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2009-06-16 08:30:00

People Encouraged to Take Basic Preparedness Steps for Hurricane and Flu Seasons WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last year in the Americas, more people were affected by disaster than any year in the previous decade, according to the 2009 World Disasters Report. Over the next six months, as the United States and the Caribbean face the prospect of simultaneous responses to hurricanes and the H1N1 flu, response organizations are preparing for the possibility of an even higher...

2009-06-12 15:35:00

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Slow to Act, Not Doing Enough to Protect Employees, says AFGE WASHINGTON, June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Krome Service Processing Center in Miami, FL has confirmed cases of H1N1. The American Federation of Government Employees has urged the agency for weeks to fit its personnel with N-95 masks, as well as training and information on to deal with the H1N1 virus. "This is an outrage that it has taken an actual...

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2009-06-11 15:50:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a flu pandemic on Thursday, raising its alert to the highest level of phase 6. The move indicates the first pandemic flu since 1968 is now underway. The declaration of a pandemic means the disease, widely referred to as swine flu, is spreading geographically, but does not indicate how virulent the virus is.  Widespread transmission in Victoria, Australia, indicating the virus is now entrenched outside North America, was one of the main...

2009-06-05 10:58:00

Novel H1N1 Influenza A Response among Key Conference Components BUFFALO, N.Y., June 5, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) 2009 Annual Conference will be held June 7-11 at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York. This year's conference will focus on priority public health issues including the ongoing response to novel H1N1 influenza A. "The 2009 conference theme, 'Evidence-based Public Health in Challenging Times,' is...

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2009-06-03 06:50:00

The World Health Organization is predicting that a swine flu pandemic is looming closer with the virus showing early signs of spreading outside the Americas. "Globally we believe that we are at phase five but are getting closer to phase six," said Keiji Fukuda, WHO assistant director-general, referring to the agency's six-level pandemic alert system. Phase six means global spread, phase five means a pandemic is imminent. Fukuda said the newly-discovered strain had caused more infections than...

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2009-05-28 15:04:00

Health authorities said on Thursday that British scientists have produced a strain of swine flu H1N1 flu virus that could be used for large scale production of a vaccine as early as October. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said that the virus strain is being made available to the pharmaceutical industry and other flu laboratories, describing it as "a crucial step toward large scale production of a vaccine against swine flu." About 13,000 people from at least 50 countries have confirmed to...

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2009-05-27 06:35:00

In a statement released on Tuesday, officials with the World Health Organization stated that their scientists intend to continue monitoring the development and spread of the H1N1 virus before submitting official recommendations for the production of the vaccines. "We are in the process of the most basic development of the vaccine," said Keiji Fukuda, the organizations acting director-general. Scientists will continue to closely monitor and study the virus until the end of June or early July,...

2009-05-26 10:45:00

Some Recipients have recently faced H1N1 Flu Outbreaks JAMAICA, N.Y., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- SANYO Biomedical and Environmental Solutions (SANYO), a division of SANYO North America, announces the donation of professional-use air purification systems to provide an added level of safe, healthy air for areas where people gather indoors in the North American market. The first recipients to receive the donated SANYO 'Virus Washer' professional-use air purification systems are school...

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2009-05-25 06:40:00

After a week-long conference in Geneva, the World Health Organization's Margaret Chan said on Friday that health authorities around the world should prepare themselves for a rise in both the number and severity of H1N1 swine flu cases in the coming months. In places like southern Asia, Africa and South America where winter is just setting in, Chan warned that the virus could mutate and/or genetically recombine with seasonal flu strains "in unpredictable ways" and must therefore be monitored...

2009-05-23 09:54:50

Enough swine flu vaccine to immunize at least 20 million people in the United States should be ready by late summer, federal health officials said. The vaccine would be earmarked for people in key positions in healthcare, national security and emergency services, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday. The government has asked Sanofi Pasteur, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline to make the vaccine and is negotiating with MedImmune and CSL, an Australian company, The...


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