Latest Pandemic H1N1/09 virus Stories

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 "“...

2009-09-10 14:14:35

A study released on Thursday said that swine flu is able to infect cells deeper in the lungs than seasonal flu, thus helping to boost the severity of the illness, AFP reported. The study backs up previous reports from front-line doctors that some patients with A(H1N1) virus suffer worse symptoms than those with the average seasonal flu. Influenza viruses penetrate cells by attaching themselves to molecules called receptors, located on the outside of the cell wall. Some viruses only open a few...

2009-09-07 05:40:00

China's swine flu cases could reach 10,000 with the peaking of the disease season, health authorities warned. More than 100 people, mostly students, across China were reported infected with the H1N1 flu virus since Friday, forcing the closure of more than 20 schools only a week after the start of the school term, China Daily reported. Of the 4,415 cases of H1N1 reported so far, the Health Ministry said 3,577 people had recovered with no known deaths. However, Zeng Guang with the Chinese...

2009-09-06 08:25:00

Despite the fact that the pandemic flu virus continues to infect many parts of the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) says it is not becoming more serious. The death toll has hit 2,837 across the world, but the WHO says they are not counting every case anymore. The strain known as swine flu is being watched carefully by the United Nations agency,  but it said no mutations have been found that could indicate that it is any more deadly than before. "It is not causing more severe...

2009-09-03 23:30:00

The public health measures taken in response to swine flu may be seen as alarmist, overly restrictive, or even unjustified, says a US expert in a paper published on bmj.com today. Peter Doshi, a doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argues that our plans for pandemics need to take into account more than the worst case scenarios, and calls for a new framework for thinking about epidemic disease. Over the past four years, pandemic preparations have focused on responding...

2009-09-02 06:55:00

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- "Everyone is looking for ways to protect themselves against the swine flu virus. Let me tell you about my personal encounter with the virus. About three months ago, I read an article on Dr. Hanan Polansky's book, where he describes his discovery of the relationship between chronic viruses and chronic disease. After I read the article, I started taking Gene-Eden, a broad range antiviral supplement, to reduce the number of chronic viruses in my body. My...

2009-08-29 07:15:00

The World Health Organization said Friday that doctors have detected a severe form of swine flu that infects the lungs and can lead to the hospitalization of otherwise healthy young people. In a pandemic update, the WHO said that some countries have reported that up to 15 percent of patients infected with the new H1N1 virus require hospital care, which is overwhelming the healthcare system that already struggles to keep up. "During the winter season in the southern hemisphere, several...

2009-08-28 15:18:22

World Health Organization officials in Geneva, Switzerland, are advising countries in the Northern Hemisphere to prepare for a second wave of pandemic. The H1N1 pandemic virus is the dominant influenza strain in most parts of the world, even though it is seasonal flu season in the Southern Hemisphere. The level of influenza activity has passed the seasonal epidemic threshold in Japan, WHO officials said. In the Southern Hemisphere, most countries -- such as Chile, Argentina, New Zealand...

2009-08-28 12:04:00

CINCINNATI, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Will Sawyer, a Family Medicine physician in Cincinnati, Ohio, is VERY concerned that the American public is NOT getting adequate information on how to PREVENT local severe outbreaks of the Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)! Sawyer's advice includes, crucially, "Do NOT Touch the 'T Zone'" comprised of eyes, nose and mouth, to prevent contamination (inoculation) of mucus membranes, which are the portal of entry into the respiratory and...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.