NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Indonesia, Thai vaccine grant, flu vaccine for tourists, Hib deaths, call for action on TB

first_imgApr 2, 2009Indonesian toddler dies of H5N1 infectionA 2-year-old boy from Indonesia’s Riau province died last week of an H5N1 infection, the Jakarta Post reported today. An official from Arifin Ahmad hospital in the provincial capital, where the boy was treated, told the Post that the boy reportedly had contact with dead birds before he got sick. Health officials were identifying family members and others who had contact with the boy and would monitor them for 21 days, the report said. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the case, it will raise Indonesia’s H5N1 case count to 146, with 120 deaths.[Apr 2 Jakarta Post story]Thailand gets WHO grant to help produce flu vaccinesThailand yesterday received approval for a $2 million grant from the WHO to produce a seasonal influenza vaccine and develop the capacity to make its own pandemic vaccine, The Nation, a Thai newspaper, reported today. Thailand is one of six countries that are receiving WHO support to produce influenza vaccines. Last year the country used a $2 million WHO grant to make a vaccine prototype that is in the safety-testing phase of a clinical trial.[Apr 2 The Nation story]’Tis season for flu vaccine if traveling to southern hemisphereTo prevent influenza in those traveling Down Under or elsewhere south of the equator, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that they receive flu vaccine before traveling to the southern hemisphere during its flu season, which is April through September. The CDC, in tomorrow’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), also recommends vaccination for those traveling to the tropics at any time of year and for people touring between April and September with a group that includes anyone from the southern hemisphere. The make-up of the flu vaccine often differs between northern and southern hemispheres, but this year it is the same.[Apr 3 MMWR report]Hib vaccine shortage leads to deaths in Pennsylvania, New JerseyTwo unvaccinated children in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey have died from Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and at least four other southeastern Pennsylvania youth have become infected after a Hib vaccine shortage, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported yesterday. A third Pennsylvania death is also likely linked to the disease, the story said. Some of the cases were in families who declined the vaccine for religious reasons, but officials said outbreaks of the disease in Pennsylvania and elsewhere have probably been due to vaccine shortages that developed after Merck in December 2007 withdrew 1.2 million doses of its vaccine because of possible contamination. Before vaccines were licensed for children in 1987, Hib infected 20,000 US children under 5 each year, killing 1,000. Hib, a bacterium, is not related to influenza, which is transmitted by a virus, but is so named because it was once thought to cause the flu.[Apr 1 Philadelphia Inquirer story]Hard-hit countries call for action against drug-resistant TBHealth ministers from 27 countries with the greatest burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) yesterday joined with WHO officials and others to issue a call for action against the global TB epidemic, according to a WHO statement today. At a meeting in Beijing, the officials issued a statement that all countries should work to provide universal access to diagnosis and treatment for multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant TB by 2015 and to remove financial barriers to TB care, among several other goals. WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said preventing and managing drug-resistant TB is a global health imperative and cannot be achieved by national governments individually. Participants in the meeting also vowed to help find the estimated $15 billion needed for the TB battle over the next 6 years.[Apr 2 WHO statement]last_img read more

Monk wants Swans to have belief

first_img Monk’s side have enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign and currently sit fifth in the table, level on points with Manchester United. The Swans’ momentum has, however, slowed in recent weeks with the team winless in their last four league matches. “Stoke is never an easy place to go and we know we have never won there in the Premier League,” Monk told Swansea’s official club website. “However, we should have won the last time we played there in February, so hopefully we can repeat that performance and get the victory. “They (Stoke) try and play football but they still have that direct aspect of their game, which makes them dangerous. “We have to go there with belief and impose ourselves on the game.” Swansea will be looking to get back to winning ways as soon as possible, having recorded consecutive draws against Newcastle and Sunderland. The international break has given Monk and his squad time to reflect on their season so far and the Swans boss says his team will be raring to go come Sunday. “It’s the same for every team but we will give the players all the information they need in order to be ready for Sunday’s game,” Monk added. “It’s difficult when half the squad is away, but we have still had a lot of players who have featured in the first team on a regular basis so we’ve managed to do plenty of offensive and defensive work.” Swansea boss Garry Monk says his players will need to be brave if they are to beat Stoke at the Britannia Stadium for the first time in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Reaction to Lakers trade for Anthony Davis – LaVar Ball predicts no championships

first_imgJust days removed from the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA Finals, Caesars already has odds for next season.Related Articles LeBron James’ first season in Los Angeles did not end the way he and many others anticipated. It also left more questions than answers about the direction of the Lakers’ future.The team did take a giant step forward Saturday after a reported trade agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans, that would send Anthony Davis to Los Angeles.Lonzo Ball, Brandon, Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks are headed to the Pelicans.Ingram shared a smiley face emoji image on his Instagram story after the trade was reported. Lonzo Ball’s father, LaVar Ball, shared his thoughts about the Lakers’ decision to trade his son to the Pelicans. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHart is expected to remain in Los Angeles Sunday to participate in the Fortnite Summer Block Party at The Forum.Former Lakers’ president Magic Johnson had this to say about the trade: Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed The assets acquired in the trade plus the potential addition of Williamson has some NBA fans interested in New Orleans’ future.center_img D’Angelo Russell was drafted by the Lakers but was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Russell was named as an Eastern Conference All-Star and led the Nets to the playoffs as a six seed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Despite the Lakers’ potential next season, LaVar has guaranteed that the Lakers will never win the NBA Finals. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The Lakers were listed at 4/1 and the early favorite Saturday before an agreement was reported.Free agent Kemba Walker is expected to be the top target for the Lakers when free agency begins on June 30th. Reaction: The Pelicans can focus on the 2019 NBA Draft with two of the first four draft picks. The team is expected to draft Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday.last_img read more

Camas Sigma has designs on a productive future

first_imgClients, vendors, friends and employees’ families poured through the front door of Sigma Design on a rainy Thursday afternoon at the end of June.They’d arrived for a celebration. The company that launched in 1994 was commemorating its 25th anniversary — a quarter-century of steady growth in revenue, employees and areas of expertise. The company has grown from a mechanical engineering group with a handful of employees in a small office near Vancouver’s Uptown Village to a product design and development company with about 330 employees, many of them working at the company’s 56,000-square-foot headquarters in Camas.A vibrant economy has played a key role in Sigma Design’s growth, said Matt Cameron, vice president of engineering, who has worked 19 years for the company. But networking also has been a powerful stimulant, he said.“I think we hit kind of a critical mass with the Sigma Design network,” Cameron said. “Somebody in our organization four years ago knew somebody in almost every company – Intel, Microsoft, Nike. We just knew people all over.”While Cameron named three Sigma Design clients, he declined to describe the services provided. In fact, even at the festive event, the company had taken precautions: Crowd control barriers blocked access to some hallways. And if a visitor was lucky enough to be escorted past the barrier, the company had removed or shrouded some of the products in progress.last_img read more