US flu activity continues slow decline

first_imgInfluenza activity in the United States is continuing a slow decline that first became apparent 2 weeks ago, with most indicators down again last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.Among the signs were decreases in positive test results, the number of states with high activity, and deaths in children.The CDC said 19.6% of 8,282 respiratory samples tested positive for flu, compared with 21.1% of 9,514 samples a week earlier. The share of medical visits due to influenza-like illness (ILI) was 3.2%, down a hair from 3.3% the week before, though still well above the national baseline of 2.0%.High activity in seven statesJust seven states, most of them south-central, reported high flu activity, down from 10 the week before. The number of states with moderate activity stayed the same at 12.In terms of geographic extent, 29 states had widespread flu activity last week, versus 38 the previous week. Nineteen states still had regional activity, the next geographic category, compared with 10 a week earlier.Three flu-related pediatric deaths were reported last week, which was six fewer than the week before. The latest deaths raised the seasonal total to 40. The three cases involved influenza viruses that were not subtyped.The share of deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia, an indicator that typically lags behind most others, sank to 8.6% last week, from 8.8% the previous week. But the number remained well above the epidemic threshold of 7.3%, the CDC said.The CDC’s surveillance system for flu-related hospitalizations, which covers 70 counties in 10 states, recorded 587 cases last week, down from 879 the preceding week. The season’s total reached 6,081, which indicates a rate of 22.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 population.In a related development, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported today that 56 flu-related deaths were reported in the state in the past week. That raises the season total to 202, close to double the 106 deaths reported during the previous flu season. Officials said another 41 deaths are still under investigation.The CDC said 2009 H1N1 viruses continued to be overwhelmingly predominant among flu isolates that were subtyped, with only a few H3N2 and type B isolates found. Two more isolates, both H1N1, with markers of resistance to antiviral drugs (neuraminidase inhibitors) were found. Those brought the seasonal total to 23, all of them H1N1 viruses.Activity still rising in EuropeThis week’s update from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) suggests that flu activity is continuing to increase in Europe. The agency said 17 countries and the United Kingdom (Scotland and Wales) reported increasing ILI activity.Greece was the only country reporting high-intensity activity, but six others—Bulgaria, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Malta, and Spain—reported medium activity, up from four countries a week earlier. The other 22 countries reported low intensity.The proportion of sentinel respiratory specimens testing positive for flu has dropped in the past 2 weeks, but eight countries reported geographically widespread flu activity last week, an increase from the week before, the ECDC said.H3N2 and 2009 H1N1 viruses are both circulating in Europe, with the balance varying by country, the agency reported.See also: CDC FluView reportFeb 7 CDPH press releaseFeb 7 ECDC reportlast_img read more

Osborne hit by delays to £50m City office project

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Chinese gov’t provides equipment and training worth $2 million to Liberia’s…

first_imgLiberia’s police force is poised for a much-needed boost.The Chinese government has donated equipment and training worth two million dollars. This is a crucial time for Liberia’s police and military. They took over full control of the country’s security from the United Nations earlier this year.From Monrovia, Lennart Dodoo has more.last_img

2017 High School Football Preview: Cleveland Central Catholic Ironmen

first_img Tony Bogan is a 2010 graduate of Shaker Heights High School. He covers high school sports in and around the Cleveland area, and has done part-time college basketball play-by-play for Cuyahoga Community College. Tony Bogan Related Topicscenter_img The Cleveland Central Catholic Ironmen struggled last season, going 3-7 in the 2016 campaign, but had a tough schedule, with seven of their ten games being either against playoff teams or teams above .500.This year, the Ironmen are looking to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Head coach John Lundy talked to NEO Sports Insiders about how his team is preparing for the upcoming season.“We just have to stay healthy and be consistent.” said Lundy. “We’re basically looking for our senior leadership to step up this season. We just have to stay healthy and play together. We have eight playoff teams on our schedule, so we have our work cut out for us.”Regular Season Schedule:8/26 Holy Name9/2 at Lake Catholic9/9 Elyria Catholic9/15 at NDCL9/23 University School9/29 at Lutheran East10/6 at St. Thomas Aquinas10/12 at Warren JFK10/21 Trinity10/28 VASJlast_img read more

QPR striker Johnson returns with two goals

first_imgAndy Johnson featured for QPR’s Under-21 side as they beat Millwall 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon.The veteran striker, plagued by knee problems and more recently an ankle injury, scored twice in the game at Rangers’ Harlington training ground, where Shaun Wright-Phillips also played.Johnson netted with a penalty after being fouled in the area and after Millwall equalised Michael Petrasso restored the lead in the second half.AdChoices广告And Johnson added Rangers’ third on 84 minutes, sealing a place in the Professional Development League Two play-offs for Steve Gallen’s team. See also:Two more goals for QPR striker Johnson Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Collegiate StarLeague taking 2019 Grand Finals to Atlantic City

first_imgCollegiate StarLeague has announced that the 2019 North American Collegiate Grand Finals will head to the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.Taking place over April 26-28th, the Grand Finals will see the best collegiate players and teams from North America compete for over $100,000 (£75,624.50) in scholarships.Credit: Collegiate StarLeagueActing as the culmination of the latest season, the event will include competitions for Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, NBA 2K, Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. Melee & Ultimate, Apex Legends, and Fortnite.Wim Stocks, CEO & General Manager of Collegiate StarLeague and WorldGaming Network commented on the announcement: “Atlantic City will be a great host city for Collegiate StarLeague’s 2019 Grand Finals where we’ll be awarding more than $100,000 in scholarships to the top collegiate gamers from across the US and Canada university and college network. This year’s event will be our biggest to date, with more teams, more competitors, more games and more reasons to attend. The event will also showcase a speaker series on the business of esports, a meet and greet with key esports and sports celebrity personalities, as well as a festival with music, food and incredible entertainment.”Twitch Student, GameStop, Jostens, Capcom, 2K Sports, Ingame Esports, and CRDA are all signed on as sponsors and partners on the Grand Finals. Through Twitch Student, CSL has added Twitch as the exclusive livestreaming and distribution partner for the event.Robert Mulcahy, Board Chairman of CRDA added: “With the explosion in popularity of competitive video gaming, we are very excited to bring the Collegiate StarLeague’s Grand Finals and additional esport events to Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall this year. This reinforces the CRDA’s commitment to attract thousands of new visitors to our destination as we continue to expand entertainment and events options.”Other locations for the Grand Finals of the league in previous years include Anaheim in 2014, San Francisco in 2015, Austin in 2016, Toronto in 2017, and Los Angeles in 2018.Wim Stocks will be speaking on ‘The state of collegiate esports’ roundtable at ESI New York, our upcoming esports business event on April 23rd. Be sure to secure your tickets now before it’s too late!Esports Insider says: The amount of titles utilised in the Grand Finals allows for a whole host of students to get involved and potentially claim some of the winnings, which is obviously great. The Boardwalk Hall looks like it has potential to be a solid venue for an esports event of this size so we’re interested to see how things pan out.last_img read more