Latest Pandemic H1N1/09 virus Stories

2009-05-22 06:30:00

As the growing number of swine flu cases continues to affect younger members of the population at a higher rate than their more elderly counterparts, U.S. health officials have begun to suspect that older people may have an immunity of sorts to the new H1N1 strain. A survey released on Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that less than one percent of confirmed cases in the U.S. have been in patients over the age of 65, while nearly 65 percent of the...

2009-05-21 10:13:57

U.S. scientists say they are creating a new drug compound to combat the influenza virus, targeting the illness on two fronts. Researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute said the world has been fortunate with the H1N1 swine flu virus in that it, so far, responds to treatment with available drugs. But if the virus mutates substantially, the currently available drugs might be ineffective because they only target one portion of the virus, Professor Robert Linhardt said. By targeting both...

2009-05-21 11:15:57

People born before 1957 appear to have some immunity to H1N1, the swine flu virus, federal health officials say. Tests on blood serum from people at least 52 years old show they had antibodies that attacked the new virus, Dr. Daniel Jernigan, chief flu epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The New York Times. This is a trend American and Mexican doctors have noticed, though it does not mean that everyone over 52 is immune, the report says. It does point out,...

2009-05-21 11:35:00

Scientists are working on determining exactly when and how the swine flu first jumped from a pig and began infecting people, The Associated Press reported. Mexico's earliest confirmed case of swine flu was identified in La Gloria, a pig-farming village in the Veracruz Mountains. Scientists plan to take fresh blood samples from villagers and pigs in order to look for antibodies that could suggest exposure to previous swine flu infections. Reports show that weeks before the new virus was...

2009-05-12 06:30:00

Health experts say that the new H1N1 swine flu possesses "full pandemic potential" and could infect as much as one third of the world's population if it goes global "“ a contingency that officials project will occur in the next six to nine months. A team of scientists at Imperial College London have studied the virus' infection patterns in Mexico and have postulated that as many as one in three people who come in contact with the virus could become infected.  The London-based...

2009-05-09 07:54:56

The flurry of concern over swine flu may have been a bit 'indulgent,' but genuine questions about the virus still abound International alarm about swine flu is ebbing as the virus has proven far less virulent than was feared. But important questions and concerns remain about the new flu strain and its potential to wreak havoc around the world. So a panel of Berkeley experts told an audience of several hundred people who attended a 90-minute H1N1 teach-in Monday afternoon, hosted by the School...

2009-05-07 13:33:14

Canadian scientists became the first Thursday to unravel the gene sequence of the H1N1 flu virus, the federal health minister announced in Ottawa. Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said the breakthrough came at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Canwest News Service reported. Finding the genetic sequence opens the door for scientists to learn where the virus originated, how it evolved, how it spread, and also helps develop a specific vaccine for it, said the lab's...

2009-05-07 10:14:07

Officials said Wednesday that the first genetic sequencing of the H1N1 swine flu virus has been completed by Canadian scientists, which will be vital to understanding the outbreak and developing a vaccine. "It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce today that our knowledge of the H1N1 flu virus has taken a great step forward," Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq told a press conference. She said that the scientists at the Public Health of Canada's microbiology lab in Winnipeg cracked the...

2009-05-06 06:18:39

Regardless of how mild the effects of the swine flu turn out to be, health officials are already referring to it as a pandemic "“ a move that has many people questioning just how serious the global threat really is. Although the virus has proven itself potentially dangerous in Mexico and has caused the death of at least one infant in Texas, people infected with the disease in other countries have in general not fared too badly, the most serious complaint being diarrhea. In the coming...

2009-05-05 15:39:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- We often hear the phrase, "It's not a matter of 'if' but 'when.'" With regard to pandemic influenza, public health laboratories recognized the importance of planning for the 'when' a long time ago. Proactive preparations, and help from the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mean that laboratories are responding efficiently and effectively to the novel H1N1 flu...

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