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Outbreak Investigation

  • Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus Impacts Pregnant Women More Severely, Study Says
    Pregnant women infected with 2009 novel H1N1 had a higher rate of hospitalization and greater risk of death than the general population due to the H1N1 flu, according to a study in the Aug. 8 issue of the British medical journal Lancet. The data collected and analyzed by ...More
    July 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Another Test for 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  today announced it has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a another diagnostic test for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, whose spread has caused the virus to be characterized as a pandemic by the World Health ...More
    July 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • 1 in 6 Public Health Workers Unlikely to Respond in Pandemic Flu Emergency
    Approximately 1 in 6 public health workers said they would not report to work during a pandemic flu emergency regardless of its severity, according to a survey led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings are a significant ...More
    July 24, 2009 Posted in News
  • Increasing Influenza Immunizations Rates for Healthcare Workers
    Nurses, as well as other healthcare workers (HCWs), have close interactions and contact with all types of chronically ill patients that are immunosuppressed, fresh surgeries, elderly or very young. Influenza, a vaccine-preventable disease, is a serious threat to the ...More
    July 23, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Scientists Discover How Flu Damages Lung Tissue
    A protein in influenza virus that helps it multiply also damages lung epithelial cells, causing fluid buildup in the lungs, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Southern Research Institute. Publishing online this week in the ...More
    July 17, 2009 Posted in News
  • $1.825 Billion to Fight the Flu
    Reuters is reporting today that the Obama administration is earmarking $1.825 billion for emergency use to fight a potential H1N1 influenza pandemic. To read further, CLICK HERE.   ...More
    July 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • 6 in 10 Americans Believe Serious Outbreak of H1N1 Likely in Fall/Winter
    As part of a series about Americans' response to the H1N1 flu outbreak, the Harvard Opinion Research Program at the Harvard School of Public Health is releasing a national poll that focuses on Americans' views and concerns about the potential for a more severe outbreak of ...More
    July 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • Fighting Drug-Resistant Flu Viruses
    Amid reports that swine flu viruses are developing the ability to shrug off existing antiviral drugs, scientists in Japan are reporting a first-of-its kind discovery that could foster a new genre of antivirals that sidestep resistance problems, according to an article ...More
    July 15, 2009 Posted in News
  • Physicians' Concern About Flu Pandemic Highest Since April
    A new national study among 675 physicians revealed that nearly half of physicians (48 percent) reported that the H1N1 influenza virus poses some level of risk for a worldwide catastrophic pandemic, the highest percentage since an April study. The study was conducted last ...More
    July 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • HHS Purchases Additional H1N1 Vaccine Ingredients
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the department will commit $884 million to purchase additional supplies of two key ingredients for potential H1N1 vaccine to further prepare the nation for a potential resurgence of the 2009 H1N1 virus.  “We ...More
    July 13, 2009 Posted in News