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H1N1 Cases On Decline In Southern Hemisphere, WHO Says

The number of H1N1 (swine) flu cases are steadily declining in the Southern Hemisphere as the region’s flu season comes to an end, the WHO said Friday, the Associated Press reports.

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Health Experts Appeal For Vaccines To Be Added To National Immunization Programs

During a recent three-day Asian Vaccine Conference, health experts appealed to countries to add “under-utilised vaccines such as those of pneumococcal, haemophilus influenzae type-b (Hib), and rotavirus” into national immunization programs, the Nation reports.

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Brazil Emerges As Country With Highest Number of H1N1-Related Deaths

The H1N1 (swine) flu is blamed for 557 deaths in Brazil, “making it the country with the highest number of fatalities in the world from the disease,” according to the country’s health ministry, Agence France-Presse reports.

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Asia Will Experience H1N1 Vaccine Shortage, WHO Says

A spokesperson for the WHO said on Tuesday that Asia will not have enough H1N1 vaccines for swine flu when cold weather hits, Reuters reports.

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Report Warns H1N1 Could Affect Half Of U.S. Population

A U.S. presidential panel report released Monday estimates H1N1 (swine) flu could infect up to half of the country’s population, the Washington Post reports.

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WHO Appeals For Donated, Low-Cost H1N1 Vaccines

The WHO’s flu chief Keiji Fukuda on Saturday called upon wealthy nations and vaccine manufacturers to donate H1N1 (swine) flu vaccines to developing countries, the Associated Press reports.

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‘Explosion’ Of H1N1 Cases Likely In Coming Months, WHO Says

In the coming months, countries should prepare for an “explosion” in new cases of H1N1 (swine) flu until peak transmission of the virus is reached, the WHO’s Western Pacific director, Shin Young-soo told a symposium of health officials gathered in Beijing Friday, the Associated Press reports.

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WHO Says Confirmed H1N1 Deaths Worldwide Reach 1,799

According to the latest WHO report out Wednesday, the number of confirmed H1N1 (swine) flu deaths since its emergence in April has reached 1,799 – a jump from 1,462 deaths since the agency’s last update, Agence France-Presse/the Australian reports.

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Also In Global Health News: Boosting Artemisinin Production; TB In Pakistan; Gambia Vaccine Initiative; HIV In Burkina Faso Children

Researchers Use Breeding Method To Create Plant With High Levels Of Artemisinin In an effort to produce more artemisinin than is naturally found in the plant artemisia annua, researchers at York University’s Centre for Novel Agricultural Products are using “fast-track breeding methods to create a plant that contains much higher…

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H1N1 Vaccine Orders Top 1B, WHO Says

“Northern hemisphere countries have so far ordered more than one billion doses of swine flu vaccine, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday, sparking warnings over shortages,” Agence France-Presse reports.

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