Influenza outbreak

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The Hindu Business Line  Mar 2  Comment 
Authorities told to maintain stockpile of Tamiflu as nationwide toll crosses 1,000-mark
The Hindu Business Line  Mar 1  Comment 
After Gujarat’s Speaker Ganpat Vasava and MoS Health Shankar Chaudhary and two other MLAs tested positive for swine flu, fear of the H1N1 virus seems to have gripped not just the house but...
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 28  Comment 
Swine flu has claimed 36 more lives raising the toll to 1,041 even as the number of people affected by the H1N1 virus in the country breached the 19,000 mark today.As per data collated by t...
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 28  Comment 
New York Times  Feb 26  Comment 
A west Indian city has banned most public gatherings in an attempt to halt the spread of swine flu, which has claimed at least 926 lives nationwide in 11 weeks.
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 24  Comment 
Vaccine-maker Bharat Biotech is working on producing swine flu vaccine in bulk. "To deal with outbreaks and have a swift turnaround time, Bharat Biotech plans to build an inventory o...
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 23  Comment 
Swine Flu claimed twelve more lives in Gujarat with 230 new positive cases being reported from across the state on Monday. The dreaded disease has claimed the lives of 219 citizens in past...
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 22  Comment 
The national capital today reported 84 fresh cases of swine flu taking the total number of cases reported so far this year to 2,241.According to the health department of Delhi Government to...
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 22  Comment 
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 21  Comment 
Uttar Pradesh today reported 25 fresh cases of swine flu, taking the number of those infected with the H1N1 influenza to 190 in the State.Chief Medical Officer of Lucknow SNS Yadav said tha...
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 21  Comment 
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 20  Comment 
Three more swine flu related deaths have been reported in Telangana, raising the official toll to 49.A State Government bulletin said twenty-four samples of the 78 tested on Thursday...
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 19  Comment 
A Mizo woman was detected with swine flu, the first case in the State. Pachuau Lalmalsawma, Nodal Officer of the state Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), today told PTI tha...




 
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Influenza, or the flu, is a common infectious disease, which can be deadly to individuals with compromised immune systems (the very young, the very old, and those with conditions such as AIDS or Cancer). However, occasionally particularly virulent strains of influenza break out that can be threatening on a much larger scale -- such as the flu epidemic of 1918 and, more recently, concerns that H5N1 "Bird Flu" or H1N1 "Swine Flu" could mutate into a highly-infectious and deadly virus. A number of pharmaceutical companies make treatments for the flu and benefit from the fear of a flu outbreak.


  • Roche Pharmaceuticals makes Tamiflu, an antiviral pill to treat the flu. In 2005, amid concerns that bird flu might pose a large threat during the winter flu season, many national governments began stocking up on Tamiflu. Chugai pharmaceuticals sells Tamiflu in Japan.
  • Novartis AG (NVS), through its acquisition of Chiron in 2006, supplies much of the traditional flu vaccine supply to the United States.
  • AstraZeneca (AZN), through recently acquired MedImmune, manufactures 'FluMist', a novel flu vaccine that is delivered via an intranasal spray rather than via an injection.

Companies with treatments for H1N1, or "Swine Flu"

In April 2009, a novel flu virus, known as "Swine Flu" because it was believed to have originated in pigs, started infecting humans. By April 28th, there were 1,300 confirmed cases of the flu, known by its scientific designation H1N1, in Mexico, and a handful in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

According to preliminary test done by the US Center for Disease Control, Roche Pharmaceuticals (RHHBY)'s Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)'s Relenza are active against H1N1, although many older drugs are not. [1]

References

  1. Investors buy up shares of flu drug makers, New York Times, April 27th 2009.
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