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2009-04-27 06:35:00

In response to what many medical experts believe could be the emergence of a global pandemic, health officials in the U.S. have declared a public health emergency effective Sunday, as 20 cases of swine flu were confirmed on American soil. The world's top flu virologists and epidemiologists have been in a race against time in their efforts to understand exactly how large of a threat the new A/H1N1 swine flu strain really is.  By Sunday, researchers began to realize that they would need...

2009-04-27 01:02:25

Although the current cases of U.S. swine flu are mild, the public should prepare for additional cases and possible fatalities, a health official said. Dr. Anne Schuchat, interim deputy director for science and public health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said in a telephone news conference it is premature to say thew swine flu in Mexico is different from that in the United States, because Mexico has had a number of deaths. We don't have great information yet,...

2009-04-26 06:04:05

Federal health officials have confirmed 11 human cases of swine flu in the United States -- seven in California, two in Texas and two in Kansas. In Mexico, as of Sunday, 81 deaths were deemed likely linked to the new strain of the virus with more than 1,300 reported ill, CNN reported, noting 22 students and three teachers in Zealand, who returned from a trip to Mexico, may be infected with the virus. Canada, South Korea and Japan have issued travel notices or tightened restrictions to brace...

2009-04-25 10:28:20

A swine flu virus that has killed at least 68 people in Mexico has the potential to become a pandemic, international health officials said Saturday. World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters from the WHO's Geneva, Switzerland, headquarters that the Mexican swine flu cases, as well as eight non-fatal cases detected in the United States, are a serious situation that could develop into a pandemic, CNN reported. Saying it was impossible to predict a pandemic,...

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2009-04-26 07:20:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Saturday that the new strain of swine flu that has already killed 68 people in Mexico has the potential to become pandemic.  This report came after new lab tests indicated the virus could be spreading to the United States. New York City health officials said that they have identified a type A influenza strain in eight school children that is likely to be the swine flu.  An additional 75 students who had recently traveled to Mexico are...

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2009-04-22 06:35:00

Health officials reported Tuesday that two children in California had been infected with a previously unidentified strain of swine flu. Medical experts remain unsure as to what percentage of the population may be susceptible to infection. Both cases occurred last week; the first a 10-year old boy in San Diego County, the second a 9-year old girl in nearby Imperial County.  Doctors say that both children have fully recovered. Spokesmen for the U.S. Center for Disease Control and...

2009-04-21 16:56:57

U.S. Food and Drug Administration scientists say their study of the avian influenza virus might lead to new tests that can detect such infections. The FDA said in-depth analyses of blood from patients recovering from the H5N1 virus also provided important insights into how to combat the potentially lethal virus and helps define what part of the virus is seen by the immune system. As one result of the research, the FDA scientists and their collaborators said a protein of the bird flu virus...

2009-04-08 08:36:29

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test for detecting influenza A/H5N1 -- a subtype of the avian virus that can infect humans. The test -- The AVantage A/H5N1 Flu Test' -- detects influenza A/H5N1 in throat or nose swabs collected from patients who have flu-like symptoms. The FDA said the test takes less than 40 minutes to identify a specific protein that indicates the presence of the influenza A/H5N1 virus subtype. Previous similar tests cleared by the FDA can take...

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2008-11-10 10:32:03

Ninety years after Australian scientists began their race to stop the spread of Spanish flu in Australia, University of Melbourne researchers are hoping records from the 1918 epidemic may hold the key to preventing future deadly pandemic outbreaks. This month marks the 90th anniversary of the return of Australian WWI troops from Europe, sparking Australian scientists' race to try and contain a local outbreak of the pandemic, which killed 50 million people worldwide. Researchers from the...

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2008-03-31 11:10:00

Some of the worst threats to farm workers and farm animals such as bird flu, foot-and-mouth disease and other emerging viruses could soon be quickly identified by using a simple screening chip developed by scientists from the Institute for Animal Health, scientists will hear today (Monday 31 March 2008) at the Society for General Microbiology's 162nd meeting being held this week at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre."The last major SARS outbreak "“ severe acute respiratory...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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