UAE study finds high MERS seroprevalence in some camel workers

first_imgA new MERS-CoV seroprevalence study of camel workers in Abu Dhabi found high levels for people in certain jobs, as Saudi Arabia—the country hit hardest by the virus—reported three more cases, all in people who contracted the virus from other patients.Exposures in markets, slaughterhousesFor the seroprevalence study, a research team from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined blood samples of camel workers from 2014 to 2017. Some workers were from an open-air camel market in Abu Dhabi linked to a 2015 human case, and others worked at two of the city’s camel slaughterhouses.Their goals were to sift out specific risk factors that seem more likely to lead to MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) transmission to help guide steps to prevent infections in people and to pinpoint risk groups that would benefit from a future vaccine. The team published its findings yesterday in an early online edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases.Three rounds of blood sampling took place during the study period, and though all workers were asked to provide samples, participation was voluntary. Some workers were repeatedly sampled during multiple rounds.During the third round of sampling, investigators administered a survey to gather information about worker demographics, travel history, consumption of raw camel products (meat, milk, and urine, which is actually a practice for some in the country), camel-related work tasks, personal protective equipment use, and handwashing practices.Levels highest in camel salesmenAntibody tests on blood samples were conducted at the CDC.Round 1 involved samples from 100 workers, round 2 from 151 workers, and round 3 from 235 workers. MERS-CoV antibodies were found in 6% of samples from round 1, 19% from round 2, and 17% from round 3.Among all workers, MERS-CoV seroprevalence was especially high for certain occupations, especially camel salesmen (49%) and animal or waste transporters (22%). Self-reported diabetes was another factor linked to being seropositive, which fits with earlier reports of underlying health conditions as a risk factor for MERS-CoV infection.Of just the market workers, giving medications to live camels and using cleaning equipment were associated with increased risk of being seropositive for MERS-CoV.Among other findings, MERS-CoV was detected in market camels during the study period, and one worker seroconverted, hinting at active transmission from camels to people.”Taken collectively, our findings suggest an underestimated prevalence of human MERS-CoV infection in settings where the virus is circulating among camels, probably resulting from camel-to-human transmission,” the group wrote.New cases include 1 from Khafji outbreakMeanwhile, in Saudi Arabia’s steady stream of new cases, the country’s health ministry reported three new infections in updates yesterday and today in its epidemiologic week 15 report. All involve men listed as secondary cases, meaning they probably contracted the virus from another sick patient. Camel exposure is listed as unknown for all three.One of them, age 34, appears to be part of an outbreak in Khafji in northeastern Saudi Arabia near the border with Kuwait, which has now grown to 11 cases.The other patients include a 42-year-old from Ad Darb in the country’s far southwestern Jazan region and a 64-year-old from Al Kharj in central Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia has now reported 129 cases for the year.In an update today from the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean regional office, officials said 9 more cases have been linked to a large outbreak in Wadi ad-Dawasir, raising the total as of the end of March to 61 cases, 8 of them fatal.The agency added that Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has launched a full investigation of the event, including efforts to identify all household and healthcare contacts of patients with confirmed infections. Infection prevention and control steps have been enhanced at health facilities, including for workers in emergency room and intensive care units.The WHO’s snapshot of MERS-CoV activity for March also said 25 cases were reported for the month, all in Saudi Arabia. It put the latest global total since the first human cases were identified in 2012 to 2,399, at least 827 of them fatal. More than 90% of the cases are from Saudi Arabia.See also:Apr 10 Emerg Infect Dis abstractApr 11 MOH updateApr 10 WHO MERS update for Marchlast_img read more

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Dominican chosen as Caribbean Tourism Young Leader

first_img(Dominica News Online) A daughter of the soil has been selected as a Caribbean Tourism Young Leader. Her name is Namene James Rodgers and she is from Marigot but resides in Antigua and Barbuda. She was selected by the Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association recently when they launched the inaugural programme named Young Leaders Forum. It’s basically a program designed to engage with up and coming hospitality professionals in a series of discussions, learning opportunities and engagement with industry leaders. Namene is employed at the Cocos Hotel and she applied and was accepted to represent the twin-island state at the official launch of the programme in Miami this month. Her journey in the tourism industry started around eight years ago while she was a university graduate. Read more at: Dominica News Online Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Caribbean tourism officials to focus on business, service excellence(St. John’s, Antigua) – As Caribbean tourism rebounds, tourism practitioners within the region are making their next strategic move by focusing on enhancing the quality of their product, and developing a strong culture of service excellence.  The Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Hugh Riley and other well-known Caribbean tourism…March 29, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Will ganja and medicinal herbs offer Caribbean new path to wellness?(Caribbean Tourism Organisation Press Release) – Bryanna Hylton, the Westwood High School, Jamaica student who won this year’s Caribbean Tourism Organizstion (CTO) Tourism Youth Congress, will join the CTO’s programme of activities for Caribbean Tourism Month (CTM) which is observed during the month of November. The 17-year-old Hylton will join…October 31, 2018In “Caribbean Tourism Organisation”European Union steps up support for Caribbean countries17 July, 2018 –  Representatives of the European Union (EU) and the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Saint Lucia today signed agreements in support of the post-hurricane recovery and reconstruction efforts in the CARICOM Member States. The financing agreements amount to €30 million. The agreements were signed in Brussels in…July 17, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Expansion and Acquisitions – highlights of Air Liquide’s fiscal 2011 report

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Ross University appoints new dean

first_img Share 546 Views   one comment Ross University appoints William F. Owen, MD as Dean and Chancellor (Photo credit: Business Wire)MIRAMAR, Fla. – March 16, 2017 – Ross University School of Medicine (Ross) has appointed William Owen, MD, as dean and chancellor. Dr. Owen replaces retiring dean Joseph A. Flaherty, M.D., who joined Ross six years ago from the University of Illinois College of Medicine where he served as dean.“We are pleased to bring a leader of Dr. Owen’s caliber to Ross,” said Lisa Wardell, chief executive officer of DeVry Education Group. “I am thrilled to be working with Dr. Owen to build upon Dr. Flaherty’s legacy at Ross and to continue to improve our student experience. His dedication to social justice and educational opportunity align well with the Ross mission, and his experience in U.S. academic medicine will be invaluable to the medical school and its students.”Most recently, Dr. Owen served as dean of medical sciences for American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, a medical school in DeVry Education Group. He was formerly the chancellor and senior vice president of health affairs at the University of Tennessee, where he was responsible for the College of Medicine and its five other health professional colleges. He has also served as president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the health education and medical component of Rutgers University, the state’s largest institution of higher education. In this role, Dr. Owen led two allopathic medical schools, an osteopathic medical school, five other health professional schools and several teaching hospitals.A graduate of Phillips Academy, Brown University and Tufts University (Doctor of Medicine, with honors), Dr. Owen trained in internal medicine and nephrology at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow. He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and books, and has been awarded more than $10 million in individual research grants. Share BusinessInternationalLocalNewsPrint Ross University appoints new dean by: – March 16, 2017center_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

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Capitals draft Connor McMichael of the London Knights

first_imgMcMichael had a great season, as a go-to player for London when its lineup was depleted, and he continued to produce and generate shots at a high level when the roster filled out, although he tailed off toward the end. He doesn’t wow you with his tools, but he’s a quality player. McMichael is a very smart all-around hockey player. He sees the ice very well, is creative with the puck and understands the game away from the puck. He’s not the biggest guy but McMichael competes well. He gets to the net and gets back on defense. With the puck, he’s skilled but not amazingly so. He can make some space with his hands, and his shot can surprise goalies with the ability to pick corners. His skating leaves some to be desired. He has decent speed but not great for his size, and his stride is inefficient. I give a nod to his sense and production as indicators that he could play in the NHL.London Knights assistant coach Rick Steadman on McMichael: “He makes plays. He can play up and down a lineup. He can play at both ends of the ice. He’s very skilled and has a great shot.” Ranked the 24th North American skater by most draft boards, McMichael fills a few areas of need in Washington’s system, mainly forward depth, good two-way ability, and intelligence. McMichael models his game after Calgary forward Sean Monahan. On Friday night, the Washington Capitals selected center Connor McMichael with the 25th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. McMichael played for the renowned London Ontario Knights in the Ontario Hockey League, coached by former captain and head coach Dale Hunter. If all of these things turn out to be true and McMichael reaches Washington in a year or two, we could see him eventually take over the 3rd line center role from Lars Eller, or slot in the top 9 as a scoring winger with good two-way play. center_img Corey Pronman, NHL expert at the Athletic, had this to say about McMichael: In the coming days, we’ll review every draft pick and give a more complete picture of who could join the big club in the next few years. Please follow and like us:last_img read more

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Twiddling thumbs…

first_img…or thumbs on the scale?If anyone wanted to know how to subvert a constitution, they only have to look at the farce going on in GECOM, after the tragedy in the CCJ, which refused to do its duty and issue a specific order after its judgement on the NCM. Our Constitution has been treated worse than toilet paper…even though that’s thrown away, at least it’s done AFTER the mess is cleaned up. Right now, we’re still stuck with the mess the PNC caused in its desperate gambit to rig its way back into office.In all of this, the PNC and its leader David Granger formed a tag team with GECOM to make a mockery of the Constitution. This was all carefully planned by Granger early in the day when he blatantly refused to follow the Constitution’s clear directive that the all-important Chair must be selected from a list provided by the Opposition Leader. He insisted he’d select James Patterson and only James Patterson, who was on none of the three lists Jagdeo submitted. And Patterson it was!Now, Patterson wasn’t selected for any special knowledge of elections; in fact, he had absolutely none!! He was chosen because, like his predecessors Jackman and Bollers, he would ask, “How high”, when told to jump by the PNC!! The NCM by the PPP came out of the blue…and momentarily threw the PNC into a loop. You can still see how bitter they are with Charrandas voting his conscience by looking at the nasty names they still label him: “Treachery”, “Judas” and “snake” are some of the milder ones!!But it’s par for the treacherous course we’re traversing to note that none of those words are being used to describe Patterson’s final act of perfidy when he ordered “H2H” registration even after the CCJ had ruled that his appointment was illegal. Never mind the mysterious “ex ante” Gazetted notice which suddenly appeared: THAT didn’t fool anyone! Something was foul in the state of Guyana.When the new Chair was chosen after talks between Granger and Jagdeo, some hoped the Gordian knot had been cut. But not your Eyewitness!! Go back to the record in this space and you’ll see that the minute Claudette Singh said she’ll be meeting the Commissioner teams separately he smelled a rat! If she wanted to follow the Constitution and schedule elections ASAP, she knew she’d have to be the one to change the status quo. She wasn’t living on Mars, was she?!!And from then, matters have continued going downhill, with every decision she’s made: to continue H2H for another 4 days; to merge the two lists, etc.And now to print new IDs??…while marginalising Indo-Caribbean CultureA very poignant letter by a Trinidadian was carried in another section of the press about the performances in her island for Carifesta XIV. Noting that Indians are a plurality in Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname and the largest ethnic minority in the Caribbean, she noted there was only token representation of Indian Caribbean culture. But then, it’s been like that from the very first one here in Guyana in 1972, hasn’t it??She noted that when the topic “Re-imagining Caribbean Futures” was discussed, “They spoke only of pan, moko jumbies, J’ouvert, blue devils, Dame Lorraine, Sailor Mas, etc.  as well as dancehall, reggae, and soca. Not a word from any of them about Divali, Hosay, Ramleela, kassida, Pichakaree, Rath Yatra, chutney, churail, saaphin, tassa, etc.”This becomes more poignant when you realise the day the letter was published – Sept 4, the last ship returning Indian immigrants to India, the MV Resurgent, set sail on Sept 4, 1955. The rest decided the Caribbean was home.But are still made to feel like strangers.…on local contentOnce again, your Eyewitness raises his hands to the heavens and wails at the iniquity and folly of the PNC, who has allowing a modern “Rape of the Sabines”.It dawdled to craft and enforce a local content policy.last_img read more

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