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2010-03-20 11:09:25

Research: Critical illness due to 2009 A/H1N1 influenza 2009 in pregnant and postpartum women: Population-based cohort study Pregnant women in Australia and New Zealand who had swine flu were 13 times more likely to be admitted to hospital with a critical illness, according to research published on bmj.com today. The authors conclude that 11% of mothers and 12% of babies died as a result of being admitted to intensive care with swine flu. However they emphasise that given the small numbers...

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2010-01-04 13:04:33

After buying more doses than needed and announcing plans to sell surplus stock, the French government fought off criticism on Monday that it had poorly planned its swine flu vaccine program, AFP reported. Some 94 million doses of the vaccines for the A(H1N1) virus were purchased by French officials, as they were expecting to provide its population with two doses each, but only five million people have been vaccinated and one dose has been found to be sufficient. After several opposition...

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2009-11-30 06:35:00

China's Ministry of Agriculture has called for intensified monitoring and investigation of A/H1N1 flu in animals after two samples from sick dogs tested positive for the virus, according to a recent AFP report. The veterinary clinic of College of Veterinary Medicine at the China Agricultural University reported Wednesday that two out of 52 samples from sick dogs tested positive for A/H1N1 flu virus, the ministry said late Friday. The news comes 10 days after four pigs in China's Heilongjiang...

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2009-08-04 06:20:00

An estimated 700 to 1,000 Israelis may die from the H1N1 virus this winter, a senior Israeli Health Ministry official said. Addressing the Knesset's Labor, Health and Welfare committee Monday, the ministry's director general Professor Avi Yisraeli said the majority of fatalities will be young people and pregnant women. He noted Israeli hospitals lacked 4,500 beds to cope with the expected outbreak. Statistics released by the World Health organization have warned people in the 15 to 49 age...

2009-07-30 06:41:05

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked the Health Ministry to buy H1N1 vaccines to fight an expected swine flu pandemic, a statement said. Netanyahu's decision followed discussions Wednesday with Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and others. The virus has already killed one person in Israel, local media reports said Thursday. Netanyahu said while the vaccine for the H1N1 virus is still being developed, his decision will place Israel in line for the vaccine, the statement...

2009-07-27 06:40:16

Israel's Health Ministry said lab results confirmed the country's first fatality from the H1N1 virus Monday. Hospital officials said they suspected a 35-year-old man admitted to a hospital in the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat died over the weekend from the swine flu virus. The Health Ministry opted to wait for the results of lab tests before confirming the suspicions, Israeli media reports said Monday. According to the ministry, approximately 1,000 Israelis were diagnosed with the...

2009-07-24 21:36:58

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted an emergency use authorization for a test that detects H1N1 influenza virus, Quest Diagnostics officials say. The Influenza A H1N1 Real Time RT-PCR test is the first commercial laboratory test granted an emergency use authorization by the FDA for testing for H1N1 flu -- a strain of influenza A virus initially referred to as the swine flu virus -- Dr. Jay M. Lieberman, medical director of Focus Diagnostics, a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics,...

2009-07-06 10:40:25

While Thailand has reported more than 2,000 cases of H1N1 flu, most of the new cases do not appear to be serious, health officials said. The majority of the people with new infections have mild symptoms, Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai told The Bangkok Post in a story published Monday. This group of patients can be treated with paracetamol, a lot of rest at home and drinking plenty of water, he said, noting those suffering from high fever, severe coughing and breathing...

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2009-07-02 15:41:02

Beijing's municipal health department says some influenza A H1N1 patients have been treated using traditional Chinese medicine. The Beijing Health Bureau said as of Thursday, eight of 17 flu patients handpicked to receive the treatment using 5,000-year-old traditional Chinese medicine were fully recovered, China Daily reported. The non-Tamiflu medication has shown great promise for the remaining nine recovering patients, officials of the Beijing Health Bureau said. The Ministry of Health...

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2009-06-09 14:50:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) is on the brink of declaring the first influenza pandemic since 1968, but wants to make sure countries are properly prepared to avert a panic, said WHO assistant director-general Keiji Fukuda on Tuesday.Fukuda said he was concerned at the continued spread of the new H1N1 strain.  The outbreak, which emerged in April in North America, has since spread throughout the world, including more than 1,000 cases in Australia.A confirmed community spread in a...


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