CDC braces for back-to-school flu spike, addresses vaccine worries

first_imgJul 17 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Novel flu activity is still going strong but dropped for the third week in a row, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today during a media briefing that also sought to calm fears about vaccine availability.Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the CDC will probably follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) lead and phase out weekly reports of lab-confirmed cases, which grossly underestimate the true disease burden and divert resources from other pandemic response activities. She said over the next several weeks the agency will start adding new data and other enhancements to its weekly flu report to provide a more detailed profile of the nation’s activity.The CDC’s update today, however, reports that the country’s number of lab-confirmed cases has reached 40,617, of which 263 were fatal.In its flu surveillance report for the week ending Jun 11, the CDC said nine states reported widespread activity: California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, and New York. Twelve states and Puerto Rico reported regional influenza activity.More than 99% of flu isolates that have been subtyped are the novel H1N1 virus, the CDC reported. One of three cases of oseltamivir-resistant viruses detected worldwide was from a child who got sick in California and traveled to Hong Kong. Enhanced antiviral-resistance testing in California has not revealed any oseltamivir-resistant novel H1N1 viruses, the CDC said.One pediatric death from the new virus was reported during the past week, in a child from Massachusetts. Of the 90 fatal pediatric flu cases that have been reported to the CDC so far this season, 23 were novel H1N1 infections.Schuchat said the virus might be persisting through the summer, despite the heat and humidity, because of the US population’s low immunity to the novel virus rather than because the virus has mechanisms for coping with the conditions. However, she said the CDC doesn’t have the data to flesh out its theory about the summer spread.The CDC expects flu activity to start rising again in September, ahead of the regular flu season, which would coincide with kids congregating in greater numbers as school resumes, she said. The CDC and its partners are in the active stage of planning for a spike in pandemic H1N1 flu activity in early fall, she added.The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold an emergency meeting on Jul 29 to discuss recommendations for which populations should be targeted for novel H1N1 flu vaccination and whether tiering the vaccine prioritization would be appropriate, Schuchat told reporters.Two federal officials who are involved in high-level vaccine decisions were on hand at the press conference to address recent questions that have cropped up about disappointingly low novel flu vaccine yield and potential international squabbles over vaccine supplies. The officials were Jesse Goodman, MD, the Food and Drug Administration’s acting chief scientist and deputy commissioner for scientific and medical programs, and Bruce Gellin, MD, director of the National Vaccine Program, Department of Health and Human Services.Gellin said federal officials have stockpiled antigen and adjuvant and that National Institutes of Health investigators, as well as researchers at vaccine companies, are starting to test both adjuvanted and nonadjuvanted versions of the novel flu vaccine. Stockpiling the bulk ingredients gives US officials greater flexibility in pulling together a safe and effective vaccine for its citizens, he said.Schuchat said the CDC has heard concerns about vaccine manufacturers in foreign countries diverting vaccine orders to their own populations. “From our own planning, this is not one of our current concerns,” she said. “We haven’t received any information that makes us question the supply of what’s been promised.”As for poor antigen yields that some manufacturers are reporting for the new virus, Schuchat said the CDC is not surprised and has already incorporated such yields into its planning and vaccine production expectations. “It’s within the range of our planning assumptions, but of course there could always be some surprises,” she said.last_img read more

SEIRD in Need of Volunteers

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Franklin County residents are being encouraged to volunteer at the Franklin County Recycling Center.The Franklin County Commissioners and Southeastern Indiana Recycling District have decided to fill a staffing shortage with volunteer help rather than close the Recycle Center during the week.At this time, Southeastern Indiana Recycling District is actively seeking qualified volunteers to assist on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.County employees will run the Recycling Center on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.last_img

Indiana joins Nurse Licensure Compact

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana Hospital Association announced that yesterday, Indiana becomes the 31st state to join the Nurse Licensure Compact.This will Enables nurses to practice in person or provide telehealth nursing services to patients located across the country without having to obtain additional licenses. It also allows nurses to quickly cross state borders and provide vital services in the event of a disaster.last_img

Van Gaal gives youth a chance

first_img Press Association Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans will hope to stake their claims to be first-choice centre-backs following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Spanish midfielder Herrera, who joined United from Athletic Bilbao last month, is looking forward to the tour. He told MUTV: “It will be a new experience for me because it will be my first time outside Europe. All the people have told me there is a lot of United fans in America and I can’t wait to play in front of them. “I am very happy and really enjoying being at the club and in the city. The first couple of weeks here have been great. “Training has been good, similar to at Bilbao in that we train a lot with the ball. The coaches want us to have the ball and keep possession, which is great for the players.” United later announced that Anderson’s absence from the tour was due to a calf injury sustained in training. The Brazilian joined United in 2007 but has been an increasingly fringe figure at Old Trafford and spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina. United had announced earlier this month that stars like Wayne Rooney, David De Gea and Juan Mata would travel to the US along with new signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera. Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj are still on holiday after the World Cup. Michael Carrick is a notable absentee after undergoing ankle surgery on Thursday morning that could rule him out for the first two months of the season. In his first press conference later in the day, Van Gaal said he would spend the next three or four weeks assessing the players he has at his disposal before deciding on potential new signings and departures. United will play their first match of the tour against the Los Angeles Galaxy next Thursday before taking on Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup. If they make the final, they will play a fifth match in Miami on August 4. The tour will be a big chance for the likes of Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Ashley Young, Shinji Kagawa and Nani to prove they deserve a future at Old Trafford. The fate of Anderson and Bebe already appears to be sealed, though, after they were left out along with left-back Patrice Evra, who is expected to join Juventus. Louis van Gaal has given a number of young and fringe players the chance to prove themselves in his first Manchester United squad. Twenty-five players accompanied the new boss on Friday’s flight to the USA for their pre-season tour. Youth-team products Sam Johnstone, Tyler Blackett, Michael Keane, Reece James, Jesse Lingard and Will Keane all made the cut, but there was no room for James Wilson and Tom Lawrence, who made their first-team debuts at the end of last season, or Nick Powell. last_img read more

Painting Found Hanging In Kitchen Near Paris Worth Millions

first_imgThe masterpiece has been hanging over a hot plate used daily to cook meals for years.It is scheduled to go to auction next month and experts believe it could get around $6.5 million. French fine art experts say a rare painting found in an elderly woman’s kitchen near Paris is worth millions of dollars.The painting titled, “Christ Mocked,” is apparently the work of 13th-century Renaissance artist Cimabue. Cimabue: Long-lost €6m artwork found in elderly woman’s kitchen— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 24, 2019last_img

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-CHIEFS-CHARLTONChiefs sign former first-round pick Charlton to help defenseKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a contract with defensive end Taco Charlton, adding a former first-round pick who flamed out in Dallas and Miami but whose athleticism is a perfect match for coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. The 25-year-old Charlton was the 28th overall selection in the 2017 draft. He made seven starts for the Cowboys before sustaining a shoulder injury, and he was waived just two weeks into last season. The Dolphins signed Charlton and he made five starts and appeared in 10 games, but he was a healthy scratch the last four games of the regular season.The Dolphins waived him Thursday and the Chiefs were able to sign him when he cleared waivers Friday.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BORDER WARKansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football setKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football after the former Big 12 rivals agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSIndianapolis could welcome back fans July 4INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway could be the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer.Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced a five-stage plan to reopen the state with the final phase tentatively scheduled to include a return to sporting venues on July 4. That’s the same day an IndyCar-NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader is scheduled to be run on the sprawling track.Holcomb said social distancing guidelines will remain in place through at least race weekend, but it will give one of the world’s most iconic sports facilities the potential to be one of the first events to welcome back fans. Associated Press The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but it has been on hiatus since Missouri departed for the Southeastern Conference. The schools recently announced a six-game series in men’s basketball beginning with the upcoming season that includes two games on each campus and two in Kansas City, Missouri.The second football game between the Jayhawks and Tigers will take place in 2026 in Lawrence. The third will happen in Columbia in 2031 before the series concludes the following season in Lawrence.Missouri leads the series 56-55-9 after winning the most recent matchup at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 25, 2011.SOCCER-US WOMEN’S TEAM LAWSUITJudge strikes down part of lawsuit In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— IndyCar’s virtual racing series wraps up Saturday with an iRacing event at simulated Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Simulated auto racing has become one of the breakout sports during the coronavirus pandemic. The iRacing Series has aired weekly on national television and features some of the top NASCAR stars behind the wheel. The series has added roughly 70,000 subscribers over the course of the pandemic and become a ratings hit on the weekends. Other series, including IndyCar and Formula One, have also seen interest in their virtual racing efforts.— Formula One hopes to finally start the season with a double-header in the naturally isolated environment around the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix. Despite the first 10 races having been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the targeted start date is July 5 in Austria. F1 still hopes to hold 15 to 18 of the 22 scheduled Grand Prix races. One way to make up for lost time would be to have consecutive weekends on one circuit, like the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Its location in the mountains makes it naturally isolated.— The NCAA’s chief medical officer says widespread testing for coronavirus will be crucial to having college sports in the fall, especially contact sports such as football and basketball. Dr. Brian Hainline expressed cautious optimism in an interview with The Associated Press. The NCAA unveiled a three-phase recommended plan for getting sports up and running on campuses this fall. They all depend on schools having students back on campus.— The NBA has announced the postponement of its draft lottery and draft combine amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Both events were scheduled to take place in Chicago this month. The NBA said it will provide more information on each event at a later date as the league continues to monitor the pandemic and consult with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials.center_img Update on the latest sports May 2, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out the unequal pay claim by players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team in a loss for the defending World Cup champions, but allowed their allegation of discriminatory working conditions to go to trial.Players led by Alex Morgan sued in March 2019, claiming they have not been paid equally under their collective bargaining agreement to what the men’s national team receives under its labor deal. They asked for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.In a 32-page decision Friday, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner granted in part a motion for partial summary judgment by the U.S. Soccer Federation. He threw out the Equal Pay Act allegations but left intact the Civil Rights Act claims.Klausner left intact claims the USSF discriminated in its use of charter aircraft, and in the money it spent on commercial airfare, hotel accommodations, and medical and training support services. A trial is scheduled for June 16 in federal court in Los Angeles.Players intend to ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Klausner’s decision, a move that could delay the trial into 2021 or later. — A person familiar with the deliberations tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball owners will discuss a length for the amateur draft next week and are likely to start the selections on the original date of June 10. Teams and the players’ association agreed March 26 to a deal that allowed MLB to cut the draft from 40 rounds to as few as five this year and 20 next year, part of a plan to deal with the new coronavirus pandemic.— Cologne’s players are continuing to train despite three positive tests for coronavirus that have unsettled the German soccer league’s restart plans. The squad is currently training in small groups. Players and staff around the league began giving samples Thursday as part of a testing process designed to enable teams to return to full training and then to games later this month. Cologne said Friday that three people had tested positive but didn’t name them or say whether they were players.— Cycling’s European Road Championships have been postponed until next year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The championships were scheduled to take place Sept. 9-13 in Trentino, Italy, but the European Cycling Union says the “uncertainty of the current health crisis” means there are not enough guarantees “for organizing an event of such magnitude.” The championship will move to either Sept. 1-5 or 8-12 in 2021. The International Cycling Union is expected to announce which dates when it publishes next year’s calendar in the coming months.last_img read more

Zak: After frantic start, non-revenues fade

first_imgJust when you think you’ve got things figured out, something crazy happens.This fall season of Wisconsin sports has taken just about every possible direction on about every playing field. Just when we thought the UW football team was primed for greatness (it still might be), a seemingly unimaginable road loss to then-unranked Oregon State woke all types of Badgers from their success-filled slumber.It was a multi-year hibernation from mediocrity for the Wisconsin football program, and its early season struggles – taken in the context of following two Rose Bowl appearances – were given plenty of coverage from all outlets.As I have pointed out once already this semester, there are plenty of venues other than the illustrious Camp Randall that display everything UW athletics has to offer. My fellow associate sports editor Nick Daniels even went on to lay out the worthy argument that many non-revenue sports were worthy of greater attention on campus.That was Sept. 24 – less than a week before the football team would lose its first conference game to Nebraska – and at the time, you couldn’t blame him. Non-revenue sports were in the midst of their most dominating season in recent memory. A stumbling football squad didn’t hurt their case either.Just when Daniels thought he had it all figured out, similar to many other Wisconsin Badgers aficionados, the calendar flipped months and the UW athletics script flipped like a Saturday morning pancake.A pair of conference victories and an impending date with the Legends Division champion has university athletics back to its former state of a football-dominated fan base. Non-rev sports had their chance at what looked like a great 2012 season, but eventually the perils of stiffer competition have caught up with them, and uncharacteristically, each team has dropped off their early pace, some of them in stunning fashion.Just like any great underdog story, the most surprising of non-rev successors often finds the saddest ending.Wisconsin’s volleyball team flew through its non-conference schedule, going 12-1, winning a pair of weekend tournaments and losing its only match to Creighton, a Top-30 team in the RPI rankings. Then the Badgers met the Big Ten and quickly found they play in one of the best conferences in the nation. Reality hit hard.Wisconsin lost four of its first five Big Ten matches, and after Minnesota added another sweep of the Badgers, a 3-6 record in conference play and an eighth place standing materialized to the surprise of everyone. Midseason aspirations that included a top-25 finish and the first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007 now appear curbed.Equally as surprising a start to the season came from the Wisconsin women’s soccer team, only to unravel as well.The Badgers ran into the rankings as they started the season 6-1 and found themselves rated No. 13 in the nation. One loss to then-No. 2 UCLA kept UW from a perfect record before things fell apart. Penn State tripped up Wisconsin in its first conference game and the Badgers tumbled, winning just one of their next six matches.A recent three-game winning streak has served as the Badgers’ parachute, saving them from their three-week free fall. Three conference games remain, and anything less than two victories places them in danger of missing out on the Big Ten tournament, once thought of as a sure thing.Just when things might look gloomy for non-revenue sports at Wisconsin, an easy way of generating excitement is to lean on the team we have always counted on, the team we all knew would have success, regardless of its competition or expectations: the men’s cross country team.This team has won 13-straight conference championships. It won the national title last year and was a shoe-in for yet another national championship run. The most reliable of athletic programs in the past decade recently placed 17th at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, however. Over the past four years, the lowest Wisconsin has ever placed in an event was seventh.The season is long from over, and some of the team’s best runners have been battling injuries, but whenever a team drops from No. 1 in the nation to No. 20 like the Badgers did Oct. 15, disappointment might be brewing.And as the winter sports begin their seasons, a similarly reliable team has slipped from its expected stature. The women’s hockey squad started the season ranked No. 2 in the nation, returning one of the best players in the nation in Brianna Decker.Wisconsin swept through Minnesota State and Lindenwood in its first four games without a loss but went winless during a weekend set against unranked Minnesota-Duluth. The team’s season remains as young as ever, but the towering expectations from the preseason are beginning to look a bit lofty.The sunny side to the rises and falls of non-revenue teams is none of their seasons has come to a close yet, although their opportunities to shine outside the shadow of UW football probably have.Even though for most of the year they compete with the football team for the attention, the non-revenue sports teams may have to pay a little attention themselves and take a lesson from the team in Camp Randall and turn things around.Sean is a junior majoring in journalism. Have a thought on the column? Email him at or tweet @sean_zak.last_img read more

Cork beat Cats to land Camogie title

first_imgLimerick claimed the Intermediate title, also beating Kilkenny, by 1-12 to 0-10. Down came from behind to win the Junior title, beating Laois 1-12 to 1-8. Anna Geary lifted the O’Duffy Cup, following a 2-12 to 1-9 win over Kilkenny at Croke Park. Jenny O’Leary and Angela Walsh got the crucial goals for Cork. It’s Cork’s first All Ireland since 2009, while Kilkenny – who also lost last year’s final – continue their 20-year wait for an All Ireland. last_img

Defending Champions, Cote d’Ivoire, Qualify

first_imgAfrican champions Cote d’Ivoire ensured they will defend their title at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after drawing 1-1 at home to Sierra Leone. Needing a point to qualify, an acrobatic goal from Jonathan Kodjia after 37 minutes calmed home nerves. But after Kei Kamara equalised midway through the second half, the tension was palpable.Another away goal would have knocked the 2015 Nations Cup winners out but they held on despite a nervy finish. Salomon Kalou was a surprise starter for the Elephants as he had been expected to miss out following the recent deaths of both his father and aunt. However, the Hertha Berlin striker was involved in the build-up to the goal as Kodjia, a recent signing for Aston Villa, hooked the ball over the goalkeeper from near the penalty spot.It was looking good for coach Michel Dussuyer’s side but Sierra Leone had aspirations of a first Nations Cup qualification since 1996 when Kamara, back in the team after ending a self-imposed 10-month exile, drew the visitors level.Nonetheless, it was the hosts who came closest to the game’s third goal as Serge N’Guessan hit the bar late on, with the final whistle following shortly after.Elsewhere, Senegal beat Namibia 2-0 to become the only team to qualify with a 100% record for January’s finals in host nation Gabon. Goals from Diao Balde Keita and a penalty from Famara Diedhiou, either side of a missed spot-kick by Mame Biram Diouf, gave the Teranga Lions a perfect record in Group K.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Medeama’s Muntari Tagoe feels Kotoko still live on past glory

first_imgMedeama Sporting Club goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe has described Asante Kotoko as an ordinary team ahead of their FA Cup final later this month.The Tarkwa-based side will face the Porcupines for the second time in three years in an FA Cup final. In 2013, Medeama triumphed over the Kumasi side to win the trophy for the first time.Perhaps, that is the reason why the goalie is so confident about his team beating their opponents come August 30. And there’s also the fact that Kotoko’s recent performances have been largely inconsistent in all competitions.“Kotoko enjoys from their past glory but now Kotoko is a normal team and we know we are going to carry the day,” Tagoe said at the press soiree to announce the modalities for the grand finale.The team that wins the game will represent the country at the CAF Confederations Cup tournament and Tagoe believes that could propel his team as one with top class material. The winner also earns GH₵60,000 to boost their preparations for the competition and failure to do will see that money transferred to the runner-up.All this is in addition to a GH₵40,000 game prize for the victor while the runner-up bags GH₵15,000. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more