blind_html Fwd: Influenza Update Newsletter: August 1, 2009

  • From: Nimer Jaber <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blind_html <blind_html@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 21:47:00 -0600


this is a sampling of the content that is goi to be on the new
blindpolitics list that I am thinking about starting. If you believe
there is room for such a list and discussions, plase let me know.

Nimer J

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From: Travis <baconlard@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 20:14:52 -0500
Subject: Influenza Update Newsletter: August 1, 2009
To: baconlard@xxxxxxxxx

    *From The Emergency Operations Center*

*August 1, 2009*
     Fast Facts

Novel influenza A (H1N1) is showing antiviral resistance to oseltamivir

CDC and its partners around the world continue to conduct surveillance to
track novel influenza A (H1N1) for change in epidemiology, virulence,
antigenic pattern, and drug resistance.

Novel influenza A (H1N1) occurred very late in the flu season.

Novel H1N1 affected young people disproportionately; few cases among the

Novel H1N1 has caused widespread illness, some severe or fatal.

Novel H1N1, in conjunction with regular seasonal influenza viruses, poses
the potential to cause significant illness with associated hospitalizations
and deaths during the U.S. influenza season.

By June 19, 2009, all 50 states in the United States, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have reported novel H1N1

Novel influenza A (H1N1) is capable of causing severe disease and death
especially among people with underlying heath problems that are associated
with high risk of influenza complications.

Illness associated with novel influenza A (H1N1) will continue through the
summer in the United States; a surge in the fall is expected.
Topline Points to Share

   - The rapid increase in confirmed cases is attributable to catch-up
   laboratory work being conducted by the CDC and state laboratories.
   - CDC will *verbally* report the total number of “probable” cases of
   infection with novel influenza A (H1N1) virus nationwide. (CDC will not be
   reporting probable cases at the state level.)

Topline Points to Share

   - CDC is aggressively working to reduce illnesses and deaths and to
   minimize social disruptions associated with the novel influenza A (H1N1)
   - Although CDC has scaled back operations in the EOC, volunteers are
   still needed. Please visit for more
   - The number of cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) continues to rise. As
   of July 31, 2009, in the United States and its territories there have been
   43,771 cases and 302 deaths. For the latest numbers visit

If you are asked....
"Are we in an influenza pandemic?"

*Answer:* Yes, On June 11, 2009, the World Health
the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase
6 <>. This action
was a reflection of the spread of the new H1N1 virus, not the severity of
illness caused by the virus. The virus is continuing to spread in the United
States and there have been more than 50 outbreaks in summer camps.
Additionally, reports from the Southern Hemisphere, which is currently in
flu season, indicate there is substantial disease especially in Argentina,
Chile and Australia. There is also evidence that H1N1 is co-circulating with
seasonal flu strains in some areas of the Southern Hemisphere.
DHHS hosts H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit

On July 9, 2009 the Department of Health and Human Services hosted the "H1N1
Influenza Preparedness Summit" in Washington, DC. The primary invitees to
the summit were representatives from state governments. The purpose of the
summit was to identify opportunities to improve the readiness of state
governments to respond to H1N1 influenza in the fall. The all-day event
included break-out sessions such as: "School Preparedness," "Risk
Communication," and "Vaccine and Antiviral Use and Distribution".
Representatives from several federal and state agencies were represented at
the summit. Both Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CDC Director Dr. Thomas
Frieden also spoke at the summit. CDC moderators/presenters included:
Richard Besser, Jay Butler, Marty Cetron, Lisa Koonin, Stephen Redd, Barbara
Reynolds, and Anne Schuchat. The summit is one of several events in the DHHS
campaign to prepare, prevent, and control an H1N1 influenza outbreak.
State and Local Planning for a 2009 Novel H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Program

CDC has developed planning scenarios to target high-priority populations for
vaccination in order to reduce the health and societal impact of the novel
H1N1 influenza virus. Planning scenarios can facilitate readiness to
implement specific plans within states and large cities, improving the
chances that vaccine will reach target populations when recommendations are
made, and that distribution, delivery, and communication efforts regarding
vaccination will overcome local challenges and maximize capacities. These
planning scenarios are based on the following assumptions at the time
vaccine becomes available and distribution begins:

   1. Severity of illness is unchanged from what has already been observed
   2. Risk groups affected by this virus do not change significantly
   3. Vaccine testing suggests safe and efficacious product
   4. Adequate supplies of vaccine can be produced
   5. No major antigenic changes are evident that would signal the lack of
   likely efficacy of the vaccines being produced

To learn more go to:
Update on Avian Influenza A (H5N1)

June 2009

The cumulative number of confirmed human cases of avian influenza A (H5N1):
436 cases and 262 deaths

*Animal Situation Update*

   - On June 26, Vietnam reported a new outbreak of avian influenza H5N1
   virus infection among chickens, ducks and muscovy ducks on four household
   farms in Yen Hung district of Quang Ninh Province. Of 1,830 birds, 650 were
   infected, including 504 deaths. All remaining birds were destroyed. Control
   measures include: movement control, disinfection, and modified stamping out.

   - On June 24, Russia reported that 58 wild birds found dead on June 9 at
   a lake in Ovursky district in the Siberian Tuva Republic were confirmed to
   have avian influenza H5N1 virus infection. No additional control measures
   were planned.
   - On June 17, Bangladesh reported 1 new outbreak of avian influenza H5N1
   virus infection in commercial poultry in Coxes Bazar district of Chittagong
   division during May 9-10, 2009. A total of 180 cases and 180 deaths were
   reported in 2,000 birds. All remaining birds have been destroyed. Control
   measures that have been applied include stamping out, movement control
   inside the country, and disinfection of infected premises.

*Human Situation Update*

   - On June 1, Egypt reported a new case of human infection with avian
   influenza in a 14-month-old girl from Dkhalia Governorate. The girl had a
   history of close contact with dead and sick poultry, and she is hospitalized
   and on antiviral treatment with oseltamivir. On June 2, Egypt reported
   another new case of human infection with avian influenza in a 4-year-old
   girl from Kefr El Sheikh Governorate. The girl was hospitalized, treated
   with antiviral medication, and is currently in stable condition.

Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Cases by Age Go to for CDC′s
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations for H1N1 flu

[image: teen and young adults disproportionately affected Few cases amoung

*Update your CDC Profile**
*As CDC prepares for the 2009-2010 influenza season it is important that all
employees update/maintain their CDC profile. To update your profile go to:

*Upcoming Events**
*State and Local Influenza Planning webcast
August 4, 2009
3:00 p.m. EDT
DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano are
scheduled presenters.

*CDC Ready Set Go: From The Emergency Operations Center Update 2009
Influenza Feedback*
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