Number of West Nile virus cases surges

first_img In 2006 the number of WNV illnesses in the United States rose for the second year in a row, after a dramatic decline in 2004, suggesting that the virus will remain endemic, the CDC said in a Jun 8 MMWR report. “Our cities, towns, and Indian reservations are putting up a good fight against the Culex mosquito,” he said, adding that before 2002 few of the state’s communities had mosquito-control programs. “Now, nearly two thirds of our population lives in a community with some type of mosquito control program.” Jul 21, 2006, MMWR report on WNV activity from Jan 1–Jul 18, 2006 Of the total cases reported so far this year, 34% (42) were West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNND) (meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis). Another 58% (71) were West Nile fever, and 7% (9) were unspecified. The virus has caused three deaths. See also: Lyle Peterson, director of the CDC’s vector-borne infection division, said the high number of cases so far is a warning that individuals and communities should be extremely vigilant, according to a New York Times report today. South Dakota reported its first WNV death 2 days ago, according to a press release from the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDH). The death, which is not yet reflected in the CDC tally, occurred in a patient in the 80- to 89-year-old age-group in whom WNV encephalitis developed. Jun 8, 2007, MMWR wrap-up article on 2006 WNV season Jul 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases reported so far this season has dramatically outpaced the number reported at about this time last summer, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.center_img Lon Kightlinger, PhD, South Dakota’s state epidemiologist, told CIDRAP News that the Culex tarsalis mosquito, an efficient vector for the disease, is abundant in South Dakota, even in severe drought years. Ninety percent of WNV cases typically occur in August and early September, so it’s difficult to say if the trend will continue, he told the Times. The focus of the WNND and West Nile fever cases appears to be in California and the Dakotas. CDC. West Nile virus update—United States, January 1–July 24, 2007. MMWR Jul 27;56(29):740-1 [Full text] Jul 24 SDDH press release Despite the growth of control programs, personal precautions—such as wearing insect repellent, staying indoors during mosquito active periods, and eliminating standing water—are still vital for preventing WNV illnesses, Kightlinger said. The CDC, in tomorrow’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), said 122 cases of WNV illness have been reported as of Jul 24. Last summer, the CDC had reported only 15 cases as of the middle of July.last_img read more

Indonesia to issue Rp 450 trillion in ‘pandemic bonds’ to finance COVID-19 fight

first_imgTopics : Indonesia will raise nearly Rp 450 trillion (US$27.21 billion) in “pandemic bonds” to finance the country’s efforts to combat the health crisis and economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as demand for government bonds has declined, an official document shows.The government will also increase its bond sales target by Rp 160.2 trillion to Rp 549.6 trillion to address the widening budget deficit, which could reach 5.07 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), according to the Finance Ministry document.“The government’s first line of financing will come from an endowment fund and accumulated cash surplus [SAL] but it will not be enough,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told the House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs in a video conference. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced extra state spending worth Rp 405.1 trillion to finance Indonesia’s battle against the novel coronavirus pandemic, specifically for healthcare, social safety net and business recovery programs.Read also: Indonesia announces Rp 405 trillion COVID-19 budget, anticipates 5% deficit in historic move“Therefore, we need to issue government debt papers to look for the best financing sources. We will be very careful in navigating these uncharted waters,” she added. However, foreign investors have pulled out of the tradable government bond market, with a benchmark 10-year bond yield of 8.17 percent at 2:45 p.m. Monday, a 1.5-year high, indicating investors see increasing risk in Indonesian assets.At auction, the demand for Indonesia’s debt papers has also declined sharply in March from February, according to official documents. At a Feb. 18 auction, the government saw Rp 127 trillion in bids and absorbed Rp 19 trillion, while on March 31 it only saw Rp 34 trillion and absorbed Rp 22 trillion.center_img Under the new Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 issued last week, Bank Indonesia (BI) is now permitted to buy government bonds at auction to anticipate if the market is unable to fulfil the government’s financing target. The regulation revokes a 1999 law on the central bank, which only allowed BI to buy government bonds in the secondary market.“We will be very transparent so as to maintain the credibility of our fiscal and monetary policies,” Sri Mulyani pledged in front of members of the House. The government is looking to BI to finance the budget deficit, as demand for government bonds declines.The central bank has purchased Rp 172.5 trillion in government bonds, including Rp 166.2 trillion from foreign investors in the secondary market.Indonesia’s financial markets have been hit by the coronavirus outbreak, with foreign investors having sold Rp 148.76 trillion in Indonesian assets, including Rp 135.08 trillion in government bonds and Rp 9.71 trillion in Indonesian shares, BI data shows.last_img read more

Cuba to send 20 nurses to Dominica

first_img Share Tweet 240 Views   no discussions Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Cuba to send 20 nurses to Dominica by: – May 2, 2018center_img Sharing is caring! Share Acting Principal Nursing Officer, Terrilia RavalliereTwenty Cuban nurses will soon arrive in Dominica to complement the nursing staff as the Ministry of Health and Social Services.This pledge of assistance came from a meeting between Dominican and Cuban health professionals who met at the recently concluded International Public Health Convention held in Cuba.The Ministry of Health and Social Services has noted a shortage of staff in various departments at the Princess Margaret Hospital leaving the remaining staffed overworked, Dr Darroux informed and thus the Cuban nurses will help to alleviate their plight. Acting Principal Nursing Officer, Terrilia Ravalliere, who attended the International Public Health Convention, said it was “very, very beneficial and worthwhile”.“Most favorable for me was having the occasion, having the experience and being present when the discussion was held with the Minister of Health in Cuba, as well as the Central Unit Cooperation, whereby we discussed the nursing situation. We did receive promising news from Cuba, that they are overtly willing to assist us as it relates to the nursing services,” Ravalliere stated.As a result of these discussions, twenty nurses will be first deployed to Dominica. “We made a request for five midwives, five community health nurses, two intensive care nurses, two accident and emergency nurses, as well as six registered nurses,” Ravalliere indicated. “I am pleased and happy to know that we have this assurance that our nursing shortage, as it relates to the situation that we are presently experiencing, will be receiving an increase in numbers,” Ravalliere added.Meanwhile, Minister for Health and Social Services, Dr. Kenneth Darroux is hopeful that the arrival of these nurses will ease the high pressure situation at the hospital as one of the main complaints he has heard from the nurses was the high patient to nursing ratio. “They have complained about having too much patients which will cause a decrease in the quality of health care etc., so we are hoping that these twenty nurses, in the first instance that is, will help to alleviate that major problem,” Dr. Darroux stated.last_img read more

Member of Parliament of the National Assembly of Uganda pays one day visit to Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Member of Parliament of the National Assembly of Uganda pays one day visit to Dominica by: – June 13, 2011 Share Share 53 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! by Mervin MatthewGovernment Information ServiceHon. Okupa ElijahMember of Parliament of the National Assembly of Uganda Hon. Okupa Elijah left the island on Thursday after holding brief talks with Hon. Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alix Boyd Knights.The Uganda official who is also a member of the executive committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association discussed several matters with the Speaker of the house including plans for the upcoming CPA meeting in London next month.“The committee meeting in London is an annual conference that brings together all Commonwealth countries, the Commonwealth Parliamentarians. It is an annual event, the one that is coming up and will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association was founded in 1911. We are also going to have elections of the chairperson and treasurer. The position of treasurer is for three years. At the moment, it held by a Minister from Malaysia. “Hon. Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alix Boyd Knights, is no stranger to the CPA elections and will attend the London meeting next month.“Last year, I was privileged to have been elected Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Association and this year, is the turn of the general body to elect somebody. The CWP feels very strongly that this year, in as much as the theme for the entire conference is ‘Women as Agents for Change’, now is the time to elect a woman as chairperson. If either of the two women who are running are elected, that person would only be the second woman in one hundred years to be elected to that high position.”last_img read more

FGA announces winter conference

first_imgBatesville, in. — The Food and Growers Association will hold their 2016 Winter Conference February 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Batesville middle School. Tickets are $35 for single members, $50 for couples, non-member singles are $45 and non-member couples are $75.For  a preview or to purchase tickets go online here. Or send a check to FGA, 1032 3 Mile Road, Batesville, In 47006 or email

Giro d’Italia cyclist turns delivery man to stay fit

first_imgBut the Giro will not be starting on May 9 because of the virus that has officially killed almost 26,000 across the Mediterranean country. The KLM rider says delivering food has been rewarding — although maybe not terribly useful for staying racer-fit. “This is mainly to stay useful to my community,” he says. “So I began to wonder if I couldn’t find some people who needed someone to make their deliveries for them.” After the lockdown, Marengo got in touch with Turin’s mayor and was soon speeding along abandoned city streets on his racing bike The 27-year-old had little to do but sit at home with his girlfriend. The subject of ice cream came up and Marengo’s new career soon followed.“We searched the internet and found this ice cream parlour making home deliveries,” Marengo recalls. Loading… “The customers are all amazed,” Marengo saysBut Italy is preparing to ease its way out of what is now the world’s longest active national lockdown when the current restrictions expire on May 3.Marengo and the other riders will soon drop what they are doing and enter extreme training regimes. The Giro has still not been rescheduled and the timeframe for the two other major cycling races — the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana — is unknown. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time He really should be training for the Giro d’Italia instead of making deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic. But how else is a professional Italian cyclist supposed to stay fit?At least that is what Umberto Marengo was thinking when he decided to pull on his lycra and start hauling pasta and pizza across the suburbs of the northern Italian city of Turin. “This really has nothing to do with normal training, even if I try to make every delivery as quickly as possible,” Marengo says. “Especially since I always try to go up by the stairs to stay that little bit fitter.” – ‘Clear my head’ – The pandemic has played as much havoc with the global sports schedule as it has with most other aspects of life. Marengo got in touch with the mayor and was soon speeding along abandoned city streets on his racing bike — a rucksack full of deli sandwiches strapped to his back.“The customers are all amazed,” Marengo admits. He makes up to 30 deliveries a day and has managed to set a personal lockdown record by riding 70 kilometres (45 miles) in a day — less than half the average length of a single stage.Marengo conceded that he will probably have a lot of ground to make up when he makes his last delivery once Italians’ stay-at-home orders are lifted. Marengo conceded that he will probably have a lot of ground to make up when he makes his last delivery Marengo, centre, riding in Colombia in early February before the lockdown skittle the world sports calendarRead Also: UEFA endorse Spanish FA proposal for European spotsBut at least he has managed to avoid being pushed through punishing routines at the gym — now closed — by his trainer.“I never liked it,” Marengo says of the tedious hours at the gym. “That’s another reason I started making deliveries. It allows me to clear my head.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Marengo makes up to 30 deliveries a day and has managed to set a personal lockdown record by riding 70 kilometres in a day Marengo says delivering food has been rewarding, but maybe not terribly useful for staying racer-fitMarengo and his little Italian team Vini Zabu-KTM are still trying to gain a measure of respectability on the professional tour circuit.The KTM riders considered themselves lucky to have even qualified for one of the three Grand Tours.last_img read more

‘Champions of Champions’ Inter-county softball tournament officially launched

first_imgFOR the first time since 1997, Guyana will see an Inter-county Softball tournament, as the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) launched its second installation of the event yesterday.The tournament, which is set for the Ogle Community Centre ground, April 15-16, will see the Sankar Auto Works’ Valvoline Demerara side come up against Permaul’s Berbice (sponsored by Permaul’s Trading and Distribution); Trophy Stall’s Essequibo, and Wellman’s Demerara (sponsored by Mike’s Pharmacy).$200 000 will be awarded to the winning team, while second-placers will pocket $100 000. Man-of-the-match for the final and best batsman will both go home with $5 000 and a trophy.According to the organisers, the preliminary matches will be played on the tournament’s opening day (April 15) and two more on April 16; the same day of the final.It was also noted that a female exhibition game is planned between Demerara and Berbice on April 16 from 12:45hrs, where $50 000 is set aside for the winners and $25 000 for the losing team.The tournament will be played under rules and regulations of the GSFA, who said that the association is excited to see the return of the Inter-county tournament and hopes that it becomes a stable feature on their calendar of events. (Rawle Toney)last_img read more

Hamilton, Verstappen lead Singapore practice

first_img(BBC) – MERCEDES driver Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen were in a league of their own in second practice at the Singapore Grand Prix. Hamilton set the pace, 0.184 seconds ahead of Verstappen.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third, 0.818 secs off.Valtteri Bottas in fourth was 1.121 secs off team-mate Hamilton.Red Bull’s Alexander Albon was fifth, 0.986 secs slower than Verstappen, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in sixth.The Ferrari drivers both had compromised runs when they were simulating qualifying on the ‘soft’ tyres, but the Italian cars look a long way off the form they showed when Leclerc won the last two races in Belgium and Italy.The Ferrari’s lack of grip in the corners is proving a major handicap around the twists and turns of the Marina Bay circuit.Four-time world champion Vettel made the latest in a series of mistakes in the last race in Italy, and faced questions about his performance on his arrival in Singapore.He admitted it was “not great, but not a disaster” but there is a perception that he could do with a good weekend to get his season back on track, especially as he has been in Leclerc’s shadow for most of the past seven races.On the evidence of yesterday, the race looks to be a fight between Mercedes and Ferrari, and Hamilton and Verstappen left their team-mates for dust.Both men were in excellent form, and they did their lap times in very different fashion – Verstappen was 0.2 secs quicker in the first sector, while Hamilton made back all that and more in the final sector, a quick-fire succession of 90-degree corners.Bottas, who crashed in first practice at one of those final-sector corners – Turn 19 – was struggling.And so was Albon, as he found his feet on his first experience of Marina Bay and in just his third race with Red Bull.last_img read more

Point-counterpoint–Masters 2008: Tiger vs. the field

first_imgMason:It’d be easy to pick Tiger to win it all this weekend atAugusta. After all, he’s won there four times before; what’s to stop him fromwinning his fifth green jacket?The field, that’s what.While the Masters has just 90 players in the field — theleast of the four major championships — it’s always a great crop of golferscompeting in one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments. Guys like Phil “Lefty”Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Zach Johnson are always threatening torob Tiger of the top spot on the leaderboard.Wait — you’ve never heard of Zach Johnson? Neither had mostof the world, until the 32-year-old from Iowa was the surprise story of thetourney last year, claiming stake to the 2007 Masters. It just goes to showthat on any given weekend, anything is capable on the golf course. (On a sidenote, his +1 was the first time the winner had finished over par since JackBurke Jr. in 1956. See? You learn something new every day.)We need to keep in mind that Tiger is not invincible. Since2001, Eldrick has entered 130 tournaments. How many has we won? “Only” 41. Imean come on, that’s only 31.5 percent. If I performed that low on my midterms,I’d be kicked out of school.In all seriousness, though, you can never count out thefield in any tournament. Just look at the winners of the last three U.S. Opens:Angel Cabrera, Geoff Ogilvy and Michael Campbell.March Madness may now be officially over — given that Kansasjust won the championship and the calendar now reads April — but that doesn’tmean there can’t be any more Cinderellas in sports.?Tiger against the field? Take the field. Can somebody sayCarl Spackler? Ackerstein:?Tiger Woods is the best golfer in the world. This year’sMasters should be a reminder of that fact.Though he might not have won a green jacket since 2005,he does have four Masters titles to his name already — about as good a trackrecord as there is at Augusta National. Even though he got off to a slow start in last year’stournament Woods was still able to earn a second place finish, just two strokesbehind the winner Zach Johnson.What makes the world’s No. 1 such a lock to take it homethis year though, is his play entering the tournament.Woods is as hot as ever right now, winning three of hisfirst four tournaments in 2008, picking up right where he left off at the endof last year when he won four of his last five events. Not since Johnny Dramalanded not one, but two pilots in ’07, has someone started off a year as hot asWoods has.Playing arguably the best golf of his career, Woods verypossibly might take home a Grand Slam this year. He appears as motivated andconfident as ever, and it’s going to take four rounds of absolutely perfectgolf from one of his challengers to even have a shot at taking him down.As if that weren’t enough, it should be noted that noplayer has ever lost a major in the same year Gatorade gave him his own drink,so Woods will, you know, also have that going for him.He’s playing his best golf, and he’ll be sure to haveplenty of G2 to restore those lost electrolytes. Good luck, rest of the field.?Tiger for the Masters win. Amen (Corner) to that!last_img read more

USC Security Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Monday, Feb. 15, and Tuesday, Feb. 16. Crimes against a personAt 2:21 p.m. on Feb. 15 a student’s buttocks were grabbed by a suspect on a bicycle at University Gateway Apartments, who was later arrested.Crimes against propertyAt 4:41 a.m. on Feb. 15, a suspect was arrested for removing three bottles of liquor and a tool box from 2301 Scarff St.At 12:43 p.m. on Feb. 15 it was reported that a laptop computer was stolen in Grace Ford Salvatori Hall.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 9:18 p.m. on Feb. 15, a suspect was arrested for peering into the windows of multiple apartments at 1158 37th St.At 11:38 p.m. on Feb.15, a student reported that, while she was sleeping, a suspect entered her dorm room at a Parkside Residential Building and identified himself as her roommate’s friend. The suspect then briefly searched the roommate’s closet before leaving the room. The student did not report the incident at the time it occurred and the roommate subsequently found no property missing.At 12:48 a.m. on Feb. 16, after a student had complained of vomiting and abdominal pain at 1157 36th Place, they were transported to a nearby hospital.At 3:39 p.m. on Feb. 16, a student was transported to the Student Health Center after cutting his hand at the Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.At 4:00 p.m. on Feb. 16, a non-USC male driving his personal vehicle collided with a university tram, causing major damage to the male’s vehicle.At 9:06 p.m. on Feb. 16, a water leak was reported at the Physical Education building and a ceiling pipe was observed to have burst. Facilities Management Services personnel were requested and responded to clean up and conduct repairs.last_img read more