Deaths from meningitis C plunge to record low government says

April 29, 2009


Source:Daily Mail Online 25th April 2009

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: Cases of bacterial meningitis have plunged to a record low thanks to childhood vaccination, health officials say.

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Reports of swine influenza in Mexico and US – an update

April 29, 2009


Source:Health Protection Agency – 25th April 2009

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in California and Texas in the Unites States and in four districts in Mexico.

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Suspected Cases in Scotland Test Positive for Swine Influenza

April 29, 2009


Source:Health Protection Agency – 27th April 2009

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: The two suspected swine influenza cases under investigation in Scotland have today been confirmed as positive for swine influenza – similar to the strain seen in US and Mexico.

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[NEWS] Germany reviews its policy on HPV vaccination for 12-17 year olds

April 29, 2009


Source:BMJ 2009;338:b1692

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: Germany’s Robert Koch Institute is reviewing its recommendation that all 12-17 year old girls should be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) to reduce the risk of cervical cancer, after criticism from experts.

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Early 2009 sees continued rise in mumps

April 29, 2009


Source:Health Protection Agency – 9th April 2009

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: Nine hundred and ninety-eight laboratory confirmed cases of mumps in England and Wales have been reported to the Agency with onset in January or February 2009. This compares with 322, 274, and 1173 cases in the same periods of 2008, 2007, and 2006 respectively.

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Vaccine Prevention of Maternal Cytomegalovirus Infection

April 29, 2009


Source:NEJM Volume 360:1191-1199 March 19, 2009

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: Journal Article

Length of Publication: 9 page article

In a nutshell: Background Congenital infection with cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an important cause of hearing, cognitive, and motor impairments in newborns.

Conclusions CMV glycoprotein B vaccine has the potential to decrease incident cases of maternal and congenital CMV infection.

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[NEWS] WHO calls for five year plan to tackle multidrug resistant tuberculosis

April 7, 2009


Source:BMJ 2009;338:b1414

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Year of publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a nutshell: Health ministers and delegations from more than 30 countries have issued a call to action to fight multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB) and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDRTB).

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