Tuesday, December 24, 2013

H1N1 influenza virus is back

In June, 2009, the WHO declared the H1N1 a pandemic, with about 17,000 deaths by 2010. It is back.

Huffington Post Canada- 3 days ago
EDMONTON - An Edmonton hospital is making sure more of its staff get immunized after a small outbreak of swine flu in one of its wards. The Misericordia hospital has three confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza.
www.publichealth.gc.ca. ... Pharmacy surveillance for sales of influenza antivirals has not yet begun for the 2013-14 influenza ... one with influenza A(H1N1) 

Overall Summary
  • Influenza activity in Canada continued to increase in week 48.
  • Influenza A remained the predominant influenza virus type, with 77% of subtyped influenza A specimens to date identified as A(H1N1)pdm09.
  • Two regions reported localized influenza/ILI activity and 18 reported sporadic activity, and the ILI consultation rate continued to increase.
  • The number of both paediatric and adult hospitalizations with influenza increased in week 48.
  • RSV detections increased sharply in week 48, although rhinovirus remained the predominant virus detected.

International Influenza Reports

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