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Concern over zoonotic disease

Concern over zoonotic disease

Ecological and social changes around the world that allow emergence of novel infectious diseases are increasing at an unprecedented rate, experts warn.

Swine flu deaths at more than half a million worldwide

Swine flu deaths at more than half a million worldwide

DEATHS associated with the 2009 H1N1influenza pandemic could be 15 times higher than previously thought, according to estimates from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

GPs an afterthought in pandemic flu response

GPs an afterthought in pandemic flu response

GPs were left dazed and confused as Australian health officials scrambled to respond to the 2009 swine flu pandemic, a review has acknowledged.

Swine flu threat downgraded to ‘post-pandemic’

THE World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the swine flu pandemic is over. WHO director-general Dr Margaret Chan says while the H1N1 virus has largely run its course, localised outbreaks are still a threat, with some countries including New Zealand currently experiencing significant transmission. Dr Chan said WHO had determined the world had entered a “post-pandemic period” following assessment by its international emergency committee yesterday. However, “pandemics are unpredictable and prone to deliver surprises”, she told a news conference, emphasising a need to continue vaccination of vulnerable groups in the community. The pandemic affected more ...

Expert defends WHO’s links to pharma

AUSTRALIAN virologist Dr Alan Hampson (Hon MD) describes recent criticism of the WHO for accepting pandemic planning advice from experts with ties to the pharma industry as a “witch-hunt”. Dr Hampson, a WHO and Australian Government consultant who chairs the pharma-funded Influenza Specialist Group, says it would be virtually impossible to find experts with no ties to industry because of the way research is funded. An article published yesterday by the BMJ castigates the WHO for a lack of transparency over conflicts of interest, saying key advice on pandemic planning was delivered by scientists who ...

US swine flu vaccine uptake low

MANY Americans do not intend to get the swine flu vaccine for themselves or for their children, and believe the pandemic is no longer a threat. The New York Times reports a poll of 1419 adults found 40% had their children vaccinated against swine flu, but only 13% of the remainder intended to do so. Most parents who had not had their children vaccinated said they felt the threat had passed or that they feared the vaccine, despite the monitoring of 60 million doses showing no significant rate of side-effects.

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