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2009-06-04 06:03:12

"Out of an abundance of caution," President Barack Obama requested that Congress release an additional $2 billion to support efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the fight against the H1N1 swine flu.  The extra funds would be on top of $1.5 billion asked for in late April. In a formal letter addressed to democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Obama justified the more than doubled sum saying that "we have learned much about the outbreak and the...

2009-06-03 14:19:24

The most common risk factor in New York City for those hospitalized for H1N1 flu has been asthma, health department officials said. A preliminary analysis by the New York City health department of 152 hospitalized patients shows that at least 82 percent have belonged to one or more groups at higher risk of severe illness or complications from influenza. Those at higher risk of flu complications include: -- People who are over 65, under age 2, or pregnant. -- People with chronic lung...

2009-06-02 13:16:00

HALEIWA, Hawaii, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Amidst the swine flu scare, first grade teacher Jennifer Fixman has decided to make a difference. She is giving away a free song called "Wash Your Hands" to help children and their families to stay healthy. "Miss Jenny" encourages everyone to download the song and video FREE from the Home page of her site, www.edutunes.com. "Miss Jenny" has written over 200 songs for children. She hopes that all of her educational tunes, or "Edutunes," can make life...

2009-06-02 08:31:55

New swine flu cases have been identified and confirmed in all 50 US states and it has been established that the virus has affected 10,000 people across the country, officials announced on Monday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that the tests signify one in 20 of the definite number of infections, which would cause the number of U.S. cases to be 200,000. California health officials confirmed the state's first two fatalities from the H1N1 strain, bringing the US...

2009-05-29 14:05:14

The Mexican government has initiated a $92 million public relations campaign to boost tourism and business amid the global swine flu crisis, experts say. Jesus Almaguer, the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau's chief executive officer, said the campaign is oriented toward changing the world's image of Mexico as the country where the H1N1 virus originated, USA Today reported Friday. Our main concern is to bring back the airlines, Almaguer said. Mexican hotels and resorts have also begun...

2009-05-28 06:39:58

Australian officials have placed stringent restrictions on cruise ships seeking to dock in Sydney in an effort to protect the country from more swine flu infections. The new restrictions come as the new H1N1 influenza strain has shown signs of increasingly rapid spread throughout Asia and North America. According to the newly implemented protocol, all cruise ships will be handled as areas of potential contamination and passengers will not be allowed off board until the ship has been given the...

2009-05-21 06:25:00

A California survey of people hospitalized for swine flu points to the possibility that obesity may be as serious a risk factor for health complications as diabetes, heart disease and pregnancy. According to a weekly report issued yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly two-thirds of the patients requiring hospitalization in California had some form of underlying medical condition. Across the U.S., 47 states and the District of Columbia have confirmed a total of...

2009-05-21 04:21:00

Frost & Sullivan's Web Conference on the current global situation LONDON, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Virus outbreaks and their impact on the airlines will be discussed during a web conference that Frost & Sullivan will host on Wednesday, 3 June, at 4 pm BST. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081117/FSLOGO) Aerospace & Defence Research Analyst John Siddharth will analyse the current global situation and take a first look at how a possible pandemic could affect airline...

2009-05-19 02:17:00

BRISBANE, Australia, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Australia's fastest growing action sports label, Unit Clothing is teetering on the edge of controversy once more following the launch of a campaign to promote its 'Age of Panic' theme. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090519/NY19277 ) Unit has released its own range of face masks and respirators in an effort to combat the global threat of swine flu. Retaining its renowned edge, Unit has photographed its models demonstrating the...

2009-05-15 06:30:00

In an attempt to discredit rumors started by an Australian virologist that the swine flu was the failed product of a laboratory experiment, officials from the World Health Organization made an announcement on Thursday directly addressing the issue."We took this [rumor] very seriously.  But the evidence suggests that this is a naturally occurring virus, not a laboratory-derived virus," said the WHO's deputy director general Dr. Keiji Fukuda in a telephone conference.On a different note,...

Latest epidemics Reference Libraries

2011-01-12 16:33:15

Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), caused by the dengue virus, is among the spectrum of acute febrile tropical disease and is transmitted by mosquitoes. Occurring mainly in the tropics it can be life threatening and is caused by four closely related virus stereotypes of the genus Flavivirus. It was identified and named in 1779. It has a nickname of "breakbone fever" due to it causing sever generalized bodyache. It tends to be more prevalent in the urban districts of its range...

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  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'