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  • Weekly US Map: Influenza Summary Update(CDC)

    12/08/2017 3:02:26 PM PST · by WeWaWes · 34 replies
    CDC ^ | 12/08/2017 | CDC
    A Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report Prepared by the Influenza Division Weekly Influenza Activity Estimates Reported by State and Territorial Epidemiologists*
  • Flu season hits Massachusetts early as experts worry vaccine won’t match dominant strain

    12/05/2017 1:03:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | Erica Yee
    The state has seen a “very rapid increase” in influenza-like illness and a surge in confirmed flu cases, the state’s public health commissioner Monica Bharel said in a statement Tuesday. Medical experts wrote last week in The New England Journal of Medicine that there is “mounting concern” about the record level of flu in Australia after reports emerged that the vaccine there was only 10 percent effective against the dominant H3N2 strain. The American flu vaccine uses the same composition, indicating possible low vaccine effectiveness and a similarly severe flu season. ... The department recommends people get the flu vaccine as soon as...
  • A 20-Year-Old Arizona Woman Died From The Flu [pneumonia] One Day After Getting Diagnosed

    12/04/2017 5:26:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 121 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | December 4, 2017, at 2:56 p.m. | Caroline Kee
    Murrieta began feeling sick last Sunday, and was sent home from her job at a warehouse to get some rest. ... "My daughter called and said that Joie was sent home early on Sunday after working a few hours at the warehouse because she was really sick, and that she went home to rest," Gonzales said. On Monday, her sister took her to an urgent care clinic, where they diagnosed Murrieta with the flu and sent her home with medicine. "They got there in the morning and waited for a while, then they told her she had the flu and...
  • Bird flu spreads in South Korea (fifth outbreak, mallard duck connection)

    01/19/2007 9:22:27 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 587+ views
    AP ^ | 01/20/07
    Bird flu spreads in South Korea 1 hour, 2 minutes ago Bird flu has spread in South Korea to a fifth farm, officials have said, despite stepped up government efforts to contain outbreaks of the deadly virus in recent weeks. The agriculture ministry said bird flu has been discovered in a village within a 10-kilometre quarantine zone established after a previous outbreak on a chicken farm last month. "Test results confirmed breeding chickens at a poultry farm at Punge village were infected with high pathological bird flu virus," the ministry said in a statement. Officials have ordered culling of thousands...
  • 40 Percent Of Doctors, Nurses Go To Work With The Flu, Survey Finds

    11/11/2017 6:23:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 11/06/2017
    “... At least one earlier study has shown that patients who are exposed to a healthcare worker who is sick are five times more likely to get a healthcare-associated infection,” lead author Dr. Sophia Chiu wrote in the survey’s release. “We recommend all healthcare facilities take steps to support and encourage their staff to not work while they are sick,” the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health researcher added. Of the more than 1,900 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and aides polled, 414 admitted to working while experiencing flu-symptoms. 44 percent of that group reported they worked for at least three days while...
  • Plague feared to go GLOBAL as death toll rises in 'worst outbreak for 50 YEARS' (Madagascar)

    11/08/2017 12:44:54 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 58 replies ^ | 11/8/17 | Henry Holloway
    Cases have increased by 8% in just a week with nearly 2,000 people infected by the deadly airborne strain. Some 143 people have now been killed by the “medieval disease” in Madagascar. There are now warnings the plague could stretch across the sea and reach mainland Africa. Such an outbreak would be catastrophic and there are fears the virus could go global. Nine countries are now on high alert and have been told to brace for the plague.
  • Winter flu warnings: Should I worry?

    09/17/2017 3:36:49 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 97 replies ^ | September 13, 2017 | BBC
    NHS bosses are warning we should be braced for a bad flu season. They cite the experience of Australia and New Zealand, which have just gone through their winters. What happens there, they say, tends to be a good pointer to how flu spreads in the UK. How bad has it been in Australia and New Zealand? They've certainly had their worst flu season for a number of years. Like the UK, the past few winters have seen pretty low levels of flu circulating. But this winter it has been different. Figures up to the end of August - not...
  • What Australia's bad flu season means for Europe, North America

    09/04/2017 1:47:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 11:41 PM ET, Sun September 3, 2017 | Susan Scutti,
    Australia is having a worse flu season than usual this year, with 93,711 laboratory-confirmed cases reported to its National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System as of August 18, government data show. That's almost 2˝ times more infections than in the same period last year... A total of 52 deaths associated with influenza have been reported in Australia this year, compared with 27 as of this same time last year.... ... In Australia, the early data "indicates the four flu strains in the vaccine are well-matched to circulating viruses," said Sheppeard. "It is known that one of the strains in the vaccine...
  • Taking Action: Veterinarian warns of rapid spread of dog flu

    06/12/2017 2:20:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    WHNT ^ | June 12, 2017, by | Sarah Macaluso
    “When you’re out-and-out socializing, going for a walk in the neighborhood, that sort of thing, it would be so easy to pick it up from another dog,” Russell said. Although, Russell says it can be difficult to know if your dog has the flu. “It’s so similar to just your common bordetella, kennel cough,” Russell said. There is a difference in how long it lasts. Russell says it can be weeks and sometimes fatal. The virus can last for weeks and potentially turn into pneumonia. “Early on they may be running a fever, which is unusual for just a regular...
  • The Frog Slime Cure for Flu

    04/21/2017 1:01:53 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | 18 April 2017 | Maggie Fox
    compound found in the protective slime of an Indian frog blows apart flu viruses and might become a powerful new drug to treat influenza, researchers reported Tuesday. The compound, a small structure called a peptide, cured mice of killer doses of human flu, the research team reported in the journal Immunity. hey hope to develop it and other compounds like it into antiviral drugs to treat people. "This peptide kills the viruses. It kind of blows them up," Joshy Jacob of Emory University, who led the study team, told NBC News. And it seems harmless to healthy tissue. "There's no...
  • SC health officials say 6 more have died from flu

    04/07/2017 7:24:49 AM PDT · by davikkm · 26 replies
    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - State health officials say six more people died of flu in South Carolina during the last flu season. The Greenville News reports ( ) that figures from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control show that brings the total numbers of deaths from the virus this season to 53.
  • Zika virus found in Miami Beach mosquitoes

    09/01/2016 9:34:17 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 1, 2016 | Post Staff Report
    The Zika virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Florida for the first time, officials said Thursday. Mosquitoes from Miami Beach have tested positive for the virus after they were trapped in the area because of an outbreak in the area, WAVY-TV reported.
  • [Orig. Investigation February 14, 2005]Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After

    11/12/2015 6:29:09 PM PST · by upchuck · 73 replies
    Sharyl ^ | November 10, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    An important and definitive “mainstream” government study done nearly a decade ago got little attention because the science came down on the wrong side. It found that after decades and billions of dollars spent promoting flu shots for the elderly, the mass vaccination program did not result in saving lives. In fact, the death rate among the elderly increased substantially. The authors of the study admitted a bias going into the study. Here was the history as described to me: Public health experts long assumed flu shots were effective in the elderly. But, paradoxically, all the studies done failed to...
  • Bad Flu Shots? - Vanity

    10/30/2015 6:39:54 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet · 126 replies
    10-30-15 | RetiredTexasVet
    Bad flu shots. Two people in San Angelo, TX recently got flu shots and were hospitalized the next day. One was a 9 year old girl who received a flu shot and was in critical condition in the hospital the next day. Another was a working woman who received the flu shot and was hospitalized the next day. Wonder if this was a bad batch that was local or have there been other cases in Texas or nationally?
  • The U.S. Military and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918–1919

    10/06/2015 11:21:43 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    SYNOPSIS The American military experience in World War I and the influenza pandemic were closely intertwined. The war fostered influenza in the crowded conditions of military camps in the United States and in the trenches of the Western Front in Europe. The virus traveled with military personnel from camp to camp and across the Atlantic, and at the height of the American military involvement in the war, September through November 1918, influenza and pneumonia sickened 20% to 40% of U.S. Army and Navy personnel. These high morbidity rates interfered with induction and training schedules in the United States and rendered...
  • The US Could Be Heading For One Of Its Worst Flu Seasons In Years

    09/25/2015 3:24:27 PM PDT · by blam · 67 replies
    BI ^ | 9-25-2015 | Bob Bryan
    Bob BryanSeptember 25,2015As summer turns to fall, the medical community is ramping up for their annual fight against the flu. One Wall Street firm thinks this flu season could be a bad one. William Quirk and Alexander Nowak at Piper Jaffray use the number of flu cases from Australia and New Zealand to forecast the US season, and they say the numbers from the southern hemisphere point to a massive increase in sicknesses this year. 'The Southern hemisphere just went through one of the worst flu seasons on record (despite the vaccine targeting the correct strains)," wrote Quirk and Nowak...
  • Students' invention offers germ-free door handle

    06/22/2015 9:04:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-22-2015 | Bob Yirka
    Two high school students, Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li, both living in Hong Kong have designed and built a door handle that kills germs, thus preventing the spread of disease through hand contact. They demonstrated their handle at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held last month in Pittsburgh—taking second place in the materials science category. One of the ways that ailments such as cold and flu are passed is via contact, and one of the main avenues is via door handles—a sick person coughs into their hand then uses the handle to enter a bathroom, office,...
  • Deadly canine flu strikes Ohio: What you need to do to protect your pet

    04/21/2015 1:10:24 PM PDT · by EBH · 18 replies ^ | 4/14/2015
    A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine says the virus has sickened at least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, and some veterinarians worry it could easily spread to other areas of the country. Recent tests from the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have identified the strain as H3N2. Clinical assistant professor Keith Poulsen says it's not yet known how effective current vaccines are against this strain, which is believed...
  • Dog Flu Outbreak Gained Foothold at Urban Doggie Day Cares

    04/17/2015 1:17:22 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy guilt-free pooch snuggling in the evenings. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest, experts say.
  • Vladimir Putin has been 'neutralised' by a stealthy coup as rumours about his health and well-being

    03/15/2015 2:51:25 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 166 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3/15/2015 | Will Stewart
    Vladimir Putin is 'alive' but 'neutralised' as shadowy security chiefs stage a stealthy coup in Moscow, it was claimed last night. Former FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev was behind the plot, claimed chairman of the pro-Kremlin national Islamic Committee, Geydar Dzhemal. Snip... 'I think that Putin is neutralised at the moment, but of course, he is alive,' said Dzhemal, seen as a Kremlin loyalist. 'He is under the control of the power-wielding agencies, who have, in my opinion, organised a coup d'etat.' snip.. 'My information is that Patrushev met Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in Pyatigorsk on 11 March and tempted him...