H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Pandemic declared, global case counts, Tamiflu shortage, Hong Kong closes all schools, pneumococcal vaccine

first_imgJun 11, 2009WHO declares influenza pandemic phase 6The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the novel H1N1 virus has achieved pandemic status. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan announced the move to pandemic alert phase 6. “The scientific criteria for a pandemic have been met,” she said. “The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic.” She noted that most cases have been mild and the epidemic been moderate in relatively well-off countries, but a “bleaker picture” may emerge as it spreads in poor countries.[Jun 11 Chan statement]Global H1N1 count nears 29,000The WHO today released its latest case count for novel H1N1 influenza worldwide: 28,774 cases and 144 deaths in 74 countries, up 1,037 cases and 3 deaths from yesterday’s numbers. Countries reporting the greatest increase in laboratory-confirmed cases since yesterday were Mexico (524 new cases), Britain (156), Australia (83), Japan (33), and China (32).[WHO update 47]Australians urged to conserve TamifluSupplies of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) are scarce at some Australian pharmacies, prompting health minister Nicola Roxon to state that many patients with mild illnesses don’t need that drug and that government stockpiles are reserved for those at highest risk, such as those with underlying medical conditions, the Melbourne Herald Sun reported today. The country’s case count has risen to 1,275, with several hospitalizations, including four with reportedly no risk factors in intensive care units.Manitoba intensifies measures to limit novel flu spreadAmid rising novel flu cases and hospitalizations, Manitoba’s regional health authority warned residents to limit hospital visits and asked people with flulike symptoms to stay away, the Winnipeg Globe and Mail reported today. Two more people were placed on ventilators yesterday, bringing the total to 27. Many are from the province’s First Nations communities. The chief of one group said authorities are sanitizing public places and that crowded housing is contributing to flu spread.Hong Kong closes all schools after finding local clusterHong Kong’s government announced today that it has identified its first local novel H1N1 case cluster, in a school, which prompted government officials to close all schools and childcare centers from tomorrow until Jun 25. Officials also announced plans to open eight designated flu clinics on Jun 13, which could expand to 10 more sites if needed. Officials noted their approach to control the spread of the virus is moving from containment to mitigation.CDC urges pneumococcal vaccine for at-risk groupsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted interim guidance on use of the 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine during the novel flu outbreak. The vaccine is still recommended for those age 65 or older and patients aged 2 to 64 who have certain high-risk conditions. However, the CDC urges that those younger than 65 who have underlying health conditions receive the vaccine, because vaccination rates are low and rates of severe novel H1N1 infections are high.[Jun 9 CDC 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine guidance]last_img read more

Tropical oasis hidden in plain sight at the heart of the Gold Coast

first_img28 Mackay Close, Sorrento. The house on Mackay Close is on a 1028sq m north facing fan-shaped block.Its open kitchen, living and dining area is characterised by soaring ceilings and a neutral palette with splashes of colour.There is a sunken formal lounge room with a fireplace and timber floors as well as a media room, which could double as a gym, with bar and wine fridges. 28 Mackay Close, Sorrento. 28 Mackay Close, Sorrento.“I’ve had people here who have said, ‘you wouldn’t know you’re in the middle of the Gold Coast.”More than a decade later, the garden remains one of Mrs Baulch’s favourite parts of the home.“I just sit out on the deck and watch the nature,” she said.“We have a lot of black swans, bird life and dolphins.“Often the hot air balloons come quite close too.“It’s just so relaxing.”MORE NEWS: Melbourne family will live like The Jetsons 28 Mackay Close, Sorrento. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 28 Mackay Close, Sorrento.IT was a case of love at first sight when Laverne and Markus Baulch walked through the front door of this Sorrento house.“We bought it the minute we saw it,” Mrs Baulch said.“It’s just Gold Coast personified.”The couple liked the feel of the house but it was the backyard’s tropical oasis overlooking the water that made them sign the dotted line.“I think it’s the greenery that sets it apart,” she said.“We’ve got tropical gardens that have been here for 40 years. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE NEWS: Cave with power, water nation’s cheapest ‘house’ 28 Mackay Close, Sorrento.There are four bedrooms, the main of which has an ensuite and opens onto the backyard deck, which can also be access via the living area.A pavilion on the left side of the deck, which is surrounded by tropical plants and overlooks the canal, commands attention.Walk down feature wooden stairs toward the resort-style pool and spa, which is at the centre of the tropical garden, where there is also a deck area.“We’ve had many a party around that pool,” Mrs Baulch said.There is also a jetty, boat ramp and winch.As much the Baulch family loved the home, they have reluctantly decided to sell it so they can downsize.They hoped the new owners would love and cherish it as much as they do.“We’d like to pass it on to somebody else that loves it like we do,” Mrs Baulch said.The property will go under the hammer next weekend.last_img read more

Parma sign Obi

first_imgFC Parma have signed Nigeria international midfielder Joel Obi on loan from Serie A rivals Inter Milan.Join us on Facebook and Twitter for more interaction over this move.After being linked with a move to Parma in recent weeks, the 22-year-old has finally been snapped up on a season long loan by the Crotiati.Obi was previously co-owned by both Parma and Inter Milan until the latter bought his full playing rights for €3.5 million in January 2012.Obi has made a move to the Stadio Tardini to get more playing time after falling out of favour at the San Siro.The deal does not contain an option to purchase, suggesting that the midfielder’s long term future still lies at the San Siro.last_img