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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...

2010-05-24 09:47:00

MADISON, N.J., and CYPRESS, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued 510(k) clearance to the Simplexa(TM) Influenza A H1N1 (2009) test on the 3M(TM) Integrated Cycler. The Simplexa test, developed and manufactured by Quest Diagnostics' Focus Diagnostics business, is the first to be cleared by...

2010-05-20 08:00:00

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite concerns from public health officials, influenza antiviral drugs were not hoarded during the recent H1N1 flu season, according to a new analysis presented recently at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's 22nd Annual Meeting in San Diego by Prime Therapeutics (Prime), a thought leader in pharmacy benefit management. For the study, researchers from Prime and one of its Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) clients compared the use of influenza...

2010-04-28 04:00:00

LONDON, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus, commonly known as the "Swine Flu," has instigated various initiatives in the infection control industry with major emphasis on the hand hygiene market. In response to rapid industry growth, market participants are preparing to meet the growing demand for infection control solutions and jockeying for brand recognition within the market. From meeting recent EU regulations, or achieving convincing independent...

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2010-04-12 08:50:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a probe into the handling of the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic, studying response to the outbreak to find out what worked and what did not work in order to better apply those lessons to future global medical emergencies, according to Monday media reports. According to the WHO, the United Nations health agency, H1N1 was the first flu pandemic in over four decades and killed more than 17,000 people in 200 counties. However, according to an April...

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2010-02-11 13:00:00

The World Health Organization's top influenza expert said on Thursday it would convene its emergency committee later this month to examine whether the H1N1 flu pandemic has peaked, Reuters reported. Keiji Fukuda told a news conference they are hoping that the "worst is behind us". The committee, which makes recommendations on the state of a pandemic to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, will decide whether the H1N1 pandemic declared in June had entered a post-peak or transition phase, he...

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2010-02-05 10:25:00

Majority of parents got or intend to get their children vaccinated, but majority of adults will not get H1N1 vaccine themselves The latest poll from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) shows that almost half of Americans believe the H1N1 flu outbreak is over (44%), and levels of concern about getting sick with the virus continue to decline. Few (18%) think it is "very likely" there will be another widespread outbreak of the H1N1 virus in the U.S. during the next 12...

2010-02-04 14:22:26

Providing preventive Tamiflu and educating and emphasizing the need for repeated hand sanitizer use and disinfectant spray helped stop the spread of H1N1 influenza at a boys' summer camp in northern Alabama, according the co-director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. David Kimberlin, M.D., a preeminent influenza physician and researcher, volunteered as the camp's doctor in 2009 when three campers were confirmed to have H1N1. Kimberlin...

2010-01-29 16:03:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to ensure that Pennsylvania's citizens are protected against the H1N1 flu virus, the Department of Health will continue to offer vaccination clinics at all 60 state health centers every Saturday through Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. All are welcome; no appointments are necessary. "Although flu activity is very low, we predict there will be a third wave of illness from H1N1," said Secretary of Health Everette James. "The...


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