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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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Syracuse defense struggles for second game in a row

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first_imgJohn Tillman glanced down at the final box score on the table in front of him and then looked up while scratching his head.“I’m shocked,” the Maryland head coach said.He had just been asked about the final margin after the No. 5 Terrapins’ 16-8 win over No. 2 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The Terps dominated the Orange at the faceoff X, took 55 shots to SU’s 32 and picked up 19 more ground balls.But a much more simple statistic caught Tillman’s eye.“We know this just doesn’t happen,” he said. “A 10-goal quarter and scoring this much against Syracuse is rare.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut after SU’s 17-16 win over Albany last weekend, it’s the second time in as many games that the Orange has given up 16 goals.Syracuse jumped out to a 4-2 lead early in the second quarter and its defense was mitigating Maryland’s deliberate attack. But then Charlie Raffa got into a groove at the X against Chris Daddio, and Syracuse wouldn’t find consistent possession until minutes into the third.That’s when the walls of the defense fell down. An eight-goal run that spanned 4:11 saw the Terrapins take advantage of two of three man-up opportunities, run circles around the SU back line and permanently put the game out of reach.Twice, Raffa popped a faceoff win out to himself and coasted down the field untouched to score his first and second goals of the season.“We made a lot of mistakes defensively,” SU head coach John Desko said.Syracuse’s defense faced a lot of pressure due to its struggles at the X, but that wasn’t an excuse for senior long-stick midfielder Matt Harris.After Raffa’s first goal, which gave UMD an 8-4 lead, Harris stood in front of the Syracuse net with Brandon Mullins, Sean Young and Todd Grimm. Mullins watched the replay on the video board while the rest of the defenders talked in a circle.Senior goalie Dominic Lamolinara leaned on his stick and shook his head while staring into the Dome turf.Then play restarted and it was more of the same.Said Harris: “We can’t do that. We can’t give up 16 goals again.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

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