H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: US case count; newly affected countries; UK, Argentina situations; flu summit next week; more antiviral resistance

first_imgJul 2, 2009US cases rise to almost 34,000The United States’ number of pandemic flu cases climbed to 33,902, with 170 deaths, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. The new totals reflect 6,185 more cases and 43 more deaths than last week. In its new surveillance report today for the week ending Jun 27, the CDC said flu activity decreased but is still higher than normal for this time of year. The New York/New Jersey area is still reporting elevated activity, as is the Pacific Northwest.[Current CDC numbers]Malta, Uganda report first novel flu casesAuthorities in Malta today confirmed the country’s first two pandemic flu cases, two 26-year-old men who had recently traveled with a group to Spain, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported. Others from the group also have flu symptoms. Before today’s confirmation, Malta was the only European Union country that had not reported a novel flu case. Elsewhere, Uganda today reported its first case, a 40-year-old British man who had recently arrived from Kenya, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported.[Jul 2 DPA article]Paraguay, China report first pandemic flu deathsParaguay’s health ministry today reported the nation’s first novel flu death, a man in his 60s, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. No details were available about any preexisting conditions. Meanwhile, China’s state media said a woman who was hospitalized with a novel H1N1 infection was found dead yesterday in a hospital bathroom, according to the Associated Press. She was reportedly recovering and her death is under investigation.[Jul 2 AFP story]UK moves away from flu containment measuresThe United Kingdom is moving from a novel flu containment strategy to focus more of its resources on more vulnerable patients, AFP reported yesterday. Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the change yesterday, noting that case numbers spiked by 2,000 over the past week and that a “more flexible and local approach” will be used in hard-hit areas. Media reports say hot spots include London, the West Midlands, and Glasgow.[Jul 1 AFP story]Argentina authorities criticize government’s flu responseSome health officials in Argentina are criticizing the government for rejecting calls to postpone the nation’s recent election, a move they say could have avoided the virus’s spread at crowded polling places and focused the public’s attention on pandemic issues, the New York Times reported yesterday. The officials said the health minister who just resigned was among those who recommended postponing the election. Increased flu cases prompted an emergency declaration in Buenos Aires.[Jul 1 New York Times article]Obama convenes flu summit for next weekPresident Obama has called a “flu summit” on Jul 9 to discuss the nation’s pandemic flu preparedness plans for the fall, CNN reported yesterday. The meeting will be held at the National Institutes of Health and be led by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. On Jul 30 Obama met with federal officials who helped manage the 1976 influenza outbreak to discuss lessons learned from their experience.[Jul 1 CNN story]US to supply Tamiflu to Latin America, CaribbeanHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the country will supply 420,000 treatment courses of oseltamavir (Tamiflu) to the Pan-American Health Organization to fight novel H1N1 flu in Latin America and Caribbean countries. She announced the effort while attending a series of meetings in Cancun, Mexico, for health ministers throughout the Americas.[Jul 2 HHS statement]Japan reports its first antiviral resistant novel flu caseJapan’s health ministry today confirmed the country’s first instance of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) resistance in a novel flu virus, Reuters reported. The patient, from Osaka prefecture, was sick with the new H1N1 virus in mid May and has since recovered. A health ministry spokesman said the patient’s sensitivity to the drug has not been tested yet. Danish officials reported the world’s first oseltamivir-resistant novel flu case Jun 29.[Jul 2 Reuters article]last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL journalist Eugene Maloney will be laid to rest in Fahan later today – with his trademark hat.The 55-year-old died on June 24 after being attacked in Dublin city centre. A man has been charged with his manslaughter.Dozens of journalists and friends yesterday attended his funeral Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Dublin. His brother Sean asked for the Mass in the capital so that his wide circle of colleagues and friends there could pay their last respects.In his sermon parish priest, Fr Fergus O’Connor spoke of Mr Moloney’s “gentleness, thoughtfulness,….(and) his nieces, nephews and cousins who were particular beneficiaries of his generosity.”As his remains left the church, the group The Lost Brothers played Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’. Eugene’s nephew Oisin plays in the band.There was a standing ovation from those at the funeral. Later today Mr Maloney will be laid to rest at the graveyard of St Mura’s in Fahan. He will be buried alongside his mother Peig who passed away in 2007.His brother Sean said Eugene will be buried with his trademark hat.Eugene’s sister Rosin, and his girlfriend Chichi Tran, will be in Donegal today for the service. JOURNALIST EUGENE TO BE BURIED IN DONEGAL TODAY WITH HIS TRADEMARK HAT was last modified: July 4th, 2012 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:JOURNALIST EUGENE TO BE BURIED IN DONEGAL TODAY WITH HIS TRADEMARK HATlast_img read more

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first_imgRiviera Maya, Mexico—Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineGrand Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit are tempting travelers with two new culinary-themed packages that feature international cuisine and wine pairings, cooking classes and contests for the whole family, food tours, mixology lessons and more.At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, the “Art of Cooking” package includes executive chef-led cooking classes—including a session on preparing a three-course meal complete with a diploma for participation—a wine tasting and even a take-home chef’s jacket. Kids can get in on the fun with junior cooking classes, an awards ceremony and a take-home kit. Offered through December 19th, rates start at $329 a night.At Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, the “Gourmet” package grants access to wine and tequila tastings, cooking and cocktail classes and exclusive food and wine tours at local gourmet eateries. Guests also enjoy a gourmet amenity on arrival, a special Spa Cuisine lunch at the onsite Azul restaurant and one dinner each at Frida, Lucca and Piaf, the resort’s Four Diamond award-winning restaurants, as well as spa and golf discounts. Available until December 18th and from April 16th through December 19th, 2012, rates start at $359 a night.Visit www.grandvelas.com.last_img read more