A meeting of the WHO’s emergency committee held Friday to discuss the H1N1 (swine) flu ended without a pandemic declaration, but experts concluded that declarations would now be based upon the severity and transmission pattern of a virus, Reuters reports.
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U.S House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday expressed skepticism that Congress would approve President Obama’s recent request for an additional $2 billion to help fight the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, Reuters/Washington Post reports.
A combination of measures taken to improve nutrition, indoor air pollution, immunization and child pneumonia case management could reduce total child mortality worldwide by 17% and global pneumonia deaths by more than 90%, according to a study published in the June issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, UPI reports.
Indonesia To Host International Congress On AIDS Indonesia will host the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific region, August 3 â€“ 13 in Bali, organizers of the event announced Wednesday, Xinhua reports. Indonesia was selected to host the congress because it “was one of the first…
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.
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.
The WHO on Thursday released details about the three H1N1 (swine flu) virus samples sent to drug makers this week for use in the development of an H1N1 vaccine.
Recent Releases in Global Health: Worldwide Sexual Health and Malaria Efforts, International Media Coverage of H1N1 Flu; WHO Health Stats
PLoS MedicineÂ 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…
Bangladesh Interventions Help To Reduce Child Mortality Rate; Global Health Specialists Discuss Child Mortality at Conference
Global health specialists on Tuesday at the Global Health Council 2009 conference in Washington, D.C., hailed the success of Bangladesh’s oral rehydration therapy (ORT) and immunization programs, which have played a major role in reducing the country’s child mortality rate, the New Nation reports.
Vaccine makers on Wednesday began receiving H1N1 (swine flu) virus seed strains, a key ingredient for producing an H1N1 vaccine, the Canadian Press/Google.com reports.