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Swine Flu news and updates thread

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posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 05:53 PM
CINCINNATI -- A private group testing a vaccine for H1N1 has temporarily shut down its trials.

Community Research in Madisonville was one of 15 private groups nationwide testing the experimental vaccine on volunteers 18 years old and older.

But they've placed their second round of trials on hold until later this month after the vaccine sponsor asked for a delay without citing a reason, but Community Research said they believed the delay was due to a paperwork issue.

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 05:56 PM
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed one Louisiana resident has died from complications from H1N1 flu (swine flu), according to a news release from DHH.

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 06:00 PM
Maryland health officials reported a sixth death associated with swine flu Thursday. Officials would not release details about the death, except to say it was an adult from the Washington suburbs with an underlying medical condition.

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 06:06 PM
Canada warns businesses to plan now for late 2009 swine flu surge

(AFP) – 1 day ago

OTTAWA — Canada's health minister Wednesday warned businesses to prepare now for a late 2009 swine flu surge, particularly small- and medium-sized firms that have so far lagged behind large corporations.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq told a press conference most large firms have already begun to address looming "business continuity issues," but many smaller companies have no plans in place, due largely to a lack of resources.

"We know that during a pandemic, all countries are affected and international spread is rapid," she said.

"We also know that economic and social disruption could occur, to what extent, we can't be sure. It is crucial, therefore, that the business world is ready in the event of a more severe second wave of H1N1 in the fall."

"Canada's businesses need to be able to plan to ensure business continuity and employees' health and welfare in such an emergency."

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 06:23 PM
WASHINGTON -- Hogs aren't spreading swine flu but they can catch it from people, requiring farmers to take extra care this fall and winter to prevent humans from sneezing on their livestock.

Because no vaccine has been developed yet to protect hog herds, the emphasis by producers will be on getting vaccinations for farm workers, veterinarians and others who come into contact with the animals.

It is "not so much to protect the workers, but to protect the pigs from the workers," said Jennifer Greiner, director for science and technology at the National Pork Producers Council.

Farmers would prefer, however, to vaccinate the pigs rather than the humans around them, Ms. Greiner said, but that isn't yet possible despite the efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service.

The agency's scientists haven't been able to develop a viable pig vaccine for the new swine flu, known as A/H1N1, according to an agency memo obtained by Dow Jones Newswires, although they are still "evaluating an experimental vaccine."

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 06:26 PM
MOSCOW, August 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will allocate 343 million rubles ($10.7 million) in 2009 to combat the spread of the A/H1N1 virus, including 45 million rubles ($1.4 million) to develop a vaccine, the health ministry said on Thursday.

Over 298 million rubles ($9.3 million) will go towards diagnosing and treating swine flu cases, and on monitoring the disease's spread across Russia.

Russia has been largely unaffected by the global pandemic, but the latest figures, released by consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor on Thursday, showed an almost threefold jump in 10 days.

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 06:33 PM
August 13, 2009 - 3:19PM .
More Australians with swine flu are needing to be treated in intensive care than health authorities anticipated, but the good news is they're also recovering better than expected.

Australia's chief medical officer Jim Bishop says up to four times the number of people are presenting to hospital emergency departments with swine flu than would be expected with seasonal flu.

Of them a higher percentage is also ending up in intensive care.

"We've modelled it on around 10 per cent and we're closer to the 27 per cent mark in terms of the people who end up being hospitalised who will have to go to ICU (intensive care units)," Professor Bishop told reporters in Canberra.

"That means this disease is particularly concerning in relation to the way it gets into the lungs."

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 06:42 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI — A woman in her 40s who was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus died about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in an intensive care unit of a Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial, health officials confirmed.

It’s the third death locally related to the virus also known as swine flu and the second this month.

The woman had been hospitalized for more than a week, said Dr. William Burgin, health authority for the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Health District.

She had pre-existing health problems — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung disease — that contributed to her death, he said. She was on a ventilator.

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 06:46 PM
Over 400 reports of suspected adverse reactions to Tamiflu have been recorded since April this year, figures from the drug safety monitoring body show.

Figures due to be published by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) later this week will show that there have been 125 events reported in the past week alone.

Between 1 April and 6 August there have been a total of 418 reports of 686 suspected adverse reactions to Tamiflu.

Two of the suspected adverse reactions were fatal, and the MHRA are still waiting for post mortem results to shed light on whether there was any possible causal relationship.

Overall the most common side effects have been stomach and intestine disorders, making up 229 of 686 reported reactions, followed by skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders, making up another 156 of 686 reactions.

11% of adults and adolescents in whom reactions were reported experienced nausea and 8% experienced vomiting.

The most common side effect in children was vomiting, seen in 15% of cases, and 10% of children who suffered a reaction after taking the drug reported suffering diarrhoea.

Other side effects reported include headaches, when Tamiflu is used to prevent rather than treat swine flu, and worsening asthmatic symptoms within children already diagnosed with asthma.

The MHRA are also keeping ‘under close review’ reports suggestive of a possible interaction between Tamiflu and warfarin.

posted on Aug, 13 2009 @ 07:48 PM
A 48-year-old American tourist has died of swine flu in the Cairns Hospital, bringing the number of pandemic virus-related deaths in Queensland to 23.

posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 05:27 AM
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 11, (Agencies): Six nurses and four doctors working at the Al-Amiri Hospital were transferred to the Infectious Diseases Hospital, after they tested positive for Swine flu. One of the patients was said to be in critical condition. Meanwhile, management of the hospital has distributed masks to workers and visitors to avoid further spread of the disease. Isolation rooms have been set in all governmental hospitals as a counter measure to the spread of swine flu, said a statement from the Health Ministry on Tuesday. After the meeting between Health Minister Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer and heads of health areas, official ministry spokesman Dr Yousif Al-Nisf told KUNA that the step was taken to counter the A(H1N1) virus, adding that Minister Al-Sayer called for increasing efforts against the disease. Meanwhile, an official source at the ministry told KUNA that the ministry would pay the overtime for all those working in the evening shift at health centers. The official also affirmed that the fingerprint system would be used in the upcoming weeks to monitor the employee’s commitment to the working

posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 05:30 AM
Buenos Aires. The number of A/H1N1 flu deaths in Argentina has reached 404, RIA Novosti informed, citing message of Argentinean health authorities. 67 deaths have been registered for a week. Argentina is the second most affected country by the A/H1N1 flu after the US.
Argentina has confirmed 6 768 A/H1N1 flue cases as about 1/3 of the patients are kinds under 14 years old.

posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 05:35 AM
Aug 13, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – On the second and final day of an Institute of Medicine (IOM) task force meeting on how to protect healthcare workers from the novel H1N1 virus, experts focused on issues surrounding the effectiveness and practical use of masks and respirators in work settings.

The IOM task force's goal is to make recommendations about how to protect healthcare workers during the H1N1 pandemic.

Over the past several years, pandemic planners have acknowledged, based on events that occurred in Canada during the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak, that healthcare workers may be less likely to report for duty if employers don't adequately protect them. And after novel flu illnesses and one death among California nurses, that state's nurses association asserted that hospitals need to do more to protect them.

posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 05:42 AM

SAN DIEGO — With a more intense wave of swine flu expected to hit this fall, San Diego's ambulance provider this month has begun sanitizing its rigs with a new fogging machine to prevent viruses and bacteria from gaining a foothold in the vehicles.

The machine, which was purchased by San Diego Medical Services Enterprise, sprays a nontoxic “dry mist” disinfectant into the sealed-up ambulance and destroys harmful particles that cling to surfaces, fabric, and electrical equipment and hard-to-reach crevices.

Near the end of the 10- to 15-minute cycle, the vehicle's engine is turned on, and the fog is circulated through the ambulance's air ducts.

San Diego Medical Services Enterprise plans to use the $40,000 device, made by Florida-based Zimek Technologies, on each of its 80 ambulances every month, or more often when needed. Employees will continue to use disinfecting wipes on the ambulances several times each day as well.

Company officials had considered buying the device for years but decided to do so this year due to the outbreak of swine flu, scientifically known as H1N1 influenza.

posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 05:47 AM
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posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 06:57 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan says he has tested positive for swine flu.

Galaxy coach and general manager Bruce Arena told the Los Angeles Times in a story posted on its Web site Thursday that Donovan is believed to have contracted the virus from two Galaxy staff members who came down with it during last weekend's game against the New England Revolution in Foxborough, Mass.
Donovan told the Times he had been feeling ill since joining the U.S. men's national soccer team in Florida on Sunday.

Arena told the Times that Donovan is not infectious. He says Donovan has a mild strain of the flu and is at the tail end of it.


posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 06:35 PM
BRAZIL has slapped a temporary ban on advertisements for over-the-counter flu remedies because of fears their widespread use might mask the spread of swine flu.

The prohibition was ordered by the National Health Vigilance Agency (Anvisa), which deemed there was "a special circumstance posing a health risk."

While medicines such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and analgesics will still be available in pharmacies, ads on television, radio and online are not permitted under the measure.

"These medicines, sold over the counter in pharmacies, have the ability to relieve flu symptoms and thus obscure the risk situation" for the A(H1N1) swine flu pandemic, an Anvisa spokeswoman said.

The ad ban is aimed at getting people with flu symptoms to see a doctor rather than try to self-medicate, she said.

posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 06:37 PM
link SEATTLE – The health department says two immunosuppressed patients being treated for swine flu in King County have been identified as resistant to Tamiflu, an antiviral treatment.

The patients include a male teenager and a female in her 40s who have no links to each other.

The health department says both patients had compromised immune systems, which has been shown to raise the risk for development of antiviral resistance.

One patient has recovered and the other is being treated with a different antiviral medication.

posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 06:48 PM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State health officials say they expect the swine flu virus to kill some 1,000 people in Alabama this fall and winter, triggering the need for mass vaccination clinics.

Health officials warned that the virus is also expected to cause absentee rates to hit 40 percent in schools and 20 percent in workplaces.

posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 06:56 PM
In the latest installment of The Researcher's Perspective, the new podcast series by Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), Dr. Josh Hamilton discusses the potential implications of his recent mouse study on arsenic exposure and immune response to influenza A/H1N1.

Hamilton and his colleagues found that mice exposed to 100 parts per billion (ppb) arsenic in drinking water had a significantly compromised innate immune response to infection with a mouse-adapted subtype of H1N1 influenza. When this first line of immune defense was suppressed by arsenic, mice infected with H1N1 became severely ill. In comparison, flu symptoms in mice that were not exposed to arsenic were relatively mild, even though the animals were infected with the same H1N1 strain.

In the new podcast Hamilton explains, "With so many people potentially exposed to arsenic in drinking water, the implications for increased mortality from influenza viral infections and bacterial infections could be profound." Contamination of drinking water by natural geological sources of arsenic is the primary route of exposure to this element. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide, including up to 25 million Americans, drink well water containing levels of arsenic above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's limit of 10 ppb.

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