Month: November 2020

FDA panel favors new BSE-related rule on blood donations

first_img The FDA’s Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Advisory Committee voted 12-3, with one abstention, to recommend against blood donations from people who have received transfusions in France, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. But the panel voted 15-0, with one abstention, to reject a plan to ban donations from people who had received transfusions anywhere in Europe. See also: According to the AP story, committee member Richard T. Johnson, a Johns Hopkins University neurology professor, said the panel would “look pretty silly” if a vCJD case in the United States were linked to a French transfusion. The FDA estimates that barring blood donations from recipients of French transfusions would eliminate 1.4 of 10,000 donors, according to the issue summary. Barring donations from anyone who received a transfusion anywhere in Europe would eliminate 3 in 10,000 donors. “During its peak period, the Euroblood program represented one third of the New York area RBC [red blood cell] supply and approximately 2.0% of the total US RBC supply,” the document states. Without a massive investigation, the recipients of that blood are “largely untraceable.” Barring blood donations from people who received transfusions anywhere in Europe “would not address the US recipients of Euroblood since 1980,” the report adds. The recommendation was prompted by reports that two Britons might have contracted vCJD, the human equivalent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, after receiving blood transfusions from people who later fell ill with the disease, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents.center_img The FDA document suggests that many Americans have received blood from European sources unknowingly. From the early 1970s until 2002, much of the New York City area’s blood supply was imported from Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, the report says. The FDA recommended in 2002 that blood banks not take blood and plasma donations from people who received blood transfusions in the United Kingdom after 1980. Most of the approximately 150 vCJD cases reported worldwide have occurred in the UK. The two vCJD cases apparently linked with blood transfusions were reported in 2003 and 2004. FDA issue summary prepared for advisory committee meeting France has had nine cases of vCJD and reported last year that blood from an infected person was given to 10 people and used in medical products, the AP report said. French authorities recommended in 1998 that blood not be accepted from people who have had transfusions, according to the FDA issue summary prepared for the committee meeting. Feb 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – To help prevent the spread of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in the United States, a federal advisory committee recommended yesterday that anyone who received a blood transfusion in France after 1980 should not be allowed to give blood.last_img read more

WHO confirms 7 human bird flu cases in Azerbaijan

first_imgMar 21, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed seven human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Azerbaijan, making it the eighth country with officially recognized human illnesses.A WHO reference laboratory in Britain confirmed the infection in samples from 7 of 11 patients tested, ranging in age from 10 to 21 years, the WHO said. Five of those patients, ranging from 16 to 21 years old, died of the illness.The cases push the WHO’s count of fatal cases over 100 for the first time. The agency now lists 184 confirmed cases with 103 deaths. Two cases reported in Egypt in the past few days have not yet been confirmed by a WHO reference lab.The WHO said six of the cases occurred in the small settlement of Daikyand in the Salyan rayon in southeastern Azerbaijan, a former Soviet state on the west side of the Caspian Sea.A 17-year-old girl was the first to succumb to the disease, on Feb 23, the WHO reported. Her death was followed by that of her 20-year-old female cousin on Mar 3 and the cousin’s 16-year-old brother on Mar 10. A 17-year-old girl who was a close friend of the family died Mar 8. All four young people lived together or near each other, the WHO said.”The additional two cases in Salyan involved a 10-year-old boy, who has recovered, and a 15-year-old girl, who is hospitalized in critical condition,” the WHO said. The seventh case was in a 21-year-old woman from the western rayon of Tarter, who died Mar 9.Two more patients, from Salyan and the adjacent area of Neftchela, have been hospitalized with pneumonia symptoms and are being tested, the agency said.WHO and Azeri investigators have not yet determined how the patients were exposed to the virus. Interviews with family members have not revealed any history of direct exposure to dead or diseased poultry in several of the cases, the agency said.However, there is some evidence that local residents might have collected carcasses of numerous swans, dead for some weeks, as a source of feathers, the WHO reported. Adolescent girls and young women usually have the job of defeathering birds, and a WHO team is investigating whether this could have been the source of infection in Daikyand, where most of the patients were girls between the ages of 15 and 20.Azerbaijan is the third country outside East Asia, after Turkey and Iraq, with confirmed human cases of H5N1. The other countries with recognized cases are Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Vietnam has had the most cases by far—93, with 42 deaths—but has reported none in recent months.The H5N1 virus first turned up in Azerbaijan in wild birds in February, with confirmation on Feb 10. The WHO reported Mar 10 that authorities were looking into a possible human cluster of 10 cases. On Mar 14, the agency said three patients who died had tested positive for an H5 virus and that confirmation of H5N1 was highly likely.Also today, Egyptian authorities reported two more human H5N1 cases, in addition to the two reported in the past few days, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.A 17-year-old boy named Mohammed Mahmud Abdul Ghani Ghabash, from Gharibiyah province north of Cairo, was hospitalized Mar 19, according to Health Minister Haten al-Ghabali, the story said. He worked on his father’s poultry farm, where 3,000 birds died of flu over the weekend, AFP reported.In addition, a 30-year-old woman named Fatima Mohammed Yussef, from Qaliubiya, north of Cairo, has been hospitalized with avian flu symptoms, the story said. It said she had continued working with her chickens despite a ban on the activity after the H5N1 virus struck Egypt in mid-February.The story gave no information about testing of the two patients.Two other Egyptians recently tested positive for the virus in a US Navy laboratory in Cairo, according to previous reports. A 30-year-old woman died of the illness Mar 17, and a 28-year-old man was hospitalized but improving as of yesterday.See also:Mar 21 WHO statement on Azeri cases read more

Woman’s death marks Bali’s first H5N1 case

first_imgAug 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry today announced that a 29-year-old woman from Bali died yesterday of H5N1 avian influenza, signaling the first human case on the popular tourist island, and that her 5-year-old daughter had died earlier of a similar illness.Lily Sulistyowati, head of Indonesia’s national avian influenza control committee, said in a health ministry press release that the woman became ill Aug 3 with a fever and respiratory symptoms and was diagnosed about a week later with serious pneumonia. On Aug 10 she was hospitalized at Sanglah Hospital in the Bali capital of Denpasar with a high fever and breathing difficulties, and she died there 2 days later.Tests at the health ministry’s lab and the Eijkman Institute in Jakarta confirmed that she had an H5N1 infection, the press release said. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the woman’s case, she will be listed as Indonesia’s 103rd case-patient and its 82nd fatality.The woman is from Jembrana district, where avian flu is endemic in poultry, the health ministry reported. The district is in the northwestern part of the island, far from the major tourist areas, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.Ian Barr, deputy director of the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, said travelers shouldn’t panic about a human H5N1 case being confirmed on Bali, Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald reported today.”Most of these cases occur in villages, not in downtown Kuta or Denpasar, so I’m not sure that travelers should be too concerned,” he told the Herald.The woman’s 5-year-old daughter died of pneumonia on Aug 3, and investigators found that several chickens raised by the woman and her neighbor had died in early to mid July, according to the press release. The girl had played with chickens before she died. Tests by livestock officials confirmed that the birds died of H5N1 infection.Health officials haven’t determined if the girl had an H5N1 infection. Bayu Krisnamurti, head of Indonesia’s national bird flu commission, told reporters that the child’s body had been buried and that authorities could not confirm the cause of her death, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today.A 2-year-old girl from a neighboring home is being treated for a suspected H5N1 infection at Sanglah Hospital, the Indonesian health ministry reported. She came down with a fever and cold 3 days ago and is receiving oseltamivir (Tamiflu).Although avian flu is endemic in birds in Jambrana district and other parts of Indonesia, the country’s last official outbreak report was filed in October 2006, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Joko Suyono, a spokesman for the ministry’s bird flu center, said villagers in the woman’s town didn’t burn the dead chickens but buried them or fed them to pigs, according to a Reuters report today.Indonesia is one of two countries, along with China, where pigs have been found infected with the H5N1 virus. Last October, Indonesian researchers reported that two pigs on Bali were infected with the virus, though they did not document if the pigs were sick or died.Flu experts worry about H5N1 infections in pigs because the animals can carry human and avian influenza viruses, potentially serving as a “mixing vessel” that could produce a strain that could launch a human flu pandemic.In other avian flu developments, national television in Togo reported three new H5N1 outbreaks on farms in the Lacs, Golfe, and Zio regions east of the capital, Lome, according to an Aug 11 AFP report. The west African country reported its first H5N1 outbreak in June, bringing the number of African nations reporting the disease to 10.See also:May 31 FAO avian flu bulletin with chart of H5N1 outbreaks by country 10, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Pigs, cats in Indonesia infected with H5N1″Jun 22 CIDRAP News story “Togo conforms first H5N1 outbreak”last_img read more

Flu experts counter Biden’s travel advice

first_img “There are some people who may not be comfortable doing that. But as a public health community we can put in context what the risk is, so that people are doing the things that we know will reduce their risk: the hand-washing, the covering of the cough, the avoiding ill people. And if we look to each other to be responsible and not get on airplanes and places when we are sick, that makes everyone’s health safer.Contributing writer Maryn McKenna contributed to this story. Airline and subway travelers should take sensible measures such as washing their hands and avoiding people who are coughing or sneezing, he said. Influenza spreads mostly through large droplets, which would typically spread within a foot or two of an infected traveler, Wenzel said, adding that newer, larger airliners generally recirculate about 50% of the air, which is generally clean and circulates in a laminar (top to bottom), unidirectional pattern. Wenzel said influenza is always a concern because the disease is linked to about 36,000 deaths a year, but said at this stage of the swine flu outbreak, Biden’s comment was an extreme response. When he was asked whether it is safe to fly, he said, “If you have a fever and flu-like symptoms you should not be getting on an airplane. That is part of being a responsible part of our community; you don’t want to put people at risk. I think flying is safe; going on the subway is safe. People should go out and live their lives. But shortly after his television interview, his spokeswoman, Elizabeth Alexander, scaled back his remarks, Reuters reported. “The advice he is giving family members is the same advice the administration is giving to all Americans: that they should avoid unnecessary air travel to and from Mexico,” she said. Apr 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Vice President Joe Biden today told Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show that he has advised his family not to fly on airlines or ride subways to avoid exposure to the swine flu virus, a message that goes well beyond the government’s current travel advice for Americans to avoid nonessential trips to Mexico.center_img “This flu has an exotic name and origin, and diseases with exotic names and origins sometimes create extreme reactions,” said Wenzel, who is chair of internal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. “It creates a fear above and beyond the familiar.” “And if you’re the person who’s sick, you’re the person who should stay home,” Schaffner said. William Schaffner, MD, a flu expert and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, said, “his [Biden’s] expressions of concern were a little generous,” but there is no need for Americans to curb their travel to anywhere but Mexico. The public should keep in mind that out of a national population of about 300 million, only just over 100 people in the United States have been sick with the mostly mild swine flu virus, he said. Infectious disease experts are concerned that Biden’s comments could confuse and alarm the public about the safety of air travel during the swine flu outbreak. Richard P. Wenzel, MD, Va., past president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), told CIDRAP News that to put the influenza outbreak and air travel issue into perspective, if this were January and the US were in the midst of a widespread seasonal flu epidemic, no one would be talking about avoiding air travel or subways. Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offered similar advice in a news teleconference this morning.last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine plea, school vaccine drill and closing triggers, WHO says no to unpublished study, flu treatment algorithm

first_imgUN officials call for more donated vaccineThough some vaccine companies and affluent nations have already donated supplies of pandemic flu vaccine to developing nations, more is needed, officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations said yesterday, according to a Reuters report. Julie Hall, an infectious disease expert at the WHO, said more readiness is needed in developing countries, especially if a different pattern is seen when big outbreaks hit poorer countries. 4 Reuters reportNYC’s schools hold pandemic vaccine drillNew York City health and education department will hold vaccination clinics at five of the city’s schools next week to prepare for school based pandemic H1N1 vaccine clinics. Parents will start receive consent forms to sign if they want their children to receive the vaccine. The city said it will begin an 8-week school-based vaccination effort in late October at the elementary schools. In November and December vaccine clinics will be held at middle schools and high schools on weekends. 3 NYC Department of Health news releaseResearchers derive formula for closing schoolsFor optimal social distancing in a flu outbreak, schools should consider closing when they reach  5% absenteeism on a single day, 4% on 2 consecutive days or 3% on each of 3 days, researchers in Boston and Niigata, Japan, say in an Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) article. The group based its recommendation on absentee data gathered over four flu seasons from one 54-school district in Japan. articleWHO will not act on unpublished Canadian dataA teleconference convened Friday by the WHO to assess the validity of unpublished data linking seasonal flu vaccine and development of H1N1 flu did not find the association persuasive, according to the Canadian Press. The data by Canadian researchers, contained in an article that is in press at an unnamed medical journal but apparently has circulated widely, has led to almost universal scaling back of seasonal flu shot campaigns in Canada. 4 Canadian Press reportCDC issues treatment algorithm for flu-like illnessThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Emory University School of Medicine have developed a treatment algorithm to guide healthcare professionals and their surrogates on when and how quickly to steer adult flu patients to care. The algorithm, on the CDC’s flu Web site, progressively assesses patients by age, vital signs, symptoms of severe disease, presence of underlying conditions, and membership in a high-risk group. treatment algorithmlast_img read more

The first charging station for electric bicycles in the area of ​​central Istria was put into operation

first_imgThe first charging station for electric bicycles in the area of ​​TZSI was put into operation in Gračišće.In order to further develop and better position Istria as a cycling destination, the installation of the charging station was fully financed by the Istria County Tourist Board, and the project was implemented in cooperation with the Central Istria Tourist Board, Gračišće Municipality, Bosch, which provided electric chargers and a global production giant. bicycles with the company CUBE, with which the Tourist Board of Istria has been successfully cooperating for the last four years. The design of the e-bike station is signed by Studio Dota from Žminj, while the manufacturer is Pula’s UTE – Uljanik TESU Elektronika dooOver the next week, charging stations for the increasingly popular electric bikes will be set up for more two locations in the area of ​​TZSI – in the municipalities of Cerovlje and Tinjan, which will adequately meet the needs for “charging” bicycles, guests staying or visiting our area.ebie In the first six months of 2017, the area of ​​the Tourist Board of Central Istria recorded a growth of 35% in arrivals and 39% in overnight staysIn the first six months of 2017, the area of ​​the Tourist Board of Central Istria, ie the town of Pazin and the municipalities of Lupoglav, Cerovlje, Gračišće, Karojba, Pićan, Sveti Lovreč, Sveti Petar u Šumi and Tinjan, recorded a growth of 35% in arrivals and 39% in overnight stays. In numbers, there are 9.287 arrivals and 57.431 overnight stays, ie 2.410 arrivals and 16.251 overnight stays more than in the first six months of 2016.Traditionally, the most numerous are guests from Germany, who make up 58% of the number of overnight stays, and the number of overnight stays they realized is even 60% higher than the previous year. In second place are domestic guests, of which there were 40% more. They are followed by the Austrians with a share of 7,28%, followed by the British, the Dutch and the Italians, who are more and more our guests every year. There are twice as many Belgians this year, and this year there is an interesting increase in the number of overnight stays of guests from Sweden, Denmark and Russia.According to the type of facility, the increase in the number of overnight stays is present in all segments – in private accommodation, which is dominated by holiday homes by 43%, rural households by 58%, hotels by 36% and campsites by 92%. The largest share of the number of overnight stays is realized in private accommodation – as much as 90%. Other types of facilities, which have a smaller share in our accommodation capacities, record a very small share in realized overnight stays (hotel 5%, rural households 2% and campsites, ie rest campsites and 0,5% households).Regarding the survey by municipalities, the largest increase in tourist traffic was recorded in the municipalities of Lupoglav and Cerovlje and in the city of Pazin. Most overnight stays were realized in the municipality of Tinjan – 14.130, followed by the town of Pazin with 12.899 and Sv. Lovreč with 9.253.last_img read more

The 53rd Vinkovci Autumn has been announced

first_imgThe Vinkovci Autumn event has been successfully preserving and nurturing Croatian traditional culture and heritage for 53 years, and yesterday the first meeting of the Organizing Committee of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumn was held, which will take place from 7 to 16 September.According to the organizers, in addition to the traditional part of the event, there will be urban facilities for young people, but also for businessmen, to whom Slavonski sokak is becoming more and more attractive every year.”Businessmen and craftsmen recognized the marketing story of Slavonski sokak, but also the opportunity to sell their products in their city. There is already a great interest of exhibitors, not only from Vinkovci ” said, among other things, the president of the Vinkovci Autumns, Mayor Ivan Bosančić, who emphasized the great cultural and traditional value of the event, but also announced the rich program of the 53rd Vinkovci Autumns.From the traditional part of the event, the secretary of ZAKUD, Stjepan Đurković, pointed out that the opening ceremony will be held on September 14. “As usual, the event will begin with Folklore Evenings, which will last from September 7 to 11, the first weekend, September 8 and 9 will be held Children’s Vinkovci Autumn, and the Opening Ceremony is scheduled for September 14. The National Folklore Festival will be held on the last weekend, and the Central Parade on Sunday, September 16. ”, announced events Đurković.For the third year in a row, the organization of accompanying events has been entrusted to the city company Promo Cibalae. The director of the company, Mirjam Jukić, announced that there will be no shortage of interesting events this year either.”We started preparations a little earlier and I can say that this year we will try to further enrich the program, but also the offer of exhibitors. We plan to further expand Slavonski sokak, because the interest is great, that is, businessmen from all over Croatia are contacting us. I can also confirm that the Wine City will be a guest in Vinkovci this year as well, with hopefully a larger number of domestic wine producers. As for the concerts, I can only say that all the names are more or less known, but it is still too early to go public. We will leave that for the next gathering with journalists “, Jukić emphasized.The screenwriter of the opening ceremony, Ana Cvenić, announced that the 53rd Autumn will be held under the slogan “A Handful of Truth”, based on the works of Slavonian writer Mare Šverl Gamiršek.last_img read more

Zagorje got its own mobile application

first_imgDiscover Zagorje – a fairy tale in the palm of your hand with the Visit Zagorje app! – is the slogan of the campaign that promotes the tourist offer of Zagorje in the palm of one hand, ie through the mobile application Visit Zagorje. The application offers information about castles and museums of Hrvatsko Zagorje, hotels, spas, restaurants, visitor centers, sights, old crafts, churches and shops, as well as special thematic routes, Tastes of Zagorje and other tourist products and attractions.The application allows the user to view tourist facilities by scanning QR codes on interactive tourist maps, which are available at the Zagorje Visitor Center in Roses Designe Outlet Center, Terme Tuhelj, Terme Jezerčica, Bluesun Hotel Kaj, Villa Magdalena, Hotel Matija Gubec, Hotel & Pension Zagi, Toplice Hotel and the Snow Queen Tourist Apartments.Whether you are planning a trip, you are in Zagorje or you want to experience a destination from the comfort of your home – the Visit Zagorje app is a real mobile guide, point out the Krapina-Zagorje County Tourist Board.The application is available at iOS i Android devices.ZAGORJE GOT ITS TOURIST CARD – ZAGORJE CARDto this great news, we should definitely add information about how Zagorje got its tourist card from February this year – Zagorje Card, thanks to the Krapina – Zagorje County Tourist Board.The tourist card is used to increase tourist spending and the sale of experiences and content throughout the county. Tourist card Zagorje Card is free, lasts five days from the day it is picked up, and offers a 10% discount on services in three categories: culture, gastronomy and spa, ie SPA offer. Read more about Zagorje Card in the attachment.RELATED NEWS:ZAGORJE GOT ITS TOURIST CARD – ZAGORJE CARDlast_img read more

Tourist employees of Belišće presented their offer to the people of Poreč

first_imgThe delegation of the City of Belišće is on an educational two-day visit to Poreč to see the tourist offer, learn something new and see how to work and live with tourism and in tourism. The delegation is headed by Deputy Mayor Domagoj Varžić and Director of the Belišće Tourist Board Janja Čeliković, reports Istria Terra Magica. Deputy Mayor Varžić added that more than 50 percent of their guests come for wine and a tour of the cellar, and they are lucky that there are as many as four famous vineyards near them. He also pointed out that their trump card is gastronomy, but also natural and cultural sights, and that they are working on the development of cycling tourism. The landlords emphasized that they are delighted with the villas and holiday homes they have visited and that they still have a lot of work to do in Belišće. Source / photo: Istra Terra Magica; Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board They were welcomed by the Mayor Loris Peršurić and the Director of the Tourist Board of the City of Poreč Nenad Velenik, who presented this initiative, which was initiated by employees of the Tourist Board Belišće who expressed a desire to organize a study trip to Istria. The guests presented their city and numerous projects, among which is the stronger development of tourism. Today, Belišće has about 50 beds in private accommodation, it will soon get a hostel, and next year the first hotel. The director of the tourist board, Čeliković, emphasized that they have a number of well-known and large events. It was concluded that Belišće also has a lot to offer and a mutual visit of Poreč residents was agreed in the foreseeable future. This will be an ideal opportunity for the people of Poreč to present their tourist offer to Slavonians. They point out that the cooperation between these two tourist boards will certainly continue. An excellent example of cooperation and exchange of experiences of tourist boards with completely different tourist products will certainly raise the quality of the offer of both parties. On Thursday, guests from Slavonia visited high-class apartments and holiday homes in the area of ​​Kaštelir and Vižinada and the luxurious Villa Euphrasiana in the old town of Poreč, and later in the evening they prepared a gastronomic presentation of Slavonian delicacies to the people of Poreč. This included dishes such as kulen, shepherd’s pie and poppy seeds and walnuts. last_img read more

Absurdity. The Harbor Master’s Office is closed on weekends, so foreign yachts cannot enter Croatia

first_imgTOTAL REVENUE OF NAUTICAL PORTS IN CROATIA LAST YEAR WAS 857 MILLION HRK CAPACITIES AND OPERATIONS OF NAUTICAL TOURISM PORTS, 2018 Average daily consumption of boaters according to the research “Attitudes and consumption of sailors in Croatia – TOMAS NAUTIKA Yachting 2017.” is 126 euros per day, and last year the total revenue of nautical ports in Croatia amounted to 857 million kuna, of which 72,2 percent related to the rental of berths.  So, if boaters want to enter Croatia, they can only do so during the week until 15.00, and on Saturday until 13.00. So much for tourism development. Insane and absurd – only in Croatia. Namely, in order for the yachts to enter Dubrovnik and its surroundings, it is necessary to perform a control by the police, customs and the Port Authority. However, the Port Authority cannot perform the control because in the middle of the season, they do not work on holidays and weekends. And not only that, but the working hours of LK – branch offices during the week are until 15.00. In order for yachts coming from the direction of Montenegro and the southern side of the Mediterranean to be able to enter the Croatian territorial sea, ie the Dubrovnik waters, they logically have to pass the border control in Cavtat. However, they cannot do that on weekends (Saturdays after 13.00 pm) and on holidays because the Port Authority of Dubrovnik – Cavtat branch office is not working, reports Dubrovnik Diary.center_img Yes, you read that right. Harbourmaster’s Office – Cavtat branch office is closed on weekends. How then to develop tourism, and especially nautical tourism? How to logically explain this fact to sailors? RELATED NEWS: But even though nautical is one of the important segments of tourism development, especially in the pre- and post-season, we are again falling on the foundations and incredible omissions. Although we try to write positive stories, unfortunately the reality and sometimes absurdity of our system encourages us to write negative news as well. Thus, a new absurdity of our tourism comes to us from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, more precisely from Cavtat. last_img read more