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Flu in U.S. now widespread but season may be peaking: CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Seasonal influenza is now widespread across the continental United States, causing severe illness and rising numbers of hospitalizations, but this year's outbreak may be peaking, government health officials said on Friday.
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Authors: Flahault A, de Castaneda RR, Bolon I Abstract Global changes are major determinants for infectious diseases, although attributable, part of climate change remains debatable. Vector-borne diseases are prone to be impacted by global warming, although other factors may play a substantial role, evidenced by the dramatic decrease in malaria in the last decades in places where climate change has deep and significant effects. There is now evidence that in some areas of the world, e.g. Horn of Africa, warm El Niño Southern Oscillations (ENSO), which are observed in the South Pacific Ocean, are associated wi...
Source: Public Health Reviews - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Rev Source Type: research
Authors: Hagihara M, Kato Y, Kurumiya A, Takahashi T, Sakata M, Kato H, Sakanashi D, Yamada A, Suematsu H, Hirai J, Nishiyama N, Koizumi Y, Yamagishi Y, Mikamo H Abstract Objective From November 24 to December 9, 2013, an outbreak of the influenza (flu) A (H3) virus occurred in a tertiary-care university hospital (1,014 beds). We herein report the prophylactic effect of anti-flu agents for controlling the flu outbreak. Methods We administered pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis with anti-flu agents in flu outbreak. To test the effectiveness of prophylaxis in a flu outbreak, we used the posterior mean of the reproduct...
Source: Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Intern Med Source Type: research
BIRD flu is an infectious type of influenza that spreads among birds, but in very rare cases can affect humans. A woman in China is now the first ever human recorded to have the H7N4 strain of the virus - if a worldwide outbreak begins, what are the symptoms to look out for?
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DiscussionThese annual efforts have strengthened public health communications products and supported timely assessment of the impact of vaccination through estimates of illness and hospitalizations averted. Additionally, annual estimates of influenza burden have highlighted areas where disease surveillance needs improvement to better support public health decision making for seasonal influenza epidemics as well as future pandemics.
Source: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
A three-year-old Indiana girl who died from the flu Monday was not vaccinated, according to local news outlets. Alivia Viellieux, passed away in her sleep at her Muncie, Indiana home after being discharged from BallMemorial Hospital last Thursday, WRTV reported. Her family says they were advised not to give their daughter the flu shot, according to local media reports. “Alivia did not have [the flu vaccine] because they had told us once the flu is going around, it’s not going to matter if you get it or not,” the toddler’s grandmother, Tameka Stettler, told WRTV. “We just decided not to put tho...
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In this study, local k function, phylogenetic tree analysis, and logistic spatial autoregressive models were used to explore the global spatial pattern of H5N1 HPAI based on outbreak data in wild birds, genetic sequences, and risk factors, respectively. On this basis, Dempster-Shafer (D-S) evidence theory was further applied to study the spatial distribution of H5N1 HPAI. We found D-S evidence theory was more robust and reliable than the other three methods, providing technical and methodological support for application to the research of other diseases. The shortest distance to wild bird migration routes, roads and railwa...
Source: Preventive Veterinary Medicine - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
The objectives for many research and surveillance efforts were directed towards detecting Eurasian origin HP IAVs and understanding the potential of such viruses to be maintained and dispersed by wild birds. In this review, we highlight five important lessons learned from research and surveillance directed at HP IAVs in wild birds inhabiting North America: (1) Wild birds may disperse IAVs between North America and adjacent regions via migration, (2) HP IAVs can be introduced to wild birds in North America, (3) HP IAVs may cross the wild bird-poultry interface in North America, (4) The probability of encountering and detect...
Source: Virology - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Virology Source Type: research
ConclusionThis study documents the earliest evidence of human infection with an H7 influenza virus of the North American lineageThis article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Short Article Source Type: research
A Texas teacher is reportedly on life support after contracting both strains of influenza, as the worst flu season in years engulfs the United States.
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As the 2017-18 flu season rages on, experts discuss the best ways to help vulnerable patients.Medscape Emergency Medicine
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