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Swine flu spreading at alarming rate across India

Since mid-December, the swine flu outbreak in India, the second most populous country in the world, has infected 13,688 people, and caused 812 deaths. Health officials are reassuring the public that there is no shortage of drugs to combat the flu.

Flu pandemic of 1918 came from birds

The strain of influenza that caused the 1918 flu pandemic (Spanish flu) probably came from birds, according to a new study.

Swine flu fear quarantines Air France flight

Toulouse - When several passengers on an Air France flight from Nice to Toulouse started showing symptoms resembling those of the H1N1 flu virus, the plane was quarantined at Blagnac airport near Toulouse.

Unknown respiratory infection hospitalizes 7 in Alabama, two dead

An unknown respiratory infectious pathogen has hospitalized seven people in southeast Alabama and killed two, sending health officials scrambling to identify the bug.

Pig flu warning in the US

The US CDC has issued a warning about the risk of pig flu to coincide with the season for state and country fairs. There have been twenty-nine cases so far this year.

Swine flu returns to Mexico

In January Mexico registered a resurgence in flu of all types, including the H1N1 strain (also known as swine flu), with more cases in one month than in all of 2011, according to Health Secretary Salomon Chertorivski Woldenberg.

MIT scientists develop novel drug to fight viral infections

Scientists operating at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an antiviral drug that promises to end infections from virtually all known viruses, from the common cold to exotic hemorrhagic fevers.

CDC: New influenza strain from H1N1 pandemic found in 2 children

Two young children were reported to have contracted a new 'hybrid' influenza virus, a gene 're-assortment' that appears to have successfully jumped from pigs to humans and again from one human to another.

NBA: Spurs start strong against Detroit, hang on for win

San Antonio - After an embarrassing effort on Sunday against Los Angeles, the San Antonio Spurs hosted the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, built a huge first-half lead and then watched the Pistons make a game of it before hanging on for a 111-104 win.

H1N1 swine flu is back: 14 dead, infected numbers doubling in UK

Fears of a more virulent return of last year's H1N1 swine flu pandemic emerged in the United Kingdom this week as nearly 200 patients struggle to stay alive. Fourteen people have already lost their lives.

Report: WHO created ‘distortion of priorities’ over swine flu

A new report released today by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) states WHO created “unjustified scares” in last year’s swine flu drama, wasted public money, and resulted in “enormous profits” for certain companies.

Spiegel: 2009 swine flu pandemic a boost for Big Pharma

Those who suspected a money- and greed-driven conspiracy behind the 2009 swine flu outbreak - declared a pandemic by overzealous WHO officials and their advisers from within the industry - are being proven right by recent revelations in Der Spiegel.

No decision yet if WHO & big pharma 'faked' the H1N1 pandemic

Did the World Health Organization (WHO) join hands with big pharmaceutical companies to manufacture a pandemic? That was the question asked at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) near the end of January.

Wave two of swine flu over for now in Canada

Canada's Health Minister Yves Bolduc has announced that the second wave of swine flu has finished in Canada. The good news is followed by the prediction that the flu is expected back later.

WHO: H1N1 swine flu pandemic will stick around for another year

The World Health Organization warned government health authorities to remain vigilant on the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, saying the virus could mutate before vaccines can help it dissipate.

First U.S. case of swine flu reported infecting a New York dog

A dog in suburban New York that was reported to have been infected with the H1N1 virus appears to be the first swine flu canine infection in the United States.

Alberta boy dies from Swine Flu after 43 days in a coma Special

As Mike Gorbous, 16, lay in a coma, his parents went public urging Canadians to get vaccinated against Swine Flu. Mike died early Tuesday morning. His grandmother tells Digital Journal doctors tried their best to save the life of the grade-11 student.

UK study shows swine flu pandemic less lethal than feared

On Dec. 10, the British scientists announced the results of research which show the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic is less deadly that previously thought.

Roche Accused of Suppressing Evidence Swine Flu Drug May Not Work

Research published in the British Medical Journal suggests that Tamiflu has only a modest effect on influenza symptoms in otherwise healthy patients.

Deaths from pneumonia, flu remain above epidemic levels in U.S.

The U.S. CDC says deaths from pneumonia and Swine Flu continue to remain above the epidemic threshold. 17 more pediatric deaths are reported. 31,320 hospitalizations and 1,336 deaths have occurred since Aug. 30. A decline in H1N1 activity continues.

To counter flu, CA schools to receive 23 million masks and gloves

As hopeful reports surface that the H1N1 swine flu virus is showing signs of peaking in North America, California is distributing 23 million masks and gloves to combat the spread of the agile virus.

With H1N1 reported in dogs, virus found in six separate species

Reports of two dogs in China testing positive for the H1N1 swine flu virus mark the sixth known species where the troublesome virus has been found and highlight the unusual nature of this unpredictable bug.

H1N1 swine flu mutation spreads, deaths worldwide on the rise

As health officials seek to smooth concerns over the prospect of a more voracious H1N1 swine flu mutation, evidence mounts that the mutated strain is spreading.

Swine Flu: Over 1,000 deaths in a week, main increase in Americas

The swine flu epidemic death toll is now officially at 7,826, according to the World Health Organization. Mutated and resistant strains are playing a yet-undefined role in the death toll. Around 1,200 mutated strains have been identified.

Could Vitamin D Be as Helpful as Vaccine In Swine Flu Resistance? Special

The 'sunshine vitamin' may be just what the doctor needs to order when it comes to preventing the flu's complications according to the founder of Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center, Dr. William Grant.

CDC worried about spike in pneumonia caused by Swine Flu

Between Aug. 30 and Nov. 14, 26,315 people were admitted to hospital in the U.S. for Flu and complications such as pneumonia. Now, a director of the CDC says the organization is worried about U.S.-wide spike in pneumonia caused by Swine Flu.

Op-Ed: Ready or Not, Swine Flu Season is Here

Every year people are told to get their flu shots, but this year the World Health Organization (WHO) has categorized the H1N1 virus as a pandemic, urging people to not only get their annual flu shot but to also get the H1N1 shot as well.

BC Provincial Health Office answers H1N1 questions Special

In response to reader interest in "Canada: No more H1N1 deaths than from seasonal flu" (DJ, Nov 20), Digital Journal posed the following questions by email to Dr. Perry Kendall, the Provincial Health Officer of BC.

World Health Organization Investigating Drug-Resitant Swine Flu

Global health agency, the World Health Organisation to investigate reports of Tamiflu resistant Swine Flu cases in Britain and the United States

Chinese expert warns of H1N1 and H5N1 pandemic mutation

With H1N1 mutations seen in Norway and noted in several countries, a Chinese expert issues a warning on the potential for a superbug combination of bird flu and swine flu.
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File photo: People in Mexico City wear masks to protect them from getting sick.
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Protective masks are the order of the day while out and about in India.
Protective masks are the order of the day while out and about in India.
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A new report suggests the pharmaceutical industry played a major role in the 2009 swine flu pandemic...
A new report suggests the pharmaceutical industry played a major role in the 2009 swine flu pandemic declaration.
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A pig seeking protection from swine flu
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This colorized transmission electron micrograph shows H1N1 influenza virus particles like hemaggluti...
This colorized transmission electron micrograph shows H1N1 influenza virus particles like hemagglutinin and neuraminidase. Surface proteins on the virus particles are shown in black. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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