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2009-08-21 10:00:00

TONBRIDGE, England, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Pharmacists have branded government swine flu vaccination plans "unacceptable," Chemist+Druggist has revealed. The criticism comes after the profession was excluded from the first wave of healthcare staff to get the jab. Last week health secretary Andy Burnham announced the list of priority patient groups for vaccination against the H1N1 virus. However, the Department of Health [DH] list of "frontline health and social workers" that will be...

2009-08-20 13:40:00

US regulators are sending a message to employers this fall: discourage employees with flu-like symptoms from coming into work and vaccinate those who are at higher risk of infection. The move is among new measures by the US government in an effort to reduce the spread of swine flu and seasonal flu this fall. "If an employee stays home sick, it is not only the best thing for his health, but it is also the best thing for his co-workers," said Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. The H1N1 virus...

2009-08-19 06:25:00

It's a tall order for the makers of the swine flu vaccine, and demand continues to rise. So far, northern hemisphere countries have ordered more than one billion doses of swine flu vaccine, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The demand meets massive production delays which could create shortages. Experts said this phenomenon could force a second, possibly more deadly, wave of flu in the fall. Governments would then have to make hard choices about who to vaccinate first. "Pandemic...

2009-08-18 10:49:00

SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Hard to Treat Diseases (HTDS.PK) www.htdsmedical.com Mellow Hope, an operating subsidiary of HTDS, is pleased to report that its clinical trial is currently being processed. The company expects it will be completed by this September (Approx 60 days). The company expects the manufacturing license will be released by October or November of this year. H1N1 (referred to as "swine flu" early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people....

2009-08-11 05:55:00

On Monday, the U.S., Mexico and Canada agreed to take a new vigilance against an expected resurgence of the H1N1 swine flu virus in coming months. "We will remain vigilant and pledge to continue our close collaboration in addressing the H1N1 pandemic," US President Barack Obama, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in western Mexico. "In anticipation of a possible fall wave of flu due to the 2009 H1N1 virus, we will look to enhance our exchange of...

2009-08-09 23:01:23

The United States and other Northern Hemisphere countries are racing to get ready for a second wave of H1N1 flu virus that could be weeks away, officials said. The pandemic that has spread in the Southern Hemisphere, which is currently in mid-winter, has struck especially harshly in the poorest parts of the world, international health officials told The Washington Post. A second wave of the first influenza pandemic in 41 years could reach the Northern Hemisphere within weeks, U.S. and...

2009-08-07 12:25:18

Children who have parental approval will be vaccinated for swine flu at their schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Friday. Ideally, children would be vaccinated before school starts, but the H1N1 vaccine won't be available until mid-October, making schools a logical place for mass vaccination, Duncan told CNN's American Morning. It will be a two-shot sequence, Duncan said. And so we want to be very thorough on this and make sure as many children who want to get vaccinated...

2009-08-07 13:09:59

If H1N1 flu returns in the fall, schools are being directed to isolate ill children, but to remain open, several U.S. government agencies advised Friday. The decision to dismiss students should be made locally and should balance the goal of reducing the number of people who become seriously ill or die from influenza with the goal of minimizing social disruption and safety risks to children sometimes associated with school dismissal, the heads of the U.S. Departments of Education, Homeland...

2009-08-05 13:27:00

Similarities Between 2 Pandemics Can Aid in Preparedness and Response BALTIMORE, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the U.S. prepares for a resurgence of H1N1 influenza this fall, much can be learned from looking at a previous pandemic that had similar patterns. In an article published today in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, researchers at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) examined historical documents, published material, and newspaper...

2009-08-03 05:53:43

According to health authorities, thousands of people are under quarantine in a Tibetan town in northwest China after two men died of pneumonic plague and 11 others were confirmed to be infected. A 32-year-old herdsman in Ziketan in Qinghai province died due to the infection, and his 37-year-old neighbor also passed away on Sunday. Many of the others infected are relatives of the men and are being held in a hospital, authorities said. A team of experts has been sent to the town, and no...

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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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