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Jun 25, 2010

Jun 25, 2010

WHO sees pockets of pandemic flu and more H3N2

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic flu activity remained low in most parts of the world, though some areas such as Caribbean countries continued to see active transmission, with increased activity reported in a few areas, including Colombia and parts of India, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Jun 11, 2010

Jun 11, 2010

H1N1 News Scan: Pandemic anniversary, current global situation, seroconversion with PEP

Pandemic officially a year old Today marks the passage of a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic of H1N1 influenza. WHO Director Margaret Chan declared phase 6 on Jun 11, 2009, about 7 weeks after the virus had surfaced. The WHO hesitated to take the step because of concern that it would cause undue alarm, given that H5N1 avian flu had led the public to associate "pandemic" with high death rates.

Jun 11, 2010

Serologic studies agree on seniors' partial protection from H1N1

(CIDRAP News) – In a bird's eye view of pandemic H1N1 seroprevalence studies published so far, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today the reports consistently show older people had partial protection and that infection rates were higher in younger people, but it's too soon to estimate a global attack rate.

Jun 09, 2010

Jun 09, 2010

Studies examine H1N1 spread in military units, households

(CIDRAP News) – When the H1N1 pandemic influenza began hitting Singapore's military forces last summer, health officials largely arrested its spread by giving oseltamivir to everyone in the affected units, in combination with other preventive steps, according to a report released today.

May 14, 2010

May 14, 2010

Surveillance reports show few pandemic flu hot spots

(CIDRAP News) – Low levels of flu activity across the United States resemble a summer pattern, while globally only sporadic pandemic flu activity is occurring with the most active areas in parts of the Caribbean and Central America, according to updates today.

Apr 16, 2010

Apr 16, 2010

Latin America, Caribbean report surge in dengue cases

(CIDRAP News) – Dengue fever cases in some of the world's tropical regions have surged during the first 3 months of the year, fueled by an El Nino-related drought that has forced people to store water, providing a breeding site for mosquitoes that spread the disease, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

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