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[11 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,787 views]
Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 – update 82

Weekly update
8 January 2010 — As of 3 January 2009, worldwide more than 208 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including at least 12799 deaths.
WHO is actively monitoring the progress of the pandemic through frequent consultations with the WHO Regional Offices and member states and through monitoring of multiple sources of information.
Situation update:
The most active areas of pandemic influenza transmission currently are in parts of central, eastern and southeastern Europe, North Africa, and South Asia.
In Europe, pandemic …

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[2 Dec 2009 | Comments Off | 1,635 views]
US Health-Threat Response to Be Reviewed

December 2, 2009
–by Rob Stein–
–washington post–

Efforts to develop new defenses are at issue

Citing the balky swine flu vaccination campaign and other shortcomings in the nation’s medical defenses, a top Obama administration official has announced a major review of the government’s efforts to develop new protections against pandemics, bioterrorism and other health threats.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that she ordered the evaluation in part because the H1N1 vaccine shortage had highlighted the nation’s dependence on antiquated technology.
“We’ll look for the …