Mar 26, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – Flu indicators are showing signs of increased and sustained pandemic flu activity in some Southeastern states, though rates remain steady at the national level, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Today’s CDC report tracks closely with media reports this week of a rise in flu hospitalizations in Georgia and rising flu-like illnesses in Louisiana and surrounding states. The report of increased activity in the Southeast is also consistent with regional flu activity at college campuses in the Southeast reported by the American College Health Association.Three of the CDC’s 10 regions reported increases in doctors visits for flu-like illnesses, including the one encompassing Southeastern states; the region that includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska; and the area that covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. The increases were over regional, not national, baselines. On a national level, the doctor’s visit flu barometer stayed below the national baseline.No states are reporting widespread flu activity, and only three—Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina—are reporting regional activity. Local activity was reported by Puerto Rico and eight states: Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.Some Southeastern states are reporting recent increases in flu-related hospitalization, though very few hospitalizations involving lab-confirmed pandemic H1N1 were reported in the rest of the nation, the CDC said.The nation’s deaths from pneumonia and flu increased slightly during the previous week to above the seasonal baseline, but the level is still below the epidemic threshold.Only one new pediatric flu death was reported, which was linked to an undetermined influenza A subtype, which health officially typically assume is the pandemic H1N1 virus. The death occurred in a Mississippi child during the week that ended on Mar 6.The pandemic H1N1 virus is still the dominant flu strain, the CDC reported. Though several other countries are increasingly detecting influenza B cases, only two of the 3,050 respiratory specimens tested in the United States last week were that strain.One more case of oseltamivir-resistant pandemic flu was reported to the CDC last week. Most patients have been given oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for treatment or prophylaxis.The CDC is still recommending the pandemic flu vaccine for anyone who is age 6 months or older, and officials strongly urge that people with underlying health conditions, the very young, and people age 65 or older get vaccinated. Vaccine supplies are plentiful and the circulating virus still closely matches the one in the pandemic vaccine.See also:Mar 26 CDC flu update
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Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesBy: KATE HODGSON, AARON KATERSKY, and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(BOSTON) — Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, appeared via video conference before a federal judge in Boston today to plead guilty to conspiracy charges that stem from the so-called Varsity Blues college admissions cheating scheme.Loughlin, in a black high-collar long-sleeve shirt, appeared on screen with her attorney from what appeared to be a living room with an armoire in the background. Giannulli, in a black jacket and tie and white shirt, appeared with his attorney on a separate screen.“Guilty,” Loughlin answered, when the court clerk asked how she pleaded.Assistant US Attorney Eric Rosen noted Loughlin faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The government agreed she should serve two months and her husband five months. The judge did not make an immediate decision whether to accept or reject the terms of the plea deal. Judge Nathaniel Gorton scheduled a sentencing hearing Friday, August 21 at 11 a.m. ET for Giannulli, 2:30 p.m. ET for Loughlin. Loughlin and Giannulli paid scheme mastermind Rick Singer $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as rowing crew recruits. Neither girl had ever rowed competitively. They both initially pleaded not guilty to related fraud charges, claiming in part that their payments were charitable.Had the case gone to trial, Rosen said prosecutors would have used recorded telephone calls, documents, emails and witness testimony to prove the couple’s guilt. “They conspired with Rick Singer and others to commit wire fraud,” Rosen said.Giannulli emailed Singer a doctored photo of daughter Olivia Jade on a rowing machine to cast her as an experienced coxswain and made purported charitable payments “To facilitate his daughter’s fraudulent admission to USC,” Rosen said, also noting that in 2017, the couple repeated the scam to falsely present their other daughter as an experienced coxswain.Asked whether she disagreed with anything Rosen said the government would be able to prove, Loughlin answered, “No, your honor.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A protester taking part in a march in Sacramento, California, against the police shooting of Stephon Clark was struck and injured by a police vehicle Saturday night.The California Highway Patrol confirmed that a protester was hit by a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department vehicle around 9 p.m. local time. An ambulance arrived and took the woman to a local hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.Video of the incident showed protesters surrounding two sheriff’s vehicles with their lights and sirens on. Officers warned protesters to move four times before the two vehicles drove forward. The first sheriff’s vehicle drove off before the second sheriff’s vehicle clipped the protester with its front-right fender. The woman was sent tumbling to the ground before being surrounded by other protesters and later emergency services personnel. The vehicle that struck the protester continued driving.The California Highway Patrol will be the investigating agency on the accident, an official told ABC News.The incident took place near the intersection of 65th Street and Florin Road in the South Sacramento neighborhood where Clark was shot and killed by police officers last month. Sacramento police officers were looking for a person responsible for vandalizing cars in the area on the evening of March 18 when they came across Clark in the backyard of his grandmother’s home. According to police, they thought they saw Clark holding a gun, and opened fire 20 times. Police found no gun, and later said they believe the object Clark was carrying was actually his cellphone.Clark was shot eight times, including six times in the back, said civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing Clark’s family, at a press conference releasing an independent autopsy report on Friday.Bodycam footage of the shooting released by police shows two officers yelling “show me your hands” before yelling “gun, gun, gun” and opening fire immediately.A funeral was held for the 22-year-old Clark on Thursday. He was engaged and the father of two young children.Protests have been held nightly in Sacramento since the shooting of Clark. Protesters shut down access to the home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, Golden 1 Center, on March 22 and March 27. They also interrupted and took over an emergency city council meeting led by Stephen’s brother, Stevante, on March 27.The march and vigil on Saturday drew an excess of 50 people, according to Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related