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Mexico City brings some good news to COP17

By Denis McClean

DURBAN, 8 December 2011 - While good news remains in short supply from the main climate change talks here in Durban, there is a growing sense that local government is taking the lead on mitigation and adaptation without waiting for their central governments to direct their efforts.

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International Medical Corps and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Launch Whole‐of‐Society Pandemic Preparedness Effort in Philippines


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LOS ANGELES, CA, July 7 2011 – International Medical Corps is working with the Republic of Philippines and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to improve the country’s ability to respond to public health crisis and potential socio‐economic disruptions brought on by influenza pandemics and other global disasters.

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Gripe A: más casos en Mendoza y Neuquén

La Nación

Ante la confirmación de más de 50 casos confirmados de gripe A en la provincia de Mendoza, una veintena en estudio y dos personas fallecidas con diagnóstico positivo del virus H1N1, el Ministerio de Salud de esa provincia intensificó la campaña de vacunación antigripal para los grupos de riesgo, pero descartó que ese distrito afronte una epidemia de gripe A. También desestimó la suspensión preventiva de clases, y teme que el brote perjudique el turismo invernal.

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Caribbean MAA49001 Annual Report 2010

This report covers the period 01 January 2010 to 31 December 2010.

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Chile + 2 others
Ten Things to Remember about 2010

  1. Get Prepared for More Complex Scenarios
    Disasters claimed the greatest number of lives worldwide in 2010—more than any other single-year period in the last several decades. In just Haiti alone, the death toll was estimated at 230,000, although the actual number may never be known. The variety, frequency and complexity of these events will continue to increase, as we live in a more sophisticated and interdependent world, and countries must prepare for this.

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Landmark agreement improves global preparedness for influenza pandemics

GENEVA, 17 April 2011 – After a week of negotiations continued through Friday night and into Saturday morning, an open-ended working-group meeting of Member States successfully agreed upon a Framework that ensures that in a pandemic, influenza virus samples will be shared with partners who need the information to take steps to protect public health.

The working-group meeting was convened under the authority of the World Health Assembly and coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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WHO-appointed experts slam handling of swine flu

GENEVA - A WHO-appointed group of experts published on Thursday a damning report on the UN agency's handling of the H1N1 flu pandemic, saying that it failed to issue timely guidance and that its flu plans needed revision.

The independent experts, appointed by the World Health Organization to examine its management of the 2009-2010 pandemic, however, rejected claims that the UN agency was influenced by commercial interests in its decision to declare a pandemic.

The draft report released by the agency found that a "lack of a sufficiently robust, systematic and open set

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Weekly epidemiological record - 18 February 2011 No. 8, 2011, 86, 31-72 - Influenza A(H1N1) 2009 virus: current situation and post-pandemic recommendations

Influenza A(H1N1) 2009 virus: current situation and post-pandemic recommendations

Since its emergence in April 2009, pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009 virus has affected all parts of the world, causing the first influenza pandemic since 1968. Following the observation that 1 or 2 epidemic periods had occurred in most countries and in most WHO Regions, WHO declared on 10 August 2010 that the world was moving into the post-pandemic period. Based on experiences with past pandemics, the pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009 virus was expected to take on the

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Ecuador: Ministerio de Salud: No hay epidemia de AH1N1 en Ecuador

Miércoles, 05 de Enero de 2011 10:49 PO Presidencia de la República

Quito (Pichincha).- El ministro de Salud, David Chiriboga, hizo un llamado a la ciudadanía, farmacias, clínicas y hospitales privados y medios de comunicación para tener una actitud responsable y de prevención frente a incremento de casos de influenza. El secretario de Estado señaló además que no existe una epidemia de AH1N1 en Ecuador.

Según el secretario de Estado, actualmente hay un incremento en el número de casos de influenza en la Sierra, particularmente

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Zimbabwe: Epidemiological Bulletin Number 89 - Week 49 (week ending 12 December 2010)

Highlights of the week ending November 2010:

- 41 cholera cases reported , 27 in retrospect

- No confirmed measles outbreaks in the last 4 weeks

- No new Influenza A H1N1(2009)cases reported in the last 5 weeks

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Zimbabwe: Health Map - H1N1 cases by district - 10 Dec 2010

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Sixty-fifth General Assembly
61st Meeting (AM)

Meeting Also Hears Introduction of Resolution on Follow-up To Commemoration of Anniversary of Abolition of Transatlantic Slave Trade

Calling for more attention to health as an important policy issue on the international agenda, especially in meeting the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, General Assembly delegates today recognized that challenges in global health demanded persistent attention, urged States to consider health in the formulation of foreign policy and

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Zimbabwe: Epidemiological Bulletin Number 88 - Week 48 (week ending 5 December 2010)

Highlights of the week ending November 2010:

20 new cholera cases reported in Makonde and Zvimba

1 confirmed measles case and 178 suspect measles cases reported

No new Influenza A H1N1(2009)cases reported

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Zimbabwe: Epidemiological Bulletin Number 87 - Week 47 (week ending 28 November 2010)

Highlights of the week ending November 2010:

- 7 new cholera cases reported in Makonde

- 246 suspect measles cases reported

- More Rubella IgM positive being reported compared to Measles IgM positive cases

- No new Influenza A H1N1(2009)cases reported

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Philippines: Disaster council to inspect hazard-prone areas in Negros Oriental

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (19 November) -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council is set to visit towns and cities here for an ocular inspection of hazard-prone areas across the province.

The inspection is in line with the council's provincial disaster risk reduction management plan which is expected to be completed by the end of this month, said Provincial Planning and Development Officer Joy Gongob.

Gongob, speaking in a briefing attended by the media and information officers of the different local government

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Zimbabwe: Epidemiological Bulletin Number 85 - Week 45 (week ending 14 November 2010)

Highlights of the week ending November 2010:

- No new cholera cases reported

- 203 suspect measles cases reported

- Further Decline in Influenza A H1N1(2009)cases reported

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WHO: Weekly epidemiological record No. 46, 2010, 85, 453-460

Meeting of the WHO working group on polymerase chain reaction protocols for detecting subtype influenza A viruses - Geneva, June 2010

The WHO working group on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) protocols for detecting subtype influenza A viruses held its third meeting in Geneva in June 2010. Participants included representatives from WHO Collaborating Centres for Reference and Research on Influenza, WHO H5 Reference Laboratories, Essential Regulatory Laboratories, National Influenza Centres and the World Organisation for Animal Health-United

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China: Revised Plan 2011

Executive summary

The People's Republic of China, with a population of 1.3 billion people, is the most populous country in the world, and has both one of the most dynamic and fastest growing economies, while at the same time very marked disparities in income distribution, health status and other vulnerability indicators. Extreme poverty remains an ever-present reality in some parts of the country, regardless of China's rapid economic progress.

In recent years, China has experienced a wide range of severe disasters, including the 8-magnitude earthquake

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The 2009 A(H1N1) pandemic in Europe - A review of the experience

European Union

Executive summary

This extended report aims to provide a broad overview of the epidemiology and virology of the 2009 pandemic in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries (27 EU Member States (MS) and Norway and Iceland). Relevant background information on influenza epidemics and pandemics, notably their variability and unpredictability, is provided. The main trends and information are derived from the analysis and interpretation of the epidemiological and virological data and other