A/H1N1 News

  • FAO monitoring A/H1N1 situation around the clock

    With WHO raising its pandemic alert level from 4 to 5, countries worldwide are being urged to take adequate precautionary measures against the newly found A/H1N1 virus, and to be prepared for the eventual case of a pandemic. The challenge for governments, with FAO assistance, is to review measures to be taken in the veterinary realm, despite the fact that “there is currently no evidence to ...

  • Swine flu illness cases confirmed in the United States and Mexico

    As of 26 April 2009, the United States Government has reported 20 laboratory confirmed human cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 (8 in New York, 7 in California, 2 in Texas, 2 in Kansas and 1 in Ohio). All 20 cases have had mild Influenza-Like Illness with only one requiring brief hospitalization. No deaths have been reported. All 20 viruses have the same genetic pattern based on preliminary testing. ...

  • Swine Flu: To panic or not -- That is the question

    Thanks to the 24-hour media coverage about swine flu, we’re all aware that a potential flu pandemic could be high. But before you stock up on face masks and hand sanitizer, it’s important to put some things in perspective. William Sutker, M.D., chief of infectious diseases at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas says that first and foremost, we should remain calm. “As of now, there is no ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Experts highlight lack of swine flu diagnostics

    Many developing countries have 'extremely limited capacity' to diagnose diseases such as swine flu and are likely to remain this way for decades, according to a public health expert specialising in pandemic preparedness. There has been substantial investment in developing countries to support animal and human health surveillance, says Richard Coker, professor of public health at the UK-based ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Swine influenza in the US and Mexico a public health event of international concern

    In a communication following the meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) yesterday, Margret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the swine flu outbreaks in Mexico and the United States are a public health event of international concern (PHEIC). However, the Committee decided not to raise the pandemic alert level ...

  • CSIRO joins global fight against pandemic threats

    In a collaborative effort between the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and international and Indonesian scientists, a research team from CSIRO recently used a pioneering technique known as antigenic cartography to ‘map’ the evolution of the bird flu virus. While helping the Indonesian government protect its vast poultry flock against the deadly disease, ...

  • New research findings can improve Avian flu surveillance programs

    Genetic analyses of avian influenza in wild birds can help pinpoint likely carrier species and geographic hot spots where Eurasian viruses would be most likely to enter North America, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research. Persistence of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 (HPAI H5N1) virus in Eurasia and Africa, and concerns that the virus might be transported among continents ...

Need help finding the right suppliers? Try XPRT Sourcing. Let the XPRTs do the work for you