IDSA President Martin J. Blaser said in the news release, “It’s important to keep in mind that there is no pandemic right now. Even the H5N1 virus that is currently circulating in Asia and Europe primarily causes a disease affecting birds. There have been very few cases of bird-to-human transmission. Most of those who became sick were in very close contact with poultry.” “The threat of a pandemic to the American people is so low right now that it simply doesn’t justify personal stockpiles of antivirals,” said Leonard Mermel, DO, SCM, president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). “We need this drug to treat sick people who will suffer from human strains of flu this winter.” He made the statement in a joint news release from SHEA and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). The statement follows recent reports of people trying to stockpile the antiviral drug for protection in case a flu pandemic erupts. Scores of governments are stockpiling oseltamivir, but supplies are limited and production is slow. Last week the manufacturer, Roche, suspended shipments of the drug to US pharmacies in an effort to prevent hoarding and save supplies for those who will need it for seasonal flu this winter. Oseltamivir and zanamivir (Relenza), called neuraminidase inhibitors, are the only antiviral drugs considered likely to be of some help if the H5N1 avian flu virus leads to a human flu pandemic. Oct 31, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Two major organizations of infectious disease experts today warned the public against hoarding oseltamivir (Tamiflu), saying the threat of an influenza pandemic is not high enough to warrant it. IDSA-SHEA position statement US officials say they currently have a stockpile of about 2.3 million treatment courses of oseltamivir and expect to have about 2 million more by the end of this year. The government’s current goal is to have enough to treat 20 million people, which is less than 10% of the population. The IDSA advocates storing up enough to treat 25% to 40% of the population. “Given the current shortage of antiviral drugs, institutions should not stockpile drug for prophylaxis of health care workers, as this strategy requires much greater drug supplies than early treatment, and could deplete the reserve necessary for treatment on a national level,” the statement adds. In related news, Canadian pharmacies today stopped cross-border sales of oseltamivir to the United States to allay public concern about the potential for shortages, according to a Bloomberg News report. In announcing the move, the Canadian International Pharmacy Association said there is no evidence of a shortage now, the story said. According to the story, Roche Chairman and Chief Executive Franze Humer said he had discussed the idea with Chinese officials. But reports in Chinese newspapers said Roche had not received any formal proposals from Chinese drug companies to produce the drug, the AP reported. See also: In a position statement also issued today, IDSA and SHEA said, “Personal stockpiling would likely lead to inappropriate use and wastage, as well as foster antiviral drug resistance emergence under some circumstances.” The groups suggested that healthcare facilities consider building a rotating stockpile containing about five times as much oseltamivir and zanamivir as they need in an average flu season, since the shelf life of the two drugs is about 5 years. Meanwhile, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong said Roche has been talking with the Chinese government about the possibility of jointly producing oseltamivir, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today.
According to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, more than a million tourist arrivals were realized in Croatia in July, which is 47% of arrivals in the same period last year. According to the Croatian National Tourist Board, more than 7,2 million tourist nights, which is approximately 55% of last year’s result. Out of the total number of arrivals, foreign tourists realized 875.000 arrivals (44% of last year’s result) and 6.2 million overnight stays (53% of last year’s result), while the turnover of domestic tourists is at 80% of last year’s turnover measured by arrivals and 73% of overnight stays. “Almost 550 thousand tourists stay in Croatia on a daily basis these days, of which about 460 thousand are foreign guests”, pointed out the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić and added that during the second half of July, and especially in August, he expects that the number of guests in Croatian destinations will continue to grow. In the period from 1 to 15 July in terms of the absolute number of overnight stays is the leading German market with 86% of last year’s result, followed by Slovenia with 83% and the Czech Republic with 69% of last year’s result in the same period. The destinations with the highest number of overnight stays so far in July are Vir, Rovinj, Medulin, Mali Lošinj and Poreč.
On Wednesday, 21-year old Bryan Barnes, one of two men charged with the murder of two USC graduate students from China, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. According to the Los Angeles Times, Barnes will serve two consecutive life terms and will not be granted parole.On April 11, 2012, Ming Qu and Ying Wu were fatally shot by Barnes, 20 years old at the time, while parked outside in a neighborhood near campus.According to the L.A. Times, Wu’s black iPhone, which was stolen from the scene of the crime, linked Los Angeles police detectives to Barnes and his presumed accomplice, then 19-year old Javier Bolden. Bolden’s trial has yet to be held.Prosecutors said during preliminary hearings that the GPS in Wu’s phone lead police to a warehouse and evidence implicated Barnes.By court order, investigators were allowed to wiretap Barnes’ telephone conversations. According to the L.A. Times, in one call with Bolden, Barnes mentions how they “ran up on them little Asian people,” implying that he had shot them.Additionally, a former girlfriend of Barnes testified that Barnes had admitted to stealing the cell phone, and told her that someone may have been shot during the robbery.Judge Stephen A. Marcus, who presided over the trial, declared there was “more than enough evidence” in connecting Barnes and Bolden to the murders of Qu and Wu.According to the L.A. Times, investigators also suspect Barnes and Bolden in another shooting in which a victim was hit eight times. Bolden is also being investigated in conjunction with a shooting that injured two people.
Emerald Garrison members pictured with some children from the Childhood Cancer Foundation at the recent launch of their charity partnership.A campaign to increase the awareness of Childhood Cancer will get some impressive help in Donegal next weekend, when the magnificent Emerald Garrison come to visit the International Sheep Shearing Championships in Burt.Ireland’s largest independent Star Wars costuming club has just announced a charity partnership with Childhood Cancer Foundation and have attended a number of their events in 2014. They will appear again on the 31st May in Donegal for the All Ireland And International World Sheep Shearing Championship.The famed Star Wars costuming club – that brings together enthusiasts from all over the world – has visited Donegal before to raise awareness of Childhood Cancer, going down an absolute treat at the group’s Easter Eggstravaganza in Oakfield Park last year. “We are thrilled that Emerald Garrison are coming along to the Sheep Shearing Championships where we are hosting an awareness stand over the weekend. They were really a storm-trooping success when they came to Raphoe and we are certain that they will create a massive buzz in Burt as well,” Maura Toner a spokesperson for Childhood Cancer Foundation, said.Maura, who lives on Inch Island and whose 8 year old daughter Emer is in remission from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, added that while the visit of the Star Wars characters will add to the interest, the main focus for Childhood Cancer Foundation over the weekend is to raise awareness of childhood cancer through their stand.“Childhood Cancer Foundation’s overarching mission is to spread awareness of childhood cancer and we’re hoping that by having our own stand at the event in Burt that we can do that. A massive crowd is expected at the Sheep Shearing Championships and we’ll be hoping to get information out to as many people as possible”Muara also explained that Childhood cancer is very different to adult cancer and is often faster spreading, requiring aggressive treatments that can have a devastating effect on young bodies. “Radiation and chemotherapy can cause life-long issues ranging from cognitive deficits that require special assistance at school to cardiac damage that requires lifelong monitoring.By spreading awareness of childhood cancer, the difficulties of treatment, the death of at least 20% of those affected and the long-term side effects faced by survivors, we hope to change attitudes towards childhood cancer.”Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCF) is a registered Charity set up by family members of children with cancer. They also advocate for improved services for children and families affected by childhood cancer and work closely with St John’s Cancer Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin to help fund vital supports for parents and children who are affected by this disease.The charity is currently funding play services on St John’s Day Ward. It has also just announced the funding of a research project at the hospital. Childhood Cancer Foundation will also be running the third annual Light It Up Gold campaign for childhood cancer awareness this September.“Over 200 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Ireland and Childhood cancer is the biggest cause of death by disease in children in Ireland.Childhood Cancer Foundation is committed to raising public awareness of the issues surrounding childhood cancer, developing early diagnosis programmes amongst health care professionals, advocating for improved services for children affected by cancer and assisting to fund vital services for children and families affected by this disease,” Maura concluded.Ends CaptionsLIUG1Emerald Garrison members pictured with some children from the Childhood Cancer Foundation at the recent launch of their charity partnership.THE FORCE WILL BE WITH YOU IN DONEGAL THIS WEEKEND! was last modified: May 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)