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2009-10-21 10:00:00

More than one in five Americans knows someone who has had the H1N1 flu WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new American Red Cross poll shows that while concerns about exposure to the H1N1 (swine flu) virus remain high, women are more likely than men to make extra efforts to cover coughs and sneezes with tissue, wash their hands more carefully and use hand sanitizer more often. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) Since it was first...

2009-10-18 07:50:00

Initial tests taken at a state fair could quite possibly reveal evidence of swine flu in pigs from Minnesota, officials announced Friday. This would reportedly be the first case of the pandemic virus identified in US hogs if the preliminary tests are confirmed, according to AFP and the Associated Press. "We currently are testing the Minnesota samples to determine if this is 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. "I want to remind people that...

2009-10-16 06:25:00

New guidelines on protecting health workers against the H1N1 swine flu virus place a greater emphasis on keeping patients away from others than on wearing protective facemasks. The new recommendations, released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also urged healthcare facilities to vaccinate as many personnel as possible. "The updated guidance applies uniquely to the special circumstances of the current 2009 H1N1 pandemic and will be updated as necessary as new...

2009-10-15 10:01:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that the H1N1 (swine flu) virus has now spread throughout the United States, the American Red Cross has a set of tips for people who are sick or are taking care of someone who has the flu. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090108/RedCrossLOGO) Flu viruses spread from person to person in droplets of coughs or sneezes, and can also spread if a person touches...

2009-10-15 07:54:48

Watching who is exporting flu and potentially seeding other countries Because pandemics unfold in unpredictable ways, surveillance of travel-related illness is among the most powerful tools health officials and doctors can use to detect and respond to new pathogens like the novel H1N1 influenza, says the physician who heads the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Travelers' Clinic. "Being able to track disease outbreaks in real time enables you to know, in real-time, what works and what...

2009-10-12 09:38:50

Critical illness from 2009 influenza A(H1N1) in Mexico occurred among young patients, was associated with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome and shock, and had a fatality rate of about 40 percent, according to a study to appear in the November 4 issue of JAMA. This study is being published early online to coincide with its presentation at a meeting of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. Novel 2009 influenza A(H1N1) was first reported in the southwestern United States and...

2009-10-09 12:45:00

Health officials have stopped counting the number of swine flu cases around the world, stating that they have a good grasp on how the pandemic is moving. However, some experts say that by refusing to come up with a legitimate number of swine flu cases, officials are failing to note how the virus has an impact on certain parts of the population. According to the Associated Press, health officials in the US stopped counting the number of swine flu cases in the country in July, when it was...

2009-10-08 11:35:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the Department of Health & Human Services is joining with the Ad Council to launch a series of national television public service advertisements (PSAs) designed to encourage Americans to take steps to protect themselves from the 2009 H1N1 flu virus. The ads are designed specifically to reach children, parents, pregnant women and young adults. A second series of PSAs, aimed at...

2009-10-07 09:18:00

HOUSTON and DALLAS, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Precautionary measures are being taken at hospital ERs across Texas in order to deal with record numbers of flu cases this season. According to a recent article on NBCDFW.com, hospital emergency rooms, including the one at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, are screening visitors for flu symptoms and not allowing children under 12 to be in the patient areas unless they are being treated. Another North Texas Hospital is requiring patients in...

2009-09-29 15:29:00

NORTH HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, influenza causes illness, hospitalizations and deaths, and severely strains the health care delivery system. This year, seasonal flu is complicated by the emergence and rapid spread of the H1N1 virus. In an effort to ensure that individuals and their families can take the appropriate actions to help protect themselves against the H1N1 virus, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will cover the administration of the H1N1 vaccine without...

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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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