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  • Flu Season, Threat of Flu Pandemic Intensify Need for Washable Computer Keyboards
    WESTWOOD, N.J. and HARRAH, Okla. -- As students in 119,000 U.S. schools return to the classroom this fall, administrators, teachers and parents should be aware that the flu virus can live on computer keyboards for at least one hour or longer, depending upon the moisture in ...More
    October 3, 2005 Posted in News
    PANDEMICALS By Roger P. Freeman, DDS APIC Keynote: Scary, and Not a Movie! At the recent Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) annual conference, renowned public health authority Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, delivered the keynote address ...More
    October 1, 2005 Posted in Articles
  • WHO Expert to Work With the UN System on Avian and Human Influenza
    GENEVA -- The United Nations Secretary General has appointed Dr. David Nabarro, one of the most senior public health experts at the World Health Organization (WHO), to lead coordination of the UN response to avian influenza and a possible human influenza pandemic. The ...More
    September 30, 2005 Posted in News
  • Canine Flu Story Overhyped by Media, Expert Says
    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- An internationally recognized expert on infectious diseases in greyhounds says recent media reports of a canine flu epidemic have "greatly inflated the significance" of the scientific paper on which the reports were based. Dr. Brad Fenwick, vice president ...More
    September 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • Expert Offers Tips on How to Stay Healthy During Cold, Flu Season
    As the weather turns colder and leaves begin to change colors, it's a sure sign of a dreaded annual occurrence: the return of cold and flu season. But a Purdue University public health expert says one simple tip can help prevent a lot of illness. "The most important thing ...More
    September 29, 2005 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Surveillance Data Suggest That Preschoolers Drive Flu Epidemics
    Current immunization policies recommend universal flu vaccination for children aged 6-23 months, but shots are advised for older children only if they have high-risk medical conditions. New data compiled by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical ...More
    September 29, 2005 Posted in News
  • Premature Infants Born During Winter Virus Season Face Threats to Lung Health
    With premature births at a record high , more babies are facing serious health challenges in their first year. These problems include respiratory infections that can compromise infants’ lung function, leading to potentially serious respiratory problems. This is a particular ...More
    September 27, 2005 Posted in News
  • Resistance to Anti-flu Agents Increasing Worldwide
    Worldwide resistance to drugs used to treat influenza has increased by 12 percent since the mid-1990s, concludes a report published by The Lancet. Adamantanes have been used to treat influenza A virus infections for more than 30 years. Previous surveillance studies have ...More
    September 21, 2005 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccines Have Modest Effectiveness in Elderly People
    Vaccines against influenza are modestly effective for elderly people in long-term care facilities, but for those in the community their effectiveness is even less, according to a study published by The Lancet. In 2000, 40 of the 51 developed countries or rapidly developing ...More
    September 21, 2005 Posted in News
  • Airport Screening Unlikely to Prevent Spread of SARS or Influenza
    Screening passengers as they arrive at UK airports is unlikely to prevent the importation of either SARS or influenza, finds a study published by the British Medical Journal. In the event of a new SARS or influenza epidemic, air travel would represent the principal route of ...More
    September 21, 2005 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions