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Oct 21, 2010

Oct 21, 2010

Study: 2009 H1N1 variant gained a foothold in three countries

(CIDRAP News) – Laboratory experts from Australia and Singapore have identified changes in the 2009 H1N1 flu virus that they say don't seem to make the vaccine less effective but bear watching.

Researchers first identified the genetic variants in April 2010 in Singapore, where they became more common, spreading to New Zealand and Australia during their winter flu seasons.

Oct 21, 2010

Oct 21, 2010

IDSA studies report on range of flu issues

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza reports presented at the Infectious Diseases Society of America's (IDSA's) annual conference today shed light on a range of topics, including vaccine acceptance among healthcare workers (HCWs) and risk factors for hospitalization in small children.

IDSA members discussed their reports in a press teleconference today from the meeting site in Vancouver, B.C., and the organization also released abstracts online.

Oct 20, 2010

Oct 20, 2010

'Henfluenza': Huge flu-like outbreak hit US poultry in 1872

(CIDRAP News) – A disease that might have been highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) killed poultry across much of the United States in 1872 and closely followed a nationwide outbreak of influenza in horses, according to a historical analysis by researchers from the National Institutes of Health.

Oct 19, 2010

Oct 19, 2010

One egg farm to resume production; Salmonella case count grows

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized one Iowa company tied to a recent nationwide Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) outbreak to resume egg production for the retail market, while officially warning the other company of possible enforcement action if it doesn't correct problems inspectors found in August.

Oct 18, 2010

Oct 18, 2010

CDC: Flu activity low, with all three types in the mix

(CIDRAP News) – Flu is circulating at low levels in the United States, with the 2009 H1N1 virus appearing sporadically along with H3N2 and influenza B strains, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its first official surveillance report of the new season.

Oct 15, 2010

Oct 15, 2010

Flu vaccines called generally safe for egg-allergic patients

(CIDRAP News) – Most people with an egg allergy can safely receive an influenza vaccine, and they don't need a skin test first, according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

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