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Jun 03, 2009

Jun 03, 2009

Australia reports community spread of novel flu in Victoria

(CIDRAP News) – Australian health officials acknowledged today that the novel H1N1 influenza virus has achieved sustained community transmission in the state of Victoria, where 521 cases were reported today, an increase of 126 since yesterday.

Jun 05, 2009

Jun 05, 2009

Obama seeks more funds for novel flu fight

(CIDRAP News) – President Barack Obama this week asked Congress for another $2 billion in supplemental funds to fight the novel H1N1 influenza epidemic, on top of $2 billion requested a month ago, and also proposed to tap federal economic stimulus funds for up to another $3.1 billion for the same purpose.

Meanwhile, public health advocates said even more may be needed if a nationwide H1N1 vaccination campaign is launched in the fall.

Jun 08, 2009

Jun 08, 2009

Flu researchers call for enhanced swine surveillance

(CIDRAP News) – Government officials and researchers may have underestimated the potential role of pigs as "mixing vessels" for influenza viruses and the importance of swine surveillance for identifying new pandemic threats, veterinary experts from Mexico asserted recently.

Jun 15, 2009

Jun 15, 2009

CDC targets threat of novel flu at summer camps

(CIDRAP News) – As the school year winds down for most students, and with it the threat of school-related illness clusters, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has its sights set on preventing the spread of the novel H1N1 virus at another setting where kids congregate: summer camps.

Jun 16, 2009

Jun 16, 2009

US hunt for novel flu reveals persistence of seasonal strains

(CIDRAP News) – One byproduct of the pandemic of novel H1N1 influenza is increased evidence of the extent to which "seasonal" flu viruses stick around in the summertime.

Jun 22, 2009

Jun 22, 2009

Congress approves $7.65 billion for pandemic flu response

(CIDRAP News) – Responding to lobbying by the Obama administration and public health advocates, Congress last week approved $7.65 billion for battling pandemic influenza, more than three times what the House and Senate had earlier proposed.

Jun 23, 2009

Jun 23, 2009

Firm wins HHS contract for new flu vaccine technology

(CIDRAP News) – The US government has granted Protein Sciences Corp. (PSC) of Meriden, Conn., a $35 million contract to develop its technique for making influenza vaccines by growing flu virus proteins in insect cells, an approach said to be faster than traditional methods.

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