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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.

Jan 19, 2011

Jan 19, 2011

Group grades states for foodborne illness outbreak reporting

(CIDRAP News) – The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) today released its first report on how well states perform at reporting foodborne disease outbreaks, which they say varies greatly, with seven states earning A grades and 14 getting Fs.

Jan 20, 2011

Jan 20, 2011

Study: Plasma from former H1N1 patients saved lives

(CIDRAP News) – A report from Hong Kong says that the use of blood plasma donated by recovered H1N1 influenza patients reduced the death rate in severely ill H1N1 patients.

Jan 20, 2011

Jan 20, 2011

Researchers observe zanamivir advantages in kids' flu

(CIDRAP News) – Zanamivir might be a better flu treatment for children than oseltamivir, according to a research group from Japan who observed the two drugs over four flu seasons, finding that zanamivir produced shorter virus-shedding times with fewer links to resistance.

Jan 21, 2011

Jan 21, 2011

US indicators show flu activity increasing

(CIDRAP News) – Flu in the United States picked up last week, increasing its geographic impact and sending more people to doctors' offices, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

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