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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Worrell wins at Shenandoah Virginia Sprint Series opener

first_imgGlenn Worrell was the winner of Saturday’s Virginia Sprint Series opener at Shenandoah Speed­way. (Photo by Jim Haines) Rice was smooth lap after lap while Harris was under pressure from Worrell as his car was start­ing to go away. Worrell went low and got by Rice as Harris found himself dealing with Keeton for third.  Keeton worked on Rice and got by for second but time ran out before he could mount a chal­lenge. Saturday’s feature-only event for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars had Bill Rice and Charlie Ware on the point with Rice out first. Jerald Harris, Worrell and Mike Keeton were all together at the front behind Rice.  By Jim Haines  Laps were winding down and Worrell and Keeton kept the pressure on with Worrell the first to get un­der Rice for the lead as Keeton went to third. SHENANDOAH, Va. (April 13) – Opening night for the Virginia Sprint Series was a pavement race at the beautiful Shenandoah Speedway and when it was over Glenn Worrell was first to the finish line. On Saturday, April 20 it’s off to Hagerstown, Md., Speedway for a co-sanctioned race with the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series that headlines the Open Wheel Easter Eve show. Feature results – 1. Glenn Worrell; 2. Mike Keeton; 3. Bill Rice; 4. Jerald Harris; 5. Chris Ware; 6. Matt Mullins; 7. Charlie Ware; 8. Josh Perreault.last_img read more

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BROKEN-HEARTED MAN DRANK BOTTLE OF WHISKEY AND THEN ABUSED FEMALE GARDA

first_imgA 20-year-old County Donegal man who downed a bottle of whiskey to drown his sorrows after a break-up with his girlfriend verbally abused a female Garda who went to help him, a court has heard.Charles Meehan, 20, Carrickballydoey, Manorcunningham, had been lying on a road in Oldtown Letterkenny on June 7th this year when passersby called the emergency services.Gda Leanne Harraghy attended the scene, as did an ambulance crew. Inspector David Kelly said Garda Harraghy had asked Meehan to sit down on a wall until an ambulance arrived.However Meehan told the garda he didn’t want to talk to her because she was a woman.“The defendant became extremely agitated and made a number of extremely abusive remarks to Garda Harraghy which were anti-women,” said Inspector Kelly.Meehan became violent, resisted arrest and other officers had to use pepper spray to restrain him.He had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the Garda station.Solicitor Lisa Finnegan said that Meehan had been drowning his sorrows.“He had been involved in a relationship and it had broken up and he bought a bottle of whiskey. He is not a regular drinker nor does he go out, but he drank it.“He has no recollection of what happened after that,” said the solicitor.She said her client had never been in trouble before and he had apologised to Garda Harraghy as soon as possible afterwards.Meehan, she said, would like to travel to Canada and was keen to avoid a conviction.Judge Paul Kelly told the court: It’s bad enough people abusing Gardai but these Gardai were actually on the way to the assistance of Mr Meehan after he was reported to be in an unconscious state – this is the thanks people get for assisting him.“The Garda was offensively abused on the basis of her gender. The drink involved doesn’t excuse it – nobody forced whiskey into you Mr Meehan. You are here as a result of your own actions.”Judge Kelly ordered Meehan to pay €250 to Donegal Youth Services and adjourned the case until July 22 to give him time to pay it.BROKEN-HEARTED MAN DRANK BOTTLE OF WHISKEY AND THEN ABUSED FEMALE GARDA was last modified: June 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BROKEN-HEARTED MAN DRANK BOTTLE OF WHISKEY AND THEN ABUSED FEMALE GARDAlast_img read more

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