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News Reports for November 9, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 23:25:41 PM EST


Reminder: Please do not post whole articles, just snippets and links, and do not post articles from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Thanks!

Canada
• Ontario: Brant's first influenza cases confirmed (Link)
• Flu Vaccination Clinics Offer Example of One Health Concept (Link)

Finland
• THL: Swine flu cases may rise (Link)

India
• Maharashtra: Pig-headed swine flu refuses to cow down; 113 dead so far (Link)

Malaysia
• Sabah Veterinary Department told to tighten controls on entry of livestock into state (Link)

Saudi Arabia
• Go Get a Flu Injection: Experts (Link)

United States
• ME: Maine records 1st cases of flu this season (Link)

Research
• BioCryst halts enrollment in IV flu drug trial(Link)


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NewsDiary :: News Reports for November 9, 2012

News for November 8, 2012 is here.


Thanks to all of the newshounds!
Special thanks to the newshound volunteers who translate international stories - thanks for keeping us all informed!

Other useful links:
WHO A(H1N1) Site
WHO H5N1 human case totals, last updated August 10, 2012
Charts and Graphs on H5N1 from WHO
Google Flu Trends
CDC Weekly Influenza Summary
Map of seasonal influenza in the U.S.
CIDPC (Canada) Weekly FluWatch
UK RCGP Weekly Data on Communicable and Respiratory Diseases
Flu Wiki

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India: Pig-headed swine flu refuses to cow down; 113 dead so far (Maharashtra)
It was the lull before the storm. After a significant drop last fiscal, the number of deaths from swine flu has shot up by about 800% in the state this year. A total of 113 deaths were registered till November 7 this year compared with the 12 in 2011-12.

Ten people within the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) limits have died since April this year. The Pune Municipal Corporation tops the shame list with 30 swine flu deaths. Close on BMC's heels is the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, which has registered nine deaths so far this year. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has seen four deaths.

Nashik, where 18 residents have died of swine flu, figures among districts with a high death rate.

About 40 people showing symptoms of swine flu were admitted in hospitals around the state till Wednesday this year. Eleven others who tested positive to the deadly disease are still under treatment.

Following a steady rise in the number of deaths from swine flu over the years - hitting peaks of 450 in 2009-10 and 542 in 2010-11, the last fiscal saw a steep plunge - with 12 dying of the disease.

(Snip)

Epidemiologist Pradip Awate suspects that the jump in the number of deaths could be a result of medical complications besides swine flu. "There are different strains of influenza virus affecting people and most often, one prominent strain affects an entire community or a majority of people for some period. After a couple of months or years, people develop resistance [to that strain of virus]. But this is short-lived, as some other strain of the virus starts affecting people thereafter." Continued: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Saudi Arabia: Go Get a Flu Injection - Experts
Health experts have been suggesting one and all to go in for a flu jab as soon as possible as winters have arrived and the same brings with it seasonal flu. (Snip) And despite the fact that a large number of people are entitled to free NHS flu jab, they avoid the same. This is why experts are highly concerned.

It is being warned that nearly 14 million people may suffer flu in a few upcoming months, if this attitude of people persists. Everyone should have an injection and especially the ones in the at-risk category, including the elderly, ill and children, should not miss on the vaccine.

"This year's seasonal flu vaccine is free to patients who are 'at-risk' of developing complications from flu", (Snip) pregnant women should also largely pay attention as they may be risking their unborn child with their ill health. Continued: http://topnews.ae/content/2136...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Canada: Flu Vaccination Clinics Offer Example of One Health Concept
The executive director of the Canadian Swine Health Board suggests actions being taken to encourage swine barn workers to protect themselves and their pigs by being vaccinated against seasonal influenza is a classic example of the "One Health" concept.

In response to the economic devastation caused to Canada's pork industry as a result of public fear of the H1N1 flu virus in 2009, the Canadian Swine Health Board has been encouraging pork producers and those who work with pigs to get vaccinated against the seasonal flu.

Next week those attending Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2012 will have the opportunity to take part in a flu vaccination clinic.

Canadian Swine Health Board executive director Bob Harding says the response to vaccination clinics offered so far has been excellent. Continued: http://www.farmscape.com/f2Sho...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Canada: Brant's first influenza cases confirmed (Ontario)
Influenza season has arrived in Brant. There are two confirmed cases of influenza but there are many more people in the community carrying the virus, a spokesman for the Brant County Health Unit said Thursday.

"We've had two positive influenza lab results to date but in reality this means there are many other people who are carrying the flu virus within our community that we don't know about," Ruth Gratton, the health unit's manager of infection diseases, said. "We will have far fewer reports of laboratory confirmed cases of flu than are actually present in the community."

Health unit officials say influenza is serious and are urging everyone six months of age and up to get a flu shot.

"People can pass the flu to others up to 24 hours before they start to feel ill," said Gratton. "People will expose their friends and family to the flu when coughing or sneezing. Continued: http://www.brantfordexpositor....

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Malaysia: Sabah Veterinary Department told to tighten controls on entry of livestock into state
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin has reminded the Sabah Veterinary Services and Animal Industry Department to tighten controls on entry of foreign livestock following incidences of bird flu (H5N1) in a neighbouring country recently.

"I also urge the public not to buy birds whether fowls or to be kept as pets from the country," (Snip) precautions must be taken because bird flu could infect humans and cause fatalities.

Tawau in Sabah is reported to be at risk to a spread of bird flu because of incidences of the disease across its border. http://www.theborneopost.com/2...

(Note: Apparently, there is an H5N1 outbreak across the border in Borneo.)


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


US: Maine records 1st cases of flu this season
AUGUSTA, Maine -
Maine health officials say the flu has arrived in the state.

Officials say the first positive influenza A cases were detected early last week. The cases were in a young adult from Aroostook County, a teenager from Penobscot and an adult from Cumberland County. None was vaccinated or required hospitalization.

A long-term care facility in Penobscot County also reported an outbreak of influenza on Oct. 31. Maine's Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory confirmed influenza A in an employee and a resident from the facility on Nov. 2. Continued: http://www.ajc.com/news/ap/hea...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


BioCryst halts enrollment in IV flu drug trial
DURHAM -- BioCryst Pharmaceuticals has suspended enrollment in a clinical trial for its most advanced drug candidate -- an intravenous treatment for flu. A company spokesman said it's likely the trial will be terminated.

The company announced Wednesday that an independent analysis of a Phase III trial testing the drug in patients admitted to the hospital with serious influenza found the difference was small between those taking the experimental drug, and those in the control group. The study was recommended to be terminated.

BioCryst was developing peramivir under a $234.8 million contract from the Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a news release.

Robert Bennett, executive director of investor relations and communications at BioCryst, said company officials shared information with the department that the trial was "trending toward futility." He said the company officials will sift through the trial data before making a final decision about the trial.

"The most likely (outcome) is that the study would be terminated, but we'll go through the data analysis first, and then make that decision," Bennett said.

This was a second setback for the company recently. On Oct. 30, BioCryst announced the withdrawal of a new drug application for a potential Hepatitis C treatment, as a result of U.S. Food and Drug Administration concerns about the pre-clinical toxicity of the candidate at the drug levels needed to reduce the viral load in infected patients. However, the company said it planned to do additional pre-clinical studies. Continued: http://medcitynews.com/2012/11...

(Well, there goes $234.8 million for pretty much nothing! JMO)



Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Finland: THL - Swine flu cases may rise
This winter may see an uptick in cases of swine flu, says a leading virologist at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

Finns' protection against the swine flu virus has weakened compared to the population's immunity last year, (Snip).

During the previous flu season Finland and the rest of Europe enjoyed good protection from swine flu. But this immunity may now have weakened because of people who didn't get the vaccine against the bug. "Now the virus has the opportunity to find new hosts," he explains.

(Snip) Ziegler predicts that the H3N2 flu virus, which spread across Finland last year, will be the main culprit this winter. (Snip) swine flu (H1N1), will likely be less prevalent. http://yle.fi/uutiset/thl_swin...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


Bronco Bill, it's Friday joke time!
Your giggles are here: http://www.newfluwiki2.com/dia...

I bet the last one gets a laugh out of you. LOL

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. --Unknown

     


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