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2009-05-12 21:56:13

China plans to bail out pig farmers who have been hit by a sharp drop in pork prices caused both by a glut and public concerns about the swine flu. The National Bureau of Statistics says pork prices fell 28.6 percent in April from the same month last year, China Daily reported Wednesday/ The decline has led the government to consider buying up large quantities of pork to stabilize prices, the newspaper said. Pig farmers have been told to stop expanding their farms in light of fear of the A...

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2009-05-11 06:30:00

This weekend, Chinese authorities confirmed the country's first case of swine flu on the mainland despite having enforced some of the most stringent and controversial precautionary measures of any government. The young man, identified for the time being only as Mr. Bao, is a 30-year-old student who had recently returned from a trip to the United States.  Health officials say he traveled from St. Louis through Tokyo and Beijing before landing in Chengdu on Saturday. According to national...

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2009-05-08 12:25:00

U.S. President Barack Obama dropped in on a Spanish-language town hall meeting -- but addressed the group in English, except for a muchas gracias at the end. I'm very proud of this first White House town hall meeting conducted entirely in Spanish "¦ except for my part. I'm kind of messing up the whole thing, Obama said Friday after delivering a message about hand-washing and other precautions to combat the spread of the H1N1, or swine flu, virus. He tossed off a muchas gracias as he...

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2009-05-08 15:58:21

The CDC said Friday that the number of U.S. cases of swine flu had doubled almost overnight. Meanwhile, the death toll attributed to H1N1 infections in Mexico edged up slightly. As of Friday, the number of confirmed U.S. H1N1 cases is now 1,639 in 43 states, nearly twice as many as the 896 cases reported as of Thursday. However, CDC spokesman Dave Daigle said the increase "does not reflect a speed up of the epidemic." Rather, it is an indication of the growing number of places now able to...

2009-05-08 11:01:00

What's flu got to do, got to do with AIDS? COPENHAGEN, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Swine flu aka H1N1 (and money) is all we seem to hear about in the news at the moment. Mixed messages on the severity of the so called pandemic. The big problems in Mexico, USA spreading fear amongst its people - where it is in Europe - and where should you go or not go, breathe or not breathe. But more than a disease, it's now also a fashion illness... yes you read right. The good people of Mexico City have by now...

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2009-05-07 06:20:00

After a five-day government-mandated shutdown, many businesses in Mexico have begun to re-open their doors as swine flu fears slowly begin to subside. Though schools and churches remain closed, most shops and restaurants are back in business as authorities begin to relax restrictions. After some 1,070 confirmed cases of swine flu and 42 confirmed deaths in Mexico alone, Mexican health officials have begun cautiously hinting that the worst of the outbreak could now be behind them. Recent...

2009-05-05 12:21:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Joon Yun, Director, Palo Alto Institute: The number of confirmed cases of Swine Flu Fear (SFF) in the United States may have surpassed 100 million amid increasing global anxiety over a menace that authorities around the world are struggling to contain. The increase is not surprising. SFF is highly contagious, and even a brief exposure to someone afflicted can produce the condition. Already, SFF has led to school...

2009-05-04 14:22:00

PITTSBURGH, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Monitoring Systems (HMS) is a Pittsburgh-based company pioneering a new field in the healthcare information technology arena: Community Health Surveillance. HMS is currently supporting state and local public health departments as they work to monitor the H1NI Flu (Swine Flu). HMS has been working continuously to help track and characterize the outbreak of H1N1 since the first cases in the United States were reported in April 2009. HMS provides...

2009-05-04 14:24:44

Russian health regulators added some Canadian provinces and South Carolina as banned sources for meat and meat products due to the swine flu outbreak. The banned products include meat items that have not undergone thermal treatment, Prime-Tass reported Monday. Spain was also added to the list of banned sources. Mexico and the states of Texas, California, Kansas, New York and Ohio are already on the list banned by the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Oversight, known as...

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2009-05-04 12:45:00

Authorities in Egypt are following through with the nationwide slaughter of thousands of pigs in order to protect citizens against the swine flu virus despite criticism from the UN, which claims there is no need for the massive slaughter since the virus cannot be spread by pork consumption. On Saturday, Dr Souad Al-Khouli said there had been no reported cases of the H1N1 virus in humans or pigs in Egypt. The call to slaughter Egypt's entire pig population has been met with disruption among...


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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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Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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