CDC says new virus spreading beyond travelers

first_imgApr 28, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – As the official count of US swine influenza cases rose to 64 today, top federal health officials said it’s becoming increasingly clear that the virus is spreading beyond people who recently traveled to Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak.”The information we’re seeing from states and locals . . . is that this appears to be acting like a normal flu virus, which has a fairly high rate of transmission in families,” Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said at a news briefing this afternoon. He said investigators are finding respiratory and flu-like illnesses in family members of case-patients.Besser said the only confirmed case of person-to-person transmission in the United States so far is in the two Kansas cases, which officials have said involved a husband and wife. But he said that probably only reflects the limited extent of testing, adding, “I expect we are seeing transmission within families.”Later he commented that while travel history is an important diagnostic clue in people who have a flu-like illness, “I wouldn’t limit it to that, because it’s really [in] a minority of cases to date that we’ve identified that travel history.”The signs of ongoing transmission seem to fit with the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) move yesterday to raise the pandemic alert level to phase 4, which means a new flu virus can spread efficiently enough to cause sustained community outbreaks.This morning the CDC raised its case count to 64, from 40 as of yesterday, including 45 cases in New York, 10 in California, 6 in Texas, 2 in Kansas, and 1 in Ohio. Besser said five patients have been hospitalized—three in California and two in New York—but provided no details on their illnesses.The Associated Press reported this afternoon that “several hundred” students who attend a New York City Catholic school that has been hit by swine flu are sick.Besser reported that the latest illness onset date in a confirmed swine flu case is Apr 24, but that doesn’t mean there has been no transmission since then.”We’re asking that if you are a confirmed case not only that you stay home, but that the rest of your family stay home as well,” to limit the virus’s spread, he said.States all want suppliesIn other comments, Besser reported that all states have now requested their shares of antiviral drugs and personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile, and the CDC is working to fulfill the requests. He called the requests “a forward-leaning step,” since most states don’t have any cases yet.In response to a question, he said the CDC has not yet identified anything that distinguishes swine flu from seasonal flu, aside from the possible clue of a travel history. He said it was an advantage that the new virus did not emerge in the middle of the regular flu season.”If this outbreak had occurred in January or February it would’ve been very difficult to detect because of all the flu activity going on,” he said.On vaccine issues, Besser called the possibility of adding a swine flu antigen to the seasonal flu vaccine “an attractive approach” in that one vaccine could protect against seasonal and swine flu infections. “We do know that seasonal flu vaccine production is moving forward, and we don’t want to delay that, but that is under consideration,” he added.The other possibility is to make a monovalent vaccine, containing just the swine flu strain, he noted.The CDC previously said it was developing a seed strain of swine flu virus for companies to use in making a vaccine. Besser said the seed strain has not yet been sent to the manufacturers.He also reported that the incubation period in US swine flu cases appears to range from 2 to 7 days, which he termed typical for flu.Earlier in the day, Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the WHO emphasized—as he did yesterday—that the swine flu represents “a serious situation” but that a pandemic is not yet inevitable. “We really are in a period in which countries should take this opportunity to really prepare themselves for the possibility of a pandemic,” especially countries not yet dealing with cases, he said.He said that as of today the WHO officially counted 79 cases, including 40 in the United States (the number reported yesterday), 26 in Mexico, 6 in Canada, 3 in New Zealand, 2 in Spain, and 2 in the United Kingdom.Later today, the WHO in an online statement reported that Israel has confirmed 2 cases. The numbers are confirmed cases reported by governments.Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and the environment, stressed how much remains unknown about the new virus, including where it originated and why severe cases seem to be confined to Mexico.”We still do not have a good explanation for why the pattern of cases in other countries appears relatively mild while the pattern in Mexico appears to be much more severe,” he said. Besser said much the same in the CDC briefing.When asked about reports that the virus might have originated in Mexico’s Vera Cruz state, Fukuda said, “I think right now it’s not possible to really know where this virus originated.” He added that the swine flu isolates that have been analyzed have been very similar, suggesting that the virus emerged recently and has not been around long enough to branch into many variants.Fukuda cautioned that even if swine flu activity subsides sometime soon, it will be at least several months before experts can conclude that a pandemic won’t happen. “It’s very hard to know when something like this disappears. I don’t think we’ll be able to conclude that in the next few weeks.”He also warned not to forget how the great pandemic of 1918-19 unfolded. “It also started out as a relatively mild spread of illness that really wasn’t much noted in most places, but then it became a very severe pandemic in the fall,” he said.See also: CDC swine flu page 28 WHO update swine flu page read more

Bulldog Track Results At EC Invitational

first_imgThe Batesville High School track team traveled to East Central Friday night to compete in their 8 team invitational.  Although the winds were very high at times and the temperature dropped quite a bit as the sun went down, the rain stayed away and some great competition was seen.  Batesville placed a very respectable 3rd place for the girls as the boys placed 2nd.  For both sides, the East Central Trojans ran away with the victories scoring over 200 points! VERY impressive!  Final scores were, girls: EC-205.5, Franklin County-117, BHS-107, Ursuline-65, Gburg-53.5, South Ripley-51, OA-12, Hughes-9.  And for the boys scores were: EC-201.5, BHS-128.83, FC-101, GB-79.66, Mueller-49, OA-28, SR-22 and Hughes-4.Batesville had 4 events where the Bulldogs took the championship medal and they were: Charlie Laymon in the long jump where he jump a BIG personal best of 20’7″, Adam Moster in the 800m run (2:06.32), Joshua Myers in the 3200m run with a personal best of 10:06.48 and the boys 4 x 800m relay of JJ Kuisel, Johnathon Lynch, Vonley Hund and Adam Moster (8:52.56).  Way to go, boys!Runner up finishes went to:Stephanie Nobbe-200m dashJohnathon Lynch-800m runBenjamin Moster-1600m runCarley Pride and Kent Meyers-high jumpGirls 4 x 800m relay of Liz Loichinger, Lily Pinckley, Maria Lopez and Katie OlsenBoys 4 x 400m relay of Adam Moster, Tyler Myers, Johnathon Lynch and JJ Kuisel3rd place finishes were:Stephanie Nobbe-100m dashJJ Kuisel-400m dashLiz Loichinger-800m run and 1600m runLily Pinckley-3200m runKent Myers-pole vault4 x 100m relay of Callie Main, Lily Meyer, Roxie Hund and Stephanie Nobbe4th place finishes:Carley Pride-400m dashBenjamin Moster-800m runRoxie Hund and Tyler Myers-300m hurdlesKatie Bedel-long jumpSam Sittloh-shot putBoys 4 x 100m  of Isaiah Riffle, Justin Heiser, Charlie Laymon and Sam HaskampGirls 4 x 400m relay of Katie Olsen, Liz Loichinger, Roxie Hund and Carley Pride5th places were:Lily Meyer-200m dash and long jumpKatie Olsen-800m runTrysta Vierling-1600m runAdam Hollowell-3200m runGabe Gunter-high jump6th places went to:Lily Meyer-100m dashDillon Murray-3200m runChase Hamilton-300m hurdlesAdam Moster-long jumpCallie Main-discus7th places were:Dillon Murray-1600m runTrysta Vierling-3200m runRoxie Hund and Chase Hamilton-100/110m hurdlesSam Robben-300m hurdlesKatie Bedel-high jumpCallie Main-long jumpAnd finishing up the scoring and ribbon winner in 8th place went to:Maria Lopez-800m runAustin Cornn-high jumpStephanie Nobbe-pole vaultThis was one of our first big meets and some awesome performances were delivered.  The following is the list of everyone that achieved a personal best…again, despite the windy and colder conditions.  By event they are:200m dash-Carley Pride400m dash-Carley Pride and Ava Ralston800m run-Liz Loichinger and Benjamin Moster1600m run-Adam Hollowell, Benjamin Moster, Dillon Murray and Trysta Vierling3200m run-Joshua Myers, Adam Hollowell and Lily Pinckley300m hurdles-Tyler Myers and Sam Robben4 x 800m splits-Lily Pinckley, Katie Olsen4 x 400m splites-JJ Kuisel, Adam Moster, Tyler Myers, Johnathon Lynch, Liz Loichinger, Carley Pride and Roxie HundShot put-Sam SittlohDiscus-Callie MainPole Vault-Kent MeyersLong Jump-Charlie Laymon, Adam Moster, Lily Meyer, Callie Main and Katie BedelWay to go everyone!  I will continue to say that hardwork is really paying off!  The Bulldogs are ready to enter their tournament season as they will host County next Thursday.  This will also be Senior night where we will honor 9 great Senior leaders!  Action begins at 5pm and we will honor our seniors at the conclusion of the meet!  Come out and support the Dogs!last_img read more

Victim knew armed robbers from incident Friday

first_imgGreensburg, IN – Friday evening, Greensburg Police Department officers and Decatur County Sheriff Department deputies were dispatched to Colonial Manor off of Davidson Street in reference to a robbery involving a firearm.The initial report from a female caller was that three males broke into an apartment and took an item. While in the apartment, the caller alleges that one of the males brandished a firearm before fleeing.  When the officers arrived on the scene, a Decatur County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Greensburg Officer were able to locate and detain one male running from the apartments. The officers allege this suspect had a firearm, which officers located during the search of the area.Other responding officers were advised by members of the public that a vehicle had pulled into a housing addition and two males fled from the vehicle. Officers from both departments set a perimeter and Greensburg K-9 Officer Mitch Tuttle and K-9 Hercules were called to the scene to begin a track. During this search, officers were able to locate another male hiding in a pine tree in the area, and he was taken into custody. Officer Tuttle and Hercules then continued their search, in which the third male was located hiding under a residence’s back porch.At this time, this case is still an active investigation and not all details can be released but Chief Brendan Bridges stated that the female caller knew the alleged robbers and this was not a random crime. During the investigation, four individuals were arrested and transported to the Decatur County Jail. Jaron Markland, of Greensburg, was charged on allegations of Dealing in Marijuana and Dealing in a Controlled SubstanceMaxwell Higgins, of Louisville, Kentucky, was charged on allegations of Robbery with a Firearm, Burglary with a Firearm, Criminal Recklessness, Criminal Confinement with a Firearm, and Intimidation with a FirearmSherquan Malone, of Louisville, Kentucky, was charged on allegations of Robbery with a Firearm, Burglary with a Firearm, Criminal Recklessness, Criminal Confinement with a Firearm, and Intimidation with a FirearmBrandon Mitchel,l of Louisville, Kentucky, was charged on allegations of Robbery with a Firearm, Burglary with a Firearm, Criminal Recklessness, Criminal Confinement with a Firearm, and Intimidation with a Firearmlast_img read more