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May 08, 2009

May 08, 2009

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Cases reach 2,500, Mexico's severe cases, concern about viral mixing, holding at phase 5

The World Health Organization (WHO) listed a global total of 2,500 confirmed cases of swine influenza H1N1 in 25 countries today. That total included 1,204 cases in Mexico, 896 cases in the United States (yesterday's number), 214 in Canada, 88 in Spain, and 34 in the United Kingdom. The death toll remains at 44, including 42 in Mexico and 2 in the United States. [WHO update 22]

May 19, 2009

May 19, 2009

CDC finds patterns in novel flu hospitalizations

(CIDRAP News) – In a first early look at trends in patients who have been hospitalized with novel influenza H1N1infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that all but one of a group of 30 patients presented with fever and that about two thirds of them had an underlying medical condition.

Jun 29, 2009

Jun 29, 2009

Novel H1N1 flu can cause severe respiratory illness

(CIDRAP News) – Novel H1N1 influenza can cause severe respiratory illness, profound lung damage, and death even in patients with no underlying conditions to make them vulnerable, a team of physicians from Mexico report in a rush article published online today by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

Aug 10, 2009

Aug 10, 2009

States to designate providers to give H1N1 vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – State health departments will decide which providers will administer the pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine this fall, and a single company will be the distributor for all the doses, it was announced today.

Aug 28, 2009

Aug 28, 2009

WHO cites severe H1N1 cases as southern outbreaks wane

(CIDRAP News) – Novel H1N1 influenza outbreaks are starting to wane in the southern hemisphere, and while most cases are still mild, clinicians are reporting some severe cases of viral pneumonia in young, previously healthy people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Sep 28, 2009

Sep 28, 2009

CDC cites bacterial infections in some H1N1 deaths

Editor's note: This story was revised Sep 29 to correct a detail about when pneumonia cases were diagnosed.

Oct 16, 2009

Oct 16, 2009

WHO underscores H1N1 risk to young and healthy

(CIDRAP News) – The susceptibility of some young, healthy people to severe illness with pandemic H1N1 influenza marks a striking difference from the pattern of disease seen in seasonal flu epidemics, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

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