May 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]
Grab that umbrella and keep it handy for a while!According to our news partner CBS12, showers and storms will continue for our region through Father’s Day and beyond.Light southeast winds across much of the state will continue to bring us tropical moisture through the early evening, with a 60 percent chance of coverage.If you are taking the boat out today, you can expect seas from 1 to 2 feet, with southeast winds at 5 to 10 mph, and higher around thunderstorms.We’ll start drying out during the overnight hours.Rain chances will stand at around 70 percent to start the workweek, and will decrease starting on Wednesday, when we will see a 50 percent chance of rain, dropping to 30 percent for Thursday.
The following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary for Monday, March 26.View Roundup 03-28 in a larger mapMiscellaneous incidentsat 5:44 p.m., a student on Orchard Avenue reported that someone has been dumping garbage on the back porch of her apartment for several weeks and a subsequent investigation by DPS officers revealed that another student who lives in a neighboring apartment was responsible. The officers counseled the student about his behavior and he agreed to stop.at 11:30 a.m., DPS officers responded to two staff members who reported that they spilled radioactive material on their clothing at the USC Endocrine Laboratory. The staff members changed out of the affected clothing and cleaned up the spill before the officers arrived and a radiation safety specialist who responded to the scene determined that there was no safety hazard. The specialist took custody of the contaminated clothing for disposal and the staff members returned to work.