CDC funds work on rapid tests for avian flu

first_imgDec 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded four contracts worth $11.4 million in an effort to develop a 30-minute test for H5N1 avian influenza.The CDC said it awarded the funds to spur development of tests that doctors and field epidemiologists could use to test patients for both H5N1 and other flu viruses. Currently, testing for H5N1 in the United States must be done in 1 of about 100 designated laboratories and takes from 4 to 24 hours, depending on shipping time, the CDC said.Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) listed a rapid diagnostic test as one of the top priorities in avian and pandemic flu research. The CDC said it hopes a rapid test can be ready and licensed within 2 to 3 years.”The creation of a point-of-care test to rapidly detect human cases of H5N1 avian influenza would be a major step forward in our ability to protect public health,” Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a news release.The four companies, their tests, and the contract amounts are as follows:Cepheid, Sunnyvale, Calif.—GeneXPert Flu assay, $2.4 millionIquum, Marlborough, Mass.—LIAT, Lab-in-a-Tube, $3.8 millionMesoScale, Gaithersburg, Md.—Multi-Array Detection, $706,241Nanogen, San Diego—a novel point-of-care immunoassay system, $4.5 millionOver the next year, the companies will work to develop tests that can detect flu viruses and distinguish seasonal strains from H5N1 within 30 minutes, the CDC said. Existing rapid tests can tell only if a patient has a seasonal influenza A or B virus.CDC spokeswoman Christine Pearson told CIDRAP News the contracts are intended to fund the first two of five development phases.The goal for the first two phases is to produce a prototype test that can be evaluated by the CDC, said Dr. Ruben Donis, chief of the molecular virology and vaccines branch in the CDC’s influenza division. He said the agency will fund further development only if the prototype has “acceptable performance characteristics.”In a news release, Nanogen said that if the CDC funds all five development phases, the company would receive a total of about $12.5 million over the next 2 to 3 years.The four companies were chosen from 13 applicants, the CDC said. Selection criteria included the technical specifications of the test, experience in developing diagnostic tools, staff expertise, and access to labs with sufficient security to handle H5N1 viruses.The agency also promised to provide funds for a repository of influenza reagents and other materials to help in development of the tests.See also:Dec 4 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r061204.htmlast_img read more

Barbecued Salmon with Fresh Nectarine Salsa.

first_img Tweet Food & DiningLifestyle Barbecued Salmon with Fresh Nectarine Salsa. by: – August 11, 2011 Directions:Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Lightly sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Place 2 tablespoons of the barbecue sauce in small bowl; brush sauce on both sides of the salmon.For charcoal grill, cook salmon on greased grill rack directly over medium coals for 8 to 12 minutes or until salmon flakes when tested with a fork, turning once halfway through grilling. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place salmon on greased grill rack over medium heat. Cover and grill as above.)For nectarine salsa, in medium bowl combine nectarines, blueberries, pecans, and the remaining 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce. Season with salt. Serve salmon with salsa and lemon wedges. Serves 4.< Share 23 Views   no discussions Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardenscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Share This fresh grilled salmon is served with a refreshing salsa that combines nectarines, blueberries, pecans, and barbecue sauce, prepared from start-to-finish in less than 30 minutes. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol.Nnutrition facts * Calories318 * Total Fat (g)17 * Saturated Fat (g)3, * Monounsaturated Fat (g)7, * Polyunsaturated Fat (g)6, * Cholesterol (mg)66, * Sodium (mg)344, * Carbohydrate (g)17, * Total Sugar (g)11, * Fiber (g)3, * Protein (g)24, * Vitamin C (DV%)20, * Calcium (DV%)3, * Iron (DV%)5, * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.Ingredients:4 4- to 5-oz. fresh skinless salmon fillets, about 1-inch thick3 Tbsp. bottled barbecue sauce2 nectarines, pitted and chopped3/4 cup fresh blueberries1/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecansLemon wedgeslast_img read more