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News Reports for October 19, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 19:25:14 PM EDT

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

United States
• GA: Middle Georgia seeing early flu cases (Link)

Bird flu outbreak in Dien Bien (Link)

• Sanofi files for FDA approval of quadrivalent flu vaccine (Link)
• Novavax Stock Rises on Success of Bird Flu Vaccine Trials (Link)

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NewsDiary :: News Reports for October 19, 2012

News for October 18, 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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Vietnam: Bird flu outbreak in Dien Bien
DIEN BIEN (VNS)- Cases of bird flu have been reported in Noong Luong Commune, Dien Bien District in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien. (Snip)

bird flu outbreaks were discovered last Friday in two households in the commune's Village 12, with nearly 720 livestock suffering from the disease. Three days later, local authority discovered nearly 400 other livestock infected with the H5N1 virus in Village 15. Since the outbreak, authorities have detected and culled more than 1,000 sick livestock in the commune.

The province banned sick livestock from being transported, processed and traded out of the affected area, and closely supervised slaughter and trade in other districts and communes of the province.

The provincial People's Committee also quarantined the affected areas, and counted the number of livestock, especially ducks in Noong Luong Commune and Muong Thanh District, to ensure that a bird flu epidemic does not spread. Continued: http://vietnamnews.vnagency.co...

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


Sanofi files for FDA approval of quadrivalent flu vaccine
Sanofi Pasteur announced today that it has applied for licensure of a quadrivalent (four-strain) version of its Fluzone flu vaccine, containing two influenza B strains, and expects a decision from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the second quarter of 2013.

The move is a response to the difficulty of predicting which of two type B lineages-Victoria or Yamagata-will be more common each season. "It makes sense to include both in the vaccine rather than attempting to predict which of the two will be the dominant strain," (Snip) in 6 of the past 12 seasons, the B strain picked for the vaccine was not the predominant one during the ensuing season.

(Snip) seasonal flu vaccines contained just two strains, one A and one B, until 1978, when authorities decided to recommend a second type A strain in view of the co-circulation of two subtypes (H3N2 and H1N1). (Snip) Sanofi said its Fluzone quadrivalent vaccine is intended for everyone older than 6 months. The company is also working on quadrivalent versions of its other US flu vaccines, Fluzone High-Dose (for seniors) and FluZone Intradermal. http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidr...

Oct 18 Sanofi Pasteur press release http://sanofipasteurus.mediaro...

Mar 1 CIDRAP News story about MedImmune's quadrivalent vaccine http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidr...  

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


US: Middle Georgia seeing early flu cases
Influenza outbreaks typically peak in January, but some Middle Georgians are already suffering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that of the 10 health regions in the nation, a higher percentage of flu cases were confirmed early this month in the South. "There's no way that we are notified of every single flu case there is; however, we have gotten reports from physicians that they are seeing flu," said Jennifer Jones, public information officer for the North Central Health District of Georgia, which covers Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington, and Wilkinson counties. "I can't tell whether we'll peak early or just see more cases."

Dr. Seth Bush of Middle Georgia Pediatrics typically sees about 50 patients a day, but he had more than 80 children come through the office Monday. "Definitely the flu is here early," said Bush, who is also seeing cases of strep throat and stomach viruses.

The North Central Health District saw its first flu cases in August as children started back to school, said Debbie Liby, nursing director for the North Central Health District." I was a little panicked we wouldn't get vaccines in time and all the kids would get sick," said Liby, who coordinates vaccination programs in local schools. The district is nearly halfway through with administering vaccines in schools and vaccinations are still available without an appointment through local health districts, she said.


Tracking all the actual influenza cases is nearly impossible. The Medical Center of Central Georgia does not keep statistics, said Janie Poulnott, hospital spokeswoman. "Until all tests can be done, it's not put in a category of flu," Poulnott said. "The emergency center has seen some that looks like it, but we're not sure. "The flu can be misdiagnosed as bronchitis, for example, if testing is not done, Poulnott said.

Of 2,870 national specimens tested, the CDC confirmed two cases of the 2009 strain of H1N1 between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6 in Region 4, which monitors Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Carolinas. During the same period, three cases of Type A (H3), one case of Type A and 17 cases of Type B were documented. Continued: http://www.macon.com/2012/10/1...

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


flu in August - swine flu variant??
If they were seeing flu back in August, I wonder if it was tested to see if it was variant swine flu.. As she says, unless all testing is done, it's not easy to see what kind... I wonder how willing they're going to be this flu season in tracking down our latest version...

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Novavax Stock Rises on Success of Bird Flu Vaccine Trials

Results for a first phase of trials for the H5N1 bird flu vaccine fulfill criteria set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and development of the drug will proceed, the company said in a statement yesterday. The vaccine's safety was acceptable with no serious side effects and there is sufficient data to move to the next testing stage, Novavax said. "It looks like the data is pretty spectacular in terms of the immune response to the flu vaccine," (Snip)

The objective of the two trials, using a total of 666 patients, was to demonstrate the safety and immunogenicity of the company's vaccine, with or without an adjuvant.

(Snip) time frame for licensing for the drug could be in 2015 and that the need for the is based on whether a strain of the virus breaks out.

"The government does keep a stockpile at the ready in order to address any potential pandemic," he said. "We would expect there would be annual stock." http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

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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