April 29, 2009
Whether the swine flu turns into a serious epidemic or never fulfills its initial global threat, the federal government rightly went into high alert and launched a search for a vaccine. Just as in 1976, this new emergence of swine flu could come to nothing -- which all of us can hope for -- but better to attack it with vigor than to understate the risk.
October 20, 2009
Given the demographics and highly contagious nature of swine flu, it would be natural to think that when the county Department of Public Health begins vaccinations Friday, its efforts would be concentrated in the public schools, likely to be the most common incubators of the disease and a daily gathering spot for the most vulnerable population. Instead, the clinics will be held just about anywhere but schools: at community centers, parks and the like. These are traditional and valid locations for vaccination efforts.
May 2, 2009 |
The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission said Friday that they are going after scam artists taking advantage of the swine flu scare to sell worthless, even dangerous "remedies." Consumers who treat the swine flu virus (also known as H1N1) with unapproved products "risk their health and the health of their families," said Michael Chappell, acting FDA associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.
May 18, 2009 |
Japanese health officials confirmed dozens of new cases of swine flu in a series of announcements Sunday, as the government shut down schools and canceled community activities in affected cities. Japan now has at least 92 cases, most of them teenagers. The country had just four confirmed H1N1 cases as of Friday, all of whom were believed to have caught the flu outside the country.
March 12, 2014 |
A project that could point the way to a new class of drugs to treat influenza won the top prize Tuesday night at the Intel Science Talent Search, netting 17-year-old Eric S. Chen a cool $100,000. Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, combined chemistry, biology and computer modeling to find compounds capable of blocking an enzyme called endonuclease, which the flu virus needs to spread. Despite taking home the grand prize at the 2013 Google Science Fair and the top individual honor at the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology , Chen said he didn't expect to come in first at the Intel competition . “I had no idea I was going to win,” Chen told his hometown newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, after the awards were announced in Washington, D.C. “If I had placed between fifth and 10th, I would have been incredibly happy.” Chen has worked in the lab of Rommie Amaro , an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego, since the summer of 2012.
May 10, 2009 |
The swine flu outbreak in Mexico caused dozens of cruise ships to forgo trips to sunny resorts like Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, and to instead weigh anchor at considerably less exotic destinations such as Santa Catalina Island and San Diego. In most cases, fast-thinking cruise ship operators came up with ways to keep passengers from mutinying, including coupons for onboard amenities and credits for future trips.