HHS orders drugs to treat 14 million in flu pandemic

first_img Avian flu has broken out again in commercial poultry in Russia this week. More than 100,000 chickens on a farm in the southern region of Krasnodar, on the northeastern side of the Black Sea, have been killed to contain the outbreak, according to the AP. See also: The World Health Organization (WHO) said today its collaborating laboratory in Britain has confirmed the second fatal human H5N1 case in Iraq. The case, in a 39-year-old man, was announced previously by Iraq’s health ministry and the WHO. An official at Sulianti Saroso Hospital said the two patients were transferred there early today, according to the story. He said seven other patients at the hospital were being treated for suspected avian flu as well. Mar 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US health officials announced today they have ordered more than 14 million treatment courses of two antiviral drugs to add to the 5.5 million courses already bought in preparation for a possible influenza pandemic. Mar 1 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_01a/en/index.html The HHS announcement came as concern about the spread of H5N1 avian influenza continued to increase in Europe and elsewhere. The British lab is also testing samples from some suspected human cases from the northern Iraqi province of Sulaimaniyah and the southern provinces of Basra and Missan, the WHO said. In Germany, disease-control officials said the cat recently found infected with avian flu almost certainly had the deadly strain of H5N1, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. If so, the cat will be the first known instance of a mammal infected with the virus in Europe. Captive tigers and leopards and a few domestic cats were infected in Asia in 2004. The HHS pandemic plan calls for buying enough doses of antivirals to treat 25% of the US population, according to the release. The department didn’t say how soon it expects to receive the doses just ordered. In Indonesia, two more people, a 20-year-old and a 12-month-old, were hospitalized in Jakarta with suspected cases of avian flu, according to another AFP report today. Thomas Mettenleiter, head of Germany’s Friedrich Loeffler Institute, said the cat is believed to have eaten an infected bird, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published last night. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ordered 12.4 million courses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) from Roche and 1.75 million courses of zanamivir (Relenza) from GlaxoSmithKline, according to an HHS news release.last_img read more

Rodgers hoping Coutinho adds competition

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects new signing Philippe Coutinho to up the ante in the battle for first-team places but insists he will not push the player too hard, too soon. It was not an ideal introduction either as many of the players were away on international duty after midweek games so he had a “bridging session” on Thursday and took part in his first full training the following day. Unlike fellow January signing Daniel Sturridge, who came in at the beginning of the month from Chelsea and made his debut a few days later in the FA Cup, Coutinho is likely to be introduced gradually having had a recent injury at Inter. “He’s a young player I’ve got very high hopes for but Daniel was ready to come in and play – we’ll see how young Philippe goes,” said Rodgers. “He was with the medical team with Milan and he has come here and we have assessed where he is in terms of his fitness. “He trained with the group on Friday and we’ll observe him and see where he’s at but competition for places is what we want, that was the whole idea of bringing him in. “The key for us has always been to build a competitive squad that would enable us to challenge. “That will keep us going and allowing us to develop.” The 20-year-old Brazilian arrived from Inter Milan for £8.5million in the final few days of the transfer window, but he has only just spent his first few days training at Melwood after returning to Italy to finalise all the necessary aspects of the move. “He’s a top young player with big experiences and bringing him into the group adds that competition,” Rodgers said. “There’s no doubt that the team who have been involved in the last couple of games have been exceptional but it’s very important that we’ve got players in the side who are fighting to get into the team.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Man City surge on, United sink Spurs to stay second

first_imgCOMPLETE CONTROLThough Jay Rodriguez equalised quickly, City were in complete control once Fernandinho’s deflected effort put them ahead after 15 minutes.Substitute Sterling scored his ninth of the season in all competitions four minutes after coming with City’s only late moment of concern en route to a 13th straight win coming when careless defending from Nicolas Otamendi let in Matty Phillips for a consolation.City’s 28 points equalled the tally accrued by Chelsea in 2005 and Manchester City themselves in 2011 – and both those sides went on to win the title – but neither of those teams could match the plus-29 goal difference of Guardiola’s charges.The manager reserved special praise for Sane, describing him as a “special talent” after City extended their unbeaten record in all competitions to a club record 21.Mourinho hailed United’s win in difficult windy and rainy conditions in the lunchtime fixture between the second and third-placed teams as “deserved” after they had created the lion’s share of chances.Martial struck 10 minutes after coming on, latching on to Lukaku’s flicked header from David de Gea’s goalkick.It was a scruffy left-foot finish from the Frenchman, leaving Mourinho to smile: “Martial scores with a bad shot — but the bad shots can be the most beautiful.”Wenger was in bullish mood after Arsenal’s win, saying the Gunners had proved their critics wrong by overturning a lead for a third time in a week.“Again we have showed the mental strength to come back and win the game,” said Wenger, now just 10 matches short of former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson’s landmark of 810 Premier League matches as manager. LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City maintained their charge towards the Premier League title with a 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion as Manchester United kept within five points of their neighbours with a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.Goals from Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling moved the leaders on to 28 points – equalling the best return after 10 matches of a Premier League season – as irresistible City took their campaign’s tally of league goals to a remarkable 35.Earlier, Jose Mourinho received the response he had demanded from his United side following their humbling defeat at Huddersfield Town as an 81st-minute goal from substitute Anthony Martial preserved their perfect home record.The win, their sixth straight victory in the league at Old Trafford without conceding a goal, moved United on to 23 points, three clear of Spurs as champions Chelsea and Arsenal both marched to within a point of their London rivals.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who had shown unusual irritation last week when asked about stories linking compatriot Carlo Ancelotti with his job, seemed rather happier after Eden Hazard’s 51st minute goal earned his side a 1-0 win in the late game at Bournemouth to maintain their fourth spot.Arsene Wenger celebrated a successful 800th Premier League match in charge as Arsenal fought from one down to beat Swansea City 2-1 with second-half goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey.Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp got the better of his best friend, Huddersfield boss David Wagner, in a 3-0 win at Anfield where second-half strikes from Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum pushed the Reds to sixth on 16 points.Watford’s giddy ascent, though, was checked with a 1-0 home defeat by struggling Stoke City – Darren Fletcher hit the target in the 16th minute – that dropped them to seventh on 15.At the other end of the table, Crystal Palace escaped with an astonishing 2-2 draw with West Ham United, coming back from two down and earning a draw in the seventh minute of stoppage time through Wilfried Zaha.Pep Guardiola’s Man City continue to look unstoppable at domestic level, having opened up in brilliant fashion with Sane scoring his sixth goal in seven league games after 10 minutes. By Ian Chadbandlast_img read more

Lakers, Clippers schedules include early-season intrigue

first_imgOne scheduling concession for both teams is the absence of the annual Grammy Awards road trip. Staples Center will host the event during the All-Star break Feb. 11-18.That is the only solace for the Lakers during an eight-game stretch in February that includes just one home game among two matchups with the Spurs and meetings with 2015 playoff teams — the Cavaliers, Grizzlies, Bulls, Pelicans and Bucks.Should the Lakers’ fate include a run at the postseason, the home stretch will be difficult beyond simply keeping Kobe Bryant healthy. Aside from the regular-season finale versus the Jazz, the preceding six-game stretch consists of all playoff teams from a season ago and a back-to-back against the Rockets and Thunder.Of the Lakers’ 18 pairs of back-to-back games next season, three are packed into an eight-game road trip in early December.The Clippers’ schedule includes 20 back-to-backs, two of which occur on the toughest road trip of the season. The five-game stretch beginning March 15 consists of games at the Spurs, Rockets, Grizzlies, Pelicans and defending NBA champion Warriors. Regardless of how the Lakers or Clippers finished last season, the events since created plenty of intrigue for early-season matchups in L.A. on the 2015-16 NBA schedule released Wednesday.The Lakers’ season opener against the Timberwolves features the top two picks in the NBA draft, and the Clippers’ home opener lands the Mavericks and spurned owner Mark Cuban in the same building as DeAndre Jordan.The Clippers play Dallas twice in the season’s first two weeks, two of their franchise-best 33 nationally televised games next season. The Lakers will be on national TV 28 times, including a Christmas Day home game on ESPN against the Clippers, part of a marquee lineup that includes an NBA Finals rematch between the Cavaliers and Warriors.The Lakers and Clippers’ four matchups include back-to-back games April 5 and 6, part of a difficult stretch to end the Lakers’ regular season. March won’t be an easy month for the Clippers thanks to three games against the Thunder, expected to be much improved with a healthy Kevin Durant, and additional games against the Cavaliers, Hawks and three other playoff teams from a season ago. The Clippers don’t have a road trip longer than five games, but their schedule includes four such trips.After clawing within one win of a Western Conference finals appearance last season, the Clippers were rewarded with four games on ABC and 10 apiece on ESPN and TNT this season. There will be plenty of intrigue in the first two weeks, during which the Clippers play the Mavericks twice, including a Nov. 11 visit to Dallas where a scored Mavericks fan base will undoubtedly voice its contempt for Jordan after the Clippers center rescinded his commitment to sign with the Mavericks in July.The Clippers’ Nov. 7 home game against the Rockets marks a Western Conference semifinals rematch. The Rockets became the ninth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 postseason series deficit when they halted what appeared to be a promising playoff run in a stunning end to the Clippers’ season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more