CDC: Mexico’s novel flu outbreak mirrors other hot spots

first_imgJun 4, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In an update on novel influenza developments in Mexico, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that patterns look like those in the United States and other nations, with cases leveling off nationwide and areas of localized transmission.The latest analysis of the disease in Mexico appears in tomorrow’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported yesterday that Mexico has had 5,563 novel flu cases, 103 of them fatal. The nation has the world’s highest number of deaths and the second highest number of cases, behind the United States.Other features of the novel flu outbreak in Mexico resemble those in the United States and other countries that have reported a number of cases, Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director CDC’s science and public health program, said today during a media briefing. The virus is circulating during a time when activity is usually low and appears to be sparing the elderly, she added.”This is a very helpful summary of the country that first had the largest problem noted,” Schuchat said.Today’s update from the CDC also describes the health actions that Mexico has taken to control disease and the surveillance activities it has used to track the spread. Epidemiologic evidence suggests that Mexico’s novel flu outbreak peaked in late April.In the La Gloria, Veracruz, outbreak, which first prompted Mexico in mid April to explore outbreaks of acute respiratory illnesses, laboratory officials determined that the high number of illnesses in the small community were caused by a range of viruses, including seasonal influenza A (H3N2), seasonal influenza B, adenovirus, and novel H1N1, the CDC reported.In the meantime, Mexico was investigating clusters of rapidly developing severe pneumonia in Mexico City, San Luis Potosi, and other locations. The two events prompted a national surveillance committee on Apr 17 to intensify surveillance for acute respiratory diseases and severe pneumonia. Mexico’s health ministry also launched outbreak investigations with help from global health organizations.Within 4 days, the surveillance system detected increased pneumonia hospitalizations in young adults in Mexico City, which led to the collection of isolates that were analyzed by laboratories in Canada and the United States and confirmed as novel H1N1 influenza.A few days later, Mexico’s epidemiology directorate established an Internet-based reporting system, which published its first report on Apr 26.A surge in testing increased the daily load at Mexico’s national laboratory from 30 to 900 specimens.Of the 5,337 laboratory-confirmed cases covered in the report, nearly 98% were in people age 60 or younger. Nearly 56% of deaths occurred in patients between ages 30 and 59.Mexico activated its pandemic plan on Apr 24, which led to school closures in Mexico City, a media campaign that taught the public how to avoid transmission, and a host of social distancing measures. On May 11, the government reopened the schools and education officials advised that parents and teachers identify sick students and close classrooms and schools when illness clusters surfaced.At airports in Mexico, officials are still screening passengers for respiratory illnesses, and thermal scanners are in use at the Mexico City International Airport.In an editorial note that accompanied the report, the CDC said that the large number of off-season novel flu outbreaks occurring around the world is a pattern that has been seen before with sustained transmission of other novel influenza A strains.Circulation of the new virus in the southern hemisphere at the start of the region’s annual influenza season in a population without much immunity to the virus suggests that the novel H1N1 strain might dominate during the coming months, the CDC reported.CDC. Update: novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, Mexico, March-May, 2009. MMWR 2009 Jun 5;58(21):585-9 [Full text]See also:Jun 3 PAHO updateMay 1 CIDRAP News story “Mexico’s first swine flu case surfaced in mid-March”last_img read more

Finishline Racing Products gives gift cards to Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights drivers

first_imgA vendor for Speedway Motors, Performance Bodies, Aero, Allstar Performance, Wilwood, QA1 and Eibach, among other manufacturers, Finishline provides the parts trailer that also supplies Hoosier tires, AERO wheels and Sunoco fuel on Fridays at Crawford County Speedway and Saturdays at Shelby County Speedway. “We are excited to be part of the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights tour for the second year in a row,” Mrs. Anderson said. “We feel that giving these gift cards is just a small token to these drivers who put in a lot of time on the road getting to the races.”  Recently relocated to Denison, the high-performance parts supplier is owned by Ryan and Theresa Anderson. The second-year sponsor will again give $50 gift cards to qualifiers for the Modified race of champions during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. More information about products available from Finishline is available by calling 712 267-1150 and at the www.finishlineraceparts.com website. DENISON, Iowa – The top five finishers at every event in the upcoming Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour will receive a $50 gift certificate from Finishline Racing Products again this season.  Finishline gift certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office after results from Dirt Knights Tour events are received, and in September following Super Nationals. “The 2019 Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour is set to kick off this month and Finishline Racing Products again comes alongside those events to support the traveling racers,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It is great to have their support again in 2019 and we can’t wait to get started.”last_img read more

Ashes 2019: Josh Hazlewood to replace James Pattinson at Lord’s, Australia confirms

first_imgDespite their impressive victory in Birmingham, the visitors have looked at the bigger picture by giving the paceman a rest in London, Langer announcing Hazlewood — who has had injury troubles of his own of late — has got the nod over Mitchell Starc in the final XI.Langer said of Hazlewood: “He’s got an outstanding record. He’s built up over the past few months. He missed out on the World Cup because we felt he hadn’t played much cricket.”We know he’s an outstanding bowler, we know that the style of play against England that at his best he should execute those plans really well. “He has bowled well the last couple of weeks, and we hope he does a good job this Test match.”Persistent rain prevented a ball from being bowled Wednesday and although the forecast is more promising for day two, more bad weather is expected later in the week.Jofra Archer will make his Test debut for England after the paceman was presented with his cap by close friend and Sussex teammate Chris Jordan. Josh Hazlewood will replace the rested James Pattinson in the second Ashes Test, Australia coach Justin Langer confirmed after day one at Lord’s was washed out.Pattinson played his first Test in more than three years in the opening match of the series at Edgbaston after injury issues had hampered his international career.last_img read more

Wellington High School holding Spirit week; Don’t forget homecoming parade is Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

first_imgThe Seuss Girls.Sumner Newscow report — It is that week. Wellington High School is holding Spirit Week as part of the homecoming festivities.These girls, from left: Abby Goodrum, Ryleigh Buck, McKenna Oathout, Hannah Roths, Allison McCue, and Madi Adams dressed up as the Seuss Girls  – a knockoff of  the Spice girls.Don’t forget the homecoming parade is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday a pep rally and then bonfire will be held thereafter at around 7:30 p.m. in front of the Wellington High School:The full high school schedule is below. For the full 2014 Fall Festival including the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce activities click on the ad on the right… Wednesday- Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? Favorite Dr. Seuss character or AnimalThursday- The Sneeches- Go all out and wear your starsFriday- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish- Wear red to show your Crusader PrideFriday evening: Wellington vs. Andale. Homecoming dance follows.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more