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

Jawdropping QLD three-for-one deal is the ultimate in upsizing

first_imgBoth of the other two homes have double garages. 480 Cooroy Mountain Road, Cooroy Mountain, QLDA NOOSA hinterland property is the ultimate in upsizing, offering three oceanview homes in one package, and it even has a stream and waterfall running through the house.The deceased estate is located on over 14 acres within the Noosa shire, just 15 minutes from the heart of one of the most popular holiday spots in the state.It has three separate dwellings as part of a lifestyle package, with a resort-style inground pool, large water tanks, a borehole, and views of both the ocean and surrounding countryside. The stream cuts through two living areas.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago Bi-fold doors help embrace the outdoors.Located at 480 Cooroy Mountain Road, Cooroy Mountain, the property has a double storey studio with its own double garage on the lower level as well as another self-contained residence.The main house is a triple-storey property with the middle section dedicated to a living zone, complete with a “rear water fall and a stream dissecting living areas”.Agent Peter Flint of Elders Real Estate — Nambour and Maleny was marketing the main home as having bi-fold doors that open up to full appreciate the view, with a three sided balcony, executive style kitchen, formal and informal zones leading out to the pool. Water is a key part of the main residence. The resort-style pool. That’s one way to commune with nature.The lower level of all about indoor relaxation with a fully equipped media area while the top floor has a sprawling master bedroom, away from two other bedrooms that are located in the middle floor. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

SBB restructures from within

first_imgINTRO: Swiss Federal Railways has completed the largest restructuring programme in its history, without the help of external consultants. Impetus for reform came from within SBB and from recent European and national legislation BYLINE: Hans-Jurg SpillmannSecretary General, Swiss Federal Railways SBB has just completed an extremely complex process of reform that has radically altered the organisation’s structure. This reform programme was deliberately carried out without the help of external consultants; the unconditional personal commitment of SBB executives was vital to its successful implementation. In contrast to previous management restructuring at SBB, the reform process was driven by a desire for change from within the company and the need to comply with recent developments in national and European railway policy. European Union Directive 91/440 requires the separation of infrastructure from operations, and the 1996 White Paper on revitalising the railways of the EU (RG 10.96 p609) points to the creation of two distinct business units, with separate management and accounts under an integrated management. These directives have been adopted by the new Swiss railway law expected to come into force on January 1 1998. As a result, SBB has been restructured as follows:last_img read more