Newsletter 7 Januari 2010

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Doctor warns of higher mortality risk from steroid therapy
A risk posed by steroid therapy that crippled hundreds of patients of the 2003 SARS outbreak in China seems to have emerged in the current treatment regime for the H1N1 pandemic flu.
Overuse of the steroid glucocorticoid to treat critically-ill H1N1 patients has, in many cases, worsened their condition, even leading to deaths after weakening their immunity, warned Li Ning, president of Beijing Youan Hospital, one of the two government-designated hospitals to treat severe H1N1 cases.
Source: Xinhua
Read more: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2010-01/07/content_12767959.htm

Research
Anti N1 Cross-Protecting Antibodies Against H5N1 Detected in H1N1 Infected People.
Frobert E, Bouscambert-Duchamp M, Escuret V, Mundweiler S, Barthélémy M, Morfin F, Valette M, Gerdil C, Lina B, Ferraris O.
Laboratoire de Virologie, Centre de Biologie et de Pathologie Est, Hospices Civils de Lyon, 59 boulevard Pinel, 69677, Bron Cedex, France.
The A(H5N1) influenza virus pandemic may be the result of avian H5N1 adapting to humans, leading to massive human to human transmission in a context of a lack of pre-existing immunity. As A(H1N1) and A(H5N1) share the same neuraminidase subtype, anti-N1 antibodies subsequent to H1N1 infections or vaccinations may confer some protection against A(H5N1). We analysed, by microneutralization assay, the A/Vietnam/1194/04 (H5N1) anti-N1 cross-protection acquired either during A/NewCaledonia/20/99 (H1N1) infection or vaccination. In cases with ocumented H1N1 infection, H5N1 cross-protection could be observed only in patients born between 1930 and 1950. No such protection was detected in the sera of vaccinated individuals. Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information , U.S. National Library of Medicine
Read more: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20033691

Comment
Scientists predict rise in illnesses passed from animals to humans, like swine flu, bird flu and HIV
By Rosemary Black
If swine flu hasn’t given you enough health worries this winter, here’s some more dark news from the disease front: Scientists believe that a host of new illnesses passed from animals to humans are waiting around the corner, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Blame climate change and environmental disruption, experts say, and get ready for a boost in outbreaks because of global warming and changes in the way we farm and use the land.
Source: NYDailyNews.com
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/health/2010/01/06/2010-01-06_scientists_predict_rise_in_illnesses_passed_from_animals_to_humans_like_swine_fl.html#ixzz0bt9s7ISG

Risk Communication
N.J. providing H1N1 swine flu updates via Facebook, Twitter
Department of Health and Senior Services will offer videos, audio clips, posters, flyers, press releases and updates on the influenza
In an effort to reach more New Jerseyans through the increased usage of social media networks, the state Department of Health and Senior Services has created a Facebook page to share the latest information regarding swine flu and vaccine.
Individuals who have Facebook accounts can become a fan of the DHSS' H1N1 Resource page by searching the title on Facebook.
The department has also created a Twitter page, which is available at www.twitter.com/FluNJ.
Individuals who would like to access either Twitter or Facebook can also do so directly from the department's website at www.nj.gov/health.
Source: newjerseynewsroom.com
Read more: http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/nj-providing-h1n1-swine-flu-updates-via-facebook-twitter

Photo

Reuters Pictures
Panama's First Lady Marta Linares de Martinelli (C) receives the H1N1 vaccine in Panama City January 6, 2010. The Ministry of Health began a massive vaccination campaign against the H1N1 flu virus throughout the country with the first purchase of 300,000 doses of the vaccine, according to the health department press office.
Source: Daylife
Read more: http://www.daylife.com/photo/0cmr8Yh5DXfXx?q=h1n1

Quote
"Random use of steroids in all severe SARS or H1N1 patients is definitely wrong"
Source: Xinhua
Read more: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2010-01/07/content_12767959.htm

News Flash
WHO-led H1N1 vaccine redistribution may be scaled back as countries reassess need
Google News
Softening demand for H1N1 vaccine may be spreading to a World Health Organization-led effort to provide developing countries with some pandemic vaccine, a WHO official said Tuesday.
Read more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5i2FZ88W88hY8W1zgTT-wrBXzq0cQ

RA Treatment Blunts Response to Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Medpage Today
The rheumatoid arthritis treatment rituximab (Rituxan), which depletes B cells, appears to hamper the humoral response to flu vaccine, Dutch researchers found.
Read more: http://www.medpagetoday.com/InfectiousDisease/URItheFlu/17824

Flu information for People with Diabetes and Caregivers of People with Diabetes
CDC Swine Flu Updates
People with diabetes are more likely to get flu-related complications like pneumonia and even be hospitalized or die from the flu than other people. Influenza may also interfere with blood glucose management. This fact sheet contains important information for diabetics.
Read more: http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/download.asp?af=h&f=631665

Public health officials share school-based vaccination strategies
CIDRAP
School-based immunization campaigns have helped federal officials reach one of their top priority groups to receive the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, and lessons learned from the experiences may help other districts, not only this season but also during future flu seasons, experts said today at a US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) live webinar.
Read more: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/swineflu/news/jan0610schools.html

Canada lends Mexico five million swine flu vaccine doses
AFP
OTTAWA — Canada will provide Mexico with five million doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine to meet its immediate pandemic vaccine needs, Health Minister Leona ...
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A/H1N1 flu cases decrease in China
Xinhua
6 (Xinhua) -- A/H1N1 flu cases in the Chinese mainland decreased last week, said the Ministry of Health on Wednesday. According to the ministry's weekly ...
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