WHO reports new Ebola virus subtype in Uganda

first_img Pierre Formenty, a WHO hemorrhagic fever expert, told the AP that news of a new Ebola strain “is an important discovery for the scientific community.” Nov 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Uganda involving a new subtype of the virus that officials suspect was responsible for sickening 51 patients, including 16 who died. CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevershttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/biofacts/index.html CDC information about Ebola See also: CDC reports of recent Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fever outbreakshttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/outbreaks/index.htm Nov 30 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_11_30a/en/index.html The Ebola virus is highly contagious and known for its high fatality rate, ranging from about 50% to 90%. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some patients have internal and external bleeding. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. Uganda’s last Ebola outbreak occurred in 2000 and involved the Sudan subtype, according to the CDC. In that outbreak, 425 cases and 224 deaths were reported.center_img Analysis of patient samples at the National Reference Laboratories in Uganda and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta have confirmed that a new species of the Ebola virus was involved in the outbreak, the WHO said. Four Ebola subtypes have previously been identified: Zaire, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, and Reston. The focus of the outbreak is Bundibugyo district in the western part of the country, the WHO said in a statement today. The reported case-patients include three healthcare workers, one of whom died. Patients are being treated at hospitals in Kikyo and Bundibugyo, the WHO reported. Investigators from Uganda’s health ministry and the WHO said the outbreak might have begun in September, the WHO said. A task force involving the health ministry, the WHO, and international health groups is responding to the outbreak. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said the WHO was particularly concerned about the outbreak because patients are presenting with somewhat unusual symptoms for Ebola, such as vomiting, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. “This could be a milder strain of the disease, but we still need additional information to confirm that,” Formenty said. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had an Ebola outbreak in the DRC’s Kasai Occidental (West Kasai) province that began in August and involved at least 17 cases and 6 deaths, according to previous reports. The DRC health ministry said on Nov 20 that it had been contained. Nov 20 CIDRAP News story “Congo says Ebola outbreak is contained”last_img read more

Awarded for the ten best at the Days of Croatian Tourism

first_imgAttachment: Statements / Cappelli: TOP 10 OF CROATIAN TOURISM  She received the HGK award for marina of the year Olive Island Marina in Sutomišćica, while restaurant of the year Spinnaker in Porec. He was named Camp of the Year Aminess Maravea Camping Resort in Novigrad. DMK is the travel agency of the year Katarina Line in Opatija, while the hotel of the year award went to the hotel Valamar Collection Girandella Resort in Rabac.  He received the annual award “Anton Štifanić in the individual category Ivan Sabljic, while the Croatian Tourist Lifetime Achievement Award was presented Frani Skoblaru. The awards ceremony concluded the twelfth edition of the Day of Croatian Tourism in Slavonia, and over a thousand participants from the Croatian tourist system and from business and social life took part in the event. “Today, Croatia is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and this success is the result of the work of all tourism workers, all hosts and those who make tourism better. Therefore, I would like to congratulate everyone, and especially the winners, for making Croatian tourism better, more innovative and more interesting every year. In order to ensure the long-term success of Croatian tourism, we must continuously improve and that is why the Days of Croatian Tourism, as the largest gathering of stakeholders in Croatian tourism, is a great opportunity to look back at previous results, exchange experiences, discuss new ideas and trends in tourism. I believe that through joint action and facing all challenges in the future, we will continue to break records and make Croatian tourism even more competitive, even more open and fulfilling for every visitor, “said the Minister of Tourism.Gari Cappelli when awarding prizes.  As part of the traditional tourist event Days of Croatian Tourism, last night in Osijek were awarded tourist awards for the best of the best in tourism, in the following categories: Tourist destination of the year, Sustainable Tourism Award, Beach of the Year, Tourist Event of the Year, DMK Travel Agency of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Marina of the Year, Camp of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Anton Štifanić Award in the company / institution / association category and individual lifetime achievement and Special recognition for exceptional contribution to tourism of the Republic of Croatia.  DHT- 1st evening – list of winnerscenter_img In the category “People in Tourism” of the CNTB, a special award for exceptional contribution to tourism in the Republic of Croatia was presented Vinko Prizmic, and the annual award “Anton Štifanić” for 2018 in the category of company / institution / association Travel agency ID Riva Tours GmbH. The CNTB award for sustainable tourism was presented Papuk Nature Park for “UNESCO Geopark Geo Stories”. It was declared the beach of the year Paradise beach in Lopr. It is the tourist event of the year Renaissance festival, while it was declared the destination of the year Rovinj.   “The awards ceremony as part of the Croatian Tourism Day is perhaps the most important part because we further emphasize the importance and contribution of all tourism workers in achieving the results so far that the entire Croatian tourism sector is proud of. Today, our country enjoys the status of a respectable tourist destination that maintains positive growth trends from year to year, which is the result of selfless dedication and work of our people. I extend my sincere congratulations to all the winners and nominees, and I invite all tourism workers to continue this community in our upcoming 2020 tourist year, “he said. HTZ Director Kristjan Stanicic.   “I am extremely happy that for the 23rd time we will award the” Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia “awards, which reward the best of the best in domestic tourism. We determine the winners according to quality and business indicators, but they are the foundation of that quality and success of people. The greatest wealth that our guests bring from Croatia are not photos of natural beauties, but memories of a good time created by you – the hosts. Your hospitality, smile and cordiality make a difference and create an experience of Croatia that no one can compete with. These record numbers that we are happy to brag about every year are the result of your work. That is why I am not afraid for the future of our tourism, because the key to its success is in your hands, and you have always proven yourself as a factor that makes a difference, “he said. President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović. Related news: FIRST PART OF AWARDS AT CROATIAN TOURISM DAYS AWARDEDlast_img read more

Santos Signs New Four-year Deal as Portugal Coach

first_imgPortugal’s Euro 2016-winning coach, Fernando Santos, has signed a new four-year contract.The 61-year-old guided Portugal to their first European title with an extra-time victory over hosts France in Paris earlier this month. He has coached Portugal since 2014, having previously spent four years in charge of the Greece national team.Portugal begins the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign on September 6 against Switzerland in Basel.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Batch has great game; Steelers seek 4-0 start

first_imgBen who? Charlie Batch, who had one foot out of Pittsburgh at the beginning of the season as he dropped to fourth string quarterback, had the best game of his career, leading the Steelers to a 38-13 blowout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers keeping them among the select few undefeated teams in the young NFL season at 3-0. CAREER PERFORMANCE—Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) hands the football to quarterback Charlie Batch after catching a first quarter touchdown pass from Batch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sept. 26, in Tampa, Fla. Steeler Isaac Redman (33), looks on. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Now they play their first conference game Sunday against the 2-1 Baltimore Ravens, fresh off their best offensive game of the season beating the Cleveland Browns 24-17.Batch threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns on 12 of 17 passing, leading the Steelers to their best offensive game of the season. They jumped out to a 28-6 halftime lead and cruised from there as the defense once again illustrated why they are the best in the NFL by stopping quarterback Josh Freeman, who was 20 of 31 for 184 yards and no touchdowns, and shutting down the running game, holding LaGarrette Blount to just 27 yards on seven carries and Cadillac Williams to 13 yards on six carries.Batch, who had been the second string quarterback for the past few seasons, got very few reps during the preseason. He became the forgotten man and many expected him to be released until faith opened the doors for him through injuries to Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon, and he made the most of it.Lighting fast Mike Wallace scored on catches of 46 and 41 yards during a stretch where the Steelers scored on four consecutive possessions to build the a halftime lead. The 38 points was four more than the Steelers were able to muster in their first two games where the offense struggled, especially the last game against the Tennessee Titans after Dixon was injured.Rashard Mendenhall had another outstanding game keeping the defense honest with 143 yards on just 19 carries and one touchdown, his second 100 yard-plus game of the season putting him among the league leaders in rushing yardage. Wallace led all receivers with 100 yards on just three catches. Ward also had three catches and a touchdown with 34 yards.The Steelers/Ravens game will pit to of best two defenses in the NFL against each other with Pittsburgh sitting in the No. 1 spot allowing just 34 points for the season while the Ravens are fourth with 41, but maybe not two of the worst offenses. Both offenses came to life last week. As bad as the Steelers had been on offense during the first two games, the Ravens weren’t a whole lot better as quarterback Joe Flacco looked terrible. But he finally got it together against the Browns as he had his best game, going 22 of 31 for 262 yards and three touchdowns through the ai. Ray Rice had a solid ground game with 80 yards on 15 carries and Willis McGahee 29 yards on nine carries.The Steelers biggest challenge this week will be containing newly acquired Anquan Boldin, who came over during the off season from the Arizona Cardinals. Boldin had eight catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns against Cleveland. They will also have to shut down the running game led by Rice and McGahee. However, the Ravens should have their hands full trying to contain Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and Mewelde Moore who combined for more than 200 yards. They were not able to contain Peyton Hillis who ran 22 times for a career-high 144 yards and a touchdown for the Browns.But their biggest challenge may be a fired up Charlie Batch and an entire offensive line that should be filled with confidence after their outstanding performance against the Bucs. Max Starks being back made a big difference.The Steelers should be 4-0 going into their bye week. If Batch puts together another great game, the big question will be who starts at quarterback against Cleveland after the bye?last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly outlines his plans for Indian cricket as he takes over as BCCI…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement 2jlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsl3x6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Erjxzok( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 44Would you ever consider trying this?😱3ffgCan your students do this? 🌚0l86Roller skating! Powered by Firework Sourav Ganguly, India’s previous cricket chief is often praised by Cricket’s epicureans as the main pillar behind the Men in Blue’s bravery, ingenuity and conviction on the field. Now, assuming control of a scuffled and shaken BCCI, the Prince of Calcutta opens up to Indian sports journalist Boria Majumdar, speaking about his future stratagem.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP“First-class cricket is what makes Indian cricket what it is. Talent needs to be honed.”- the 47 year old veteran mentioned that is his prime concern.“We need the strongest first-class cricket structure to have a team that dominates world cricket over the years. And that’s what I’ll aim for with the support of my team.”Advertisement The former left handed batsman, who captained India to the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup final in Johannesburg, has to now command the sport off the field as well. However, Ganguly showed optimism on it as well.“The task is not easy. But it is also an opportunity.” he said.Advertisement “There is no reason why we can’t be a team like the West Indies under Clive Lloyd or Australia under Steve Waugh. That’s the benchmark. As administrators, that is what we will want the team to do, and will help them in every possible way to get there.” the 84 times ODI capped player expressed his positivity on improving Kohli and the boys’s performance as a team and individually.Sourav Ganguly is set to take over BCCI on and from 23rd October 2019, just a day before the squad selection for the 3 match T20 series against Bangladesh starting on 3rd November. Advertisementlast_img read more

Faulty Pipe May Have Been Source of Highlands Beach Pollution

first_imgHIGHLANDS – For several weeks this hot summer, two local borough beaches on Sandy Hook Bay have been closed due to high levels of pollution by raw sewage in the water.But borough officials are feeling confident they have cut off the source of the spill.A sewer inspection company conducted an inspection via cameras of the sewer lines in town on June 30, finding two breaks in piping at the Waterwitch and South Linden avenues intersection. Borough administrator Brian Geoghegan said the raw sewage had made its way to public beaches by “seeping out and finding its way into our storm sewer drains.”Borough Council President Carolyn Broullon said identifying the source was a priority for the shore town and its beachgoers. “Everybody’s concerned for the health of them and their families,” said Broullon. “As soon as we knew about this issue, we jumped on it.”High bacterial counts began showing up in late May and early at Miller Beach and at Highlands Recreation Center when results came back above the state-mandated threshold. Highlands officials shut the beaches down on June 22.Following the discovery of the pipe leak the following week, emergency declaration paper work was filed on July 3. Construction to fix the breaks was delayed by the July 4th holiday but was completed on July 6, when Broullon said crews worked throughout the day to make the repairs.The cost of the repairs is not yet known.Water testing is conducted each Monday by county health officials and results are reported to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program on NJBeaches.org.The threshold between safe and unsafe water is 104 colony forming units (CFU) per 100 milliliters of sample. Any number below that level is safe to swim in, but a reading above that means a beach is put on advisory and tested on subsequent days until it reads clean again.At the Highlands Recreation Center beach, four of 11 tests showed elevated readings so far this summer. The highest was on June 5, when the test came back reporting 920 cfu/100 ml.Down a few blocks at Miller Beach, the most polluted sample was recorded on May 31, coming in at 310 cfu/100 ml. Five of 12 samples at Miller Beach to date were recorded above the threshold.“The numbers we were seeing for both the Miller and Rec beaches did stand out to us,” said Dan Kennedy, NJDEP assistant commissioner for water resource management. By Jay Cook | The Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program supervises testing of water samples at over 200 ocean and bay stations throughout the state which are taken each Monday by respective county health officials.The state is on the lookout for enterococcus, a bacterium found in human waste, which can be harmful to humans. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains, respirator y issues and flu-like symptoms are all possible ailments associated with swimming in polluted water, per NJDEP.County health officials tested the two Highlands beaches on schedule bright and early on Monday, July 10, and the results provided a glimmer of hope for anxious swimmers.The Recreation Center beach tested at 50 cfu/100 ml, and Miller Beach was marked at 40 cfu/100ml, well below previous readings.“The monitoring program did its job and it has identified issues actively,” Kennedy said.Both the borough and the state noted that one normal reading doesn’t wipe the slate clean. Broullon said Highlands is looking for three consecutive clean reads before they would reconsider opening the beaches. According to the borough website, the mayor and council have requested additional sampling on Thursday. If those results, which are expected Friday, remain within acceptable limits, the beaches will reopen Saturday.The beach closures didn’t stop residents from getting some sun this past weekend. At 1 p.m. on Sunday there were about 40 people at the Recreation Center beach.“I’m disappointed,” said Peri Marando, a Highlands resident of over 20 years, from beneath her beach umbrella. “I hope they can clean up this problem as soon as possible, but I understand it’s not that easy to fix.”Despite a “Water Closed” sign straddled by a red flag and another “No Swimming” notice tied to a vacant lifeguard stand, two people were in the water – a young girl right at the foot of the shore and an older woman with her lounge chair cranked back, lounging as waves washed past her.Broullon is optimistic the borough can put this issue behind them.“We hope this is all fixed and that we can get our beaches back open,” she said.This article was first published in the July 13-20, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2017)–Favored Stormy Liberal broke sharply and dictated term throughout to score a 1 ½ length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr. and trained by Peter Miller, the 5-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.91.With Stormy Liberal breaking from post position eight, he put immediate pressure on Forever Juanito, who broke from post six and was ridden by Agapito Delgadillo.  The pair raced as a team to the dirt crossing at the top of the stretch, where the winner opened up and was never challenged thereafter.Off at 2-1 in a field of 10 older horses, Stormy Liberal paid $6.00, $3.80 and $3.20.“The difference today was that we were outside and it was an easier race,” said Arroyo.  “I was just along for the ride today, he just took me.”Owned by Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch, Stormy Liberal provided the owner and trainer with a double on the afternoon.  Second in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes down the hill on Dec. 26, Stormy Liberal registered his fourth win from nine tries over the course and he’s now 17-4-6-1 overall.  With the winner’s share of $47,700, Stormy Liberal now has earnings of $247,570.“I train for a great group of guys and I’m really happy for my horse,” said Miller, who claimed the winner three starts back for $40,000 on Oct. 16.  “We’ve had a big weekend and we’re working hard…I think 6 ½ down the hill hits him right between the eyes.  He loves it.  He’s just a really honest, nice horse.”Though no threat to the winner late, Forever Juanito held second by 1 ½ lengths over Blameitonthelaw.  Off at 19-1, Forever Juanito paid $17.00 and $9.20.Ridden by Luis Contreras, Blameitonthelaw was off at 12-1 and paid $6.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.39, 44.15 and 1:05.91.Live racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday with first post time at 1 p.m.last_img read more