Lassa fever case found in New Jersey

first_img Lassa fever is rarely found outside of West Africa. But the case study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publication points out that the ease of international travel has also made microbes mobile. MMWR recommended that clinicians consider both common and uncommon diseases when evaluating patients who have traveled from Africa. Clinical histories must uncover travel to regions with uncommon endemic diseases, and lab work must be done quickly, the report added. Rats in the genus Mastomys, which live throughout West Africa, host Lassa. The virus can be spread when people kill and eat the rats, when the rats contaminate poorly stored human food, when dust containing virus shed in urine or feces becomes airborne, and through people’s cuts and sores. Lassa fever can also spread through contact with the fluids of a human victim. It kills about 5,000 people a year, CDC said. Estimates place the number of Lassa infections between 100,000 to 300,000 annually, with the caveat that regional surveillance is spotty, according to the report. Seventeen of the 19 plane passengers were from the United Kingdom and two were Americans. Only three passengers could not be contacted. All the contacted passengers were healthy and had not suffered fevers within the 21-day incubation period for Lassa, MMWR reported. Oct 6, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The first US case of Lassa fever since 1989 is a reminder that physicians need to consider exotic diseases when making diagnoses, noted the Oct 1 edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). His death and diagnosis prompted an intensive search to find people with whom he had contact while ill. Multiple criteria were used to determine if that contact was high- or low-risk. Hours later the 38-year-old man was hospitalized in Trenton, N.J., for fever, chills, sore throat, diarrhea, and back pain. His temperature was 103.6°F. Physicians initially suspected malaria and typhoid fever, and treated him with antimalarials and antibiotics. Of the 188 people who had contact with the man during his likely infectious period, five were classified as high-risk and 183 as low-risk. Those at risk included family members; nurses, physicians and lab workers at the Trenton hospital; lab workers at commercial laboratories in California and Virginia; and 19 fellow airplane passengers. A Liberian businessman who lived in New Jersey but commuted to farms in Liberia and Sierra Leone fell ill during the final days of a 5-month stint in Africa in August, CDC reports said. Two days later he flew from Freetown, Sierra Leone, through London to Newark, N.J. He rode a train on the last leg of his journey. A few hours after that consultation on Aug 28, the patient died without receiving the ribavirin. Serum antigen detection, reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, and other tests confirmed he died of Lassa fever, only the 20th imported case to have been noted worldwide, MMWR said. The children of some at-risk patients were kept from school until the incubation period expired on Sep 18, MMWR said. No contacts contracted Lassa-like symptoms.CDC describes Lassa fever as an acute viral illness endemic to West Africa. It is named for the Nigerian town where two missionary nurses died in 1969. The zoonotic virus from the family Arenaviridae is mild or asymptomatic in about 80% of human victims. The other 20%, however, develop a severe, multisymptom disease that can include shock, hemorrhage, seizures, and death. Outbreaks can prompt case-fatality rates as high as 50%. Despite treatment, the man’s condition worsened. By his fourth day in the hospital, he was in respiratory distress. Doctors intubated and ventilated him, and reconsidered the initial diagnoses. This time yellow fever and Lassa fever rose to the top of the list, the report said. After notifying state health officials and consulting CDC, doctors arranged to give the patient ribavirin intravenously, under an investigational new drug protocol. CDC. Imported Lassa fever: New Jersey, 2004. MMWR 2004 Oct 1;53(38):894-7 [Full text]last_img read more

Déja vu all over again?

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Gov. Wolf Addresses Protests, Provides Update on Commonwealth Response

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Addresses Protests, Provides Update on Commonwealth Response Press Release, Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf today provided an update on the steps the commonwealth is taking in response to violence and looting following peaceful protests across Pennsylvania over the weekend to condemn racism, oppression and injustice.“Every Pennsylvanian should speak out against violence and oppression, and the recent murder of George Floyd in Minnesota has rightfully outraged many of us. Pennsylvanians are joining together to speak out against this injustice, and make their voices heard, peacefully,” Governor Wolf said. “But yesterday was a challenging day for many cities in our commonwealth as these peaceful protests were co-opted by violence and looting. This is unacceptable.”On Saturday, the governor signed a disaster emergency declaration using his authority to provide all necessary assistance to municipalities as they respond to the escalation of protests in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.The governor also announced the expanded activation of the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). That activation, combined with the declaration, authorizes PEMA to direct emergency operations in Allegheny, Dauphin and Philadelphia counties, allocating all resources and personnel as deemed necessary to cope with the situation.“I will continue to work with Mayors Kenney, Peduto, Papenfuse, and others to make sure that everyone is able to make their voices heard, while keeping each other safe, and I want to thank of all our first responders,” Governor Wolf said. “I urge everyone to be peaceful. I urge everyone to have respect for our communities and our neighbors. I urge all of us to continue to call out injustice. I don’t want to lose sight of why we are here.“I want to again send my condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd, and everyone impacted by oppression, racism, and violence,” Wolf said. “Every day, in every corner of our society, we need to work at eliminating racism. That means we need to do our part to address racism – from the smallest thought to the biggest action – here in Pennsylvania, too.”center_img May 31, 2020last_img read more

Rodgers hails versatile Henderson

first_img Press Association He may not have been able to nail down a regular place in his preferred central midfield role but in the last year he has proved his worth on the left wing and all the way down the right from full-back, through wing-back to midfield. This weekend he may get his chance to operate centrally with defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva suspended having already accrued five bookings. Henderson credits Rodgers with having moved him up a level and his manager, who has been grateful at times for his versatility, appreciates the effort he has put in. “I’ve been so impressed since I’ve been here, Jordan has become better and better,” said the Reds boss. “His level, tactically, is very good. He’s one that wants to improve all the time. “If I didn’t think he could play the role and function in the roles properly I wouldn’t put him there so it’s great credit to him. “At the end of last season, he played as a false winger from the left, coming inside and got goals. “He played his first season here wide on the right. He’s played as a wing-back, wide in a midfield four. “In all the systems, what you get from him is a work-rate and a mentality and Jordan has got quality. “I don’t see it as a hindrance for him, I see it only as a positive. I know he’s really enjoying playing. “Wherever he plays there’s no drop-off – you still get the same. “He’s one of those players that you could play him at right-back, which I’ve done sometimes, and he’s got forward well. “He’s a really good young footballer whose understanding of the game is improving all the time. That allows him to play in a number of different positions.” Henderson has enjoyed a good start to the season, playing every minute of the league campaign, and the energy he has put into his performances has been noticeable. However, if he is to be switched into the middle to cover for the absence of Lucas then Rodgers warns he may have to curb his natural enthusiasm. “It is about making the players aware there is a responsibility tactically,” he added. “Whoever plays in there has to understand the dynamic of what is required and they may have to curtail their game a little bit. “If you move freely and empty that space it leaves it too open. “Our movement and fluidity in the other half of the field is getting better but you have to make sure you have that tactical discipline and whoever plays in there will have to have a similar function.” Rodgers admits the suspension of Lucas, his one genuine defensive midfielder, will be a loss at home to Crystal Palace. The Brazil international, who has just received a recall to the national squad, is almost back to his best after a surgery on a cruciate knee ligament problem in 2011. “He has come back very well from his injury over the last number of months,” Rodgers said. “There’s no doubt Lucas has started the season well. He’s a very honest, committed player who understands what it is we’re trying to do. “Of course players will miss out – Daniel Agger didn’t play in the last game – but with players coming in, the idea is to have a squad so that when you miss someone, someone else can come in and work. “It will give an opportunity for someone else to come in. Hopefully that will prove seamless and they can come in and continue with a good performance.” Twelve months ago the 23-year-old was still coming to terms with being told he had been offered to Fulham at the end of the summer transfer window as a sweetener for the failed Clint Dempsey bid. He rejected the move and pledged to work harder to make a success of his career at Anfield and a year on he is reaping the rewards. Jordan Henderson may have become Liverpool’s man for all eventualities but manager Brendan Rodgers insists that should be a compliment to the player.last_img read more

Martinez hopes to channel hurt

first_img A 4-1 defeat in the quarter-final at the Emirates Stadium left the Toffees facing a fight to secure European football in the last two months of the season. They have slipped behind Manchester United into seventh but do have a match in hand and Martinez wants to see his side show their character from now until the end of the campaign. Press Association Everton manager Roberto Martinez hopes the hurt of their FA Cup exit will spur on his players to do better for the remainder of the league campaign. “If you don’t get hurt by that (Arsenal defeat) you have got nowhere to go really if you don’t have those feelings,” said the manager. “We are fully focused now. We have just got the league – 33 points to play for, which is a phenomenal amount. “The season now is very much alive for us. As a group now we have got a clear indication of where we need to get.” Everton have run the top sides close in many of their encounters this season and Martinez believes that has given his players encouragement moving forward. “If anything that is going to give even more motivation and a bigger incentive to beat those margins,” he added. “I think at the beginning of the season you get those teams who are expected to win titles because of the financial approach. “We are in a position where, because of our football club and the history we have, we should be expecting to win titles. “It is going to be a bit of a process and a bit of work but I think you saw we are not far away from being able to go to Arsenal and be able to get through to an FA Cup semi-final. “Now it’s just a matter of making sure the small margins get affected in our favour and we can progress without expecting to go into big places like the Emirates and be beaten. “The performances are showing that we’re starting to develop that belief so the next stage is to be able to reflect it in the scoreline.” Meanwhile, midfielder John Lundstram has been recalled from his loan spell at Yeovil after making 16 starts and one substitute appearance in all competitions since joining in November. The 20-year-old has, however, had restricted action in recent weeks as the club battle against relegation from the Sky Bet Championship and has returned to Merseyside to bolster the club’s under-21 squad for their end of season run-in. last_img read more

Volleyball: Ellsworth improves 6-5

first_img Bio ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth volleyball team improved to 6-5 with a 3-0 win over Woodland (5-4) on Friday.Ellsworth beat Woodland by scores of 25-21, 26-16 and 25-20.For Ellsworth, Shelby Cote had seven aces; Rachel Bunker had 10 kills; Delany Sargent had 12 digs; Emily McDewitt had three blocks; and Alexa Grant had eight assists.MondayThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMachias (10-0) 3, Bucksport (2-8) 1SaturdayBucksport 3, Lake Region (3-9) 1North Yarmouth (7-5) 3, Bucksport 1Falmouth (7-3) 3, MDI (4-6) 1Sumner (3-6) 3, Lake Region 0North Yarmouth 3, Sumner 1WednesdayNarraguagus (4-7) 3, Sumner 1 Latest posts by (see all) Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 Latest Posts Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020last_img read more

Other Sports Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu to clash in final of Senior National Badminton Championship

first_imgBoth Saina and Kashyap had played their pre-quarterfinal match on Thursday night at the newly-laid wooden court at the TRP indoor stadium after refusing to play at the Assam Badminton Academy courts due to “uneven” surface.Former world no. 30 Verma, who had clinched Super 100 titles at Russia Open and Dutch Open last year, eked out a hard-fought 21-11 21-23 21-18 triumph over B Sai Praneeth. Verma grabbed seven straight points from 14-17 down in the decider against former Singapore Open champion Sai Praneeth in the quarter-finals.In the other semi-final matches of the day, Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg lived up to their reputation as the top seeds in mixed doubles. The world no. 46 pair needed only 32 minutes to dispatch Vighnesh Devlekar and Harika V 21-15, 21-16 to enter the final.They will take on the unseeded combine of Manu Attri and Maneesha K, who continued their rampage with a fine 21-18, 21-17 win over Shlok Ramchandran and Mithula UK. In women’s doubles, top seeds Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram continued their quest for the title with a strong 21-13, 21-16 victory over Kuhoo Garg and Anoushka Parikh. They will take on the unseeded Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhat K in the summit clash after the latter edged Aparna Balan and Sruthi KP 21-19, 24-22.Men’s doubles second seeds Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Chirag Shetty beat Arun George and Sanyam Shukla 21-17, 21-18 to secure a place in the final. Guwahati: PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal won their respective semifinals in contrasting fashion to set up a mouth-watering women’s singles summit showdown at the 83rd Yonex-Sunrise Senior National Championship in Guwahati on Saturday. In a repeat of last edition’s title clash at Nagpur, the two stalwarts will look to outdo each other and write another chapter in their on-field rivalry. While Sindhu overcame a challenge from Assam’s promising 19-year-old Ashmita Chaliha 21-10 22-20 in the first semifinal, Saina got the better of Nagpur qualifier Vaishnavi Bhale, who was part of India’s Uber Cup squad last year, 21-15 21-14 to storm into the finals. Saina had the last laugh against Sindhu in the last two encounters at the Nagpur Nationals in 2017 and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold-medal match last year. While Saina has won the title in 2006, 2007 and 2018, Sindhu clinched the trophy twice, in 2011 and 2013. “It will be just another match and I don’t think it will help me for All England, I will just look to focus and give my best,” Sindhu said about the final. In men’s singles, Lakshya Sen, who is a Asian junior champion and a bronze medallist at the World Junior Championship, secured his second final with a 21-15 21-16 win over former winner and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap in the second semifinal. The 17-year-old Sen, from Uttarakhand, had lost the finals of the 81st edition against Sourabh Verma and he would look to settle the scores when he faces the 26-year-old from Dhar in the finals on Saturday. Two-time former champion Sourabh sealed his final spot after beating Mumbai’s Kaushal Dharmamer 21-14 21-17 in 44 minutes. Earlier in the day, former champions Saina, Kashyap and Sourabh advanced to the semifinals with contrasting wins. The three-time former champion Saina hardly broke a sweat to get the better of former India no. 1 Neha Pandit of Mumbai 21-10, 21-10 in a lop-sided quarter-final contest. Kashyap, a 2012 winner, prevailed 21-18 21-16 over Bodhit Joshi, who had reached the finals of Iceland International last year. highlights Saina Nehwal won the tournament in 2006,2007 and 2018.PV Sindhu clinched the title in 2011 and 2013.Saina defeated Sindhu in the 2018 Commonwealth Games final. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Yobo Joins Kano Pillars

first_imgFormer Super Eagles skipper Joseph Yobo has signed for Kano Pillars as an LMC Ambassador and could make his debut at Sunshine Stars next week Wednesday.Four-time champions Pillars, IfeanyiUbah, Akwa United and Wikki were all in the race to sign the former Nigeria skipper Yobo, who won 101 caps with the Super Eagles.Ex-Everton star Yobo, who will be 36 next month, signed a deal with the League Management Company (LMC), which will see him feature in the domestic league as a way of promoting and adding value to the competition. The central defender has previously played for Turkish giants Fenerbache, Olympique Marseille in France as well as Norwich City in the Premier League.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

USC graduate helping homeless youth

first_imgStability · Alumna Marcy Pullard stands in front of Avenues of Independence, Inc., a non-profit transitional home she founded in 2008 to provide temporary shelter and support for homeless teenagers. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily Trojan USC alumna Marcy Pullard is living her dream, by helping other people try to live theirs.Pullard, who graduated in 1995, is the founder of Avenues of Independence, Inc., a transitional home for homeless youth located just more than two miles from USC.Pullard had dreamt of opening a transitional home for many years, and it was this dream that brought her to the USC School of Social Work. After graduating, she worked several different jobs in the area around USC until, in May 2008, she finally secured enough money to open her non-profit transitional home.“This is my passion. This is what I’ve always done,” she said. “It’s been in the making for about 10 years.”Avenues of Independence gives homeless youth ages 18 to 25 a place to find shelter and support as they work to move on to the next step in their lives. The home provides weekly clinics to help ease the transition.“For me, the bottom line is, at 18 most teenagers aren’t ready to go out on their own,” Pullard said.Pullard helps clients with everything from obtaining a California ID to writing their resumé and finding jobs.For Andrew, a client of Avenues of Independence who asked that his real name not be printed, the goal is to find a job.“I have my resumé and everything, but the economy was down so jobs were few and far between,” he said.After only three days at the center, the 22-year-old had already set up a job interview in Hollywood, but he still had one problem — finding shoes.“I have dress pants, dress shirts, socks but no shoes,” Andrew said.This is a problem Pullard sees often. Many of her clients lack the basic items or skills to obtain jobs. Her goal is to help them find these resources so they are able to build a stable foundation.Andrew found the center after his family kicked him out and he needed a place to live. Though he’s been with Pullard for a short time, he has already found her program helpful.“I like this more than being in a shelter with bunk beds,” he said. “I find it more productive for me. I wish there were more programs like this.”The transitional home currently accommodates four clients at a time and each client typically stays one month. Pullard hopes to expand eventually, but she does not yet have the funds.“Although I wrote the program to be long term, right now one of our major funding sources allowed us to do emergency shelter, which is a short-term thing,” Pullard explained. “We’re looking to find additional funding to do more long-term.”As she gives back to the community around her, Pullard is also giving back to her alma mater. She uses the university’s resources to help her program grow, and works with the School of Social Work to place a first-year student as her intern.Pullard also takes on students from other universities as interns, and last year she worked with Rory Manley, an undergraduate from California State University, Los Angeles.Manley found the experience valuable in helping him better understand the field of social work and credits Pullard with giving him indispensable advice about applying to graduate programs.“Having worked with Marcy has been a personal and academic blessing for me,” Manley said. “She’s always very hands on.”Ultimately, Pullard hopes to see Avenues of Independence grow into a long-term, multi-bed facility, and she is currently raising money to buy a motel not far from her current facility. Until then, she will continue to take pride in her clients’ small achievements each day.“For each step they accomplish, it’s good,” she said.last_img read more

Petition urges the University to address anti-Blackness on campus

first_imgAlong with providing mental health resources to the student body at this time, Atkins, although not enrolled in summer classes, said she believes the University should consider how protests against police killings of Black people affect students in virtual courses. Not responding to the petition should not be an option for USC administration, Thompson said. As the University continues to provide limited action toward addressing police violence and anti-Blackness on campus, she said the student body will be more adamant to push for these issues. “We look back at the most tumultuous political times and see that college students have often been the ones to incite the change,” Prempeh said. “In a lot of ways, college students are the future of the communities that they live in because you bring so many minds together that are looking to learn and paying to learn. There’s an incentive to actually do something better.” “Long before this conversation even began, we’ve tried to make our voices clear,” Thompson said. “[Folt’s letter] felt very performative, and I’m seeing a trend of … our leaders at school or brands coming out and issuing these blanket statements but not actually doubling down and committing to policy changes, which is what we need.” “The longer they wait, the louder we’ll be, so they can wait as long as they want to release a statement — it’s not going to stop us from garnering world attention to what’s going on,” Thompson said. “USC has a big Black community, and USC is in a gentrified area, so their silence is not an option — it’s simply not. There’s no way that their silence isn’t violent against us.” “As a Black student at USC, I felt like I’ve had a lot of times where my voice has been silenced, where I’ve been underestimated and undervalued and undersupported,” Prempeh said. “Now that we’re all home, and so many people are angry and unemployed and going through so much, I think it’s become a time more than ever to really speak about how to reform this nation.” Born in Minneapolis, Prempeh said they felt a connection to the city, where protests broke out last week after Floyd’s death. Prempeh said the incident, which catalyzed demonstrations across the country, prompted them to reflect on Black students’ place at USC and the experience of being Black at a predominantly white institution. “It’s very easy [for USC administrators] to say that they support their Black students, but it’s clear that without taking action and being open to the conversation, that they’re not doing things the way they should be,” Schiappa said. “I’d be disappointed in the administration but not completely surprised.” “A lot of orgs on campus are vocal about a lot of social justice issues, like the Instagram pages of the sororities always do something for International Women’s Day or they consistently speak up about sustainability, other issues like that,” Atkins said. “You can’t go silent on a race issue just because it’s more uncomfortable for you.” Prempeh said they believe USC’s response to the protests is especially important given its large proportion of Black student-athletes, whose programs generate a significant portion of the University’s revenue. They also cited students’ historically prominent roles in demonstrations and movements for social change and the responsibility of schools like USC to stand with the individuals they educate. “Everybody in the country is seeing what is going on right now, and I think it’s wildly irresponsible to be in leadership of so many young people and to not have already felt the need to say something,” said Prempeh, who is majoring in nongovernmental organizations and social change. “A statement should have been made initially, just seeing all this turmoil.” “[I] hope … Folt doesn’t see it as a one-time thing — she made her statement, so she doesn’t have to talk about this ever again,” Atkins said. “In today’s world, you have to be actively and vocally anti-racist.” “This is one of the rawest times in my life; I feel completely exposed as a Black person, and I only know that I can trust in places by seeing what they have vocalized about the movement so far,” Atkins said. “Whether or not [organizations] have spoken at all, it’s been my way of acknowledging, ‘This is either a safe place right now, or I’m going to have a hard conversation and then I have to assess whether or not I want to still exist in that space.’” The petition, created on Sunday before President Carol Folt sent her letter to the community acknowledging the protests, has garnered more than 4,200 signatures at time of publication. The University declined to comment beyond Folt’s letter on the petition. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) “I hope that [for] people who are enrolled in summer classes, then [USC] figure out some kind of way to be understanding — even more understanding than they have been about COVID,” Atkins said. “Right now, people are having a really hard time concentrating. They need to make sure that professors understand that this is a valid excuse for students to be taking mental health days and to be taking off from class during this time.” In writing the petition, Prempeh said they wanted to bring attention to USC’s responsibility for ensuring its students feel safe and heard. Prempeh said they hope to see the University continue to advocate on behalf of its Black population after widespread protests and collective outrage subside. Alia Atkins, a rising senior majoring in political science and creative writing who signed the petition after the communitywide email, said she was glad Folt addressed the ongoing protests but hopes the letter marks the beginning of a broader commitment to continuously address racism on and off campus. Ayoni Thompson, a rising senior majoring in popular music performance, also believed Folt’s letter would seem more sincere had it enumerated specific changes in policy and inclusion that the University would enact to better advocate for Black students. Thompson said she would especially have liked USC to clarify whether it would provide financial support to local and national efforts, such as Black Lives Matter and protester bailout funds, dedicated to supporting the demonstrations. After the University opted not to elaborate on its response to the petition beyond citing Folt’s letter, several students said they found themselves distrusting the USC administration’s alleged dedication to supporting its diverse student body. As student organizations have begun to release statements on their social media platforms, Atkins said she hopes current conversations will broaden education on privilege and racial inequity across USC’s varied populations, particularly campus organizations, like those in Greek life, that hold significant influence within the student body. A petition created Sunday calling for USC and President Carol Folt to acknowledge anti-Black racism in light of nationwide protests of police brutality has amassed nearly 5,000 signatures to date. “We have to continue to play an active role in fighting this anti-Blackness, and we have to continue to be on the side of Black students in our student population at large,” Prempeh said. “If any one student doesn’t feel like they are empowered, then that means that we’re not doing a good enough job to all of our students.” Justice Schiappa, a rising senior majoring in writing for screen and television who signed Prempeh’s petition, said the University should have taken more actionable steps toward supporting its Black community. Shaylee Navarro contributed to this report. Rising senior Jephtha Prempeh, who started the petition, said they decided to write it after growing frustrated by the absence of a message regarding the demonstrations from the University administration, campus organizations and media outlets. Prempeh created the petition before Folt sent a letter about the protests to the USC community Sunday afternoon — six days after the killing of George Floyd, a Black man whose death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer sparked public outcry. When reached for comment, the University referenced Folt’s Sunday letter to the USC community and declined to speak further on the petition. Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Jephtha Prempeh’s preferred pronouns. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more