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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 21st Aug 2017

News Highlights
Seqirus meets new milestone in pandemic preparedness Seqirus recently achieved another major milestone in its efforts to support the U.S. government’s pandemic preparedness efforts, having quadrupled its seasonal influenza vaccine output
CSL the only growth stock in Australia’s top 20 companies CSL seems to be the only traditional industrial growth stock among the top 20 Australian listed companies, but analysts displayed a complete lack of understanding of what this means when they questioned CEO Paul Perreault
Mineral layer around avian flu pathogen may be the cause for human infections Transmission of bird flu among humans is limited. The reason may be an eggshell-like mineral layer that the virus acquires due to the high calcium concentration in the intestines of birds. These mineralized viruses are significantly more infectious and, in addition, more robust and heat stable than the native viruses
Genetic Marker Correlates With Severe Influenza Outcomes A high-risk variant of IFITM3, a protein with antiviral properties, may act as a genetic marker for identifying individuals at increased risk for severe influenza infections, according to a study published in Nature Medicine
Highly pathogenic A(H5N8) avian flu discovered in wild birds in Switzerland The Swiss Federal Veterinary Office confirmed that two wild swans had been found dead and were infected by the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu virus
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Seqirus meets new milestone in pandemic preparedness
Seqirus recently achieved another major milestone in its efforts to support the U.S. government’s pandemic preparedness efforts, having quadrupled its seasonal influenza vaccine output
Turning point for privatised icons: CBA, CSL and Telstra
There is little to connect CSL to Australia, with most of its business in the US and Europe, and its future in China; but the main reason it still calls Australia home is due to its (dominant) retail shareholder base, which got its shares at 77c (adjusted) and can cop the unfranked dividends
CSL the only growth stock in Australia’s top 20 companies
CSL seems to be the only traditional industrial growth stock among the top 20 Australian listed companies, but analysts displayed a complete lack of understanding of what this means when they questioned CEO Paul Perreault
Pandemic Influenza News
Uganda declares end of bird flu outbreak
Uganda on Saturday declared the end of the bird flu outbreak, which has led to the death of thousands of birds and affected the country's poultry export
Staying on track against the bird flu virus
Editorial on the way the Philippines government is handling the current bird flu crisis, and how it must take swift action and communicate in a measured manner about the situation
Philippines deploys troops to a second province to fight bird flu
The Philippines has deployed more troops to cull thousands of chickens one day after the farm ministry confirmed the spread of bird flu into a second province north of the capital, Manila
Bird flu virus slips into another Philippine province
In the Philippines, seven days after the government declared an avian flu outbreak in Pampanga, the authorities announced a similar outbreak in at least two towns in neighboring Nueva Ecija
Can 13-year-old manual save PHL from bird flu?
The Avian Influenza Protection Program (AIPP) Manual of Procedures was written in 2004 in the Philippines to protect the country’s borders from the virus that killed millions of birds in Southeast Asia back then, and is now being used to fight the current outbreak
Bekasi bird shop owner suspected of avian flu infection
The inhabitant of a house that also serves as a bird shop in Bekasi, Indonesia, has been admitted to hospital following indications of avian influenza; early findings show that she might have contracted the H5N1 virus
China confirms bird flu outbreak at quail farms in southwestern Guizhou province
China confirmed a bird flu outbreak at quail farms in the country's southwestern province of Guizhou; the outbreak was confirmed as the H5N6 strain of virus
Palace closely monitoring situation on Avian flu
“We are closely monitoring the situation in Nueva Ecija following the confirmation of poultry deaths in the province yesterday by the Department of Agriculture (DA). We ask our people to remain calm yet vigilant and to refrain from spreading unverified information that may cause undue alarm and panic,” said Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella in the Philippines
Highly pathogenic A(H5N8) avian flu discovered in wild birds in Switzerland
The Swiss Federal Veterinary Office confirmed that two wild swans had been found dead and were infected by the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu virus
Industry News
Flu drug shortage: Queensland pharmacies running low on Tamiflu
Supplies of Tamiflu are running low in Queensland in the midst of one of the worst influenza seasons on record; more supplies might need to be imported from interstate or overseas
Short on Tamiflu, not slogans
In India, Gujarat government's slogan —'Any flu, Tamiflu' —seems to have backfired, as private chemists in the city fear they may soon run out because of the sharp increase in demand caused by the slogan
Contrafect granted patent for influenza drug technology
Contrafect has been granted a U.S. patent for its technology related to the nasally inhaled antibody drug the company is developing to treat influenza
3 Top Biotech Stocks Under $10
Novavax announced that its experimental nanoparticle flu vaccine showed a lot of promise in pre-clinical testing in ferrets. Based on those results, Novavax is aggressively moving forward with a clinical program for the vaccine
Cases of flu on the rise as free vaccines missed
Australian doctors are worried that too many people who are eligible for free flu vaccinations are not taking up the offer; FluMist is currently registered for use in Australia, but the sponsor has yet to supply the vaccine into the country
Pharmacies get fresh Oseltamivir supply
Following reports of a shortage of Oseltamivir in major pharmacies — including those run by the government in Ahmedabad — the state food and drugs department has ensured that all pharmacies are replenished with adequate supply
First Doses of Fluzone Vaccines Shipped for 2017-2018 Flu Season
Sanofi Pasteur announced that the first doses of Fluzone for the upcoming 2017–2018 influenza season have been shipped
Academic studies
Mineral layer around avian flu pathogen may be the cause for human infections
Transmission of bird flu among humans is limited. The reason may be an eggshell-like mineral layer that the virus acquires due to the high calcium concentration in the intestines of birds. These mineralized viruses are significantly more infectious and, in addition, more robust and heat stable than the native viruses
Genetic Marker Correlates With Severe Influenza Outcomes
A high-risk variant of IFITM3, a protein with antiviral properties, may act as a genetic marker for identifying individuals at increased risk for severe influenza infections, according to a study published in Nature Medicine
New wearable predicts if you’re getting flu
A new type of wearable thermometer allows researchers to gather data to make predictions of seasonal influenza outbreaks. The device sends data to the Thermia online health educational tool
Preventing swine flu transmission at the fair
Researchers are advising people who visit county fairs to take precautions so they don’t catch swine flu; they discovered several cases of pig-to-human transmission of a certain strain of the influenza virus, H3N2
Pediatric influenza news
Live attenuated influenza vaccine ineffective in children during 2015-2016 season
Flu vaccines reduced the risk of influenza illness overall during the 2015-2016 season, according to data published in the NEJM, but the live attenuated vaccine was ineffective among children between 2 and 17 years of age
Flu alert: 4 out of 6 mums did not have their child vaccinated
As the A influenza virus spreads around the province of San Juan in Argentina, it appears that 4 out of 6 mothers didn’t get their child immunised against the flu, particularly children between 6 months and 2 years, which is a compulsory shot
Getting a shot to save the world (from flu)
The second annual Back to School Flu Fun Run is beginning in Tacoma in the US, and participating children who sign a pledge to always remain healthy and get a flu shot every year will fly away with a ‘flu-per hero’ outfit
Macomb County health officials urge parents to get kids vaccinated as school year approaches
In Michigan, Macomb County health officials are reminding parents to make sure their children are vaccinated prior to the upcoming school year. The health department provides vaccines required by the state, along with others protecting children from various diseases including seasonal flu
Over 65’s influenza news
Chinese doctor tells children and elderly: don’t go to Hong Kong because of flu risks
The Hong Kong authorities have dismissed a warning by a doctor who said the mainland’s children and elderly people should avoid travelling to the city because of the high flu risk
General Influenza News
CVS Health survey: 61% of Americans plan to get flu vaccine this year, a 2% increase from last year
Marking the start of flu vaccine availability, a new survey from CVS Health found that nearly two-thirds of Americans get a flu vaccine every year, or plan to get one this year, resulting in a two percent increase from last year’s survey findings
This may not be the 'biggest flu season on record', but it is a big one – here are some possible reasons
Various factors need to be examined to understand why the flu season in Australia is so big this year; as far as the flu vaccine is concerned, more data will be available after the epidemic has ended, but some testing suggests this year's vaccine is well matched to the circulating viruses
Flu Queensland: Tamiflu shortage grips state
Queensland pharmacies are in the midst of a shortage of Tamiflu, as the state battles one of the worst influenza seasons in recent years
MoH announces decrease of infectious diseases in Saudi Arabia
There has been a decrease of infectious diseases in Saudi Arabia, and the Ministry of Health is ensuring that Hajj pilgims receive all necessary vaccinations, and recommends flu shots for all but particularly high-risk patients
Tak hospital overwhelmed by demand for flu shots
In Thailand, a hospital near the border with Myanmar has been overwhelmed with people crossing the border to receive a flu jab as swine flu spreads across Myanmar
Kroger, The Little Clinic and Feeding America Team Up for the Second Year to Fight Influenza and Hunger with One Shot, One Meal Campaign
Kroger has announced its campaign, One Shot, One Meal: it will donate one meal through the Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at all Kroger family of pharmacies and The Little Clinic locations
Dr Tom: Why I believe in vaccinations
In New Zealand, Dr Tom Mulholland explains why he strongly believes vaccinations are good, and how non-judgemental education is vital to help more people understand this
Pharmacy becomes go-to for flu shots
In the U.S., retail pharmacy is the No. 2 destination for adults in search of their annual flu shot, with 24.3% of adults asking their pharmacists for a flu shot, compared with 37.4% who still ask their doctors, according to the CDC
CDC reports 3 more fair-linked variant flu cases
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced three variant influenza cases among fairgoers in North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
There are fewer flu cases but still vaccination is crucial
In Salta province, Argentina, despite a fall in the number of people infected with the flu, people are still being vaccinated against the virus, particularly as not enough children have been immunised
Burden of disease
Record influenza cases in Canberra due to early start to season, expert says
Canberra's record number of flu cases is due to the season starting a month earlier than normal, the president of the Australian Medical Association ACT, Stephen Robson, said, adding that this caught many off guard, leading to fewer people receiving flu shots
Hospitalisations ease off in 'below average' flu season
In New Zealand, Flu rates are still well below average for winter and doctors say the worst is over, despite hospitals being hit with a particularly harsh strain and other illnesses
Northern States reel under impact of swine flu
In India, while Gujarat may be one of the worst-hit States by swine flu this year, with 242 deaths recorded so far, many other States are also reeling under the impact of the virus: Rajasthan, Punjab and even Delhi have also reported several deaths
Hospital service hit with 450 flu cases in 6 days
In Australia, more than 450 notifications of Influenza A were reported by the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service between August 7-13, bringing this year's total to 1750. DDHHS Public Health Unit director Dr Penny Hutchinson said the disease was highly contagious, adding that the flu vaccine was still available
Three dead, 35 sick after flu outbreak at nursing home
In Australia, three people have died and almost 40 infected after a flu outbreak swept through a nursing home in Mulgrave
Swine flu spurts in Delhi: 1,066 cases last month
Nationally , in India, 18,855 cases of the H1N1 influenza have been reported this year, claiming 929 lives. Health experts said there was no cause for panic over the sudden spurt in swine flu in Delhi
Gujarat swine flu toll touches 220
As per Gujarat’s health department figures, 2,095 H1N1 cases were reported this year, with 220 deaths; the Gujarat High Court has slammed the authorities for “failing to contain the spread” of the virus