Surging flu cases may herald tough season in England

first_imgDec 24, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – While the US influenza season has started slowly, cases are surging in England, raising concern that the country could have its toughest season since 1999-2000.In England and Wales last week, about 68.5 people per 100,000 saw a general practitioner for influenza-like illness (ILI), a 73% increase over the 39.5 per 100,000 the week before, according to the latest weekly report from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). A BBC News report said the number also is73% higher than the same week a year ago.Dr. Douglas Fleming, director of the RCGP Research Unit in Birmingham, said the increase was significant, according to BBC News. “In the past 10 years, the only substantial outbreak was in 1999-2000,” he said. “I think we could be looking at something that approaches that this year.”The RCGP report says ILI visit rates of 30 to 100 per 100,000 population per week are “usual when influenza viruses are circulating,” rates above 100 are above average, and rates exceeding 200 are “exceptional.” The RCGP data are drawn from about 85 general practitioner clinics around the country, representing an at-risk population of about 840,000.ILI rates rose in all age-groups and regions in the week of Dec 15 to 21, the RCGP report says. The highest rates were seen among 15- to 44-year-olds, with 79.7 cases per 100,000, and 45- to 64-year-olds, with 75.6 cases. The 65-and-older group had 44.7 cases per 100,000, which was more than double the 18 cases seen the week before.The BBC report said experts believe the unusually cold weather might have contributed to the surge in cases.British public health officials define a flu epidemic as an ILI rate of 200 per 100,000, according to the BBC story. The last time that happened in England was in 1989-90, the report said.”That one caught everyone a bit off guard but there’s been a big push on flu vaccination since then,” virologist John Oxford of Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry in London told the BBC.Oxford and others quoted in the story urged people to get a flu shot if they haven’t done so yet.David Salisbury, director of immunization at the UK Department of Health, told the BBC, “We have had a very unusual run of winters with almost no flu, so we should not be surprised that here is a winter with more flu. It is very difficult to predict what makes the change winter to winter.”In contrast to the situation in England, flu activity in the United States has remained low so far this season, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued Dec 19. The report, for the week that ended Dec 13, said only three states—Texas, Virginia, and Hawaii—were reporting local flu activity. Thirty-six states reported sporadic cases and 11 states were reporting none.Google Flu Trends, a Web site that estimates US flu activity from the volume of Internet searches for flu information, currently shows “moderate” activity only in Hawaii, Maryland, and Virginia, with the rest of the country having low activity.See also: CDC flu surveillance updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/Google Flu Trendshttp://www.google.org/flutrends/last_img read more

French referee banned 3 months after kicking player

first_imgLATEST STORIES Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Amid hot streak, Hotshots focused on bigger picture Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Chapron was summoned by French league officials to a disciplinary hearing following the incident, when he kicked Nantes defender Diego Carlos before sending him off.The bizarre incident happened near the end of Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win at Nantes. Carlos was running behind Chapron near the halfway line, and trying to catch up with play, when he inadvertently clipped the referee’s heels.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChapron rolled forward onto the turf then swiped his right leg at Carlos. Chapron later acknowledged that Carlos inadvertently knocked him over and apologized. FILE – In this Jan.14 2018 file photo, French referee Tony Chapron gives a red card to Nantes defender Diego Carlos, second left, after Carlos inadvertently clipped the referee’s heels during the French League One soccer match between Nantes and Paris Saint Germain, in Nantes, western France. The French soccer federation has banned referee Tony Chapron for three months after he kicked a player during a league match. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)PARIS — The French soccer federation has banned referee Tony Chapron for three months after he kicked a player during a league match.The federation announced the decision Thursday night, giving him a six-month ban with three months suspended.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

SIOUX CITY STUDENTS STUDY AG CAREER PATHWAYS

first_imgThe Sioux City School District’s Career Academy has developed a variety of paths for students to get a headstart on training for various future jobs.One of the newest pathways is in agriculture.West High School senior Maggie Irish is a metro student who is taking the pathway:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/AGPATH1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..learn more about that. ;13Irish says she will take that interest to college with her to pursue an ag-related career:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/AGPATH2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……………..experience and opportunity. :18Mike Naig, the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, says the Sioux City Career Academy helps students understand that there are a lot of jobs to fill in the ag world that do not involve working on a farm:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/AGPATH4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..into the future. :22Naig spoke with Irish and other students and toured the Career Academy on Wednesday.last_img read more