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BEIJING, May 13 (Xinhua) -- A total of 79 passengers entering China showed fever or other flu-like symptoms from Monday to Tuesday, said the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ) Wednesday.
Their cases have been handed to local health departments for further observation or treatment, the ministry said.
A total of 697 passengers entering China have been found to have fever or other flu-like symptoms among 5.97 million passengers screened when entering China from April 25 to May 12, the administration said.
The GAQSIQ has been quarantining planes, ships, trains, automobiles and other vehicles from the countries affected by outbreaks of A/H1N1 flu.
The World Health Organization is investigating claims made by an Australian researcher that new the H1N1 swine flu virus may have evolved as result of human error.
Adrian Gibbs, 75, said he planned to publish a report saying the never-before-seen strain of influenza may have evolved in eggs used to grow viruses for scientific research and vaccine development, according to Bloomberg News.
The noted virologist said his findings could help better understand the microbe's ability to spread.
World Health Organization Assistant Director-General of Health Security Keiji Fukuda is reviewing the study, Bloomberg reported.
If Gibbs' research is confirmed, Fukuda said it will raise many new questions about the new strain.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As scientists rush to figure out how the virus responsible for the current influenza outbreak originated, a group of the world’s experts on evolutionary biology — including a University of Florida team — has set aside some academic traditions to work together toward a solution.
Rather than rush to publication with their individual findings on the current flu outbreak, the computational biologists have opened their work in progress to each other and the public through a Web site: tree.bio.ed.ac.uk...
Researchers in Britain came up with the idea to rapidly release data analysis results. The site allows a broad collaborative yet independent effort by allowing registered users to post their results and comment on the work of others. Contributors hail from institutions around the world, including the University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Florida, the University of Arizona, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Hong Kong and Belgium’s Rega Institute.
Adrian Gibbs, 75, who collaborated on research that led to the development of Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu drug, said in an interview that he intends to publish a report suggesting the new strain may have accidentally evolved in eggs scientists use to grow viruses and drugmakers use to make vaccines. Gibbs said he came to his conclusion as part of an effort to trace the virus’s origins by analyzing its genetic blueprint. “One of the simplest explanations is that it’s a laboratory escape,” Gibbs said in an interview with Bloomberg Television today. “But there are lots of others.”
Originally posted by redhead57
Good morning fellow flu followers.
I am sick as a dog with a nasty cold with headache and bad chest congestion so I have been down for a couple of days.
We have heard nothing at all about this flu here in Rochester, I have no clue as to the results of the other tests. Having read the new articles posted, it is clear that we are still riding blind.
I agree that ats has been on the lead with the flu, I have learned far more here than any other place available. I appreciate all of you and your hard work.
Many people suffering from swine influenza, even those who are severely ill, do not have fever, an odd feature of the new virus that could increase the difficulty of controlling the epidemic, said a leading American infectious-disease expert who examined cases in Mexico last week......
“It surprised me and my Mexican colleagues, because the textbooks say that in an influenza outbreak the predictive value of fever and cough is 90 percent,” Dr. Wenzel said.
Studies have shown that influenza flourishes when the air is generally dry and cold. One study done by the Oregon State University indicated that low humidity alone is the key. This could explain why the flu seems to be rampant during the winter when indoor household humidity levels are very low.
At Halmahera health center in Semarang, for example, there were at least 200 75-miligrams capsules, which were produced in March 2006 and expired in February this year.