H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Cases top 5,000; first cases in Cuba, Thailand, Finland; pregnancy risk; restocking stockpile; infected hospital workers

first_imgMay 12, 2009Global novel H1N1 flu cases surpass 5,000The global count of novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) case confirmations has increased to 5,251 from 30 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The total includes 2,059 cases with 56 deaths in Mexico and 2,600 cases and 3 deaths reported in the United States as of yesterday. Canada has had 330 cases and 1 death, and Costa Rica has reported 8 cases and 1 death.[WHO update 26]US H1N1 cases top 3,000The number of confirmed H1N1 cases in the United States rose to 3,009 and 3 deaths in 45 states today, an increase of 409 since yesterday’s update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. The number of states reporting cases rose by one, as Montana reported its first case. Yesterday CDC official Anne Schuchat, MD, said at a press briefing that many states don’t report flu cases over the weekend, so the agency expected a big increase in the H1N1 count today.[Current CDC numbers]Cuba confirms first H1N1 case, accuses Mexico of hiding outbreakCuba’s health ministry yesterday announced the nation’s first novel H1N1 case, in a Mexican medical student who was studying at a clinic in Cuba and had recently returned from a visit to his home country, the Associated Press (AP) reported. A few hours later, Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president, posted a column on the government’s Web site accusing Mexico of hiding the flu outbreak until after US President Obama’s visit in April.[May 11 AP story]Thailand, Finland report first novel flu casesTwo more countries—Thailand and Finland—confirmed their first novel H1N1 cases today, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported. Thailand reported two cases in people who had traveled to Mexico, and Finland also confirmed two, though few details were available. The four cases are not included in today’s WHO total.[May 12 AAP story]CDC warns about flu risk in pregnant womenAt a news briefing today, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC warned that pregnant women are at increased risk for flu complications such as pneumonia, dehydration, and premature labor, especially with the novel H1N1 strain. She said the CDC is investigating 20 cases of the disease in pregnant women, a few of whom have had severe complications, and one fatality, a previously reported Texas woman. Schuchat urged prompt antiviral treatment for pregnant women.[May 12 CDC briefing transcript]Roche donation restocks WHO Tamiflu stockpileRoche, the maker of Tamiflu (oseltamivir), announced today that it is donating 5.65 million treatment courses to the WHO to replenish a 2-million-course regional outbreak stockpile and a 3-million-course rapid-response stockpile. The donation also establishes a pediatric stockpile of 650,000 courses. Production capacity will reach 110 million courses over the next 5 months and will amount to 36 million courses per month by the end of the year if needed.[May 12 Roche press release]Novel H1N1 infections reported in Toronto hospital workersFour workers at two Toronto hospitals, one of whom had contact with patients, have tested positive for the novel H1N1 flu, the Toronto Star reported today. Two of the employees were reportedly exposed to the virus in the community, and one of them passed it on to two coworkers. A hospital spokeswoman said so far no novel H1N1 infections have been reported in any patients that had contact with the sick staff members.[May 12 Toronto Star story]last_img read more

Ellsworth girls’ basketball team “turns the heat up” to top GSA

first_imgELLSWORTH — Looking to rebound from a 20-point loss, the Ellsworth girls’ basketball team went back to the drawing board.After notching a difficult road win against Orono to open the season last Saturday, Andy Pooler’s Ellsworth Eagles had the chance to earn another Wednesday when it returned to Penobscot County for a matchup with Old Town. Instead, Ellsworth fell behind early and couldn’t catch up in a 50-30 defeat.Over the next few days, Pooler decided a different strategy was in order for the Eagles’ next contest. Between making changes to the offense and toying with new lineups, he focused on adjustments that would use his team’s depth to wear down its opponents.“Our next practice after [the Old Town game], I came in and said, ‘Guys, how about this team turns the heat up?’” Pooler said. “With the number of bodies we have, it seemed like a good time to make that change. I just thought it was a good way to keep our legs fresh and give us that added edge.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, the Eagles had the chance to put that game plan into action in their first home game of the year. In doing so, Pooler’s team got back on track with a decisive victory against a Hancock County foe.Ellsworth bounced back from a tough midweek result against Old Town with a 62-29 win Saturday against George Stevens Academy. The win came in the first of five straight home games for Ellsworth, which is looking to gain a leg up in the Class B North standings as 2018 comes to a close. Ellsworth’s Trinity Montigny attempts a layup during the first half of a high school girls’ basketball game against GSA on Dec. 15 at Ellsworth High School. The game marked the start of a five-game home stand for Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth’s Sara Shea looks to save a ball going out of bounds during the first half of a high school girls’ basketball game against GSA on Dec. 15 at Ellsworth High School. Shea, who came off the bench instead of performing in her usual starting role, scored eight points for Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth’s Trinity Montigny blocks a shot attempt by GSA’s Mallory Charette during the second half of a high school girls’ basketball game on Dec. 15 at Ellsworth High School. Montigny led all scorers with 16 points, and Charette scored six for GSA to finish tied with teammates Sophia Biggie-Jennings and Luna Perry-St. Peter. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGSA’s Julianna Allen and Ellsworth’s Samantha Carter go after a loose ball during the second half of a high school girls’ basketball game on Dec. 15 at Ellsworth High School. Carter was the No. 2 scorer for Ellsworth with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGSA’s Julianna Allen looks to drive to the basket against Ellsworth’s Sara Shea during the second half of a high school girls’ basketball game on Dec. 15 at Ellsworth High School. GSA fell to 0-4 on the season with the loss. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGSA’s Luna Perry-St. Peter drives to the basket as Ellsworth’s Sierra Andrews (middle) and Kylie Robidoux defend during the second half of a high school girls’ basketball game on Dec. 15 at Ellsworth High School. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL123456PreviousNextPooler began the game with one of last year’s returning starters, Sara Shea, on the bench. That allowed the home team to see what some of its newcomers could do while ensuring Shea could come in fresh later in the game, and the plan paid off as Ellsworth (2-1) dominated the first eight minutes to take a 20-5 lead.“We kind of wanted to do what Old Town did to us and just put it to them right away,” junior Trinity Montigny said. “I think we were also just pumped and ready to go with it being our first home game. We had a lot of energy.”GSA (0-4) fought back in the second quarter, but Ellsworth continued to stretch its lead with the play of sophomore Samantha Carter. Carter responded to a brief GSA run with a trio of 3-pointers, and the Eagles built on that newfound momentum to carry a 37-14 advantage into halftime.“One of the reasons we’ve tried to spread out and add wrinkles to the offense a little bit is because of her ability to shoot the 3,” Pooler said of Carter. “I started her today to see how she would respond to that, and she went and got her confidence going there when she went on that run.”Montigny, who took a back seat in the first half with some of the younger players providing the bulk of the offense, got going in the second with six points in the third quarter. She scored six more in the fourth for Ellsworth, which also got eight second-half points from Samantha Higgins.Montigny finished with a game-high 16 points for Ellsworth, which received 11 from Carter and eight apiece from Higgins, Shea and Kylie Robidoux. Sophia Biggie-Jennings, Mallory Charette and Luna Perry-St Peter had six points each for GSA, which is scheduled to host Bucksport (1-2) at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, and Sumner (0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.Ellsworth’s next game will be at home against Belfast (0-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. The team will then host Presque Isle and Caribou at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27 and 1 p.m. Dec. 28, respectively, before ending its five-game home stand with a rematch against Orono at 1 p.m. Dec. 31.If Ellsworth can make that stretch a winning one, it will be at or near the top of the Heals when the 2019 portion of the schedule begins. To do so, the team must continue to make the types of improvements it did against GSA.“I think we still need to get a little bit better at rebounding,” Shea said. “We were better [today] than we were against Old Town, but there’s always a chance to improve in every category this time of year.” Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Postslast_img read more