[NEWS] US Congress holds hearings on outbreak of influenza A (H1N1)

June 28, 2009


Source:BMJ 2009;338:b1837

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: [NEWS] US Congress holds hearings on outbreak of influenza A (H1N1) http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/short/338/may01_1/b1837?rss=1 Roehr, B. 2009-05-01 Infectious diseases, Vaccination programs, Immunology (including allergy), Clinical diagnostic tests info:doi/10.1136/bmj.b1837 [NEWS] US Congress holds hearings on outbreak of influenza A (H1N1) BMJ Publishing Group Ltd may01_1 338 b1837 2009-05-01 b1837 NEWS


Concern over measles jab clinic

June 26, 2009


Source:BBC News

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: A private company is defending its decision to advertise a clinic offering single measles vaccines in a town caught up in a measles outbreak.


Health Protection Agency produces swine flu vaccine candidate

June 26, 2009


Source:Health Protection Agency

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: A crucial step towards large scale production of a vaccine against swine flu has been completed in the UK by the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), part of the Health Protection Agency.


EARLY RELEASE: Geographic Dependence, Surveillance, and Origins of the 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Virus

June 26, 2009


Source:N Engl J Med. 2009 May 27. [Epub ahead of print]

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: In April 2009, a new strain of human H1N1 influenza A virus was identified in Mexico. According to the World Health Organization (www.who.int/csr/don/2009_05_25), as of May 25, 2009, the virus had spread to 43 countries, with 12,515 reported cases and 91 associated deaths, and it has been assessed as having pandemic potential.

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EARLY RELEASE: Managing and Reducing Uncertainty in an Emerging Influenza Pandemic

June 26, 2009


Source:N Engl J Med. 2009 May 28. [Epub ahead of print]

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: The early phases of an epidemic present decision makers with predictable challenges1 that have been evident as the current novel influenza A (H1N1) virus has spread. The scale of the problem is uncertain when a disease first appears but may increase rapidly. Early action is required, but decisions about action must be made when the threat is only modest — and consequently, they involve a trade-off between the comparatively small, but nearly certain, harm that an intervention may cause (such as rare adverse events from large-scale vaccination or economic and social costs from school dismissals) and the uncertain probability of . . .

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[NEWS] Number of confirmed swine flu cases could be “tip of iceberg”

June 26, 2009


Source:BMJ 2009;338:b2153

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Year of publication: 2009

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In a nutshell: Almost 13 000 people around the world have now been confirmed as having been infected with the A/H1N1 flu virus, but experts in the United States are warning that the actual figures there could be much higher.


EARLY RELEASE: Triple-Reassortant Swine Influenza A (H1) in Humans in the United States, 2005-2009

June 26, 2009


Source:N Engl J Med. 2009, 360(25) p. 2616-25

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: Journal Article

Length of Publication: 10 page article

In a nutshell: Background Triple-reassortant swine influenza A (H1) viruses containing genes from avian, human, and swine influenza viruses emerged and became enzootic among pig herds in North America during the late 1990s.

Conclusions From December 2005 until just before the current human epidemic of swine-origin influenza viruses, there was sporadic infection with triple-reassortant swine influenza A (H1) viruses in persons with exposure to pigs in the United States. Although all the patients recovered, severe illness of the lower respiratory tract and unusual influenza signs such as diarrhea were observed in some patients, including those who had been previously healthy.

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