January 26, 2004 |
The lethal avian flu that has infected tens of millions of chickens throughout Southeast Asia has been confirmed in Indonesia -- the seventh country ensnared in what the World Health Organization calls a "historically unprecedented spread" of the disease. In another disturbing report, WHO also said that the virus has mutated sufficiently to become impervious to two of the most commonly used and inexpensive antiviral drugs, amantadine and rimantadine.
June 4, 2007 |
"T HE threat of an influenza pandemic is, at present, one of the most significant public health issues our nation and world faces. " — Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenback, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, April 2007 "We know that a pandemic will eventually occur. We always say it's not a question of if; it's a question of when. " — Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 2007 A year ago, concerns about pandemic flu were running high, with the threat of an outbreak making newspaper headlines and television newscasts.
November 10, 2009 |
Zakrullah Nouri has never known a time when his country was not at war. But he doesn't waste time worrying about Taliban bombs or errant NATO airstrikes. Not when there's a new and stealthier killer: the H1N1 influenza virus. Afghanistan's first reported death from the disease, that of a 35-year-old engineer from the capital, Kabul -- was announced Oct. 28. Since then at least 10 more people have died in Kabul, said the minister of public health, Dr. Mohammad Amin Fatemi, on Monday.
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January 9, 1988 |
A strain of unusually dangerous influenza that strikes all age groups and has caused a sharp increase in flu deaths in Los Angeles in the past has hit the county once again, health officials reported Friday. The influenza virus, detected in Los Angeles County last week and also reported in San Diego, was described by one health official as a variant of the deadly Hong Kong flu that struck millions throughout the world in 1968.
February 5, 1997 |
Pharmacist Neil Badlani's staff at B & B Pharmacy in Bellflower is usually a hale and hearty bunch. But less so this year. "Sixteen of our 28 employees have been sick at home for at least three or four days this flu season, including me," says Badlani, the pharmacy's co-owner. Richard Dore, director of corporate communications at Hughes Electronic Corp. in Los Angeles, knows that ghost town feeling too well. "Almost everyone in my department of 19 has been out already," he says.
October 14, 2009 |
After weeks of listening to parishioners sniffle in the pews, and worrying about the spread of the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend decided its flock needed to make some sacrifices this flu season. So this week, the priests will be locking up their Communion chalices and, as a precaution against the spread of germs, temporarily stopping the practice of offering wine during the sacrament. "When you have 4,500 people showing up for Mass, and you have eight cups for the populace, it's easy to see how this could become a problem -- fast," said Father John Kuzmich of St. Vincent de Paul in Fort Wayne, whose church in northeastern Indiana has about 10,000 members.
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January 17, 1993 |
Coughs, fevers and other flu-like symptoms are keeping a lot of people out of school and work this winter, but most aren't actually sick with influenza. Flu viruses, say the experts who track them annually, have arrived late and, so far, in small numbers to Southern California, compared to last winter when they attacked nationwide in epidemic proportions.
December 13, 2005 |
Andrew Carlson cupped a day-old chick in his palm as a sea of 25,000 yellow fluff balls peeped and pecked around him. Placing the chick on the ground, he checked automated food and temperature controls in the cavernous henhouse west of Modesto, then returned to his truck and unzipped his full-body biosecurity suit. Instinctively, Carlson reached for a bottle in the door pocket, squirted a dollop of clear gel into his calloused hand and rubbed it in. "Farmers using hand sanitizers," he said.
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August 20, 2010 |
Dr. Robert M. Chanock, a virologist who made a remarkable series of discoveries about respiratory viruses in the 1960s and 1970s, including the isolation of the deadly respiratory syncytial virus and four para- influenza viruses, died Aug. 4 at a residential care center in Sykesville, Md. He was 86 and had Alzheimer's disease. Chanock also identified the cause of what was once called walking pneumonia, developed an adenovirus vaccine that is widely used by the military, laid the foundation for the discovery of hepatitis A and C and the development of vaccines against them, pioneered the development of the nasal spray influenza vaccine and played a key role in the discovery of the Norwalk virus, the first member of the family of viruses that cause what is generally known as intestinal flu. One of his biggest disappointments was his team's inability to develop a vaccine against the respiratory syncytial virus, but they did develop antibodies that could be used to protect infants at high risk for the disease.
April 27, 2009 |
Sometime in the last few years, as the world's attention was focused on the bird flu that killed more than 250 people in Asia, another bird flu strain infected pigs. It mixed with two kinds of flu that are endemic in swine and a fourth that originally came from people. The resulting concoction spread among pigs, then recently -- no one yet knows where or when -- started infecting humans.