Aug 4, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) official today rejected a media report that quoted her as saying that antiviral-resistant cases of novel H1N1 influenza had been found along the US-Mexican border.Details in the original article, published by Agence France-Presse (AFP), were sketchy and at times confusing. The report, which quoted Maria Teresa Cerqueira, PhD, chief of PAHO’s US-Mexico border office in El Paso, Tex., said a few oseltamivir (Tamiflu)-resistant cases had been detected in El Paso and near McAllen, Tex.The story quoted her as saying one patient diagnosed with a resistant strain had been treated with zanamivir (Relenza) and that “another was given no alternative treatment.” The article didn’t say if either of the patients was initially treated with Tamiflu.But in an e-mail message today, Cerqueira said she was misquoted. She sent the message to PAHO, which shared it with CIDRAP News.Cerqueria wrote that she mentioned McAllen and El Paso as being among the border towns where novel flu virus has been detected. She said that in response to a question about resistant cases, she told the writer she was concerned and that PAHO has recommended surveillance for such cases, especially since people go back and forth across the border for medical care and to buy medicine.Cerqueira said she repeated several times that she had no information on any antiviral-resistant cases in the border area. “It is an unfortunate misinterpretation that needs to be clarified,” she wrote.She wrote that she has heard about two antiviral-resistant cases from a physician in Colombia, but that the source did not say they were near the US-Mexico border.So far, isolated oseltamivir-resistant novel flu cases have been confirmed in Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, and Canada. All of the patients had a history of oseltamivir prophylaxis or treatment, except for the patient in Hong Kong, a girl who was visiting from the United States, where health officials believe she was exposed to the virus.A spokesman for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today referred questions about the alleged border antiviral-resistant cases to PAHO, and a World Health Organization spokesman said its experts were following up on the claims in the report. A PAHO spokeswoman said the group was working on a statement to clarify the comments attributed to Cerqueira.See also:Aug 3 AFP story
Pardew has slapped a price tag as high as £60million on winger Yannick Bolasie, with Liverpool reportedly interested in the in-form 25-year-old. The Palace boss has drawn up a clear transfer strategy with chairman Steve Parrish, which will again be centred around digging out high-value recruits. “It really is about are they better than what you have. “Therefore what is their value? And that is what you have to gauge. “I have to say this club has done very well in the transfer market prior to me coming in. I think in that window just passed we bought really well, but really we haven’t seen them. “I haven’t had to lean on Shola Ameobi, Jordon Mutch, Chungy (Lee Chung-yong) too much really. “And I really did think, particularly in Shola, that he was going to be a massive player for us if it got close. “In a way the team have taken that equation away.” Pardew has guided Palace out of the relegation mire since his January arrival, with the Eagles fifth in the Premier League standings on 2015’s fixtures alone. Victory over Hull in Saturday’s Selhurst Park clash would rubber-stamp Palace’s top-flight safety, and Pardew admitted he is eager to make what experiments he can with next term in mind. “There could be an opportunity to look for next year and that is what I am going to do between now and the end of the year,” he said. “I will try and keep our professionalism together, but also look at Chungy and Jordon Mutch and how they are going to impact on what is a good team at the moment. “We still have some big games though, so I have to look at that and can’t be experimenting in some. “It is about making sure whatever team goes out there is every bit as good as the team that has played in the last few weeks.” Alan Pardew is weighing up chasing a big-name summer signing to boost Crystal Palace’s profile as the Eagles battle to hold onto their top talent. Former Newcastle manager Pardew did however concede that a high-profile signing could be just the kind of statement of intent the Selhurst Park club need to cement their Premier League authority. “I think that is a good point actually,” said Pardew when asked if a well-known recruit would boost the club. “Maybe that is a solution to not just give us a better media standing than we have, but to also give everybody else here the recognition in terms of their value, that we could attract a player of that type. “That is something I have thought about.” Pardew is adamant Palace’s top stars are vastly undervalued by their top-flight rivals, and is intent on changing perceptions the most straightforward way – setting higher demands. That blunt strategy fully underscores Pardew rating Bolasie – signed from Bristol City for around £400,000 in 2011 – at £20million last week, and between £40million and £60million this. While Palace may seek to break the £7million club transfer record set with the September 2014 arrival of James McArthur from Wigan, Pardew is loath to do so lightly. “It isn’t just about the money and isn’t just about the figure that you pay,” said Pardew. Press Association
Gennaro Gattuso wants to be a coach after his professional career and dismissed links to a move back to AC Milan.The 34-year-old joined Swiss side Sion in the off-season after deciding to call time on his 13-year association with Milan.But despite having enjoyed an exceptional career at his former club, he has no interest in returning and hopes to soon begin working on his badges.“A return to Milan? I certainly won’t abandon this ship,” Gattuso told reporters.“I gave my word to Sion officials when I came here.“I hope to begin a cycle at this club and I don’t harbour any nostalgia for home. Switzerland has, after all, a high quality of life. “It is my objective to become a coach, but only in the future.”During his career, Gattuso won the Champions League two times with Milan and the World Cup 2006 with Italy.