H1N1 NEWS SCAN: Containment steps, activity in India & Latin America, approved test

Jun 22, 2010

WHO plans to review containment measures
Measures to contain pandemic H1N1 flu failed to work last year and may need to be revised for future pandemics, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said, according to a Healthcare Republic news story. Dr. Sylvie Briand, head of the WHO's global influenza program questioned whether it is possible to contain influenza at its source and said, "Rapid containment was not feasible this time," adding that "at least we must slow transmission."
Jun 22 Healthcare Republic article

India reports increased H1N1 activity
Monsoon rains have increased pandemic H1N1 flu activity in India, with 13 deaths and 233 flu cases reported in the past week, according to the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS). Kerala has been hit the hardest, with 9 deaths last week and 14 the week before, but the situation is becoming "grave" in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh states. "We are prepared to handle the threat with adequate doses of Tamiflu and vaccines available," a health ministry official said.
Jun 22 IANS story

Latin American nations experience some flu
An update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported widespread influenza activity in Jamaica, while Cuba, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, and Chile reported regional flu activity. Bolivia reported a trend of increased acute respiratory disease for the first time, while Colombia reported 2 consecutive weeks and Venezuela 3 consecutive weeks of increased acute respiratory disease.

FDA approves CDC H1N1 test
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved a test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to diagnose pandemic flu, according to a CDC news release. The test, called the "CDC Influenza 2009 A (H1N1)pdm Real-Time RT-PCR Panel (IVD)," can provide results within 4 hours and has 96% sensitivity and specificity. It replaces one that was developed at the start of the pandemic in April 2009.
Jun 22 CDC news release

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