NEWS SCAN: Yosemite hantavirus, dengue in Greece, hedgehog Salmonella outbreak, limited rabies vaccine, rotavirus vaccination

first_imgSep 7, 2012Park Service: One hantavirus case-patient stayed in different part of YosemiteOne of the eight cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in Yosemite is not connected with a stay in Curry Village as the others are, the National Park Service (NPS) said today. The case-patient, who had a mild form of the disease and is recovering, stayed in multiple High Sierra Camps in a different part of Yosemite, the NPS said in an update. Three of the eight cases were fatal, with the other five patients “either improving or recovering,” according to the update. “We want to make sure that visitors have clear information about this rare virus and understand the importance of early medical care,” Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher said in the update. “We continue to work closely with state and national public health officials.”Sep 7 NPS updateIn related news, French health officials are investigating two suspected HPS cases in French travelers to Yosemite, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported this week. “In France, the French National Institute for Public Health Surveillance has reported an ongoing investigation into two potentially exposed cases,” the agency said in a report. It said 1,923 Europeans in 18 countries may have been exposed to the virus while visiting the park this summer.Sep 5 ECDC reportECDC reports possible locally acquired dengue in GreeceAn 84-year-old Greek man died after a dengue virus infection that he may have acquired locally, the ECDC said in a news release today. The man had not traveled to a dengue-endemic country and had severe underlying conditions and septicemia, the agency said. Blood tests indicated dengue infection. The ECDC concluded, “Although it may never be fully established to what extent dengue contributed to the patient’s death, the laboratory test results clearly indicate an acute dengue virus infection. Introduction of dengue virus via infected travellers with subsequent local transmission is possible as demonstrated by the reports of local transmission in France and Croatia. The entomological investigation will provide further evidence of the presence of the Aedes albopictus mosquito in the area. Epidemiological investigations and serological surveys will provide information on whether dengue virus is circulating in the local population.”Sep 7 ECDC press releaseHedgehog pets linked to multistate Salmonella outbreakFederal and state health officials are investigating a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to contact with pet hedgehogs that has so far sickened 14 people in six states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday. The outbreak strain has rarely been seen in the past, and investigators are using PulseNet to identify other cases. Illnesses began from Dec 26, 2011, to Aug 13. States reporting cases are Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington. Half of the patients are age 10 or younger, and of 10 patients with available information, 3 were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. All 10 patients who were interviewed had contact with hedgehogs or their environments, with some specifically mentioning African pygmy hedgehogs. The patients bought the animals from multiple breeders in different states. Two samples collected by health officials from where hedgehogs lived or bathed yielded the outbreak strain, the CDC said. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is conducting trace-back investigations of outbreak-linked hedgehogs bought from USDA-licensed breeders. The CDC reminded hedgehog owners that they should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling the pets or anything in their environments. In 1994, the rare Salmonella Tilene subtype in a 10-month-old girl in the Seattle area was linked to exposure to African pygmy hedgehogs. Her family owned a breeding herd of the animals.Sep 6 CDC outbreak announcementJune 1995 MMWR reportCDC reports limited supply of rabies vaccineRabies vaccine for pre-exposure use is in limited supply and available only from wholesale distributors, federal officials said today, adding, “At this time, there are no limitations in the supply of rabies immune globulin or vaccine for post-exposure prophylaxis.” The two manufacturers of licensed rabies vaccine in the United States, Sanofi Pasteur and Novartis, are both unable to “directly supply rabies vaccine for pre-exposure vaccination,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a news release. The agency did not specify the cause of the problem but said additional lots of the two vaccines are “expected to be released in the coming months.” The CDC said rabies vaccine for pre-exposure use is available only from wholesale distributors who have stocks of Novartis’s vaccine, RabAvert. The agency said, “Current supplies of RabAvert available through wholesale distributors are expected to be sufficient to meet demand for pre-exposure vaccination until additional lots are released. Persons at increased risk for rabies exposure should take appropriate precautions to avoid exposure.”Sep 7 CDC news releaseFew Asian countries embrace rotavirus vaccination for childrenMost Asian countries have not yet added the rotavirus vaccine to their national immunization program, despite the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) advice to do so, according to a report today from IRIN, the news service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Only two Asian countries, the Philippines and Thailand, are vaccinating or preparing to vaccinate children against rotavirus, WHO officials told IRIN. The Philippines started vaccinating children in July, and Thailand announced plans to launch rotavirus vaccinations but has yet to set a start date, the story said. The vaccine’s cost is an important barrier to its use, the WHO said. Worldwide, 41 countries have added rotavirus vaccine to their programs, including four African nations: Botswana, Ghana, Rwanda, and Sudan. Rotavrius is the most common cause of severe diarrheal disease in young children, causing 500,000 deaths annually in those under age 5, according to the WHO. The agency has recommended the vaccine since 2009.Sep 7 IRIN reportlast_img read more

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Amagansett ‘Dust Bowl’ Part Of Bigger Picture

first_imgThe 33-acre parcel owned by the Bistrians north of Main Street in Amagansett is currently landlocked. The family is feuding with East Hampton Town, stating it is trying to renege on a deal to build an access road to the parcel. Independent/Rick Murphy“This is exactly what the Community Preservation Fund was created for,” said Barry Bistrian, whose family owns the 33 acres behind Amagansett Main Street, which East Hampton Town has expressed an interest in buying for several years. The field will heretofore become part of town “Dust Bowl” lore.“They’ve been looking to break into that money for years. Last year they started taking 20 percent out. It’s supposed to be to save the farms,” he added.No one is disputing that. East Hampton Town officials say the problem is that the Bistrians are asking too much for the land.Bistrian is being blamed because merchants nearby are complaining the wind is churning topsoil onto and into the stores on Main Street. Though his family owns the property, it is farmed by Peter Dankowski. Whatever the case, a cover crop didn’t take hold, unleashing the nuisance.“It’s just another way to stir up the hornet’s nest,” Bistrian said.He said he found it troubling that he is now being blamed for the dust, not only by the merchants, who may not know better, but also by town officials.A little historical perspective would be helpful, said Bistrian, who was raised in Amagansett.Almost 50 years ago, the town was looking to shave off some of the farmland behind the stores to create a parking lot. There were a series of transactions and transfers, and lots of hands in the pie.In 1971, Peter Bistrian, the family patriarch, sold the final piece of the puzzle, 2.3 acres of land to the town for $13,000. The land was used to construct the parking lot that is now behind the stores on the north side of Main Street. The Bistrians contend the town would cede anaccess road to them as part of the deal.Dust is a normal residue of farming. Potato fields ran all the way to Maidstone and Town Lane. There were more than a couple years when they didn’t get cover crops down.All along, the town has indicated its desire to purchase the land behind Main Street. Meanwhile, the Bistrian stake grew: as parcels became available, the family purchased them to add to its holdings as the town stayed on the sidelines.“They’ve taken our commercial rights, they’ve upzoned it twice, they’ve taken away our access road,” Bistrian said. What the town won’t do, he charged, is make a fair offer to buy it, leaving the family with only one alternative: develop it.According to sources, the latest appraisal came in at around $21.5 million. The Bistrians are asking between $32 million and $34 million.The property is “checkerboarded” between assorted family members — that is, no two congruous parcels are owned by the same entity. That means a dozen or so estate-sized lots, already cleared, are ready to house luxury homes. That makes them valuable on the open market except for one hold-up: the town says there is no access road from the property, meaning it is landlocked.A front-page article in The East Hampton Star on February 28, 1970, references a discussion wherein then Town Supervisor Eugene E. Lester Jr. acknowledged “a 66-foot right of way that will serve as an exit to Windmill Lane” and another 43-foot right of way that would connect Main Street with the land north of the parking lot.As recently as 2016, the town attempted to buy development rights to the farm, but was rebuffed. “At no time did the town repudiate the petitioners rights to access Windmill Lane via the road the town had promised to deliver,” a suit filed by the family maintained.The trouble, for the family, is the courts have yet to concur. Barry Bistrian said the family is trying to shift the venue to Nassau County for a coming appeal.rmurphy@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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Mack tops the charts with Anthem

first_imgThe truck features an all-new exterior design with optimised aerodynamics, improving fuel efficiency by up to 3 percent while enhancing driver comfort.In addition to a new hood and grille, Mack engineers redesigned the roof and chassis fairings, mirror covers, and front bumper and air dam to more easily cut through the wind.Gauges on the instrument panel have been positioned higher for better driver visibility, while the steering wheel contains illuminated controls for cruise control, Bluetooth and the audio system.The Anthem is available with the Mack MP7, MP8 and MP8-TC engines and in three configurations.Mack also introduced Mack Connect. When a vehicle service is required the closest dealer location is identified, and service bay space and parts availability is confirmed, all while the truck is still on the road.The Mack Anthem is available for order now, with full production beginning in the first quarter of 2018. www.macktrucks.comlast_img read more

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Local Volunteers Recognised as part of NHS 70 Celebrations

first_imgPresentations are made to six volunteers with a combined 180 years of service. Left to right: Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board Vice Chair Penny Halliday with volunteers Bunty Irons, Rita Jacob, Elizabeth Maxwell, Rosamund Harradine, Christine Pettigrew and May Fraser. Back: Coding Supervisor Viv Wylie and Volunteer Co-ordinator Margaret McGroggan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA CELEBRATION marking the NHS’ 70th birthday has seen six volunteers in the region recognised for a combined 108 years of service.On Monday a special Vintage Afternoon Tea Party was held at Crichton Hall in Dumfries for those volunteers who are based at Mountainhall Treatment Centre on the town’s Bankend Road.Volunteer co-ordinator Margaret McGroggan said: “Celebrations are taking place across the region this summer to mark the NHS’ 70th anniversary.“On Monday, just three days before the official anniversary, we were delighted to host a Vintage Tea Party for our Mountainhall volunteers – recognising the invaluable role they and others play within NHS Dumfries and Galloway.“A large number of volunteers have been part of our organisation for many years, carrying out duties such as meeting and greeting patients and visitors and escorting them to clinics.“Six Mountainhall volunteers have together delivered a combined total of 108 years of volunteering, each giving 18 years individual service, which is absolutely incredible.“Recognising their commitment as part of our Vintage Tea Party on a lovely summer’s day was the very least we could do.”The six volunteers presented with certificates on Monday were Bunty Irons, Rita Jacob, Elizabeth Maxwell, Rosamund Harradine, Christine Pettigrew and May Fraser.  Monday’s event was attended by NHS Dumfries and Galloway Board Vice Chair Penny Halliday and a fellow Board member, Nurse Director Eddie Docherty.Penny said: “I was very honoured and privileged to be at an amazing tea party at Crichton Hall, organised by the Mountainhall volunteers as a celebration of 70 years of the NHS and particularly to celebrate volunteering.“The NHS couldn’t manage without volunteers; they add so much value to what we do. Volunteers enhance patient experience and also staff experience and are valued members of their teams and today we are celebrating their achievements.”Noting the certificates and flowers presented to these volunteers, Penny added: “It’s a very lovely story about six of our volunteers who between them have volunteered for a total of 108 years at Mountainhall, which used to be the old DGRI.“That’s amazing. So today we’re saying a huge big thank you to all our volunteers from NHS Dumfries and Galloway.”last_img read more

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No.12 West Florida loses match one in Crossover Tournament

first_imgNext Game: vs. Saint Leo 10/20/2018 – 12:15 pm ET ORLANDO, Fla. –  No.12 UWF (18-5, 10-1 GSC) falls to Florida Southern (16-8, 9-5 SSC) in three sets. The Argos had their moments of control in the match, but most of the game they were reacting to what the Mocs were doing.This was UWF first loss since September and it broke a 10-match winning streak for the Argos. This is also the Argos first 3-0 loss this season.The seniors lead the UWF offense tonight. Nadine Williams led the team with nine kills, followed by Mackenzie Chrisman and Makila York each with six kills. The Argos hit just .112 in the match as a team while FSC hit a .215.The Argos opened in the first set with a 4-0 lead, but the Mocs went on a run of their own tying the match shortly after making it 6-6 and a back-and-forth set. UWF went on one more small run of three points to give themselves the lead again 10-8, but the Mocs followed with their own three point run to tie the set 11-11. From there, the Argos battled and continued to keep it a one point set until FSC capitalized on UWF errors and finished the set on a four point run ending the set 25-19.In the second, UWF dug an early hole for themselves 1-5. They quickly climbed out of the hole and tied the set 8-8 with a kill by Caleigh Morrison. With a couple of attacking errors on FSC, the Argos gained a two point lead 11-9. The momentum swung back on the Argos side with a quick sideout and a four point run to follow. UWF built a five point lead 15-10 and the Mocs answered. FSC went on a eight point run with five of those points coming from UWF errors giving them the lead 18-15. At set point for the Mocs, UWF went on a last chance run of three points but lost 25-22.UWF trailed in the third set from the start 2-6 which turned into 6-15 shortly after. The Argos started their comeback as they trailed 21-14 with a four point run to make it 21-18 as UWF capitalized on FSC errors this time. The Mocs were at set point again and the Argos fought to get a couple more points before Florida Southern won the set 25-20 and the match 3-0.Morrison and Chrisman led the team in blocks each with three for the match. Logan Kael led the defensive with 12 digs on the night followed by Brogan Wallin with 10 digs. UWF will return to action tomorrow in the South Region Crossover Tournament in Orlando, Fla. with a 12:15 pm match against Saint Leo and a 7:00 pm match against No.6 Tampa.To continue to keep up with UWF volleyball, you can follow them on Twitter or Instagram @UWFVolleyball or on Facebook at University of West Florida Volleyball.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Previewcenter_img Full Schedule Roster Live Statslast_img read more

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Japan demolishes Taiwan 120-3

first_imgEarlier, Japan posted a record 155-3 victory in the first leg against Taiwan in Tokyo. It sealed its fifth straight World Cup appearance by crushing South Korea 55-17 in Seoul last week. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES TAINAN, Taiwan – Japan, already assured of a place in next year’s rugby World Cup in Australia, finished its qualifying campaign with a 120-3 demolition of Taiwan on Sunday.Suntory winger Toru Kurihara scored six tries and set Japanese test records with 15 conversions and 60 points while Toyota Motor winger Ryohei Miki added four tries as unbeaten Japan claimed its fourth successive victory in Asian qualifiers. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Photo gallery: College signings

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Middle school girls basketball: District season reaches halfway point

first_imgMykayla Sanchez scored 11points to lead the victorious Benton seventh-grade team. Britta Preston led Greenacres with four.  Alesiera Johnson, Elaina Culbertson and Acelynn Gray combined for six. At Benton, Paige Marshall ledGreenacres to the eighth-grade victory with nine points. Jayla James added 11. The Bossier Parish middleschool girls basketball district season reached its halfway point Thursday. In eighth-grade games, ElmGrove defeated Cope, Haughton got past Rusheon 26-14 and Greenacres edgedBenton 19-17. At Cope, Chloe Larry pouredin 20 points to lead the Elm Grove eighth-grade team to the win. Janiyah Boudreaux and ShayMatthews added six and four points, respectively. Taylor Brown and DakotaHoward scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the victorious seventh-gradeLady Bucs team. Savannah Wilson had a biggame for the victorious Lady Cougars seventh-grade squad, tossing in 18 points. Kenyette Glover chipped inwith seven points and Malloree Brownmiller had six. At Rusheon, Briana James led a balanced Haughton scoring attack in the eighth-grade victory with eight points. Kenade Judgeware added four. Atum Boyd and Aniya Hudsonled Cope with seven and six points, respectively. The Lady Eagles completed thefirst half of district play 5-0. Erin Harrell added four.Makayla Stanton, Gwen Peterson and Talia James combined for six. In seventh-grade games, Copedefeated Elm Grove, Haughton topped Rusheon and Benton downed Greenacres. Haughton, Benton and Cope allfinished the first half of district play 4-1. NOTE: The above report is based on information provided by coaches. Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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