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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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Mrs. Mary Jane (Jones) Ragan

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first_imgMrs. Mary Jane (Jones) Ragan, age 93, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on September 15, 1926 in Wayne County, Kentucky. She was the loving daughter of the late John Morehead and Rosie Elsie (Catron) Jones. She was raised in Wayne County, Kentucky and graduated from Monticello High School. Mary was united in marriage to James Grider Ragan in New Castle, Indiana. Mary and James shared over 40 years of marriage together until he passed away on October 31, 1996. Mary was employed for Modern Fold Industries in New Castle, Indiana, retiring in 1972 after 19 years and 10 months of service. She was a member of the Vevay Assembly Church in Vevay, Indiana. Mary was a wonderful seamstress and enjoyed crocheting, painting, flowers, gardening and watching birds. Mary also enjoyed eating lunch with her friends and spending time with her family. Mary passed away at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the Manderly Health Care Center in Osgood, Indiana.Mary will be missed by her daughters, Sharon Patricia (Lee) Elkins and her husband, Garis of Hagerstown, IN, Rebecca (Ragan) Bunner of Vevay, IN and Marquetté (Ragan) Roberson and her husband, Larry of Indianapolis, IN; her grandchildren, Alicia, John, Jacob, Amy, David, Stephen and Melody; her 8-great-grandchildren; her sister, Annette Denney and her husband, Rev. Oral H. of Frankfort, KY and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, John Morehead and Rosie Elsie (Catron) Jones and her husband, James Grider Ragan.Due to COVID-19 and in keeping with the CDC guidelines, masks are required along with social distancing. Friends may call 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 7, 2020, at the Vevay Assembly Church, 721 Main Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Due to COVID-19 and in keeping with the CDC guidelines, masks are required along with social distancing. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, August 7, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., by G.B. Turner, at the Vevay Assembly Church, 721 Main Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Due to COVID-19 and in keeping with the CDC guidelines, masks are required along with social distancing. Graveside Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m., Friday, August 7, 2020, in the South Mound Cemetery West Lawn Addition, on the West side of State Road 3, New Castle, Indiana 47362.Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay Assembly Church. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

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