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  • Truckloads Of Unused Swine Flu Vaccines

    01/08/2010 8:07:15 AM PST · by traumer · 25 replies · 948+ views
    <p>After months of fear, media coverage and government warnings there wasn't as much demand for the swine flu vaccine in New York state as expected.</p> <p>Truckloads of swine flu vaccines are being returned by counties that say the expected demand for the shots never happened.</p>
  • 6,000 could die with swine flu: Roxon

    07/16/2009 12:47:08 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 17 replies · 844+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | July 16, 2009 | Emma Rodgers
    A "worst case scenario" could see around 6,000 people die from swine flu across the country this season, Health Minister Nicola Roxon says. Over 10,000 Australians have contracted the virus, 22 have died and almost 60 are in intensive care. There were predictions yesterday that between 10,000 and 20,000 people could die from swine flu, but the Health Minister was quick to dismiss those numbers as "ludicrous". Ms Roxon has told Radio National that projections show that if no action was taken against the disease, such as use of a vaccine and anti-virals, around 6,000 deaths would be expected. "The...
  • WHO concludes emergency meeting; pandemic declaration expected

    06/11/2009 5:46:20 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 42 replies · 1,386+ views
    GENEVA (BNO NEWS) -- The World Health Organization concluded an emergency meeting on Thursday afternoon and is expected to declare a full scale swine flu pandemic within hours, BNO News has learned. "The emergency meeting has finished," Sarah Russell, who is a spokeswoman for the health organization, told BNO News. Russell, who was not able to provide details on the outcome of the meeting, said Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan would be holding a press conference at 12 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. Geneva time). "The Director-General has decided to give a press conference at six so she can explain what is...
  • Swine Flu Garners Pandemic Status [Level 6, and There Is No 7]

    06/11/2009 8:42:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 1,506+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 11, 2009 | Gitika Ahuja and Dan Childs
    The World Health Organization this morning formally declared that swine flu had reached the level of a full-blown pandemic, moving the viral outbreaks to phase 6 on the pandemic alert scale. WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan met with flu experts at 6 a.m. ET today in Geneva to discuss the spread of the novel virus, and since Wednesday the escalation to the highest level of pandemic alert had been widely anticipated. The move reflects the continued spread of the virus around the globe, despite quarantines, school closings and other measures designed to keep it in check. Swine flu is the...
  • WHO: Swine flu pandemic has begun, 1st in 41 years

    06/11/2009 7:18:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies · 902+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | June 11, 2009
    GENEVA – The World Health Organization has told its member nations it is declaring a swine flu pandemic — the first global flu epidemic in 41 years. The move came Thursday as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere. In a statement sent to member countries, WHO says it decided to raise the pandemic alert level from phase 5 to 6, meaning that a global outbreak of swine flu has begun.
  • Swine flu pandemic is threat to school term (UK)

    06/12/2009 10:21:51 AM PDT · by john in springfield · 13 replies · 397+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | June 11, 2009 | David Rose and Mark Henderson
    Thousands of schools could be forced to close for weeks on end to stem the spread of swine flu, scientists say. ...the Government’s Chief Medical Officer said that “several million” Britons would fall ill with the H1N1 virus. Sir Liam Donaldson predicted a “huge surge” of cases when children go back to school in the autumn. Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist at Imperial College, London, who advises the Government and the WHO, said that widespread illness could lead to schools closing for several weeks, and extensive disruption to businesses and the wider economy... ...Professor Ferguson said that the pandemic could mean...
  • Swine flu virus starting to look less threatening

    05/01/2009 2:15:05 PM PDT · by tatown · 229 replies · 7,751+ views
    AP ^ | 5/1/2009 | MIKE STOBBE
    ATLANTA – The swine flu virus that has frightened the world is beginning to look a little less ominous. New York City officials reported Friday that the swine flu still has not spread beyond a few schools. In Mexico, very few relatives of flu victims seem to have caught the virus. One flu expert says there's no reason to believe the new virus is a more serious strain than seasonal flu. And a federal health official said the new flu virus doesn't appear to have genes that made the 1918 pandemic flu strain so deadly. ...