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

Spring selling season kicks off

first_imgREIQ regional director Damien Keyes. Picture: Evan MorganAGENTS are expecting a flurry of real estate activity as the traditionally busy spring selling season begins.Property listings in Townsville are expected to start to increase as the market hits its peak busy period.REIQ regional director and Keyes & Co Property owner Damien Keyes said spring was usually when, people considering transferring to Townsville at the end of the year, started house hunting.“Just last week the listing inquiries really picked up,” he said.“You have more buyers in the market in this period as we head into Christmas who arriving in town for postings.“Some sellers that are local also target that time of year because they know it’s a busy time with transfers coming in.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“September school holidays especially you get people who are planning to transfer here that come and have a scout around and get into a few open homes.“We always suggest sellers have as much exposure in the market as you can because competition is high so you need to get the biggest advertisement you can afford and focus on promoting your property well.”Townsville listings have already gained strong interest in the lead up to Spring with 42,666 views on realestate.com.au in the six months up to the end of July 2018.Listings in North Ward got the most views at 2263 followed by Castle Hill with 1811 views and Hermit Park came in third place with 1604 views.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said spring was traditionally a time when more properties were listed for sale.“In places like regional Queensland, we have seen an uplift in activity and there does seem to be more activity this spring than there was last spring,’’ she said.Ms Conisbee said many buyers had an expectation that there would be more properties available on the market during spring and also a number of sellers held on during the winter months to wait until buyers were more active.“A lot of people’s properties look a lot better in Spring and you haven’t quite hit the heat of summer.”last_img read more

Two Tipp motions on the Clár at Congress today

first_imgJason Forde’s on-field incident with Davy Fitz last year has been described as the catalyst for Tipperary’s motion to define a melee at congress.He received a one match ban for the infraction – however, the County Board believe the word needs to be clearly worded in the GAA rulebook.Congress continues today in Croke Park – with around 40 motions on the Clár, including 2 from Tipperary clubs. County Board secretary Tim Floyd explains the two Tipperary motions…last_img