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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 4th Aug 2017

News Highlights
NMMC to buy 300 influenza vaccines The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has placed an order for 300 influenza vaccines till its Health Department receives fresh stock of swine flu and seasonal flu vaccines from the State government
Peak flu season arrives and they’re triple the 2016 statistics Flu cases across NSW, Australia, have tripled for the last two months. If that staggering figure continues, the new flu cases reported will be more than the entire flu cases for all of 2016
Mumbai: Chemists unaware of government order, create H1N1 medicine scarcity Chemists in Mumbai were not aware that the government passed a resolution allowing all chemists to sell swine flu medicine, and have inadvertently created a huge shortage of Tamiflu
Doctors must ask: Is this swine flu? General physicians are not diagnosing patients with suspected H1N1 early enough to start treatment with Oseltamivir or Zanamivir on time, causing many to end up in hospital ICUs on ventilators
Six more test positive for swine flu Swine flu cases in the Vadodara region are steadily on the rise, and pharmacies are low on Tamiflu
Two Innovative Methods Could Help to Predict Flu Outbreaks and Prevent the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance Researchers have discovered new methods that could improve treatment for infectious diseases by enabling earlier detection of influenza outbreaks and curtailing inappropriate antibiotic usage
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Pandemic Influenza News
Six more test positive for swine flu
Swine flu cases in the Vadodara region are steadily on the rise, and pharmacies are low on Tamiflu
Australia's winter flu outbreak spikes early in season
The winter spike in flu-like symptoms is occurring earlier than usual across Australia this year: the Flutracking Project has recorded increases in flu-like symptoms at a much earlier point than the five-year average
Peak flu season arrives and they’re triple the 2016 statistics
Flu cases across NSW, Australia, have tripled for the last two months. If that staggering figure continues, the new flu cases reported will be more than the entire flu cases for all of 2016
INFECTED: Northern Rivers flu cases at an all-time high
In Australia, NSW Department of Health has reported the worst seven months on record for the Northern Rivers with 707 confirmed influenza cases - more than three times the same period last year
Industry News
NMMC to buy 300 influenza vaccines
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has placed an order for 300 influenza vaccines till its Health Department receives fresh stock of swine flu and seasonal flu vaccines from the State government
ContraFect Corporation Announces Issuance of Patent for Novel Approach to Treat Influenza Using Inhaled Antibodies
The novel methodology used with ContraFect's influenza therapy, CF-404, currently in a pre-IND stage of development, has been given a patent until 2034
9 dangerous diseases that could be prevented by vaccines within the next decade, from HIV to cancer
Researchers at Sanofi are getting closer to a universal vaccine that might provide broader protection against the flu. That way, instead of a shot once every year, the vaccine could broadly protect against the virus even as it evolves over the course of a few years
Biological Teleporter Could Transmit Life to Other Planets
Synthetic Genomics has unveiled an experimental version of the “digital-to-biological converter” which can build working viruses from data it receives. The quest to make a machine that prints life started in 2013, when the company was tasked with synthesizing a sample of a new strain of the flu virus
The Vaccine Debate
CPL Biological’s pipeline includes recombinant influenza vaccines for H1N1 (Swine Flu) and Seasonal Flu with “significant advantages over the currently available conventional influenza vaccines”
Viruses enter the waste water network due to construction waste
GSK vaccine plant wastewater drew viruses and genetically modified pathogens into Dresden waste water for 13 years, and the health authorities have now said there was no risk to the public of becoming infected with the flu as a result of this defect which has been fixed
Academic studies
Why the ‘gold standard’ of medical research is no longer enough
The effectiveness of the nasal spray flu vaccine is a dramatic illustration of the limitations of randomized controlled trials, which suggested that the vaccine was superior to flu shots, at least for some populations, which was shown to be wrong in subsequent years
Our antibodies may show when we had the flu
Measuring the quantity of influenza-specific antibodies in a person’s blood may show if they had the flu, but also possibly when they had it, which could improve the way doctors monitor influenza, particularly in places where flu season does not end
Two Innovative Methods Could Help to Predict Flu Outbreaks and Prevent the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance
Researchers have discovered new methods that could improve treatment for infectious diseases by enabling earlier detection of influenza outbreaks and curtailing inappropriate antibiotic usage
Natural compound coupled with specific gut microbes may prevent severe flu
A new study shows that a particular gut microbe can prevent severe flu infections in mice, likely by breaking down flavonoids commonly found in foods such as black tea, red wine and blueberries
Pediatric influenza news

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Over 65’s influenza news
Growing elderly population a worry for Thailand: WHO
Statistically, coronary heart disease is the No.1 cause of death in Thailand, far behind is stroke, third is influenza and pneumonia, followed by road deaths
Rise in flu cases causes aged care homes to close the doors
The recent Australian Influenza Surveillance Report shows that not only has influenza activity on a national level continued to increase, but that notification rates this year to date have been highest in adults aged over 85
General Influenza News
Mumbai: Chemists unaware of government order, create H1N1 medicine scarcity
Chemists in Mumbai were not aware that the government passed a resolution allowing all chemists to sell swine flu medicine, and have inadvertently created a huge shortage of Tamiflu
Swine Flu scare: 30 suspected cases reported in Gurugram
A total of 30 suspected cases of Swine Flu have been reported in Gurugram so far; the health department is concerned as eight cases were reported on just one day
Urgent advice: Illness outbreak grips Sunshine Coast
In Australia, residents have been urged to consider vaccination with confirmed flu cases more than doubling the average for the Sunshine Coast
Italian anti-vaxxer put under house arrest after being accused of punching doctor
An Italian man was placed under house arrest in Calabria after allegedly punching a doctor because he believes a vaccination provoked his child's illness
Controversial anti-vaccination film secretly screened in Melbourne cinema
‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’, an anti-vaccination film slammed by Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy as “dangerous” was covertly screened at a major cinema in Melbourne, Australia
Romania Parents Face Fines for Refusing Child Vaccinations
Parents who refuse to immunise their children could face heavy fines, according to a draft law under consideration in Romania, aimed at averting an outbreak of dangerous diseases
No shots, no school'? Vaccination rates lag in California charter schools
Vaccination rates in California schools reached an all-time high last school year, but one subset of public schools still appears to be lagging behind: charter schools
Radio host Em Rusciano slams anti-vaxxers after secret movie screening
Australian radio hosts strongly criticised anti-vaxxers following the secret showing of controversial film ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’ in Melbourne
India free from AVIAN INFLUENZA
India is now free from highly contagious Avian Influenza (H5N1): Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries made the announcement as no outbreak of the virus has been reported in the country since June 2016
Parliament Criticized on H1N1 Vote
With the recent outbreak of H1N1 influenza claiming more victims by the day in Myanmar, lawmakers in the National League for Democracy-dominated Lower House have been criticized for voting down a proposal to raise awareness of the disease
29,000 medical practitioners to serve Hajj pilgrims this year
In Saudi Arabia, the Health Ministry has deployed 29,000 medics and paramedics to serve local and foreign Hajj pilgrims this year The ministry has also launched a campaign to vaccinate all individuals involved in Hajj against meningitis and influenza
SFH speaks on seasonal influenza
In Hong Kong, the Secretary for Food and Health stated in an interview that the summer flu surge was not expected and that long term measures regarding increasing manpower would be taken
Immunizations: Not just for infants and children
In the U.S., with National Immunization Awareness Month observed in August, local Health Department officials said it’s a good time for people to review their vaccination history
5 Vaccines for Adults: Why (and When) You Need Them
The flu vaccine is among five shots adults should get; it’s especially important for those with chronic illnesses (like asthma, COPD, diabetes and heart disease) and those aged 65 and older
H5N8 outbreaks in southern Africa prompt strategy talks
As South Africa reported another highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu outbreak at a large commercial poultry farm, animal health officials from the UN are meeting with country officials to discuss how to battle the threat to southern Africa's poultry sector
Burden of disease
Doctors must ask: Is this swine flu?
General physicians are not diagnosing patients with suspected H1N1 early enough to start treatment with Oseltamivir or Zanamivir on time, causing many to end up in hospital ICUs on ventilators