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Sep 02, 2009

Sep 02, 2009

Study: H1N1 likely to dominate, not mix with, seasonal flu

(CIDRAP News) – When a novel H1N1 influenza virus meets up with a seasonal flu virus inside an animal, the novel virus is likely to outdo the seasonal strain—and unlikely to mix with it, according to a report published yesterday.

Sep 03, 2009

Sep 03, 2009

CDC report sheds light on pandemic H1N1 deaths in children

(CIDRAP News) – Though the pandemic H1N1 virus never faded from the scene during the summer, illnesses are starting to pick up again, particularly in the southeastern states where school has already started, Thomas Frieden, MD, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Sep 03, 2009

IOM affirms CDC guidance on N95 use in H1N1 setting

(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today affirmed existing federal guidance that healthcare workers caring for H1N1 influenza patients should wear fit-tested N95 respirators, not just surgical masks, to protect them from the virus.

Sep 04, 2009

Sep 04, 2009

CDC reports increase in flu activity, plus one swine H3N2 flu case

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported an increase in pandemic H1N1 flu activity in the nation, focused primarily in five southeastern states, along with an isolated case of swine H3N2 influenza in a patient from Kansas.

Officials from the CDC have said they expect flu activity to pick up again when students return to school, and many districts in the southeast resumed classes on Aug 10.

Sep 04, 2009

CDC issues advice for battling flu in child care settings

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials provided updated guidelines today for responding to novel H1N1 and seasonal influenza in child care settings, recommending that providers conduct daily health checks on all children and staff, among other steps.

Sep 08, 2009

Sep 08, 2009

Revised CDC guidance on flu antivirals stresses early treatment

(CIDRAP News) – Revised recommendations from federal health officials on the use of influenza antiviral drugs suggest that clinicians consider providing prescriptions over the phone for high-risk patients as a way to start treatment faster if they come down with flu symptoms.

Sep 09, 2009

Sep 09, 2009

ER physicians fear possible fall flood of flu

(CIDRAP News) – As children return to school and promptly become infected with H1N1 influenza, emergency-room (ER) physicians nationwide are becoming increasingly anxious over their ERs' capacity to deal with an influx of flu patients.

Sep 09, 2009

Sep 09, 2009

Officials give pandemic flu advice for high-risk kids

(CIDRAP News) – In a follow-up to new influenza guidelines for child care settings, federal experts were on hand today during a Web telecast to answer questions from parents, focusing on child care and concerns about youngsters who have chronic health conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

Sep 11, 2009

Sep 11, 2009

H1N1 flu widespread in 11 states

(CIDRAP News) –The United States is seeing increased levels of pandemic H1N1 influenza activity, with cases being reported in all 50 states and widespread activity in Guam and 11 states, most of them in the Southeast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today.

In last week's surveillance report, six states and Puerto Rico reported widespread activity, so the number of states reporting the highest activity has increased by five.

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