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Thursday, December 12, 2013

12/12/13 Health News: Four Cases of Botulism in Texas, New HIV Strain Found, Flu Death Rate Underestimated

Officials probe possible botulism cases
Officials are investigating a possible botulism outbreak in Amarillo and warn health professionals and the public to be aware there might be other cases.
“We don’t want to wait around and have other people affected,” said Dr. Roger Smalligan, public health authority for Potter and Randall counties. Continue Reading

New, Aggressive HIV Strain Found in West Africa
Swedish researchers have identified a new strain of HIV recently discovered in West Africa, which progresses to AIDS more quickly, reports AFP. The A3/02 strain combines the two most common HIV strains in Guinea-Bissau and develops into AIDS within five years, up to two-and-a-half years faster than either of its parent strains, continue reading
H1N1 Influenza Virus Killed 10 Times More Than Estimated in 2009
The 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" epidemic killed up to 203,000 people across the globe -- a death toll 10 times greater than initially estimated by the World Health Organization, Epidemiologists used data on respiratory deaths in 20 nations to calculate a global mortality rate for the pandemic. Prior to this research, the WHO counted just 18,631 lab-confirmed cases of H1N1, a viral infection of the airways. "This study confirms that the H1N1 virus killed many more people globally than originally believed.,"continue reading

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