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"Seqirus Media Monitoring" 31st Aug 2017

News Highlights
'Bird flu vaccine would have to be based on sound scientific research' In South Africa, 24 outbreaks of Avian Flu have been detected since a recent outbreak of the disease in June. Desperate for a solution, the poultry industry wants government to roll out a vaccine for the highly pathogenic H5 N8 strain
Record flu season costing business $30 million a day Australia’s worst flu season on record has forced an additional 100,000 workers off sick, costing businesses $30 million per day
H7N9 avian influenza in China: Should we be worried? In early 2013, the first reported human cases of H7N9 avian influenza were reported in China; since then, more than 1500 cases have been reported and about 40% of those infected died. A study shows the virus being three mutations away from changing into a form that’s easily transmitted between humans
Avian Influenza is back: dead swans found in Mansfeld SudHarz In Saxony-Anhalt the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N8 has been detected in three dead swans near Seeburg in the district of Mansfeld-Südharz
Flu jab ‘vital’ for people with diabetes All people with diabetes, including those who are pregnant, should be vaccinated against flu, regardless of the type of diabetes they have or how they manage their condition. This is because people having diabetes raises the risk of contracting a potentially serious flu complication such as pneumonia
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Pandemic Influenza News
H7N9 avian influenza in China: Should we be worried?
In early 2013, the first reported human cases of H7N9 avian influenza were reported in China; since then, more than 1500 cases have been reported and about 40% of those infected died. A study shows the virus being three mutations away from changing into a form that’s easily transmitted between humans
Some 60‚000 birds culled as avian flu lands in KZN
About 60‚000 birds have been culled at a poultry farm in Vryheid after an outbreak of avian influenza in northern KwaZulu-Natal
No avian flu cases in humans in SA
There have been no confirmed cases of avian influenza in humans in South Africa‚ the National Institutes of Communicable Diseases said; the NICD has been monitoring people who had been exposed to the virus on affected farms, but none have tested positive for the disease
DOH monitoring 600 chicken cullers for Avian flu
In the Philippines, the Department of Health is monitoring around 600 chicken cullers, most of them Armed Forces of the Philippines soldiers, to quarantine them and prevent the possible spread of the Avian Flu virus
'Bird flu vaccine would have to be based on sound scientific research'
In South Africa, 24 outbreaks of Avian Flu have been detected since a recent outbreak of the disease in June. Desperate for a solution, the poultry industry wants government to roll out a vaccine for the highly pathogenic H5 N8 strain
Avian Influenza is back: dead swans found in Mansfeld SudHarz
In Saxony-Anhalt the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N8 has been detected in three dead swans near Seeburg in the district of Mansfeld-Südharz
Industry News
Worries about a Galveston Bio-Lab
Concern is rising for the safety of a biological lab containing deadly diseases on Galveston island, which has been hit by the massive storm devastating southeast Texas. According to its website, the high security national bio-containment lab’s mission is to develop “therapies, vaccines, and diagnostic tests for naturally occurring emerging diseases such as SARS, West Nile encephalitis and avian influenza – as well as for microbes that might be employed by terrorists.”
Academic studies
These genes may predict how well your flu shot works
Researchers have identified several genes and gene clusters associated with the immune response to influenza vaccination. The findings point to the prospect of using genetic profiles to predict individual responses to the flu vaccine
Microneedle Patch Shows Potential for Delivering Inactivated Influenza Vaccine
The administration of inactivated influenza vaccines via a microneedle patch induces impressive immune responses and shows potential as an alternate method for influenza vaccine delivery
Influenza vaccine rates for kids may drop when the nasal spray vaccine is unavailable
Penn State researchers report that pediatric influenza vaccination rates may have dropped slightly during the last influenza season following a CDC recommendation that the nasal spray version of the vaccine not be used
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General Influenza News
Experts predict growth of swine flu activity in Russia
Experts predict a surge of activity of H1N1 virus that caused a pandemic in 2009, Dr. Lyudmila Tsymbalova, the deputy director of the Influenza Research Institute at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences told reporters
A New Documentary Chronicles The Father Of The Anti-Vaccination Movement
The anti-vaccination movement has another lightning rod on its hands with the new documentary “The Pathological Optimist”, a profile of Andrew Wakefield, who has been labelled a fraud for advancing dubious claims that link MMR vaccines and autism
There’s a new swine flu virus going viral
The swine flu virus that first surfaced in Hyderabad in 2009 has now mutated into a new strain. Popularly known as the Michigan strain, the mutated virus could pose fresh challenges to public health specialists involved in the surveillance and treatment of swine flu
New vaccination recommendations for hepatitis, tetanus and influenza
For children aged 2 to 6 years, the nasal flu spray is no longer recommended. Compared to the normal flu injections, there is "no superior efficacy" of the nasal spray
Hong Kong announces end of summer influenza season
The Health Department of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced the end of the summer influenza season and advised the public to maintain personal and environmental hygiene
Public health department recommends vaccination now to prevent flu
In Georgia, the District 2 Public Health Departments have announced that flu shots are available and urge residents to get immunized now against seasonal influenza
Professor working on vaccine to help First Nation people with specific type of flu
First Nation people in Canada might one day have access to a vaccine to fight off a certain type of flu that hits Indigenous people more than others
Flu jab ‘vital’ for people with diabetes
All people with diabetes, including those who are pregnant, should be vaccinated against flu, regardless of the type of diabetes they have or how they manage their condition. This is because people having diabetes raises the risk of contracting a potentially serious flu complication such as pneumonia
Burden of disease
Swine Flu Claims 86 Lives In Rajasthan
The swine flu virus has claimed 86 lives in Rajasthan since January this year, including of five persons from outside the state, officials said today
Number Of Deaths Due To Swine Flu In Gujarat Rises To 343
With five more deaths reported in the last 24 hours due to swine flu, the number of deaths on account of swine flu in Gujarat since January has risen to 343
Flu spike may be over but health warnings remain
The state's influenza season appears to have peaked but Queensland Health still urges people to take active steps to help reduce the risk of influenza
Flu causes havoc in Warwick
In Australia, another community is being badly affected by the flu; people are being urged to be vigilant and are reminded that vaccination is the best protection against the virus
Record flu season costing business $30 million a day
Australia’s worst flu season on record has forced an additional 100,000 workers off sick, costing businesses $30 million per day
'World's number 1 anti-vaxxer' Kent Heckenlively denied entry to Australia
The self-proclaimed "world's number one anti-vaxxer" has been denied permission to visit Australia. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday Kent Heckenlively​ would not be able to tour Australia later this year as part of an international campaign calling for a pause in childhood vaccinations.