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2013-05-23 13:05:46

Researcher urges targeted vaccination of those under 65 in comparable scenarios As the world prepares for what may be the next pandemic strain of influenza virus, in the H7N9 bird flu, a new UC Irvine study reveals that the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic was deadliest for people under the age of 65, while those 65 and over had greater immunity due to previous exposure to similar viruses. Deaths from flu pandemics tend to skew younger than those from seasonal flu because of "antigenic...

H7N9 Bird Flu Under Control In China, According To United Nations
2013-05-22 09:01:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Experts with the United Nations (UN) reported Tuesday that the 2013 H7N9 bird flu outbreak that has sickened 130 people and killed 36 has been brought under control in China. They said that closure of live bird markets in Shanghai and other areas has likely contributed to the halt of the spread of the disease throughout the country. The UN warned that health authorities worldwide must still remain on the lookout to detect further...

H1N1 Found in Elephant Seals
2013-05-16 13:40:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Swine flu can now officially be considered a misnomer for H1N1, as a team of American and Chilean scientists have identified it in a population of northern elephant seals living off the coast of central California, according to a new report in the journal PLOS ONE. In an attempt to understand how viruses surface and move among species, the study authors from the University of California, Davis have been investigating flu viruses in...

Second Case Of Coronavirus Confirmed In France
2013-05-13 04:50:15

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As French health officials confirmed a second case of the new SARS-like novel coronavirus (nCoV) in that country on Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that they believe it is likely that the illness can travel from person to person following prolonged exposure. According to Reuters reports, officials with the French Healthy Ministry said the new infection was found in a 50-year-old man who had shared a hospital...

2013-05-02 08:31:27

Bestselling author's Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family includes checklist of 14 needs that should be considered as part of an effective plan LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- While many people are infatuated with the threat of a zombie apocalypse, it's safe to say that no such doom is in mankind's future. The question then becomes what should people really be worrying about? Dr. Arthur Bradley, author of several bestselling books on disaster...

2013-04-25 08:30:59

MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pandemic flu continues to threaten public health, especially in the wake of the recent emergence of an H7N9 low pathogenic avian influenza strain in humans. A recent study published in PLoS ONE, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, provides new information for public health officials on mitigating the spread of infection from emerging flu viruses. Dr. Henry Wan, associate professor at the Mississippi State University College...

Health Experts Call Novel H7N9 Bird Flu ‘Unusually Dangerous’ As It Spreads Beyond China
2013-04-25 06:48:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A novel strain of the bird flu (H7N9) that has now infected more than 100 people in China and has taken the lives of at least 22 is being called “one of the most lethal” strains known, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). And as of Wednesday April 24, the strain has moved beyond the constraints of the Far East nation. Taiwanese officials reported that a 53-year-old citizen who had made regular trips to the...

Bird Flu Genetic Analysis Reveals Easy Adaptation To Humans
2013-04-15 08:06:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The new bird flu strain that has so far killed 11 people in China has been showing signs that it is quickly adapting to mammalian (particularly human) hosts, according to a new study led by Masato Tashiro of the Influenza Virus Research Center at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) in Japan, along with Yoshiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWMadison) and the University of Tokyo. Despite the...

2013-04-12 12:24:32

International SOS pandemic expert Myles Druckman, M.D., to lead discussion on latest news and information concerning deadly new virus TREVOSE, Pa., April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- International SOS, the world's leading medical and security services company, will host a complimentary April 16 webinar focusing on what organizations need to know to support employees who live, work, or are traveling in areas affected by the new H7N9 bird flu virus. H7N9 Bird Flu Virus Hits China: What's the...

2013-04-10 20:21:20

The threat of H7N9 and its impact on travel and business continuity TREVOSE, Pa., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- WHO: Myles Druckman, MD, Senior Vice President, Medical Services at International SOS is considered a leading pandemic expert and thought leader in international corporate health. Dr. Druckman has served as a resource for international and national media such as CNN, CNBC and Consumer Reports on topics such as the global management of emerging diseases, pandemic...