PAHO rejects report of resistant H1N1 cases on US-Mexico border

first_imgAug 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 storylast_img read more

Indonesia’s economy may contract 0.4% in worst case scenario: Sri Mulyani

first_imgThe World Bank has estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic will significantly slow Indonesia’s economic growth this year – 2.1 percent in 2020, down from the initially projected 5.1 percent – if the situation starts to normalize by June. The Washington-based bank has warned that the economy may contract this year if the pandemic continues into the third quarter.World Bank East Asia Pacific chief economist Aaditya Mattoo said the pandemic required drastic action, such as strong social distancing and travel restrictions, adding that the government had to provide compensation for informal-sector workers and credit liquidity transfers to firms. “These are complementary economic measures that, in the short run, when people can neither work nor consume as freely as they would have, are absolutely essential to minimize the economic pain and prevent short-term economic shocks,” Mattoo said.As of Monday afternoon 1,528 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Indonesia with 136 deaths. The government has decided to impose stricter rules on social distancing, coupled with “civil emergency measures”.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.8 billion) in extra spending on Tuesday to finance Indonesia’s fight against COVID-19. Rp 150 trillion will be set aside for economic recovery programs, Rp 75 trillion for healthcare spending, Rp 110 trillion for social protection and Rp 70.1 trillion for tax incentives and credits for enterprises.A new Government Regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) will be issued to enable Bank Indonesia (BI) to finance the budget by buying government bonds directly at auction. BI was previously only allowed to buy government debt in the secondary market.Read also: Explainer: BI to throw lifeline to Indonesia’s economy to fight COVID-19 “Extraordinary times require extraordinary policy and action,” Sri Mulyani said, adding that the measures were expected to protect the national economy. Indonesia’s economy grew by 5.02 percent last year, already the slowest in four years. The government’s latest economic growth projection marks the weakest position for the economy since the aftermath of the 1998 Asian financial crisis.center_img The government has outlined a worst-case scenario where the domestic economy contracts by 0.4 percent as the COVID-19 pandemic arrests swaths of economic activity and poses recessionary risks to Southeast Asia’s largest economy.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the baseline scenario was for economic growth to sit at 2.3 percent this year as trade contracted and consumption and investment growth slowed.“We are forward-looking, so the steps we’re taking are preventive measures,” Sri Mulyani said at a media briefing on Wednesday. COVID-19 had disrupted household activities, hampered firms’ sales and revenue and had hit micro, small and medium businesses, she added.last_img read more

River yields dead body

first_imgOfficers of the Santa Barbara policestation ruled out foul play in the incident./PN ILOILO City – He was found dead floatingin the river. The 62-year-old Rosendo Majaducon wasbelieved to have drowned in the river in Barangay Agutayan, Santa Barbara,Iloilo, police said. Majaducon – resident of Barangay CabugaoSur, Santa Barbara – was discovered by Hilbert Alimani around 4 p.m. on Dec.29, a police report showed. His body was brought to a local mortuaryfor a “post-mortem” examination. last_img

Baseball, Softball Classifications Announced for 2017‐18, 2018‐19

first_imgThe Indiana High School Athletic Association announces the new classifications for IHSAA member schools in baseball and softball for the next two school years.Sectional groupings for both sports will be announced in late August following approval of the IHSAA Executive Committee.The enrollment figures, the total of boys and girls in grades 9‐12, were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used to determine the classifications in the sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball. Classifications for the other sportswere announced last March.Also, per IHSAA By‐Law, C‐2‐3c, any school has the option to play up one or more classes in any sport they choose for the two‐year classification period by notifying the Association Office.Accumulated Tournament Success Factor points have been tallied from the previous two seasons and have been applied in placing those affected schools in their appropriate classification within each sport.2017-19Softball Enrollments and Classifications2017-19 Baseball Enrollments and Classificationslast_img read more