News Pouch: Avian and Pandemic Influenza, 13 Nov 2012

Highlights

  • WHO Influenza Updates
  • Novel Coronavirus Genome Sequence Published
  • BMJ Calls For Release For All Tamiflu Data
  • Outbreaks Within Fully Vaccinated Populations
  • Social Media As Biosurveillance Tool
  • RFID Tags Track Outbreak Pathways
  • Flu During Pregnancy Raises Autism Link
  • New Live Vaccine for SARS and Coronaviruses
  • Monitoring Emerging Diseases in Pets
  • In Search of Spanish Flu
  • Zoonoses & Animal Diseases
  • India: H1N1 Outbreak
  • Hong Kong: Health Chief Urges Flu Prevention
  • USA: ACP Urges Adult Influenza Vaccinations

Articles

UN System Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) Avian and Pandemic Influenza News Pouch. Articles and resource documents in this news pouch are from media and open sources. None of the reports contained in this news pouch have been verified unless otherwise stated. This news pouch is meant for information sharing purposes only. It does not reflect in anyway the views of UNSIC.
WHO Influenza Updates
EPIDEMIOLOGICAL UPDATE
Influenza Update (09 November 2012 - Update number 172). {World Health Organization, 11/09}
REVIEW OF THE 2012 WINTER INFLUENZA SEASON, SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
Weekly Epidemiological Record (volume 87). This report summarizes the chronology, epidemiology and virology of the winter influenza season in the temperate regions of the southern hemisphere, from January 2012 to the end of September 2012. The data presented have been derived primarily from reports published by national ministries of health or other official bodies reporting on their behalf, or reported to the WHO through FluNet and FluID. {World Health Organization, 11/02}
VIROLOGICAL UPDATE
Influenza virus activity in the world (12 November 2012). During weeks 42 to 43, increased sporadic detections of influenza viruses have been reported from the northern hemisphere. Influenza activity remained low in the southern hemisphere. Globally, A(H3N2) viruses remain the predominant circulating subtype followed by influenza B and A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses. {World Health Organization, 12 Nov}
Novel Coronavirus Genome Sequence Published
HPA PUBLISHES WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCE FROM THE UK CASE OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has today published the completed whole genome sequence from the UK case of confirmed novel coronavirus, which was diagnosed on 22 September 2012. The patient continues to receive treatment in a London hospital. {Health Protection Agency (United Kingdom), 13 Nov}
BMJ Calls For Release For All Tamiflu Data
ROCHE SHOULD BE SUED TO RELEASE DATA ON OSELTAMIVIR, SAYS COCHRANE LEADER
A leading Cochrane researcher has suggested that European governments should sue the drug firm Roche and that doctors and others boycott the company’s products until it published all its data on oseltamivir (Tamiflu). {British Medical Journal, 12 Nov}
BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL SLAMS DRUG MAKER ROCHE ON TAMIFLU DATA
A leading British medical journal is asking drug maker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop influenza. {Straits Times, 12 Nov}
TAMIFLU SCRUTINISED AS BMJ CALLS ON PHARMACEUTICAL GIANT TO RELEASE DATA
Roche says it has complied with all legal requirements after medical journal claims there is no evidence drug can prevent flu... A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu. {The Guardian, 12 Nov}
Outbreaks Within Fully Vaccinated Populations
ATTACKS YOUR NATURAL IMMUNITY - IS THIS WHAT'S BEHIND THESE RECENT DISEASE OUTBREAKS?
Recently published research in the New England Journal of Medicine investigated the reasons behind, and potential solutions, for mumps outbreaks reported to the CDC during {Food Consumer, 13 Nov}
Social Media As Biosurveillance Tool
DHS CONTRACT FOCUSES ON SOCIAL MEDIA AS BIOSURVEILLANCE TOOL
Accenture Federal Services recently won a $3 million, 1-year contract to help the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) test the use of social media for biosurveillance. {CIDRAP News, 12 Nov}
RFID Tags Track Outbreak Pathways
RFID TAGS TRACK POSSIBLE OUTBREAK PATHWAYS IN THE HOSPITAL [INTERACTIVE]
Patterns of personal contact in a hospital reveal true pathways of transmission... To investigate transmission pathways, European researchers of the SocioPatterns collaboration fitted 119 people in a ward of the Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital with radio-frequency identification (RFID) badges. The tags registered face-to-face interactions—and the potential spreading of airborne pathogens. {Scientific American, 12 Nov}
Flu During Pregnancy Raises Autism Link
FLU IN PREGNANCY RAISES AUTISM RISK
Pregnant women who catch flu or have a fever that lasts over one week have a higher risk of giving birth to a baby with an ASD (autism spectrum disorder), researchers from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, reported in the journal Pediatrics (published on November, 12th, 2012). The authors gathered and analyzed data on a population-based cohort of 96,736 children, all of them were born in Denmark from 1997 to 2003. Their mothers were asked what illnesses, especially infections and fevers they had during their pregnancies and the early days after giving birth... {Medical News Today, 13 Nov}
AUTISM LINKED TO FEVER OR FLU IN PREGNANCY
Children may be more likely to develop autism if their mothers had the flu a prolonged fever during pregnancy, a new study suggests. {Live Science, 12 Nov}
FLU, FEVER IN PREGNANCY TIED TO AUTISM RISK: STUDY
November 13, 2012 11:50 AMWASHINGTON (AFP) - Women who had the flu or ran a fever for more than a week during their pregnancy face a greater risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder, Danish researchers said on Monday. {Straits Times, 13 Nov}
STUDY LINKS FLU DURING PREGNANCY TO AUTISM RISK
Children, whose mothers had fever during pregnancy are at a higher risk of developing infantile autism. {Medical Daily, 12 Nov}
New Live Vaccine for SARS and Coronaviruses
NEW LIVE VACCINE APPROACH FOR SARS AND NOVEL CORONAVIRUSES DISCOVERED
Researchers have found that accelerating the rate of mutations in the coronavirus responsible for deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome cripples the virus's ability to cause disease in animals. {ScienceDaily, 12 Nov}
UNC, VANDERBILT DISCOVER A NEW LIVE VACCINE APPROACH FOR SARS AND NOVEL CORONAVIRUSES
Collaborating researchers at the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University have found that accelerating the rate of mutations in the coronavirus responsible for deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome cripples the virus's ability to cause disease in animals. {EurekAlert!, 12 Nov}
Monitoring Emerging Diseases in Pets
PETS SHOULD BE MONITORED FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE, RESEARCHERS SAY
We might need to watch out for emerging diseases carried by our dogs and cats. {Live Science, 12 Nov}
CALL FOR GLOBAL MONITORING OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES IN DOGS AND CATS
A new study recommends a global system is needed to monitor infectious diseases of companion dogs and cats. {EurekAlert!, 12 Nov}
In Search of Spanish Flu
IN SEARCH OF SPANISH FLU 2 OF 2 - BBC SCIENCE DOCUMENTARY
Documentary in which a team of top UK virologists exhume the body of statesman, military officer and diplomat Sir Mark Sykes from a country churchyard in an attempt to detect the genetic footprint of one of the most dangerous viruses the world has ever seen, the Spanish Flu. It may be that an aristocrat who died nearly 90 years ago holds the key to preventing a modern bird flu pandemic. {Scoop.it, 12 Nov}
IN SEARCH OF SPANISH FLU 1 OF 2 - BBC SCIENCE DOCUMENTARY
Documentary in which a team of top UK virologists exhume the body of statesman, military officer and diplomat Sir Mark Sykes from a country churchyard in an attempt to detect the genetic footprint of one of the most dangerous viruses the world has ever seen, the Spanish Flu. It may be that an aristocrat who died nearly 90 years ago holds the key to preventing a modern bird flu pandemic. {Scoop.it, 12 Nov}
Zoonoses & Animal Diseases
EUROTIER: ANIMAL HEALTH IS KEY TO REDUCING ANTIBIOTICS FOR LIVESTOCK
GERMANY - The importance of animal health and the veterinary profession are key to reducing the use of antibiotics in the livestock industry, according to the President of the Federal Association of Practising Veterinarians in Germany. {ThePoultrySite, 13 Nov}
TUNISIE: KÉBILI - LE VIRUS DU NIL OCCIDENTAL FAIT UNE SECONDE VICTIME
[La Presse] Les services de la santé du gouvernorat de Kébili ont enregistré, à la fin de la semaine écoulée un deuxième cas de décés par le virus du Nil occidental. {AllAfrica News, 13 Nov}
DEER TICKS CARRY MORE DISEASES THAN WE THOUGHT; SAVING ENDANGERED SPECIES THROUGH CLONING
Discovered: Deer ticks are hosts to even more pathogens than we thought; Brazil wants to un-endanger species by cloning them; satellites aren't beyond the reach of climate change; how Mayans grew maize.Related StoriesJohn McAfee, Anti-Virus Software Inventor, Reportedly Wanted for Murder in BelizeHow to See Your Entire Facebook News Feed (Until Facebook Takes it Down)Progress Towards Making Invisibility Cloaks Real; A Deadly Omen in DNAPolitical Polling After the End of the PhoneNew Google-Like Perks Program at Apple Includes 'Pet Engineering' {The Atlantic Wire, 12 Nov}
PRO/AH> EPIZOOTIC HEMORRHAGIC DISEASE, CERVIDS - USA (22): (LA) COMMENT
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease — Worldwide/Unknown[The article in the posting above] seems to infer that at least some of the cases of EHD discussed in the article may have been caused by bluetongue virus. Has bluetongue virus in fact been isolated from any of the deer associated with the 2012 outbreak of EHD in deer in Louisiana? That would certainly be of point concern to livestock producers in the area. I wonder if Dr LaCour could give some clarification?--Mark Lelli DVMSW MichiganUSA[Bluetongue virus (BTV) and epizootic {ProMED-mail, 12 Nov}
India: H1N1 Outbreak
INDIA: BIRD FLU PROMPTS FEED BAN
Tamil Nadu's state government has imposed a ban on trucks transporting poultry feed from the neighbouring state Karnataka following a recent outbreak of bird flu in turkeys. {World Poultry, 13 Nov}
71 SWINE FLU CASES THIS YEAR
The city has reported 71 cases of swine flu this year, the health department confirmed on Monday. {Times of India, 12 Nov}
GUJARAT CONGRESS LEADER DIES OF SWINE FLU
Gambhirsinh Parmar, who was being treated in a Bharuch hospital for severe cold and lung congestion, succumbed to H1N1 influenza in the government-run SSG Hospital. {Daily News & Analysis, 12 Nov}
Hong Kong: Health Chief Urges Flu Prevention
HEALTH CHIEF URGES FLU PREVENTION
Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man says the Government wants to increase the public's immunity in the coming flu season. Speaking to the media after inspecting the implementation of the influenza vaccination programme today, he said the Government launched the Childhood Influenza Vaccination Subsidy Scheme and Elderly Vaccination Subsidy Scheme on September 24 to improve public health {Hong Kong Information Services, 12 Nov}
USA: ACP Urges Adult Influenza Vaccinations
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS URGES PHYSICIANS TO TALK VACCINES
The American College of Physicians is urging all adults to get the annual influenza vaccination and to discuss their immunization records with their internist. {Vaccine News Daily, 12 Nov}
OTHER ARTICLES
A NEW APPROACH TO COMBAT VIRAL INFECTIONS
When a virus such as influenza invades our bodies, interferon proteins are among the first immune molecules produced to fight off the attack. Interferon can also play a role in suppressing tumor growth and the effects of autoimmune diseases, and doctors may use an artificial form of interferon to treat patients with certain cancers or multiple sclerosis. But even this approach sometimes fails when patients' bodies reject the foreign interferon or growing resistant to its effects. {Medical News Today, 13 Nov}
STUDY: FLU VACCINE RATES IN PREGNANCY STAYED FAIRLY HIGH AFTER PANDEMIC
A single-site survey suggests that the share of pregnant women receiving influenza vaccine declined slightly the year after the 2009 H1N1 pandemic but remained above 50%, according to a report in Vaccine. {CIDRAP News, 12 Nov}

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