CDC verdict on 2005-06 flu season: mild

first_imgJun 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the 2005-06 influenza season was milder than the previous several seasons and had an unusually late peak.From Oct 2, 2005, through May 20, 2006, US laboratories involved in official flu surveillance tested 139,647 patient specimens for flu viruses, and 17,414 (12.5%) were positive, the CDC said in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Of these, 14,093 (80.9%) were influenza A viruses, and 3,321 (19.1%) were influenza B viruses.In today’s report, the CDC lists the following indications of a relatively mild flu season:The proportion of specimens testing positive for influenza peaked at 23% in Dec 2005, compared with peak proportions of 23.2% to 41.0% in the previous five flu seasons.The highest weekly percentage of visits to “sentinel” healthcare providers for influenza-like illness was 3.3%, compared with a range of 3.2% to 7.6% in the previous five seasons.At the seasonal peak, the week ending Mar 11, 2006, 41 states reported regional or widespread influenza activity. This compares with 45 to 50 states in the previous five flu seasons.The percentage of weekly deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza never exceeded the CDC’s epidemic threshold, peaking twice at 7.8%. During the previous five seasons, the total number of weeks above the epidemic threshold ranged from 4 to 16, and the peak percentage ranged from 8.1% to 10.4%.This season’s peak week, in March, came substantially later than the peak periods in the previous five seasons, which ranged from early December to late February, according to the report.However, the number of weeks during which 10% or more of specimens tested positive was particularly high this past flu season. The season saw 18 consecutive weeks at that level, compared with 11 to 15 weeks in the previous five seasons.The CDC also reports that 35 children died of flu-related causes in 13 states during the season. This compares with 39 pediatric deaths in 17 states during the 2004-05 flu season and 152 such deaths in 40 states in 2003-04. Pediatric statistics were not given in the CDC’s year-end reports immediately preceding those.Of the 5,661 influenza A viruses that were subtyped, 5,231 (92.4%) were H3N2 strains and 430 (7.6%) were H1N1. And although type A viruses predominated overall, influenza B was more common in specimens from late April through May.(In Europe, influenza B predominated. In Asia, influenza A (H1N1) and influenza B predominated, while Africa reported low levels of influenza A and B, according to the report.)Also, circulating virus strains matched the 2005-06 vaccine quite well, the report said. Most influenza A subtypes matched the two vaccine strains. And in the early months of the season, the influenza B subtype matched as well.The US Food and Drug Administration has recommended that the 2006-07 trivalent vaccine contain different influenza B and influenza A (H3N2) components, the report notes. The recommended virus subtypes for the coming season’s vaccine are A/New Caledonia/20/99-like (H1N1), A/Wisconsin/67/2005-like (H3N2), and B/Malaysia/2506/2004-like.The report also says the past flu season was notable in that H3N2 viruses developed a high level of resistance to the antiviral drugs amantadine and rimantadine (the adamantanes). Because of this, the CDC in January recommended not using these drugs for flu prevention or treatment for the rest of the season.This high resistance to the adamantanes among circulating H3N2 viruses continued through May, the report states.CDC. Update: influenza activity—United States and worldwide, 2005-06 season, and composition of the 2006-07 influenza vaccine. MMWR 2006 Jun 16;55(23):648-52 [Full text]See also:March 1 CIDRAP News story: “Two new strains to be used in 2006-07 flu vaccine”CDC influenza activity site read more

New JLL England chief plans autumn rethink

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Trump to launch re-election campaign at Orlando rally

first_imgAdditionally, Trump announced via Twitter that Immigration and Customs Enforcement will “begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens” next week who have come into the country.Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people…….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019 Orlando police are reportedly bracing for large crowds of Trump supporters, in-and-around the Amway Center, and protesters.Trump announced the event last month and confirmed that first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence would join him at Orlando’s Amway Center.The Amway Center fits up to 18,500 people and is a popular event site in Florida.Click here to learn more about Trump’s rally in Orlando.Trump took to Twitter Monday to express his excitement for his Orlando event.Thousands of people are already lined up in Orlando, some two days before tomorrow nights big Rally. Large Screens and food trucks will be there for those that can’t get into the 25,000 capacity arena. It will be a very exciting evening! Make America Great Again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019 President Trump will formally launch his re-election campaign during a rally in Orlando, Tuesday evening.In 2016 Trump won Florida, and the Sunshine State is reportedly high on the radar for the Trump campaign in 2020.Related content:Trump: FL 2020 campaign launch is ‘hottest’ ticket of all rallieslast_img read more

WG girls hoops falls to C-NS; boys sweep to league wins

first_imgLooking to rebound at Nottingham Friday night, WG nearly did so, but was caught late by the Bulldogs and fell by a score of 57-56.Down 18-13 after one period, the Wildcats stormed in front 28-26 by halftime, and for most of the rest of the game neither side could sustain any margin.WG lost despite 15 points from Cunningham, 13 points from James and 12 points from Molly Benetti, with Erin Dipaola adding nine points. Nottingham’s Amaya Williams poured in 26 points, nearly half her team’s output.On the boys side, West Genesee took a 7-3 record into last Tuesday’s game against 1-9 Cicero-North Syracuse, but nearly got upended before escaping with a 64-61 victory.A close first half gave the Northstars some belief and then, in the third quarter, it outscored the Wildcats 16-9 to take a 44-38 lead, led by Luke Paragon, who would finish with 20 points and eight rebounds.Not panicking, WG reeled in C-NS during the fourth quarter, went back in front and held tight as Will Amica’s 15 points led a balanced effort.Adam Dudzinski put in 13 points, with John Benson getting 10 points. Kam Jones contributed nine points as James Tully put in six points.Two nights later, WG’s game against Nottingham was designated as Coach Joe Adams Night in honor of the former basketball and lacrosse coach at the school who passed away from brain cancer at age 46 in January 2018.And it proved a close, tense affair that the Wildcats pulled out 50-46 over the Bulldogs to improve to 9-3 overall.Having handled Nottingham 63-45 when they first met in December, WG had a much more difficult time in the rematch, falling behind 22-20 by halftime.The Wildcats’ offense roared to life in the third quarter enough to inch in front 36-32, and it held on late with a mix of production from Amica and help from his teammates.Amica finished with 19 points, while Jones had seven points. Benson, Dudzinski and Tully got six points apiece, all of which was needed since Nottingham’s Mazi Jackson led all scorers with 22 points.Both of WG’s teams face Liverpool late this week, with the boys game taking place Saturday at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall as part of the Pathfinder Bank Classic.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story What C-NS still had was its dominant junior forward, Jessica Cook, but WG mostly contained her in the first half, though it could not take advantage due to its own offensive struggles.Down 20-11 at halftime, the Wildcats did pick things up in the game’s latter stages, Meredith James earning 10 points as Catie Cunningham and Mollie Coyne each got seven points.Yet C-NS pulled further away as Cook finished with 19 points, helped by nine points from Alita Carey-Santangelo, eight points from Mackenzie White and six points from Julia Rowe. Tags: basketballWest Geneseecenter_img Halfway through its league slate, the West Genesee girls basketball team found itself firmly entrenched in third place in the Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division.The Wildcats were now chasing both Baldwinsville and Cicero-North Syracuse in the wake of last Tuesday night’s 46-32 defeat to the Northstars.This was, of course, the first encounter between WG and C-NS since the Wildcats topped the Northstars for the second consecutive year in the 2019 Section III Class AA final.last_img read more