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Hillsborough, N.C. — A UNC Health Care staff member, who was later confirmed to have the H1N1 virus, came in contact with patients and staff at the University Pediatrics at Highgate clinic in Durham this week, UNC Medical Center officials said.
An analysis of more than 50 strains of the H1N1 influenza virus at the center of the global outbreak has concluded that they are closely related and can be fought with a single vaccine. "We see much less variation among these new H1N1 viruses than we do for typical seasonal influenza viruses," said Nancy Cox, senior author of a study released Friday by the journal Science. That will make the job of creating a pandemic flu vaccine "much, much easier," she said.
Australia Saturday defended its escalation of swine flu protection measures as global health chiefs said a vaccine could be ready as early as June and worldwide cases continued to rise.
In a sobering holiday interview with C-SPAN, President Obama boldly told Americans: "We are out of money."