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

Patriots to sign Mike Nugent after Stephen Gostkowski injury, reports say

first_imgIt was reported Gostkowski has a left hip injury that will require season-ending surgery, though he expects to be rehabilitated by next season.Gostkowski missed four extra points and a field goal over the last three weeks. However, he’s made 7 of 8 field goals this season, with his only miss coming from 48 yards.The Patriots (4-0) are slated to visit the Redskins (0-4) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott looks to rebound vs. Packers Jaguars owner balks at Jalen Ramsey trade Percy Harvin says he was high in every game of his career Related News The likely winner of the #Patriots’ kicking competition: Mike Nugent. Sources tell me and @RapSheet he’s expected to sign to take over for the IR’d Stephen Gostkowski. Nugent’s teams are 0-5 in the playoffs. A chance for him to taste postseason victory in his 14th season.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 3, 2019ESPN also reported the Patriots will sign former Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo to the practice squad for added insurance.In addition to signing veteran kicker Mike Nugent to their roster, the Patriots also are expected to sign former Chargers’ kicker Younghoe Koo to their practice squad, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 3, 2019Nugent, 37, has spent most of his career with the Jets and Bengals but also had stints with the Buccaneers, Cardinals, Cowboys, Bears and Raiders. He’s gone 78-of-102 to hit 81.4 percent of his field goals, but nailed all six of his attempts for Oakland last season. New England has a new kicker.According to NFL Media and ESPN, the Patriots plan to sign veteran kicker Mike Nugent after Stephen Gostkowski was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.last_img read more