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2011-07-06 15:03:03

Using weekly influenza surveillance data from the US CDC, Edward Goldstein and colleagues develop a statistical method to predict the sizes of epidemics caused by seasonal influenza strains. This method could inform decisions about the most appropriate vaccines or drugs needed early in the influenza season. The analyses, based on data collected by the CDC from 1997 through to 2009, suggests that early circulation of one influenza strain is associated with a reduced total incidence of other...

2011-05-25 14:29:45

Mexico social distancing reduced flu transmission Schools were closed, restaurants shuttered and large public gatherings cancelled. The H1N1 virus was new, and most of the cases occurred among young people. Health professionals and scientists weren't sure at the onset what the world would encounter with the virus. Social distancing measures were enacted in Mexico where the pandemic affected different geographical areas of the country during three distinct waves. During the spring of 2009 when...

2011-04-11 21:55:05

French Canadian voyageurs spread tuberculosis throughout the indigenous peoples of western Canada for over 150 years, yet, strangely enough, it wasn't until the fur traders ceased their forays that epidemics of tuberculosis broke out. Now Stanford researchers have puzzled out why. It took a shift in the environment of the infected peoples "“ in this case, confinement to reservations "“ to create conditions conducive to outbreaks. Patience may be a virtue in a person, but in an...

2011-03-07 16:22:00

BELLEVUE, Wash., March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) announced today that Doctors Without Borders / Medecins San Frontieres (MSF) will be the newest beneficiary of TravelRelief.org, EAN's charity program. Doctors Without Borders is an international medical humanitarian aid organization that provides assistance to people in more than 60 countries worldwide that have been affected by disasters, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from healthcare,...

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2011-01-30 08:45:00

Moscow and two other cities shut their schools down for a week Saturday in an attempt to stop the worst flu outbreak to hit central Russia in over a decade. The Moscow education department's order covered over 1,500 public and private elementary schools.  Education officials said that this meant about 500,000 children would get an unscheduled week-long vacation in the first shutdown to strike the Russian capital since 1998. "Even today, some classes are already missing half their...

2011-01-05 13:32:10

For those infected with the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus, extreme obesity was a powerful risk factor for death, according to an analysis of a public health surveillance database. In a study to be published in the February 1, 2011, issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers associated extreme obesity with a nearly three-fold increased odds of death from 2009 H1N1 influenza. Half of Californians greater than 20 years of age hospitalized with 2009 H1N1 were obese. (Please see...

2010-11-17 11:55:00

TROY, Mich., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- When Ira Margolis got the entrepreneurial bug, he created a business to help area companies keep away bugs, especially the flu one. Margolis is the founder and president of Andover Wellness Group, LLC, a new Troy-based company that specializes in enhancing wellness in the workplace, which ultimately boosts employee morale, reduces employee absenteeism, prevents the spread of H1N1 and helps businesses protect their bottom line in this challenging...

2010-11-11 14:55:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- See video from Rotary International at: http://www.thenewsmarket.com/Releases/StoryDetailPage.aspx?GUID=9e1536a3-b9b7-4cd8-a13d-6178ebd3fa68# In response to a recent outbreak of wild poliovirus in the Republic of Congo, Rotary is providing a total of US$500,000 in emergency grants to UNICEF and the World Health Organization for immediate countrywide polio immunization campaigns. The outbreak requires urgent action by government and partner agencies...

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2010-11-01 08:40:00

A new study tracking the DNA signature of the plague has found that the deadly disease first broke out in China more than 2,600 years ago before making its way to Europe via Central Asia's "Silk Road" trade route. The findings prove many suspicions about the long-believed Chinese origins of the plague, which killed nearly a third of Europeans during the Middle Ages. Scientists from around the world sequenced 17 strains of Y. pestis, connecting them as pathogens that mutated from a common...

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2010-10-10 08:20:00

Black Death, one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, has been confirmed by anthropologists to have been caused by a germ called Yersinia pestis. Researchers studied tooth and bone samples from 76 skeletons discovered in "plague pits" in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands and found DNA evidence that Y. pestis was to blame for the plague that wiped out nearly a third of Europe's population during the Middle Ages. It was believed for more than a century that Y. pestis was the...


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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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