18 Nov

Hantavirus cases in 5 states may signal active year

first_img The number of cases reported in January through March matches the pace recorded in 1994 and 1999—both years of high HPS case counts. In both those years, the preceding 1 to 2 years brought environmental conditions that favored a large rodent population, including increased rainfall and plant cover. The larger rodent population, according to the CDC, increased transmission of hantavirus among rodents, which heightened the risk for people. HPS typically begins with a headache, myalgia, and a fever above 101°F, followed shortly by bilateral, diffuse lung edema that can resemble acute respiratory distress syndrome radiographically. Most cases occur in the spring and summer, according to the report, but this seasonal pattern varies by location. Jun 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Nine human cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in five states were reported from January through March of 2006, which could signal an above-average risk of the disease this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Editor’s note: A correction was made in this story on Jul 11 (2006) to eliminate errors concerning the numbers of hantavirus cases in Arizona and New Mexico since 1993. Cleaning up potential food sources and nesting sites See also: People contract HPS through contact with the saliva or droppings of rodents, most commonly the deer mouse. The disease is characterized by fever and severe pulmonary symptoms and is fatal 30% to 40% of the time, the report says (the CDC doesn’t say how many of the cases early this year were fatal). The culprit is most often the Sin Nombre virus. Sealing up holes around the home to prevent rodents from entering Taking precautions when cleaning rodent feces or nest sitescenter_img CDC has initiated a “Seal Up! Trap Up! Clean Up!” campaign (see link below) to limit exposure to HPS and other rodent-borne diseases. Measures to prevent HPS include: Trapping rodents in the home to curb the population The report also says that survival probability increases with early disease detection, so healthcare professionals should become familiar with HPS’s presentation. The only treatment, according to the CDC, is supportive care. Since the virus was identified in 1993, the CDC (as of May 10) has confirmed 438 HPS cases in the United States, 35% of which have been fatal. Most cases have occurred in states west of the Mississippi River, with New Mexico (68 cases since 1993), Colorado (49), Arizona (46), and California (43) outpacing other states. As noted in the Jun 9 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, HPS was reported early this year in Arizona (3 cases), New Mexico (3), Texas (1), North Dakota (1), and Washington state (1). The CDC says people should take precautions against the often deadly disease. CDC. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome—five states, 2006. MMWR 2006 Jun 9;55(22):627-8 [Full text] CDC’s “Seal Up! Trap Up! Clean Up!” campaignhttp://www.cdc.gov/rodentslast_img read more

31 Aug

Jersey College’s, Ft. Lauderdale campus is accredited for nursing associate degree…

first_imgThe Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has granted initial accreditation to the Professional Nursing (Associate Degree) programs at Jersey College’s Tampa, Jacksonville, and Ft. Lauderdale campuses. This accreditation means Jersey College has met the standards of a programmatic accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.“Jersey College is honored to have been awarded accreditation by the ACEN,” said Greg Karr, CEO of Jersey College. “This distinction is another indication of our success as a leading provider of nursing education and highlights our commitment to our students.”ACEN accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process intended to enhance quality improvement in nursing education as well as assist in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as relates to resources invested, processes followed and results achieved. The ACEN may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404) 975-5000. About Jersey College:                          Jersey College is a nationally accredited private institution of higher learning specializing solely in nursing education. Jersey College currently enrolls more than 2,500 nursing students and has graduated more than 5,000 nurses across its six campuses located in Florida and New Jersey. The school of nursing at Jersey College offers both Practical and Professional nursing programs that allow an individual to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse. The nursing programs have been designed to support the adult student in accomplishing their educational and professional goals, and to foster the diversification of the nursing workforce to better serve the area’s multicultural communities.last_img read more

28 Dec

MAN TRIED TO HEADBUTT BOUNCER OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB

first_imgA Letterkenny man who attempted to head-butt a nightclub bouncer after he was removed from the premises has been fined €150.Paul Brogan, from 5 Binnion Avenue, appeared in court charged with assault outside Voodoo Nightclub on September 14th last.The court heard that Brogan, 47, had 19 previous convictions for various offenses including intoxication and using threatening and abusive behaviour. On the night of the offense, Gardai arrived to find Brogan being restrained by nightclub security staff.At one stage he lunged and tried to headbutt a member of the security team but did not connect, according to Garda Inspector David Kelly.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had been under pressure from the sale of his family home which he said had put him “over the edge.”He added that Brogan had no real memory of what had happened and had apologised to staff and the Gardai.He is an electrician but had found it difficult to get work during the recession.Judge Paul Kelly fined Brogan €150.MAN TRIED TO HEADBUTT BOUNCER OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultcourtdonegalletterkennynightclubPaul Broganlast_img read more

24 Dec

SISTER’S PROUD PICTURE TRIBUTE TO RORY KAVANAGH

first_imgRory with SamRORY KAVANAGH’S decision to leave the Donegal County Senior Football set-up as been the talk of the national and local media in the past 48 hours.But for the Kavanagh family it is much more than that.It is the end of an era for the St Eunan’s man – and a very proud one at that. Rory’s sister Alma posted these pictures from some of the special moments for her, Rory and their family over the past few years.What a journey….. SISTER’S PROUD PICTURE TRIBUTE TO RORY KAVANAGH was last modified: January 16th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:alma kavanaghdonegalRory KavanaghSt Eunanslast_img read more