Newsletter 10 Februari 2010


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In this Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 photo, Quicken Loans Arena has signs up where water fountains used to be for fans, photographed after the NBA basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks in Cleveland. Citing concerns over swine flu, the team said Monday, Feb. 8, that all drinking water fountains have been removed from the arena to reduce the spread of bacteria and communicable diseases. The team did not consult the city's health department, which does not recommend removing fountains as a health precaution, said department director Matt Carroll.

Source: Daylife

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New Issue

Study finds lack of preparation for flu pandemics
One-quarter of Ontario hospitals don't have a plan for dealing with an influenza pandemic, says a survey in the American Journal of Infection Control.
Among smaller and rural hospitals, only about 60% had such a plan when the data were collected, a team led by Dr. Dick Zoutman, an infection control expert at Kingston General Hospital, discovered.
The study is based on data collected in 2007, well before the Spring, 2009 outbreak of H1N1 in Canada.
Zoutman said the figures are the most recent and are "highly relevant.
"They give us a very good idea as to the extent of some of the larger gaps in the level of preparedness. I have no reason to believe some of the gaps have been completely closed."[...]
Source: Toronto Sun
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A rapid test for the detection of influenza A virus including pandemic influenza A/H1N1 2009

A new rapid diagnostic test for detection of influenza A virus was evaluated with four sets of experiments: first, a comparison with a commercial diagnostic kit against a panel of virus strains was conducted; second, the kit was tested against a collection of 40 strains of influenza A virus isolated from five different host species and 26 strains of other respiratory viruses used as controls; third, the kit was tested against specimens collected in the field obtained from human and chicken; and fourth, the kit was tested against the novel pandemic influenza A/H1N1 2009 clinical specimens obtained from admitted to hospital patients. The test kit displayed a sensitivity of 88% for both human specimens and avian specimens. The corresponding specificity was 99.3% for human specimens and 96.5% for avian specimens. This test kit may be useful for rapid diagnosis of influenza A virus.

Source: Science Direct

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Jennifer Aniston 'helping Mexico' with birthday holiday

Jennifer Aniston chose to celebrate her 41st birthday in Mexico to help boost the country's tourism industry.

The former "Friends" actress jetted off to the sun-soaked resort of Los Cabos last week with pals Courteney Cox, Sheryl Crow and rumored love interest Gerard Butler for a week of fun leading up to her birthday on Wednesday.

And Aniston has revealed she chose the destination to help encourage others to return to Mexico for holidays following the recent swine flu outbreak, which crippled the country last year.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle Blog

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Risk Communication

Swine flu service to be closed

A swine flu hotline and Internet service will be switched off this week as the number of cases dwindle, say health chiefs.

Was the threat of swine flu exaggerated? Use the poll on the bottom right of this page to have your say
Patients on Wearside are being advised that the National Pandemic Flu Service (NPFS) will shut down at 1am on Thursday.
Source: Sunderland Echo

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"Our study indicates that parental worries about H1N1 vaccine safety have limited national efforts to vaccinate kids against H1N1 disease".

Matthew Davis

SOURCE: Medical News Today

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News Flash

Satu Lagi Warga Bekasi Tewas karena Flu Burung


[...] kasus flu burung atau H5N1 masih terjadi di Indonesia. NL (25), warga Bekasi, Jawa Barat, meninggal dunia pada 25 Januari 2010 akibat virus H5N1.

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Eggs Withdrawn at Markets after Flu Outbreak

The Irrawady

Burmese authorities have banned the sale of eggs in markets in Rangoon Division after the discovery of the A/H1N1 virus at a chicken farm, according to Rangoon sources.

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Senegal confirms H1N1 outbreak

Africa News

The Senegalese Minister of Health and Preventive Medicine, Modou Diagne Fada, confirmed that the country had been hit by the epidemic AH1N1 influenza. According to earlier reports, the first cases were detected in the religious city of Touba and nearby Diourbel (located in the central part of the country).

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Public outcry over swine flu tests on Romanian children

WAZ Euobserver

Growing concern in Romania about the opaque circumstances in which a vaccine against swine flu is being tested on children has forced health authorities to postpone the launch of the vaccination campaign by at least one month.

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Swine flu vaccination study extended to children


A study being run in Scotland to identify any rare side effects of the swine flu vaccine has now been expanded to include under-16s.

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Disclaimer: Newsletter ini hanya merupakan kumpulan dari artikel/liputan/tulisan yang diambil dari berbagai sumber mengenai situasi terkini pandemi influenza di seluruh dunia termasuk Indonesia. Namun demikian isi/ilustrasi/foto tidak mewakili kepentingan atau kebijakan KOMNAS FBPI secara langsung

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