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2009-09-04 11:20:00

A new detailed study of U.S. children killed by swine flu showed the outbreak differs from ordinary flu in that it appears to be taking a higher toll on school-age children than on babies and toddlers, Reuters reported. Scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that at least 40 children have died, accounting for about one in 13 U.S. swine flu deaths. However, two-thirds of those already had high-risk health problems. Health officials say that while it isn't...

2009-09-03 12:28:36

Any child, even healthy children but especially those with chronic conditions, can become severely ill or even die from H1N1 flu, U.S. health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Thursday says all children age 6 months and older should receive pandemic influenza A (H1N1) -- swine flu -- vaccine when it becomes available. Children with high-risk medical conditions should immediately consult with a healthcare provider if...

2009-09-01 12:00:00

Program Helps Teachers Prepare For Flu Season as They Head Back to School WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With worries about the flu season looming over the start of school this year, The National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) and The Clorox Company are teaming up to help teachers. Starting September 2 through September 5, 2009, teachers nationwide can visit www.CloroxClassrooms.com and get a free coupon for Clorox(R) Disinfecting Wipes, while...

2009-08-28 00:25:52

Ten percent of U.S. adults say they are very worried about H1N1 flu, but most say they plan to take extra measures to fight swine flu, a survey indicates. A poll conducted by the American Red Cross indicates 78 percent -- 84 percent of women and 71 percent of men -- say they plan to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissue, while 76 percent -- 81 percent for women and 71 percent for men -- say they will wash their hands more carefully and 62 percent plan to be vaccinated against H1N1 flu if...

2009-08-27 13:37:31

A report on the experiences of nurses in 190 U.S. healthcare facilities indicates many hospitals are not ready for H1N1 flu. The report by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, indicates at more than a fourth of hospitals in nine states nurses cite inadequate isolation of swine flu patients. Nurses at 15 percent of the hospitals do not have access to the proper respirator masks, exposing nurses and patients to infection and at as many as 40 percent of the...

2009-08-27 09:53:00

Online Resource Provides Up-To-Date Information RESTON, Va., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Parents, teachers, and school officials are anxiously awaiting the expected return this fall of the H1N1 virus, known as Swine Flu. Declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the virus may prove a significant problem to schools and families across the country. To help both teachers and parents prepare for swine flu, TeachersFirst.com has created a unique online resource at...

2009-08-26 09:30:00

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- From summer camps to summer travel, the H1N1 influenza has taken a toll worldwide this season, and experts say the new flu strain is expected to be back in force this fall. Forty percent of Americans could end up being affected by the H1N1 flu, the CDC reported last month. Recently, the CDC elevated its H1N1 alert to pandemic status, its highest level. What does this mean for families? It's important to have a reliable, accurate, and...

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2009-08-24 06:25:00

British researchers reported on Friday that the flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza might not be worthwhile to treat seasonal influenza in healthy adults. "Recommending the use of antiviral drugs for the treatment of people presenting with symptoms is unlikely to be the most appropriate course of action," wrote Jane Burch of the University of York and colleagues. Their findings support an advisory from the World Health Organization (WHO) that says healthy patients who get H1N1 swine flu without...

2009-08-23 07:48:52

Officials are predicting a shortage of H1N1 vaccine in mid-October when a new wave of swine flu infections could be peaking in the United States. Just a third of the vaccine needed is likely to be ready by then as government health officials mobilize to vaccinate at least half of the country's population, The Washington Post reported Sunday. This is potentially the largest mass vaccination program in human history, said Howard Markel, a medical history expert at the University of Michigan who...

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2009-08-21 12:45:00

A new study has found that the best way to control the spread of the flu is by vaccinating parents and schoolchildren. The study said that it was more important to vaccinate people who are highly likely to spread the illness than to vaccinate those who are more susceptible to catching it. "The vaccines would be better used to prevent transmission within schools and out to parents, who then spread the flu to the rest of the population," Jan Medlock of Clemson University in South Carolina, told...


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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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