The United States, Canada and Mexico all reported cases of shinglings last year, the second-highest annual number in a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.
A few days earlier, the agency reported a fourth-straight year of a record-breaking outbreak in the U.S. of salmonella in baby formula, the most severe case since 2009.
The United Kingdom reported a record of 5,846 cases in April, with 1,087 deaths.
“This year, we have had a spike in shinglies, with nearly 5,500 confirmed cases,” said Dr. John F. McGlothlin, director of the CDC’s Division of Surveillance and Laboratory Services.
The agency reported that most of the cases in the Americas occurred in states in the Northeast, Midwest and West, including Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.
In the United Kingdom, there were 1,054 confirmed cases in March, including 9 deaths.
In France, where the outbreak started, there are 2,816 confirmed cases, with 6 deaths.
IKEa Medicine Cabinet is getting the biggest upgrade in the Seattle metro area, as the Swedish furniture retailer announced the installation of a $5 million renovation of its Seattle headquarters, where it has a major presence.
The renovation will include a new medical tech lab, a new pharmacy, a large new office space, a renovated medical department, and new seating for medical and patient events, IKEablog reported.
The new building, which opened in November, will be the largest and most ambitious expansion of the company’s Seattle headquarters in decades.
It will also include a brand new conference center, a newly designed conference room, and a new conference room and conference room with a large TV for use in the office.
The expansion is expected to take two years to complete.
The renovations will be completed by early next year, Ikea said in a statement.
The company said the new space will be used for events like conferences, product launches, sales events, and customer service.
IKEblog also reported that IKEas new new headquarters is the largest office in Seattle for a furniture retailer.