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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.

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…

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.

TIME Examines International Fight Against H1N1

TIME examines the international fight against H1N1 (swine) flu, including current efforts to produce an H1N1 vaccine and prepare the northern hemisphere for the expected surge in infections this fall.

U.S., Mexico, Canada Vow To Work Together Against H1N1

President Obama together with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper “vowed on Monday to fight the spread of the H1N1 swine flu,” during their summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, Reuters reports.