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

Tuesday’s Local Sports Results

first_imgSoccerBatesville Boys Varsity blanked Shelbyville 3-0.JV battle to a 0-0 tie.Submitted by Batesville Coach Chris Fox.Batesville Girls winners over Lawrenceburg 1-0.Batesville JV won 2-1.Batesville vs. Lburg (9-10)Submitted by Batesville Coach Kyle Laker.Seymour Girls beat Greensburg 3-0.Greensburg vs. Seymour (9-10)Submitted by Var Vee.Oldenburg Academy Boys victorious against South Ripley 5-1.South Ripley at Oldenburg Academy (9-10)Submitted by Var Vee.Cross CountryEast Central Invitational-Division II.Batesville Boys and Girls Team Champs.East Central CC Invite-Boys (9-10)East Central CC Invite-Girls (9-10)Submitted by Batesville Coaches Tom Barnett and Lisa Gausman.Jac-Cen-Del Middle School Girls were victorious against Switzerland County.SC Middle School Boys won.JCD vs. SC CC (9-10)Submitted by JCD Coach Steve Narwold.VolleyballOldenburg Academy won against Triton Central 25-22, 25-10, 19-25, 25-14.Oldenburg Academy at Triton Central VB (9-10)Submitted by Var Vee.Milan 8th Grade Volleyball Team defeated Rising Sun 25-23, 25-15.Milan 7th won in 3 games.Submitted by Milan AD John Prifogle.The St. Louis 7th grade Volleyball team lost in 2 games to South Dearborn 16-25, & 20-25. Though they lost, the 7th grade played aggressively during both games. Top servers for the night were Lydia Gigrich with 5 points, & Phoebe Kroen & Samantha Sheets with 3 each.The STL 8th grade team was victorious over the Squires in 2 games 25-19 & 25-24. The Lady Cardinals played tough to pull off a win. Top servers for the night were Jenna Ertel with 9 points & Audrey Amberger with 7.Submitted by St. Louis Coach Jill Reidy.North Decatur 7th won against Batesville 25-16, 25-24.Batesville 8th won 14-25, 25-23, 15-12.Submitted by the Batesville Coaches.SwimmingSunman Dearborn Boys and Girls defeated Richmond.The boys score was 136-5.  The girls score was 134-25.Alexis deLong broke the school record in the 200 Individual Medley while leading The SDMS Aqua Trojans to victory.SDMS vs. Richmond (9-10)Submitted by SDMS Coach Brandon Loveless.TennisMilan Varsity defeated Oldenburg Academy 5-0.Milan’s JV also won 3-0.Milan vs. OA Tennis (9-10)Submitted by Milan Coach Zach Wade.last_img read more

Local gallery owner reopens for one night

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– Although Brian Schorn’s gallery, Studio Rubedo, has been closed since March, he opened it just for Friday night to showcase the work of a friend.His current exhibition, “Present Sense Impressions & Excited Utterances,” displays pieces by a New York artist named Daniel Belardinelli. All pieces on display have been made during the pandemic and express the artist’s feelings in lockdown. A handful of Belardinelli’s pieces were at the gallery last night, but most of the exhibition is presented as a slideshow on the gallery’s website.For those interested in hearing from the artist, Schorn will be holding a zoom interview with Belardinelli thisafternoon. Information for joining the call, as well as information about the exhibition itself, is available at studiorubedo.com.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Woman suffers injuries hiking at RockportNext Alpena County Library to begin relocation and renovationlast_img read more