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Feb 26, 2010

Feb 26, 2010

Red pepper recalled in Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A company that supplied crushed red pepper to a Rhode Island sausage maker at the center of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak has recalled 10 months' worth of production after two samples of the product were found to be contaminated.

Feb 26, 2010

Feb 26, 2010

Hong Kong reports swine-pandemic flu reassortant

(CIDRAP News) – A laboratory at Hong Kong University (HKU) detected a reassortant made up of a swine influenza virus and the pandemic H1N1 virus in a sample obtained from a slaughterhouse pig as part of a surveillance program, officials announced today.

Feb 25, 2010

Feb 25, 2010

CDC finds racial differences in pandemic flu hospitalizations

(CIDRAP News) – Racial minority groups have been more heavily impacted by pandemic H1N1 flu hospitalizations, with severe illness during the fall wave hitting American Indian and Alaska Native populations especially hard, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday in an update.

Feb 25, 2010

Feb 25, 2010

Study says humidity is key factor in US flu outbreaks

(CIDRAP News) – Winter influenza outbreaks in the United States typically follow periods of unusually low absolute humidity (AH), and this pattern suggests it may be possible to develop short-term forecasts of flu epidemics, according to a study published this week.

Feb 24, 2010

Feb 24, 2010

Egypt's H5N1 cases top 100

(CIDRAP News) – Egypt's health ministry has reported three more H5N1 avian influenza infections, two boys and a 30-year-old woman, pushing country's confirmed cases to 102, an Egypt-based avian influenza Web site reported today.

Feb 24, 2010

Emergency departments see rise in flu-like illness

(CIDRAP News) – Some of the nation's emergency departments are noting increases in flu-like illness cases that appear to be pandemic H1N1, and colleges are reporting the first increase in flu-like illness since the end of November, but it's not clear if these are early signs of a third pandemic flu wave.

Feb 24, 2010

WHO sticks with current pandemic phase

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization's (WHO's) emergency committee of experts yesterday recommended holding at the current pandemic alert level based on evidence of new community spread of the virus in West Africa and the possibility of a second wave of illnesses as the Southern Hemisphere enters its winter months.

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