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University of Pittsburgh 9 victims seven wounded and two dead

PITTSBURGH, March 9. – At least two people were killed and seven wounded yesterday due to a shooting at a psychiatric clinic in a Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh, hospital officials said.

Shooting 9 victims 2 dead University of Pittsburgh

Shooting 9 victims 2 dead University of Pittsburgh

“All we know is that there were 9 victims of the shooting and that there are two dead, one of them was the shooter. This is all the information we have at this time, Paul Wood, spokesman for the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), the psychiatric clinic where the shooting occurred.

Wood said police reported that one of the deceased was the aggressor.

He said the hospital is treating patients and victims of the incident, to ensure that the concerned hospital and other hospitals of the institution are kept safe.

At first the authorities were seeking a second suspect, but said the medical center, officials said, was just one.

A police tactical team arrived at the scene. The street was closed and the area was filled with police. Most students are on spring break, but the offices and buildings have were open.

The police meanwhile said the shooting began in the area of Diagnosis and Psychiatric Evaluation, “one of the safest areas of the building,” said a worker. You have to go through a scanner to go in there, the guards cannot carry weapons and visitors should leave all their belongings.

The Medical Center of the University of Pittsburgh reported that some patients received by the shooting, but did not say how many or what his state of health.

Pete Finelli, who lives two blocks from the clinic and worked here as a student assistant, reported that security guards are always on the side of the building where it is believed that the shooting occurred.

The patient rooms are on upper floors, he said, but on the first floor had to be someone to be admitted or discharged.

“The only place where a person would be on the first floor is the emergency room,” he added.

Pittsburgh sent an email and text alerts just after 2 pm to warn people of the shooting.

“Armed person has been identified in the Western Psychiatric Institute. Several wounded. In clinical possible second attacker. We recommend closing until further notice. If you can safely pass this message to others, “the alert said.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC, for its acronym in English) denied the gunman kept captive hostages inside the psychiatric clinic.

“Despite various reports and messages through Twitter, the police reported no hostage situation at the UPMC Presby or the Western Psych / WPIC,” said spokesman WPIC.

The University of Pittsburgh in Oakland, WPIC, and Public School Academy of Science and Technology of Pittsburgh were closed.

Violence Increases

Three people, including an official of the security forces were injured on Wednesday afternoon in a shooting outside a court of Tulsa County, Oklahoma, and United States. The attacker, the officer and a woman passing by were hospitalized.

On 27 February, three students dead and three wounded was the result of the shooting that occurred at the Institute of Chardon, Ohio. The alleged shooter, a student center, was arrested.

“It was all just cops’

Two hours later, police and other authorities circulated inside and outside the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic ((WPIC) while some high school students and high school, who had attended a robot competition, was still at the Petersen Events Center the second floor.

“Some licked their ice cream,” said post-gazette.com. But all doors were closed, the clinic staff that was near the lobby was ordered to stay away from windows, and none of the workers could enter or leave until police give permission.

Everything was “cops and more cops,” said a worker who was repairing the roof of a nearby hotel.

One woman, who did not give her name, said she and other nurses at the clinic were returning from lunch when another woman shouted at them not to enter the building.

“This woman said someone was firing shots in the lobby on the first floor and at least five people were shot, including a police officer of Pitt (Pittsburgh), who was hit while walking through the front door. She said she was grateful that she and her friends had stopped before entering the hospital.

“A few seconds later and would have been in the lobby “, told the Post-Gazette.

On the steps outside of WPIC, part of the medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, there were people waiting for the latest reports on a friend who worked at the famous clinic that receives 250 to 300 patients a day

 
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Posted by on 03/09/2012 in Crime Watch, Crime!

 

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Super Virus created by: Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam!

 

The Death Virus H5N1 bird flue strain!

The Death Virus H5N1 bird flue strain!

A virus with the potential to kill up to half the world’s population has been made in a lab. Now academics and bioterrorism experts are arguing over whether to publish the recipe, and whether the research should have been done in the first place.

­The virus is an H5N1 bird flu strain which was genetically altered to become much more contagious. It was created by Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, who first presented his work to the public at an influenza conference in Malta in September.

Fouchier said the strain circulates in animals, particularly birds, but rarely affects humans. In the ten or so years since bird flu first emerged in Asia, fewer than 600 cases have been reported in humans. But the H5N1 strain is particularly vicious, killing roughly half of patients diagnosed with it. What stops it from becoming a major threat to public health is that it does not readily transmit from human to human. Or at least it didn’t – until now.

Researchers in Fouchier’s team used ferrets – test animals which closely mimic the human response to influenza – and transmitted H5N1 from one to another to make it more adaptable to new hosts. After 10 generations, the virus had mutated to become airborne, which means ferrets became ill from merely being near other diseased animals.

A genetic study showed that the new, dangerous strain had only five mutations compared to the original one, and all of them were earlier seen in the natural environment – just not all at once. Fouchier’s strain is as contagious as the human seasonal flu, which kills tens of thousands of people each year, but is likely to cause many more fatalities if released. “I can’t think of another pathogenic organism that is as scary as this one,” Paul Keim, a microbial geneticist who has worked on anthrax for many years, told Science Insider. “I don’t think anthrax is scary at all compared to this.”

Now Keim, who chairs the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), and other members of the body, have a very difficult decision to make. Fouchier wants his study to be published. So does virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka, who led similar research in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Tokyo, and reached comparable results. And it is up to NSABB to give them the green light.

Many academics and biosecurity experts are naturally cautious about releasing information which could provide any bioterrorist with a ready recipe to hold the world to ransom. Some argue that such work should never have been done in the first place and call for international monitoring of potentially harmful research.

“It’s just a bad idea for scientists to turn a lethal virus into a lethal and highly contagious virus. And it’s a second bad idea for them to publish how they did it so others can copy it,” believes Dr. Thomas Inglesby, a bioterrorism expert and director of the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

However the very same data, if made available to the scientific community, could potentially allow humanity to prepare for an H5N1 pandemic, which Fouchier’s study has shown to be far more probable than was previously believed. Clamping down on freedom of information in the scientific domain may in the end leave us defenseless against the flu, should it arise naturally.

NSABB plans to issue a public statement soon, says Keim, and is likely to issue additional recommendations about this type of research. “We’ll have a lot to say,” he says.

 

 
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Posted by on 11/25/2011 in Living!

 

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