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  • WHO Issues H1N1 Influenza Update
    As of  May 5, 2009, 21 countries have officially reported 1,490 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. Mexico has reported 822 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 29 deaths. The United States has ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Swine Flu Lessons Learned: Was All This Really Necessary?
    Joel Keehn, senior editor of Consumer Reports, provides the following op-ed commentary: Now that the worst may be over in Mexico and the swine (H1N1) flu virus doesn't seem to be much more contagious than seasonal flu, some folks—such as Jack Cafferty on CNN—are ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Does Flu Virus Kill by Causing a 'Cytokine Storm'?
    The H1N1 flu outbreak that began in Mexico and continues to spread around the globe may be particularly dangerous for young, otherwise healthy adults because it contains genetic components of the H5N1 avian influenza virus, which can induce a "cytokine storm," in which a ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • CDC Changes Flu-Related School and Childcare Closure Guidance
    Since the beginning of the H1N1 influenza outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been working to update, or in some cases, quickly develop interim guidelines to help healthcare providers, health departments and communities take effective action ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Public Health Laboratories Respond to Flu Outbreak
    With regard to pandemic influenza, public health laboratories recognized the importance of planning a long time ago. Proactive preparations, and help from the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mean ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Sebelius Comments on Flu Vaccine Production Issues
    A press briefing was held today by the CDC to provide an update on the H1N1 influenza outbreak, with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CDC Acting Director Richard Besser providing comments and answering questions. Sebelius, making her first trip to the CDC, commented ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in Blogs
  • FDA, FTC Warn of Fraudulent H1N1 Influenza Products
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are alerting the public to be wary of Internet sites and other promotions for products that claim to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus.  The ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Scientists Learn Why the Flu May Turn Deadly
    As H1N1 continues its global spread, researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have discovered important clues about why influenza is more severe in some people than it is in others. In their research study published online in the Journal of Leukocyte ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Mechanism Behind Delayed Development of Antibiotic Resistance
    Inhibiting the drug efflux pumps in bacteria, which function as their defense mechanisms against antibiotics, can mask the effect of mutations that have led to resistance in the form of low-affinity drug binding to target molecules in the cell. This is shown by researchers ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Experts Praise CDC’s Response to Flu Outbreak
    Anne Gershon, MD, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), made the following statement today: “In week two of the current H1N1 or 'swine flu' epidemic, we are hearing some Monday-morning quarterbacking about whether it was right to raise ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene