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Did leak from a laboratory cause swine flu pandemic? Same strain of influenza was released 'by accident' three decades ago 30 Jun 2009 It has swept across the world killing at least 300 people and infecting thousands more. Yet the swine flu pandemic might not have happened had it not been for the 'accidental' release of the same strain of influenza virus from a research laboratory in the late 1970s, according to a new study. Scientists investigating the genetic make-up of flu viruses have concluded there is a high probability that the H1N1 strain of influenza "A" behind the current pandemic might never have been re-introduced into the human population were it not for an accidental leak from a laboratory working on the same strain in 1977.
CLG: Pandemic planning: Protect police forces from being hurt in civil disturbances --The same cast of characters behind 'mass fatality management planning' for the flu pandemic developed a 'business plan for the Iraqi military market.' By Lori Price 29 Jun 2009 The same 'people' (and I use that term very loosely) panning the International Swine Flu Conference -- New-Fields -- also brought us... wait for it... Iraq oil and gas summits and the 2nd Iraq Security & Defense Summit. Corporate, government, and media players are meeting (after they cough up thousands of dollars in fees) to discuss and manage the inevitable flu pandemic... The architects of the flu kit and caboodle -- the same corpora-terrorists who profited from the Bush/Obama Iraq and Af/Pak wars -- are poised to make a(nother) killing.
University of Qld unveils swine flu vaccine made with insect eggs 29 Jun 2009 The University of Queensland (UQ) says it has made the first Australian batch of a new swine flu vaccine but it will only be available for research purposes. The university has produced one-litre of swine flu vaccine in Brisbane - the equivalent of 1,000 doses. It has been made with new technology using insect cells instead of egg culture. UQ spokesman Professor Anton Middleberg says the university is the only laboratory in Australia to partner with the US company who developed the [disgusting] process.
Swine flu 'shows drug resistance' 29 Jun 2009 Experts have reported the first case of swine flu that is resistant to tamiflu - the main drug being used to fight the pandemic. Roche Holding AG confirmed a patient with H1N1 influenza in Denmark showed resistance to the antiviral drug. [Oops! Donald Rumsfeld makes $5m killing on bird flu drug 12 Mar 2006 Donald Rumsfeld has made a killing out of bird flu. The US Defence Secretary has made more than $5m (£2.9m) in capital gains from selling shares in the biotechnology firm that discovered and developed Tamiflu, the drug being bought in massive amounts by Governments to treat a possible human pandemic of the disease.]
Ohio adds tactical EMS to accompany SWAT team --'It's key to have the medics up close to the situation.' 29 Jun 2009 These guys wear body armor and helmets and join SWAT teams during raids, shootings and hostage situations. Columbus created a 24-member tactical EMS team late last year. Two members go out with the SWAT team as needed.
New H1N1 flu not going away: U.S. health agency 26 Jun 2009 More than 1 million people in the United States may have been infected with the new H1N1 swine flu, U.S. health officials said on Friday, and infections continue to rise. The new H1N1 influenza virus that has triggered a global pandemic is infecting people in the United States well beyond the normal period for influenza season, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters in a telephone briefing.
500K New Yorkers May Have Swine Flu Virus 27 Jun 2009 As many as 500,000 New Yorkers may have been infected with the H1N1 virus that causes swine flu, federal officials said yesterday, far more than initially estimated by the city's Department of Health. The new data is based on a community survey that found 6.9 percent of New Yorkers experienced a flu-like illness during a three-week period in May when the illness was at its most active.
Swine flu shot campaign could involve 600M doses 27 Jun 2009 A potential fall swine flu immunization campaign may involve an unprecedented 600 million doses of vaccine, but health officials are still trying to figure out how to find enough workers to administer all those [deadly] shots. Although about 300 million people live in the U.S., health officials say children and some adults may need two doses of the vaccine.
Arkansas State Health Department: Mandatory Vaccines Are Constitutional --Legal council tells concerned caller that American citizens must accept enforced shot in event of mass swine flu vaccination program By Paul Joseph Watson 26 Jun 2009 A member of the public who was concerned about a mandatory mass vaccination program in light of the swine flu pandemic called the Arkansas State Health Department for advice only to be told that mandatory vaccines were constitutional and could be enforced at gunpoint by the government if necessary. The editor of the popular blog "Pissed Off Former Democrat" phoned the legal council at the Arkansas State Health Department to seek advice about obtaining waiver forms for a future mass swine flu vaccination program.
Voting Himself Rich: CDC Vaccine Adviser Made $29 Million Or More After Using Role to Create Market By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill 16 Feb 2009 Dr. Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) took home a fortune of at least $29 million as part of a $182 million sale by CHOP of its worldwide royalty interest in the Merck Rotateq vaccine to Royalty Pharma in April of last year, according to an investigation by Age of Autism. Based on an analysis of current CHOP administrative policies, the amount of income distributed to Offit could be as high as $46 million.
H1N1 'swine' flu has infected an estimated 1 million in U.S. --Sanofi-Aventis announces large-scale production of [deadly] vaccine. 25 Jun 2009 At least 1 million Americans have now contracted the novel H1N1 influenza [Baxter Bug], according to mathematical models prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while data from the field indicates that the virus is continuing to spread even though the normal flu season is over and that an increasing proportion of victims are being hospitalized. Meanwhile, the virus is continuing its rapid spread through the Southern Hemisphere, infecting increasing numbers of people and at least one pig.
Journalist Files Charges against WHO and UN for Bioterrorism and Intent to Commit Mass Murder By Barbara Minton 25 Jun 2009 As the anticipated July release date for Baxter's A/H1N1 flu pandemic vaccine approaches, an Austrian investigative journalist is warning the world that the greatest crime in the history of humanity is underway. Jane Burgermeister has recently filed criminal charges with the FBI against the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN), and several of the highest ranking government and corporate officials concerning bioterrorism and attempts to commit mass murder. [See: Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor 26 Apr 2009.]
AVI BioPharma gets Defense Dept. swine flu pact 22 Jun 2009 AVI BioPharma Inc. says it will receive up to $5.1 million under a contract with the U.S. government to develop swine flu drugs. AVI disclosed May 5 that it entered into the contract with the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a section of the Department of Defense that focuses on chemical, biological, nuclear and other weapons.
First Nations call for swine flu state of emergency 24 Jun 2009 First Nations chiefs in Manitoba called on the provincial and federal governments to declare a state of emergency on Wednesday because of the spread of swine flu on reserves and the lag time in responding to it.
Iraq confirms first cases of H1N1 flu virus 24 Jun 2009 Iraq's health minister confirmed on Wednesday the country's first cases of the H1N1 flu virus, saying seven members of the women's national basketball team were being treated in hospital. The squad had been playing in a championships in Chicago and returned to Iraq on June 20. "Today, six cases of this epidemic flu, H1N1, have been diagnosed in our ministry's central lab," Health Minister Saleh Al-Hasnawi told a news conference.
to release flu vaccine in July 13 Jun 2009 Illinois-based Baxter
International Inc. said it expects by early July to release the first
commercially available dosages of [deadly] H1N1 swine flu vaccine. Baxter,
based in Deerfield, Ill., is one of several vaccine makers working with
the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
The Baxter Bug: Swine flu 'could infect up to half the population' --Health authorities told to set up testing and drug distribution centres in case of autumn outbreak 21 Jun 2009 Primary care trusts are to set up anti-viral drug distribution centres and swine flu testing clinics amid fears that the infection could spread out of control. The Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, wrote to health authorities last week urging hospitals to test all patients who show signs of flu-like symptoms... The letter followed an earlier warning from Sir Liam that millions of Britons could fall victim to swine flu in the coming months. Government officials admitted last night that illness rates from the virus could reach 50 per cent.
Utah prisoners under quarantine for H1N1 test 19 Jun 2009 A prison dormitory is under quarantine as health officials process tests for H1N1 swine flu. Three inmates at the Promontory housing facility have been tested after reporting flu-like symptoms, according to a news statement by the state Department of Corrections. The three men live in the same 50-bed dormitory at the Utah State Prison.
NZ prisoners quarantined over swine flu 18 Jun 2009 A group of New Zealand prisoners has been quarantined after a swine flu outbreak in a move being branded "ridiculous" by inmate relatives. At least three prisoners in a unit at Rimutaka Prison, near the capital Wellington, are sick with suspected influenza A H1N1 strain. Corrections Department health manager Bridget White confirmed the sick prisoners have been isolated and the other 50 unit inmates segregated from the rest of the prison.
US swine flu cases now exceed 21,000; 87 deaths 19 Jun 2009 The national count of swine flu cases has risen to 21,449 cases and the number of deaths have nearly doubled to 87. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the number of confirmed and probable cases Friday morning. The tally is up from the last week's count of 18,000 cases and 44 deaths.
Swine flu death toll in NYC hits 30 19 Jun 2009 The fast-spreading swine flu virus has claimed more victims. The city Health Department reported Friday that another seven New Yorkers have died, sending the city's death toll to 30. Health officials didn't provide any details on the recent deaths but said most were hospitalized in late May.
FDA Threatens to Seize All Natural Products that Mention H1N1 Swine Flu By Mike Adams 18 Jun 2009 In an effort to censor any online text that might inform consumers of the ability of natural products to protect consumers from H1N1 influenza A, the FDA is now sending out a round of warning letters, threatening to "take enforcement action... such as seizure or injunction for violations of the FFDC Act without further notice." "Firms that fail to take correction action," the FDA warns, "may also be referred to the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations for possible criminal prosecution for violations of the FFDC Act and other federal laws."
9,200 potentially deadly Fort Detrick pathogens possibly missing --FBI investigators concluded that Fort Detrick probably was the source of the anthrax spores used in the deadly mailings of 2001. --Ebola virus, anthrax bacteria, botulinum toxin, hemorrhagic fever and others 'not accounted for' 18 Jun 2009 An inventory of potentially deadly pathogens at Fort Detrick's infectious disease laboratory found more than 9,000 vials that had not been accounted for, Army officials said yesterday, raising concerns that officials wouldn't know whether dangerous toxins were missing. After four months of searching about 335 freezers and refrigerators at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Frederick, investigators found 9,220 samples that hadn't been included in a database of about 66,000 items listed as of February, said Col. Mark Kortepeter, the institute's deputy commander.
9,200 uncounted vials found at Army biodefense lab 18 Jun 2009 An inventory of deadly germs and toxins at an Army biodefense lab in Frederick found more than 9,200 vials of material that was unaccounted for in laboratory records, Fort Detrick officials said Wednesday. The 13 percent overage mainly reflects stocks left behind in freezers by researchers who retired or left Fort Detrick since the biological warfare 'defense' program was established there in 1943, said Col. Mark Kortepeter, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
'Something different' happening with new flu - CDC 18 Jun 2009 The new strain of H1N1 flu is causing "something different" to happen in the United States this year -- perhaps an extended year-round flu season that disproportionately hits young people, health officials said on Thursday. The new strain of swine flu is officially a pandemic now, according to the World Health Organization. So far the virus has killed at least 167 people and been confirmed in nearly 40,000 globally. The United States has been hardest hit, with upward of 100,000 likely cases and probably far more, with 44 deaths and 1,600 hospitalized. "The fact that we are seeing ongoing transmission now indicates that we are seeing something different," the CDC's Dr. Daniel Jernigan told a news briefing.
4th H1N1 Death Reported In Connecticut --Death Occurred At Hartford Hospital 18 Jun 2009 A fourth death related to the H1N1 flu has been reported in Connecticut. Department of Public Health officials said the victim was a resident of Hartford County and over the age of 40. They said the person had underlying health conditions.
Flu virus found in wild birds in Tuva 18 Jun 2009 A bird flu virus has been found in migrant waterfowl in Tuva. Fifty-eight dead birds were found on the coast of the lake of Ubsa- Nur in the Ovyur district in the Republic of Tuva, the Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor's branch for the Novosibirsk region said in a press statement.
New H1N1 strain found 17 Jun 2009 Brazilian scientists have identified a new strain of the H1N1 virus after examining samples from a patient in Sao Paulo, their institute said on Tuesday. The variant has been called A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1 by the Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute, which compared it with samples of the A(H1N1) swine flu from California. The genetic sequence of the new sub-type of the H1N1 virus was isolated by a virology team lead by one of its researchers, Terezinha Maria de Paiva, the institute said in a statement.
Another 150 swine flu cases for UK 16 Jun 2009 More than 150 new cases of swine flu have been confirmed today, after English health officials detected the largest number of cases in a single day in the Birmingham area. The Health Protection Agency said 141 cases were found, with 124 of those in the West Midlands, the region with the largest swine flu outbreak in England. A further case appeared in Northern Ireland.
Libya records 13 cases of bubonic plague 17 Jun 2009 Thirteen cases of bubonic plague have been recorded in eastern Libya, near the border with Egypt, Health Minister Mohamad Hijazi told AFP on Wednesday. "Thirteen cases of the plague have been recorded in a village 30 kilometres (20 miles) away from Tobruk. Eleven people have already (been treated and) left hospital," he said, without reporting any deaths. Libyan media have spoken of between one and three fatalities.
Approves $106B Supplemental War, Vaccine Spending Bill --Wasted
billions includes $7.7 for pharma-terrorists' flu vaccines 16 Jun
2009 The House has narrowly approved a $106 billion bill to ensure financing
for war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan over the coming months. The
vote was 226-202. The measure contains about $80 billion to fund defense
activities in Iraq and Afghanistan through the end of September. It
also contains some $10 billion for foreign aid, $7.7 billion to
Schools put on notice they may be turned into shot clinics 16 Jun 2009 Schoolchildren could be first in line for [deadly] swine flu vaccine this fall -- and schools are being put on notice that they might even be turned into shot clinics. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday she is urging school superintendents around the country to spend the summer preparing for that possibility, if the government goes ahead with mass vaccinations.
City reports another 7 deaths due to swine flu; raises total dead to 23 16 Jun 2009 New York City officials are reporting seven more deaths from swine flu, bringing the city’s total to 23. The city health department didn’t identify the victims or say when they died in an update posted on its Web site Tuesday. It says the victims were between the ages of 25 to 64 and most had been hospitalized late last month.
Novartis announces production of first batch of swine flu vaccine for newly-declared pandemic 12 Jun 2009 Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis AG said Friday it has successfully produced a first batch of swine flu vaccine weeks ahead of expectations. The vaccine was made in cells, rather than grown in eggs as is usually the case with vaccines, the company said.
SoCal students quarantined in China over flu scare 13 Jun 2009 A private school in San Diego County says 36 of its students are being quarantined in China while being tested for the swine flu virus. Eileen Mullady, head of Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, says the ninth graders were at the end of a 13-day educational tour of the country when a few students developed the sniffles.
Australia Team Quarantined in Korea on Swine Flu Fear 14 Jun 2009 Australia’s under 21 lacrosse team has been quarantined in South Korea after one of the 26 members tested positive for swine flu, in the latest case of the nation exporting the virus to Asia. South Korea has prohibited the Australian team from attending a tournament and will quarantine all members to monitor them for seven days, the health ministry said in a statement late yesterday.
1918 Flu Resulted In Current Lineage of H1N1 Swine Influenza Viruses 01 May 2009 Juergen A. Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine, studied the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic with colleagues from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Their research supports the hypothesis that the 1918 pandemic influenza virus and the virus causing the swine flu were the same. Richt said the virus was able to infect and replicate in swine and cause mild respiratory disease. The 1918 virus spread through the pig population, adapted to the swine and resulted in the current lineage of the H1N1 swine influenza viruses. [See: Experimental Infection of Pigs with the Human 1918 Pandemic Influenza Virus By Hana M. Weingartl, et al. 18 Feb 2009.]
With 27,000 cases, swine flu is officially a pandemic 12 Jun 2009 The World Health Organisation yesterday declared a global flu pandemic – the first in more than 40 years – as swine flu spread to 74 countries causing more than 27,000 confirmed cases and 141 deaths. After intense discussions between WHO officials and the health ministries of the worst-affected countries, the organisation decided to raise its pandemic alert status from phase five to phase six – the highest level – which confirmed that a pandemic is under way.
WHO declares influenza A(H1N1) 'swine flu' a pandemic 11 Jun 2009 An emergency meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) has ended by declaring the influenza A(H1N1) or "swine flu" outbreak a global pandemic. According to the world’s peak health body more than 28,000 cases of influenza A(H1N1) have been reported globally and over 141 confirmed deaths. In at least two regions of the world the virus is spreading, with rising cases being seen in the UK, Australia, Japan and Chile.
W.H.O. Raises Alert Level as Flu Spreads to 74 Countries --W.H.O. raised pandemic alert level from phase 5 to 6, indicating a global pandemic outbreak 11 Jun 2009 The World Health Organization has told its member nations it is declaring a swine flu pandemic -- the first global flu epidemic in 41 years, news services reported. The move came after an emergency meeting with flu experts here that was convened after a sharp rise in cases in Australia, which reported 1,263 cases on Thursday, and rising numbers in Britain, Japan, Chile and elsewhere.
19 U.S. airports to be quarantine sites in pandemic --In the event of a pandemic, flights would be rerouted to Miami International Airport and 18 other major U.S. airports, according to plans by the CDC. 10 Jun 2009 Miami International Airport and 18 other major American airports have been lined up to handle a future pandemic that could require them to quarantine international flights. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has set up stand-by quarantine/screening facilities at the 19 airports to which all flights from affected countries would be diverted. In the event of the highest-level alert, all flights to Fort Lauderdale from pandemic-affected countries could be rerouted to Miami, Atlanta, Houston or somewhere else.
Swine flu cases in Australia could force WHO to declare pandemic 10 Jun 2009 The World Health Organization is "very, very close: to declaring an official swine flu pandemic, after a sharp spike in cases in several countries, including Australia. The WHO has so far left its six-level pandemic alert scale unchanged at phase five, signalling that a pandemic is "imminent." But a swift increase in cases in the southeastern Australian state of Victoria could prompt the organisation to declare its first pandemic in four decades.
City Says 12 Flu Victims Died, but the Ill May Total 500,000 11 Jun 2009 New York City officials on Wednesday reported the deaths of three more people with swine flu, and estimated that more than half a million New Yorkers may have become sick from the virus. The latest deaths bring the city’s total to 12 since the outbreak began in late April. The city also announced 102 new hospitalizations since its last report on Monday, bringing the total hospitalizations to 530.
New Orleans mayor released from China quarantine 10 Jun 2009 New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been released from quarantine in Shanghai following a swine flu scare, his office said Wednesday. Nagin, who was detained Sunday after a fellow passenger on his flight fell ill with a suspected case of swine flu, missed several meetings in the Chinese business hub due to the quarantine, spokesman James Ross told AFP.
Readying Americans for Dangerous, Mandatory Vaccinations --Around $6 billion or more will be spent to develop, produce, and stockpile vaccines and other drugs to counteract claimed bioterror agents. By Stephen Lendman 10 Jun 2009 At least three US federal laws should concern all Americans and suggest what may be coming - mandatory vaccinations for hyped, non-existant threats, like H1N1 (Swine Flu). Vaccines and drugs like Tamiflu endanger human health but are hugely profitable to drug company manufacturers. The Project BioShield Act of 2004 (S. 15) became law on July 21, 2004...The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act slipped under the radar when George Bush signed it into law as part of the 2006 Defense Appropriations Act (HR 2863). It lets the HHS Secretary declare any disease an epidemic or national emergency requiring mandatory vaccinations.
WHO chief: flu pandemic appears to be happening 09 Jun 2009 The head of the World Health Organization says the swine flu outbreak appears to have reached pandemic proportions. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan says "on the surface of it" she believes a pandemic has been reached.
Swine flu: mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin quarantined in China 08 Jun 2009 The mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, is under quarantine in a hotel in Shanghai after a passenger on his flight to China fell ill with suspected swine flu. Mr Nagin and his wife, Seletha, left New Orleans on Friday on a ten-day trip to China and Australia to drum up business for the city. They were advised by Shanghai city officials on Sunday that they would have to enter a quarantine.
WHO keeps level 5 flu alert, urges no travel limits 05 Jun 2009 The World Health Organisation kept its pandemic flu alert at phase 5 on a six-level scale on Friday and repeated a call for countries not to restrict travel because of the H1N1 influenza outbreak. Phase 6 means a full pandemic is in progress and phase 5, the current level, means one is imminent.
According to a report in the May 30 edition of the French newspaper, Le Journal du Dimanche, the Sarkozy government has authorized spending of an estimated €1 billion to buy vaccines allegedly to combat or protect against H1N1 Swine Flu virus. Sarkozy's Secret Plan for Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccination 03 Jun 2009 By F. William Engdahl The French Government is developing secret plans to impose mandatory vaccination of the entire French population, allegedly against possible Swine Flu disease according to reports leaked in a French newspaper. The plan is without precedent and even defies recommended public health advice. Pharmaceutical giants benefit from the move, as the Swine Flu increases the trend towards the militarization of public health and use of needless population panic to advance the agenda.
CDC Vaccine Advisor Pockets $29 Million Promoting Vaccines 04 Jun 2009 Dr. Paul Offit of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) received at least $29 million from his share of royalties for Merck's Rotateq vaccine after using his position with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that childhood vaccination with the vaccine became compulsory. According to a report on the Web site "Age of Autism," a review of CHOP's royalties schedules reveals that Offit likely received between $29 million and $55 million for his work developing the Rotateq vaccine for rotavirus, which causes diarrhea in infants.
As swine flu wanes, U.S. preparing for second wave 04 Jun 2009 The outbreak of the new H1N1 flu virus has begun to wane with the start of summer in North America, and U.S. health officials said on Thursday they are looking to lessons learned as they prepare for its return in the autumn. There are now 11,468 probable and confirmed cases of the new H1N1 swine flu in the United States, Dr Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers and Disease Control and Prevention told reporters in a telephone briefing.
Australia swine flu count soars near 900: official 03 Jun 2009 Australia's swine flu tally rocketed by more than a third on Thursday to nearly 900 as officials scrambled to contain the rapidly spreading virus. The latest official figures revealed 876 confirmed cases of A(H1N1) influenza in the world's fourth most affected country -- up from 633 a day earlier and single figures just a fortnight ago. Other Australian states ordered children returning from flu hotspot Victoria to be quarantined, earning the wrath of Melbourne officials.
Further jump in swine flu cases 04 Jun 2009 Scotland has 31 new confirmed cases of swine flu, bringing the total number to 119, the Scottish Government has said. None of the new cases are travel-related, and 21 are in the NHS Highland area, which covers Dunoon.
Four swine flu sufferers in Glasgow area treated in intensive care 04 Jun 2009 Four people suffering from swine flu are being treated in intensive care wards in hospitals in and around Glasgow tonight. The four -- all aged under 50 -- are the only cases in Britain to require intensive care treatment for the H1N1 virus, and are among 88 confirmed cases of swine flu in Scotland. A total of 303 cases have been diagnosed in England, two in Northern Ireland and one in Wales.
Swine flu: home quarantine urged in SA 03 Jun 2009 Health authorities are recommending home quarantine for South Australian children who have visited Melbourne because of a high prevalence of swine flu there. A person visiting SA from Western Australia has also been diagnosed with swine flu, becoming the eighth case in South Australia. They are to stay in isolation in SA for a week.
Saudi Arabia confirms first H1N1 flu case 03 Jun 2009 Saudi Arabia has confirmed its first case of the H1N1 flu virus in a Filipina nurse, the kingdom's health minister said on Wednesday. The woman arrived on Friday on board a Gulf Air flight from the Philippines and showed first symptoms on Monday, Abdullah al-Rabeeah told Saudi news channel al-Ekhbariya, adding that she was being held in quarantine in a hospital in the capital Riyadh.
2 More Deaths in City Linked to Swine Flu 03 Jun 2009 Two more deaths linked to swine flu -- both of adults in their early to mid-40s -- were reported by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Wednesday, bringing the total H1N1-related fatalities in the city to seven.
Already Hurting, Mets Face a Swine Flu Scare 03 Jun 2009 As if the Mets did not have enough injuries and illnesses to worry about, they confronted a swine flu scare Tuesday when a member of their traveling party was isolated after coming down with an unidentified strain of flu. An associate producer for SportsNet New York, who started having symptoms after arriving here Sunday night, was treated and tested at a hospital, but the Mets had not received confirmation as to what type of flu the strain was.
WHO getting closer to declaring A/H1N1 pandemic, says official 03 Jun 2009 As the A/H1N1 flu virus spreads further around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) is getting closer to declaring a full pandemic, a senior official of the UN agency said on Tuesday. "Globally we believe that we are at phase 5, but we are getting closer to phase 6," said WHO Assistant Director-general Dr. Keiji Fukuda, referring to the WHO's six-phase pandemic alert system.
A/H1N1 virus invades all U.S. states 02 Jun 2009 All the 50 states in the United States reported cases of A/H1N1 flu on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 10,053, according to the latest figures released by the federal government. Until last week, Alaska, West Virginia and Wyoming were the last three states which had been free of the newly found virus, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday that the state of Wyoming had conformed its first case, and reported Monday that the states of Alaska and West Virginia had finally been invaded by the A/H1N1 virus.
Mandatory Flu Vaccines for Health Care Personnel on Agenda for SHRPC Committee 20 May 2009 A proposed regulation that would require annual influenza vaccines for all health care personnel in hospitals will be discussed at tomorrow’s Codes Committee of the State Hospital Review and Planning Council (SHRPC). The rule would also apply to employees of diagnostic and treatment centers, certified home health agencies, long-term home health care programs, acquired immune deficiency syndrome home care programs, licensed home care services agencies, and hospices. A separate proposal that would require mandatory flu vaccines for personnel working in nursing homes is currently under consideration in the State Legislature.
3,000 under swine flu quarantine Down Under 01 Jun 2009 The number of H1N1 cases in Australia is climbing quickly. Three thousand people are in quarantine, after a big increase in cases in the last 24 hours. In the state of New South Wales, twelve hundred people are in quarantine.
'Le vaccin obligatoire' Le plan secret contre la grippe A --Anticipant un probable retour du virus à l'automne, le gouvernement va débourser près d'un milliard d'euros pour acheter des vaccins. Objectif: immuniser tous les Français. Les autorités annonceront à l'automne si elles choisissent de rendre le vaccin obligatoire. "Nous serons prêts à opérer dans un laps de temps très court", explique-t-on au ministère de la Santé. 30 Mai 2009 La France prépare un plan de bataille sans précédent pour cet automne, avec, à la clé, une campagne de vaccination obligatoire pour tous les Français de plus de 3 mois. Selon nos informations, l'Etat veut passer commande de 100 millions de doses de vaccin contre la grippe A à trois laboratoires (GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi et Novartis). [Translation: France is considering a secret plan to make the pharma-terrorists' deadly flu vaccines mandatory.]
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