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Apr 22, 2011

Apr 22, 2011

US flu season nears its end; global levels low

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity in the United States continued to fade last week, but the lingering signs included reports of four more flu-related deaths in children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization's latest global update said flu was generally low and decreasing worldwide, but there were a few patches of activity in the tropics.

Apr 08, 2011

Apr 08, 2011

US flu level continues drop amid low global activity

(CIDRAP News) – Flu indicators in the United States and other Northern Hemisphere locations continue to plummet, with global surveillance showing only a few active areas in tropical and Southern Hemisphere locations that will soon be approaching their flu season.

Jun 25, 2010

Jun 25, 2010

WHO sees pockets of pandemic flu and more H3N2

(CIDRAP News) – Pandemic flu activity remained low in most parts of the world, though some areas such as Caribbean countries continued to see active transmission, with increased activity reported in a few areas, including Colombia and parts of India, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Oct 27, 2008

Oct 27, 2008

Drug-resistant flu viruses cause growing concern

– WASHINGTON, DC (CIDRAP News) – Health officials worldwide are becoming increasingly concerned about influenza viruses' resistance to antiviral drugs, which can shut down a flu infection or mitigate symptoms. Flu antivirals are vital for reducing severe illness and death in average flu seasons and could be essential bulwarks against an influenza pandemic if one began.

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