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2009 Swine Flu Pandemic Death Toll Much Worse Than Originally Believed
2012-06-26 12:02:29

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com Shortly after the 2009 H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic, health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) had reported that roughly 18,500 people died from the virus, a finding that is being called into question as researchers now believe the death toll reached more than quarter of a million people, 15 times more than the original estimate. Publishing their findings in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, an international group of...

2010-07-28 06:36:47

Seventeen million unused doses of H1N1 -- swine flu -- vaccine are being destroyed by Netherlands health officials as the shots are nearing their expiration date, the health ministry said on Tuesday. "We have started destroying" the vaccines, said health ministry spokeswoman Inge Freriksen. "In the coming months, 17.8 million doses will be destroyed because the expiry date is approaching," she told AFP. The Dutch government bought 31 million doses of the vaccine during the height of the...

2010-06-12 06:05:00

According to the World Health organization on Friday, more than 18,000 people have died from the H1N1 swine flu, a year after it was declared a pandemic. The total death toll now stands at 18,156. The virus is now "globally less active," UN health agency spokesman Gregory Haertl told AFP. He warned, though, that children and pregnant women should remain vigilant. Haertl said that the swine flu figures are definitely "underestimated" and that it will probably be "several times" worse than...

2010-05-06 08:31:00

Demonstrate value of informal data in producing comprehensive real-time global health picture; identify disparities in international public health systems BOSTON, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As H1N1 began to emerge in April 2009, HealthMap - an automated online disease tracking and mapping tool created by researchers in the Informatics Program at Children's Hospital Boston - was already collecting information about the virus and plotting that information on a map of the globe,...

2010-04-21 06:15:00

Pregnant women who caught the H1N1 influenza were far less likely to die as a result of the disease if they were treated by flu medication within the first 48 hours, a new study published in the Wednesday edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes. According to the results of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, which were published by JAMA as part of an abstract accompanying the research, "Pregnant women had a disproportionately high...

2010-02-16 15:02:12

A new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) of all patients in Canada admitted to hospital for H1N1 in the first five months of the outbreak summarizes the risk factors for a severe outcome. The H1N1 pandemic presents important learnings for clinicians and researchers and data on severe outcomes can help inform future treatment and prevention guidelines. The risk of a severe outcome among patients admitted to hospital with H1N1 was elevated among those who had an underlying...

2010-02-13 07:35:00

The H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, may have killed as many as 17,000 Americans, according to new estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Though 2,498 confirmed deaths linked to the H1N1 virus had been reported to the CDC as of January 30, the agency estimates that between 8,330 and 17,160 people actually have died from H1N1. The overwhelming majority of the people who died -- between 6,390 and 13,170 -- were 18 to 64 years old, the CDC estimates....

2010-02-02 14:59:00

ATLANTA, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sports fans attending the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympics Games in Vancouver, Canada, in February can be winners if they make plans now to help stay healthy during their trip. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some simple tips to help travelers share gold medal memories - but not the flu - at the games. Teamwork will be the key to everyone enjoying a healthy experience at the Olympic and Paralympic games. You can...

2010-01-11 20:27:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), in partnership with FLU*Ease, Inc., is now offering flu shots to travelers in most of the airline terminals as a public safety measure against the flu, especially the H1N1 strain. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091201/LA19070LOGO-a) FLU*Ease stations, complete with privacy screens, are set up beyond passenger security screening in Terminals 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal...

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