Fastest-Moving Flu Pandemic May Strike U.S. Early (Update1)

By Tom Randall

July 17 (Bloomberg) — Swine flu has taken root across the globe faster than any previous influenza pandemic, and its full force may strike the U.S. earlier than the typical flu season, health officials said.

Vaccine production is on schedule to combat the pandemic in October, and the difficulty some drug companies are facing with manufacturing is accounted for in the timetable, Anne Schuchat, director of the Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said today in a conference call.

The World Health Organization said yesterday that the H1N1 influenza was moving with “unprecedented speed.” The flu has spread farther globally in less than six weeks than previous pandemics have in more than six months, the Geneva-based agency said on its Web site. The virus has moved unpredictably, in a “popcorn pattern,” and communication among scientists has enabled a swift response to the disease, Schuchat said.

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Argentina
•  A/H1N1 flu death toll rises to 137  (Link)
•  Argentina declares animal health emergency over flu (Link)
•  The Winning Entries With Influenza A (Link)
•  8 out 0f 10 People will Not Leave on Vacation (Link)
•  Christina Kirchner “Argentina Protects the Vulnerable” (Link)
•  Light Up The Marquee (Theaters Reopen)(Link)

Australia
•  Australia Reports 29th Swine Flu Fatality as Sydney Boy Dies (Link)
•  First H1N1 death in Queensland (Link)

Brazil
•  A/H1N1 flu death toll reaches 11 (Link)

Canada
•  Canada to stop counting swine flu cases (Link)
•  New summer camp in Ontario has H1N1 confirmed (Link)
•  Elderly Montreal woman dies from swine flu (Link)

China
•  MRSA Superbug death linked to swine flu in Hong Kong (Link)

Egypt
•  84 patients recovered from 108 swine flu cases (translated) (Link)

Indonesia
•  8 patients H1N positive (translated) (Link)

Ireland
•  Two more swine flu cases (Link)

Japan
•  New flu logged in all of Japan’s 47 prefectures (Link)

New Zealand
•  H1N1 09 Swine Flu – Update 108 (Link)

South Africa
•  Not all tested for H1N1 (Link)

Spain
•  Spain confirms two new deaths from A/H1N1 flu  (Link)
•  SOD III death? Spain alarmed by swift swine flu death (Link)

Sudan
•  2 cases of H1N1 (translated) (Link)

United Kingdom
•  H1N1 flu seen prolonging, deepening UK recession (Link)
•  Doubts surface over UK swine flu vaccine supply (Link)
•  Cherie Blair ‘may have swine flu’ (Link)
•  Woman gave birth before flu death (Link)
•  Swine flu fears prompt school to tell pupils to stay at home (Link)
•  School still open despite ‘swine flu’ death(Link)
•  Swine flu pensioner dies as death toll hits 29 (Link)
•  Urges Calm While Planning for 65,000 Flu Deaths (Link)
•  Number of cases of swine flu quadruples (Link)
•  Swine flu pandemic may shut schools next term (Link)

United States
•  California swine flu deaths reach 55, up by 23 in the last week (Link)
•  4 N.C. deaths linked to swine flu (Link)
•  Obama budgets 825 million emergency fund for swine flu (translated) (Link)
•  Survey: Americans Expect Widespread Swine Flu (Link)
•  San Diego, 2 More County Swine Flu-Related Deaths Announced (Link)
•  Fla. Swine Flu Deaths Reach 16 (Link)
•  Mandatory Flu Vaccines for Hospital Workers Moving as Emergency Rule (Link)
•  Swine flu still spreading through U.S. as concerns grow about school restarting (Link)
•  4th swine flu-related death in Nevada reported (Link)
•  Navy lab in Norfolk gets equipment for swine flu test (Link)
•  CO: Four cheerleaders at CU camp have swine flu (Link)

Uruguay
•  Uruguay reports 4 new A/H1N1 flu deaths (Link)

General
•  WHO suspends reporting of H1N1 case counts  (Link)
•  WHO cautious on flu vaccine (Link)
•  Swine Flu Could Tip World Into Deflation – UK Study (Link)
•  Legal immunity set for swine flue vaccine makers (Link)

 

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