Infection par le Virus de la grippe aviaire ou d'une autre origine animale

Flu Scan for Feb 10, 2014

Study of Hajj group found flu cases, but no MERS-CoV
Most of a group of French pilgrims who traveled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj last fall had respiratory symptoms during their journey, and some had influenza, but none tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), according to a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The 2013 Hajj drew more than a million foreign visitors to Saudi Arabia, the country hit hardest by MERS-CoV, which raised worries about possible spread of the virus.

US, 26 countries launch effort to fight outbreaks

The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases before they spread around the globe.

U.S. health officials called the Global Health Security Agenda a priority because too many countries lack the health infrastructure necessary to spot a new infection rapidly and sound the alarm before it has time to gain a foothold and even spread into other countries.


Why Global Health Security Is Imperative

When he opened the box, André Berro was wearing surgical gloves, mask, and eye protection—routine protocol for a CDC quarantine public health officer, but this was not a routine package. A U.S. Customs scan of the airmail package that arrived at the San Francisco airport from the Philippines showed an outline of what looked like several human skulls.


Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – update

The National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China has notified WHO of nine additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including one death.
Details of four cases notified on 1 February 2014 are as follows:

H7N9 Cases in China Surge Past 200

The number of new infections in China’s H7N9 outbreak continues a steep ascent, with 23 more cases reported over the past 4 days, along with four deaths, one of them in a health worker at a Shanghai hospital.
The daily number of new H7N9 cases equals the pace of disease activity seen during the peak of the outbreak last spring. The disease is thought to be spreading from poultry to people in settings such as live markets, and the surge of new cases comes at a time of increased demand for poultry ahead of China's Lunar New Year celebrations later this month.

China confirms 11 more H7N9 cases, 1 fatal

Lab tests in China have confirmed 11 more H7N9 influenza infections over the past 3 days, including a fatal case, and Hong Kong has confirmed an H7N9 death in a previously reported case.
Those dead from the virus are a woman from Zhejiang province and a man from Hong Kong who got sick after visiting the mainland.

Flu vaccine hard to find as demand surges amid record hospitalizations

Pharmacies and clinics across North Texas reported dwindling supplies of flu vaccine Saturday as news of local deaths and record numbers of hospitalizations caused a spike in demand.
Some stores, such as the Preston Road Pharmacy in University Park, said they had been out of shots for days, even as hundreds of people kept calling. And at some stores where shots were available Saturday, supplies quickly ran out.

CDC reports most severe flu seasion in four years

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported widespread flu in more than 10 states, and levels are higher at this point in the flu season than they have been in the past four years.
Infectious Disease Specialist at Vanderbilt University William Schaffner said swine flu is causing more than 95 percent of flu cases, ABC News reports.

H1N1 Vaccine Running Out In Alberta, Flu Shot Expected To Be Gone By Friday

Alberta is running on the last of its H1N1 vaccines and there might not be any more left on the planet.
The Alberta government confirmed while they have secured 65,000 doses of the flu vaccine, the supply is expected to run out by Friday, reports CBC News.
Alberta Health Services said they've obtained the last doses available worldwide from an Italian manufacturer. It's unclear whether more – if any – of the vaccine will be produced.