H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Tamiflu resistance, UK neurologists to watch for GBS, pregnant teachers in Quebec, China’s tough school measures

first_imgAugust 17, 2009Oseltamivir resistance seen in two immunosuppressed H1N1 patientsOseltamivir (Tamiflu) resistance developed in two immunosuppressed patients in Seattle who were treated with the drug for novel H1N1 flu, the CDC reported recently. Both patients, a teenage boy and a woman in her 40s, were receiving immunosuppressive therapy for leukemia, and both had prolonged viral shedding. The cases were not epidemiologically linked. The CDC said clinicians caring for such patients should be aware of the potential for antiviral resistance and prolonged viral shedding.http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm58d0814a1.htm?s_cid=mm58d0814a1_eAug 14 MMWR DispatchUK expert panel urged against prescribing Tamiflu by phoneIn launching its system to diagnose H1N1 flu and prescribe oseltamivir by phone, the British government rejected an advisory committee’s advice that the practice might engender growing resistance to the drug, according to the Guardian newspaper. A member of the committee said officials judged that the public would not tolerate being told that the national stockpile could not be used, the story said. The advisory panel said the drug should be reserved for people in high-risk groups.http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/16/swine-flu-tamiflu-helpline-paracetamol|Aug 16 Guardian reportBritish health officials ask neurologists to track GBS casesEngland’s Health Protection Agency has sent a letter to neurologists asking them to be alert for any increase in Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) cases after the public starts receiving the novel H1N1 vaccine, the London Daily Mail reported on Aug 15. The letter, obtained by the newspaper, warns of GBS cases that occurred in the wake of the 1976 US swine flu vaccine campaign. Britain’s neurologist association told its members in July that it would launch a 9-month GBS survey on Aug 1.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1206807/Swine-flu-jab-link-killer-nerve-disease-Leaked-letter-reveals-concern-neurologists-25-deaths-America.htmlAug 15 Daily Mail storyQuebec districts to keep pregnant teachers home this fallTwo school districts in Quebec will keep pregnant teachers at home this fall to reduce their risk of severe complications if they get sick with pandemic H1N1 flu, the Toronto Star reported on Aug 15. An official from the Toronto district school board said keeping pregnant teachers home is an idea worthy of consideration, but quantifying the risks is difficult. Pregnant women are listed as a priority group for novel flu vaccines by the United States and the United Kingdom.http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/681658Aug 15 Canadian Press storyChina rolls out tough school flu-prevention measuresChina’s state media said yesterday that the country’s education and health ministries have ordered strong measures to curb the spread of the novel flu virus when schools reopen, AFP reported yesterday. Schools in flu-stricken areas can postpone the start of the school year and have been advised not to hold large gatherings and to reduce class sizes. Students are being asked to stay home for 7 days if they have close contact with a sick person and, if they are sick, to stay home until recovered.http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/international/2009/August/international_August1104.xml&section=internationalAug 16 AFP storyDemocratic Republic of Congo reports first pandemic flu caseThe Democratic Republic of Congo reported its first novel flu case, in a South African mining official employed by a US firm in Katanga province, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. The man, who is recovering, had recently returned from a vacation in South Africa, and so far none of his family contacts have had flu-like symptoms.Egyptian pilgrims protest travel banAbout 300 people staged a protest at Cairo’s airport yesterday to oppose an Egyptian government restriction that bars them from traveling to Mecca on pilgrimage, the Associated Press reported. Airport security dispersed the crowd. The travel ban is intended to slow the spread of the pandemic H1N1 virus. The new restriction took effect yesterday. Only travelers between ages 25 and 65, a group thought to be at lower risk for flu, are allowed to make the trip to Mecca.http://www.pennlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/international-11/1250419027177100.xml&storylist=healthAug 16 AP storylast_img read more

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Buyers prepared to pay $100k more for a premium apartment

first_imgThe average sale price of an apartment in Brisbane in the June quarter was $757,488, according to Urbis. Image: AAP/Darren England.Five new projects comprising 467 apartments were launched in the three months to the end of June. Urbis director of property economics Paul Riga said the increase in sales was driven by a selection of ‘premium product’ sales, particularly in Brisbane’s CBD and inner east. One new West End project recorded 69 sales, representing 77 per cent of its total stock. “The performance of newly launched projects gives confidence to the fact that strong results are achievable when developers invest in the quality of the project and researching their buyer group” Mr Riga said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoUrbis director of property economics Paul Riga.Two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments were once again the most popular product type, accounting for 47 per cent of total sales. The average sale price of two-bedroom apartments increased by $69,000 in the quarter.A large number of three bedroom apartments were also sold in the June quarter. MORE: Are these Australia’s cheapest blocks of land? And supply is continuing to be steadily absorbed, with only 205 apartments approved in the June quarter. “Our future supply tracking of development applications and approvals shows an increase in the number of potential three-bedroom apartments,” Mr Riga said. More than 20,000 apartments across inner Brisbane remain in the development approval stage, but most of those are not expected to come to the market in the near future. An artists’ impression of the view from the pool at The One Apartments in West End.A new report from property group Oliver Hume also points to a further recovery in the Brisbane apartment market.“The Brisbane apartment market is showing signs of recovery and this comes at a time when a decline in construction activity is expected in the short-term,” the June quarter market insights report said.“The extent of the decline is unclear however and is dependent on the number of marketed projects that commence construction.“Some price growth is already occurring, and this is expected to continue.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:19Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:19 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe 6 best coastal homes that have sold01:19 Brisbane One is a new $500m development at South Brisbane with 608 apartments across three towers. Photos: Supplied.Seven developments comprising 1062 apartments are expected to launch before the end of the year. “With respect to the future of Brisbane apartments we are noticing developers taking time to delve further into demographics, with a particular focus on the end resident,” Mr Riga said.“This inspires confidence that future developments delivered to the Brisbane market will provide the community with what they need and desire.” Apartment sales almost doubled in the June quarter in Brisbane, according to Urbis. Picture: Mark Cranitch.THERE has been a spike in apartment sales in Brisbane, with investors prepared to pay $100,000 more for a premium product, new research reveals.The latest Urbis Apartment Essentials report, released today, reveals 212 apartments were sold in the June quarter, nearly double that of the previous quarter when only 122 sold.The average sale price was $757,488 — up $113,000. RELATED: Spring has sprung early for property marketlast_img read more

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