H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: China quarantine warning, US cases top 37,000, pigs susceptible to novel H1N1, HHS preparedness grants

first_imgJul 10, 2009US warns that China may quarantine children traveling aloneThe US State Department yesterday said parents planning to send unaccompanied children to China should consider postponing such trips until China changes its quarantine policies or the H1N1 flu pandemic subsides. The agency said some unaccompanied minors, including some under 10 years old, have been quarantined on arrival in China. It is nearly impossible to predict which travelers might be quarantined, and the US continues to receive reports of poor quarantine conditions, officials said.H1N1 case count in US tops 37,000The US tally of pandemic H1N1 flu cases has risen to 37,246, with 211 deaths, the CDC reported today. The numbers are up by 3,344 cases and 41 deaths since the last CDC report on Jul 2. Wisconsin led the list with 6,031 cases and 4 deaths, followed by Texas (4,463 and 21), Illinois (3,259 and 14), New York (2,582 and 52), and California (2,461 and 31).[Current CDC numbers]US flu activity down, but still above normalUS influenza activity decreased last week but stayed above normal for this time of year, the CDC said in its weekly flu surveillance report today. More than 97% of the influenza A viruses that were subtyped were the novel H1N1. Nine states still reported widespread flu activity, while 10 states and Puerto Rico reported regional activity. Five novel H1N1–related pediatric deaths were reported. The proportion of medical outpatient visits due to flu-like illness was below the national baseline.[CDC flu report for Jun 28 to Jul 4]Pigs vulnerable to novel H1N1 fluPiglets experimentally infected with the novel H1N1 flu develop symptoms and measurable immune responses, excrete virus, and can infect other pigs (but not chickens), researchers from Germany’s Friedrich Loeffler Institute report today in the Journal of General Virology. The findings echo USDA Agricultural Research Service data. The authors voice concern that the virus will become endemic in farmed pigs and ask whether human access to them should be controlled. [J Gen Virol full text]HHS details preparedness grants for statesThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced state-by-state details of the $350 million it will grant states and territories to prepare for H1N1 pandemic and seasonal flu. State public health departments will receive $260 million, and hospitals $90 million. States receiving the most funds were (in millions): California ($22.7), Texas ($20.1), Florida ($15.5), Pennsylvania ($10.6), Ohio ($9.8), New York ($9.5), Michigan ($8.6), Illinois ($8.6), and Georgia ($8.0).[Jul 10 HHS press release]last_img read more

Alaska’s unlikely Ace

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms With nobody to smother him, Enciso made the KaTropa pay with successive three-point bombs early that set the tone for a runaway victory.Enciso swished seven of his nine threes when the Aces surged to 68-39 at the start of the second period, an advantage that ballooned to as many as 37 in the latter half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m happy that my teammates got me the ball on the right spots,” said Enciso after finishing with a career-high 30 points on 10 of 13 field-goal shooting. “It was a great start, I just took one shot at a time.”The Aces are off to a flying start at 2-0 while dealing the KaTropa a third defeat in four starts. Taking Simon Enciso for granted have devastating consequences.The Filipino-American guard exploded from long distance as the Alaska Aces completed a 125-96 demolition job of TNT KaTropa for their second straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT For the second straight game, the KaTropa couldn’t get the offensive leverage from Stacy Davis, who had 26 points but bungled 15 of his 22 shots, including going two of seven from the beyond the arc.“We’ve been looking for character, effort and unselfishness and keep building on it,” said Compton. “I hope we get better as the tournament progresses.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced The second game likewise ended in a rout as Phoenix dumped depleted NorthPort, 132-91, to join Alaska on top.The Batang Pier, who fell to 0-2, are missing Asian Games campaigner Stanley Pringle and injured duo Sean Anthony and Jeric Teng.Feeding Enciso and the rest of the Aces with nifty passes all over the floor was fellow guard Chris Banchero, who had 15 points and dished out 14 assists, nine of them during that early run.“Chris found everybody for easy shots and Simon was absolutely on fire. There were a number of chances for Chris to take shots but opted to give the ball to his teammates. That was the story out there,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.Mike Harris also contributed to the Alaska cause, a defensive catalyst that effectively stymied the KaTropa around the rim.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Maligned SEAG logo stays Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more