CDC airs results for new public health ‘no fly’ list

first_img Shoring up air travel restrictionsThree months after the CDC developed the DNB list, majority members of the US House Committee on Homeland Security released a report that criticized how US health officials handled the case of Andrew Speaker, a man with drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) who caused an international health scare in May 2007 when he traveled overseas despite warnings from health officials. likely contagious with a communicable disease that presents a serious public health threat Of the 9 people who weren’t added to the list, 4 were subject to other local public health actions such as isolation orders, 3 agreed not to fly, and 2 were determined to be noncontagious. Sep 13, 2007, CIDRAP News story “House panel sees CDC errors in case of traveling TB patient” Data from the first year of the program, from June 2008 to May 2008, appear today in the Sep 19 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). See also: How the list worksAccording to the provisions of the DNB list, state and local health officials must contact their local CDC quarantine station to place a person on the DNB list. Then the CDC determines if the person is The CDC also pointed out another tool that can be used to restrict travel across borders. The CDC, with DHS Customs and Border Protection, can issue a border lookout that can prevent a person with a communicable disease from entering the country by sea, air, or land. “Backup measures such as border lookout records are important adjuncts to the public health DNB list,” the authors wrote. Drug susceptibility test results were known from 27 of the people on the list, 19 of whom were susceptible to first-line antibiotics used for treating TB. Among the others, 7 had MDR TB and 1 had XDR TB. Fifteen of the people on the list were citizens of what the WHO designated as TB high-burden countries. When to use the toolIn an editorial note that accompanied the report, the CDC said judicious use of the DNB list could help avoid the human and economic burdens of contact investigations that result when people with communicable diseases fly. Once public health officials determine a patient is noncontagious, the CDC and DHS remove the person from the list, usually within 24 hours. The CDC also said it reviews the list each month to determine if anyone on the list is eligible for removal. Speaker was traveling internationally when he was thought to have extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR TB). He was later found to have multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB. The committee said the delay was a violation of International Health Regulations. After the House committee issued its report, the CDC said it was clear that the incident provided useful lessons, and though the agency was in the process of reviewing its own performance, it had already taken steps to prevent future problems. First-year tallyAccording to the MMWR report, the CDC received 42 requests to add persons to the DNB list, all of whom had suspected or confirmed pulmonary TB. The agency approved 33 (79%) of the requests. likely to try boarding a commercial aircraft The CDC said it has several criteria for deciding when to add or remove people from the DNB list. More stringent rules are in place for patients who have suspected or confirmed MDR TB. Of the 33 people who were added to the list, 28 were placed by public health departments in the United States. Fourteen of the 33 were placed on the list while they were outside of the country. Among its findings, the committee said federal officials failed to take early, aggressive action to prevent Speaker from traveling and that it took several hours for the DHS to place Speaker on Transportation Security Administration’s “no fly” list because of confusion over the fact that the man wasn’t considered a terrorism threat. Sep 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a report detailing the first year of its public health “do not board” (DNB) list, a new tool designed to prohibit those with serious communicable diseases from flying into or out of the country. Two of the 33 people who were placed on the DNB list attempted to evade the air travel restriction, and both were detained by border officials and were taken to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment of TB. The CDC said it developed the DNB list in June 2007. The list is managed by the CDC and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), though it said the DHS defers public health decisions and actions to the CDC. “State and local health departments in the United States and other countries should be aware of this new public health tool,” the CDC said in the report, adding that the list is designed to provide a backup measure when local public health efforts aren’t strong enough to keep certain people who are contagious from boarding commercial flights. CDC. Federal air travel restrictions for public health purposes—United States, June 2007-May 2008. MMWR 2008 Sep 19;57(37):1009-12 [Full text] unaware of or likely to not comply with public health recommendations and medical treatment The list is not limited to the communicable diseases that are covered under quarantine and isolation laws, the CDC noted, though it has so far been used only in instances when people have suspected or confirmed TB.last_img read more

Dutch political party proposes cap for pensions sector salaries

first_imgDutch socialist party SP wants to limit pay for pension fund trustees and service providers’ staff to no more than the salary received by the Netherlands’ prime minister.Bart van Kent, MP for the SP, said he would attach an amendment to legislation implementing IORP II to cap pay at €187,000.He argued that the cap fitted with the EU directive’s explicit reference to “appropriate remuneration”.Currently, this cap – known as the WNT, or Balkenende standard – applies to pay at semi-public organisations, such as hospitals, schools and public broadcasters. Dutch socialists want pension sector workers to earn no more than prime minister Mark RutteHe said he also wanted pension funds to demand that asset managers comply with the WNT rules through a clause in their contracts.The Dutch parliament will debate the IORP II legislation on 26 September.In other news, Gijs van Dijk, MP for the labour party PvdA, has asked the Dutch government why bonuses at pensions providers have risen, while many of the country’s pension funds have been unable to grant inflation-linked increases.He argued that performance fees should only be paid if pension funds granted inflation compensation.His questions were triggered by the recent publication of a costs survey from consultancy LCP, which revealed that asset management costs had risen by almost €1bn, while schemes’ returns had dropped considerably. In Van Kent’s opinion, the pensions system was a special kind of social security in which high salaries were not appropriate, “as the money has been deposited by workers, and most pension funds can’t grant inflation compensation”.The MP also noted that pension funds paying high salaries didn’t perform better than schemes with more modest remuneration policies.last_img read more

LeBron James Equals Jordan’s Double-digit Scoring Record

first_imgJordan’s streak stretched from 25 March 1986 to 26 December 2001.The six-time NBA champion retired twice during that period – from 1993-94 and from 1999-2001.James spent four years with Miami Heat before rejoining the Cavs in 2014 and the three-time NBA champion can break the record on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans.“It just means I’ve kept my body in tune, in shape, throughout all these years, all these games – 866,” he told Fox Sports Ohio.“Anytime I’m in the same conversation with Mike and other great guys, it lets me know I’m doing the right thing and hopefully I can try to continue that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LeBron James has equalled Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan’s all-time record of scoring at least 10 points in 866 consecutive regular season NBA games.The 33-year-old yesterday tied the record in the first half of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 118-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets, who are owned by Jordan.The Cavs small forward, who finished with 41 points, started his double-digit scoring streak on 6 January 2007.last_img read more

USC looks for fourth consecutive win against UCLA

first_imgIn that matchup, the Trojans pulled off a dramatic come-from-behind victory and handed UCLA its first loss of the season. After USC gave up the doubles point, they fought back in singles play to tie the score at 3-3. Sophomore Roberto Quiroz clinched the 4-3 victory for USC in a third-set tiebreaker over UCLA’s Adrien Puget.Though Quiroz received praise for his clutch performance, USC head coach Peter Smith was also impressed with the play of sophomore Eric Johnson and freshman Max de Vroome.“Eric and Max showed me, the rest of the country … that they’ve got what it takes to win,” Smith said.No. 46 Johnson and No. 109 de Vroome are just two of USC’s eight ranked singles players, the highest being No. 10 junior Emilio Gomez. In addition, USC has two ranked doubles teams, the highest of which comprises junior Ray Sarmiento and sophomore Yannick Hanfmann, who was just named Pac-12 player of the week due to his dominant play in the tournament.Meanwhile, UCLA’s roster features four ranked singles players, the highest being No. 13 sophomore Marcos Giron. The Bruins do not have a ranked doubles team. Though the Trojans appear to have the advantage on paper, recent matches between teams have proven to be quite unpredictable.Early last season, the top-ranked Trojans trounced No. 3 UCLA in Westwood, 6-1. Not two months later, the Bruins shocked USC by pulling off a 4-3 upset and ending the Trojans’ 45-match winning streak that spanned over a year. The Trojans bounced back, though, and defeated UCLA 4-2 a week later to take home the Pac-12 tournament, before beating them one more time in the semifinals of the NCAA championship tournament.Though the Trojans trail the Bruins 100-88 all-time, Sarmiento is thankful that the team has been victorious in the past three match-ups and hopes that the streak will continue Friday.“We love battling against UCLA and it’s nice to know the [win] has been on our side the last couple times,” Sarmiento said. “We just have to keep taking care of our own business.”The team also hopes that today’s match against the Bruins will not be as close as Sunday’s was. Though Smith and his players agree that earning the doubles point is the first step toward securing the victory, they have different opinions on how to achieve that goal.“We have to come out of the starting blocks strong and with a lot of energy,” sophomore Jonny Wang said.Smith takes a more relaxed approach to securing the doubles point.“We’re too pumped up,” Smith said. “The guys are always ready to play … it’s getting [the team] calm that’s the hard part.” USC’s No. 2 men’s tennis team (12-1) is looking to beat the Bruins on Friday, as it hosts No. 3 UCLA (9-1) in a nonconference match at Marks Stadium. The match, which is set to start at 3 p.m., will mark the second time the teams face each other in a week, after having clashed at the ITA National Team Indoor championships in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday.Clutch · Sophomore Roberto Quiroz helped the Trojans defeat the Bruins last week, taking the game-clinching match against UCLA’s Adrien Puget. — Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more