News & Perspective

Jun 08, 2009

Jun 08, 2009

Flu researchers call for enhanced swine surveillance

(CIDRAP News) – Government officials and researchers may have underestimated the potential role of pigs as "mixing vessels" for influenza viruses and the importance of swine surveillance for identifying new pandemic threats, veterinary experts from Mexico asserted recently.

Jun 16, 2009

Jun 16, 2009

US hunt for novel flu reveals persistence of seasonal strains

(CIDRAP News) – One byproduct of the pandemic of novel H1N1 influenza is increased evidence of the extent to which "seasonal" flu viruses stick around in the summertime.

Jun 25, 2009

Jun 25, 2009

CDC updates advice on antiviral treatment for flu

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today at the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting in Atlanta issued updated guidelines for treatment of influenza, including novel H1N1, suggesting basing antiviral selection on laboratory test results when possible.

Jun 26, 2009

Jun 26, 2009

CDC: Flu activity picks up pace, hits summer camps

(CIDRAP News) – An official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that the nation just saw its largest weekly increase in cases since the beginning of the novel flu outbreak and that the virus has so far been detected at 34 summer camps in 16 states.

Jun 30, 2009

Jun 30, 2009

Health officials say antiviral resistance likely in some pandemic flu cases

(CIDRAP News) – A spokesman for Roche, the maker of oseltamivir (Tamiflu), said yesterday that Denmark's report of resistance to the drug in a patient with novel H1N1 (swine) influenza, the first reported finding of its kind, wasn't surprising and that the news underscores the importance of monitoring for any viral changes.

Jun 30, 2009

Jun 30, 2009

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Experts stress need for personal, community preparedness

Editor's Note: CIDRAP's Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools (www.publichealthpractices.org) online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.

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