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H1N1 Swine Flu Strain In Indian Outbreak More Infectious, Virulent Than Previously Believed, Study Suggests

News outlets discuss a study published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe showing the H1N1 strain of swine flu circulating in India might be more infectious and severe than previously believed. International Business Times: India swine flu has mutated to become more deadly as virus claims 1,200 lives “The…

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H7N9 Avian Flu Virus Mutating In China, May Pose Threat Of Human Pandemic, Researchers Warn

Media outlets report on findings from a study published in Nature on Wednesday on the H7N9 avian flu virus found in China. International Business Times: Bird flu: Fast mutating, deadly strain could turn into a pandemic warn researchers “A deadly strain of bird flu that can infect humans has spread…

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Multiple Avian Influenza Strains Circulating Simultaneously Pose Greater Risk, WHO Warns

CIDRAP News: WHO warns about influenza co-circulation, bird outbreaks “…In a statement [Thursday], the WHO said the world needs to be concerned about the diversity and spread of avian flu viruses in wild and domestic birds, factors that could give rise to more novel strains and threaten livelihoods, the food…

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H1N1 Influenza Deaths Reach 1,000 In India; Different Swine Flu Strain Could Be Responsible For Some, Researcher Says

International Business Times: Swine Flu: Death Toll Reaches 1,000-Mark, 17,000 Diagnosed with H1N1 Virus “Swine flu has claimed 1,000 lives until now with 39 new death cases being reported on Thursday. Meanwhile the reported number of individuals suffering from influenza has crossed the 17,000 mark…” (Das, 2/27). International Business Times:…

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Saudi Arabia Must Stop MERS Transmission, Including In Health Care Settings, To Prevent Global Spread

Washington Post: The world should learn from the Ebola crisis to combat MERS in Saudi Arabia Editorial Board “…Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, is surging anew in Saudi Arabia and raising familiar questions: Where is this coronavirus coming from and how is it spreading? … The World Health Organization,…

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Segregated, Single-Issue Health Targets Hold Back Progress On MNCH

Devex: The specter of segregation haunts global health Patrick Fine, chief executive officer of FHI 360, and Leith Greenslade, vice chair in the Office of the U.N. Special Envoy for Financing the health Millennium Development Goals and co-chair of Child Health at the MDG Health Alliance “…Could [the MDG targets…

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Knowledge, Prevention Gaps Remain On How To End MERS Outbreak In Saudi Arabia, U.N. Experts Warn

BBC News: WHO calls for action over MERS virus “Too little is being done to control the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has infected 50 people in Saudi Arabia so far this month, the World Health Organization has warned. The rising number of cases in health care facilities…

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U.N. Delegation In Saudi Arabia Examining Sudden Increase In MERS Cases

Scientific American: Middle East Mystery Disease Triggers Early Resurgence “Infectious disease watchers are again wondering what is going on in Saudi Arabia. Since the beginning of February the Saudis have reported 52 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome — better known as MERS. … An expert delegation from the United…

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India’s MoH Deploys Experts To Study Increase In H1N1 Cases, Asks State Governments To Examine Mortality Patterns

New York Times: India Deploys Expert Teams to Study Rise in Flu Cases “Indian officials this week scrambled to cope with a rise in cases of the flu, which they say has sickened thousands of people and caused the deaths of 700 since the beginning of January. The Health Ministry…

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Saudi Arabia Invites U.N. Mission To Assist In Efforts Against MERS

U.N. News Centre: Saudi Arabia invites U.N. health team in precautionary measure against spread of respiratory virus “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced it is dispatching a mission to Saudi Arabia next week at the request of the government to take preventive measures for a possible upsurge…

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