Respiratory Medicine

Total of 59 deaths related to swine flu in Britian

The number of deaths from swine flu in Britain has climbed to 59 but infection rates have continued to fall through the summer, according to the Department of Health.

The latest figures released today show the disease on the wane during the holidays with about 260 people still being treated in hospital, fewer than last week. Of those, 30 were in intensive care.

from Guardian

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Swine flu vaccine orders pass one billion: WHO

Northern hemisphere countries have so far ordered more than one billion doses of swine flu vaccine, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday.

This intense demand coupled with production delays could create shortages, forcing governments that are preparing for a second, possibly more deadly, wave of flu in the fall to make hard choices about who to vaccinate first, experts said.

"Pandemic vaccine orders put in by northern hemisphere countries stand at over one billion," WHO spokeswoman Melinda Henry told AFP.

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26 year old dies of Swine flu in Scotland

A 26-year-old man has become the fifth person in Scotland to die after contracting Swine Flu.

The patient, who died in Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary, had significant underlying health problems, a Scottish government spokesman said.

From Press Association

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Rapid Swine Flu Test Misses Many Infections

Doctors can't rely on rapid tests to diagnose the pandemic H1N1 swine flu, say U.S health officials who evaluated three kits and found that they miss many infections.

The tests do a better job detecting seasonal flu than H1N1 flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Sensitivity for the H1N1 swine flu was just 40 to 69 percent.

From AJC

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VereFlu™ - Detects and Identifies Human Influenza A and B and its subtypes in a Single Test

Vereflu from Veredus Laboratories can detect various flu subtypes in one test.

The threat of an influenza pandemic propels the need of a fast and reliable test for the detection of seasonal human influenza, with the capability to identify and differentiate flu subtypes. In patients with suspected pandemic flu, rapid identification of patients who will develop severe symptoms is critical for effective management and positive outcome. When used on patients at the earliest stages of disease, these tests will have prognostic value, rapidly identifying those who are suffering from seasonal flu from those who are suffering from pandemic flu. This will lead to better resource management through more efficient allocation of limited supplies of vaccines, diagnostic ests, hospital beds, quarantine facilities, as well as manpower in terms of health care workers.

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