Category Archives: Influenza

Pandemic influenza | Avian flu | bird flu | Spanish flu | SARS
Include any kind of influenza where there may be a possibility of transmission to humans.

Key to universal flu vaccine: Embrace the unfamiliar

(Emory Health Sciences 25 August 2014) Human volunteers immunized against the avian flu virus H5N1 readily developed antibodies against the stem region of the viral hemagglutinin protein. In contrast, those immunized with standard seasonal trivalent vaccines did not, instead developing most of their antibodies against the more variable head region.

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Sloppy practices by CDC scientist cited in lab mishap

USA Today Alison Young 15 August 2014

Sloppy lab practices by an experienced but overworked scientist rushing to get to a noon meeting is likely how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cross-contaminated a specimen of a benign bird flu virus with a dangerous strain that can kill people, according to an internal agency investigation released Friday.

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Gold Coasters down with vomiting, diarrhoea and flu as GPs struggle with virus triple whammy

Gold Coast Bulletin Lucy Kinbacher  August 15, 2014

GOLD Coasters are being hit by a triple whammy of viruses for which doctors have no ­answers.
Local GPs, being inundated by patients suffering a combination of vomiting, diarrhoea and flu are trying not to prescribe antibiotics to avoid building up resistance to the drugs.
As a result, many patients are being sent home with just electrolyte supplements and being told to go to bed to rest.

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CSIRO Staff Association says animal health job cuts pose risk to future research

ABC Rural News Lucy Barbour 14 August 2014

Veterinary scientists say they’re disappointed that the CSIRO will cut eight jobs from its Australian Animal Health Laboratory at Geelong in Victoria, as part of more than $110 million of Budget cuts to the science organisation.
The lab, which employs 250 people, is equipped to handle deadly pathogens that enter the country.

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Pork industry says pig meat is safe to eat despite significant rise in swine flu cases this year

ABC Rural News Lucy Barbour 12 August 2014

The pork industry says it will closely monitor the public perception of pig meat products in response to a significant rise in swine flu cases this year.
There have been more than 18,000 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, and that figure is expected to grow.

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Is it ‘man flu’? Is it ‘woman flu’? The lowdown on influenza

Brisbane Times Deborah Gough August 12, 2014

Office half empty due to sickies, with the other half sniffling and coughing? Kids constantly bringing home bugs from school? If you think this winter is worse than usual for flu, you’re right, say researchers.
Documented cases of influenza have increased sharply this year,with almost 21,000 people diagnosed – double the number at the same time last year, according to the Influenza Specialist Group, which promotes vaccinations against the virus.

Flu cases in Australia more than double last years number

The Guardian Bridie Jabour 12 August 2014

There have been at least 20,000 cases of flu in Australia this season, more than double last year’s number, with the traditional September spike still to come.  There have been 20,979 lab-confirmed cases this year, according to the Influenza Specialist Group (ISG).  The majority of recorded cases of influenza have been in Queensland, where there have been 5,959 lab-confirmed cases.

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