Editor’s note: This story was revised Mar 6 to include a clarification about the frequency of mutations in influenza viruses. Mar 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry said today that H5N1 avian influenza virus samples it sent to a World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory in the United States in February showed no signs of dangerous mutations, according to a Reuters report.On Feb 22, Nancy Cox, PhD, chief of the influenza division at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Indonesia’s health ministry shipped 15 clinical samples to the CDC lab, which is a WHO collaborating facility. She said the samples were from two patients whose infections were confirmed by the WHO on Feb 5 and 12.Lily Sulistyowati, spokeswoman for Indonesia’s health ministry, said the CDC has run tests on the samples, according to a report today from Reuters. “The result is it is still H5N1. It hasn’t mutated, meaning it is endemic among fowl and can be transferred from fowl to human,” Sulistyowati told Reuters.The story provided no further details on the test results. Since flu viruses evolve and mutate constantly, Sulistyowati apparently meant that the viral isolates showed no mutations that would enable them to spread more easily from person to person. Most human H5N1 cases have resulted from contact with poultry; person-to-person transmission of the virus has been rare.Indonesia has shared few H5N1 samples since announcing in December 2006 that it was withholding samples to protest what it perceived as an unfair virus sharing-system that allows pharmaceutical companies to use samples from developing countries to make vaccines that those countries can’t afford.Indonesia’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, had said the country sent the recent samples to the WHO only for risk assessment and that the organization had to notify Indonesia if it wanted to make a seed virus from the samples, according to previous media reports. She also said Indonesia must retain the rights to its viruses in the event that a pharmaceutical company wanted to make a vaccine from the virus in the samples.It’s unclear if the recently shared samples signal that Indonesia has unilaterally ended its boycott of the international virus-sharing system. A WHO group that met to resolve the virus-sharing issue in November failed to draft an agreement between developing nations and the developed countries that are home to the world’s’ largest vaccine producers.Indonesia has been the nation hit hardest by the H5N1 virus. According to the WHO’s most recent count, the virus has infected 129 Indonesians, of whom 105 died.See also:Feb 22 CIDRAP News story “CDC expecting H5N1 samples from Indonesia”
WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPWeek 10 PPR Rankings: WRsMORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderThese rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Michael Thomas, NO vs. ATL2Julio Jones, ATL @ NO3Chris Godwin, TB vs. ARZ4Tyreek Hill, KC @ TEN5Mike Evans, TB vs. ARZ6Keenan Allen, LAC @ OAK7Cooper Kupp, LAR @ PIT8Allen Robinson, CHI vs. DET9Davante Adams, GB vs. CAR10Tyler Lockett, SEA @ SF11Amari Cooper, DAL vs. MIN12Golden Tate, NYG @ NYJ13Stefon Diggs, MIN @ DAL14Tyrell Williams, OAK vs. LAC15John Brown, BUF @ CLE16Mike Williams, LAC @ OAK17Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. NYG18Emmanuel Sanders, SF vs. SEA19Kenny Golladay, DET @ CHI20Marquise Brown, BAL @ CIN21Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ @ TB22D.J. Moore, CAR @ GB23Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. BUF24Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. BAL25Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. BUF26Calvin Ridley, ATL @ NO27Robert Woods, LAR @ PIT28Christian Kirk, ARZ @ TB29Zach Pascal, IND vs. MIA30DeVante Parker, MIA @ IND31Auden Tate, CIN vs. BAL32A.J. Brown, TEN vs. KC33JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. LAR34Cole Beasley, BUF @ CLE35DK Metcalf, SEA @ SF36Ted Ginn Jr., NO vs. ATL37Robby Anderson, NYJ vs. NYG38Sammy Watkins, KC @ DEN39Curtis Samuel, CAR @ GB40Alex Erickson, CIN vs. BAL41Taylor Gabriel, CHI vs. DET42Adam Humphries, TEN vs. KC43Danny Amendola, DET @ CHI44Michael Gallup, DAL vs. MIN45Chester Rogers, IND vs. MIA46Josh Reynolds, LAR @ PIT47Marvin Jones, DET @ CHI48Tajae Sharpe, TEN vs. KC49Darius Slayton, NYG @ NYJ50Russell Gage, ATL @ NO51Zay Jones, OAK vs. LAC52Deebo Samuel, SF vs. SEA53Demaryius Thomas, NYJ vs. NYG54Deon Cain, IND vs. MIA55Allen Hurns, MIA @ IND56Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. LAR57Olabisi Johnson, MIN @ DAL58Josh Gordon, SEA @ SF59Laquon Treadwell, MIN @ DAL60Cody Latimer, NYG @ NYJ61Willie Snead, BAL @ CIN62Breshad Perriman, TB vs. ARZ63Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. CAR64Kendrick Bourne, SF vs. SEA65Mecole Hardman, KC @ TEN66Anthony Miller, CHI vs. DET67Marquise Goodwin, SF vs. SEA68Geronimo Allison, GB vs. CAR69Dante Pettis, SF vs. SEA70Demarcus Robinson, KC @ TEN71Randall Cobb, DAL vs. MIN72James Washington, PIT vs. LAR Welcome to our Week 10 fantasy WR PPR rankings. You might not like what you see, but blame the NFL schedule makers who put six teams on bye (Broncos, Texans, Jaguars, Patriots, Eagles, Redskins), not us. You can also blame poor quarterbacks, tough matchups, and injuries, but even great chefs can only do so much with mediocre ingredients. That’s the wide receiver pool for Week 10 is — a bunch of mediocre ingredients.Even the top tier has question marks. Keenan Allen has struggled for the better part of a month, but everyone roasts the Raiders…right? Allen Robinson is coming off his worst game of the season — in a favorable matchup, no less — but we can count on him against the Lions…right? And Tyler Lockett is good enough to put up numbers against anyone, even the 49ers…right? WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerObviously, you’re going to have to make some tough start-or-sit decisions this week, and while none of the guys just mentioned should be involved in those, they’re emblematic of the position as a whole. If there’s ever been a week to trust high-target, middle-tier guys like Jamison Crowder (vs. Giants), Cole Beasely (@ Browns), Jarvis Landry (vs. Bills), and Tyler Boyd (vs. Ravens), it’s this one. They’ve all put up some duds this year, but at least you know they will get their chances. In PPR leagues, that will be extra important this week.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Tight endInjuries could really help a few borderline guys see more looks, specifically Robert Woods (@ Steelers) if Brandin Cooks (concussion) is out and Auden Tate/Alex Erickson (vs. Ravens) if A.J. Green (ankle) remains out. DeVante Parker (@ Colts) would also likely be more reliable if Preston Williams (knee) is out, but it’s tough to pinpoint another Dolphins receiver who would step up in Williams’ absence.MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOSUltimately, this will likely be a tough week for most owners. Whether that comes early in the form of start/sit decisions or late because of a lack of production, chances are few will be immune. Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with the latter. A little stress on Sunday morning is fine as long as you have points on the board come Sunday night.Reminder: Check back for updates during the week.
(Tallahassee, FL) — A lawsuit being heard today that could speed up payments of unemployment benefits in Florida.Florida has been the slowest state in the nation at processing coronavirus-related unemployment claims, and it’s lagged behind much smaller states in simply getting money into the hands of its citizens.The state is being sued for problems with the website people use to file unemployment claims. Less than half of those who have applied for benefits have gotten paid. A judge in Tallahassee will hear arguments, virtually, today. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs hope a judge will order the state to pay benefits immediately to everyone who has yet to receive anything. Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will ask his office of inspector general to investigate the contract with the company that built Florida’s broken unemployment website seven years ago.DeSantis said he wants the inspector general, an office that was created in 1994 to provide internal oversight of state agencies, to investigate how the state spent $77.9 million on the website, CONNECT, and how the contract was amended numerous times.“There’s a lot of money that went in to this,” DeSantis said. “I think everything needs to be looked at, 100%.”The announcement of an investigation into a past administration was a rare rebuke of his predecessor, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott. The two Republicans have become political rivals, and Scott was quick to cast an eye on DeSantis’ chief of staff, Shane Strum, on Monday.Strum was chief of staff for former Gov. Charlie Crist when Deloitte Consulting was awarded the multimillion-dollar contract a few months before Scott took office. Scott oversaw the development and rollout of the site, which launched in 2013.DeSantis has continued to blame Florida’s unemployment crisis on the seven-year-old CONNECT, calling it a “jalopy” in past press conferences.On Monday, DeSantis said the system was so bad that the system would have been overwhelmed even in a slight recession.“If we had anything other than 3 or 4 percent unemployment, this would have been a problem,” DeSantis said. “So that’s not a good use of taxpayer money.”