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2009-05-05 11:37:00

MURRIETA, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As of May 5, 2009, the World Health Organization, has officially reported 1124 cases of Influenza A (H1N1) infection in 21 different countries. As the situation with the novel H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus continues to evolve, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to update their document Interim Guidance on Specimen Collection and Processing for Patients with Suspected Influenza A (H1N1) Virus. The objective of this document is to...

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2009-05-05 06:50:00

As the winter approaches for countries south of the equator, health experts caution that those countries that have thus far been spared from outbreaks of the swine flu could be at an elevated risk as the virus continues to mutate and spread. Until now, the countries most affected by the flu "“ Mexico, the U.S. Canada and countries in Europe "“ have all been located in the northern hemisphere and are just coming out of the last few months of cool winter weather.  For countries...

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...


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