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Jun 15, 2012

Jun 15, 2012

WHO report sums up Northern Hemisphere flu season

(CIDRAP News) – The 2011-12 flu season in most temperate countries of the Northern Hemisphere started later than usual, except for North Africa, and was mild in many countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today in a wrap-up report.

Apr 23, 2012

Apr 23, 2012

Study: Mexico's H1N1 mortality rose as antiviral use dropped

(CIDRAP News) – A large-scale study suggests that antiviral treatment saved many lives during Mexico's 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic but also points to an irony: that the use of antivirals dropped sharply in the fall wave of cases.

Apr 04, 2012

Apr 04, 2012

North American and European leaders update pandemic plans

(CIDRAP News) – Armed with lessons learned during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, government leaders in North America and Europe this week launched new guidance aimed at boosting preparedness for the next influenza pandemic.

Mar 30, 2012

Mar 30, 2012

US flu activity shows signs of ebbing

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity in the United States—while never very high this season—showed signs of decline in data reported today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mar 19, 2012

Mar 19, 2012

Moderate flu activity persists in parts of US, world

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity remained elevated in Midwestern US states but elsewhere was at low levels, while some Northern Hemisphere countries reported moderate flu activity, according to the latest US and international reports.

Mar 02, 2012

Mar 02, 2012

US flu markers show steady rise

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity in the United States showed a moderate spike last week, with a jump in states reporting widespread activity, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

The number of respiratory specimens testing positive for flu, another marker of flu activity, also showed a steady rise last week, increasing to 18.4%, compared with 14.4% the week before.

Feb 17, 2012

Feb 17, 2012

Flu activity continues late-season climb

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity in the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe continues to increase, but for the most part, levels of both mild and severe illness are low compared with past flu seasons, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Activity appears to have peaked in a few Northern Hemisphere locations, such as some countries in Western Europe, North Africa, and northern China, according to the WHO.

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