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TVNZ/NZPA: Flu cases climb in NZ

Peter Griffin posted in on July 30th, 2010.

Flu cases are continuing to climb in New Zealand, especially in the North Island, but no serious cases have been reported this week. So far, two deaths have been linked with swine flu this year. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Two deaths have been linked to swine flu so far this year in New […]

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Sunday Star Times: Flu expert linked to drug firms

Peter Griffin posted in on July 19th, 2010.

Tony Wall writes in the Sunday Star Times about virologist Lance Jennings, who helped develop NZ’s response to the AH1N1 pandemic last year, but who has been accused of not properly disclosing his affiliation with private drug companies. Jennings has said in answer that ties with such companies are not unusual, and that he disclosed […]

Newsletter Digest: Two types of ‘flu, water, and 3 degrees C

Peter Griffin posted in on April 23rd, 2010.

Swine flu – lessons one year on This time last year, as Kiwis prepared to attend weekend dawn parade and RSA dinners in celebration of ANZAC Day, a public health issue was brewing that would quickly come to dominate headlines globally. In hindsight, it’s easy to for critics to take pot shots at the scale […]

UPDATED: One year on – Scientists reflect on the swine flu pandemic

Peter Griffin posted in on April 21st, 2010.

UPDATED 12.30pm: A year ago this Saturday, Rangitoto College students returning from a school trip to Mexico were quarantined in home isolation, with suspected cases of H1N1 swine influenza. By the end of 2009, the strain of flu the students were infected with had swept the world, claiming the lives of 17,798 people, including 20 […]

NZ Herald: Act now to fight swine flu: Ministry

Peter Griffin posted in on March 18th, 2010.

Martin Johnston writes in the New Zealand Herald that the Ministry of Health is urging people to get their flu shots soon, in light of their prediction that flu could begin surfacing again by the end of this month. It is hoped that such behaviour could give New Zealand its best chance to getting through […]

Cafe Scientifique – H1N1 + 1 = ?

Peter Griffin posted in on July 31st, 2009.

Last night at The New Dowse, the topic of the monthly Lower Hutt Cafe Scientifique focused on swine flu – what it is, how it differs from previous influenza A H1N1 outbreaks, and what might be expected from it. Questions were put to Dr Anne La Flamme, an immunologist and Senior Lecturer at Victoria University’s […]

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Channel 4 UK Q&A on swine flu

Peter Griffin posted in on July 23rd, 2009.

The UK’s Channel 4 News website asked leading experts to answer questions about swine flu. The Q&A is available in full here. An excerpt from the latest Q&A: Is there any official estimate of the expected number of deaths? Meirion Evans: The Department of Health has published planning assumptions about swine flu, although these are […]

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