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Nov 02, 2009

Nov 02, 2009

WHO sends team to Ukraine as flu cases rise

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed yesterday that it was sending a team of experts to help the government of Ukraine, where it said more than 2,300 people have been hospitalized for what is suspected to be pandemic H1N1 influenza and 38 have died.

Nov 03, 2009

Nov 03, 2009

WHO team arrives to assist with Ukraine flu probe

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said its team arrived in the Ukraine last night and met with the country's health ministry today to discuss a dramatic spike in flulike illnesses and deaths, particularly in the western part of the country.

Nov 05, 2009

Nov 05, 2009

WHO warns countries not to underestimate pandemic virus

(CIDRAP News) –An official from the World Health Organization (WHO) today said he expects serious cases and deaths as pandemic flu activity picks up in the Northern Hemisphere, and he warned people not to underestimate the virus, even though illnesses are often mild.

Nov 05, 2009

Reanalysis changes findings in respiratory protection study

A reanalysis prompted by reviewers has changed the conclusions of a study comparing N-95 respirators with surgical masks, raising questions about earlier findings that the N-95 devices were clearly more effective in protecting healthcare workers from respiratory illness.

Nov 06, 2009

Nov 06, 2009

Pandemic flu keeps strong grip on US

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic flu activity continues its vigorous spread across the United States, with 48 states experiencing widespread activity and reports of 18 more deaths in children, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Nov 10, 2009

Nov 10, 2009

NIOSH says disputed study didn't guide advice on masks

Editor's note: This story was revised after initial posting to specify which arm of the CDC issued the statement described.

(CIDRAP News) – Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday rejected a contention from several professional groups that its guidance on respiratory protection for healthcare workers caring for H1N1 patients was influenced by a recent controversial study by Australian researchers.

Nov 11, 2009

Nov 11, 2009

Officials take a heartland look at pandemic vaccine messages

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to gauge how pandemic vaccine messages are being received outside the Washington, DC, beltway, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday held a tabletop exercise in Minneapolis and included participants from local media outlets and public health departments.

Nov 13, 2009

Nov 13, 2009

CDC cites some signs of ebbing US flu activity

(CIDRAP News) – Today's weekly influenza reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contain some hints that the fall wave of H1N1 flu may have crested, though cases are still widespread over most of the country.

Nov 17, 2009

Nov 17, 2009

Sick-leave standard as anti-flu weapon stirs debate

Making paid sick leave a national standard is crucial to controlling the H1N1 pandemic and future epidemics, public health and business experts told Congress Tuesday.

Nov 17, 2009

Nov 17, 2009

CDC airs flu guidelines for labor and delivery settings

(CIDRAP News) – After input from professional groups, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidance for managing pandemic flu in labor and delivery settings, relaxing some restrictions on keeping sick moms from their babies.

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