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Today's Headlines - 8/21/2014
In CDC bird flu mix-up, U.S. agency cites sloppy science, failed reporting
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. government scientist working with bird flu rushed through lab procedures in order to get to a staff meeting, setting off what could have been a fatal mishap, health officials said on Friday. They said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab worker, who was not identified, allotted only about half the time necessary to carry out ...
Patient isolated after tests confirm they have swine flu
Routine testing of a patient at Timaru Hospital found the person had swine flu.
All Pregnant Women Need Flu Shot: Ob/Gyn Group
Title: All Pregnant Women Need Flu Shot: Ob/Gyn Group Category: Health News Created: 8/19/2014 5:36:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
CDC report blames researcher's haste for bird flu virus mishandling
An investigation into the mistaken shipment of deadly bird flu virus from a government laboratory earlier this year found that a scientist took shortcuts to speed up the work and accidentally contaminated the samples, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.
Swine flu returns as Australia suffers through severe flu season: experts
Australia has seen a resurgence of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, with the virus accounting for the majority of reported influenza cases this year, experts have said.
CDC accidentally contaminated bird flu samples because scientist had to rush to a meeting
A government lab team discovered a potentially hazardous bird flu contamination issue and didn't report it until other scientists began to notice that something was off a full month later, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a report released today. First, one government scientist rushed through a procedure and, in the process, contaminated a tame strain of bird flu with ...
Swine Flu Epidemic Hits Australia
In 2009, the World Health Organization classified the H1N1 strain of influenza, more commonly referred to as swine flu, as a Phase 6 pandemic, the highest rating possible for such a virus. Thankfully, the pandemic only lasted slightly longer than …
U.S. rolls back oversight of potentially dangerous experiments
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - As U.S. lawmakers investigate the anthrax and bird flu breaches at a federal laboratory, they have begun to question whether outside oversight of research using dangerous microbes is as independent as federal agencies claim.        They are scrutinizing the actions of the nation's leading biomedical research institute, the National Institutes of Health ...
Swine flu cases rising in Australia
Nearly 21,000 cases of flu have been confirmed in Australia so far this year, double the number of cases at this time last year.
Flu spike fears
South Australia is in the grip of a nationwide influenza epidemic, as cases of the dreaded swine flu skyrocket.

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