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Jul 06, 2012

Jul 06, 2012

FLU NEWS SCAN: Resistant H1N1, H5N1 in Indonesia

Antiviral-resistant H1N1 virus in Australia didn't spread farAn oseltamivir-resistant 2009 H1N1 virus that spread in one Australian community in 2011 apparently did not escape to a nearby large city, according to a report published in Eurosurveillance yesterday. Researchers previously reported the community spread of a resistant 2009 H1N1 virus in the Newcastle, Australia, area from June through August of 2011, the report notes.

Jun 10, 2011

Jun 10, 2011

Some 2009 H1N1 viruses have reduced sensitivity to 2 drugs

Jun 11, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – Some 2009 H1N1 influenza virus strains in Singapore and Australia have been showing "mildly reduced" sensitivity to both of the main flu drugs, which is not a clinical problem now but could become one if the viruses pick up further mutations, according to a report in Eurosurveillance.

Oct 21, 2010

Oct 21, 2010

Study: 2009 H1N1 variant gained a foothold in three countries

(CIDRAP News) – Laboratory experts from Australia and Singapore have identified changes in the 2009 H1N1 flu virus that they say don't seem to make the vaccine less effective but bear watching.

Researchers first identified the genetic variants in April 2010 in Singapore, where they became more common, spreading to New Zealand and Australia during their winter flu seasons.

Jul 30, 2010

Jul 30, 2010

WHO: Flu active in parts of tropics, Southern Hemisphere

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today said pandemic and seasonal flu activity across the globe is low, but said activity is increasing in some parts of the Southern Hemisphere, with significant action still occurring in certain tropical areas, such as India.

Jul 09, 2010

Jul 09, 2010

WHO: Flu activity builds slowly in the Southern Hemisphere

(CIDRAP News) – So far Southern Hemisphere countries have seen low levels of flulike illnesses during their flu season, with the pandemic H1N1 virus predominant in Chile, Australia, and New Zealand; in addition, a few other places in the world, such as India, Malaysia, and Singapore, are reporting active transmission of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

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.

Apr 13, 2010

Apr 13, 2010

Blood sampling shows low H1N1 infection rate in Singapore

(CIDRAP News) – About one in every eight residents of Singapore became infected with novel H1N1 influenza during the 2009 pandemic's main wave there, according to blood sampling done as the outbreak proceeded, with higher infection rates among members of the military and much lower ones among healthcare workers.

Jul 23, 2009

Jul 23, 2009

WHO offices issue pandemic flu surveillance updates

(CIDRAP News) - The World Health Organization (WHO) recently posted surveillance and status updates for regions where the pandemic H1N1 is just gaining a foothold, including the Mideast, Africa, and parts of Asia and the Pacific, which showed Southeast Asia as the hardest hit of those areas.

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