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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Global tally tops 50K, novel H1N1 preponderance, quarantine risk in China, young as vaccine priority, grant to develop flu drug

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first_imgJun 22, 2009Global tally of novel H1N1 cases exceeds 50,000The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) count of novel H1N1 influenza cases today reached 52,160, nearly 8,000 more than the last count on Jun 19. The WHO listed the death toll as 231, up from 180 as of 3 days ago. Five countries are new to the list today: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, and Slovenia. Media reports said that Ethiopia and Iran also have reported their first cases, all in people who were recently in the United States.[WHO update 52]Nearly all influenza A viruses in US are novel H1N1The novel H1N1 influenza virus accounted for 98% of all influenza A viruses that were subtyped in the United States in the week of Jun 6-13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Jun 19. Only 0.2% of isolates were influenza B. The CDC said overall flu activity declined but remained above normal for this time of year, with 11 states reporting widespread activity. The death of one child was linked to the novel virus.[CDC flu surveillance report]US warns travelers of risk of quarantine in ChinaThe US State Department warned on Jun 19 that travelers to China may be quarantined for 7 days if they arrive with a fever or flu-like symptoms. Chinese authorities target travelers with even slightly elevated temperatures if they come from areas with novel H1N1 cases, plus people sitting near them, the statement said. It also said the US has received reports of children being separated from parents and travelers being held in unsuitable quarantine conditions with poor drinking water and food.Flu cases shutter muscular dystrophy group’s summer campsThe Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has canceled its remaining summer camps after 11 children at camps in two states got sick with novel H1N1 infections, the group said in a Jun 19 statement. The MDA said children who attend the camps have weakened respiratory muscles, which puts them in a high-risk flu group. The CDC consulted on and agreed with the cancellation of the MDA’s remaining 47 camps, which were set to host 2,500 children.[Jun 19 MDA press release]Canada sets vaccine priority sights on younger peopleAs the Public Health Agency of Canada works on its priority list for the novel H1N1 vaccine, people aged 5 to 40 and those living in aboriginal communities may be at the top of the list, Canwest News Service (CNS) reported today. Officials said the pandemic strain, unlike seasonal flu, is striking mainly children and young adults. Though older people appear to have some immunity to the virus, immunizing their grandchildren may provide an extra measure of protection, an expert said.[Jun 22 CNS story]Company wins grant to develop RNA-based novel flu treatmentAVI Biopharma, based in Portland, Ore., announced yesterday that it has received a contract of up to $5.1 million from the US Department of Defense to develop one or more RNA-based drugs to treat novel H1N1 flu. In addition to identifying potential drug targets and lead and backup drug candidates, the contract supports the production of testing material for animal studies. The company said its RNA-based drugs use proprietary technology that targets messenger and premessenger RNA.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces 78 New Jobs with Relocation of Cumberland Valley Analytical Services Facility in Franklin County

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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 16, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces 78 New Jobs with Relocation of Cumberland Valley Analytical Services Facility in Franklin Countycenter_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Cumberland Valley Analytical Services (CVAS), a chemistry forage lab serving the dairy industry, will relocate its operations from Maryland to a renovated facility in Washington Township, Franklin County. The move will create 78 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.“Cumberland Valley Analytical Services chose to relocate its operations to Pennsylvania for several important reasons, including our business-friendly climate, our strong agricultural focus, and the value we place on industry’s benefits to the local economy,” Governor Wolf said. “It’s with great pleasure that we welcome this family-owned and managed business to the commonwealth. The services it provides help support our dairy sector and promote a safe food supply for our residents.”CVAS will renovate an existing facility at Wharf Road Industrial Park in Waynesboro. The company plans to invest $4.6 million in the project, which will include purchase of the 30,000 square-foot building, completion of facility improvements, and procurement of new equipment and fixtures. CVAS has also committed to the creation of 78 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.“We are excited for the relocation to the Wharf Road Industrial Park. It is a total win for us. We obtain critically needed space for expansion in a state where agriculture is a valued key industry,” said Ralph Ward, CVAS founder and owner. “The involvement of the DCED and the Industrial Development Authority has allowed us to make the financing of this project a reality. The support that we are receiving from local government and industry has been amazing.”CVAS received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $156,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $1,726,000 low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Franklin County Area Development Corporation (FCADC).“The decision of Ralph Ward to consolidate CVAS is reflective of Pennsylvania’s pro-business climate and the collaboration of local community stakeholders, including the Washington Township Supervisors, Waynesboro Area School District, and the Franklin County Area Development Corporation,” said Mike Ross, FCADC president. “CVAS has a stellar reputation in the Ag industry and as one of Pennsylvania’s leading agricultural counties, we welcome CVAS to Franklin County and look forward to a long-term relationship.”CVAS was founded in 1992 as a small chemistry forage lab serving the local dairy industry in south central Pennsylvania and Maryland. Since then, it has grown significantly by providing cutting edge forage evaluation services in a quick, accurate, and cost effective manner. Today, CVAS has more than 90 employees and is the largest chemistry-based feed labs in the nation.For more information on CVAS, visit www.foragelab.comFor more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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