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China confirms first case of domestic swine flu

Beijing, May 29: China Health Ministry on Friday confirmed the first case of domestic infection of swine flu on its mainland, triggering the risk of a wider spread of the virus throughout the country.

3-D model of H1N1 protein is developed

Singapore -- Singaporean scientists say they have created a 3-D structural model of a critical H1N1, or swine flu, protein, accomplishing the task in just two weeks.

The researchers at Singapore's Bioinformatics Institute, led by Sebastian Maurer-Stroh, report an evolutionary analysis of the critical protein, neuraminidase, produced by the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus strain.

"Because we were working as a team, driven by the common goal to understand potential risks from this new virus, our group … was able to successfully complete this difficult analysis within such a short time," said Maurer-Stroh.

Illinois reports first H1N1 flu death

Chicago, IL, May 26: The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) disclosed that a Chicago resident has died from the swine flu, making it the first Illinois death related to the virus and the 12th confirmed death from the illness in the nation.

Swine flu claims second victim in New York City

New York, May 25: The H1N1 influenza claimed its second victim in New York Sunday, taking the nation’s tally to 11. The woman, in her 50s, succumbed to the swine flu virus and breathed her last over the weekend.

New York reports first swine flu fatality

New York, May 17: According to official reports, the first death linked to swine flu in New York State is that of an assistant principal of Intermediate School 238 in Hollis, Queens.

New cases of swine flu reported in China and Japan

Tokyo, May 17: The most frightening aspect of the swine flu outbreak is the continuing spread of the virus among people who haven’t been to Mexico. The cause for concern is that the virus may become resistant to drugs.

China considers bailout of pig farmers

Beijing -- China plans to bail out pig farmers who have been hit by a sharp drop in pork prices caused both by a glut and public concerns about the swine flu.

The National Bureau of Statistics says pork prices fell 28.6 percent in April from the same month last year, China Daily reported Wednesday/ The decline has led the government to consider buying up large quantities of pork to stabilize prices, the newspaper said.

Pig farmers have been told to stop expanding their farms in light of fear of the A H1N1 flu and a glut of hogs, the report said.

Effects of swine flu in pigs studied

Bangkok -- Thai scientists who studied the pathology of H1N1 swine flu in piglets said the animals displayed flu-like symptoms within 1-4 days after infection.

The researchers, led by Roongroje Thanawongnuwech of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, found all the 22-day-old infected animals were shedding virus two days after infection. The pigs were infected with both the H1N1 strain of swine flu and the less dangerous H3N2 subtype.

"The results demonstrated that both swine flu subtypes were able to induce flu-like symptoms and lung lesions in weanling pigs," said Thanawongnuwech. "However the severity of the disease with regard to both gross and microscopic lung lesions was greater in the H1N1-infected pigs."

Changes in WHO alert system called for

Washington -- The swine flu outbreak shows that the World Health Organization needs a better warning system to reflect the severity of epidemics, a U.S. doctor says.

"The WHO needs a mechanism to dial down the anxiety levels while educating us about the extent of the transmission," said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the preventive medicine department at Vanderbilt University, reported the New York times.

The newspaper reported Sunday that even though the swine flu epidemic has eased and it no longer dominates that nation's airwaves, WHO still has not relaxed its epidemic alert level because it is based on the geographical spread of disease outbreaks rather than their lethality.

A/H1N1 flu continues unabated

Washington, May 10: The new flu, a mixture of swine viruses and elements of human and bird flu, has brought the world to the brink of a pandemic. The flu has reached 29 countries, infecting over 4,150 people, according to data from the World Health Organization and national authorities.