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Deaths From 2009 H1N1 Outbreak Likely Higher Than WHO Estimated, Analysis Shows

“Deaths from H1N1 influenza in 2009 may have been 10 times higher than previously estimated, killing 123,000 to 203,000 people from respiratory illness worldwide, according to a new analysis in the journal PLOS Medicine,” published on Tuesday, USA Today reports (Szab, 11/26). “The [WHO] had said there were about 18,500…

Hong Kong Reports First Case Of H7N9 Bird Flu

“Hong Kong has reported its first case of the H7N9 bird flu strain, in a possible sign the virus is spreading beyond mainland China since it first emerged there earlier this year,” the Associated Press reports (12/2). “A 36-year-old Indonesian woman who works as a domestic helper fell ill on…

H7N9 Bird Flu Not Yet Well-Adapted For Human Transmission, Study Says

“The H7N9 bird flu virus has not yet acquired the changes needed to infect humans easily but it would not be wise to dismiss its potential risk, according to a U.S. study published in the journal Science Thursday,” Xinhua reports. “In contrast to some initial studies that had suggested that…

H7N9 Bird Flu Might Easily Develop Resistance To Common Treatments, Research Shows

“Scientists have found that a mutation in a new strain of bird flu infecting people in China can render it resistant to a key first-line treatment drug without limiting its ability to spread in mammals,” Reuters reports. Researchers “found [H7N9] was highly resistant to Tamiflu, but also that it still…

Global Measles Deaths Decline 78% Since 2000, WHO Data Show

News outlets report on new data from the WHO showing a significant decline in global deaths from measles since 2000. BBC News: Measles global deaths decline by 78%, WHO estimates “Global deaths from measles dropped 78 percent between 2000 and 2012, the World Health Organization estimates. New figures from the…

Chinese Poultry Industry’s Desire To Drop ‘Bird’ Or ‘Avian’ From Flu Reporting Is ‘Madness’

Bloomberg’s “The Ticker”: China Pretends Bird Flu Doesn’t Exist Adam Minter, a Shanghai-based contributor to Bloomberg View “…According to a Feb. 4 report by Xinhua, China’s state-owned newswire, poultry companies and associations in Guangdong province, home to a significant percentage of China’s most recent H7N9 bird flu infections, are proposing…

Number Of H7N9 Cases In China Will Continue To Rise, Officials Say

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of H7N9 avian influenza on mainland China, where officials say the number of cases will continue to grow. Global Dispatch: Chinese officials predict more human H7N9 avian flu cases “With a large spurt of new human H7N9 avian influenza cases reported so far…

China Reports Additional Cases Of H7N9 Bird Flu

News outlets report the latest data on H7N9 bird flu in China. Reuters: China reports second H7N9 bird flu death in a week “China reported one more death from the H7N9 strain of bird flu in southwestern Guizhou province, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday, in the second death…

Liberian President Launches Pneumonia Vaccination Campaign

Two news outlets report on the launch of Liberia’s pneumonia vaccination campaign, which aims to reduce the country’s infant mortality rate. Deutsche Welle: Cutting child deaths from pneumonia in Liberia “…The vaccination campaign was launched in Monrovia by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on January 9, 2014. Meanwhile health officials…

H7N9 Bird Flu Continues To Spread In China As Chinese New Year Approaches

News outlets report on the continuing spread of H7N9 bird flu in China. Reuters: Hong Kong reports third H7N9 bird flu death “A 75-year-old man infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus has died in Hong Kong, the government said on Wednesday, the third such death in the city…” (Woodhouse,…