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News Reports for October 20, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 19:25:33 PM EDT

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• Import of bird flu vaccine allowed to save local poultry industry (Link)

• Maharashtra: 42-year-old critical with swine flu (Link)

United Kingdom
• Swine flu incidence higher than thought (Link)

United States
• DE: Delaware Confirms First Influenza Cases For 2012-2013 (Link)
• MD: Md. Health Dept. Confirms 2012′s First Flu Cases; 4 Children Affected, 1 Hospitalized (Link)
• SC: 3 flu cases confirmed in S.C.; DHEC recommends vaccination (Link)

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NewsDiary :: News Reports for October 20, 2012

News for October 19, 2012 is here.

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UK: Swine flu incidence higher than thought
Nearly three-quarters of British pig herds are infected with swine flu, according to new findings.

Routine diagnostic blood testing in the UK and Ireland indicated that the incidence of the disease could be higher than expected, with more than 70% of British herds having one or more pigs test positive. This figure increased to more than 90% in Ireland.

Brian Rice, veterinary adviser with Merial Animal Health, said: "Historically, and with no vaccine available, the industry has tended to be reactive to swine influenza, managing outbreaks as they arose, but more and more producers are now realising the benefits of vaccinating against the disease.

"There is a strong economic case for considering preventative treatment. Swine influenza causes fever, apathy, anorexia and respiratory signs such as dyspnoea and sneezing, which affect both welfare and productivity. In sows it can affect return to oestrus, cause abortion, increase the number of stillborn piglets and decrease lactation."

Previous research carried out in 2008-9 by the Royal Veterinary College and the COSI Consortium across a broader sample of about 17% of the English herd showed nearly six in 10 farms (59%) had pigs that were positive for one of the strains of swine influenza. Continued: http://www.fwi.co.uk/Articles/...

(Note: There is also the danger the strains can jump from pigs to humans. Cases have been found in the US recently in several hundred people (mostly young children) who contracted H3N2v from pigs at county and state fairs.)

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


India: 42-year-old critical with swine flu (Maharashtra)
PUNE: The condition of one more person with swine flu is critical. He has been put on ventilator support (Snip).

A resident of Navi Peth in Pune, the 42-year-old man developed fever, cough and cold from October 10 and high grade fever and breathlessness from October 15. He didn't seek medical advice for first five days of developing symptoms. On October 16, he consulted doctors at a hospital on Satara road. However, he didn t get any relief from the medicines given to him and hence he was referred to Poona Hospital and Research Centre for higher management, said S T Pardeshi, medical officer of health, PMC.

After being shifted to Poona Hospital on October 16, his relatives, however, insisted on moving him to Ruby Hall Clinic the same day where he was put on ventilator support.

His throat swab sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV) for testing confirmed the presence of H1N1 virus on October 18, .....Continued: http://timesofindia.indiatimes...

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


US: Delaware Confirms First Influenza Cases For 2012-2013
DPH received reports of cases of influenza type B that were confirmed by commercial laboratories. The three cases were female: a 15-year-old from Smyrna; a 27-year-old from Seaford; and a 4-year-old from Bear who was identified Oct. 16. None were hospitalized. .....Continued: http://www.middletowntranscrip...

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


US: Md. Health Dept. Confirms 2012′s First Flu Cases; 4 Children Affected, 1 Hospitalized
BALTIMORE (WJZ)- This year's first cases of the flu virus are confirmed in Maryland and it's already landed one local child in the hospital.

Monique Griego explains why health officials are particularly concerned about this flu season.

The first four cases were reported in Baltimore. Doctors say this is an early start to the flu season.


And this year, the flu virus is striking early in Maryland. ....Continued: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/...

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


US: 3 flu cases confirmed in S.C.; DHEC recommends vaccination (South Carolina)
Three cases of the flu have been reported in South Carolina at the start of the official influenza season, according to the S.C. Department of Environmental Health and Control. DHEC is promoting early vaccination as the best defense. "Everybody is at risk of getting the flu because you don't know who's going to sneeze on you," said Linda Bell, interim state epidemiologist. "Even if you're young and healthy it doesn't mean you couldn't get the flu or have complications from the flu."

Right now, Bell said she has no way to predict if this season will be worse than the last, because "there aren't any good disease models that help us to predict that." Last flu season was more mild compared with previous years, .....Continued: http://www.heraldonline.com/20...

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


Bangladesh: Import of bird flu vaccine allowed to save local poultry industry
The Drug Administration authorities have given permission to import bird flu vaccine to start immunisation programme experimentally aiming to prevent the deadly virus from spreading to local poultry industry, said officials.

The government's drug regulatory authority Thursday last allowed three renowned drug importing companies to import avian influenza vaccine from the US, the Netherlands and China, said Director of Department of Livestock Services (DLS) Musaddique Hossain.

Importers need one or two weeks to import the medicine and after that we will start the vaccination programme without delay, said Mr Hossain, also head of a seven-member expert committee on bird flu vaccination programme.

The vaccination will begin experimentally in Gazipur district and partly in one poultry hatchery and five firms in Kishorganj in Dhaka division. "If we get a positive result, we will apply the medicine across the country," he added.

Meanwhile, the number of farms has come down to 60,824 from 114,763 during the last one and a half years following the spread of bird flu, showed a study revealed by Bangladesh Poultry Khamar Rakkha Jatiya Parishad.

Poultry farmers repeatedly demanded that the authorities concerned allow vaccine against the influenza as it spread out epidemically in the country and destroyed millions of chickens during the last six years. ....Continued: http://www.thefinancialexpress...

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


France: Confirmed a fatal case of influenza A in Casilda

Casilda - A 44-year casildense died of influenza A. (Snip) This is the first fatal case is recorded in Casilda in so far this year and that adds up to another five already reported in various localities santafesinas.

The man died last Wednesday at the age effector casildense two days after being hospitalized in intensive care for acute respiratory symptoms.

Al noted that the patient had symptoms compatible with the disease was provided with the medication indicated along with a series of antibiotics to curb his infectious process, but did not respond. Following the death was found at the behest of the corresponding studies laboratory that it was a case of influenza A, as suspected from the beginning.

During the current year in the city were also others affected by the H1N1 virus, but all developed favorably.

The fatal case "evidence of virus circulation that produces the disease," explained hospital officials insist casildense then the need for the application of the vaccine against swine flu in people who belong to a risk group.


The death of Andres Acosta, who was known in the city for having served as conductor of radio programs on local stations in addition to singer, caused deep pain.

Isolated cases. So far this year six people died in the province due to influenza A. In this regard the provincial health minister, Miguel Angel Cappiello, who yesterday was in Casilda to inaugurate works at the hospital, said that "these are isolated cases" and said that "the disease is under control" but stressed the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent bad . "All the deceased had a risk factor and were not vaccinated," said the official. (Snip) http://www.lacapital.com.ar/la...

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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