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Jan 05, 2011

Jan 05, 2011

WHO confirms 4 Egyptian H5N1 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed four H5N1 avian influenza cases in Egypt, three of which had been previously reported in the media, and added new details about the patients' medical care and exposure to poultry.

Jan 07, 2011

Jan 07, 2011

CDC gives mixed report on US flu activity

(CIDRAP News) – US health officials today gave a mixed report on influenza activity for last week, saying overall activity decreased slightly but more states reported widespread flu than the week before.

In Europe, meanwhile, flu activity increased in several countries, and the United Kingdom and Denmark reported high flu circulation, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO's) European Regional Office.

Jan 11, 2011

Jan 11, 2011

Expert says US should agree to destroy smallpox virus stocks

(CIDRAP News) – Given the potential for a bitter diplomatic battle at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May, an expert on smallpox-related policy is recommending that the United States agree to the destruction of the remaining stocks of smallpox virus—or at least be prepared to destroy all but a remnant of them.

Jan 12, 2011

Jan 12, 2011

WHO launches plan to contain drug-resistant malaria

(CIDRAP News) – Warning that the spread of artemisinin-resistant parasites threatens the world's most potent tool for fighting malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) today released a new plan for containment.

Jan 18, 2011

Jan 18, 2011

Chan warns about anti-vaccine views as WHO board meets

(CIDRAP News) – In opening the World Health Organization's (WHO's) executive board meeting yesterday, the head of the WHO cited anti-vaccine sentiments as a worrisome trend that may be very difficult to change.

Jan 18, 2011

Jan 18, 2011

Northern Hemisphere countries show steady rise in flu

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity is increasing in many of the Northern Hemisphere's temperate-zone countries, with influenza B cocirculating with the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus across Europe and teaming up with influenza A (H3N2) in the United States and Canada, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update.

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