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2009-06-29 16:50:42

The current H1N1 swine flu strain has genetic roots in an illness that sickened pigs at the 1918 Cedar Rapids Swine Show in Iowa, report infectious disease experts at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in the New England Journal of Medicine. Their paper, published online today and slated for the July 16 print issue, describes H1N1's nearly century-long and often convoluted journey, which may include the accidental resurrection of an extinct strain."At the same time...

2009-06-29 16:42:51

There is no way to know how the newest strain of the H1N1 influenza virus will behave in the future. But scientists, notably those working at the intersections of epidemiology, mathematics, modeling and statistics, are monitoring it closely to identify anomalies on its pattern of spread while evaluating ways of mitigating its impact. "Public health officials have the ability to track confirmed cases and hospitalizations in real-time with modern data collection approaches and the aid of...

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2009-06-24 06:22:48

Indications of a varied form of the H1N1 swine flu virus have been discovered and could potentially multiply aggressively in the next several months, according to scientists at Germany's federal agency for infectious diseases, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Head of the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases, Joerg Hacker, indicated that experts were concerned about the progress of the flu in Australia and South America. At a news conference in Berlin, Hacker told the press "It's...

2009-06-19 09:33:29

The swine flu outbreak has called for appropriate and immediate responses from leaders, health officials, virologists and the crucial research community. However, the research community needs to pick up their pace in order to still learn beneficial information from the outbreak, doctors argue in a recent Lancet editorial. The World Health Organization recently declared a global influenza pandemic as a result of over 150 infection-related deaths. Response to the outbreak has been applauded...

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2009-06-16 14:55:00

Brazilian scientists said Tuesday that they have identified a new strain of the H1N1 virus after looking over samples extracted from a patient in Sao Paulo. The Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute has dubbed the virus A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1, which compares to the original swine flu strain discovered in California. The institute said in a statement that the genetic sequence of the new strain of the H1N1 virus was isolated by a virology team lead by Terezinha Maria de Paiva. It said that the...

2009-06-12 07:25:00

BOULDER, Colo., June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Viruses infect all forms of life, are found in almost every ecosystem on Earth, and are among the most abundant types of pathologic entities on the planet, according to Wikipedia.org. Recently, scientists discovered that the 2009 H1N1 swine flu virus is more like the H5N1 avian flu than the historic 1918 pandemic H1N1 Spanish flu strain, and that current mutations of the virus have rendered previous flu vaccines less effective. In a teleconference with...

2009-06-11 11:05:29

U.S., Chinese and British researchers say the H1N1 swine flu virus was transmitted to humans long before the existing outbreak was noticed. The scientists said their analysis of the current swine-origin H1N1 influenza outbreak -- declared a pandemic Thursday by the World Health Organization -- calls for the need of systematic surveillance of influenza in swine, and provides evidence that new genetic elements in swine can result in the emergence of viruses with pandemic potential in humans....

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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...

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2009-06-05 10:45:00

As the beginning of summer signals a slowdown of the swine flu outbreak, researchers are biding their time, trying to gain insight on the previous outbreak while preparing for the next one. "Activity seems to be declining in the nation as a whole, but there are some areas where illness is ongoing," Dr Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers and Disease Control told Reuters. The death toll for the H1N1 swine flu has reached 21 in the US. Additionally, 770 people, or 2.5 percent of all 11,468...

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2009-05-22 11:40:00

The genes of the H1N1 swine flu have been circulating undetected among pigs for at least a decade, says a team of researchers of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rebecca Garten led colleagues to sequence the genomes of more than 50 samples of the flu in Mexico and the US. Their findings are published in the journal Science. Cases of the H1N1 virus have been reported in more than 11,000 people spanning 42 countries. The virus has killed at least 75 people in Mexico, 10 in the...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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