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2012-02-17 09:00:00

The Hand Sanitizer Manufacturing industry expanded over the past five years as people increasingly looked to improve their health. This trend was particularly true during 2009, as the H1N1 flu pandemic resulted in a sharp sales gain. As the pandemic waned and consumer fears eased, however, manufacturers have looked to improve and innovate products to support sales. The next five years will bring slower revenue growth for the industry since a flu pandemic is not something that can be forecast...

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2011-05-21 07:11:22

Member countries of the World Health Organization agree that problems existed in how the swine flu epidemic was handled by the organization, but found no evidence to suggest that it was in cahoots with vaccine makers. At the 64th annual WHO assembly, its 193 member states embraced an expert's report about the management of the 2009-2010 pandemic that killed over 18,000 people and affected at least 214 countries and territories, reports AFP. "The resolutions (of the report) were adopted this...

2011-02-14 15:38:00

First confirmed case since January 2010 SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Laboratory tests today confirmed that a 6-year-old cat in Wisconsin contracted the H1N1 influenza virus, the first confirmed case of H1N1 in a U.S. pet since January 2010. A second cat in the household tested negative after it also developed severe respiratory disease, although it is now presumed that it too had the virus. Both cats were euthanized after failing to respond to treatment....

2011-02-09 08:00:00

ATLANTA, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Global Hygiene Council, a group of leading health and hygiene experts from around the world, convened in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to discuss how proper hygiene plays a critical role in preventing the spread of illness and improving health around the world. In particular, the Council focused on topics such as the emergence of antibiotic resistance, the re-emergence of illness-causing pathogens, and...

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2010-12-24 06:25:00

Flu season has taken its toll on Britain this year, killing a total of 27 people across the European area. Health officials say 24 have died from the H1N1 strain, and 3 from the flu type B. Eighteen of those who died were adults and nine were children. Data from GP surgeries says the biggest increase in flu cases is in school age children. John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at the Health Protection Agency (HPA), says, "The level of flu activity we are currently seeing...

2010-11-10 12:25:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- H1N1 flu hospitalization rates for African-Americans, Hispanics, and American Indian/Alaska Natives were nearly two to one higher than rates for Whites during the 2009-2010 flu season, according to a new report, Fighting Flu Fatigue, from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH). At the same time, both H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccination rates were lower for African Americans and Hispanics than for Whites. (Logo:...

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2010-09-21 09:15:00

As the United States prepares for the upcoming flu season, a group of researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health continues to model how H1N1 may spread. The work is part of an effort, called the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS), to develop computational models for conducting virtual experiments of how emerging pathogens could spread with and without interventions. The study involves more than 50 scientists with expertise in epidemiology, infectious diseases,...

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2010-08-19 11:40:00

The U.S. government proposed major changes on Thursday that deal with the way it works with companies to try and battle disease threats like the flu. The Health and Human Services Department said in a report that the U.S. ability to respond to new outbreaks is far too slow and it has laid out a plan for helping academic researchers and biotechnology companies developing promising new drugs and vaccines. "At a moment when the greatest danger we face may be a virus we have never seen before ......

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2010-06-03 12:55:00

World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan decided on Thursday to maintain a pandemic alert for the swine flu virus after nearly a year of placing the world on alert. The WHO is continuing the alert after scientists advised them to, despite the outbreak's decline.  "Committee members stressed that it remains critical for countries to continue to maintain vigilance concerning the pandemic," the agency said in a statement. "Following the advice of the Emergency Committee, the...

2010-05-25 07:32:21

Pregnant women who contract the H1N1 flu strain are at risk for obstetrical complications including fetal distress, premature delivery, emergency cesarean delivery and fetal death, according to a report in the May 24 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Novel influenza A (H1N1) is a pandemic respiratory infection commanding much attention by the international medical community," the authors write as background information in the article. "Little data...