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Public Lecture: Facts You Should Know About A/H1N1 Influenza

Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series

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A(H1N1), is a subtype of influenza virus A and the most common cause of influenza (flu) in humans. Some strains of H1N1 are endemic in humans, including the strain(s) responsible for the 1918 flu pandemic which killed 50–100 million people worldwide. Less virulent H1N1 strains still exist in the wild today, worldwide, causing a small fraction of all influenza-like illness and a large fraction of all seasonal influenza.

World wide A/H1N1 virus has been confirmed in 5,728 patients in 33 countries, WHO said. The United States has the most, with 3,009 confirmed cases in 45 states, nearly 600 more probable cases and three deaths. Mexico has 58 confirmed deaths and Canada and Costa Rica each have confirmed one death from the infection. India too has two confirmed cases.

India has decided to go ahead with mass scale production of a vaccine against H1N1 influenza as soon as it receives the seed stock —a strain of the virus on which the vaccine will be based.

Toxics Link invites you for lecture and panel discussion on “A/ H1N1 Influenza – the facts you should know”

Panelists:

  • Dr. Gyanendra Gangol, Technical Officer, Communicable Diseases, Surveillance & Response, WHO Regional Office
  • Dr. Arvind Taneja, Director, Paediatric Services, Max Devki Devi Heart & Vascular Institute, Saket
  • Dr. Koninika Roy, Scientist

Moderated by

  • Alexander von Hildebrand, Regional Advisor Environmental Health & Climate Change, World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia.

Date: 11th June 2009, Thursday
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: Conference Room I, India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. (In collaboration with India International Centre)

For further information, please contact:
Pragya Majumder – pragya@toxicslink.org
T: 24320711, 24328006
E: info@toxicslink.org

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