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News Reports for December 6, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 13:44:44 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!

Brazil
• ProMED: Severe acute respiratory syndrome - Brazil (02) (PA), hospital outbreak (?), Unknown etiology, update (Link)

Nepal
Bird Flu case found in Nepali capital (Link)

United States
• AL: Ala. school closed following flu outbreak (Link)
• SC: Hundreds of cases signal flu's early arrival in Upstate (Link)

Zambia
• Zambia meeting addresses health emergency response gaps in Africa (Link)

Commentary
• Editorial: Get ready for a doozey of a flu season (New Jersay) (Link)


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NewsDiary :: News Reports for December 6, 2012

News for December 5, 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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US: Ala. school closed following flu outbreak (Alabama)
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A flu outbreak at a school in Huntsville moved officials to cancel classes Thursday and Friday.

(Snip) administrators at Westminster Christian Academy sent emails to parents Wednesday saying their Brockway campus would close at 11:45 a.m. Thursday and would remain closed Friday.

The website reports over 60 students and seven staff members at the school have fallen ill in the past two days.

Administrators say the school's closure will give officials an opportunity to disinfect the building.

(Snip) http://www.abc3340.com/story/2...

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

     


Editorial: Get ready for a doozey of a flu season (New Jersey)
Just as National Influenza Vaccination Week hits this week, the Centers for Disease Control announced we are in for a doozey of a flu season. Not only is flu season expected to hit earlier - actually the earliest it has hit in over a decade - but this year's particular strain is supposed to be tougher on our immune systems, too.

The good news is that the strains of flu already hitting parts of the nation are well matched to the vaccine's viruses. The best way to protect yourself and your family this year is to get the vaccine. Continued: http://www.northjersey.com/new...

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

     


Bird Flu case found in Nepali capital
KATHMANDU, Nov. 29 (Updated 06/12/2012) - A case of bird flu or the H5N1 virus has been found in the Nepali capital Kathmandu on Tuesday. The bird flu was found in less than six months after the government of Nepal declared Nepal a bird flu free zone.

The virus was located in a squatters' area in Jadibuti at Kathmandu. More than 500 ducks and chicken have been destroyed after the news of the disease.

The locals informed the District Livestock Service Office after all the chicken in a house died at once.

(Snip) "The dead chicken were taken for a laboratory test where it was proven that they had died of bird flu."

This is the first instance of bird flu found in the capital city (Snip). http://www.nzweek.com/healthli...

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

     


CIDRAP: Zambia meeting addresses health emergency response gaps in Africa
A 4-day regional forum for African governments, agencies, and other stakeholders is under way in Zambia to discuss unmet needs in surveillance and response capacities for public health emergencies in Africa. A press release yesterday (Snip) says that many African countries were unable to meet the original Jun 15, 2012, deadline set under the International Health Regulations (IHR) for developing core capacities for all-hazards emergency response, and the deadline has been extended until Jun 15, 2014.

The WHO said gaps and weaknesses exist in core capacities, including legislation, preparedness, risk communication, human resources, food safety, and chemical and radionuclear attack.

The goal of the meeting, (Snip), is to allow the sharing of experiences and challenges in IHR implementation and to identify priorities and next steps where gaps exist.

(Snip) deputy minister of health in Zambia, said the delay in strengthening the region's core capacities is a major concern for global health security. http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidr...

Dec 4 WHO/AFRO press release http://www.afro.who.int/en/med...

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

     


US: Hundreds of cases signal flu's early arrival in Upstate (South Carolina)
ANDERSON - The flu season has arrived earlier than usual in the Upstate with more than 500 cases reported in recent weeks. "There is lots and lots and lots of flu," said Dr. David Potts, an AnMed Health infectious diseases specialist.

AnMed physicians have seen 405 flu cases since Nov. 1, including 20 patients who were admitted, according to hospital spokeswoman Heidi Charalambous.

The staff at Baptist Easley Hospital saw a couple of flu cases per week between Oct. 1 and Thanksgiving, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Since Thanksgiving, they have seen 88 flu patients, with two hospital admissions.

The head of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta told reporters earlier this week that a recent uptick in flu cases throughout the Southeastern U.S. is happening about a month earlier than usual.

"This is the earliest regular flu season we've had in nearly a decade, since the 2003-2004 flu season," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director. "That was an early and severe flu year, and while flu is always unpredictable, the early nature of the cases as well as the specific strains we're seeing suggest that this could be a bad flu year."

Potts said the flu virus showing up in AnMed Health's patients appears to be highly contagious but not particularly severe.

(Snip)

At his press briefing Monday, Frieden said the current vaccine appears to work well against this year's predominant flu strain, known as H3N2. Continued: http://www.independentmail.com...

(Note: This is the area that I live in.)

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

     


ProMED: Severe acute respiratory syndrome - Brazil (02) (PA), hospital outbreak (?), Unknown etiology, update
Translated

Tests done by the Instituto Evandro Chagas to see if the contamination occurred for some sort of flu viruses, including H1N1, came back negative - in 19 people infected in Curuçá Municipal Hospital in northeast Pará. But still no diagnosis to confirm the cause of the contamination (infection).

Yesterday [04/December/2012], the Municipal Health Curuçá asked the State to transfer the remaining 6 patients admitted to the unit where the contamination (infection) happened, to be made a new disinfection in hospital (isolation ward) .

The State Department of Health (Sespa) reported that 3 patients who were hospitalized were discharged. These are two women who were at St. Joseph Hospital in Castlebay, and another who was referred to a private clinic in Bethlehem and that there was no need to be hospitalized.

The feeling of being at risk has left the population Curuçá startled. The evil that affected 19 people may have contributed to the death of a 17-year J. forename.

Admitted to the Hospital Barros Barreto, along with three other nurses and a secretary of the Municipal Hospital, isolated technique in nursing ECC said that compared to the period when he reached the hospital, the picture has improved, but the symptoms still remain oscillating. "I feel better, but there are times when we feel bad, we are well another time. Still feel dizzy, pain in the chest and neck," he said.

The Health Surveillance of Sespa still awaiting the autopsy report of a girl who died pregnant.  http://beta.promedmail.org/dir...

(Note: I hope they are being tested for the new coronavirus, especially since this also involves medical personnel. WHO has recommended this worldwide for all cases of respiratory illness with an unknown etiology.)
 

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

     


Canada: Outbreak on 4th floor at NGH (Ontario)
SIMCOE - Norfolk General Hospital has taken precautions after an outbreak of a respiratory illness on the fourth floor.

Visiting is still allowed, but patients are restricted to two visitors at a time on the fourth floor. The hospital is asking the public to "restrict yourself to visiting your one patient only and avoid all other areas of the hospital (Snip).

(Snip)

The hospital is also taking other precautions such as increased cleaning, cancelling activities, and freezing admissions and new transfers.

Currently, five patients on the fourth floor are showing symptoms such as headache, cough, runny nose, fever, malaise and sore throat, NGH said in a media release. http://www.delhinewsrecord.com...

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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