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News Reports for November 17, 2012

by: NewsDiary

Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 15:51:25 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!

• The Flu Has Arrived in Guelph! (Link)

• Maharashtra: H1N1 claims 27-yr-old man (Link)

United States
• FDA Panel OKs Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpiling (Link)
• AZ: Pandemic Flu: Interprofessional Education Goes Statewide in Arizona (Link)
• GA: People searching for relief from early, harsh flu season (Link)

• Study raises possibility of airborne Ebola spread via pigs (Link)

• Is the H3N8 Flu Found in Harbor Seals In New England a Concern for People? (Link)

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NewsDiary :: News Reports for November 17, 2012

News for November 16, 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: People searching for relief from early, harsh flu season (Georgia)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- That achy, feverish, "feel like you got hit by a truck" feeling is making its way around the CSRA, and it's not wasting any time.

Even people that were vaccinated are getting sick, leaving doctors frustrated and patients searching for relief.

"We've been a little surprised. It came real early in the season this year," said Dr. Mark Newton, chairman of Department of Emergency Medicine at Doctors Hospital.

Dr. Newton says these flu cases are some of the earliest cases he's ever seen and the hospital has the numbers to back it up. "We checked with the lab because we thought it had been a lot, but we only went back as far as Oct. 22, and there were already over 103 cases that have come through our emergency department," Newton said.

The flu vaccine is created to protect against the three most common flu strains of the season, but Dr. Newton says even people with the vaccine are catching the nasty bug.

"First few times we realized that it's a little disappointing because we know that means there's another strain in addition to the three most common that's out there. It's going around work places, and health care's not exempt, even with flu vaccines," he said. Continued: http://www.wrdw.com/news/healt...

(Note: With many areas of the country seeing numerous early flu cases, I hope the CDC is testing to see if this could be one of the new variant strains seen at the state and county fairs recently. I wish they would tell us specifically which strain(s) are circulating right now.)

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


Canada: The Flu Has Arrived in Guelph! (Ontario)
As of November 15, 2012 Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health can confirm 10 cases of the flu have been reported in the area.

"Get the flu shot to protect yourself and those around you," said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health for WDG Public Health. "If you don't have time to be sick for a week or more, or if you care for anyone vulnerable like a young child or elderly parent, you need to get your shot."


Remaining flu clinics in Guelph are:

•Monday, November 19, 2 - 8 pm, Salvation Army Church, 1320 Gordon St.
•Wednesday, November 21, 2 - 8 pm, Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St. W. http://www.thefountainpen.com/...

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


India: H1N1 claims 27-yr-old man (Maharashtra)
PUNE: Twenty seven-year-old Madhukar Karpe from Baramati taluka succumbed to swine flu on Friday. (Snip) the city's H1N1 death toll since April has gone up to 32. Karpe died at the KEM hospital at 12.45 pm on Friday due to H1N1 induced pneumonia with acute respiratory distress syndrome.

(Snip) at least two to three people are detected with swine flu every day (Snip). http://timesofindia.indiatimes...

(Note: Since only the sickest hospitalized patients are tested, that means the 2 to 3 cases found every day in the Pune area are very seriously ill. JMO)

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


US: Panel OKs Bird Flu Vaccine Stockpiling
A vaccine for the H5N1 avian flu, or bird flu, has been approved by a panel of experts to be stockpiled for emergency use in case of a pandemic.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 14-0 in favor that the vaccine, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Quebec, was in compliance with licensing standards under accelerated approval regulations, reports MedPage Today.


Although the FDA isn't required to follow through with the advisory panel recommendations, it generally does, MedPage reports.


"We now look forward to a final decision by the FDA later this year and to also continuing our collaboration with the U.S. Government on public health issues," Glaxo VP of vaccine discovery and development, Bruce Innis said in a statement.

GSK says that in clinical trials, the most common side effects of the vaccine include pain at the injection site, swelling, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, joint pain, shivering and sweating. http://www.100wapi.com/rssItem...

(Note: It makes me feel better knowing H5N1 vaccines can be stockpiled but I also know that if it ever does go pandemic (and I believe it will), the vaccine match to the virus could be anywhere from perfect to totally useless. JMO)  

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


CIDRAP: Study raises possibility of airborne Ebola spread via pigs
Ebola virus experimentally spread from pigs to monkeys without direct contact, suggesting the pathogen can transmit via the air and pose a threat to farm workers in at-risk countries, according to a Canadian study yesterday in Scientific Reports.

Earlier studies by the same group showed the Zaire strain of Ebola (ZEBOV) to be transmissible between pigs via physical contact.

In the current study, researchers placed four macaques in cages within pens of ZEBOV-infected pigs, with the cages placed to eliminate contact between the species. All four primates showed clinical signs of Ebola infection from 8 to 12 days postexposure, and lab tests confirmed the diagnosis. (Snip) "Infection of all four macaques in an environment, preventing direct contact between the two species and between the macaques themselves, supports the concept of airborne transmission."

(Snip) "Our findings support the hypothesis that airborne transmission may contribute to ZEBOV spread, specifically from pigs to primates, and may need to be considered in assessing transmission from animals to humans in general." http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidr...

Nov 15 Sci Rep study http://www.nature.com/srep/201...

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


Is the H3N8 Flu Found in Harbor Seals In New England a Concern for People?
In the fall of 2011, more than 150 harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) were found dead on beaches in New England, the majority in northern Massachusetts, New Hampshire and southern Maine.


UMEs in marine mammals in the US, are declared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration when there is "a stranding that is unexpected; involves significant die-off of any marine mammal population; and demands an immediate response."

The 2011 outbreak began in September and continued until December, with the peak occurring in September and October. Fortunately, as of mid-November 2012, of the eleven cases sent for testing, nine have been negative, with two cases pending. More significantly, harbor seal mortalities in 2012 have been lower, more in line with previous years. And the seals whose samples were sent for testing did not have the same external lesions as the previous year.

How Does H3N8 Virus Affect Harbor Seals?
Ms Pugliares told Decoded Science that the investigation began early last fall when an unusually high number of young harbor seals in good weight were being found dead on New England beaches. While an increase in the number of recently weaned seals dying in late summer and early fall is normal in wild populations, these animals are generally very thin or even emaciated. In 2011, however, the seals found on New England beaches were not typical 'failure to thrive' cases.

In addition, these animals had sores on their mouth and body. Postmortem examinations showed congested, often hemorrhagic, lungs. This is similar to the signs seen in dogs infected with H3N8 in Florida in 2004 and 2005. Other strains of H3N8 found in horses and pigs also tend to cause respiratory disease.

Article continues on page two: http://www.decodedscience.com/...

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


US: Pandemic Flu: Interprofessional Education Goes Statewide in Arizona
In Arizona, a Pandemic flu exercise will encompass students and faculty from all all three state universities. The exercise is designed to help future health professionals deal with public health emergencies.

For the first time ever, an Interprofessional Education & Practice (IPEP) mini-course--Pandemic Flu: An Exercise in Disaster Preparedness--will go statewide to include students and faculty from all three state institutions: The University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.

On November 27, nearly 550 students and more than 40 faculty facilitators at eight different sites will be linked together through Telemedicine video conferencing technology for the simulated pandemic exercise in emergency preparedness.

IPEP Pandemic Flu
Since its debut in 2008, the pandemic flu exercise has engaged students through interprofessional teamwork, which helps future health professionals to address the threats and consequences of public health emergencies. In 2012, what used to be a single-day pandemic flu exercise was transformed into a four-week mini-course--Pandemic Flu: An Exercise in Disaster Preparedness. The mini-course includes online learning and interaction in addition to the live interprofessional teamwork experience. After completing introductory learning online, students work in interprofessional teams of six during a simulated pandemic emergency to explore medical, social, psychological, legal and public health issues they would face in real-life pandemic emergency.

Reaching across Arizona to include all three state universities
The effect of a pandemic emergency allows for student involvement across all health science disciplines. This year, the 548 students will come from UA Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and UA Zuckerman College of Public Health in Phoenix and Tucson, UA James E. Rogers College of Law in Tucson, ASU School of Social Work in Phoenix and Tucson, and NAU Department of Physician Assistant Studies in Phoenix. Continued: http://www.opednews.com/Diary/...

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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