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2009-05-04 16:26:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Joon Yun, Director, Palo Alto Institute: The world is slowly recovering from the fear of a swine flu pandemic, a panic that has proved more widespread than the virus itself. Perhaps the original fear of swine flu was well grounded. After all, the "Spanish Flu" of 1918-1919 was a global epidemic that killed somewhere between 20 and 40 million people, and it could happen again. Swine flu was first believed to be...

2009-05-04 14:39:00

GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Meso Scale Diagnostics, LLC. (MSD) confirmed today that its investigational influenza test was used in detecting the first identified case of infection with the 2009 A(H1N1) swine flu. The MSD(R) Point of Care Influenza Test, which is being developed under a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the investigational device referred to in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Dispatch dated April 21,...

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2009-05-04 06:45:00

Following the announcement that nearly 900 cases of swine flu had been confirmed worldwide, World Health Organization officials cautioned governments to remain vigilant despite reports that the virus appears to be on the decline. WHO officials explained that the behavior of viruses can be unpredictable, often increasing and decreasing in activity and making it difficult for experts to determine whether an outbreak has peaked or not. The warnings followed reports from Mexican health officials...

2009-05-03 15:05:00

Public Urged to Remain Calm; Take Commonsense Steps to Prevent Spreading Flu NORRISTOWN, Pa., May 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced Pennsylvania's first laboratory-confirmed case of 2009 A/H1N1 in a 31-year-old man from Montgomery County. "Now that Pennsylvania has a confirmed case, it is even more important for the public to understand and follow the commonsense steps that can help prevent the spread of the flu," said Governor Rendell. "Our Department...

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2009-05-03 15:14:21

Officials said Saturday that the first swine flu virus in pigs was found in Canada. The pigs that were infected by a farm worker that visited Mexico.  Dr. Brian Evans, executive vice president with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, told a news conference that swine flu regularly causes outbreaks in pigs and the pigs do not pose a food safety risk.  Officials said that the pigs in the province of Alberta were considered to be infected by a Canadian farm worker that had recently...

2009-05-02 20:35:14

U.S. public health officials must decide whether to change the formula of the vaccine for the next flu season to guard against swine flu, officials said. The formula was approved about a month ago, The Washington Post reported Saturday. Researchers, still unsure how dangerous the H1N1 virus is, will have to make a final decision soon. The government is preparing a vaccine aimed specifically at swine flu, which would supplement the other vaccine. Anne Schuchat, an acting public health...

2009-04-30 17:35:00

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As the world mourns the deaths within Mexico and the first death resulting from swine flu outside of Mexican soil, the World Health Organization has raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 5. With cases being confirmed in California, Texas, New York, Maine and Massachusetts, as well as the far flung corners of Israel and New Zealand, people all over the globe are beginning to panic. Although most cases of swine flu outside of Mexico...

2009-04-30 10:45:00

MANHATTAN, Kan., April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 1918 a human influenza virus known as the Spanish flu spread through the central United States while a swine respiratory disease occurred concurrently. A Kansas State University researcher has found that the virus causing the pandemic was able to infect and replicate in pigs, but did not kill them, unlike in other mammalian hosts like monkeys, mice and ferrets where the infection has been lethal. Juergen A. Richt, Regents Distinguished...

2009-04-30 07:30:00

SMITHFIELD, Va., April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- C. Larry Pope, President and Chief Executive Officer of Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE: SFD), sent the following letter to all employees: To Our Employees: Like you, I have been closely monitoring all aspects of the H1N1 influenza outbreak (this is the official name of the mis-named but widely quoted "swine flu" since it has been determined by health officials throughout the world that the illness is a mutation of a number of strains)....

2009-04-28 20:47:00

DES MOINES, Iowa, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The flu virus infecting humans has not been identified in hogs in the United States or anywhere in the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said, "At this time, there is no evidence that this influenza subtype is present in pigs in the United States or anywhere in the pig herd in the world." The CDC has also said it has found no evidence to indicate that any of the human illnesses resulted from contact with pigs. U.S....