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

More H1N1 cases confirmed, death count rising

H1N1 has been blamed for the deaths of 10 people in Alberta, and health officials worry the flu strain might be making its way east and are encouraging people to get the flu shot.
In Saskatchewan, six people have now died after contracting influenza.
Quebec's public health director, Horace Arruda, said the H1N1 strain is the most widespread, and those who got the flu shot in 2009 -- when a pandemic of H1N1 killed about 300 people in the province due to complications -- are no longer protected.

CDC warns H1N1 virus is causing severe flu in young adults

Each holiday season the festivities in a notable minority of households are disrupted by flu. Typically infants and seniors are most at risk of severe illness, but occasionally a strain that disproportionately affects young and middle-aged adults emerges. Early evidence suggests 2013-2014 could be such a year.


Preserving Vaccines

Scientists studying microbes that live in volcanic hot springs have invented a way to preserve viruses that could someday change how vaccines are delivered in poor countries.


2014 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research

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Scientists uncover clues to Pandemrix narcolepsy puzzle

Scientists think they may have started to unravel the link between the influenza vaccine and narcolepsy, shedding precious light onto how the Pandemrix vaccine given in the 2009/2010 swine flu outbreak put children at an increased risk of developing the involuntary sleep disorder.
At least 900 cases of narcolepsy associated with the vaccine have so far been reported in Europe, with the UK government conceding in September that this particular swine flu vaccine could, on rare occasions, trigger the disorder.

China reports first human case of H10N8 avian flu

A 73-year-old woman in Jiangxi province in China has died from an H10N8 avian flu infection, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said today, the first report of that strain infecting humans.

The woman, whose immune system was compromised, had an underlying illness and had visited a live-poultry market, CHP reported in a statement. She was admitted to a local hospital on Nov 30, was diagnosed as having severe pneumonia, and died Dec 6.


WHO Executive Board Meeting

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WHO confirms H7N9 cases as labs track risks

The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed four recent novel H7N9 avian flu cases, as scientists revealed their latest risk assessments based on genetic monitoring and lab tests.

In a statement, the WHO said it has received reports of two infections from China's Zhejiang province, which include cases involving a 57-year-old man and a 30-year-old man who is his son-in-law. Some machine translations of a Chinese-language media report had suggested the two were father and son.


Hong Kong announces second confirmed case of H7N9 avian flu

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health of Hong Kong announced on Friday its second confirmed case of avian influenza A H7N9 and asked the public to take precautions against infection.


W.H.O. Estimate of Swine Flu Deaths in 2009 Rises Sharply

About 203,000 people around the world died of flu and respiratory problems during the 2009 H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic, according to a new study funded by the World Health Organization.
Deaths from heart failure and other secondary consequences of the flu pushed the overall toll to about 400,000, according to the study, published online on Tuesday by PLoS Medicine.