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2009-10-10 07:25:00

Child deaths from the swine flu have shot up to 76 in the U.S., including 19 in the past week alone, said officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday. "Nineteen more pediatric deaths for influenza were reported to us this week. We're now up to 76 children having died from the 2009 A(H1N1) virus," said senior CDC official Anne Schuchat. "To put that in context, in the past three years, the total pediatric influenza deaths ranged from 46 - 88. We've...

2009-10-09 14:09:07

A comprehensive study has revealed, for the first time, the impact of swine flu on the health of the general public in Australia and New Zealand. The lessons learned in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) across the two countries on the impact of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus are being shared with countries in the Northern Hemisphere to help them prepare for their upcoming flu season. The three-month study, conducted at the height of the pandemic between June and August, reveals that 722 patients were...

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2009-10-03 09:00:00

Fifteen states could run out of available hospital beds during the peak of a swine flu outbreak if 35 percent of Americans fell sick from the H1N1 virus, according to a new study released on Thursday. Twelve states could reach or exceed 75 percent of their hospital bed capacity, according to the report released by Trust for America's Health (TFAH). The study was based on estimates from the FluSurge computer model developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and...

2009-09-28 08:11:40

A new study is about to be published in Canada that links the swine flu virus to seasonal flu shots, Canadian health officials say. The report, which is under peer review, suggests that people vaccinated against seasonal flu are twice as likely to contract the swine flu, The Globe and Mail of Canada reported Monday. Researchers Danuta Skowronski of the British Columbia Center for Disease Control and Gaston De Serrres of Laval University of Quebec are not allowed to comment on their findings...

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2009-09-22 10:45:00

The head of the World Health Organization announced on Monday that the swine flu has not transformed into a more hazardous disease. The number of swine flu cases is anticipated to grow as winter approaches, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan stated at the organization's yearly meeting in Hong Kong. "The virus can mutate any time. But from April to now, we can see from the data given to us by laboratories worldwide that the virus is still very similar (to the previous state)," Chan said to...

2009-09-21 07:30:00

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Public health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommend seasonal influenza vaccination as the first line of defense this year in protecting against the influenza virus. The American Lung Association of the Central States is kicking off its 2009-2010 Faces of Influenza initiative in Kansas City and is supporting local public health efforts to get Greater Kansas City Metro area residents vaccinated against...

2009-09-16 10:00:00

Online Resource Offers Preventive Tips, News HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvanians now have a new online resource to help them learn about and help control the spread of the novel H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu. The new Web site, www.H1N1inPA.com, was created by the Department of Health to answer questions and provide the latest news on the virus. "We expect to see a steady rise in H1N1 flu cases in the coming months, so it is essential that...

2009-09-14 12:35:13

A Memphis hospital attempting to speed vaccine production has met with frustration due to H1N1's foreign origins and unusual gene mix, doctors said. The St. Jude research team is trying to speed up the process by injecting chicken eggs with H1N1 and other viruses in an attempt to create hybrids or mutations that might make the virus grow faster, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Sunday. H1N1 is the result of a re-assortment of genes from swine, birds and humans, with pigs serving as the...

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2009-09-13 06:45:00

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is tired of hog farmers receiving a bad reputation from individuals who insist on referring to the A(H1N1) influenza pandemic as the "swine flu." "Each time the media uses the phrase 'swine flu,' a hog farmer, their workers and their families suffer," Vilsack said in a statement. "It is simply not fair or correct to associate the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza with hogs, an animal that does not play a role in the ongoing transmission of the pandemic...

2009-09-11 07:46:00

An aggressive vaccination program that first targets children and ultimately reaches 70 percent of the U.S. population would mitigate pandemic influenza H1N1 that is expected this fall, according to computer modeling and analysis of observational studies conducted by researchers at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute (VIDI) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Published in the Sept. 11 issue of Science Express, the early online edition of the journal Science, the study "“...