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Jun 01, 2011

Jun 01, 2011

Egypt, Indonesia report H5N1 cases, fatality

(CIDRAP News) – Health officials today reported two new H5N1 avian influenza cases, in an Egyptian woman who died from the disease and in an Indonesian toddler who is recovering.

Jun 01, 2011

Jun 01, 2011

E coli cases, deaths in Europe push higher

(CIDRAP News) – The count of cases and deaths in Europe's Escherichia coli outbreak pushed higher today, with various news reports citing about 1,500 cases and 17 deaths, while the source of the epidemic remained a mystery.

Jun 02, 2011

Jun 02, 2011

Pandemic preparedness after H1N1: Remember--If you've seen one pandemic, you've seen one pandemic

More than 4 years ago, CIDRAP recognized the vital role businesses would play in protecting their employees and keeping critical products and services available during a pandemic of potentially dire consequences.

Jun 02, 2011

Cytokines suggested as factor in Australian flu-vaccine reactions

(CIDRAP News) – A study from Australia suggests that a vaccine-induced surge of cytokines (pro-inflammatory chemical messengers) might have been a factor in the unusual rate of fever and seizures seen in Australian children who received the Fluvax seasonal flu vaccine last year.

The adverse events prompted suspension of use of the vaccine in children under age 5 in Australia in 2010, and the problem remains unexplained.

Jun 02, 2011

CDC reports instance of probable human-to-human swine-origin flu spread

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued its initial assessment of the 2010-11 flu season, giving new details about swine-origin novel H3N2 infections, including probable human-to-human transmission between a Minnesota man and his child who were sick in November.

Human infections with the swine-origin flu viruses are rare, which makes a report of human-to-human transmission even more unusual.

Jun 02, 2011

E coli cases in Europe exceed 1,600

(CIDRAP News) – The official toll of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) cases in Europe climbed above 1,600 today, with at least 16 deaths, as the pathogen's source remained elusive and one team of scientists called the strain new and "super-toxic."

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