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News Reports for November 25, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 15:11:07 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!

Malaysia
• Wet spell pushes up number of influenza-like illness cases (Link)

United Kingdom
• Trust is top in the flu vaccination chart (Link)

United States
• MT health officials warn shoppers of cold/flu germs (Link)

Research
• New vaccine may give lifelong protection from flu (Link)

General
• A mysterious virus similar to SARS victim charged new Middle East (translated) (Link)

Commentary
• Recombinomics: Concerns On WHO SARS-Like Cornavirus Reporting Delays (Link)


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NewsDiary :: News Reports for November 25, 2012

News for November 24, 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
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Malaysia: Wet spell pushes up number of influenza-like illness cases
PETALING JAYA: There is a slight increase in influenza-like illness (ILI) cases due to the wet spell.

Health Ministry's Disease Control Division director Dr Chong Chee Kheong said the number of ILI cases compared to total number of outpatients (national ILI consultation rate) from Oct 7 to Nov 3 showed such cases went up from 0.43% to 0.50%. He said this was still well below the alert threshold of 10%.

Dr Chong said the ministry's virus surveillance on week 37 (up to Sept 15) showed that the circulating virus was mainly the influenza B virus (72.3%) which was less virulent compared to the influenza A virus (11.6%).

He said ILI occurred throughout the year with a slight increase during the wet season. Continued: http://thestar.com.my/news/sto...

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

     


UK: Trust is top in the flu vaccination chart
THE health trust that runs a Notts hospital has been recognised as the best in the country for ensuring its staff are vaccinated against flu.

Figures released yesterday by the Department of Health show that Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Bassetlaw Hospital, in Worksop, was top of the list.

Between September 1 and October 31, the trust achieved a 67.6 per cent uptake of the flu vaccine among 4,041 staff involved in direct patient care. Since then, the percentage has risen further and now stands at 78.2 per cent.

(Snip)

http://www.thisisnottingham.co...

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

     


Concerns On WHO SARS-Like Cornavirus Reporting Delays
Recombinomics Commentary

WHO reported a cluster of four cases in October in a family living in the same household in Saudi Arabia, in which a father and son both fell ill with symptoms including pneumonia, fever and respiratory problems. The father, 70, died after developing renal failure. His son was hospitalized shortly afterward and died four days later after multiorgan failure. The son was confirmed with the coronavirus while the father's results are pending.
A new case of coronavirus infection was discovered in Riyadh, according to a statement by the Ministry of Health Tuesday.

"A citizen who visited one of the hospitals in Riyadh complaining of flu-like symptoms raised suspicion. Following appropriate tests and after cross checking the results in an specialized lab abroad, it was confirmed that the man tested positive for the virus," the statement said.

It said the patient was given appropriate treatment and his condition has improved.

The ministry asked the public not to panic, as the infection does not lead to serious complications.

The above comments are from recent media reports describing the most recent SARS-like cases involving a novel betacoronavirus.  As noted in the first report (Snip), all four were from the same family and developed symptoms in October.  The second report (Snip) described the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (MoH) press release which described the case that was confirmed and survived. The MoH report claims that the infection does not lead to serious complication (Snip), even though two of the four family members died.

These four cases were described in the WHO November 23 update, which appears to be describing cases a month after the fact, which includes two fatal cases and an absence of test results on the father, who appears to be the index case.

The WHO report withheld the most basic facts on these cases (age, gender, and disease onset dates), which appear to strongly support human to human transmission in October, during the peak period of the Hajj.

The reporting delays and withholding of detail on these cases raises concerns that the novel betacornavirus in Saudi Arabia and Qatar in October has been been dispersed worldwide via Hajj attendees and the WHO is now getting additional reports of cases outside of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, leading to the suggestion for more widespread testing.

(Snip)

http://www.recombinomics.com/N...

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

     


US: TriHealth 'fires' workers without flu shots (Ohio)
Health system TriHealth had a message for 150 employees Wednesday: We really mean it this time.

The 150 workers who didn't get the required flu shots by the Nov. 16 deadline received termination notices the day before Thanksgiving. To keep their jobs, they need a flu shot by Dec. 3.

"The flu vaccine still is the best way to protect our employees and our patients against the flu," spokesman Joe Kelley said.

TriHealth required all 10,800 employees to get flu shots. This is the third year it's issued terminations for failure to get vaccinations.

TriHealth operates Good Samaritan and Bethesda North hospitals, the Queen City Physicians and Group Health Associates doctors groups and Hospice of Cincinnati.

It has offered the shots for free since Oct. 1 and will continue to offer them through Dec. 3.

Several of the region's biggest health systems also require flu shots. Insurers and employers often recommend them to fight off the flu, but health systems are increasingly adamant in an effort to protect patients. Continued: http://news.cincinnati.com/art...

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

     


MT health officials warn shoppers of cold/flu germs
Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:33 PM by Katy Harris - MTN News

BUTTE - The Butte Silver Bow Health Department wants to remind shoppers to keep your hands away from your face and wash them as much as possible.

Health officials say you're more prone to contracting the cold or flu while out shopping this holiday season.

Several people who may be sick can touch things like door handles, and you can become sick just by contracting cold and flu germs from one person.

The health department says the best way to protect yourself is by washing your hands frequently, not touching your face.

They also say it is not too late for a flu vaccination.


This is the link to the article:
http://www.kpax.com/news/mt-he...

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

     


[ Parent ]
New vaccine may give lifelong protection from flu
I've heard about the research behind this, but this article seems to present actual progress.
In a first for any infectious disease, a vaccine against flu has been made out of messenger RNA (mRNA) - the genetic material that controls the production of proteins. Unlike its predecessors, the new vaccine may work for life, and it may be possible to manufacture it quickly enough to stop a pandemic.

http://www.newscientist.com/ar...

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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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