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Seven states report sporadic flu cases


first_imgOct 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In a sign that influenza season is approaching, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that a handful of states have seen sporadic flu cases and that the earliest signs suggest that this year’s vaccine is a good match for circulating strains. Reports from  US labs affiliated with the World Health Organization and the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System say that of 40 influenza viruses identified during September, 1 (2.5%) was an H1 virus, 4 (10%) were H3 viruses, 29 (72.5%) were nonsubtyped A viruses, and 6 (15%) were B viruses. “Based on the level of oseltamivir resistance in only one influenza subtype, H1N1, and the persisting high levels of resistance to the adamantanes in H3N2 viruses, CDC continues to recommend the use of oseltamivir and zanamivir for the treatment or prevention of influenza,” the report said. “Use of amantadine or rimantadine is not recommended.” For the week that ended Oct 4, the CDC said in an Oct 10 update that seven states reported sporadic seasonal influenza activity: California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, New York, and Wyoming. Forty-one other states reported no activity, and two—Montana and Washington—did not report. Over the summer months (May 18 through Sep 27), the CDC antigenically characterized a small number of influenza isolates, the report said. Of the six isolates, four were type A/H1, one was type A/H3, and one was type B. “All six viruses are antigenically similar to the components selected for the 2008-2009 influenza vaccine,” the CDC said. For the H1 component the vaccine strain is similar to A/Brisbane/59/2007, for the H3 component, A/Brisbane/10/2007, and for the B component, B/Florida/4/2006. Last year a number of countries, including the United States, reported increased resistance of H1N1 viruses to the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). The CDC said that since May 18 it has tested 10 isolates for antiviral resistance. It found that 2 of 6 H1N1 viruses showed resistance to oseltamivir, but no resistance was found in H3N2 and B viruses. All retained sensitivity to zanamivir (Relenza), the other neuraminidase inhibitor. Of six type A viruses tested for resistance to the older flu drugs known as adamantanes, two were positive: one H3N2 virus and one of five H1N1 viruses. See also: CDC’s week 40 influenza reporthttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/last_img read more


Foster Closet of Michigan Alpena Branch Holds a Sorting Day


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Foster Closet of Michigan Alpena County Branch was hands on sorting out donations with the help of volunteers Saturday.Earlier this week WBKB News reported that the closet received a number of donations to help out foster parents and licensed relative caregivers.Saturday volunteers helped sort clothing, furniture, car seats, and more so that life would be easy when foster parents, caseworkers, and caregivers come in to collect items they may need.Alpena Branch Coordinator Lorilee McGee said it’s a blessing when people in the community come together for a cause like this one.“It has been an very interesting day. We had lots of people come out and help us sort out the donations and get everything up on hangers to be put away and ready, so when kids come into foster care and foster parents or case workers need items we can get to them super fast. This is probably one of the hardest parts, sorting through donations and getting them into the right spots, and putting them on hangers. So this is a blessing if anybody has time to come out and help us sort we appreciate that,” McGee said.The Foster Closet recently received a donation by the DaVita Alpena Dialysis Center, and the Northern Collision and Auto Repair.There will be another sorting day on Saturday, February 11th from 10 am until 3 pm.If you would like to help that weekend, the Foster Closet is located right beside Thunder Bowl Lanes.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Foster Closet, Foster Closet of Michigan Alpena Branch, Sorting Day, Volunteer, Volunteer ServiceContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Awarded Major GrantNext Ladies Across the State of Michigan Compete in the Miss Sunrise Side and Miss Sunrise Side Outstanding Teen Pageantlast_img read more


Man Utd’s Radamel Falcao only fit for 20 minutes – Louis Van Gaal


first_imgRadamel Falcao is only fit enough to play for 20 minutes, according to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.The Colombian came off the bench in United’s last two matches and Van Gaal said he “was not interested” if the striker was happy with that role.Falcao, 28, is returning from a calf injury and has been pressed into action due to other injuries to the squad.Dutchman Van Gaal said: “I have selected him in spite of the fact he can only play for 20 minutes.”With captain Wayne Rooney sidelined for Tuesday night’s 2-1 win against Stoke, 19-year-old James Wilson started ahead of Falcao.Van Gaal said: “It’s match fitness [he needs]. “It would be a better contribution if he played with the second team but I cannot do that because on Tuesday we had the match against Stoke and Wayne Rooney was injured.”2014/15 league records of Man Utd’s strikersPlayerMinutes playedGoalsMinutes per goal Wayne Rooney9005180Robin Van Persie 10834270.8Radamel Falcao283 1283Falcao, who joined French club Monaco for a reported £50m in 2013 and is on loan at Old Trafford, is expected to be on the bench once again for Monday night’s game against Southampton, with Van Gaal confirming Rooney will play.Asked if the forward would be happy with a substitute’s role, Van Gaal said: “I am not interested in that. He has to follow my philosophy.”Falcao, who missed much of last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, had a prolific goalscoring record at Atletico Madrid, FC Porto and Monaco but has netted just once in seven appearances for United.last_img read more


Sarajevo Football Club Receives Two New Players and Chairman of Board


first_imgThe football club Sarajevo received two new players today for the continuation of the tournament.Mario Barić and Dario Purić signed contracts tomorrow, and they were presented officially to journalists today after the Assembly of the club.Sarajevo football club also has a new Chairman of the Board of this football club, Edis Kusturica.Kusturica, who in the past held the position of Vice-President of the club, received unanimous support from the delegates at today’s Assembly Election.(Source: Fena)last_img


Links Club Championship tees off Saturday


first_imgRegistration for the event is $35, and includes dinner on Saturday, as well as a breakfast Sunday morning. At the end of the tournament Sunday afternoon, a champion will be crowned and secondary prizes will be distributed as well.To register for the event, you can call Fort St. John Links at 250-785-9995. Registration will be open until the end of business hours tomorrow.- Advertisement –last_img