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Official H1N1-Related Death Count Approaches 13,000 Worldwide, WHO Says

H1N1 (swine flu) has killed 12,799 people worldwide since the virus first emerged, the WHO said on Friday, United Press International reports (1/8). According to the WHO, more than half of the H1N1-related deaths worldwide occurred in the Americas, China Daily reports (1/9).

Developing Countries Reassess Need For Donated H1N1 Vaccine

As the number of H1N1 (swine flu) cases in some regions of the world continues to fall, developing countries scheduled to receive donated H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines from the WHO are reassessing just how much vaccines their countries need, the Canadian Press reports. “The WHO had hoped to provide vaccine for up to 10 per cent of the populations of developing countries that wanted donated vaccine,” the newspaper writes.

CDC Releases H1N1 Seed Strains To Vaccine Makers

Vaccine makers on Wednesday began receiving H1N1 (swine flu) virus seed strains, a key ingredient for producing an H1N1 vaccine, the Canadian Press/ reports.

CDC Scientists Develop New Basis for H5N1 Vaccine

By using samples of the H5N1 (avian flu) virus obtained from Egypt, CDC scientists have developed a virus sample critical to the production of a bird flu vaccine, the WHO said Thursday, Reuters reports.

Recent Releases in Global Health: Worldwide Sexual Health and Malaria Efforts, International Media Coverage of H1N1 Flu; WHO Health Stats

PLoS Medicine Editorial Discusses Worldwide Sexual Health Policy Efforts Policy efforts to promote sexual health worldwide must be systematically integrated and tailored to individual at risk groups in order to effectively reduce the high morbidity and mortality from sexually transmitted infections, according to a PLoS Medicine editorial. Lawmakers and religious leaders…

WHO Closer To Declaring Swine Flu Outbreak A Pandemic

The WHO on Tuesday said it was “getting closer” to declaring the H1N1 (swine) flu outbreak to be a pandemic, as the virus continues to spread to people outside of North America, and in populations “as far apart as Britain, Spain, Japan, Chile and Australia,” the AP/Washington Post reports.