found in a patient’s urine, suggests a new study led by UC Davis biochemist Carolyn Slupsky. Read the news release
$75 million to prevent pandemics
In hopes of preventing the next global pandemic and a possible death toll into the millions, UC Davis has launched an unprecedented international effort to find and control diseases that move between wildlife and people. The global early warning system, named PREDICT, will be developed with funding of up to $75 million over five years and is one of five new initiatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) known in combination as the Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. Read more
Study: earlier flu viruses provided some immunity to current H1N1 flu
UC Davis researchers studying the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus identified a group of immunologically important sites on the virus that are also present in seasonal flu viruses that have been circulating for years. These molecular sites appear to result in some level of immunity to the new virus in people who were exposed to the earlier influenza viruses. Read more
Keeping modern diseases at bay
It used to be smallpox, polio and rabies. Today, a whole new class of 21st-century plagues — bird flu, mad cow, West Nile, and even some old threats like tuberculosis — keeps UC Davis infectious disease specialists working 24/7 in laboratories, classrooms, clinics, in the field, and most of all, in coordinated teams. Read more
UC Davis Experts: H1N1 (swine) flu experts
A list of more than a dozen UC Davis faculty members with expertise on topics related to the H1N1 or "swine" flu pandemic, infectious diseases, animal health, economics and the history of epidemics. Read more