Oldest plague bacteria genome analyzed by Russian-German team
(Kazan Federal University) The team comprised researchers from Kazan Federal University and Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. The bacteria were retrieved from a mass grave in Samara Oblast, Russia. As evidence showed, that particular strain contained key virulence factors ancestral to those which later caused pandemics of the 6th century (Eastern Roman Empire), 14th century (Eurasia), and 19th century (China). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Flu Season Was One of the Deadliest for U.S. Children
NEW YORK (AP) — Flu killed more U.S. children in the past year than during any other regular flu season in recent history. Health officials on Friday said they've received reports of 172 pediatric flu deaths since October. An average season sees about 110. There were more deaths in 2009-2010, when a rare flu pandemic occurred involving a new strain. More than 300 children died that season. The past flu season wasn't a pandemic, but it was an unusually long and intense one. It was driven by a kind of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, particularly young children and the elderly. M...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - June 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Flu Season Was One of the Deadliest for U.S. Children
NEW YORK (AP) — Flu killed more U.S. children in the past year than during any other regular flu season in recent history. Health officials on Friday said they've received reports of 172 pediatric flu deaths since October. An average season sees about 110. There were more deaths in 2009-2010, when a rare flu pandemic occurred involving a new strain. More than 300 children died that season. The past flu season wasn't a pandemic, but it was an unusually long and intense one. It was driven by a kind of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, particularly young children and the elderly. M...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

A Record-Breaking Number of Kids Died During This Year ’s Flu Season
This year’s flu season has killed more children than in any non-pandemic year on record, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. A total of 172 pediatric deaths have now been reported in connection with the 2017-2018 flu season, including two that occurred as recently as mid- to late-May, according to the CDC. That number edges out the 171 deaths seen in 2012-2013, and surpasses the number of deaths recorded in all but pandemic years, which involve a global outbreak of a new influenza virus, to which most people are not immune. “We saw just an overwhelming amount of flu in gener...
Source: TIME: Health - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

White House Preparing Bio-Defense Strategy As Germ Warfare Fears Rise
This could turn out to be one of the most important policy initiatives President Trump undertakes given the potential consequences of a devastating pandemic, whether of natural origin or contrived by hostile actors. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Loren Thompson, Contributor Source Type: news

Trump Walks Back A Disastrous Ebola Funding Cut And Experts Sigh In Relief
The world is under threat from the growing risks of potentially pandemic diseases. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 7, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation, and Analysis Anna Abram, remarks prepared for testimony before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act
FDA ’ s Anna Abram ’ s testimony for U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 6, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Could 'dog flu' be the next pandemic?
A new study confirms that the influenza virus can jump from pigs to dogs. Rapidly changing, some are concerned it could cause the next flu pandemic. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

Could Rover Unleash a Flu Pandemic?
Fifteen years ago, researchers found that a flu virus in a horse infected a dog, leading to the first circulating flu viruses in dogs. Five years ago, researchers identified a bird-origin flu virus circulating in farm dogs in China. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could Rover Unleash a Flu Pandemic?
TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 -- Dog lovers might be distressed by the latest research on flu pandemics. In the new study, scientists suggest that your beloved furry companion could trigger a flu pandemic among people in the future. Why? Researchers found... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Congo Ebola Outbreak Offers First Test for Emergency Fund to Prevent Pandemics
[IRIN] Geneva -A new financial mechanism that frees up emergency funding to ward off a pandemic has been activated for the first time, in response to an outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 5, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Dogs can be a potential risk for future influenza pandemic
(American Society for Microbiology) Dogs are a potential reservoir for a future influenza pandemic, according to a study published in the journal mBio. The study demonstrated that influenza virus can jump from pigs into canines and that influenza is becoming increasingly diverse in canines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 5, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Monkeypox – Cameroon
From 30 April through 30 May 2018, a total of 16 confirmed and suspected cases (one confirmed and 15 suspected cases) were reported to the Directorate of Control of Epidemic and Pandemic diseases (DLMEP). These cases were located in five districts of Cameroon: Njikwa Health district (n=6 suspected, n=1 confirmed) Akwaya Health District (n=6 suspected), Biyem-Assi Health District (n=1 suspected), Bertoua Health District (n=1 suspected), and Fotokol Health district (n=1 suspected). On 14 May, one of the 16 cases tested positive by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) from the Centre Pasteur du Cameroun (C...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - June 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

For when TEOTWAWKI happens: How to protect yourself from biohazards
(Natural News) The end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) could result from pandemics of antibiotic-resistant superbugs used by terrorists. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones from the threat posed by these biological hazards, as stated by a Beans, Bullets, Bandages and You article. Biohazards are harmful organic... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Terrifying Lessons of a Pandemic Simulation
A recent outbreak exercise held by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security revealed vulnerabilities that are hardwired into the American system. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - June 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ebola outbreak in the DRC that has 'killed 25 people' has the 'potential for rapid expansion'
Dr Derek Gatherer, a virologist from Lancaster University, warns the fresh outbreak - which began in Bikoro - is ‘reminiscent’ of the 2014 Ebola pandemic, which decimated West Africa. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Progress in Vaccine-Preventable and Respiratory Infectious Diseases-First 10 Years of the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, 2006-2015
During its first 10 years (2006-2015), NCIRD worked with partners to improve preparedness and response to pandemic influenza and other emergent respiratory infections, provide an evidence base for addition of 7 newly recommended vaccines, and modernize vaccine distribution. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Report identifies characteristics of microorganisms most likely to cause a global pandemic
(Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security) A potential global catastrophic risk-level pandemic pathogen will most likely have a respiratory mode of transmission; be contagious during the incubation period, prior to symptom development, or when infected individuals show only mild symptoms; and need specific host population factors (e.g., immunologically na ï ve persons) and additional intrinsic microbial pathogenicity characteristics (e.g., a low but significant case fatality rate) that together substantially increase disease spread and infection. RNA viruses are the biggest threat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 29, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Nigeria:WHO, World Bank Establish Mechanism to Monitor Global Health Security
[Premium Times] The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Bank Group on Thursday launched the joint Global Preparedness Monitoring Board to observe how ready the world is to tackle outbreaks and pandemics, the WHO said in a statement. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million? | Martin Kettle
The 1918 Spanish flu outbreak killed more people than both world wars. Don ’t imagine such a thing could never happen againThis year marks a century since somewomen got the vote; a century since theend of the first world war; 50 years since the1968 revolts; 70 since the founding ofIsrael andthe NHS. All have been well marked. So it is striking that the centenary of one of the most devastating events in human history has been allowed to pass thus far with almost no public reflection of any kind.This year is the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Estimates about its impact vary. But when you read th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 25, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Martin Kettle Tags: Flu pandemic Infectious diseases Ebola Health Society Medical research UK news World news Source Type: news

World Bank approves first pandemic facility grant to fight Ebola in DRC
(Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Seventy-First World Health Assembly
World Health Organization. 05/10/2018 This Web page provides information and materials for the 71st session of the World Health Assembly, which takes place in Geneva on May 21-26, 2018. The Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). Documents for the Assembly include the Report of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme; WHO's Work in Health Emergencies; Health, Environment and Climate Change; and Progress in Implementing Decision WHA70(10) (2017) on Review of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework. (PDF) (Source: Disa...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Pepe's story: How I survived Spanish flu
José Ameal is believed to be the oldest Spanish survivor of the pandemic which followed World War I. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH Statement on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, May 18, 2018
To truly end the HIV pandemic, we must develop a safe and effective vaccine. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Clade X Exercise
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. 05/15/2018 This tabletop exercise was held on May 15, 2018, to illustrate high-level strategic decisions and policies that the United States and the world will need to pursue in order to prevent a pandemic or diminish its consequences should prevention fail. It addresses a severe pandemic caused by a novel pathogen. It mixes aspects of actual past events with well-researched fictional elements to illustrate some of the difficult decisions that national leaders could face in a severe pandemic. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

U.S. Government and Global Health Security
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. 11/01/2017 This issue brief discusses how attention to global health security - efforts to help prepare for and address pandemic and epidemic diseases - has grown significantly over the past few decades, driven by the ongoing threat posed by emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), including HIV, SARS, H1N1, Ebola, and Zika. It details the U.S. Government's efforts in global health security, and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), with agency activity descriptions. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Are we prepared for the next pandemic?
‘The Gates Foundation estimates that if a global flu pandemic hit now, 33 million people would die’ (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Report: Next Pandemic Will Likely Be Respiratory-Based Virus
(MedPage Today) -- Experts argue that increased surveillance on a clinical and public health level is critical (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - May 14, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Why It Matters 100 Years Later
Here are 5 things you should know about the 1918 pandemic and why it matters 100 years later. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global Health and Tech Thinkers Come Together at SwitchPoint
May 14, 2018From pandemic preparedness to gender equality, here are a few standout moments from the 2018 event.At  SwitchPoint, a two-day conference organized by Intrahealth International —a DAI strategic affiliate—400 global health and technology devotees came together in the North Carolina countryside to share ideas and seed partnerships for solving global health challenges, especially by using technology. The seventh annual event, held April 26–27, featured 30-plus stage speakers and 20-plus microlabs.These talks and microlabs covered a host of topics, from pandemic preparedness and the value...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Characteristics of Pandemic Pathogens
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. 05/10/2018 This 17-page study elucidates the characteristics of naturally occurring microorganisms that constitute a global catastrophic biologic risk (GCBR). It provides an inductive, microbe-agnostic analysis of the microbial world to identify fundamental principles that underlie this special category of microorganisms that have potential to cause global catastrophe. Such principles could refine pandemic preparedness by providing a new framework or lens through which to survey the threat landscape of infectious diseases in order to better anticipate, prepare for, and respond to G...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Nineteen dead in Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak
Thirty-nine suspected, probable or confirmed cases have occurred between April 4 and May 13. An Ebola pandemic killed at least 11,000 when it decimated West Africa between 2014 and 2016. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Characteristics of Pandemic Pathogens
The overarching aim of the study was to provide an inductive, microbe-agnostic analysis of the microbial world to identify fundamental principles that underlie this special category of microorganisms that have potential to cause global catastrophe. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Troubling link found between pollution exposure in pregnancy, high blood pressure in children
High blood pressure typically occurs in adulthood, so when children develop the condition, it often means something is very wrong. A child might have kidney disease, hyperthyroidism or a heart problem. Obesity can also be a factor. But what about seemingly healthy youngsters whose blood pressure has shot up? Their risk, a study suggests, may […]Related:Top White House official in charge of pandemic response exits abruptlyDavid Goodall, 104, just took his own life, after making a powerful statement about assisted deathWhy kids and teens may face far more anxiety these days (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For six decades, ‘ the man with the golden arm ’ donated blood — and saved 2.4 million babies
In 1951, a 14-year-old Australian boy named James Harrison awoke from a major chest operation. Doctors had removed one of his lungs in a procedure that had taken several hours — and would keep him hospitalized for three months. But Harrison was alive, thanks in large part to a vast quantity of transfused blood he […]Related:Salmonella sickens nearly three dozen people following recall of more than 200 million eggsTop White House official in charge of pandemic response exits abruptlyDavid Goodall, 104, just took his own life, after making a powerful statement about assisted death (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Salmonella sickens nearly three dozen people following recall of more than 200 million eggs
A salmonella outbreak that led to a recall of nearly 207 million eggs has now sickened nearly three dozen people in states along the East Coast. Thirty-five people — up by 12 over the past few weeks — have been sickened by Salmonella braenderup, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week. The outbreak, which has been […]Related:Top White House official in charge of pandemic response exits abruptlyDavid Goodall, 104, just took his own life, after making a powerful statement about assisted deathWhy kids and teens may face far more anxiety these days (Source: Washingto...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Salmonella sickens nearly three dozen people amid recall of more than 200 million eggs
A salmonella outbreak that led to a recall of nearly 207 million eggs has now sickened nearly three dozen people in states along the East Coast. Thirty-five people — up by 12 over the past few weeks — have been sickened by Salmonella braenderup, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week. The outbreak, which has been […]Related:For six decades, ‘the man with the golden arm’ donated blood — and saved 2.4 million babiesTop White House official in charge of pandemic response exits abruptlyDavid Goodall, 104, just took his own life, after making a powe...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

D.C. Week: Trump Announces Plan to Tackle High Drug Costs
(MedPage Today) -- Also: Key White House official in charge of pandemic response leaves (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Top White House official in charge of pandemic response exits abruptly
The top White House official responsible for leading the U.S. response in the event of a deadly pandemic has left the administration, and the global health security team he oversaw has been disbanded under a reorganization by national security adviser John Bolton. The abrupt departure of Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer from the National Security Council […]Related:David Goodall, 104, just took his own life, after making a powerful statement about assisted deathWhy kids and teens may face far more anxiety these daysFDA seeks injunction to stop two stem cell companies after patients blinded (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GI Dynamics touts insulin resistance improvement, weight loss in EndoBarrier meta-analysis
This study presents the most comprehensive EndoBarrier meta-analysis we have seen and this type of data is indicative of EndoBarrier’s highly impactful clinical utility,” prez & CEO Scott Schorer said in a press release. Earlier this week, GI Dynamics announced it inked a binding commitment for a $1.8 million financing deal with Crystal Amber Fund Limited. The post GI Dynamics touts insulin resistance improvement, weight loss in EndoBarrier meta-analysis appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - May 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Weight loss GI Dynamics Source Type: news

100 Years of Influenza Pandemics and Practice: 1918-2018
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. 05/07/2018 This video is Part 1 of a one-day symposium sponsored by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the context of the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, experts from academia and government convened to discuss and debate current pandemic influenza threats, and the future of pandemic preparedness and influenza prevention and control. Topics include 2018 Threats: The Challenge of H3N2, and Impact of Epidemic on Health Systems; and Current Gaps: United States and Local Public Health Pandemi...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Bill Gates Commits $12 Million To Help Find A Universal Flu Vaccine
BOSTON (CBS Local) – After a devastating flu season around the world, Bill Gates is joining the search for a universal vaccine for the potentially deadly virus. The Details: Bill Gates is offering $12 million in grants to help create a universal flu vaccine Gates made the announcement on April 27 while warning about the risk of a global pandemic The CDC says the 2017-18 flu season has killed 160 children, the most in the U.S. since 2013  In a conference at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston on April 27, Gates stressed the need for new treatments and a better global response to futur...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Bill Gates Chris Melore Flu Flu Vaccine Local TV Medicine talkers Source Type: news

Liquid nicotine for e-cigs looks like kids ’ juice boxes and candy, government says
Federal regulators warned more than a dozen manufacturers, distributors and retailers Tuesday that they are endangering children by marketing e-cigarette liquids to resemble kid-friendly products such as juice boxes, candy and whipped cream. The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission said the packaging of the products — some of which feature cartoonlike images […]Related:CDC director asks that his $375,000 salary be cut after questions raised22 states now affected by dangerous outbreak of E. coli illness from romaine lettuceBill Gates calls on U.S. to lead fight against a pandemic t...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bill Gates Calls For, And Funds, Steps To Prevent A Global Pandemic
For years Bill Gates has been an optimist about the future of global public health. However, there is one area that worries him — the possibility of a global pandemic. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 1, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Michela Tindera, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

California state senators Richard Pan and Josh Newman fake a "racism hoax" to demolish health freedom bill
(Natural News) A scientifically supported, commonsense civil rights bill that would have allowed individuals and families to self-quarantine in their homes in the event of a pandemic without being forced to be treated with vaccines or antibiotics was struck down by two California Democratic senators on the basis that the legislation had racist undertones, VacTruth.com... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Community Mental Health Center Emergency Operations Plan
Source: Mississippi State Department of Health. Published: 5/2018. Designed to meet local and state planning requirements, this 105-page template may be used by community mental health centers to develop an emergency operations plan. Topics include Roles and Responsibilities, Patient Management in an Emergency, Evacuation, and Recovery. The template also provides Incident-Specific Appendices for topics that include active shooter; biological, chemical, or radiological/nuclear events; earthquakes; hurricanes; pandemic influenza; and severe weather. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CDC director asks that his $375,000 salary be cut after questions raised
This post has been updated. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked that his $375,000 salary be reduced after a top Democratic senator and others raised questions last week about his pay, which is almost twice what his predecessor earned and more than other past directors. Health and Human Services Secretary […]Related:22 states now affected by dangerous outbreak of E. coli illness from romaine lettuceBill Gates calls on U.S. to lead fight against a pandemic that could kill 33 millionAmbien should not be handed out ‘like candy,’ experts say of Ronny L. Jackson’...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Horses get the flu, too
(University of Rochester Medical Center) Flu vaccines for horses haven't been updated in more than 25 years, but researchers have developed a new live equine influenza vaccine that's safe and more protective than existing vaccines. Proactively preventing the spread of flu in animals is important, as animals are the most likely source of future human pandemics. Animals can be infected with multiple influenza viruses and have the potential to act as 'mixing vessels,' generating new strains that could infect people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Top Democratic senator questions CDC director ’ s $375,000 salary
A top Democratic senator is raising questions about the $375,000 salary of Robert Redfield, the new leader of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who is getting paid almost twice what his predecessor earned and more than other past directors. In a letter Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. Patty […]Related:22 states now affected by dangerous outbreak of E. coli illness from romaine lettuceBill Gates calls on U.S. to lead fight against a pandemic that could kill 33 millionAmbien should not be handed out ‘like candy,’ experts say of Ronny L. Jackson’s alleged pra...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news