Tests indicate an arenavirus in South African deaths

first_img Charles H. Calisher, a former viral disease moderator on ProMED-mail, wrote in a ProMED post yesterday that scientists are eager to learn if the arenavirus that caused the recent infections represents a new type or a variant of a previously recognized arenavirus. Calisher is a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at Colorado State University in Ft Collins. Oct 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that preliminary tests indicate that an arenavirus—possibly a previously unknown one—is responsible for the mysterious febrile disease that killed three people in South Africa and has now sickened a fourth. Further testing to better characterize the arenavirus is underway at the NICD and the CDC, the WHO statement said. Lucille Blumberg, head of the NICD’s epidemiology and outbreak response unit, said it remains to be learned whether the virus is a previously unrecognized member of the arenaviruses, according to the Mercury report. Arenaviruses are typically spread to humans through contact with urine or feces of infected host animals, such as eating contaminated food or contact with abraded skin. Lassa and Machupo arenaviruses have been associated with secondary person-to-person or nosocomial infections, typically through direct contact with blood or other secretions, according to the CDC. Members of the arenavirus family are associated with rodent-transmitted diseases in humans, and a number of them can cause hemorrhagic fevers, according to information from the CDC’s Special Pathogens Branch. An earlier WHO statement said the patients who died had some symptoms that suggested a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), but bleeding was not a marked clinical feature. See also: CDC fact sheet on arenaviruses The tests were conducted at South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the WHO announced in a statement today. The nurse has a febrile illness and thrombocytopenia, according to Blumberg, who commented on the case today in a post on ProMED-mail, the online reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. She said the patient is being treated with ribavirin, a drug that is effective against Lassa fever but has unknown efficacy for the current arenavirus. Blumberg, in her ProMED post today, commented that arenaviruses have been found in South African rodents in the past, but they have not been known to cause disease in humans. Members of the arenavirus family are divided into two groups—Old World and New World—depending on the mouse reservoir species. Five arenaviruses have been known to cause disease in humans. Four of them are primarily limited to South America, and one, Lassa virus, is found in much of West Africa, according to the CDC. Oct 13 WHO statement Janusz T. Paweska, who heads the NICD’s special pathogens unit, said the tests were done on skin, liver, and muscle tissue from two healthcare workers who died after they had contact with the index patient, according to a report yesterday from The Mercury, a newspaper based in Durban, South Africa. He said tests on blood samples from the index patient, a woman from Zambia who got sick while on a safari and died in a Johannesburg hospital on Sep 14, also detected the virus. (A previous report from the NICD said no samples from the patient had been available.) The latest confirmed  case in the cluster is in a nurse who became ill after close contact with one of the earlier victims. The WHO said the nurse’s infection was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in South Africa. The patient has been hospitalized, and authorities have identified and are monitoring her contacts. CIDRAP overview on viral hemorrhagic feverslast_img read more

Retail: It’s a mall world

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Tottenham’s title bid ends before it begins – again – as Burnley pull off upset

first_imgKane marked his injury return with a goal but was ultimately on the losing side (Getty)Spurs dominated the match for large spells – with Tom Heaton attempting the most passes (16) of any Burnley player in a forgettable first half – but went behind shortly after the restart.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTA corner kick rather controversially awarded to Burnley was whipped in by Dwight McNeil and Chris Wood out-jumped Spurs’ static defence to plant the ball in via the underside of the crossbar.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut Spurs responded immediately, with Danny Rose taking a quick throw-in by the halfway line and releasing Kane, who held off his marker and poked the ball into the far corner.Burnley boss Sean Dyche was fuming, though, claiming that Rose had not taken the throw-in from the appropriate spot, stealing a couple of yards before finding Kane. Advertisement Sean Dyche’s side are now unbeaten in their last eight games (Picture: Getty)Tottenham Hotspur blew the chance to move within two points of the Premier League summit after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Burnley on Saturday afternoon.The title has long seemed a two-horse race, but Spurs had the opportunity to put themselves right back in contention with Liverpool travelling to Old Trafford and Manchester City in action in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.But despite the goalscoring return of Harry Kane to the starting XI after his injury lay-off with ankle ligament damage, the north Londoners were frustrated at Turf Moor. Comment Barnes struck late on to secure all three points for Burnley and dent Spurs’ hopes (Getty)Spurs continued to enjoy plenty of possession (ending the match with 69%) as they looked for a winner, though without ever really testing Heaton, and were undone by a scrappy goal from the hosts.A long ball forward was badly cleared by Serge Aurier, with Johann Gudmundsson picking up the scraps, and his scuffed shot turned into the perfect cross for Ashley Barnes to tap in the winner.The result sees Burnley move up to 13th place in the Premier League table, six points clear of the relegation zone, while Spurs now face testing back-to-back matches against top-four rivals Chelsea and Arsenal and remain five points adrift of the league leaders.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Feb 2019 2:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link68Shares Tottenham’s title bid ends before it begins – again – as Burnley pull off upset Advertisementlast_img read more

How joining forces could help you buy a home

first_img REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella Joint tenants v tenants in common If done right, co-purchasing a property can open up several opportunities, including the opportunity to buy in a more desirable suburb due to a combined borrowing power, to save the 20 per cent deposit faster and without as much personal sacrifice and to share the household expenses. On the market for $418,000, this property at 250 High St, Gulliver, in Townsville, has two cottages, ideal for dual living.But Ms Mercorella said it can be a legal minefield if things go wrong. “Even though on day one all parties may have commonly shared objectives, things can and do change. For this reason, a co-ownership agreement is a must,” she said. “This type of agreement outlines the rights and obligations of each party with a share in the property. If a dispute or an unplanned situation arises, it can be a godsend, saving you from costly legal bills and unnecessary heartache and stress.” Co-ownership agreements should be prepared by a solicitor taking into account the individual needs and wants of the parties, according to the REIQ.“If you go in with your eyes wide open, co-ownership can be a great option for those who can’t get into the market individually,” Ms Mercorella said. “Just remember to choose your co-purchaser carefully, and always seek legal advice.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHelp with buying your first home 01:07Although most people aspire to own their own home, the great Australian dream may be out of reach for some. But if you’re prepared to team up with a close friend, colleague, relative or partner, co-ownership could be one way to get your foot on the property ladder.And plenty of savvy sellers are pitching properties designed for “dual living”.Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella talks about co-ownership and how to overcome the risks, warning it is essential to get legal advice before taking the plunge. MORE NEWS: How to decipher Tinder-style property listings When buying a property with other people, you’ll need to determine the right ownership structure – there are two main options, joint tenants and tenants in common. “There are important differences between these ownership options and legal advice should be sought before determining the best way forward,” Ms Mercorella said. “Joint tenancy is most commonly used by couples and people in longer term relationships.“Under this form of ownership, all joint tenants have equal ownership and interest in the property. “A right of survivorship also attaches to this form of ownership meaning that if one of the joint tenants die, the property will automatically pass to the surviving joint tenant, irrespective of any provisions in the will of the deceased.”Tenancy in common differs in that each person owns their own share of the property in equal or differing sizes, so it’s a good option if you’re purchasing with someone other than your spouse, or if you and your partner have children from a previous relationship to whom you wish to leave your assets in your will. “For example, if party A and B have each contributed $250,000 to the price of the property but party C has contributed $500,000, then parties A and B would each own a 25 per cent share and party C would own a 50 per cent share,” Ms Mercorella said. This house at 17 Edmondstone St in Newmarket was snapped up within days. The current owners live downstairs and upstairs is currently rented for $515 a week.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago The benefits of co-purchasingcenter_img What NOT to do when it comes time to sell Fees, stamp duty up to $100k ‘absurd’: McGrath Reportlast_img read more

Jackson double sets up Ulster win

first_img Jackson, who was back in action for his club after being dropped from Ireland’s bench, touched down twice in the first half and Tommy Bowe and Tom Court also scored tries, while Ruan Pienaar kicked three conversions but then suffered an arm injury which could be a major worry for the Ulstermen. The result bolstered Ulster’s third-place spot in the RaboDirect Pro 12 and they would have been boosted by the return of Stephen Ferris, who made an impressive return following a long lay-off with injury when sprung from the bench on the hour mark for his first appearance since November 2012. Paddy Jackson scored two tries as Ulster racked up a second consecutive bonus-point win at Ravenhill against Welsh opposition with a 26-13 victory over Scarlets. Scarlets, whose points on Friday night came from Gareth Davies’ try and Olly Barkley’s conversion and two penalties, still have play-off hopes despite the defeat. Ulster – who beat Newport Gwent Dragons last time out – struck first in the 14th minute when Jackson kicked through and gratefully collected to score after Aled Thomas failed to pick the bounce of the ball. Pienaar converted and did so three minutes later when, off a lineout, Jackson broke and fed inside for Bowe to touch down under the posts. Barkley then landed a 31st-minute penalty to get the Scarlets going after Roger Wilson, making his 150th Ulster appearance, was penalised at the breakdown. But Ulster immediately hit back as this time Bowe created Jackson’s second try from a searing break and pass inside against the grain to put the fly-half under the posts. Pienaar converted and at 21-3 the home side looked comfortable before Scarlets responded when Davies won a kick and chase from the Ulster 22, with Barkley converting. The score remained 21-10 at half-time after Barkley missed a 40th-minute penalty effort. The first 10 minutes of the second half saw the Scarlets put some good approach work together only to lose the ball on the line after a half break from Jordan Williams was snuffed out by Robbie Diack. Ulster survived and broke out to get a 50th-minute penalty chance but Pienaar hit it wide, and he did so again later on from a more difficult angle. The Scarlets then had their turn, winning a penalty off a scrum, and Barkley made no mistake to close the gap to eight points after 62 minutes – just before Ferris made his long-awaited comeback, having battled with an ankle injury for over a year. And though the flanker certainly made his presence felt, Ulster were unable to get over the Scarlets line until the last minute when, with tempers flaring, Tom Court barrelled over and was awarded the score by the TMO. Jackson – kicking in place of the departed Pienaar – failed to convert the valuable bonus-point try. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ellsworth woman to walk 39 miles in The Walk to End Breast Cancer

first_imgNEW YORK — Donna Kitchen, 63, of Ellsworth will join thousands of other participants in the upcoming AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer — a fundraiser for cancer research and to provide patients access to mammograms and medicine.Kitchen will walk the 39.3-mile course in New York City over the weekend of Oct. 17-18.Kitchen’s daughter, Tanya Ryno of Alpine, N.J., suggested the pair participate in the event in honor of Kitchen’s niece and Ryno’s cousin, Valerie Grondin of Etna, who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.Kitchen also lost her mother to cancer when Kitchen was in her early 20s.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textKitchen and Ryno will compete as a team: Team Virago, which means Women Warriors.Some 15,000 walkers from across the country participated in 2014, including more than 2,000 breast cancer survivors.“AVON 39 encourages walkers to prove their willpower by the miles they walk and validate their impact through the dollars they raise,” said Kevin Honeycutt, executive director of Avon Foundation for Women. “This challenge truly reflects the spirit and attitude of our dedicated participants and our goal to end breast cancer.”Proceeds will go to the Avon Foundation for Women — a public charity for breast cancer research and patients.Kitchen and Ryno have set a fundraising goal of $3,500. To support Team Virago’s fundraising campaign, donations can be made at www.goo.gl/mgvcBI.For more information or to register for AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, visit www.avon39.org or call (888) 540-WALK.last_img read more

Cricket News Women’s World T20 semi-final: India eye revenge against England

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India women’s cricket team has put in a solid display in the ongoing World T20 in the West Indies. Harmanpreet Kaur’s side has been dominant, with the Indian skipper leading the way with a blazing century against New Zealand. Having secured a victory over three-time champions Australia in their last league game, India head into the semi-final against England high on confidence but they will be gunning for revenge. The last time the two teams clashed on the big stage, India had a chance to create history by winning the Women’s 50-over World Cup for the first time but an inspired spell from Anya Shrubsole (6/46) gave England a nine-run win and a fourth world title.Read More | Mandhana 83 helps India thrash Australia in ICC Women’s World T20Shrubsole will once again be the key focus for the Indian batters, with the England pacer taking a hat-trick against South Africa. Apart from Shrubsole and the powerful batting line-up, India will have to adjust to the conditions. All their three league games were on the slow, low Providence wicket while the pitch in North Sound, Antigua has assisted the pacers a lot more.Read More | Women’s World T20: West Indies beat England in last-over thrillerIn Guyana, India were well-served by spinners Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma in the league games. Poonam, in particular, has been superb with eight wickets and a fantastic economy rate and she has received great support from Radha and Sharma. In addition, Dayalan Hemlatha has also given great support. When it comes to the batting, Mithali Raj has demonstrated her class with two fifties but she has been plagued by injuries. Jemimah Rodrigues has been solid in the middle order but she has not converted her starts into big scores. The lower middle-order has not been tested much and this could be a problem heading into the knock-outs.England eye great startHeading into the contest, England’s confidence will be slightly dented after they lost in the last over to the West Indies in their last league game. However, the side will be aware of the threat posed by India, most notably from Harmanpreet and Mithali.England’s batting has not been tested much in this World T20, with the game against Sri Lanka getting washed out while South Africa was bowled out for 85. The likes of Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont and Amy Jones have not fired for the inaugural World T20 champions. It is the bowling, led by Shrubsole and Kirstie Gordon with seven and six wickets respectively that has helped England reach this stage.India and England have squared off four times in the World T20 with England winning all four of their encounters. However, India registered their first win in this competition against Australia recently and they have the chance to break yet another jinx. last_img read more

The Latest: 3 more Diamond League track meets postponed

first_imgThe events in Stockholm on May 24, Naples and Rome on May 28, and Rabat, Morocco, on May 31 have all been postponed with no new dates set.The first six events of the year have been called off and only the Shanghai meet has been given a new date. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 is now the first scheduled event on the calendar.The Diamond League says “the meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to delivering a structured extensive season in 2020.”___Spanish soccer club Barcelona says it will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus pandemic. Barcelona says its executive board has decided to temporarily suspend player contracts. That produces a “proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”The players’ contracts will remain intact during the job suspension.Employers in Spain are allowed to reduce labor costs while guaranteeing that workers will return to their jobs once conditions improve.The club says it has not decided by how much the salaries will be lowered.___ March 27, 2020 A Russia-based basketball league with teams in five countries has abandoned its season without declaring a champion because of the coronavirus outbreak.VTB United League CEO Ilona Korstin says it’s not appropriate to continue the season “in the current situation when borders are closed, teams can’t train at basketball arenas and clubs have to allow foreign players to go home.”Korstin says the league will start preparing for the 2020-21 season.Russian club BC Khimki was leading the league with an 18-1 record when it was suspended.___ Associated Press center_img The Latest: 3 more Diamond League track meets postponed Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Diamond League has postponed three more track meets because of the coronavirus outbreak. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Suriname beat Guyana 3-1 at CONCACAF U-15 Championships

first_imgSURINAME defeated Guyana 3-1 yesterday in their second match at this year’s Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-15 Championships in Florida, USA.Guyana had opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw against St Kitts and Nevis and coach Bryan Joseph had hoped for a better showing by his boys against rivals Suriname.Joseph said prior to the match, the team was told how important the game was, given the rich rivalry between the two countries in the sport of football.However, the U-15 coach noted that Guyana went into the game looking ‘disorganised’ and despite scoring the opening goal of the game through Orville Daniels in the 18th minute, it was Suriname who had the upper hand from the beginning.“We scored on the run of play; Orville Daniels scored a nice volley from in the box and just for a moment I thought that the goal would have changed how we played,” Joseph noted.But Suriname’s Fernando Heopel connected in the 20th minute to equal the scores, while in the 36th minute, Faisijo Burnett scored to give the Dutch-speaking country a 2-1 lead.Suriname kept their feet on the gas and Burnett scored his second in the 60th minute to give his country a 3-1 advantage.Guyana will play St Lucia tomorrow in their final Group F game.last_img read more

Andrews, Waldron explode for GDF in big win against Ace Warriors

first_imgLEON Andrews and Damian Waldron starred with bat and ball to lead the Guyana Defence Force to a 238-run victory against Ace Warriors when action in the Noble House Seafoods Second-Division Two-Day cricket competition continued over the weekend at the GDF ground, Camp Ayanganna.GDF exploded with the bat after losing the toss on Saturday morning. Both Andrews, who captained the team and Waldron, who batted at four, blasted centuries.For the third wicket, the pair put together 198 runs. Andrews, who opened the batting, struck seven fours and five sixes, while Waldron hit eight fours and seven sixes.Devendra Lall eventually dismissed both batsmen, but not before Andrews had scored an even 100 and Waldron had hit 109.GDF declared at 300-5 in 43 overs. Dameon Ross and Deamon Whitney had added 21 and 20 runs respectively.In reply, Ace Warriors were bundled out for 113 in 33.4 overs after Andrews and Waldron combined for six wickets with their off-spin bowling.Andrews finished with 4-37, while Waldron took 2-30. None of the Ace Warriors’ batsmen reached 20.GDF then raced to 225-8 in their second innings, before they declared after 35.1 overs.Andrews and Ross took the initiative early, after blasting a quick 115-run opening wicket partnership.The skipper, whose first four scoring shots were boundaries, finished with 63 (8x4s, 1×6), while Ross, who scored 50, struck seven fours.Whitney added 48 (5x4s, 1×6) and Colvis Sam (28) before GDF declared.Raul Enmore, who got the wickets of both openers, finished with 3-75, while Lall picked up 3-57 and Selwin Collier, as he did in the first innings, again finished with two scalps.With a lead of 412 GDF, led by Andrews and Waldron, were able to dismiss their opponents in 32.3 overs for 174 runs.Enmore, who was initially able to manoeuvre around the off-spinners, scored 91 runs. The opener struck six fours and six sixes and looked set for a century, but a straight ball from Waldron struck him on the pad, resulting in an LBW decision.Andrews finished with 5-85, while Waldron took 3-39 and Sam 2-46.last_img read more