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

Asian Games Asian Games 2018: Tejinderpal Singh Toor wins shot-put gold for India; Sindhu, Saina sail into quarters

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Tejinderpal Singh Toor Saturday clinched the men’s gold in shot-put with record throw on the 7th day of Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta. Toor threw the iron ball to 20.75 meter to win gold and break the Asian Games record. He also bettered previous national record of 20.69 meter set by Om Prakash Karhana.Toor cleared 19.96m in his very first attempt and came up with a huge throw of 20.75 meter in his fifth and penultimate throw. He also bettered his earlier best of 20.24 meter which he came up with in 2017.China’s Liu Yang took the silver while Kazakhstan’s Ivan Ivanov bagged bronze with 19.52 meter and 19.40 meter throws, respectively.Apart from Toor, Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal won three bronze medals in squash for India on day 7. With this, India’s total medal tally rose to 29 with seven golds, five silver and 17 bronze medals.Also Read | India A tour to England helped me prepare for Test debut, says Rishabh PantSindhu, Saina advances to quarters in badmintonStar Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal sailed into the women’s singles quarterfinals after beating their respective opponents in straight games.Olympic silver medallist Sindhu defeated Indonesian shuttler and world number 22 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 21-12 21-15 in 35 minutes while Commonwealth Games gold medallist Saina outwitted another local player Fitriani 21-6 21-14 in the second-round match.In the quarters, Saina will now face either Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon or Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, while Sindhu will take on the winner of the match between Sri Lanka’s Kavidi Sirimannage and Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol.Besides Sidhu and Saina, Hima Das, who won gold in World Junior Athletics Championships in July this year, qualified for the women’s 400m finals after finishing in the heats with a national record-breaking time of 51 seconds.Also Read | India legend Jhulan Goswami retires from T20-InternationalsIndia’s Medal hopes in golf take a hitMeanwhile, India’s hope for a medal in golf took a hit on Saturday with all four players shooting over-par in the third round of the men’s event. Rayhan Thomas (73), Aadil Bedi (74), Kshitij Naveed Kaul (76) and Hari Mohan Singh (77) were left fighting on the back nine to save their respective rounds.However, there was still a chance as both Thomas and Bedi were only four shots behind second-placed Sadom Kaewkanjana of Thailand and Oh Seungtaek.(With Inputs from agencies) last_img read more

Tipp Ladies Footballers crowned Munster Intermediate Champions

first_imgThe final score was 4-9 to 1-14. Photo © Twitter Tipperary Ladies Footballers Tipperary’s Ladies footballers have been crowned the Munster Intermediate Football champions, beating Clare by 4 points in Mallow.Clare took an early lead in the game and a goal from Ailish Considine, and a sin bin for Tipperary, secured the lead for the Banner going into half time – 1-10 to 4 points.Tipperary never gave up, however, and made a remarkable comeback in the second half scoring 4 goals to push ahead – one each from Aisling McCarthy and Roisin Howard, and two from Aishling Moloney.last_img read more