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Feb 22, 2013

Feb 22, 2013

Flu activity continues its slow retreat

(CIDRAP News) – Some of the key markers that US officials use to track flu continued to tumble last week, though activity was still elevated in most parts of the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today.

Nationally, the percentage of doctors visits for flulike illness fell from 3.2% to 2.8% last week, with all parts of the country still above regional baselines.

Feb 21, 2013

Feb 21, 2013

WHO recommends new B strain for next season's flu vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today recommended changing one of the three vaccine strains for the Northern Hemisphere's next flu season, based on the changing profile of circulating influenza B strains.

An expert group that met in Geneva earlier this week suggested changing the B component of the vaccine, but sticking with the A/H3N2 and A/H1N1 components.

Feb 21, 2013

Feds unveil new policies for 'dual-use' H5N1 research

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials announced two new policy steps today designed to guide how they and US labs address dual-use research on dangerous pathogens, especially experiments involving aerosol H5N1 avian flu transmission.

Feb 21, 2013

Cambodia reports another H5N1 death

(CIDRAP News) – A 20-month-old Cambodian boy has died of H5N1 avian flu in a village near the residence of the country's previous case-patient, marking the eighth H5N1 case and seventh H5N1 death in the nation this year.

Feb 21, 2013

WHO confirms 13th novel coronavirus case

(CIDRAP News) – A patient from Saudi Arabia died from a novel coronavirus (NCoV) infection, becoming the world's 13th case and seventh death, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

Feb 21, 2013

CDC midseason check finds scant flu vaccine effect for seniors

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccine over the past few months has provided moderate protection overall but didn't have a significant impact on protecting seniors, a study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed today.

Feb 20, 2013

Feb 20, 2013

Study: Full-time N95 use offers best respiratory protection

(CIDRAP News) – In a new study, Chinese hospital staffers who wore N95 respirators all the time enjoyed significantly lower rates of clinical respiratory illnesses (CRIs) than workers who wore surgical masks or used N95s only for high-risk procedures.

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