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Swine flu back in Delhi
Not just the common flu, H1N1 influenza or swine flu is also in circulation in the city.Recently, a 52-year-old man was diagnosed positive for the infection at Max Hospital in Patparganj.
Scientists say UK wasted 560m on flu drugs that are not proven
Britain stockpiled drugs for predicted bird flu in 2005 and swine flu in 2009 that independent scientists say are no cure The government has wasted half a billion pounds stockpiling two anti-flu drugs that have not been proved to stop the spread of infection or to prevent people becoming seriously ill, according to a team of scientists who have analysed the full clinical trials data, obtained ...
Swine Flu From 2009 Pandemic Also Struck Sea Otters: Study
Title: Swine Flu From 2009 Pandemic Also Struck Sea Otters: Study Category: Health News Created: 4/11/2014 2:36:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 4/14/2014 12:00:00 AM
Cousin of swine flu victim who died after giving birth takes on fundraising challenge for premature baby ward
THE COUSIN of a young mother who died of swine flu days after giving birth is taking on an extreme obstacle challenge to raise funds for the neonatal unit caring for her premature baby girl.
Swine flu outbreak in Hawke's Bay
Eight cases of swine flu (H1N1) have struck Hawkes Bay since February. Three patients are in intensive care and one in a coma. read more
Five changes can make H5N1 bird flu virus transmit among mammals, study finds
TORONTO - As few as five mutations can give an H5N1 bird flu virus the capacity to transmit among mammals instead of birds, a study published Thursday reveals. But it may give pause to those who argue that a bird flu virus cannot evolve to become transmissible from human to human. The research is the latest in a series of so-called gain of function studies, controversial experiments that ...
Japan Curbs Chicken Shipments Following Bird Flu Outbreak
Japan has curbed the shipment of almost 400,000 chickens in the Kumamoto prefecture in the south following the nation's first occurrence of bird flu in three years. The restrictions will be lifted in early May if the outbreak is contained, an Agriculture Ministry official, Yoshihiro Kawada, told Bloomberg. About 112,000 chickens will be slaughtered by local authorities on 14 April, media reports ...
Pandemic flu: was the Tamiflu stockpile a waste of money?
Scientists conclude there is insufficient evidence to back the government's decision to stockpile the drug Tamiflu to tackle pandemics such as the outbreak of swine flu in 2009.
New bird flu strain linked to death of Chinese woman
Woman in Nanchang was infected with H10N8 bird flu virus, a strain not previously found in people Chinese authorities have said a 73-year-old woman has died after being infected with a bird flu strain not previously found in people, a development that the World Health Organisation called "worrisome". China's Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said the woman in Nanchang had been infected ...
Tamiflu: Why the Government 'Wasting' 500m Is More Complicated Than You Think
A report claiming the government had wasted 500m of taxpayer money stockpiling Tamiflu despite doing little to tackle swine flu is not quite as clear-cut as its authors made out. Clinical trial data released by drugs giant Roche suggested Tamiflu was effective at treating swine flu. However, in practice, and after the government had bought vast quantities of the drug, it turned out to be ...

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