H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Internet preparedness, thimerosal ban lifted, vaccine interest, AMA flu tools, pregnancy

first_imgOct 26, 2009GAO finds gaps in Internet pandemic planningThe US Department of Homeland Security has not developed a plan to address Internet congestion during a severe pandemic and has not looked into the possibility of asking the public to reduce nonessential use in such a setting, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said today in an investigative report. The study, requested by Congress, also found that most securities firms had addressed pandemic planning, but not all had addressed staffing issues or telework alternatives.http://gao.gov/products/GAO-10-8Oct 26 GAO reportMissouri suspends thimerosal ban for vaccine The director of Missouri’s health department has suspended a legal restriction so that children under age 3 and pregnant women can receive pandemic H1N1 vaccine containing thimerosal. Margaret Donnelly determined that a shortage of preservative-free vaccine was preventing these groups from being immunized, the health department said. As permitted by law, she temporarily set aside a statute that bars the groups from receiving vaccines containing thimerosal.http://www.dhss.mo.gov/NewsAndPublicNotices/2009/h1n1vaccinewaiver.htmlOct 22 Missouri Department of Health releaseChinese public’s interest in H1N1 vaccine plungesA poll finds that only 30% of Chinese would like to get the H1N1 flu vaccine, far below the 76% who said they wanted it in a poll 2 months ago, according to a report in the British newspaper The Independent. Citing safety concerns, 54% said they did not plan to be vaccinated, according to the poll by China Daily and the Web site sohu.com. The government plans to inoculate 5% of the population, about 65 million people, the story said. So far 300,000 people have been vaccinated.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/more-than-half-of-chinese-dont-want-swine-flu-shot-poll-1809649.htmlOct 26 Independent reportAMA launches flu tools for patients, physiciansThe American Medical Association (AMA) recently launched a flu assessment Web portal to help patients gauge their symptoms and to help physicians monitor their patients and manage case flow. Based on guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the symptom assessment function advises patients when they should seek care for themselves or their loved ones. The site also offers assessments relating to vaccines for pregnant women and postvaccination symptoms.http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/h1n1/news/ama-flu-help-release.shtmlOct 22 AMA press releaseEl Salvador notes flu, dengue fever co-infectionsHealth officials in El Salvador are reporting four cases of patients infected with influenza A H1N1 and dengue fever, according to an Oct 24 translated media report published yesterday on the ProMed e-mail listserv. Though it’s not clear if the virus is pandemic H1N1, ProMed moderators suspect it is, because virus activity is increasing in El Salvador, unlike other Central American sites. Though the cases did not appear to be fatal, there was little other information about the clinical course.http://www.promedmail.org/pls/otn/f?p=2400:1001:4230844457742528::NO::F2400_P1001_BACK_PAGE,F2400_P1001_PUB_MAIL_ID:1000,79805Oct 25 ProMed postHealth groups issue letter on H1N1 and pregnancyIn an urgent effort to press the importance of seasonal and pandemic H1N1 vaccination for pregnant women, four major medical groups—the AMA, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the CDC—sent a joint “dear colleague” letter to healthcare professional nationwide. The letter points out the increased number of flu deaths in pregnant women and advises providers to counsel and vaccinate this group.http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/media/releases/newsreleases-statements-2009/h1n1-vaccine-pregnant-patients.htmlOct 22 AAFP press releaselast_img read more

PCG to sue barge owner for oil spill

first_imgIn a statement, AC Energy said close to 200 volunteers have signed up to aid in the cleanup operations of the affected coastal areas. Commander Joe Luviz Mercurio, PCG-Iloilo chief, will serve as complainant. * environmental damage and other reasonable measures of restoration Aside from the PCG, Mayor Jerry Treñas also ordered the City Legal Office to study what possible charges to file against AC Energy. * expenses incurred in cleanup operations at sea or on shore The mayor said AC Energy may also have civil and administrative liabilities under the Clean Water Act of 2004 (RA 9275). “Clearly, merong na introduce sa dagat na nakapag-cause ng harmful effects,” says Johonsan Fabilane, deputy commander of the Philippine Coast Guard Legal Service. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * pure economic loss or loss of earnings sustained by people, even if the property tainted or spoiled by the slick does not belong to them Johonsan Fabilane, deputy commander of PCG Legal Service, said they have wrapped up probing the oil spill yesterday.  ILOILO City – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is set to file a string of charges against Ayala-owned AC Energy Corp. for an oil spill in the aftermath of the explosion at Power Barge 102 on July 3. PCG’s next move, according Fabilane, would be the filing of charges against the company before the Iloilo City Prosecutors Office. He said:  “Pictures of the body of waters in Iloilo and Guimaras clearly showed the extent of the oil spill.”center_img  “Clearly, merong na introduce sa dagat na nakapag-cause ng harmful effects and nakapag dulot ng disruption sa mga kabuhayan ng mga mangingisda sa mga coastal areas,” said Fabilane. A conviction for this offense carries a possible imprisonment of 12 years, administrative fine of 300,000 to 500,000 and additional fine of 15,000 pesos per day from the start of the incident up to the end of the case. * damage to human health or loss of life as a direct result of the incident * costs incurred for preventive measures and further loss or damage caused by such preventive measures Under the law, owners of vessels that “cause pollution damage or create a grave and imminent threat of causing such damage,” are liable for: The Oil Pollution Compensation Law of 2007 (RA 9483) imposes strict liability for oil pollution damage and guarantees adequate reparation for adversely affected populations, especially those that depend on fishing and seashell harvesting. There is no need for more evidence to file a case, the PCG official stressed.  One possible complaint could be criminal negligence under Section 107 of Republic Act (RA) 8550 as amended by RA 10654 or an Act Providing for the Development, Management And Conservation of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. * consequential loss or loss of earnings suffered by owners or users of property contaminated or damaged as a direct result of the spill Fishermen were employed to assist in the oil recovery, while community workers continued the cleanup work along the shores./PNlast_img read more