May 11, 2009WHO’s novel H1N1 flu case count tops 4,500The global number of people infected with the novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) virus rose to 4,694 from 30 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The count includes 1,626 cases and 48 deaths in Mexico and the 2,532 cases and 3 deaths reported in the United States as of yesterday. Canada has reported 284 cases and one death. [WHO update 25]US case count rises to 2,600The US H1N1 case count reached 2,600 cases and 3 deaths in 44 states today, an increase of 68 since yesterday’s update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. The number of states reporting confirmed cases stayed the same. [CDC swine flu page]Washington man is third US novel H1N1 fatalityOfficials from the Washington State Department of Health (WSDH) announced on May 9 that a man in his 30s from Snohomish County died of complications from a novel H1N1 flu infection, raising the US death toll from the disease to three. The man had pneumonia and an underlying cardiac condition. The other two US deaths occurred in Texas. [May 9 WSDH press release]China reports first H1N1 caseAuthorities in China announced that a 30-year-old Chinese man who flew home after attending college in Missouri has the country’s first novel H1N1 case, and they are locating and quarantining passengers who traveled on two flights with him, Bloomberg News reported today. He reportedly had a fever and cough during a flight from Beijing to his home in Chengdu in Sichuan province. So far 130 passengers from 21 provinces have been quarantined at their local health facilities. [May 11 Bloomberg news story]Costa Rican case marks first H1N1 death south of MexicoCosta Rica reported that a 53-year-old man died of a novel H1N1 flu infection, marking the first death from the disease outside of Mexico, the United States, and Canada, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The health ministry said the man had underlying health conditions, including diabetes and chronic lung disease. So far officials don’t know how the man became infected, because he had not recently traveled out of the country.EU extends Tamiflu shelf lifeThe European Medicines Agency, the European Union’s pharmaceutical regulatory agency, on May 9 extended the shelf life of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) by 2 years to address potential shortages spurred by novel H1N1 flu outbreaks, the Financial Times reported. The extension increases the drug’s shelf life to 7 years.Critics say WHO should push manufacture of generic oseltamivirSome critics say the WHO is doing too little to promote the production of generic oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in the face of the H1N1 threat, according to an AP report. Groups such as the Third World Network say the agency should order supplies of the generic drug or encourage poor countries to do so, the story said, noting that World Trade Organization rules allow countries to override patent rights in a health crisis. A WHO official said the agency would work to obtain additional antivirals for needy countries, either through donations or through purchase at the lowest possible prices.
Jurgen Klopp. PHOTO via @LivEchoLFCEdinburgh, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s Community Shield clash with Manchester City on Sunday will have no bearing on their battle for the Premier League title.The two sides will renew the rivalry that saw them take the title race to a tense final day last season.City eventually claimed their second successive Premier League crown by a single point as Liverpool’s bid for a first title since 1990 reached a painful conclusion.Klopp’s men made amends for that angst just weeks later as they beat Tottenham in the Champions League final and the Reds are expected to fight it out with City for the major honours again in the coming campaign.A win against Pep Guardiola’s team at Wembley would be a welcome psychological boost for Liverpool.But, having seen his pre-season plans disrupted by the absence of key players such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and keeper Alisson due to the Copa America and African Cup of Nations, Klopp isn’t putting too much stock in the result of the curtain-raiser to the English top-fight season.“For me, it has nothing to do with the rest of the season,” Klopp told reporters.“It’s a game and, even if we only have eight players available, I would like to try to win it.“If we win it, good. Will it have an influence on the season? I don’t think so.“If we lose it, not good. Will it have an influence on the season? No, again, I don’t think so.“We have to prove ourselves during the season, not in one game. If I have to say this would be the statement for the season, I would be really mad.”Klopp admitted he was surprised the Community Shield isn’t taken more seriously in England as he prepares to take part in the match for the first time.“It’s a final. This is the first time that I realised nobody sees it like that to be honest. A ‘curtain-raiser’ is unbelievable,” he said. “We think constantly about the game and how we can prepare for it and then everyone thinks, ‘Oh, do they really play?’“That’s not too cool, but it’s how it is. I don’t know exactly why people play this competition if it means nothing. Why don’t we cancel it then?“In Germany I won it five times, but nobody mentions it. We played every year. The Super Cup, you win it, nobody cares, you lose it and some care.”– ‘Most difficult game’ –Klopp said he would not take risks with his line-up against City, especially with players just returning to training ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Lyon in Geneva.Mane will remain absent until next week after playing for Senegal in the African Cup of Nations final.But with his side having suffered a 3-0 defeat against Napoli in Scotland on Sunday — a third pre-season loss in four games — Klopp hopes Liverpool avoid another blow to their confidence if they are similarly below par against City.“We saw last year that City is the most difficult game to play during the season,” Klopp added.“We didn’t defend counter-attacks well against Napoli. We lost the ball in the wrong moments and didn’t protect it, and if that happens against City, you don’t have a chance.“You have to be ready. It’s a good test of the things that are there. We have to defend in a good way because if you don’t defend well against City we can get a proper knock.“I don’t think we can expect to play our best game of the season on Sunday.“That’s how it is with pre-season. But it’s about winning a football game. Hopefully we’ll find a way to do that.”Share on: WhatsApp