Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 77 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-March-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-March-2005
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Inadvertent use of Bicillin® C-R to treat syphilis infection --- Los Angeles, California, 1999--2004
In March 2004, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LACDHS) was notified that a large nonprofit clinic serving the gay and lesbian community in Los Angeles used a nonrecommended preparation of penicillin to treat syphilis patients during January 1999--March 2004.  more

Transmission of hepatitis B virus among persons undergoing blood glucose monitoring in long-term--care facilities --- Mississippi, North Carolina, and Los Angeles County, California, 2003--2004
This report describes three recent outbreaks of HBV infection among residents in long-term--care (LTC) facilities that were attributed to shared devices and other breaks in infection-control practices related to blood glucose monitoring.  more

UK reveals flu pandemic plan amid criticism
The UK government has announced that millions of doses of drugs to ward off a flu pandemic are to be stockpiled. According to the government the antiviral drugs an outbreak could kill 50,000 in the UK.  more


Avian influenza – situation in Viet Nam
The Ministry of Health in Viet Nam has today confirmed an additional 10 cases of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza. Today’s report is an official notification to WHO of some recent cases, whose infection was detected in March, combined with retrospective notification of older cases, some of which date back to late January. Of these newly reported cases, three have been fatal.  more

WHO reinvigorates role to fight ‘big three’ diseases
Dr Jack C. Chow, 44, obtained his medical degree from the University of California in 1987 and trained at Stanford University Hospital. He has since held a number of senior public health posts in the US Government and worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Prior to joining WHO, Dr Chow was the Special Representative of the US Secretary of State for Global HIV/AIDS and became the first US diplomat of ambassador rank to be appointed to a public health mission. He led US diplomatic efforts to help establish the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in 2002 and in combating global infectious diseases, including SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).  more

Estimating the impact of the next influenza pandemic: enhancing preparedness
Influenza pandemics are recurring and unpredictable calamities. WHO and influenza experts worldwide are concerned that the recent appearance and widespread distribution of an avian influenza virus, Influenza A/H5N1, has the potential to ignite the next pandemic.  more

WHO guidance for the timely sharing of influenza viruses/specimens with potential to cause human influenza pandemics
The objective of timely sharing of influenza viruses/specimens with potential for causing an influenza pandemic is to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. more

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