US flu activity continues slight drop

first_imgUS influenza activity remained high but continued a slight decrease last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its weekly update.For the second straight week, most key indicators are down, and the share of medical visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) and the percentage of respiratory samples that tested positive for flu were down for the third straight week.But pediatric deaths were up a bit, and California is reporting marked increases in flu-related deaths in adults as the 2009 H1N1 strain continues to dominate nationwide. Compared with other seasonal strains, 2009 H1N1 appears to cause higher levels of severe illness in working-age adults.Key indicators downToday’s FluView report from the CDC, which covers Jan 19 through Jan 25, said that 21.1% of 9,514 respiratory samples were positive for influenza, down slightly from 23.1% the week before. The percentage of samples positive for flu last week varied from 19.6% to 36.7% in the CDC’s 10 US regions.ILI accounted for 3.3% of visits to sentinel healthcare providers, down just a bit from 3.4% the week before and well above the seasonal baseline of 2.0%. Ten states reported high ILI activity, down from 13 the week before, while 12 states and New York City noted moderate activity, compared with 7 states a week earlier.In terms of geographic spread, 38 states reported widespread flu, down from 41 the previous week. Ten states reported regional activity, which is the next-highest level.The CDC reported 9 new pediatric flu deaths last week, raising the season’s total to 37. The previous week saw 8 flu-associated deaths in kids. Of the 9 new deaths, 4 were attributed to 2009 H1N1, 1 to influenza B, and 4 to an “A” strain that was not subtyped. By this time last year, 45 pediatric flu deaths had been confirmed.Also today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said the state’s number of confirmed flu-related deaths has increased by 52 in the past week, to a total of 147 confirmed deaths for the season. All but 4 of the 147 deaths are in adults, and state officials are investigating another 44 deaths that may also be flu-related.The state saw an increase of 50 flu deaths the week before. California had 106 flu-associated deaths for the entire 2012-13 season, the CDPH said in a news release.The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu nationwide, which the CDC says generally lags behind illness indicators, rose to 8.8% from 8.1% the week before and is well above the epidemic threshold of 7.3%.The number of lab-confirmed influenza hospitalizations climbed to 5,494, up by 879 from the week before, according to the CDC. That compares with an 870-case increase in the previous week. The numbers raise the incidence to 22.3 hospitalized cases per 100,000 population, up from 17.0 the week before.The 2009 H1N1 strain continues to dominate. Of 2,006 strains subtyped, 1,906 (95%) were influenza A and 100 (5%) influenza B. Of the 1,147 “A” strains subtyped, 1,116 (97%) were 2009 H1N1 and the rest H3.The circulating viruses are well matched to the vaccine strains, the CDC said.The CDC identified one more 2009 H1N1 isolate resistant to the neuraminidase inhibitor class of antiviral drugs, which includes oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). That raises the season total for resistant strains to 21, or 0.9% of the 2,254 isolates tested.Flu increasing in EuropeMeanwhile, influenza activity continues to increase across Europe, according to an update today from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) that covers week 4 of 2014, which ended on Jan 26. Sixteen European countries reported increased flu activity, while 12 noted stable activity.Bulgaria reported high intensity; Greece, Luxembourg, Portugal, and Spain reported medium intensity; and all other nations noted low-intensity activity. Flu is widespread in Bulgaria, Greece, Luxembourg, and Spain.Through week 3 of this year, children under 15 are the most affected age-group in Europe, ECDC researchers noted in a separate report yesterday in Eurosurveillance.Though percentages of circulating strains vary by country, 2009 H1N1 is the predominant strain in Europe as a whole, the ECDC said in its weekly update. In five reporting countries, 87% of hospitalized lab-confirmed cases involved the former pandemic strain.European officials have identified two 2009 H1N1 isolates resistant to neuraminidase inhibitors so far this season.See also:Jan 31 CDC FluView reportJan 31 CDPH news releaseJan 31 ECDC weekly updateJan 30 Eurosurveillance reportlast_img read more

Federal-Mogul Names Jose Maria Alapont New Chairman

first_imgSOUTHFIELD, MI — AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Federal-Mogul Corp. has named President and CEO Jose Maria Alapont to the additional post of chairman of the board of directors for Federal-Mogul, effective immediately. He replaces Robert Miller, who has resigned to become chairman and CEO of Delphi Corp. Alapont was named president and CEO of Federal-Mogul on March 1. With more than 30 years of global leadership experience in the automotive manufacturer and supplier industries, Alapont is known throughout the industry as being customer and results oriented, relentless in his drive for excellence and breakthrough performance to generate global profitable growth. “I am very pleased to be chairman of the board of directors of Federal-Mogul,” said Alapont. “We are committed to driving the future of Federal-Mogul, creating value and fully satisfying customers, stakeholders and employees’ expectations through our global profitable growth strategy.” Prior to joining Federal-Mogul, Alapont was CEO and a member of the board of directors at IVECO – the commercial vehicle company of the Fiat Group. Between 1997 and 2003, Alapont held several leadership roles at Delphi Automotive Systems, one of the world’s largest and most diversified suppliers of automotive systems and components. He began his career at Delphi as executive director, energy and chassis systems. Soon after, he was promoted to president, Europe, Asia and Middle East, at which time he became a member of the Delphi Strategy Board, the company’s top policy-making group. In 2003, Alapont was president of international operations and vice president of sales and marketing. Advertisement From 1990 to 1997, Alapont served in a variety of key positions at Valeo Group – a leading global automotive supplier. He started at Valeo as operations director of engine cooling systems, Spain, and thereafter became operations director for worldwide heavy-duty engine cooling systems. He was subsequently promoted to group vice president of worldwide clutch operations, and group vice president of worldwide lighting systems. A native of Spain, Alapont began his career at Ford Motor Company in 1974 and over the course of 15 years held a number of management positions, from quality and manufacturing at Ford of Spain to powertrain and purchasing at Ford of Europe. Alapont earned degrees in industrial engineering from the Technical School of Valencia and in philology from the University of Valencia, in Spain. For more information about Federal-Mogul, go to: www.federal-mogul.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

Otto Energy Completes Galoc Drilling (Philippines)

first_imgOtto Energy Limited, as operator of the producing Galoc oilfield joint venture offshore the Philippines, provides the following update on the Galoc-5H and Galoc-6H drilling campaign in SC14C, part of the Galoc Phase II development approved in 2012.During the period from 0600 hours (AWST) on 14 August 2013 to 0600 hours (AWST) on 21 August 2013, drilled the G-6H 8½”  hole section to 3,958 metres through the Galoc reservoir  interval. The well intersected a 260m section of very high quality reservoir which was at the high end of prognosed outcomes.The well subsequently drilled through poorer sections of formation and the decision was made to TD the well early to ensure successful completion across the high quality reservoir. The 5½” completion liner has now been run over the high quality reservoir section.The well is currently being suspended prior to running the upper completion and well clean-up flow.The forward plan is to move the rig to the G-5H well and drill the 8½” hole horizontally for approximately 2,400 metres through the reservoir interval prior to running the completion liner and assembly.Location and Proposed DepthThe Galoc field is located in Service Contract SC14C (Galoc Sub Block) in 290 metres of water approximately 65km North West of Palawan Island and 350km south of Manila in the Republic of the Philippines. The Galoc-5H and Galoc-6H development wells are being drilled within the existing producing field that has delivered over 10 MMbbls of production since the field was commissioned in 2008.After drilling of both Galoc-5H and Galoc-6H is completed, the DOF operated Skandia Hercules construction vessel will be used to install the subsea equipment and complete the hook-up of both wells to the FPSO Rubicon Intrepid.First oil from the Phase II wells is expected in November 2013[mappress]Press Release, August 21, 2013last_img read more

Law students compete for work experience via Instagram

first_imgLaw students can now apply for internships by posting a photo on Instagram, alongside a caption about who inspires their career goals.The National Work Experience competition, organised by the University of Law, offers students the chance to do unpaid work experience at firms across the country, including Shoosmiths and Gateley PLC.The first round of the competition requires entrants to post a photo or video on the picture sharing app Instagram, with a caption about who inspires their career goals. The hashtag #Uinspire must be used and the University of Law must also be tagged in the post.Two weeks after the first deadline, five finalists per university campus will be interviewed via telephone and winners will be announced on 13 December.John Watkins, employability director at ULaw, said: ‘Work experience is a valuable complement to academic achievement – many employers will find that the former allows applicants to stand out more than the latter. Employers place high value on work experience in CVs and also enjoy giving students opportunities to participate – it brings their skills to life.’last_img read more

Sold out away end at Brentford

first_imgLee Johnson’s men travel to the capital tomorrow evening (7.45pm KO) and the club’s full allocation of 1,640 tickets have been snapped up.Duplicates and collections will be available from Braemar Road collection booth, which will be open from 5pm.Fans without tickets will be able to watch all the action on Robins TV though. The Sky Bet Championship fixture will be the club’s second domestic livestream of the campaign, meaning fans inside the UK and Ireland, as well as international viewers, can watch on Robins TV for just £10.BRENTFORD V CITY SUBSCRIPTIONTRAIN TRAVELWith TrainAI, our Away Fan Travel Partner, you can travel to the match at Brentford and pay in 30 days with no interest or additional charges. TrAINAIlast_img read more