H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: No vaccine decision, cases near 6,500, low vaccine demand, flu research

first_imgMay 14, 2009WHO: No decision yet on H1N1 vaccine productionExperts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) today made no decision on recommending mass production of a vaccine for the novel H1N1 virus, and how soon such a recommendation might come is uncertain, said Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the WHO. “No big decision, no pronouncements,” he told reporters. Calling the issue “enormously complicated,” he said a series of additional meetings will be needed. “It’s not possible to say a decision will be made by this [a specific] date,” he said.[May 14 WHO briefing audio file]Global novel influenza total tops 6,000The global number of novel H1N1 influenza cases reached 6,497 in 33 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The count includes 2,446 cases and 60 deaths in Mexico, 3,352 cases and 3 deaths in the United States as of yesterday, and 8 cases and 1 death in Costa Rica. Other countries with more than a dozen cases include Spain (100), the United Kingdom (71), Panama (29), and France (14).[WHO update 28]US novel flu cases pass 4,000Today the US tally of confirmed H1N1 cases grew to 4,298, of which 3 were fatal, in 47 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. North Dakota and Arkansas, with one case each, were added to the list of affected states today.[Current CDC numbers]WHO shortens upcoming World Health AssemblyThe WHO today announced a shortened schedule for the upcoming World Health Assembly. The WHO had been considering the move to allow more time for health ministers to address H1N1 issues in their own countries. The WHA starting date is still May 18, but the meeting will end on May 22 instead of May 27. The agenda includes pandemic preparedness, influenza virus sharing, the International Health Regulations, and WHO budgets and administration.[May 14 WHO statement]Poll finds low demand for potential new flu vaccineA Zogby/University of Texas poll found that only 30% of respondents would get a vaccine for the novel H1N1 outbreak if one was available. Only 18% saw the outbreak as a severe threat, and 96% said they have not curbed their visits to restaurants or malls. Forty percent were confident in the government’s ability to manage the outbreak. Only 36% of respondents said they received a flu immunization for the 2008-09 season. The online poll surveyed 1,442 adults between May 4 and 6.[May 13 Zogby press release]NIH renews support for Baylor flu vaccine researchThe Baylor Institute for Immunology Research recently announced that the National Institutes of Health renewed its grant, worth $14 million over the next 5 years, to design new influenza vaccines. The work involves molecules that target the immune system’s dendritic cells. The institute applied for a grant supplement to make a vaccine against the novel H1N1 virus.[May 11 Baylor press release]last_img read more

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‘Animal rescue’ program during disaster mulled

first_imgCiting data from the Philippine AnimalWelfare Society, De Lima said that only 30 of some 3,000 horses from VolcanoIsland had so far been rescued. Several of them have since been rescuedand evacuated from the island which has become blanketed in a deep layer ofvolcanic ash, while others died. During the recent phreatic eruption ofTaal Volcano, several farm animals such as horses, cattle, pigs, and chickenswere left to fend for themselves on Volcano Island. Volunteers save animals that have been left behind as the Taal volcano continues to release ash and smoke in Batangas province, Philippines, 14 January 2020 (issued 15 January 2020). The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has kept the alert level at four, following Taal Volcano’s eruption on 12 January 2020.Taal Volcano eruption aftermath, Batangas Province, Philippines – 14 Jan 2020. EPA “We need to revisitour national disaster preparedness program to include the animals,including strays, who may need to be rescued, fed, and transported to safegrounds, especially those from owners who were forced to leave them,” thedetained senator said in a statement. MANILA – Plans for the rescue of animals when calamities hit the country must be included in the national disaster preparedness program, Sen. Leila de Lima said. “I join the plea of animal rightsorganizations and rescue volunteers to save the animals left behind in theareas severely affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption,” De Lima said. “Itbreaks my heart to see these pets and animals helplessly suffering and dying.”/PNlast_img read more

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Swans moves for Emnes

first_img Press Association Swansea are set to sign Marvin Emnes on loan from Middlesbrough, Press Association Sport understands. The 25-year-old Dutchman had a one-month spell with the Swans three seasons ago, making himself a fans’ favourite by scoring the winner in a south Wales derby win over Cardiff. Swansea have tried to bring the striker back to the Liberty Stadium on several occasions since, and they look to have succeeded on his occasion with moves for Tom Ince, Anthony Pilkington and Nacer Chadli having failed to come to fruition. center_img The deal will see Emnes, who has scored just once for Boro this term, make the move to south Wales until the end of the season. last_img read more

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