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NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Egyptian poultry, Russia vaccinates birds, Jakarta’s poultry shelters, UK flu-shot policy, TB-infected doctor

first_imgApr 13, 2009Egypt reports two more H5N1 outbreaksAnimal health officials in Egypt recently reported two new H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in backyard poultry, according to the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). The virus infected 12 chickens in a village in Suez governorate, and the vaccination status of the birds was not known. Meanwhile, the virus hit 34 unvaccinated poultry of various kinds in a village in Beni Suef governorate. The outbreak was detected through active surveillance.Russia targets poultry vaccination to migration hotspotRussia’s agricultural oversight agency, Rosselkhoznadzor, today announced the start of a major push to vaccinate backyard poultry in the Altai region against the H5N1 avian influenza virus, Itar-Tass, Russia’s news agency, reported. Officials said the Altai region is at risk for H5N1 outbreaks because it is on a route for migrating birds from Asia, where the H5N1 virus is more prevalent.Jakarta to consolidate backyard poultryIn an effort to control the spread of the H5N1 avian influenza virus, Indonesia’s agriculture ministry recently announced plans to corral all poultry in residential Jakarta neighborhoods into four centrally located poultry shelters, according to a report in the April issue of Poultry Indonesia magazine. The city government said it will build the four structures and that all chickens in the city must be confined to the areas by Apr 24, 2010. Construction on one shelter, designed to hold 1 million birds, is nearly complete, but work hasn’t begun on the other three.Report says UK won’t urge flu shots for childrenThe United Kingdom’s expert panel on immunization has decided not to recommend influenza vaccination for children, according to Pulse, a weekly newsletter for British physicians. The UK Department of Health had asked its medical advisers to review the issue after a modeling study by Health Protection Agency researchers predicted that vaccinating children could reduce flu in the general population by up to 70%, the report said. But the minutes of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation make clear that flu shots would not be recommended for children, according to Pulse. Professor Andy Hall, chair of the committee, said there was not enough evidence that current flu vaccines are effective in young children. The British policy contrasts with that of the United States, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children aged 6 months to 18 years receive annual flu immunizations.Chicago health officials track contacts of TB-infected doctorA 26-year-old pediatric resident working in Chicago was diagnosed as having tuberculosis (TB) on Apr 7 and might have exposed patients at three area hospitals to the disease, the Chicago Tribune reported on Apr 11. None of the woman’s patients or coworkers have so far been diagnosed with TB. Though the three hospitals have said the risk to patients is “minimal,” they are contacting patients who were exposed to the resident. Northwestern Memorial Hospital said in an Apr 10 press release that at least 17 patients—some of them women who delivered babies—were exposed to the woman at its Prentice Women’s Hospital between Nov 3 and 19, 2008, and that another 100 may have received care from her. Evanston Hospital said today that a limited number of patients and staff in the facility’s special infant care unit were potentially exposed to the doctor between Feb 11 and Mar 12. She most recently worked at Children’s Memorial Hospital, where hospital officials said she had contact with at least 150 children and more than 300 workers, the Tribune reported. Susan Gerber, MD, chief medical officer of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said the woman’s infection was “susceptible and sensitive” to treatment and that health officials are investigating a trip she made as a medical student in late 2007 to an HIV clinic in Botswana.last_img read more

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Keita misses practice with sprained right knee, still listed as day-to-day

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Baye Moussa Keita did not participate in Syracuse’s practice Monday due to the sprained right knee he suffered against Clemson on Sunday, SU Athletics spokesman Pete Moore confirmed in a text message.Moore said Keita received treatment on his knee and is still listed as day-to-day heading into the top-ranked Orange’s matchup with No. 25 Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.He suffered the injury coming down “funny” on his right leg after fouling Tigers freshman forward Jaron Blossomgame late in the first half, Moore said. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim declined to provide a further update during the Atlantic Coast Conference’s coaches’ teleconference Monday.Sophomore forward Jerami Grant filled in for Keita against Clemson, playing 8:40 at center in the second half while Rakeem Christmas sat on the bench with four fouls.Boeheim said on Monday that Grant would practice with the centers this week.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

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Weekly jobless claims surge in Iowa amid virus outbreak

first_imgDES MOINES Iowa (AP) – State officials this morning say claims for jobless benefits in Iowa surged by more than 1,700% last week as the coronavirus pandemic forced workers to lose their jobs or stay home.The Department of Labor reported that initial claims for unemployment insurance in Iowa surged to 41,890 in the week that ended March 21. Iowa Workforce Development put the number of claims slightly lower, at 40,952.Either way, the data represented a historic increase from the 2,229 filed the week before, illustrating the sudden and stark economic impact caused by the virus.Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered the temporary closure of schools, bars, dine-in restaurants, theaters, casinos and barbershops to stop the spread of the virus.Iowa Workforce Development reported that about one-third of last week’s claims came from workers in the accommodation and food services industries. Other claimants came from the health care, education and retail sectors.The Iowa Restaurant Association said Thursday that a survey of 670 bars and restaurants statewide found that more than four out of five had laid off workers. Even restaurants that have remained open for carryout service have still laid off up to 90% of their employees, the association said.The owners who were surveyed project that their March revenues will plummet by 84% compared with a year earlier, the association said.last_img read more