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« Reply #180 on: June 08, 2009, 07:12:30 PM »

http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/aircrew.htm

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CDC GUIDELINES FOR FLIGHT CREW WHERE FLIGHT ORIGINATES IN AREAS AFFECTED BY H1N1 FLU

This document provides interim guidance for domestic and international flights originating from areas affected by novel H1N1 flu and will be updated as needed.
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« Reply #181 on: June 09, 2009, 11:55:57 AM »

FOR THOSE MONKEYS USING HAND SANITIZERS, CHECK THE FOLLOWING AP ARTICLE FOUND ON FOXNEWS......

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,525520,00.html

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FDA Warns of 'High Levels' of Disease-Causing Bacteria Found in Certain Hand Sanitizers
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« Reply #182 on: June 10, 2009, 10:50:26 AM »

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION UPDATE 46, JUNE 10, 2009,
REPORTING COUNTRIES INFORMATION ON FLU CASES, INCLUDING DEATHS

http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_06_10a/en/index.html

Influenza A(H1N1) - update 46
10 June 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 10 June 2009, 74 countries have officially reported 27,737 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 141 deaths.
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« Reply #183 on: June 11, 2009, 09:44:49 AM »

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WHO set to declare first flu pandemic since 1968
Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:31am EDT

 
* WHO poised to declare first flu pandemic in 40 years

* Flu experts expected to recommend move to phase 6

* Expected to urge finishing seasonal flu vaccine production

* Spread of virus in Australia triggering declaration


(Updates with end of expert meeting, news conference)

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, June 11 (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation was poised on Thursday to declare that the new H1N1 virus has caused the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years, health sources said on Thursday.

The move will trigger heightened health measures in the WHO's 193 member states as authorities brace for the worldwide spread of the virus that has so far caused mainly mild illness.

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan was to hold a news conference on the outbreak at 1600 GMT. Flu experts advising Chan, who met earlier on Thursday, were expected to recommend moving to the top phase 6 on the WHO's six-point scale, the sources said.

That would reflect the fact that the disease, widely known as swine flu, was spreading geographically, but not necessarily indicate how virulent it is.

"Phase 6, if we call a phase 6, doesn't mean anything concerning severity, it is concerning geographic spread ... Pandemic means global, but it doesn't have any connotation of severity or mildness," WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said.

"In fact, what we are seeing with this virus so far is overwhelmingly to date mild disease. So we would think that this event is really a moderate event for the time being, because the numbers are high but the disease is overwhelmingly mild," he told Reuters Television before the talks.

David Heymann, a former top WHO official now chairing Britain's Health Protection Agency, said that countries had tried to contain the virus through measures including school closures during the current phase 5. This has extended the precious time needed to prepare for a full-blown pandemic.

"During phase 5, the government and people in the U.K. have had the time to prepare for a pandemic -- this has hopefully decreased any surprise and concern that might be associated with a WHO announcement of phase 6, if one is made," he told Reuters.

As it spreads in humans, science cannot predict what course the virus will take, the disease it causes and the age groups infected, Heymann said. "The severity of that disease, the effectiveness of antiviral drugs and the stability of the virus must all be watched closely," he added.

A pandemic could cause enormous disruption to business as workers stay home because they are sick or to look after family members and authorities restrict gatherings of large numbers of people or movement of people or goods.

World markets shrugged off the possibility of a pandemic, as investors focused on possible global economic recovery.



AUSTRALIA LIKELY TRIGGER

Widespread transmission of the virus in Victoria, Australia, signalling that it is entrenched in another region besides North America, is likely to be the trigger for moving to phase 6.

Five people have been admitted to intensive care in Australia and more than 1,000 cases confirmed following widespread testing in the state. [ID:nSYD482995]

"We have tested 5,500 people in the last two weeks, that is more people than we test in our whole influenza season," said Victorian state premier John Brumby.

One health source, who declined to be named, said the experts were also expected to recommend finishing production currently under way of seasonal flu vaccine for the northern hemisphere next winter.

"They might say finish seasonal vaccine and say begin pandemic vaccine as soon as it is feasible," he said.

Drugmakers have obtained the new influenza A (H1N1) seed virus in the past two weeks, enabling them to begin the production process by growing the virus in eggs. [ID:nLA644931]

Company officials said on Wednesday that they were on track to have a vaccine against the new strain ready for the northern hemisphere autumn.

Seasonal flu each year kills up to half a million people, mainly elderly, and causes severe illness in millions, so a premature switch in vaccine production to cope with the new strain could put many people at risk.

The new strain can be treated by antiviral drugs oseltamivir, the generic name of Roche Holding's Tamiflu tablets, and Relenza, a spray made by GlaxoSmithKline.

The strain, which emerged in April in Mexico and the United States, has spread widely in nations including Australia, Britain, Chile and Japan.

Authorities in Germany have confirmed 27 cases of H1N1 at a school in the industrial Rhineland city of Duesseldorf, the most concentrated outbreak of the virus so far in Europe's biggest economy. [ID:nLB407116]

There have been 27,737 infections reported in 74 countries to date, including 141 deaths, according to the WHO's latest tally of laboratory confirmed cases, but the real number of people with the disease is likely to run into at least hundreds of thousands, as mild cases may not have been detected. (For more Reuters swine flu coverage, please go to: here ) (For WHO information on swine flu, go to: here ) (Additional reporting by Anne Richardson and Vincent Fribault in Geneva, Dave Graham in Berlin and Michael Perry in Sydney) (Editing by Jonathan Lynn and Richard Balmforth)
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« Reply #184 on: June 11, 2009, 10:06:13 AM »

RECEIVED IN EMAIL AT 10:00 AM.....NOTICE OF PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY

WHAT:
CDC will host a press conference to discuss an update in the investigation of cases of novel influenza A H1N1. 

WHO:
Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., Director, CDC
Anne Schuchat, M.D., Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease (NCIRD)

WHEN:
Thursday June 11, 2009 at 12:45 p.m. ET

WHERE:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Tom Harkin Global Communications Center (Building 19), Press Room

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« Reply #185 on: June 11, 2009, 10:20:43 AM »

EMAIL RECEIVED AT 10:12 A.M. FROM WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Invitation to press conference

When: 18.00 hrs Geneva time, Thursday 11 June 2009


Where: Executive Board room, WHO headquarters


Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization

(WHO) will hold a press conference at 18:00 hrs Geneva time, Thursday, 11 June 2009 on influenza A(H1N1) in the Executive Board room at the WHO headquarters.
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« Reply #186 on: June 11, 2009, 11:58:14 AM »

RECEIVED EMAIL FROM WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION AT 11:52 A.M.....The link received will not translate article to English; therefore, I am submitting the article as is.  It will not format well
but will give you the reporting countries....number of cases....number of deaths....newly reported cases and newly reported deaths.

WHO Updates International H1N1 Situation: 74 countries Reported 28774 cases    

Influenza A(H1N1) - update 47
11 June 2009 -- As of 14:00 GMT, 11 June 2009, 74 countries have officially reported 28,774 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 144 deaths
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The breakdown of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases by country is given in the following table and map.

Map of the spread of Influenza A(H1N1): number of laboratory confirmed cases and deaths [png 202kb]
As of 14:00 GMT, 11 June 2009


Laboratory-confirmed cases of new influenza A(H1N1) as officially reported to WHO by States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005)

Country  Cumulative total     Newly confirmed since the last reporting period     
   Cases  Deaths  Cases  Deaths 
Argentina  256  0    21  0   
Australia  1307  0    83  0   
Austria  7  0    2  0   
Bahamas  1  0    1  0   
Bahrain  1  0    0    0   
Barbados  3  0    1  0   
Belgium  14  0    0    0   
Bolivia  5  0    2  0   
Brazil  40  0    4  0   
Bulgaria  2  0    0    0   
Canada  2446  4  0    0   
Cayman Islands, UKOT  2  0    1  0   
Chile  1694  2  0    0   
China  174  0    32  0   
Colombia  35  1  0    1 
Costa Rica  104  1  11  0   
Cuba  5  0    0    0   
Cyprus  1  0    0    0   
Czech Republic  4  0    2  0   
Denmark  10  0    2  0   
Dominica  1  0    0    0   
Dominican Republic  91  1  0    0   
Ecuador  67  0    7  0   
Egypt  10  0    2  0   
El Salvador  69  0    0    0   
Estonia  4  0    0    0   
Finland  4  0    0    0   
France  73  0    2  0   
Germany  95  0    17  0   
Greece  7  0    2  0   
Guatemala  60  0    0    0   
Honduras  89  0    0    0   
Hungary  4  0    1  0   
Iceland  3  0    1  0   
India  9  0    5  0   
Ireland  12  0    0    0   
Israel  68  0    5  0   
Italy  54  0    4  0   
Jamaica  10  0    3  0   
Japan  518  0    33  0   
Korea, Republic of  53  0    5  0   
Kuwait  18  0    0    0   
Lebanon  8  0    0    0   
Luxembourg  1  0    0    0   
Malaysia  5  0    0    0   
Mexico  6241  108  524  2 
Netherlands  30  0    8  0   
New Zealand  23  0    0    0   
Nicaragua  45  0    16  0   
Norway  13  0    4  0   
Panama  221  0    0    0   
Paraguay  25  0    9  0   
Peru  64  0    0    0   
Philippines  77  0    23  0   
Poland  7  0    1  0   
Portugal  2  0    0    0   
Romania  11  0    2  0   
Russia  3  0    0    0   
Saudi Arabia  1  0    0    0   
Singapore  18  0    0    0   
Slovakia  3  0    0    0   
Spain  357  0    26  0   
Sweden  19  0    3  0   
Switzerland  20  0    4  0   
Thailand  8  0    0    0   
Trinidad and Tobago  2  0    0    0   
Turkey  10  0    0    0   
Ukraine  1  0    0    0   
United Arab Emirates  1  0    0    0   
United Kingdom  822  0    156  0   
United States of America  13217  27  0    0   
Uruguay  24  0    0    0   
Venezuela  13  0    1  0   
Viet Nam  16  0    1  0
   
Grand Total  28774  144  1037  3 


Chinese Taipei has reported 36 confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1) with 0 deaths. Cases from Chinese Taipei are included in the cumulative totals provided in the table above.
Cumulative and new figures are subject to revision
 

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« Reply #187 on: June 11, 2009, 12:09:14 PM »

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WHO declares flu pandemic 12:03pm ET

The spread of the H1N1 virus known as swine flu prompted the World Health Organization to declare the first pandemic since 1968. "The numbers are high but the disease is overwhelmingly mild," said a spokesman.  Full Article

Scenarios: Impact of flu pandemic
Vaccine step closer as firms test seed
Full Coverage: H1N1 Influenza
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« Reply #188 on: June 11, 2009, 12:13:05 PM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE55A1U720090611

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« Reply #189 on: June 11, 2009, 01:40:45 PM »

The following email was sent at 1:35 p.m. EST from World Health Organization Conference...

WHO: Flu pandemic alert raised to phase 6

World now at the start of 2009 influenza pandemic
 
Dr Margaret Chan

Director-General of the World Health Organization

Ladies and gentlemen,

In late April, WHO announced the emergence of a novel influenza A virus.

This particular H1N1 strain has not circulated previously in humans. The virus is entirely new.

The virus is contagious, spreading easily from one person to another, and from one country to another. As of today, nearly 30,000 confirmed cases have been reported in 74 countries.

This is only part of the picture. With few exceptions, countries with large numbers of cases are those with good surveillance and testing procedures in place.

Spread in several countries can no longer be traced to clearly-defined chains of human-to-human transmission. Further spread is considered inevitable.

I have conferred with leading influenza experts, virologists, and public health officials. In line with procedures set out in the International Health Regulations, I have sought guidance and advice from an Emergency Committee established for this purpose.

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« Reply #190 on: June 11, 2009, 06:54:38 PM »

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http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/06/20090611a.html

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, June 11, 2009
 

Statements by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on WHO Decision to Declare Novel H1N1 Virus Outbreak a Pandemic

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued the following statements today in response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to raise the pandemic threat level on the novel H1N1 virus.

“Today’s decision by the WHO was expected and doesn’t change what we have been doing here in the United States to prepare for and respond to this public health challenge. Once we saw how fast this virus was spreading, we activated our pandemic plans and started doing all the things we needed to do to keep the public as safe and secure as possible,” said Secretary Sebelius. “What this declaration does do is remind the world that flu viruses like H1N1 need to be taken seriously. Although we have not seen large numbers of severe cases in this country so far, things could possibly be very different in the fall, especially if things change in the Southern Hemisphere, and we need to start preparing now in order to be ready for a possible H1N1 immunization campaign starting in late September.”

“We responded to the H1N1 outbreak from the outset with the presumption that a pandemic was likely, so this decision comes as no surprise. We acted aggressively to stay ahead of the virus as it spread across the country. Now our challenge is to prepare for a possible return in the fall,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The Obama Administration has been working together across the government and will continue to do so over the weeks and months ahead to keep the American people safe. We are reaching out to our partners in state and local government, in school districts and the private sector to urge them to modify and update their pandemic plans. We are working with our scientists to test and prepare a possible vaccine. And we are working with governments around the world to share what we know and learn from what is happening in their countries.”
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« Reply #191 on: June 12, 2009, 03:08:46 PM »

FRIDAY UPDATE FROM CDC INCLUDES MAP AND NUMBERS OF CASES PER STATE

http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/update.htm

CDC Updates U.S. H1N1 Flu Situation: 52* states | 17855 cases

Table. U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection

Web page updated June 12, 2009,
11:00 AM ET (Updated each Friday)

Data reported to CDC by June 11, 2009, 3:00 PM ET 

States and Territories*  Confirmed and Probable Cases  Deaths 
 
Alabama  123 cases  0 deaths 
Alaska  11cases  0 deaths 
Arkansas  13cases  0 deaths 
Arizona  597 cases  5 deaths 
California  1094 cases  6 deaths 
Colorado  75 cases  0 deaths 
Connecticut  637 cases  1 death 
Delaware  187 cases  0 deaths 
Florida  417 cases  0 deaths 
Georgia  39 cases  0 deaths 
Hawaii  198 cases  0 deaths 
Idaho  29 cases  0 deaths 
Illinois  1983 cases  5 
Indiana  201 cases  0 deaths 
Iowa  92 cases  0 deaths 
Kansas  97  0 deaths 
Kentucky  106  0 deaths 
Louisiana  134 cases  0 deaths 
Maine  33  0 deaths 
Maryland  139  0 deaths 
Massachusetts  1078  0 deaths 
Michigan  419 cases  1 death 
Minnesota  153  0 deaths 
Mississippi  59 cases  0 deaths 
Missouri  46 cases  1 death 
Montana  27 cases  0 deaths 
Nebraska  71 cases  0 deaths 
Nevada  162 cases  0 deaths 
New Hampshire  92 cases  0 deaths 
New Jersey  348 cases  0 deaths 
New Mexico  155 cases  0 deaths 
New York  1160  13 deaths 
North Carolina  61 cases  0 deaths 
North Dakota  31 cases  0 deaths 
Ohio  53 cases  0 deaths 
Oklahoma  93 cases  0 deaths 
Oregon  189 cases  1 death 
Pennsylvania  626 cases  2 deaths 
Rhode Island  62 cases  0 deaths 
South Carolina  60  0 deaths 
South Dakota  14 cases  1 death 
Tennessee  110 cases  0 deaths 
Texas  2049 cases  3 deaths 
Utah  688 cases  2 deaths 
Vermont  32 cases  0 deaths 
Virginia  90 cases  1 death 
Washington  584 cases  2 deaths 
Washington, D.C.  33 cases  0 deaths 
West Virginia  40 cases  0 deaths 
Wisconsin  3008 cases  1 death 
Wyoming  50 cases  0 deaths 
Territories 
Puerto Rico  7 case  0 deaths 

TOTAL*(52)  17,855 cases  45 deaths 
*includes the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico

This table will be updated each Friday at 11 AM ET.

International Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection
See: World Health Organization.

NOTE: Because of daily reporting deadlines, the state totals reported by CDC may not always be consistent with those reported by state health departments. If there is a discrepancy between these two counts, data from the state health departments should be used as the most accurate number.

For more information about how these case counts are updated, see Questions & Answers About CDC's Online Reporting.
 
 

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« Reply #192 on: June 12, 2009, 03:15:37 PM »

  WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION UPDATE 48 - 12 JUNE 2009

http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_06_12/en/print.html

 
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Influenza A(H1N1) - update 48



12 June 2009 -- As of 07:00 GMT, 12 June 2009, 74 countries have officially reported 29,669 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 145 deaths.

The breakdown of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases by country is given in the following table and map.

Map of the spread of Influenza A(H1N1): number of laboratory confirmed cases and deaths [png 203kb]
As of 07:00 GMT, 12 June 2009



Laboratory-confirmed cases of new influenza A(H1N1) as officially reported to WHO by States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005)


Country  Cumulative total     Newly confirmed since the last reporting period     
   Cases  Deaths  Cases  Deaths 
Argentina  343  0    87  0   
Australia  1307  0    0    0   
Austria  7  0    0    0   
Bahamas  1  0    0    0   
Bahrain  1  0    0    0   
Barbados  3  0    0    0   
Belgium  14  0    0    0   
Bolivia  5  0    0    0   
Brazil  52  0    12  0   
Bulgaria  2  0    0    0   
Canada  2978  4  532  0   
Cayman Islands, UKOT  2  0    0    0   
Chile  1694  2  0    0   
China  188  0    14  0   
Colombia  35  1  0    0   
Costa Rica  104  1  0    0   
Cuba  6  0    1  0   
Cyprus  1  0    0    0   
Czech Republic  4  0    0    0   
Denmark  11  0    1  0   
Dominica  1  0    0    0   
Dominican Republic  91  1  0    0   
Ecuador  67  0    0    0   
Egypt  10  0    0    0   
El Salvador  69  0    0    0   
Estonia  4  0    0    0   
Finland  4  0    0    0   
France  73  0    0    0   
Germany  95  0    0    0   
Greece  7  0    0    0   
Guatemala  74  1  14  1 
Honduras  89  0    0    0   
Hungary  4  0    0    0   
Iceland  4  0    1  0   
India  9  0    0    0   
Ireland  12  0    0    0   
Israel  68  0    0    0   
Italy  56  0    2  0   
Jamaica  11  0    1  0   
Japan  549  0    31  0   
Korea, Republic of  53  0    0    0   
Kuwait  18  0    0    0   
Lebanon  8  0    0    0   
Luxembourg  1  0    0    0   
Malaysia  5  0    0    0   
Mexico  6241  108  0    0   
Netherlands  35  0    5  0   
New Zealand  27  0    4  0   
Nicaragua  56  0    11  0   
Norway  13  0    0    0   
Panama  221  0    0    0   
Paraguay  25  0    0    0   
Peru  79  0    15  0   
Philippines  77  0    0    0   
Poland  7  0    0    0   
Portugal  2  0    0    0   
Romania  11  0    0    0   
Russia  3  0    0    0   
Saudi Arabia  1  0    0    0   
Singapore  18  0    0    0   
Slovakia  3  0    0    0   
Spain  488  0    131  0   
Sweden  19  0    0    0   
Switzerland  20  0    0    0   
Thailand  8  0    0    0   
Trinidad and Tobago  4  0    2  0   
Turkey  10  0    0    0   
Ukraine  1  0    0    0   
United Arab Emirates  1  0    0    0   
United Kingdom  822  0    0    0   
United States of America  13217  27  0    0   
Uruguay  36  0    12  0   
Venezuela  25  0    12  0   
Viet Nam  23  0    7  0   
Grand Total  29669  145  895  1 



Chinese Taipei has reported 36 confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1) with 0 deaths. Cases from Chinese Taipei are included in the cumulative totals provided in the table above.


Cumulative and new figures are subject to revision





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« Reply #193 on: June 12, 2009, 03:20:24 PM »

NOVARTIS PRODUCES VACCINE...!

http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-06-12-voa12.cfm


Novartis Produces Swine Flu Vaccine 
By VOA News
12 June 2009
 

 
A CDC Image of H1N1 influenza virus

The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis says it has produced a first batch of a vaccine to fight the H1N1 swine flu virus, weeks ahead of expectations.

The company said Friday that producing the vaccine proved to be quicker through cell-based production rather than eggs, the usual method of producing vaccines.

Novartis says clinical trials will begin in July.

More than 30 governments have asked Novartis to supply them with a swine flu vaccine.

The announcement comes a day after the World Health Organization declared the swine flu virus a pandemic as infections climbed to nearly 30,000 cases in 74 countries. This was the first declaration of a global flu pandemic in more than 40 years.

The United Nations agency issued the declaration Thursday after it held an emergency meeting with flu experts in Geneva. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said that although the virus is now "unstoppable," the danger that it poses is "moderate."

Officials note that declaring a pandemic does not mean the disease has become more severe, but that there is an increasing number of infections in different geographical locations. The agency also is reiterating its advice to countries not to close borders or impose travel restrictions, but to be vigilant.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon echoed similar comments, but said the world must be watchful because it is not known what will happen in the coming months. Mr. Ban said he will convene a meeting next Monday of the U.N.'s influenza steering committee to determine what he called "our immediate next steps."

The World Health Organization says declaring the pandemic will likely get governments to spend more money to contain the outbreak.

The United States has recorded the most cases of the swine flu, with more than 13,000, although Mexico has the most deaths, which currently stand at more than 100.

The WHO says 144 people have died from the virus.

The last time the WHO declared a pandemic was in 1968, following the outbreak of the Hong Kong flu, which killed at least one million people.
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« Reply #194 on: June 16, 2009, 12:34:45 PM »

 
FDA Warns Web Sites against Marketing Fraudulent H1N1 Flu Virus Claims
 
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm166801.htm

FDA NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2009

Media Inquiries: Christopher Kelly, 301-796-4676, christopher.kelly@fda.hhs.gov
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA



FDA Warns Web Sites against Marketing Fraudulent H1N1 Flu Virus Claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is enforcing the laws that protect consumers from illegal products marketed through the Internet that claim to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure the 2009 H1N1 flu virus.

On May 1, 2009, the FDA warned consumers regarding products related to the 2009 H1N1 flu virus offered on the Internet. The products involved are those that are promoted and marketed to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat, or cure the 2009 H1N1 flu virus but are not approved, cleared, or authorized by the FDA. The agency advised operators of offending Web sites that they must take immediate action to ensure that they are not marketing products intended to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat, or cure the 2009 H1N1 flu virus that have not been cleared, approved, or authorized by the FDA.

Since then, the FDA has issued more than 50 warning letters to offending Web sites and as a result, more than 66 percent of these Web sites have removed the offending claims and/or products.

“We are committed to aggressively pursuing those who attempt to take advantage of a public health emergency by promoting and marketing unapproved, uncleared, or unauthorized products,” said Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs. “We have achieved some success and will remain vigilant in our efforts to protect consumers from these fraudulent, potentially dangerous products.”

Examples of unapproved, uncleared, or unauthorized products targeted by the FDA include:
--A shampoo that claimed to protect against the H1N1 flu virus;
--A dietary supplement that claimed to protect infants and young children from contracting the H1N1 flu virus;
--A “new” supplement that claimed to cure H1N1 flu infection within four to eight hours;
--A spray that claimed to leave a layer of ionic silver on one’s hands that killed the virus;
--Several tests that have not been approved to detect the H1N1 flu virus; and
--An electronic instrument costing thousands of dollars that claimed to utilize “photobiotic energy” and “deeply penetrating mega-frequency life-force energy waves” to strengthen the immune system and prevent symptoms associated with H1N1 viral infection.

The FDA’s warning letters are consistent with an aggressive strategy the agency put into place to protect consumers from individuals or businesses that promote fraudulent claims for products in an attempt to take advantage of the public’s concerns about the 2009 H1N1 flu virus.

Unapproved, uncleared, or unauthorized products that claim to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat or cure the 2009 H1N1 flu are illegal and a potentially significant threat to the public health.

These warning letters were the result of daily Internet surfs conducted by the FDA’s Office of Enforcement, Office of Criminal Investigations, and staff from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The warning letters issued by e-mail and the FDA requested a response within 48 hours.

In addition, the FDA posted the offending Web sites and products on the agency’s Web site.

“Taking swift action to inform unsuspecting consumers about products that could be dangerous to their health is a major priority for the FDA,” said Hamburg.

The FDA will consider further civil or criminal enforcement action against those Web sites that fail to resolve the violations cited in warning letters. Actions could include seizure, injunction, and criminal prosecution.

For more information:

FDA’s Fraudulent H1N1 Flu Virus Product List

Browse Warning Letters for: Unapproved/Uncleared/Unauthorized Products Related to the H1N1 Flu Virus

Report Suspected Fraudulent Products or Criminal Activity Associated with H1N1 Flu Virus (Swine Flu)

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« Reply #195 on: June 16, 2009, 12:48:54 PM »

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WHO Updates International H1N1 Situation: 76 countries Reported 35928 cases

Influenza A(H1N1) - update 49
15 June 2009 --

As of 17:00 GMT, 15 June 2009, 76 countries have officially reported 35, 928 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 163 deaths.

The breakdown of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases by country is given in the following table and map.

Laboratory-confirmed cases of new influenza A(H1N1) as officially reported to WHO by States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005)

Country - Cumulative total - Deaths - Newly confirmed since the last reporting period - Deaths
 
Argentina  343  0    0    0   
Australia  1823  0    221  0   
Austria  7  0    0    0   
Bahamas  1  0    0    0   
Bahrain  1  0    0    0   
Barbados  3  0    0    0   
Belgium  17  0    3  0   
Bolivia  7  0    2  0   
Brazil  54  0    2  0   
Bulgaria  2  0    0    0   
Canada  2978  4  0    0   
Cayman Islands, UKOT  2  0    0    0   
Chile  1694  2  0    0   
China  318  0    100  0   
Colombia  42  1  7  0   
Costa Rica  104  1  0    0   
Cuba  6  0    0    0   
Cyprus  1  0    0    0   
Czech Republic  4  0    0    0   
Denmark  12  0    1  0   
Dominica  1  0    0    0   
Dominican Republic  93  1  2  0   
Ecuador  80  0    13  0   
Egypt  18  0    8  0   
El Salvador  95  0    26  0   
Estonia  4  0    0    0   
Finland  4  0    0    0   
France  80  0    7  0   
Germany  170  0    75  0   
Greece  19  0    12  0   
Guatemala  119  1  45  0   
Honduras  89  0    0    0   
Hungary  4  0    0    0   
Iceland  4  0    0    0   
India  16  0    7  0   
Ireland  12  0    0    0   
Israel  117  0    49  0   
Italy  67  0    11  0   
Jamaica  11  0    0    0   
Japan  605  0    56  0   
Korea, Republic of  65  0    6  0   
Kuwait  18  0    0    0   
Lebanon  8  0    0    0   
Luxembourg  1  0    0    0   
Malaysia  5  0    0    0   
Mexico  6241  108  0    0   
Morocco  1  0    1  0   
Netherlands  61  0    26  0   
New Zealand  86  0    28  0   
Nicaragua  56  0    0    0   
Norway  13  0    0    0   
Panama  272  0    0    0   
Paraguay  25  0    0    0   
Peru  91  0    12  0   
Philippines  77  0    0    0   
Poland  7  0    0    0   
Portugal  3  0    1  0   
Romania  13  0    2  0   
Russia  3  0    0    0   
Saudi Arabia  11  0    5  0   
Singapore  47  0    22  0   
Slovakia  3  0    0    0   
Spain  488  0    0    0   
Sweden  32  0    13  0   
Switzerland  22  0    2  0   
Thailand  29  0    21  0   
Trinidad and Tobago  5  0    1  0   
Turkey  10  0    0    0   
Ukraine  1  0    0    0   
United Arab Emirates  1  0    0    0   
United Kingdom  1226  0    404  0   
United States of America  17855  45  4638  18 
Uruguay  36  0    0    0   
Venezuela  25  0    0    0   
Viet Nam  25  0    2  0   
West Bank and Gaza Strip  2  0    2  0
   
Grand Total  35928  163  5834  18  


Chinese Taipei has reported 37 confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1) with 0 deaths. Cases from Chinese Taipei are included in the cumulative totals provided in the table above.
Cumulative and new figures are subject to revision 
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« Reply #196 on: June 18, 2009, 09:22:35 PM »

Cruise Ship Quarantine Over Swine Flu
10:38am UK, Thursday June 18, 2009

Venezuela has quarantined a visiting cruise ship following an outbreak of swine flu onboard, health officials have said.
 
Ocean Dream Liner, Source: Pullmantur Cruises



All 1,219 passengers and 460 crew members will be kept on board the Ocean Dream, which is now moored off Venezuela's Margarita Island.

Authorities stopped passengers from leaving the Spanish-owned ship after three crew members tested positive for the virus.

"After the virus was detected in crew members, the boat must now stay in quarantine until June 24", said state health official Jorge Alchaer.

Eleven more crew members are now reported to have symptoms.

The nationalities of the passengers on board the ship are not yet known.

The ship was next due to arrive in Barbados but shipping agents in Bridgetown have denied the liner entry to the island's port.
Many of the small islands in the eastern Caribbean depend on cruise ship arrivals to help support their vulnerable economies.

Venezuela has so far reported 52 cases of swine flu - none has been fatal.

Last week the World Health Organisation declared the virus a global pandemic that has spread to 74 countries.

More than 140 people have died from the virus while some 30,000 cases have been diagnosed worldwide.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Swine-Flu-Outbreak---Venezuela-Cruise-Ship-Ocean-Dream-Quarantined-Over-Outbreak-Onboard/Article/200906315311248?lpos=World_News_Third_Home_Page_Article_Teaser_Region__0&lid=ARTICLE_15311248_Swine_Flu_Outbreak_-_Venezuela_Cruise_Ship_Ocean_Dream_Quarantined_Over_Outbreak_Onboard
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« Reply #197 on: June 19, 2009, 12:04:10 PM »

VACCINE - DONATION TO WHO BY SANOFI-AVENTIS

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2009/vaccine_donation_20090617/en/index.html

Statement by WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan
17 June 2009

WHO welcomes sanofi-aventis's donation of vaccine

Sanofi-aventis to donate 100 million doses of pandemic H1N1 vaccine to WHO
"We welcome this very generous gesture by sanofi-aventis. One hundred million doses of vaccine against the pandemic H1N1 2009 virus is a sizeable and generous gesture to and on behalf of the world's less-developed countries. WHO will now work to ensure that this vaccine gets to groups who otherwise would have no access to pandemic vaccines.

"It is gratifying that vaccine manufacturers are demonstrating their solidarity with WHO in protecting the health of the world's poorer people: influenza knows no boundaries and so to protect people in one country is to protect us all."

Sanofi-aventis made its announcement of the donation of 100 million doses of vaccine at the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, USA. WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan will be speaking there tomorrow.
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« Reply #198 on: June 19, 2009, 12:10:26 PM »

INTERNATIONAL - NUMBERS OF CASES REPORTED BY WHO

WHO Updates International H1N1 Situation: 39620 cases

Influenza A(H1N1) - update 50

Laboratory-confirmed cases of new influenza A(H1N1) as officially reported to WHO by States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005)

Cumulative and new figures are subject to revision
17 June 2009 12:00 GMT


Country, territory and area  Cumulative total     
Newly confirmed since the last reporting period     
   Cases  Deaths  Cases  Deaths 
Argentina  733  1  390  1 
Australia  2112  0    289  0   
Austria  7  0    0    0   
Bahamas  2  0    1  0   
Bahrain  12  0    11  0   
Barbados  3  0    0    0   
Belgium  19  0    2  0   
Bermuda, UKOT  1  0    1  0   
Bolivia  11  0    4  0   
Brazil  79  0    25  0   
British Virgin Islands, UKOT  1  0    1  0   
Bulgaria  2  0    0    0   
Canada  4049  7  1071  3 
Cayman Islands, UKOT  4  0    2  0   
Chile  2335  2  641  0   
China  382  0    64  0   
Colombia  53  1  11  0   
Costa Rica  149  1  45  0   
Cuba  7  0    1  0   
Cyprus  1  0    0    0   
Czech Republic  4  0    0    0   
Denmark  15  0    3  0   
Dominica  1  0    0    0   
Dominican Republic  93  1  0    0   
Ecuador  86  0    6  0   
Egypt  26  0    8  0   
El Salvador  125  0    30  0   
Estonia  4  0    0    0   
Finland  12  0    8  0   
France  118  0    38  0   
France, French Polynesia, FOC  1  0    1  0   
France, Martinique, FOC  1  0    1  0   
Germany  195  0    25  0   
Greece  23  0    4  0   
Guatemala  128  1  9  0   
Honduras  100  0    11  0   
Hungary  4  0    0    0   
Iceland  4  0    0    0   
India  30  0    14  0   
Ireland  12  0    0    0   
Israel  152  0    35  0   
Italy  72  0    5  0   
Jamaica  12  0    1  0   
Japan  666  0    61  0   
Jordan  2  0    2  0   
Korea, Republic of  65  0    0    0   
Kuwait  18  0    0    0   
Lebanon  11  0    3  0   
Luxembourg  2  0    1  0   
Malaysia  17  0    12  0   
Mexico  6241  108  0    0   
Morocco  3  0    2  0   
Netherlands  68  0    7  0   
Netherlands, Curacao, OT  1  0    1  0   
New Zealand  127  0    41  0   
Nicaragua  118  0    62  0   
Norway  13  0    0    0   
Panama  272  0    0    0   
Paraguay  25  0    0    0   
Peru  112  0    21  0   
Philippines  193  0    116  0   
Poland  7  0    0    0   
Portugal  3  0    0    0   
Qatar  3  0    3  0   
Romania  16  0    3  0   
Russia  3  0    0    0   
Samoa  1  0    1  0   
Saudi Arabia  17  0    6  0   
Singapore  49  0    2  0   
Slovakia  3  0    0    0   
Spain  499  0    11  0   
Sri Lanka  1  0    1  0   
Sweden  37  0    5  0   
Switzerland  27  0    5  0   
Thailand  310  0    281  0   
Trinidad and Tobago  5  0    0    0   
Turkey  16  0    6  0   
Ukraine  1  0    0    0   
United Arab Emirates  1  0    0    0   
United Kingdom  1461  1  235  1 
United Kingdom, Isle of Man, Crown Dependency  1  0    1  0   
United Kingdom, Jersey, Crown Dependency  1  0    1  0   
United States of America*  17855  44  0    -1 
Uruguay  36  0    0    0   
Venezuela  45  0    20  0   
Viet Nam  27  0    2  0   
West Bank and Gaza Strip  2  0    0    0   
Yemen  1  0    1  0   
Grand Total  39620  167  3692  4 


Chinese Taipei has reported 58 confirmed case of influenza A (H1N1) with 0 deaths. Cases from Chinese Taipei are included in the cumulative totals provided in the table above.
*The data has been revised on the basis of further laboratory confirmation

Abbreviations
UKOT: United Kingdom Overseas Territory
FOC: French Overseas Collectivity
OT: Overseas Territory

 

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« Reply #199 on: June 19, 2009, 12:13:19 PM »

Please use the following link to look at the International Numbers in a much better format:

http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_06_17/en/index.html
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