About 15 miles south of the main gate of Little Rock Air Force Base, Little Rock, Arkansas, is about 646 miles southwest of the geographic center of the contiguous 48 states, near Lebanon, Kansas.Little Rock Air Force Base opened in October 1955. Today, it is the home of C-130 Combat Airlift. The 19th Airlift Wing, the base’s host unit — in concert with the 314th Airlift Wing, 189th Airlift Wing, 913th Airlift Group and U.S. Air Force Mobility Weapons School — is known as the world’s “Center of Excellence” for tactical airlift. Little Rock is home to more than 70 C-130 H and J models.The 19th Airlift Wing flies the world’s largest fleet of C-130 aircraft and is responsible for providing worldwide deployable C-130 aircraft, aircrews, support personnel and equipment for Air Mobility Command and Air Expeditionary Force taskings. As part of Air Mobility Command’s Rapid Global Mobility airlift capability, the wing’s tasking requirements range from supplying humanitarian airlift relief to victims of disasters to airdropping supplies and troops into the heart of contingency operations in hostile areas.The 314th Airlift Wing, which reports to Air Education and Training Command, trains C-130 aircrews for all services in the Department of Defense, Coast Guard and 47 allied nations.The 189th Airlift Wing works in conjunction with the 314th Airlift Wing to provide C-130 instructor pilot and loadmaster training. In times of emergency, as declared by the governor of Arkansas, the 189th AW performs the state mission as directed by the state adjutant general.Tenant units at Little Rock Air Force base include 29th Weapons Squadron (ACC), 373rd Training Squadron, Det. 4 (AETC), 96th Aerial Port Squadron (AFRC) and Det. 3 AMCAOS (AMC).The base encompasses 6,100 acres and includes one runway and one assault landing strip.PopulationThe base has more than 7,000 active-duty military and civilian members, approximately 5,000 family members and an estimated 57,000 retirees who live in the local area.Economic ImpactLittle Rock Air Force Base’s total impact on the local economy in fiscal year 2017 totaled $469.2 million. It is the seventh-largest employer in Arkansas and, in fiscal year 2017, created 2,728 indirect jobs with average annual salaries exceeding $43,050 with a total annual dollar value of those jobs of $117 million.
CDC: First US MERS case likely passed virus to Illinois manCDC: First US MERS case likely passed virus to Illinois man
Federal health officials today said blood tests have found evidence of infection in an Illinois man who had close contact with the patient who had the United States’ first case of imported Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).This represents the nation’s first known secondary infection in ongoing investigations into illnesses involving two health professionals, the other one from Florida, who became ill after traveling from Saudi Arabia.The Illinois man met with the patient twice in a face-to-face business setting shortly before the first patient’s illness was detected, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. The first patient, who had worked in a Riyadh hospital before traveling to the United States, was admitted to an Indiana hospital on Apr 28, where his illness was confirmed May 2. He was released from the hospital on May 9.At a media briefing today, David Swerdlow, MD, who leads the CDC’s MERS response, said the case sheds more light on the spectrum of the disease and its transmission patterns. “We still don’t think this virus transmits easily, but it does transmit,” he said.Swerdlow said the Illinois man met with the Indiana patient on Apr 25 once for 30 to 40 minutes, then met with him again briefly on Apr 26. The Indiana patient had traveled back to Illinois by car to see his business associate and was sick with fever and muscle aches during the meeting, though he reportedly didn’t have respiratory symptoms at that time. The two men shook hands and were within 6 feet of each other.Swerdlow said health officials were concerned enough about the level of contact the two had to place the Illinois man among the group of 60 close contacts of the Indiana man that health officials have been following with testing and health monitoring.During the follow-up investigation, local health officials contacted the Illinois man on May 3 and tested him for active MERS infection May 5. Public health workers have also been monitoring his health, and though he had mild coldlike symptoms, he has not sought or received medical care.Initial tests were negative, but health officials have been collecting blood samples from close contacts of the Indiana patient to check for asymptomatic infections. Late last night preliminary blood tests showed that the Illinois man had developed antibodies to the MERS virus and had likely been infected by the Indiana patient, the CDC said.The Illinois man was previously healthy, is feeling well, and has been on home isolation since early May, which Swerdlow pointed out has limited his number of contacts. He said health officials are now monitoring and testing that man’s contacts, using the same protocols they did for the patients in Indiana and Florida.Transmission risk considerationsMost MERS infections have occurred in the Middle East or have been directly linked to a case in that region. Though sporadic imported cases have been occurring since early in the outbreak, secondary infections have been more rare but did occur after primary cases were detected in the United Kingdom, France, and Tunisia.Global and national health officials have said the risk of secondary infections is low and limited mainly to people who had unprotected, close contact with MERS patients, such as family members or healthcare workers. Today’s CDC announcement raises questions about the level of contact that puts people at risk, with a business meeting presumably reflecting a lower level of contact than a care-giving scenario involving a sick family member or hospital patient.Swerdlow told reporters that the virus still doesn’t appear to spread among humans easily in a sustained way, but he added that aggressive testing will not only help flesh out transmission patterns but also reveal more about what appears to be a broader range of severity for the disease, from no symptoms to severe and sometimes fatal pneumonia. “We don’t understand a lot about how the virus is transmitting, so we’re casting a wide net, hoping to learn more,” he said. “Our most important point is that doctors should be vigilant.””We don’t think this changes the risk to the general public or public health practices,” Swerdlow said.The Illinois man’s illness, though considered the third US infection, won’t be reflected in the global MERS count, because positive serology results aren’t included in the World Health Organization (WHO) case definition for MERS, Swerdlow said.Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, said one case doesn’t change the picture and the event is consistent with other examples of MERS spread.Though the risk of transmission still appears to be low, he said there’s a lot that is still not known about the disease—for example, whether some patients are “super shedders” who are more likely to transmit the disease to others. Osterholm has traveled to the Middle East to consult on the MERS outbreak.”All of us should be more careful to describe the risk to the public,” Osterholm said, adding that the message should be balanced and not “oversell” a lack of risk.Saudi Arabia reports nine cases, five deathsIn other MERS developments today, Saudi Arabia’s ministry of health (MOH) announced nine new cases along with five more deaths, all from areas that have been the epicenters of the outbreak during a surge of infections that began in March.Jeddah and Medina reported three cases each, two infections occurred in Riyadh, and one was in Mecca. All patients are younger or middle-aged adults, and only one was reported to have an underlying medical condition. Two are in critical condition, six are listed as stable, and one is asymptomatic.Illness onsets range from Apr 27 through May 16, and hospitalization admission dates range from May 2 to May 16.Only one patient, a 36-year-old woman from Riyadh who has an asymptomatic infection, was reported to have had contact with a MERS patient. No other exposures, such as contact with camels or animal environments, were listed for the other patients.Health experts who were part of a recent WHO mission to Saudi Arabia said healthcare-acquired infections appear to be amplifying what may be a seasonal increase in MERS. However, over the past several weeks, the Saudi officials have not said whether any of the infected patients are healthcare workers.Some unusual details were listed for three of today’s patients. One is a 33-year-old woman from Jeddah who first started having respiratory symptoms on Apr 27 and was admitted to the hospital on May 2. The first two rounds of MERS tests were negative, but the third-round tests were positive.In two other cases, patients left health facilities in Medina but were then hospitalized, one of them after initially refusing to be tested. One is a 36-year-old man who was admitted to the hospital on May 13 after coming down with a fever but was discharged against medical advice on May 15. He was readmitted to another hospital the next day.The other patient, a 37-year-old man, started having respiratory symptoms on May 6 and visited an emergency department on May 10, where he refused to be tested for MERS. On May 16 he was admitted to another hospital where he is receiving treatment in the intensive care unit).Fatal cases announced today include patients whose illnesses were reported earlier, between Apr 23 and May 14. All of them were adults aged 55 to 80 years old. One of the patients died on May 11 and the other four died on May 16.Today’s announcement bumps Saudi Arabia’s MERS total to 529 cases 168 deaths from the disease.See also:May 17 CDC press releaseMay 17 Saudi MOH statement on 9 casesSaudi MERS page with case countCDC MERS guidance for health professionals
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Regina King tapped to lead cast of HBO’s TV adaptation of “Watchmen”Regina King tapped to lead cast of HBO’s TV adaptation of “Watchmen”
Related “The Leftovers” – HBO/Van Redin(NEW YORK) — HBO has tapped Emmy Award-winning actress Regina King for a television adaptation of the iconic comic book series Watchmen.According to Deadline, King will join Don Johnson,Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens and Andrew Howard in the pilot. The series, written by Damon Lindelof, would be the latest collaboration between Lindelof and King since HBO’s The Leftovers. Watchmen, which was turned into a movie in 2009, is set in an alternate reality where superheroes are either retired, working for the government, or treated as outlaws and vigilantes. Although character details have not yet been revealed, Deadline says King is believed to play Angela Abar, while Gossett Jr. will likely be Old Man. Howard would take on the role of Red Scare and Clemens could be Pirate Jenny. None of these characters appeared in the previous iterations of Watchmen.This is the latest project for King, who played Erika Murphy in Lindelof’s The Leftovers. She also starred in Netflix’s critically acclaimed drama Seven Seconds.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Powered by WPeMatico