H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Simultaneous vaccination, advice for pregnancy, assessing risk, Tamiflu security, less illness in Canada, air-passenger restrictions

first_imgNIAID to study simultaneous seasonal-flu, pandemic vaccinationThe head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said the agency will approve a study of whether vaccines for the pandemic H1N1 virus and seasonal flu can be given at the same time, the Canadian Press reported today. Meanwhile, Canada has plans to test whether people who have egg allergies can be given flu vaccines produced in eggs, a step now considered too risky. The studies are among a number planned in preparation for a likely H1N1 vaccination drive this fall.Advice to pregnant women sows confusion in UKMessages from two health groups in Britain yesterday caused confusion about the dangers posed by the novel H1N1virus to women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, according to a TimesOnline report. The Royal College of Midwives said pregnant women should not use public transport, while the National Childbirth Trust suggested that women delay pregnancy until the pandemic ends. Government health officials described the groups’ advice as extreme and said their advice to women had not changed.[Jul 20 TimesOnline report]ECDC assesses pandemic risksIn a risk assessment published today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said to expect 20% to 30% of the population to be affected during the next wave of pandemic H1N1, with the attack rate highest in children and young adults. Though it admits uncertainty, the ECDC says a “reasonable” assumption is a hospitalization rate of 1% to 2%. It also estimates a case-fatality rate of 0.1% to 0.2% and says, “this pandemic can severely stress healthcare systems.”Security guards to protect Tamiflu depots in BritainSecurity guards will be used to protect oseltamivir (Tamiflu) supplies when more than 100 distribution centers are set up in the United Kingdom this week, according to a report by Metro, a free British newspaper. The location of the centers will be kept secret until they are set to open. Richard Hampton of the National Health Service said there is concern about theft and the safety of workers at the centers. Plans call for giving the drug to patients who describe symptoms over the phone.[Jul 20 Metro story]Canada sees decline in flu-like illnessCanada saw a decrease in people with flu-like symptoms last week, suggesting that community transmission of the H1N1 virus is decreasing, Canwest News Service reported today. Most cases have been mild, but there were still “pockets of more severe disease” in some communities, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said at a Jul 17 press conference, according to the story.[Jul 20 Canwest story]Egypt reports its first H1N1 fatalityEgypt reported its first death from the novel H1N1 virus, involving a young woman who fell ill while on a Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported yesterday. The woman, who had a heart condition due to rheumatic fever, was hospitalized after she returned to Egypt and died Jul 18, the health ministry said. Other reports listed the woman’s age as 25. Egypt has had confirmed 130 H1N1 cases, including 10 new ones reported yesterday, the state news agency said.[Jul 19 Reuters report]Air carriers list restrictions on suspected H1N1 patientsTwo British air carriers, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, announced they would increase restrictions on passengers with suspected H1N1 infections, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. If a customer looks sick, the airport staff can call in a medical team for advice, the story said. If the medical team is concerned, the customer will be asked to produce a “fit-to-fly” certificate from a doctor or hospital.[Jul 20 AFP story]last_img read more

Solvay football pounds Westhill; Marcellus edges Ludden

first_imgAnd though Westhill scored twice on McNitt’s 42-yard pass to Jack Small and a four-yard TD plunge, Solvay pulled further away with Bagozzi tossing four scoring passes, three of them to Scott.Mixed in with two-yard and 18-yard passes was another trademark big play, Bagozzi, from his own 28, throwing deep and finding Scott for a score that covered 72 yards before he capped it off with a nine-yard scoring pass to Elijah Wright.Solvay can complete a perfect 7-0 regular season if it wins Friday at Homer, while Marcellus and South Jefferson will square off up north to see who finishes second in Class B West and gets a first-round playoff home game, likely against Central Valley Academy.Getting that chance wasn’t easy for the Mustangs, though, as Bishop Ludden, at 2-3 and desperately needing a victory to keep its post-season hopes alive, pushed Marcellus to the wire.With its trademark ground attack, the Mustangs found the end zone twice in the first quarter, on runs of 10 yards by Trevor Widrick and Cameron Cerul, and added a one-yard TD sneak from Sean Tierney in the second period.Ludden scored once in each period, Nazier Kinsey scrambling 31 yards for one TD and throwing eight yards to Mikey Butera for another, so at halftime the Gaelic Knights trailed 21-14.Even Nick Kermes’ 17-yard end zone dash in the third quarter did not rattle the Gaelic Knights, who saw Kinsey dash 50 yards for one TD and then, midway through the fourth quarter, drove to the Mustangs’ eight, from where Kinsey found Antwon McMullen in the end zone.Evan Cervantes’ extra point tied it 28-28, but Marcellus countered with a clutch scoring drive that ate up most of the rest of the regulation clock. With 50 seconds left, quarterback Sean Tierney converted from the one for the winning points.As Marcellus faces South Jefferson, Ludden closes its B West slate next Friday with a trip to Cortland.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story With all of its neighbors and rivals conquered and a place in the state Class B top 10 plus a top playoff seed secured, the Solvay football team could now focus on completing an undefeated regular season.A large home crowd at Al Merola Field looked on Friday night as the Bearcats cranked up the offense against Westhill and prevailed 55-22, sending the Warriors to a fifth consecutive defeat.Meanwhile, Marcellus, bouncing back from its hard-fought 42-35 defeat to Solvay a week earlier, withstood a late comeback from Bishop Ludden and scored late in regulation to edge the Gaelic Knights 34-28 and improve its record to 5-1. In the wake of defeating Marcellus for the first time in 12 years and reclaiming the Tom Anthony Silver Cup, Solvay climbed to no. 10 in the state rankings, but was determined not to have a letdown back home against Westhill.That didn’t prove a problem as, first on the ground and then through the air, the Bearcats eight times found the end zone, starting with Russ Tarbell’s sprint from midfield 51 yards for a touchdown in the opening minutes.Two more drives followed, each capped by short TD runs of two yards by Blaine Franklin and one yard by Brock Bagozzi. Even the Bearcats’ defense got into it when Justin Scott intercepted a Riley McNitt pass and returned it 80 yards for six points.center_img Tags: Bishop LuddenfootballMarcellusSolvayWesthilllast_img read more