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News Reports for November 10, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 23:26:01 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!

• Sale of chicken dips in Dharwad (Link)

• Italy lifts ban on Novartis flu vaccines (Link)

United Kingdom
• Flu fear for pregnant women (Link)

United States
• WI: Modest flu season so far (Link)
• Parents should take kids' flu symptoms seriously (Link)

• CIDRAP: US, global flu activity remains low (Link)

NewsDiary :: News Reports for November 10, 2012

News for November 9, 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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Italy lifts ban on Novartis flu vaccines
Italian health authorities on Friday lifted a ban on the sale of flu vaccines made by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, saying that tests had shown they were not a health risk.


Italy's health ministry last month ordered a ban on Aggripal, Fluad and Influpozzi after white particles were seen in syringes carrying the vaccines.

Austria, Canada, Germany and Switzerland subsequently also ordered temporary bans although some have since been lifted. Continued:  http://www.france24.com/en/201...  

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


US: Modest flu season so far (Wisconsin)
It's still not too late to get a flu shot, according to Rock County Health Department Nursing Supervisor Sancee Siebold.

As of Wednesday there has been only one documented case of influenza in Rock County, and four in Wisconsin. Siebold noted the cases tracked by the health department are for those hospitalized or cases resulting in death, so the numbers of people infected with the flu could be higher. However, the amount of cases of flu seems to be lower than average this year.

"People have been starting to get the vaccine as early as September, and it definitely is helping," Siebold said. Continued: http://www.beloitdailynews.com...

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


India: Sale of chicken dips in Dharwad (Karnataka)
DHARWAD: Reports of bird flu from Bangalore have brought down the consumption of chicken in the twin cities and hatcheries fear further dip in the days to come. Price of chicken has crashed considerably from the day avian flu was reported.

Hubli-Dharwad twin cities have over 80 poultry farms. Hit hard by the bird flu in February 2006 most of the farmers handed over their sheds to leading hatcheris like the Venkateshwar Hatcheries Limited, Asha Feeds and Suguna Farms under the 'integration' scheme. Several countries importing chicken from India had banned imports from India only to withdraw the ban in 2007 after the government declared that the birds were free from disease.

Chicken and egg supplied from Karnataka to Kerala have been culled and destroyed due to fear of bird flu.  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


UK: Flu fear for pregnant women
PREGNANT women from the city are potentially putting themselves and their babies at risk by opting not to have a vaccine that can protect them from seasonal flu, health experts have warned.

Medical boffins say they are becoming concerned at the falling take-up rate of the annual vaccine.

While expectant women are at no more risk than anyone else of contracting the virus, they are at higher risk of developing complications from flu. Those complications can include conditions as serious as pneumonia and cardio-respiratory problems - particularly in the last few months of pregnancy.


It is often the secondary infections associated with flu that cause people to be admitted to hospital and can prove to be fatal, the review states.


In Cornwall, rates fell last year to just 28 percent from 41 percent in winter 2010. http://www.thisisplymouth.co.u...

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


CIDRAP: US, global flu activity remains low
US influenza activity increased in some areas but overall remained at the same low levels as last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. The proportion of outpatient visits attributed to influenza-like illness (ILI) was 1.3%, which is below the national baseline of 2.2% (Snip) Louisiana reported low ILI activity; while the rest of the country experienced minimal ILI activity. Maine reported regional geographic spread of influenza, 8 states saw local activity, 33 states reported sporadic activity, and 8 states had no activity. During the week ending Nov 3, the proportion of patients' deaths due to pneumonia and flu was 6.6%, compared with a national baseline of 6.5%. No pediatric deaths were reported.

Nov 9 CDC update

Globally, flu activity remains low throughout the temperate North Hemisphere, with a slight uptick in virus detections but none crossing the epidemic threshold, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today in an update. (Snip) Nicaragua and Costa Rica reported an increase in mainly influenza B and that India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Cambodia are reporting circulation of all three virus subtypes: pandemic 2009 H1N1 (pH1N1), H3N2, and influenza B.

Nov 9 WHO update

(Snip) The agency also released a report today summarizing flu virus characteristics in Europe so far this year. It says that H3N2 viruses have predominated, and that pH1N1 viruses continue to exhibit genetic drift from the vaccine strain, "but the vast majority remain antigenically similar to it."

Continued with links to the Nov 9 ECDC weekly update and the Nov 9 ECDC report on virus characteristics 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


No reported H5N1 cases so far this "flu year", either
By this time last year, 5 cases had been reported.

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ID study: Parents should take kids' flu symptoms seriously
CDC warns of fatal risk to children within days of onset

In households with small children, flu symptoms are as routine as dirty socks. Take them seriously, though, warns a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), because the flu can kill healthy children within days.

Among the 829 children who died of the flu from 2004 to September 2012, 43 percent of them were healthy a few days before. And, the previously healthy group died to the flu three days faster than children with existing medical problems did.

"This underscores why children should have flu vaccines every year and why kids should be treated quickly," said Dr. Karen Wong, the study's lead researcher and epidemic intelligence service officer with the CDC.

The study was presented in San Diego at the IDWeek 2012 conference, which convened doctors from the infectious diseases field.


If your child is 5 years or younger, or any age with an existing health problem, call the doctor when flu symptoms appear. Get emergency care if the child has trouble breathing, has bluish or grayish skin, is not drinking fluids, has severe vomiting, will not wake up or does not want to be held.

"For little children, don't wait. It can progress quickly," said Wong.

"People think of the flu as common and no big deal, but it kills thousands of Americans every year," said Pannaraj. "Get vaccinated, and you help protect the whole community."


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