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Betfair Chase one-two set for rematch | Racing News

first_imgClan Des Obeaux was fourth in the 2018 Betfair Chase and is on course for a return to Haydock, with long-absent stablemate Topofthegame expected to instead head for the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury the following week.Nicholls said: “Clan Des Obeaux is in great form at home and will head for the Betfair Chase.“Physically, he seems to have improved on years past. He is working hard and is on well schedule for Haydock.- Advertisement – “Two years ago, we went to the Betfair Chase just to put our toe in the water to see if he could run in graded races and he ran a really good race. He then went on to win the King George.“He will be ready to put up a good performance at Haydock – there is no point going there thinking he is going to need the run. He will be ready and then that is nice timing for him to go to Kempton again on Boxing Day.”The Richard Hobson-trained Lord Du Mesnil will be an outsider, but is a dual winner at the track.“Lord Du Mesnil is in good form and the Betfair Chase is a possibility,” said Hobson.“I haven’t been able to get a run into him yet this season. He has got some entries over the weekend, but we are yet to decide if he will run.“The Betfair Chase may therefore come too quick, but he is entered and we will make a decision nearer the time.”Bellshill (Sandy Thompson), Keeper Hill (Warren Greatrex) and Saint Calvados (Harry Whittington) are the other British contenders, with Henry de Bromhead’s A Plus Tard the sole Irish-trained entrant. Last year’s one-two Lostintranslation and Bristol De Mai are among 10 entries for the Betfair Chase at Haydock on November 21.The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai claimed the Grade One prize in both 2017 and 2018, but was denied the hat-trick by Colin Tizzard’s Lostintranslation 12 months ago.- Advertisement – Lostintranslation disappointed when well fancied for the King George VI Chase at Kempton, but bounced back to finish a close-up third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup – and the race sponsors make him the narrow favourite to successfully defend his Haydock crown.Bristol De Mai was only ninth in the Gold Cup, but can be expected to be more of a force back on Merseyside.Nicky Henderson has entered his Gold Cup runner-up Santini, while Paul Nicholls has both dual King George hero Clan Des Obeaux and Topofthegame in contention.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

With 200,000-Plus Outstanding Ballots, Georgia Remains in Nail-Biting Play

first_img“If we don’t get there, but we get the number so small that then there’s no question of who actually the winner is, I think that will be really helpful, really remove a lot of those questions that people might have,” Mr. Raffensperger said. In a news conference Wednesday morning, Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said that the largest number of outstanding ballots, more than 70,000, was from Fulton County, which includes most of Atlanta and is a reliable Democratic stronghold. About 50,000 ballots were from DeKalb County, a Democratic-leaning area that also includes part of Atlanta.Roughly 7,000 ballots were from Forsyth County, which voted heavily for Mr. Trump in 2016.Mr. Raffensperger, a Republican and supporter of Mr. Trump, said he would pressure county officials in the state to complete its tally on Wednesday. But if a full vote count could not be finished, he added, he hoped that the number of uncounted ballots would be significantly reduced by the end of the day.- Advertisement – The fact that so many ballots remained uncounted came as little surprise. Voters were allowed to deposit absentee ballots in county drop boxes until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The process of counting them is labor-intensive, involving manually removing ballots from envelopes and, in some cases, subjecting them to human review.But there were also unwelcome surprises, most notably a pipe that burst Tuesday morning in State Farm Arena, the stadium where the Atlanta Hawks play basketball and where Fulton County was tabulating votes. The plumbing failure, announced by county officials late Tuesday night, delayed the counting of an estimated 50,000 ballots.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Rep. Joaquin Castro says commission to investigate family separation ‘necessary for our country’

first_imgCastro initially called for the commission following advocates revealing in court documents that children kidnapped by administration when it “piloted” family separation in 2017 were still separated from their parents three years later. The U.S. had quickly deported their parents to Central America “with few records,” The Washington Post reported at the time, taking down “incomplete and often inaccurate data” with absolutely no plan in place on how to reunite them. This has been a human rights disaster that necessitates the creation of an investigative body to both “prevent it from happening again,” and “identifying individuals who intentionally abused human rights and who may have violated department policy and also violated the law during the course of their actions,” Castro said.- Advertisement – “The commission itself would not necessarily have the authority to prosecute,” he continued. “But just as with other committees, information could be forwarded to the Department of Justice for consideration of legal proceedings. Ultimately, any decision to prosecute would be separate and apart from the commission itself.”Castro had also previously called for families separated by the administration under the zero tolerance policy to be put on a path to legal status and U.S. citizenship, last year joining with Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal to introduce the Families Belong Together Act, which “seeks to bring a modicum of justice by helping parents and children.”“[O]ne of the things I believe that we absolutely should do is make sure they’re reunited, and allow them a place in the United States,” Castro continued to Narea. “That’s why Sen. Blumenthal and I proposed that piece of legislation, because we believe that these families deserve that, after their treatment by the United States government. These are people that were seeking asylum, fleeing violence and oppression in their own homeland.”- Advertisement – Castro also importantly addressed the need for a comprehensive plan “to help address the underlying causes of migration,” Narea reported, an issue championed by his brother Julián Castro during his 2020 presidential run. “I agree with the idea of a Marshall Plan for Central America,” the Hispanic Caucus chair said, adding that it’s important for the U.S. to assist in “build[ing] up the economic capacity and prosperity of the economies there. Because I don’t believe that people want to trek over 1000 miles to leave their home and go to someplace they’ve never been to before. It speaks to the urgent need to work with Central America in a holistic way, in a way that gives people a place within their own country where they feel safe and where they feel they have economic opportunity and, at the same time, doesn’t see these people simply as threats to Americans.”center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

World Cup of Darts 2020: Wonderful Wales set up showdown with holders Scotland in Salzburg | Darts News

first_img Last minute replacements Latvia defeat Hong Kong 5-4 in the World Cup of Darts. Meanwhile, last-gasp replacements Latvia marked their World Cup bow with a hard-fought win over Hong Kong to set up a meeting with fifth seeds Belgium in round two.Madars Razma and Janis Mustafejevs were called up at late notice to deputise for China, and they were rewarded with a landmark success, despite having to survive match darts from Kai Fan Leung and Royden Lam in a dramatic climax.Don’t miss a dart at this weekend’s World Cup of Darts – the action continues from 12pm on Saturday on Sky Sports Arena and we will have the remaining four sessions as the new champions are crowned. John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis of Greece defeat Sweden 5-0 in the World Cup of Darts. The former hosts now play Greece in Saturday’s second round, after John Michael and Veniamin Symeonidis created history by registering their first victory in the competition.Greece – without a World Cup win since 2017, produced a stellar display to stun beleaguered Swedish pair Daniel Larsson and Dennis Nilsson, averaging over 90 and converting 63 per cent of their attempts at double.Latvia set up Belgium tussle Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton celebrate kicking off their campaign in style
Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton celebrate kicking off their campaign in style

Scott Disick, Amelia Hamlin Have Dinner Together After Halloween Date

first_img“My love,” he wrote over a dish of linguine and clams.Hamlin, 19, shared a photo of the same table, which also included gnocchi with truffle cream, farfalle with pesto and linguine with a pomodoro sauce. “Family dinner,” she captioned the pic on her Instagram Stories.Scott Disick, Amelia Hamlin Have Dinner Together After Halloween DateCourtesy Scott Disick/InstagramMarie Lou Bartoli, the model’s stylist and friend who is also a longtime pal of Disick’s, joined the pair for dinner.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The dinner date marked the second time in a week that the Flip It Like Disick star has spent time with Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin‘s daughter.On Halloween, the pair were spotted arriving together at Jenner’s 25th birthday party at Harriet’s Rooftop at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood.- Advertisement – Together again. Scott Disick and Amelia Hamlin caught up again over an Italian dinner just a week after they attended Kendall Jenner‘s Halloween-themed birthday party together.The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 37, shared a photo on his Instagram Stories on Saturday, November 7, showing his table at Tre Lune restaurant in Montecito, California, loaded with a variety of pasta dishes.Scott Disick, Amelia Hamlin Have Dinner Together After Halloween DateScott Disick and Amelia Hamlin Larry Marano/Shutterstock; KCR/Shutterstock- Advertisement – The outing came two months after Disick finally called it quits with Sofia Richie after nearly three years together. Since then, he’s been spotted on dates with models Bella Banos and Megan Blake Irwin and has also been spending time with his ex Kourtney Kardashian.The pair, who share three children — Mason, 10, Penelope, 8, and Reign, 5 — joined Kim Kardashian on her private island 40th birthday bash, with a source telling Us Weekly that the pair, who split in 2015 after almost a decade together, are “spending more time together and being more kind with each other.”“Scott has always loved Kourtney, and the door is open on his side in case she ever wants to take their relationship back to a romantic place,” the insider added.But for now, it seems he is keeping his options open, with another source telling Us that “Scott is doing his own thing” and “is in a good place and dating around.”Richie, meanwhile, has moved on with Cha Cha Matcha founder Matthew Morton.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

USDA funds avian flu vaccine bank for poultry

first_imgNov 5, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – An Iowa company will develop an avian influenza vaccine antigen bank that could produce up to 40 million doses of vaccine for poultry, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced recently.APHIS’s Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) has awarded a 5-year contract to Fort Dodge Animal Health to manufacture and store killed, frozen bulk viral antigens that can be used to produce vaccine for the H5N2, H5N9, H7N2, and H7N3 subtypes of avian flu, according to an APHIS news release. The company will produce and store the antigens in Charles City, Iowa.The antigen bank will speed production of poultry vaccine if it is needed, Bruce Carter, DVM, global vaccine manager for the CVB, told CIDRAP News. The vaccine could be produced quickly and used to help contain an outbreak of avian flu in some situations, decreasing shedding and spread of the virus. The bank is scheduled to be fully stocked by January 2005, APHIS said.Vaccine is often used in conjunction with other strategies to control and eradicate the disease. Along with other measures, vaccine was used in the United States as recently as 2003 in a successful effort to eradicate a low-pathogenic virus in layer flocks in Connecticut, Carter said.Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is an extremely infectious and fatal form. Once established, it can spread rapidly among flocks. An HPAI outbreak in 1983-84 cost the industry nearly $65 million, and an H5N2 outbreak last February in Texas forced the slaughter of 7,000 broiler chickens, according to APHIS.The new antigen bank is intended to help counter HPAI, APHIS Administrator W. Ron DeHaven said in the press release. “The [avian influenza] vaccine antigen bank will be a great asset in helping APHIS work to keep highly pathogenic avian influenza from becoming established in the US poultry population,” he said.In the event that vaccine from the new bank is administered to a poultry flock, a vaccine that doesn’t precisely match the strain affecting the flock could be used intentionally, said Carter. At least 80% of the efficacy of an avian flu vaccine is due to the hemagglutinin (H) antigen, he said. So, for example, using H5N9 vaccine to vaccinate birds exposed to H5N2 flu helps protect the birds while allowing veterinarians to distinguish between vaccinated and infected birds on the basis of the neuraminidase (N) subtype. This procedure is known as DIVA (Differentiating Infected from Vaccinated Animals), he added.APHIS guidelines allow H5 and H7 vaccines to be used as tools in potential outbreaks of HPAI in the United States, but only under APHIS supervision or as part of an official animal disease control program, the news release said.In the first phase of the project, worth $800,000 to Fort Dodge Animal Health, the company will grow the viruses in eggs, as is done for human flu vaccines, Carter said. Next, the allantoic fluid containing the virus will be harvested from the eggs and the virus inactivated. Then the killed bulk viral antigens will be frozen. The antigens can be thawed and mixed with adjuvants to boost the strength of the vaccine, and the resulting vaccine used to immunize poultry.Fort Dodge Animal Health will store the frozen antigens for 5 years. If vaccine is needed during that time, Carter said, it can be produced relatively quickly. Completing vaccine production if needed is the second phase of the project.If the bank is activated, Fort Dodge Animal Health’s contract calls for the company to receive an additional 1.2 cents per dose, or $120,000 for 10 million doses of a subtype. The maximum possible value of the contract is $1.28 million, Carter said.”I can’t predict how and when we’re going to use the vaccine,” Carter added, noting that using avian flu vaccine isn’t always the best response, depending on the circumstances of an outbreak. “Some years it seems like we just get hammered with outbreaks of avian influenza.”See also:February 2003 journal article on DIVA [Abstract]last_img read more

Danish firm wins US contract for new smallpox vaccine

first_img Jun 4 HHS news releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/06/20070604a.html HHS said phase 1 studies supported by the National Institutes of Health in 2003 showed that MVA vaccine was safe and stimulated an immune response in healthy volunteers. The agency also has said an MVA-based vaccine was found to be safe when it was given to 120,000 Germans in the 1970s. But research on MVA ended when smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980. Options in the contract, amounting to $1.1 billion, include delivery of up to 60 million more doses of the vaccine, plus further clinical studies to extend the FDA license to include people infected with HIV, children, and the elderly, the company said. Bavarian Nordic, based in Copenhagen, will produce its “next generation” smallpox vaccine, called Imvamune, for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt announced in a news release yesterday. Imvamune is the company’s version of modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA). “Acquiring a stockpile of this new smallpox vaccine is a key step toward protecting even more members of the American public against a smallpox release,” Leavitt commented. Jun 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – US officials have announced the award of a $500 million contract to Bavarian Nordic A/S, a Danish firm, for 20 million doses of a smallpox vaccine that’s expected to be safe for people with weakened immune systems. Jun 4 Bavarian Nordic news releasehttp://www.bavarian-nordic.com/investor/announcements/2007-23.aspx Under the original BioShield legislation, HHS can make an advance payment on the basis of a finding that it is necessary to the success of the product. Under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006, the company can be paid for reaching certain milestones in development, HHS reported. Dr. Paul Chaplain, Bavarian Nordic’s executive vice president and chief scientific officer, noted that HHS has a policy permitting the emergency use of medical products not yet licensed by the FDA, provided they meet certain criteria. To meet those criteria, the company must generate safety data from trials of the vaccine in healthy people and at-risk groups such as HIV patients, demonstrate a validated manufacturing process, and have some efficacy data, he told CIDRAP News. The contract includes options that may bring its total value to $1.6 billion, according to Bavarian Nordic. Besides covering production of the vaccine, the base contract of $500 million covers additional work to meet requirements for use of the vaccine in an emergency, plus nonclinical and clinical studies necessary to obtain a Food and Drug Administration license (FDA) for it, the company said. HHS has stockpiled enough conventional smallpox vaccine to protect the entire US population in the event of a release of smallpox by terrorists. But the conventional vaccine uses live vaccinia virus, a cousin of the smallpox virus, and it can cause rare but potentially life-threatening side effects. People who have HIV or are being treated with chemotherapy should not receive the conventional vaccine except in emergencies, HHS said. In a news release, Bavarian Nordic said advance and milestone payments in the contract total $150 million, of which $125 million is to be paid in 2007 and 2008. The company said this is the first time any company will have received advance payments under the BioShield program. Chaplain said the company is capable of making 40 million doses of the vaccine annually and could potentially start delivering doses to HHS immediately. But because the firm first must provide all the data to support emergency use of the vaccine, it expects to start delivering it toward the end of next year, he said. Bavarian Nordic announced in April that it expected to win the HHS contract, but HHS said then that no decision had been made yet. Bavarian Nordic and the British drug company Acambis each received an HHS contract in early 2003 to develop and test a vaccine based on MVA. In September 2004 HHS awarded each company a further contract calling for production of 500,000 doses of the vaccine and clinical trials. But Acambis announced in November 2006 that HHS had decided that the company’s vaccine was too expensive. “And in fact we have most of that data already,” Chaplain said. The company has tested the vaccine in about 1,500 people, including healthy people and at-risk groups, and has published data on the vaccine’s efficacy in monkeys and other animals, he said. Although smallpox was eradicated, disease experts fear that terrorists may have supplies of the virus, which the Soviet Union made in large quantities during the Cold War. The United States and Russia still hold samples of the smallpox virus for research purposes. MVA contains a form of vaccinia virus that has been weakened so that it can’t replicate in humans, the agency said. Officials expect that it could be used safely in the estimated 10 million Americans who have limited immunity. The vaccine is being tested with a two-dose immunization schedule. See also: HHS said the contract was awarded under Project BioShield, a federal program launched in 2004 to develop medical countermeasures for chemical, biological, and other unconventional weapons. The contract allows for the agency to make two kinds of payments before delivery of the product. Chaplain also said the company expects to start filing its application for an FDA license in 2009 and complete the filing process in 2010. Phase 2 studies are approaching completion, and plans call for meeting with the FDA later this year to discuss phase 3 studies, with an expectation to launch them next year, he added. Apr 18 CIDRAP News story “Danish firm expects to sell smallpox vaccine to US”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/smallpox/news/apr1807smallpox.htmllast_img read more

Flu shots for small children slow to catch on

first_imgSep 26, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Surveys indicate that recommendations to immunize small children against influenza have been slow to catch on, while flu immunization for adults was somewhat slow to recover from a setback caused by a vaccine shortage 4 years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).A national survey found that only about 21% of children 6 to 23 months old were fully vaccinated in the 2006-07 flu season, 2 years after the CDC formally recommended immunization of the age-group, the CDC reported.In addition, surveys conducted at eight sites around the country indicated that only 16.5% of children between 24 and 59 months old were fully vaccinated last season, the agency said. The CDC first recommended flu vaccination for that age-group in 2006.For adults, a national survey showed that flu immunization coverage in the 2006-07 season increased from the previous year but still did not quite match the levels of 2003-04, the season before problems at one vaccine manufacturer cut the expected flu vaccine supply nearly in half, the agency said.The survey results are presented in today’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).Low coverage in small childrenThe CDC assessed flu immunization of 6- to 23-month-old children with the National Immunization Survey (NIS), an ongoing, random telephone survey of households with children between 19 and 35 months old, combined with a follow-up mail survey of vaccination providers. Respondents were asked if the children were immunized between September and December of 2006.The survey, covering all 50 states, drew a response rate of 64.9%. Provider vaccination records were obtained for 9,710 children who met the age criteria. Of these, 31.8% had received one or more doses of flu vaccine, and 21.3% were fully vaccinated (meaning they either had received two doses during the flu season or had received at least one dose before September 2006 and one dose between September and December).Neither of these percentages marked a significant increase from the previous season, the report says. Coverage varied widely by state, ranging from 8.6% in Mississippi to 47.6% in Rhode Island.To examine immunization coverage in children from 6 through 59 months old in the 2007-08 season, the CDC analyzed data from its eight immunization information system (IIS) sentinel sites: parts of Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, plus all of North Dakota and New York City. These sites received supplemental funds for meeting certain criteria, including enrollment of more than 75% of child vaccine provider sites in the IIS.The CDC found that on average for the eight sites, only 16.5% of children 24 to 59 months old were fully vaccinated, while 22.2% had one or more vaccine doses (full vaccination was defined slightly differently in 2007-08 than in previous seasons).Among children in the 6- to 23-month age-group, an average of 22.1% were fully vaccinated and an average of 40.8% had had one or more doses, the report says.The CDC also looked at the number of vaccinations per week and found that the average percentage of total doses given each week increased steadily from Sep 17 through Nov 17. For the 6- to 23-month-old group, fewer than 18% of doses were administered after December; for the older group, fewer than 13%.The report on the national findings for children aged 6 to 23 months says that vaccination coverage for other newly recommended infant vaccines has reached about 75% within 7 years. The low flu vaccination coverage suggests that factors unique to flu are at work, including the need for annual vaccination, difficulty in vaccinating so many children in a short time, uncertainties in vaccine distribution at the local level, and “a lack of parental or provider confidence or interest in influenza prevention through vaccination.””The continuing low influenza vaccination coverage described in this report underscores the need to identify innovative strategies for increasing influenza coverage among young children,” the article says.Vaccine shortage left its markThe CDC assessed flu vaccination coverage in adults by means of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing, state-based telephone survey that collects data from about 400,000 civilians nationwide. In interviews conducted between February and August, respondents were asked if they had been immunized in the previous 12 months.Immunization rates reported for the various age and risk groups were as follows:18- to 49-year-olds: those with high-risk conditions, 35.1%; all others, 23.4%50- to 64-year-olds: overall, 42%; those with high-risk conditions, 54.2%; those without high-risk conditions, 37.9%Those 65 and older: 72.1%For all the age-groups, coverage was significantly higher for non-Hispanic whites than for most other ethnic groups.”Compared with the previous season, influenza vaccination coverage significantly increased during the 2006-07 season among all adult groups for whom vaccination is recommended, but has not yet matched 2003-04 season coverage nor achieved the Healthy People 2010 target of 60% for persons aged 18-64 years with high-risk conditions” and 90% for those 65 and older, the CDC says.When the vaccine supply ran short in 2004-05, the CDC recommended that healthy people aged 50 to 64 not be a priority group for vaccination, according to the report. As a result, coverage dropped by about half in that group, to 21.8%; it also dropped for other adult groups that still had priority.Coverage partly rebounded in 2005-06 and improved further in 2006-07, to levels close to those before the shortage, the CDC reports. However, the rate for 50- to 64-year-olds with high-risk conditions was still 4.6 percentage points below the 2003-04 level.CDC. Influenza vaccination coverage among children aged 6-23 months—United States, 2006-07 influenza season. MMWR 2008 Sep 26;57(38):1039-43 [Full text]CDC. Influenza vaccination coverage among children aged 6-59 months—eight immunization information system sentinel sites, United States, 2007-08 influenza season. MMWR 2008 Sep 26;57(38):1043-6 [Full text]CDC. State-specific influenza vaccination coverage among adults—United States, 2006-07 influenza season. MMWR 2008 Sep 26;57(38):1033-9[Full text]last_img read more

SWINE FLU BREAKING NEWS

first_imgApr 28, 2009Editor’s note: Today we are launching a daily digest of the latest developments concerning the swine influenza H1N1 virus. This digest will be updated more than once a day as news developments dictate. The United States now has 64 confirmed swine flu cases, up from 40 reported yesterday, the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this morning. Three of the new cases are from California, 4 are from Texas, and 17 are from New York City. Five patients have been hospitalized, CDC officials said this afternoon. [CDC swine flu investigation page]At a briefing this morning, the World Health Organization said governments have officially confirmed 26 swine flu cases in Mexico, 6 in Canada, 3 in New Zealand, and 2 each in Spain and the United Kingdom, for a total of 39 cases outside the United States. In addition, Reuters reported one confirmed case in Israel. [Apr 28 Reuters story]California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in California over swine flu today, as Los Angeles County officials investigated two deaths as possibly related to the virus, according to a Reuters report.The Obama administration is asking Congress for a $1.5 billion supplemental appropriation to deal with the swine flu outbreak, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, announced at a Senate committee hearing on the outbreak today.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday authorized emergency use of influenza medicines and the rRT-PCR Swine Flu Panel diagnostic test for response to the swine flu virus outbreak. The move allows use of the drugs in younger children and permits a broader range of health professionals, including public health officials and volunteers, to distribute the drugs. [Apr 27 FDA press release]GlaxoSmithKline has geared up production of zanamivir (Relenza), and Roche has increased production of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in response to the swine flu outbreak. The new virus has shown sensitivity to both of the drugs. [Apr 28 Bloomberg News story]US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said yesterday that animal health surveillance has shown no swine flu infections in US swine. [Apr 27 USDA press release]The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said yesterday that it appointed an expert team to determine if the new swine H1N1 virus has a direct connection to pigs and deployed a team of animal health experts to Mexico to help the government assess the epidemiologic situation in the pig production sector.last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: US cases, deaths in Arizona and Illinois, cases climb in Australia and Chile

first_imgMay 28, 2009US case count reaches 8,585The number of confirmed and probable novel H1N1 cases in the United States has risen to 8,585, up 658 since yesterday, an official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today at a media briefing. One more death was reported, raising the total to 12. Though the number of new cases across the nation is receding, increases are occurring in New York and New Jersey, as well as in the Pacific Northwest.[CDC H1N1 press updates]Wyoming reports first novel flu illness Wyoming has reported its first H1N1 flu case, in a 13-year-old boy in Laramie County in the state’s southeastern corner, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. State health officials said the boy had a fairly mild illness and was recovering at home; they did not know how he contracted the virus. The case leaves West Virginia and Alaska as the only US states with no confirmed cases.[AP report]Arizona, Illinois report fatal H1N1 casesArizona recorded its fourth death due to H1N1 flu yesterday, while Illinois reported its second and third. In Arizona, a pre-teen girl in Pima County (the Tucson area) died, according to an AP story. The state had 534 cases of H1N1 flu yesterday. In Illinois, the Chicago Tribune said a woman from northwestern Cook County died, while an AP report from Geneva said a 42-year-old man succumbed. Both victims had other health problems. The Tribune said Illinois has had 976 confirmed cases.[AP report on Arizona case]Australia orders vaccine as cases mountAustralian health officials said they were ordering enough doses of H1N1 vaccine to cover 10 million people, as cases rose to 103, up from 61 yesterday, Bloomberg News reported today. The government ordered the vaccine from CSL Ltd. Ian Barr, deputy director of a public health lab in Melbourne, said the novel virus is now the main flu strain being identified in Australia, but it is too early to say if it is “truly community-wide,” according to the story.[May 28 Bloomberg report] Chile says H1N1 flu is entrenched as cases surgeChile reported 46 new cases of novel H1N1 flu, raising its total to 165, and officials said the virus is firmly established in the country, Bloomberg News reported today. The new virus, which was first confirmed in Chile 10 days ago, now accounts for 90% of flu cases in the country and may be replacing seasonal flu, officials said. The health ministry said it is changing its H1N1 strategy from containment to mitigation, canceling airport screening.[Bloomberg report]Slovakia, Romania report first H1N1 illnesses Slovakia and Romania have reported their first cases of the novel H1N1 flu, according to media reports. The Slovakian case is in a 37-year-old man who arrived May 22 from the United States and was quarantined in a Bratislava hospital, Deutsche Presse-Argentur (DPA) reported. In Romania, the case involved a 30-year-old woman who had returned from the United States May 23 and went to a hospital May 26, according to a Xinhua report. Her family members also were quarantined at the hospital.[DPA report]last_img read more