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Jun 27, 2012

Jun 27, 2012

CDC estimate of global H1N1 pandemic deaths: 284,000

(CIDRAP News) – Working with admittedly sparse data, a research team led by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated the global death toll from the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic at more than 284,000, about 15 times the number of laboratory-confirmed cases.

Jun 26, 2012

Jun 26, 2012

HHS lists H1N1's lessons for honing pandemic readiness

(CIDRAP News) – During the 2009 influenza pandemic, clinicians were frustrated by the lack of useful diagnostic tests, the government had no national system for monitoring stress on healthcare facilities, and there was some duplication in federal media campaigns.

Jun 26, 2012

Biodefense board takes on situational awareness, SNS tasks

(CIDRAP News) – The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) during its meeting today took on two new tasks: to help guide federal efforts to improve situational awareness for potential public health emergencies and to help work out a strategy for improving and modernizing the management of the government's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).

Jun 25, 2012

Jun 25, 2012

Another Salmonella outbreak linked to mail-order chicks, ducklings

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with public health and agriculture officials in several states, is investigating a Salmonella Montevideo outbreak linked to chicks and ducklings from a Missouri company's mail-order hatchery.

The outbreak is the fourth Salmonella outbreak linked to mail-order chicks and ducklings to surface since 2011.

Jun 22, 2012

Jun 22, 2012

CDC unveils new pandemic preparedness tools

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday unveiled two new tools designed to boost pandemic preparedness: an inventory of H5N1 avian influenza genetic changes and a system the CDC and its partners are developing to help evaluate the threat from flu viruses circulating in animals.

Jun 21, 2012

Jun 21, 2012

Fouchier study reveals changes enabling airborne spread of H5N1

(CIDRAP News) – A study showing that it takes as few as five mutations to turn the H5N1 avian influenza virus into an airborne spreader in mammals—and that launched a historic debate on scientific accountability and transparency—was released today in Science, spilling the full experimental details that many experts had sought to suppress out of concern that publishing them could lead to the unleashing of a dangerous virus.

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