Category Archives: flu

Bird Flu Found Again


Health workers in Nepal are set to slaughter thousands of chickens following the discovery of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in the  southeastern part of that Himalayan country today. They had sent samples to London for testing and it was confirmed … Continue reading

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New Bird Flu Deaths In Indonesia


There have been 2 bird flu deaths reported in Indonesia – one being a five year old girl after her uncle died from it a few days earlier.  Officials believe that they were infected by sick pigeons as they lived in the same house with … Continue reading

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Is La Nina Weather To Blame For New Flu Strains and Pandemics?


Researchers from Columbia and Harvard Universities have discovered a link between the La Nina weather pattern and the flu pandemics of 1918, 1957, 1968 and 2009.  This research was published in the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). La Nina periodically brings … Continue reading

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Flu Season Is Not Yet In High Gear


The 2012 flu season is not yet in high gear. Infectious disease specialists are on alert for new strains of the flu virus as another swine flu virus emerged in the United States and a drug resistant flu is circulating … Continue reading

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5 States Have Now Confirmed 12 Cases of Swine Flu


The CDC has received confirmation of 12 cases of swine flu from 5 states. West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maine, Iowa, and Indiana. 11 of the cases were from children.  Half of them had no exposure to swine and all have recovered. The H3N2 … Continue reading

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A Very Rare Swine Flu Case in Minnesota


An H1N2 virus has sprung up in Minnesota and is common in pigs in the Upper Midwest, CBS local affiliate WCCO reported. The infant boy is only the second human ever to contact this rare strain of swine flu. This rare flu … Continue reading

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Seasonal Flu Activity Remains Low


This year’s flu activity remains low in the Northern Hemisphere, according to the latest update from WHO, which covers November 6 through November 19.  You can view the CDC’s report for the United States here. Local flu activity has been reported … Continue reading

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